Favorite read-alouds

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  1. 5leafclover

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    So, last year I started teaching reading using the Daily 5/CAFE model. I have loved it immensely, for the record. I usually start us off by modeling one of the cafe strategies using a read-aloud. Occasionally this will be a picture book, but more often than not it is a chapter book. I'm kind of mixing our "read aloud just for pleasure" with an intro to a strategy. It's relatively low key, about 10 minutes of reading at a time and the kids do not necessarily have a copy of the text to follow along with.

    Anyway, this year I flip-flopped our read-aloud between a unit related historical fiction to a high interest fiction chosen by the kids from a pool of six or so books. I found this to be hit or miss for a couple reasons. Sometimes the kids who didn't vote for the winner would be reluctant to enjoy the chosen book. More importantly, we would choose the book about a week before we started reading it and I often scrambled to get materials ready and to match the book up to the CAFE strategies.

    This year I'm still going to read historical fiction and then another fiction every other time. But I think I am going to have set books.

    So far I'm thinking: Holes, Fake Mustache, Hatchet, Number the Stars, The Phantom Tollbooth and Bridge to Terabithia are all options.

    Any other high interest fiction favorites I'm missing? Any picture books that match up well with specific CAFE strategies?
     
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  3. TXowl

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    I highly recommend No Talking by Andrew Clements. It's a fantastic book about fifth graders who have a competition between the boys and the girls to see who can go for 2 days without talking. It's very funny, and the kids really enjoy it. I also usually do a writing lesson that ties into the book by making the kids create a class story where they can each only contribute 3 words at a time. It turns into a great lesson about focusing in on a small seed and being descriptive rather than just adding fluff.
     
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    Here are novels that my 5th graders love!

    1. Because of Winn Dixie
    2. Bridge to Terabithia
    3. The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
    4. The Wednesday Wars
    5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    6. Measle and the Wrathmonk
    7. Loser by Jerry Spinelli
    8. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (a few bad words though)
    9. The Girl Who Owned a City

    Good Luck!
     
  5. readingrules12

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    Wonder is also an excellent book that I hope to use this year. It just came out in 2012 and it is excellent.
     
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    I love reading aloud Tuck Everlasting and anything by Roald Dahl.
    Other good choices...

    Crash
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham
    Bud, Not Buddy
    Pictures of Hollis Woods
    Mick Harte Was Here
    When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
    I Survived Hurricane Katrina
    Harriet the Spy
    Blubber
    Extra Credit
    Shiloh
    Esperanza Rising
    Holes
    Letters From Rivka
    The Fighting Ground
     
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    Popular read alouds that last year's class loved-

    Number the Stars
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Indian in the Cupboard
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond (the girls especially- there is a love triangle involved)
    Among the Hidden

    This year I am going to be doing Holes and When You Reach Me plus some of the titles above.
     
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    My all time favorite read aloud (for 5th grade) that all of the students loved is "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom". I went back to that book for theme, plot, subplot, character development, etc. We could discuss that book so much because it resonated with the students.
    My other read alouds were Number the Stars, Crash, there is more, but my mind just went blank.
     
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    Read Alouds

    I am familiar with almost all of those books you've mentioned. I have been reading the following books aloud and the students love them:

    1. Peter and the Starcatchers
    2. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
    3. Powerless

    I love all of those books. Peter and the Starcatchers is going to be made into a movie in a few years.

    Powerless is a FANTASTIC superhero story about a group of kids with special powers. It has all the action and suspense of a blockbuster movie.
     
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    A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck is a wonderful read aloud.
    Other favorites I have done in 5th grade:
    The Skin I'm In (bully content0
    My Teacher is an Alien
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Pictures of Hollis Woods
    Anything by Andrew Clements
     
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    I always read aloud for 20 to 30 minutes. Every day - and even for 5th graders. It was the best part of our day. I didn't let them vote on the books. I said that when I read, it's my choice. When they read, it's their choice.

    Because of Winn Dixie
    Number the Stars
    Maniac Magee
    Freak the Mighty
    Frindle
    My Side of the Mountain
     
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    The Giver
    Gathering Blue
    Messenger
    Son
    The City of Ember
    Wringer
    Anything by Chris Van Allsburgh

    -tnv
     
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    Wringer
    Maniac Magee
    On My Honor
    How to Beat a Bully Without Even Trying
    My Life as a Stunt Boy
    Escaping the Giant Wave
     
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    I'm starting with The Mysterious Benedict Society. It has great problem solving lessons. I think I'll follow it with Hook. Awesome look at a 'villian' from a different angle.
     
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    My kids love Bud Not Buddy.

    Also, the Island Trilogy by Gordon Korman were very fun to read through with my 6th graders.
     
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    I didn't read all of the follow up posts, but just in case it hasn't been said, you must read Wonder to your kids!! It is amazing!

    My kids also like The House with the Clock in the Walls, The Witches, Punished and Mudshark.
     
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    I read a lot of Gordon Korman in my class and Island is by far the best. Also recommend Dive.
     
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    Here are some I did with 4th graders that your 5th graders will definitely love (and lead to good book talk!) :

    1. Tuck Everlasting (all time favorite)
    2. Bud, Not Buddy
    3. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
    4. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
    5. The Chocolate Touch (a little easy for 5th but has a great message, maybe good for the beginning of the year.)
    6. The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    7. Shiloh
    8. Pippi Longstocking (Another all time favorite)
    9. The Indian in the Cupboard
    10. When Zachary Beaver Came To Town (loved this as a kid- read it in 1 day!)
     
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    Just realized I replied to this in 2012 as well, haha, I guess I still enjoy most of the same books. There's never enough time for all the read alouds I want to do!
     
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    I really love seeing what everyone's reading. I would add to the list these two fabulous titles:

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (boys and girls love this)

    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

    Both these have a terrific historical context and lend to discussions of the role of girls in the 19th century.
     

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