Cinema Club is a fantastic way to "get your child to love reading!" Cinema Club's core is based on reading. Each month I read a book to the class. When the month and book are over, we get to watch the movie! We discuss what the similarities and differences are between the book and the movie.

The only way for students to stay in the Cinema Club for the month, is to follow the rules that we create monthly, such as turn in all of your homework weekly, or stay on your green card all month. If you do not follow the rules, your ticket is taken down from the board. Those whose tickets still remain at the end of the month, come movie time, will be able to watch the movie. We watch the movie during the students recess and lunch time, so that the students who are not in Cinema Club for the month, go to recess and lunch like usual. Sometimes the movie is a longer movie, so we spread it out over the corse of a few days.

Before the movie starts, each student is given a ticket (I got mine from Office Max. Make sure they are the double tickets, so that the child keeps one, and puts the other in the popcorn bag) that he/she places into a popcorn bag. The winner is chosen after the movie, and the winning raffle tickets receive the book that we read that month and a large lolli pop! We even get to eat popcorn during the movie!

The book that I raffle off to the students is a soft cover used book from They are usually very cheap including shipping (under $10). The big lolli pops I get from Walgreens, $1 for 3!

Treat your students to something wonderful! It's also a great way to

reinforce good behavior!

These are some great books that have movies to go along with them, that can be used for Cinema Club!

Most of these movies are PG so make sure you get permission from the parents first, especially for the Harry Potter books and movies.

I use Internet Movie Data Base ( to check on movie ratings!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling



by Louis Sachar


Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss


by William Steig

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

Charlotte's Web


E.B. White

Harriet the Spy

by Louise Fitzhugh

The Witches


Roald Dahl

A Series of Unfortunate Events

by Lemony Sniket


by Roald Dahl

My Friend Flicka

by Mary O' Hara

(movie: Flicka)

How to Eat Fried Worms

by Thomas Rockwell

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

The Night at the Museum

by Milan Trenc


by Chris Van Allsburg


by Chris Van Allsburg

Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

Curious George

by Margret and H.A. Rey's


The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett


A Little Princess

by Fraces Hodgson Burnett

The Wondeful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Mary Poppins

by P.L. Travers

The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

by C. S. Lewis

Nurse Matilda: The Collected Tales

by Christianna Brand

(movie: Nanny McPhee)



When we are finished reading our Cinema Club book for the month but we still have time until the end of the month, we do Author's Spotlight! Check it out!

Introduction to Cinema Club Letter
Cinema Club Reminder Letter
PG Permission Slip


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