Many readers sent in recommendations for sci-fi and fantasy stories for gifted readers. I’ve gathered these together here as a growing collection.
I have a class set of HG Wells’ The Time Machine. It was affordable, a classic, and recognizeable to my students. The problem? It was written in the 19th century and is simply above most of my students’ independent reading levels. However, this book was definitely within their instructional reading level, so I turned this novel study into a read–aloud.
By and large, we underestimate the learning capabilities of young students, beginning in preschool and extending through first or second grade. We tend to focus on the basics – alphabet, letters, numbers, individual words, basic shapes – in isolation, sometimes forgetting to add the richness of depth and complexity that allow students to learn on a deeper level, and provide interest for those students who already have already learned the particular skills.
As we review for midyear tests, my students are working in groups to analyze eight characters from any story from this years’ readings. I’ve given them three dimensions to use when looking at each character. Each dimension is based on concepts created by three different researchers: Howard Gardner, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Sandra Kaplan.