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    By ChristyB

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    This is such a fun book to read as a class!!! My fifth grade teacher used it, and I am enjoying reading it with my class now.
    I set up the "mystery" by having a countdown. I write "14 days until Frankweiler..." on the board, and countdown while the class works itself into a frenzy trying to discover who exactly this Frankweiler is. I leave clues hidden around the classroom, such as a copy of the letter prefacing the novel or a guide to the NYMOMA, and let them some up with some theories. By the time I unveil the books, they are antsy to delve into the book.
    I also try to take the class on a virtual tour of Manhattan, especially interesting to my class because of the recent tragedies. I color copy pictures of sights in Manhattan and New York (downloaded off the internet) on transparencies, line up their chairs as if they're on a tour bus, and show the pictures on the overhead, while I assume a tour guide voice explain the attractions.
    I really have a great time with this book; it explores so many themes and places relevant to the fifth grade child...

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