“Fish in a Tree” and “Thank You, Mr. Falker” – Connections from an Unlikely source

It is March is reading month. I have just finished reading Fish in a Tree  by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. WE LOVED IT. For the month of March we are trying to read 31 books in 31 days and I chose Thank You,  Mr. Falker by Patricia Pollacco on Storyline Online.

For each story, we list it on our poster and then write the message next to it. After finishing this book, one of my most unlikely students raised his hand and said, ” That book is just like Fish in a Tree.” I was pleasantly surprised and asked him to go on and explain. ” They both had a teacher who saw what they needed and helped them. By the end, they could both read.” Wow! This is from a student who looks disconnected most of the time. Someone who complains and fusses over almost every assignment. He. Got. It.

Such joy comes to my heart. We do what we do because we love it. I will never back down on high-quality literature with my 5th graders. There is always a place for that. Without that type of understanding and elevation, who are we as people?

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3 thoughts on ““Fish in a Tree” and “Thank You, Mr. Falker” – Connections from an Unlikely source

  1. Great post about a great moment! In my third grade we call the books you are reading Wisdom Books because of the wisdom we get from them! I always read Thank You, Mr. Falker but will now be on the look out for Fish In a Tree. Thank you!

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  2. I love when kiddos make magic connections. We saw Lynda Hunt speak last year about Fish in a Tree. It has become a favorite of our fourth grades. We also like Save Me a Seat Sarah Weeks and Because of Mr. Terupt. Both authors I have heard speak and are so authentic for our student audience.

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