Essential 5th Grade Books

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  1. iheart5thgrade

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    My favorite book to read to my fifth graders is Number the Stars. They absolutely love it, and several of the parents told me their kids asked for that book for Christmas after we had read it. :)
     
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    I'll be reading Number the Stars as my 2nd read aloud for the year, it was actually recommended by our ELA program and the timing is perfect. I'm starting off with a personal favorite of mine- Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, its book 1 of the Shadow Children series. I completely devoured the series this summer and I am excited to get my students hooked on it.
     
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    Are these books that you read with the students? Or are these books they read independently? I recognize some of the titles, and I know our middle school teachers use them with their classes. I usually use Fountas and Pinnell to level my books, since we have a basal series and the books they are reading are read independently.
    That said- I love these books for 5th grade:
    The Year Down Yonder
    Tuck Everlasting
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Hatchet
    Number the Stars
    My Teacher is an Alien (beginning of year)
    Among the Hidden
    The Skin I'm In (definitely end of the year)
     
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    BFG?

    I love Roal Dahl and I think the language in BFG is so fun. I was thinking of starting the year with it. But this is my first year in 5th so I wonder if it is too young.
     
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    Some of my kids read Hunger Games on their own time. Their parents bought them the book. They said they liked the series. I haven't read it yet. Sorry if I misled you.

    It is on my to read list. But hearing it is violent I won't let it in my class.
     
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    My students loved BFG. Bur I made sure to
    Really ham up when I read it.
     
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    I'm curious, as well, to hear from someone who has used this book with their students. Most of the reviews I've read recommend this for older students (grades 7 - 9), so I'm curious about this with 10 year olds.
     
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    I'm not sure how much time we have for books that are not from Story Town, but if I have an opportunity I want to read Number the Stars with my 5th graders.
     
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    Thanks!! Yes, that's exactly how I read it! It makes it so fun! :haha:
     
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    We also read Number the Stars. I gave them just a little WWII background before starting. They were intrigued. We also read;

    Island of the Blue Dolphins
    My Teacher is an Alien
    The Witches
    Crash

    We started Tuck Everlasting but my students didn't get into it. Does it pick up after the first few chapters?
     
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    Anyone who enjoys Number the Stars might also enjoy escaping into the night by Dina Friedman.
     
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    I always read Pictures of Hollis Woods. It has a lot of discussion points, but no questionable content. Also, Trapped and Stolen Children by Peg Kehret are class favorites. I love Peg Kehret because the kids love the books, and they can check out other books of hers from our library.
     

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