I have wonderful memories of teachers reading to the class in elementary school. The most memorable books for me were Escape to Witch Mountain, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My second grade teacher, Miss Haslam, read the last and she did the best voice for Willy Wonka that I’ve ever heard.
Anybody else have memories of specific books that were read to you in school?
I think all of my elementary school teachers read to us, but my 3rd grade teacher was the best at reading aloud. It probably helped that she usually or always read us Roald Dahl books. I specifically remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and The Witches. I think she also read us Danny, the Champion of the World, but we may have just watched the movie.
I don’t remember many of the books read to the class in other years, but my 5th grade teacher read us Judy Blume’s Blubber and my 1st grade teacher read us a book about a Cocker spaniel that became a champion in different types of dog competitions. A quick Google tells me it was likely Champion Dog Prince Tom by Jean Fritz. It also sticks in my mind that my 1st grade teacher read us Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. I also had a teacher or teachers who read to us from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, although I don’t remember which grades this was.
9th Grade English, the teacher had a copy of Tale of Two Cities narrated on records. She set aside about 10 mins of class time and played the records. Took several weeks to get through the book and discuss it.
I only had one teacher read a book to the class , it was when I was in JR high ,
and in the reject class , this was common with hard of hearing students when I was growing. The teacher was reading’ Homer and the donut machine’ and we had one student that must of had Asperger’s but no one really knew about it then .
The boy was really enjoying the story and laughing really so hard it was
contagious so the whole joyed in with him. The bitch of a teacher stopped reading and said to the boy . “Joe they’re not laughing with you , they’re laughing at you!” Joe was not his real name , I was so angry at that bitch ! The whole class was ! I am sorry but this only story I can remember , I didn’t get my first hearing aid until I was 8 yo so I really never heard what was being said in school .
The one where he little brother eats the tiny turtle. (checks) **Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing **
I think I had already read it and had to keep from spoiling it for my classmates. I’m not sure if I succeeded.
I had that in the second grade. In the first grade, my class was read *The Wonderful Wizard of Oz *. I was rather surprised about how much more of the story there was after the Wicked Witch of the West got killed.
My third grade teacher read us Ramona the Pest, and this was my introduction to Beverly Cleary, I think within a year I had read all her books. The third grade teach from the other class (they team taught a lot) read an Encyclopedia Brown story to us, and asked if any of us could figure out the solution, and after thinking a minute, I solved it (it was the one where the chocolate bar should have melted). It was one of those shining moments, you never forget. That was also my introduction to Encyclopedia Brown, and Donald Sobol kept writing the books for years after, and every time a new one came out, I’d get it, even if I was a little old for it; it was still thrilling when I could figure out the case.