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Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard

Miss Nelson Is Missing! (original 1977; edition 1985)

by Harry Allard, James Marshall (Author), Harry Allard (Illustrator)

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Title:Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Authors:Harry Allard
Other authors:James Marshall (Author), Harry Allard (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (1985), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library, Books published before 2000, Realistic Fiction, Traditional Literature
Tags:school, teacher, students, rowdy, sweet, nice, mean

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Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard (1977)


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I used this book to teach how good readers predict and confirm their predictions through a think aloud. This book would also, be great to teach guided comprehension skills. This would be a great book to use for readers response.
  Spinea1 | Nov 23, 2014 |
Miss. Nelson is missing a book about a sweet and kind teacher who doesn't show up to class for a few days, instead in her place is Miss Viola Swamp who was a mean, don't mess around substitute. The class didn't like miss Viola Swamp so the class went to look for their missing teacher with the help with the police. Just when the class thought Miss Nelson is gone forever she comes back just in time and the class stays on their best behavior.

This book is a preschool favorite at the daycare I work at. I absolutely love this book!

Classroom Extension:
1. I would have the kids create a missing poster for Miss Nelson.
2. We would have a group discussion as to why it's important to listen to our teacher.
  theresa.moultrie | Nov 21, 2014 |
Classic book series that every child should be exposed to!
  kelskemp | Nov 9, 2014 |
This extremely popular book tells the tell of a teacher who has supposedly gone missing. However, what the kids do not understand is that the teacher who has gone missing is actually there own teacher just in disguise as the mean substitute. This book also has a hidden message of how easily a teacher's classroom management can be thrown off by a new routine.
  Jclark5 | Nov 3, 2014 |

Miss Nelson is a sweet and kind teacher who has a classroom full of students who do not behave. One morning, Miss Nelson does not come to class and in her place arrives the mean Miss Viola Swamp. Miss Swamp doesn't mess around and makes the students get down to business with lots and lots of classwork and homework. There is no talking, no story hour, and NO misbehaving with Miss Swamp. The students enlisted the help of the local police man to help find their missing teacher, but he could not help them. Just when the students were convinced Miss Nelson may be gone forever, Miss Swamp left and Miss Nelson returned. The students were so happy to see Miss Nelson that they remained on their very best behavior.

Personal Reaction:

This is a great story to illustrate how classroom behavior should and should not be whether the classroom teacher is there - or a substitute is filling in for the regular classroom teacher. I love the implied information the author gives the audience about the possibility that Miss Nelson may in fact also be Miss Swamp. The story would be a great conversation starter when talking about classroom behavior and classroom procedures.

Extension Ideas:

1 - Students can create a character analysis for Miss Viola Swamp and one for Miss Nelson to compare and contrast, describing "How she looked", "How she acted", and "Things she said."

2 - Students can create posters (flyers) for the missing Miss Nelson. Students can draw a picture of Miss Nelson, then complete the poster with a description of Miss Nelson and contact information to help report sightings of Miss Nelson. ( )
  MaryMK | Oct 20, 2014 |
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For My Sister Jacqueline - H. A.

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The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again.
The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again.
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This book is written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395401461, Paperback)

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling.  Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.
So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall’s scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious. A back-to-school perennial!

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The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

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