Thursday, June 10, 2010

4L Novel Study: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

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4L Novel Study: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

VoiceThread is one our favourite Web 2.0 tools here at Camilla School. Teachers are using VoiceThread as a digital storytelling tool that can be shared in the classroom, school, and education community. This tool offers online collaboration, interaction, communication and participation from around the world.

4L students read Judy Blume’s book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing as a novel study. Judy Blume is an award-winning author of children’s and young adult literature with over 80 million copies of books in print.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing tells the story of fourth grader Peter Hatcher and his little toddler brother Farley Drexel ‘Fudge’ Hatcher. As a big brother, Peter always has to help his little brother Fudge, who seems to get all of the attention. This makes Peter feels neglected by his parents. Peter feel like a fourth grade nothing! This book is filled with more interesting characters such as Mr. Yarby, Sheila, Jimmy, Sam, Jennie, Dr. Brown, Mr. Vincent, Dr. Cone and of course Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle.

Judy first got the idea for the book when her children’s babysitter showed her a newspaper article about a toddler who swallowed a turtle. This quirky story inspired Judy to write the story as a picture book titled “Peter, Fudge and Dribble.” Many publishers rejected the idea until several years later when it caught the eye of an editor who wanted the story to be told as a chapter book, and the novel was written. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first book in her Fudge series.

Ms. Tonhauser


  1. Hi everyone I think we did an awesome job on this project! Good job everyone!


  2. Hey Guys!! I love Everyone's work, great job:)
    I really got a lot out of this project, hope you guys did too!

    From, Zoe

  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Judy Blume novel study. She is one of my favorite authors!

    You have inspired me to try a voicethread with my students next year.

    Mrs. Scott
    New York, NY

  4. nice work!! I think we did a good job,because we all put in hard work.


  5. Wow grade 4L!! You did a great job with your voicethread! I really like your descriptions and your art work - kudos to you all :)
    Mr. Paustian

  6. WooooW!!!! This one is perfect presentation for encouraging kids to realize they can make a difference to their environment...Thanks for snazzy idea...
    Essay Writing