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What Would You do with The Magic Finger?

What Would You do with The Magic Finger?

The Magic Finger is a clever and creative novel by Roald Dahl. True to the Roald Dahl style, it is quirky, funny, and absolutely absurd. Students will be left thinking of all the things they might do if they too, had the Magic Finger! It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Roald Dahl is the expert at writing fantastical stories that grab the reader’s attention in a clever and creative way. The Magic Finger, published in 1966, will have you cheering and rooting for the underdog.

From the Book Jacket:

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she’s very, very angry, the little girl’s Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it’s turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that’s just the beginning of their problems…

I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Magic Finger for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Your students will love this creative and humorous book while at the same time thinking about just how much power is too much. It’s a good lesson in self-control and when to use power for the greater good instead of just for selfish reasons.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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Be Enchanted with Stuart Little

Be Enchanted with Stuart Little

Before authoring the classic novel, Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White wrote of a mischievous mouse, Stuart Little. White’s premise for the story came to him in a dream as a young boy and through his prolific gift of storytelling brought it to life. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Stuart Little was first published in 1945 and set E.B. White on the path to writing one of the most beloved stories of all time, Charlotte’s Web. The book has also been made into an animated series and a movie series.

From the Book Jacket:

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.

Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Stuart Little for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Your students will be enchanted by all the adventures of Stuart Little. It is a charming and bittersweet story written in a beautiful way.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.

Add Some Magic to Your Reading with Dinosaurs Before Dark

Add Some Magic to Your Reading with Dinosaurs Before Dark

The Magic Treehouse series is one of the best selling chapter book series of all time for a reason. The books are a great entry into the chapter book genre and there is a book for nearly every topic of interest. Dinosaurs Before Dark is the first book in the series and introduces the reader to the Magic Treehouse and the adventure that it can bring to the lives of Jack and Annie. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

I created this novel study for my own son to use during the summer months after second grade. The goal was to launch him into the chapter book world with this book as the hook.

From the Book Jacket:

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Dinosaurs Before Dark for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Your students will be drawn into the nail-biting adventure with Jack and Annie. This is a great introduction to chapter books and novel studies and with the full series of 32 books that range in topics from space, the Titanic, war, and even Shakespearean times, your students will be launched onto a path of independent reading as they move from one book to the next hungry for more!



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.

A Tale of Courage and Bravery with Despereaux

A Tale of Courage and Bravery with Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux is the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread! It’s a tale of courage and bravery and overcoming the odds. Told in parts (Books) and a Coda showcasing different points of view, it is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

The Tale of Despereaux was first published in 2003 by the award-winning, Kate DiCamillo. Among the many awards bestowed upon the novel, it won the acclaimed Newbery Medal in 2004, has been named one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the NEA, and was ranked #51 of the all-time best children’s novels by the School Library Journal.

Summary of The Tale of Despereaux:

*From the book jacket

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Tale of Despereaux for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Despereaux Tilling is a hero for all time. Despite all the odds stacked against him he courageously faces his quest in this uplifting story of perseverance and bravery to find his true destiny.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.

Live the Absurdity of James and the Giant Peach

Live the Absurdity of James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is a fabulous, classic novel by Roald Dahl. True to the Roald Dahl style, it is quirky, funny, and absolutely absurd. Everything students love in a book! It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Roald Dahl is the expert at writing fantastical stories that grab the reader’s attention. He makes you empathize with his downtrodden main character, and the reader becomes attached as the character goes on to great victory. In between, the language and the fantasy entrances you.

From the Book Jacket:

When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins!

I offer a complete novel study to accompany James and the Giant Peach for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Your students will be enchanted by James and his cast of friends, they won’t want to put the book down through the adventures James and his friends encounter on their great peach journey. They will cheer as everything turns out peachy for James. This is a great story to use for fun and class bonding. It sends a great message about not accepting the cards that are given, but to strive for the unimaginable, no matter how absurd it may be!



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.