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review 2017-04-08 05:04
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a wonderful book about two young children who create a magical land just for the tow of them to escape to. They are picked on in school and aren't exactly the best at fitting in with the other kids but their differences and love of imagination bring them close together. Although the story has a sad ending, I think the message of imagination and life being what you make it is very evident throughout the book. I would use this when  having my students write a text about a magical land they wood escape to if they could. I would have  allaying sheet present for them to plan the characters, setting, plot, etc. Once the planning page is complete, they would transfer it over to writing a text using those details. I would rte this book a three and a half out of five stars and it is listed as an 810L on the Lexile scale.

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review 2017-04-08 02:37
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia is about a boy and a girl, Jesse and Leslie who become best friends and together create wild kingdom. Jesse and Leslie have very different interests, but the two stick together like glue through everything, even when faced by a bully. This novel portrays relatable characteristics of friendship, and a father-son relationship through Jesse and his father.

 

I would read this novel in a fifth grade class room (Reading Level 4.6) and have my students describe each of the main characters and how they are different, and tell how the characters "cross the bridge", finding similarities between the characters and how they work together.

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review 2017-04-06 20:45
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Lexile Level: 810L

This exciting thriller is about a young boy named Jess who meets the best friend of his life, Leslie. They create their own world together and they are the rulers of their kingdom. But one day when Leslie tries to go to their world alone, there is a devastating tragedy and Jess is left heartbroken. I would read this to my class as a read-aloud during free time.

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review 2017-03-31 00:58
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

I read this book when I was younger and enjoyed getting to read a book about true friendship. This book highlights two best friends and their journey together. It kept me closely engaged throughout the whole book because there is so many details in it. I think this book would be best fit for intermediate or middle school (4th-8th grade). The lexile level of this book is 810L. An activity I would use in the classroom would be creating a "bridge" of the plot. Students would write the setting, key details, and characters on this bridge that leads up to the climax of the book. This would be a good comprehension check and fun for the students to create too. They could color their bridges when they get finished.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-29 00:50
The Rope Swing Broke- And So Did My Heart
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson,Donna Diamond

"Bridge to Terabithia" is a very sad book that confronts the realities of life in a way that really connects with kids. The book is about Jess and Leslie, two friends who create an imaginary land called Terabithia which they visit often. After Leslie dies in a tragic accident, Jess reflects back on his memories and is transformed in the rest of the book. Though this novel has much to offer in terms of literary devices- character development, vocabulary, symbolism, etc. But it also opens an array of other opportunities. Nature is a large part of the book as well as imagination and friendship. Because I am a big believer in STEM, I think this book would be a great opportunity to work on some STEM activities. There are many STEM lessons that involve designing bridges, building them, and testing their strength. Doing this activity would also focus on teamwork and cooperation. Overall, this book has many possibilities and I highly recommend it for any older classroom. 

 

Guided Reading Level: T

Lexile: 810L

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.6

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