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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.

Finger with stars and magic emotting with The magic Finger title that is compatible with Google Drive

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.



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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.

Who Doesn’t Love Chocolate?

Who Doesn’t Love Chocolate?

One of my favorite (and my students’) theme to explore every year was the Chocolate Theme.  We would read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling:

Chocolate Fever by Richard Kimmel Smith

And for the cherry on top of our dessert, we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Throughout the theme unit, we incorporated geography by mapping the different countries where the different ingredients of candy bars originate. We worked on letter writing by writing to different chocolate and candy companies with questions. This activity was particularly exciting because many of the companies would respond back to the students with offerings of trial samples or coupons to get free candy! Students learned the power they had as a consumer who shares feedback!

I always started the unit out with The Chocolate Touch written by Patrick Skene Catling which was first published in 1952. The story of loving chocolate never ages!  John Midas loves chocolate and sweets more than anything and a wish turns his wildest dreams into a reality. Like King Midas before him, his touch is magic! This book leads to some great comparison activities with the King Midas story. Like King Midas, John soon learns that having too much of a great thing might not be as wonderful as he thought it would be!

I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Chocolate Touch 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.

Chocolate Fever written by Richard Kimmel Smith in 1972, is a more humorous and adventurous tale of young Henry Green whose dream of eating nothing but chocolate comes true. Henry soon discovers that his new ability can be dangerous so he escapes and goes on the run!

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Chocolate Fever 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.

In my opinion, the best is saved for last, Roald Dahl’s 1964 classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This story has everything; a character to empathize with, several characters to learn from, humor, imagination, it really has it all. Singing the Oompa Loompa songs together is always a fun time that ends in fits of giggles!

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Chocolate Fever 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.

Tying different areas of the curriculum together, enjoying three wonderful novels together, the Chocolate Theme is a fun learning experience for all. It was truly one of the most favorite times I had with my students and it was something past students brought up as a favorite of their 4th-grade year with me. I encourage you to give it a try!

Save when buying all three novel studies together as a bundle!



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!

Click here or the image below to join my Facebook group, Book Talk with The Teaching Bank!

Click to join Book Talk with The Teaching Bank


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