5th grade novel units

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  1. LindsayRose

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    Hey all! I'm in the middle of teaching my 3rd novel unit. I like to switch my reading program up, which has a large emphasis on the basal, which is great but the kids like a change, and I enjoy teaching them!

    Anyways, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a good novel in 5th grade to teach whole class. So far, I have done Bridge to Terabithia, The Whipping Boy (which I didn't really like), and now I doing Shiloh (which is fun, but it is not MUCH of a challenge, since it is right on reading level.)

    Thanks! :cool:
     
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  3. amakaye

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    When I taught 5th, we did Holes and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

    (We did the Whipping Boy in third grade earlier this year--my students loved it!)
     
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    Maniac Magee
    Freak the Mighty
     
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    When I was in 5th grade we did Huckleberry Finn and Where the Red Fern Grows. My teacher at the time said he picked it because he knew it would be a challenge for us.
     
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    My Brother Sam is Dead (great tie-in if you do American History but it has strong language), The Lightning Thief (movie comes out Friday!)... I've done Coraline at the beginning of the year and have also read The Phantom Tollbooth, the 39 Clues and the Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine.
     
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    We are on our 3rd book too!!

    We have read: Bridge to Terabithia, The Tale of Despereaux, (currently) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    Up next: Tuck Everlasting, The Lightning Thief

    I have also previously taught: The Secret Garden, Where the Red Fern Grows


    Next year, I'm going to change it up. (I change it every year, to keep it fresh except for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe...it's on my list every year)

    Next year I'm thinking about doing Hatchet; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Lightning Thief and The Secret Garden.
     
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    I did Secret Garden with 3rd graders and they enjoyed it, but I don't know if 5th would've. And I wanted to read Tale of Desperaux, but thought that might've been too young, too. Is it going well, Ima? I wish I had done Lightning Thief.
     
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    Our fourth graders do Hatchet, and they all LOVE it. I remember reading it in 6th grade.
     
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    some good lesson plans for novels

    Some of the already mentioned and some other novels have unit plans at teachershare.scholastic.com They might be of help to you.

    teachershare.scholastic.com/resourcesquery=novels&search_type=lesson&from_grade_code=6&to_grade_code=6
     
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    The Tale of Despereaux was alright. I didn't enjoy teaching it at all. The kids only wanted to remember the movie and the movie is not like the book. For me, it was disasterous...more of a end of 4th grade book.

    My 5th graders last year just loved Tuck Everlasting. (you know, the idea of living forever....) It was several students favorite book until we read the Lightning Thief that is!

    sorry it's taken so long to reply, I forgot my password!
     
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    Hahaha about the password.

    Maniac Magee was great, too.
     
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    Yeah, I don't like to use books for which there were movies for just that reason.
     
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    I've found that using books where the movie is significantly different gives us tons to include in a Venn diagram... for both Coraline and The Lightning Thief, my students were adamant that the books were WAY better than the movies!
     
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    James & the Giant Peach, Walk Two Moons, Dear Mr. Henshaw, Holes, Poppy, A Long Way from Chicago...I could go on and on! I love novel units!!!
     
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    I do Hatchet every year, I have a huge a binder/pdf files of things I do with it. The students love the book and this year they are all reading the sequels and really enjoy Gary Paulsen.
     
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    I do Tuck Everlasting, Hatchet, some years Sign of the Beaver,
    Frindle, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, although it seems young, the kids are not familiar with the book, just the movie, and who doesn't like Roald Dahl?
    We always start the year off with Holes. The kids love it. They also like Tuck and Hatchet. I play Hatchet on cd as the kids follow along in the book. They love doing this, and it really helps the low readers.
     
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    I have units (notes, questions, chapter summaries, a variety of stuff for each) for Maniac Magee, Frindle, Shiloh, and Because of Winn Dixie if anybody wants them. Send me a PM with your email.
     
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    The Great Gilly Hopkins! I loved it when I was in 5th grade too! Lots of great attitude (which my students can relate to). Great for characterization and language.
     
  20. LindsayRose

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    OH MY! I remember the Great Gilly Hopkins!!! I don't remember what it is about, but it must be good b/c I remember it being a favorite when I was young. I wish we had that in a class set.
     
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    I've done Holes, Maniac Magee, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, Mixed Up Files, Wringer, Matilda, and Frindle (always 1st to teach the process).
     

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