IMG_6170Picture 005While Mr. Brace is working with my regular 3rd graders, I am lucky enough to work with a different group of 3rd graders.  Today we read Venus, The Flytrap That Wouldn’t Eat Flies and had a focus on deeper comprehension and facilitating a book discussion group.

If you aren’t familiar with the comprehension cubes that you can get practically anywhere (I got mine from Amazon), you should consider getting them.  There are dice for before, during, and after reading, and the kids go absolutely bananas for them. 

IMG_6172Each student was able to roll the dice and answer the question and then I had the discussion prompt sheet sitting up so students could add on to another student’s answer.  Let me tell you–it got a little heated when students didn’t agree with each other.  This was a great lesson on how we can respectfull disagree with other people in the group.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions and it’s always appreciated if an example from the book can be used to help support your opinion/answer that you share with the group.

Students had a lot of fun reading about a Venus Flytrap that didn’t eat bugs and came up with some great main ideas and author’s message for the story including, “You don’t know what you might like or not like until you try it so you should be willing to try new things.”

The dice were a great way to break the story up into parts and helped to lead our group discussion.  It’s fun when everyone can bring something a little different to the table and we all learn from each other.