5th Grade Library

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  1. lolabear1

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    I just signed a contract to teach fifth grade next year, so naturally I am now completely stressed out about how unprepared I am. This will be my first year teaching, and I own exactly zero books for a classroom library. I wanted to collect them throughout the last several years, but never knew what grade I would be teaching.

    Everyone has told me to go to EBay, Scholastic Book Fairs, garage sales, etc. The problem is, I have no idea what books are suitable for fifth graders. That in itself makes me feel like I have no business to be teaching if I don't even know what they read, which just causes more stress.

    So, are there any sites out there that anyone knows of with lists of books for fifth graders? Or, what are some books you suggest?

    Thank you in advance :)
     
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  3. MsMaggs

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    I had the exact same problem last year, and still am not completely comfortable saying "Oh, this is a fifth grade book," but that's okay. Remember, all of the students are going to be capable of reading a different level, so you have some room for error. I started my searches by going to ebay and simply searching for "5th grade novels" then I started searching for Newberry medal and Newberry honor books, some of those are higher than 5th grade, but a lot of them will work well for the students. Also, most of the Scholastic books are leveled with some sort of grade level on the back of the book.
    Hope that helps a little...
     
  4. peachieteachie

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    I was in the same boat last year and I would take anything I could get. By the end of the year my classroom library was filled. I got lots of books from other teachers who wanted to get rid of some. I also went to garage sales and Scholastic Book Fairs. Your local public library might even have some sales or you may be given money by your school to purchase materials. Don't be too stressed out over books for your classroom library. People don't expect new teachers to be loaded with books.
     
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    Another good place to get books is at Goodwill or Salvation Army. Often times, you can get books for under a dollar. As others have said, you students will be at all different levels, but if you want a general idea, look for chapter books that have smaller print (think about the size of a Judy Blume book). Andrew Clements and R.L. Steine were popular authors with my class last year.
     
  6. lolabear1

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    Thank you for all of the suggestions! I seriously feel like a fish out of water right now. I want to spend the summer preparing for the upcoming year, but I don't even know where to start! I'm wondering if I should have taken the kindergarten position I was offered in another district... but you get to teach such fun stuff in fifth grade :p
     
  7. MsMaggs

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    Fifth grade is awesome!!! The curriculum is fun and interesting and the kids are at a great age! I thought I'd prefer 1st or 2nd grade, but I'm so glad I'm teaching 5th grade!!! You'll love it!
     
  8. MsMaggs

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    Don't worry too much, you've got all summer to prepare and once you get there everything will fall into place. Just relax and let it happen. I only had a week to prepare, and it all worked out okay! :)
     
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    My fifth graders loved non-fiction books. At this age, they are fascinated with the way the world works. I had a TON of non-fiction and worried that it would be wasted space. Boy, it sure was not. I had a tub for different categories. I had a tub full of astronomy books, animals, presidents, U.S. history, science, geography, autobiographies, plants, and world history.

    For fiction, I had about 2000 books that ranged from 1 grade to 8 grade reading levels. I had a couple of kids who came in at a first grade reading level, so I was glad that I kept books that low. I organized them like this: [​IMG]
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    I would do a search for fifth grade books. I'm sure that would yield some good results.

    Some of my kids favorite books:
    Captian Underpants Series
    Franny K Stein Series
    Unfortunate Events Series
    Fudge
    Stargirl
    Harry Potter Series
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 and 2
    Island of the Blue dolphin
    Zia
     
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    Wow, Peachy, I love your library! Where did you get so many books! Wasn't last year your first year teaching 5th? Wow!
     
  11. Calalilys

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    To be completely honest, you're going to have such a vast range of readers that you can't go wrong by having books at every grade level. It's important that you teach you students to choose books that are at their reading level and not the ones they see everyone else reading. Along with the books already mentioned on the thread, I'd go with some Andrew Clements and Jude Blume books.
     
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    My first and last, apparenlty....:rolleyes: Well, many of the books were mine, growing up. Many I collected during student teaching, some I purchased from Scholastic, and the rest I begged for. I put up a memo in the teachers lounge asking for chapter books. I received about 10 boxes.
     
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    Peachyness, your classroom library is amazing! I wish I could keep mine that organized. I think I'll had that to my goal list.
     
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    I'm type A and a bit OCD. My kids were great at helping me to keep it clean and organized too!
     
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    A place to find the types of books you need, would be a public library. You can visit the kids section and ask a librarian, even yours at your new school if that person is there already.
    I had students at all different levels. Last year I was so lucky I walked into a room full of books, sadly I had to leave them all when I left, but I am having fun searching, too.
    My students loved this one http://www.scholastic.com/titles/geronimostilton/
    Also make friends with the librarian, mine was great, she just emailed and said to read and check out -GA Children's Book Award List for next year....
    So search high and low and take it all!
     
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    As others have said, definitely keep a wide range of books... I had kids reading between second and eighth grade levels. Their favorite authors: Pam Munoz Ryan, Andrew Clements, Lemony Snicket, Roald Dahl, Rick Riordan, and Christopher Paul Curtis. They loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Thief and the Beanstalk, Newberry Award-winners, and National Geographic Kids magazine. We also had a lot of historical fiction and American History books in regular rotation from the library.

    Remember you'll probably get books throughout the year, too, and once you get to know your students you'll have a much better idea what types of books they gravitate to for their independent reading. Plus Scholastic always seems to have random deals on great books during the school year!
     

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