Class Dismissed for Book Talk Thursday

What happens when a teacher leaves her rowdy class of fifth graders with no one to take over? Well, the class takes over and what an adventure they have!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn't want to teach anymore? What about one of those years? I think we all have, but we have managed to get through and make the best of it. But when you are ready to retire, and the class you have is the worst in the history of the school, what would you do? In today's Book Talk Thursday (and Virginia Readers' Choice) Class Dismissed (Affiliate link), you can find out what might happen if we all gave in to our desire to quit.

Book Summary

It's another day in Ms. Bryce's fifth grade class, and nothing is different than any other. Ms. Bryce spends her time yelling at her crazy class and doling out punishments. The students (who tell the story from their own perspectives) are all tired of Ms. Bryce. But in the middle of a science experiment gone wrong, Ms. Bryce calls the office to tell them she quits. What she doesn't know is that she never spoke to anyone in the office due to a crazy mishap!

Now that the class knows she is gone and no one knows, they decide to keep it a secret. But how long will it last? Each chapter is another student's perspective in the story as they let the reader know what is going on behind the scenes in Class 507.

Reasons to Read

Besides being a fun story to read, children will gain a lot of knowledge about perspective. Since the story is told from each student's perspective as the story unfolds. Each student feels differently about the secret and has his or her own thoughts on what to do and who should do it. Being able to see that everyone thinks differently about the same situation will help children understand other people as well!

The book also teaches an important lesson on working together. To pull off this secret, everyone must band together to work at the job and get it done, without anyone finding out.

This fun book will have your students (and you) laughing out loud at times as they find out more about how Ms. Bryce's class survives the loss of their teacher in the book Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow.
What happens when a teacher leaves her rowdy class of fifth graders with no one to take over? Well, the class takes over and what an adventure they have!


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