What kind of books should I buy for my 5th grade class?

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  1. Peachyness

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    Hello there again!! Another quick question. I would like to order chapter books for my 5th grade class, but I'm not sure what kind of books to order. It's so much easier buying books for kinder!!! :D Right now I'm going to order from Scholastic.
     
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    My fifth grade son is currenty reading in his class Bud Not Buddy. He also read Chronicles of Narnia. How about fables, fokelores and tall tales?
     
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    Chapter books - wow there are so many good ones.

    The Cay
    Because of Winn Dixie
    Maniac Magee
    Number the Stars
    How to Disappear and Never Be Found
    My Side of the Mountain
    The Phantom Tollbooth


    Kids like fantasy a great deal at this age. There are good series available at Scholastic. Some still like animal stories.

    You will need a selection of biographies and historical fiction, too, as well as poetry. Find a good illustrated American history book for reference.
     
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    I LOVE The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo and it was a Newbery Medal winner a couple of years ago. The Tequila Worm was really good too I think it won a few awards last year. Out of the Dust is a great historical fiction book and another Newbery winner. It is so gut-wrenching and wonderful! Kevin Henkes has some excellent chapter books and you probably know his picture books! Olive's Ocean is my favorite Henkes chapter book. The Year of the Dog just came out recently and was a really cute book about different cultures and blending into American culture while keeping your families culture. I could probably ramble on so let me know if you need more!
     
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    Thank you for the titles. I will make a list and begin searching for those.

    Tasha, feel free to ramble on some more! I'm just so new at this upper grade thing that I'm so confused.
     
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    Books for 5th grade

    How about:
    The Giver
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad
    Esperanza Rising
    Frindle
    Those are just some off the top of my head.
     
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    I have Esperanza Rising!! Yay, I have ONE of the books mentioned! I am on my way.

    Thanks for the list. I was planning on getting Bridge to Terabithia. Scholastic has it for like $3.00. Sigh... Books are so expensive.
     
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    Amen to that! I've been picking up a book here & a book there -- some picture books as well as chapter books. I would buy more, but I have no idea what grade I'll end up teaching! I'd really like to teach 3rd-5th, but one never knows, so... Good luck!
     
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    When I was student teaching, I got a TON of books ranging from kinder level to high school. I bought some, got some free from the teacher's lounge I was student teaching at, and got quite a bit from one of the courses I took at the univeristy. I also had no clue what I was teaching, but kept all of the books I got. I ended up getting a job as a kinder teacher, so those lower grade books came in handy. Now that I'm moving to fifth, all of those chapter books I collected will come in handy. Plus, I will keep some of the picture books in my class to use during reader's and writier's workshop. DON"T buy TOO many books right now, though. When I got hired as a kinder teacher at the school I'm at now, I got so many kinder books that I don't know what to do with them! I will put a message up in the lounge asking for some chapter books. Hopefully I get some good ones. :)
     
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    My daughters love 'The Babysitters Club' series! They are in 5th and 6th grades and they'll discuss the characters and different books at length.
     
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    Don't forget non-fiction. Students this age are fascinated by books on: nature, animals, sharks, history, cars, natural disasters, adventure, etc. My non-fiction baskets are those most browsed in my room.
     
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    There's a new series by RL Stein....Rotten School. My 5th graders love it. They will rush to be the one who gets to check one out at the library.
     
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    my kids love non-fiction books, but they usually check those out from the media center. They love Guiness World Record Books, too. We read Shades of Grey when we studied the Civil War. They enjoyed that a lot.

    Try Goodwill, thrift stores, garage sales and your public library (they sell old books, cheap!!).

    Have fun teaching 5th grade! I love it, but I'm being reassigned and also moving to 4th grade.
     
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    My students are into the Sammy Keyes mysteries, the baseball card books (Babe & Me, Honus & Me, etc) and, unfortunately, the Clique novels. Avoid those last ones in my opinion. Holes is a good one to have, almost anything by Andrew Clements, the Ripleys Believe It or Not non-fiction books. I buy non-fiction and biographies at 5th grade reading level down to about 3.5, also some slightly above. Non-fiction and biographies have so much information to digest I don't want the kids getting hung up on unfamiliar words.
     
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    Speaking of non fiction, my girls LOVE the Bathroom Reader series!!!They are wonderful and facinating trivia books
     
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    Hmmm, I have A LOT of a series called Babysitters kid sister or something like that. I have some of the regular Babysitters book. That's good to know! :)
     
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    OOOH, that's good to know. I'll have to look into that.
     
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    I never heard of the Clique novels. Can you expalin what they are about just so I know for the futre.

    I have a good collection on non fiction books. My mom bought me a TON when I was growing up. I just don't have a lot of fiction books.
     
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    I won't keep the Clique books, Babysitter's Club, or R. L.Stein in my room. I don't want to encourage any more preteen behavior than they will come up with on their own. And our school is not in favor of scary books.
     
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    Really? My daughters are not precocious at all. My daughters' piano teacher told me she loved Babysitter's Club, and she was a homeschooled Seventh Day Adventist, and is the ultimate Christian role model for my daughters. She just got married and I'm pretty sure that the white dress actually meant something in her case, if you know what I mean.

    I'll admit, I haven't read any of them myself. What's specifically is wrong about them?
     

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