I taught 4th grade for several years. Every year I started out using my Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing literature unit. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume helped the students identify with being a new 4th Grader as well as help us all bond over the humor of the story.
Some elements of the story can be a bit dated, it was written in 1972 after all, but this does not seem to bother my students in the least bit! Being from Omaha this book also opens up the discussion of what it is like to live in a metropolis such as New York City. My students always enjoy discussing how Peter's life compares to theirs and I am sure that is even more pronounced for students in more rural areas.
I originally wrote my unit in 1995, my first year teaching fourth grade. I have been selling it since 2003. Over the years my unit has evolved and this summer I took some time to give it a major overhaul. I changed and streamlined the graphics so the look is different, and hopefully even more appealing to 4th graders everywhere.
I also updated the format of the vocabulary section and added a crossword puzzle for the vocabulary words.
Finally, I added an assessment packet that contains a multiple choice vocabulary quiz, a multiple choice comprehension quiz, a short answer comprehension quiz, and a writing assessment.
Hopefully these changes and additions will make this unit even more helpful to you in the classroom.
I highly recommend using Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in your classroom. Not only is it an informative book, it is fun! Students will love reading this book and sharing the humor together. I am a big advocate for using humorous books to spark a love of reading, especially with boys. Students can extend their love of Peter and Fudge by reading the sequels Superfudge, Fudge-A-Mania, and Double Fudge.
Check out my teaching unit available via immediate download at Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook. You can also purchase this on a CD that is shipped to you at Amazon or Teachers Pay Teachers.