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  1. noreenk

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    I used several suggested books from this forum for my fall read alouds, and now I'm looking for some suggestions for our next book. We started off with Frindle (Realistic Fiction), then Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine (Mystery), Chew on This (Nonfiction text about the history of fast food), and just finished My Brother Sam is Dead (Historical Fiction about the Am. Revolution). I love that all of our read alouds were tied into students' writing or social studies, and I'd like to continue that if possible... and I'd also like to try a new genre to continue exposing them to literature they may not choose on their own.

    A student suggested The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan... I've only glanced at it, but it seems very Harry Potter-esque. My students also just did a Newbury Award-winner book report so I'm hoping for something a bit more obscure. I've also heard that the City of Ember and Coraline are interesting, but I've not read them myself.
     
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    I teach 4th grade, but every year one of my read alouds is a book called Titanic Crossing. It's a fictional story about a brother and sister on the Titanic. My students really seem to enjoy it. Right now I'm reading The Kid Who Ran for President. My kids are enjoying it a lot.
     
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    Not very obscure, but what about a Gary Paulsen adventure like Hatchet? I also love Maniac Magee.
     
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    My kids LOVED hatchet! That was one of their summer assignment books. When we came back to school in September, we all read Brian's Winter which is sort of an alternate ending to Hatchet like what if this happened instead of how Hatchet ended. Very good book. My class also just finished reading Bud, Not Buddy which was very good. They enjoyed it. It was pretty funny. It's a story about finding your "home."
     
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    Science Fiction

    At the beginning of the year, I read My Teacher is an Alien (Science Fiction) and my fifth grade students loved it. There is also My Teacher Glows in the Dark, etc. It's great to introduce the genre and as a follow-up activity have them write a science fiction short story or a script for a play. :)
     
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    What about The Watsons go to Birmingham

    I also love the classic Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry I'm going to to use this book for a literature circle.
     
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    Coraline is a fantastic book - and it isn't too long of a read. Right now we are reading some short stories (I teach 6th grade)... We read CRASH, The Watsons go to Birmingham, and Hidden Talents (By David Lubar... GREAT book... kids LOVE it)
     
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    I am currently using The Lightning Theif as a read aloud in the class I am STing in. OMG my kids LOVE it! They beg me to read even when it is "not time". I do it at the end of the day and have had to tell my kids to leave and go home. You should really look at it.
     
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    For the Lightning Thief, how well do the students understand the mythology references?
     
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    We usually discuss the references. I have found pictures of the creatures and shown them to the students. They are REALLY interested in the beings and the gods and goddesses. They are not that far into the book, but scholastic has the series in an upcoming order, and several students have said their parents will let them order them. I even have a few that have checked out the book from the library to read along or to read ahead. The students doing this are sworn to secrecy! They really enjoy the mythology, and it is a great book.
     
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    My students loved The Old Willis Place. It's an AR book, too. It's kind of scary, too!
     
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    This was a total fluke... As I'm still trying to decide on a book to do when we get back from Spring Break, I picked up The Phantom Tollbooth to read today (it was Read Across America day or something?) and my kids loved it! So I guess we're doing weird fantasy/math all of a sudden, but I'll definitely be reading through all these suggestions over the break. Thanks for all the recommendations!
     
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    I am reading City of Ember to my class currently and they love it. They like the mystery and they also like trying to figure out the "instructions." I recommend this book. Another fun read a loud is I Freddy. The kids loved it last year and its the first in a series and a lot of my students last year read the rest of the series after we read I Freddy in class.
     
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    I thought of something else. I do not know what Texas grade level standards are, but in NC we teach genre. You could do an introductory unit or lesson on Mythology. Then you could read the Lightning Thief. You could begin reading then do the Myths unit if it would be more helpful. I don't know if this would work for you or not, just a thought! :reading:
     
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    I saw a Greek Mini-Books resource in the March Scholastic book order. I was thinking about buying that to supplement The Lightning Thief... has anyone used/seen this?
     

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