Magic Finger Literature Circle with Third Grade Students
literature circle of gifted third graders was formed when it was
felt their needs were not being met in the regular classroom.
They are currently compacting the curriculum of our reading
series and spending the gained time in literature circle. The
goal was to build the studentsí skills in thinking about what
they have read and understanding the different types of
questions. Our first book was Magic Finger by Roald Dahl.
It was one chosen by the students from a list recommended by
their regular classroom teacher. I felt it was a good length for
introducing literature circles to the group of five.
extension project the group decided to determine key scenes from
the story, create a diorama based on the scene, and write a
paragraph describing the scene and its importance. The dioramas
were shared with the studentsí classmates.
done through a simple rubric.
After a discussion on the rubric the students graded themselves;
as did I. The group has been very excited and canít wait to
start their next book by Roald Dahl, Matilda. Hopefully
comparisons between books and a discussion of Dahlís style will
enter the literature circles during our next round.