Book Discussion: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

11 Feb

luluI just finished a small book discussion with six 3rd & 4th graders about Judith Viorst’s book, Lulu and the Brontosaurus.  The kids overall found the book very good and enjoyed the comedic approach to Lulu’s tendency for tantrums.

I structure my third and fourth grade book discussions a little differently than I would for my older kids because I have found that this age group, although great about reading the book and answering questions, has a much more difficult time with the discussing part.  They can each individually answer my questions, but often have trouble piggybacking off each other’s ideas to create a real discussion.  That being said, the kids really like talking about the book itself!

After we discuss the book for 20-25 minutes, I provide an activity for the kids to do that can be integrated into the story.  Tonight we made baby dinosaurs that hatched out of eggs.  It’s a simple craft, but the kids can get creative coloring their dinosaur babies and the eggs too.  I also found a link to a maze from the same website.  I was excited to see that the kids took a great deal of time working on their baby dinos and were reluctant to leave until they finished.  I normally only schedule these book discussions for about 45 minutes, which gives us just enough time to discuss and work on our activity.

I also gave the kids a few minutes to look at other books that I thought they might like after having read Lulu and I was pleased to see that 5 kids took books home with them!

Suggested Reading List:

  • Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst
  • Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
  • Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
  • The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  • Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
  • Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

One Response to “Book Discussion: Lulu and the Brontosaurus”

  1. lbpsbbook February 13, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    Reblogged this on LBPSB Library Resources and commented:
    Looking to start a book club with your younger grades? Lots of great suggestions in this blog from Literacious!

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