Friday, March 6, 2015

Virginia is for Book Lovers

Welcome to the Virginia is for Book Lovers blog hop! I'm so glad to be teaming up with some fantastic Virginia bloggers as we share our favorite books and resources to go along with them! 


 The book I'm sharing today is one of my all time favorite finds! It seems to not be a very well known book, so I take any chance I can to tell people about it! Yes, I do teach 1st grade now, but Raymond and Graham Rule the School by Mike Knudson was "the book" for my 4th graders and I've got to get the word out! 


I love to laugh with my students and this one makes me laugh so hard that I cry. I've literally laughed/cried so hard I couldn't keep reading and had to pass the book off to the sped teacher! 

The story begins as Raymond and Graham begin 4th grade, their last year in elementary school, and they plan on being the top dogs in the school. Despite some really good plans, things don't go the way they'd hoped and they have some hilarious misadventures - prunes, dentures, and an accidental arm kiss! 

This was always the first read aloud I did because it gets even the most reluctant reader hooked. Even though I read it in the fall it'd be a great book for any time. There are also other books in the series!

If you'd like to try Raymond and Graham Rule the School in your class I've got a few freebies to get your students thinking and writing after you read. Just click the picture below to download a story map and character changes activity. 


These freebies are part of my Raymond and Graham Rule the School Novel Activities. It includes quizzes, response questions, sequencing, a group project, and much more! Check it out by clicking on the picture below. 


I'll be giving away a copy of Raymond and Graham Rule the School and a copy of my novel activities to one lucky reader. Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter. 
The next stop on the hop is Melissa at Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late. 

33 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of this book, definitely adding it to my growing list of books to check out! Thanks!!

    Haley
    Owls and Lessons, Etc.

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  2. My favorite read aloud is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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  3. Adding this to my read aloud! My all time favorite is The One and Only Ivan.

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  4. My favorite read aloud is definitely The Book With No Pictures! Hilarious for me and my kids!

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  5. I'd never read this book before, I'm going to have to check it out! A book I like to read with my kids to get them to laugh out loud would definitely be Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkeley Breathed. I loved his comics growing up as a kid, and he has that same style in this children's book.
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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  6. Green Eggs and Ham because it has made my students excited about reading!

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  7. I don't know this one either, but I love sharing funny books with kids. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  8. I love reading any Junie B. Jones book. My kids think they are so funny!

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  9. I love the Gooney Bird Greene series for my second graders. :)
    Betty
    scrambledhenfruit (at) gmail (dot)com

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  10. This book looks like it would be loads of fun! I will have to look into getting this one!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  11. This sounds like such a fun read! I will have to get a copy to share with my fifth graders. Thanks so much for joining the hop!

    Rachel
    Mrs O Knows

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  12. My favorite read aloud is anything by Judy Blume.
    Never heard of this particular book but it sure sounds like s lot of fun!
    chief9937@Yahoo.com

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  13. I love the Magic Tree House Books!

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  14. I love to read Stellaluna. I've never heard of your book but now I want to look it up.

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  15. This year I discovered Donavan's Word Jar through a teammate. Great book for introducing "collecting words" and vocabulary.

    Heather Haugen
    heatherhaugen@netzero.com

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  16. I love reading Junie B. Jones to my kiddos!

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  17. One of my favorite read alouds is From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler! I make this my first read aloud of the year every single year! It takes a while for the kids to warm up to the story, but once we are halfway through, they love it and can't wait to hear more!

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  18. I love reading any Patricia Polacco book to my students, but my favorites are Junkyard Wonders, Bully, and Thank You Mr. Falker. I also love Eve Bunting and William Steig.

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  19. PS...I took one look at the header of your blog, and I knew it was a Shanon and Courtney design. Adorable!

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  20. It really depends on the grade level that I am teaching. I love the book the Sneetches. My students also like the Magic Tree House books and Junie B. Jones.

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  21. Too many to choose from! I love Kevin Henkes, but right now, I'm really enjoying reading The Chocolate Touch to my first graders.

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  22. One of my favorite books to read aloud is James and the Giant Peach

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  23. I love to read Thank You, Mr. Falker to my students! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  24. I love Jan Brett's books, especially Comet's Nine Lives.

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  25. My favorite book to read to my students is If You Give A Moose A Muffin. Shawndance12@gmail.com

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  26. anything with animation!! When I am able to act out the book a bit, my students love it!

    Noelle

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  27. Anything Chris van Allsburg or Patricia Polacco!

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