Ernest Clark's situation is not unlike many
other children's experiences in third or fourth grade. Each thinks he
or she is the only one that is having the experience with other
classmates. Read about other third graders and discuss what is similar
about the main characters in each of the books -- as compared and
contrasted to Ernest.
How to Survive Third Grade
- Auch, Mary Jane. I Was a Third Grade Science Project Illustrated by Herm Auch. Holiday House, 1998.
- Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. Knopf, 2001. Actually about a child just starting school however, the situation will have some similarities.
- Cox, Judy. Third Grade Pet. Illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. Holiday House, 1998.
- Duffey, Betsy. How to Be Cool in the Third Grade (Puffin Chapters). Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Viking, 1993; Puffin paperback.
- Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry Moves Up to Third Grade. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. Viking, 1998.
- McKenna, Colleen O'Shaughnessy. Good Grief...Third Grade. Scholastic, 1994.
- Myers, Laurie. Earthquake in the Third Grade. Illustrated by Karen Ritz. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
- Park, Barbara. Skinnybones. Random House, 1997. (Updated version of a book originally published fifteen years earlier.)
- Park, Barbara. The Kid in the Red Jacket Random House, 1987.
© 2002 Laurie Lawlor. All rights reserved.
Text for Curriculum section © 2002 Sharron McElmeel @ McBookwords.
Portions of this text may have been published in earlier publications
by Sharron L. McElmeel and are reprinted here with permission.