5th grade level novels

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  1. WaterfallLady

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    What novels do you read in your class throughout the year? Our reading is ability grouped and I think I am going to be teaching reading to the middle schoolers reading on a 4/5 level. I can only remember reading "Snow Treasure" in 4th grade and "Homer Price" in 5th...I know they read more than that!
     
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    They love Andrew Clements' books at this age!
     
  4. MissNikki

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    Andrew Clements books are good for lower ability readers. Boys also usually enjoy Mike Lupica books (sports related).

    We read....

    Walk Two Moons
    Indian in the Cupboard
    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    The Pinballs
    The Sign of the Beaver
    A Long Way from Chicago
    Maniac Magee
     
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    There's a boy in the girl's bathroom and Hole both are by Louis Sachar (unsure of spelling)
     
  6. Upsadaisy

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    Authors:
    Gary Paulsen - adventure books
    Jerry Spinelli - modern fiction, funny
    Kate Di Camillo - beautiful writing
    Elizabeth George - animals and environment


    5th graders also tend to like science fiction. I never read them aloud, but I know some kids choose SF titles often for book reports.
     
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    In my classroom we read two novels:

    The Giver
    Walk Two Moons

    In addition, I also supplement with Hougton-Mifflin our textbook.

    I hope this helps...
     
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    Anything by Gordon Korman:
    "Why did the Underwear Cross the Road?"
    "Island" Trilogy (best books ever!)
    "Dive" Trilogy
    "I Want to go Home!"

    Robert C. O'Brien
    "Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH
     
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    Gordon Korman, Andrew Clements, Gary Paulsen and Kate DiCamillo are popular in my room. As a side, I finished my book inventory, so here's what I have for small (6-book) reading group sets. I have so many because they read a book a month, and I alternate between choosing one for them and then letting them choose one. Some of these were requested (which is why I have whole series), while others were the $.99 books from Scholastic! :)
    Artemis Fowl
    Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
    Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
    Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
    Becoming Naomi Leon
    Brian's Hunt
    Call It Courage
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Chasing the Falconers
    Chasing Vermeer
    Chronicles of Narnia, The #1: The Magician's Nephew
    Chronicles of Narnia, The #5: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    Chronicles of Narnia, The #7: The Last Battle
    Crispin: The Cross of Lead
    Egypt Game, The
    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Gatekeepers #1: Raven's Gate
    Gatekeepers #2: Evil Star
    Gatekeepers #3: Nightrise
    Gaurdians of Ga'Hoole #1: The Capture
    Giver, The
    Goosebumps Horrorland: Revenge of the Living Dummy
    Holes
    Hoot
    Kneeknock Rise
    Mouse and the Motorcycle, The
    Old Yeller
    Pendragon #1: The Merchant of Death
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1: The Lightning Thief
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2: The Sea of Monsters
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3: The Titan's Curse
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Room One
    School Mouse, The
    Shakespeare's Secret
    Shredderman: Secret Identity
    Sign of the Beaver
    Sisters Grimm #1: The Fairytale Detectives
    Sisters Grimm #2: The Unusual Suspects
    Sounder
    Stargirl
    Stuart Little
    Super-Fudge
    Tale of Despereaux, The
    Tiger Rising, The
    Witches, The
    Wrinkle in Time, A

    These are my class (32 copies) sets. We read two of these a quarter.
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Chronicles of Narnia, The #2: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Goosebumps: Monster Blood
    Hatchet
    Little Prince, The
    Shiloh
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    Tiger Rising, The
    Tuck Everlasting
    Whipping Boy, The
    Wishbone: Disoriented Express

    Hope the list helps!
     
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    This year for our 5th grade Battle of the Books we read Kensuke's Kingdom, Missing Gator of Gumbo Limbo, The Rats of Nimh, Loser, Running Out of Time and Riding Freedom. The reading levels were anywhere from low 3rd grade to high 6th grade according to Fountas and Pinnell.
     
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    We read these novels as a class or in literature circles:
    Tuck Everlasting, Nothings Fair in Fifth Grade, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Last Holiday Concert

    Over the years I have read various books aloud to the class. Some of the all time favorites are:
    Tale of Desperaux, My Brother Sam is Dead, The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, and Holes. This year I'm reading City of Ember and The Lightning Thief

    Keep in mind that the reading levels in your room/groups will be all over the place from high second or low third up to high sith or low seventh. Try to have a good variety of reading levels and genres available. Time Warp Trio and Herby Jones series are both good for the lower readers.
     
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    Wow, thanks for all the ideas guys! I am a special ed teacher and all my methods classes were for K-3, so I couldn't remember much about 5th grade.

    I teach at a special school for students with learning disabilities and students are grouped by the grade level they are reading on. I was told I would not have too much of a range in my class, but who knows.

    Also, my classes will be very small and I've been told I may only have 8 kids in my class. How would I handle literature circles like that? 2 groups of 4 or one of 8?
     
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    I have only tried lit circles a couple of times because of the problem you mentioned. The solution I came up with was to give daily grades for the completion of the circle work. Each person had a different role each day, but the top of every form had room for name and date. If Johnny doesn't do his work, he can't contribute to the "teaching" of the group (although he can take part in discussions) and so his participation grade for the day is a zero. That seemed to stem the tide for the most part.
     
  15. Upsadaisy

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    I have small classes every year. I would do two groups of 4 for lit circles in a class of 8.
     
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    My students loved The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo. We also read Don't You know There's a War On? by Avi when we studied WWII in Social Studies.
     
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    I just went on a mini-shopping spree at the bookstore. One of the books I found was called Bull Run. It is about the first major battle of the Civil War told in 2-4 page chapters by various fictional characters who experienced it. One of the suggestions is to use this novel for readers' theater. I have no idea how I'll do this (or if I'll be able to), but I'm really excited by the idea.
     

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