Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Louis Sachar
Illustrator: Joel Schick
Date of Publication: 1995
ISBN: 068813694X
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2002

Synopsis: (from the publisher) It's been 243 days since Wayside School has been open for classes. It's taken that long to rid the place of all traces of the cows. When the students finally do return, you can bet all the craziness is back too, including a very strange counselor called Dr. Pickle who has a warped sense of humor. The really big suprises come when Mrs. Jewls leaves to have her baby and the kids get some wacky substitute teachers. One of them even has three nostrils...and you won't believe what he's hiding in there! Don't miss the fun at Wayside School... but watch out for flying potatoes on your way inside!

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Craft ideas:
•  Draw the inside of Miss Jewls's classroom, or what you think Wayside School looks like.
•  Pick your favorite color (or number?), and write a poem about it. Illustrate!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!