One of my favorite read alouds is How to Be Cool in the Third Grade, by Betsy Duffey. It is a wonderful story to read to your new third graders about fitting in/just being yourself and a perfect book to accompany a bullying theme (how to deal with bullies).
I have created this 28-page Close Reading activity packet to increase my students' listening skills and comprehension skills during the read aloud (or shared reading).
This product includes:
~Comprehension questions (short response, not multiple choice) per chapter. There are 13 chapters in this book.
~A book report template
~Essay (ELA format)
~Adorable bulletin board set!
This can also be used for reading and writing quizzes/tests, homework, and/or ELA test prep materials (short and extended response).