5th grade picture books

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  1. Heathermeister

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    I've read so many posts about chapter books to read to 5th graders, but how about picture books? I would like to have some in my classroom for read alouds and also for the students to read. Do you know of any good titles? I really love funny books :)
     
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    I have a TON of picture books (I taught kinder). I just read in a magazine today about how picture books are great for upper grades to teach the 6+1 traits.
    These are some ideas for picture books the article shared to teach the 6+1 traits:

    For Ideas: Nothing Ever Happens on 90th street, Mama Played Baseball, The Polar Express

    Organization: The Secret Shortcut, The Magic Fan, Three Cheers for Catherine the Great!

    Voice: Voices in the Park, The Babe and I, Wolf!

    Word Choice: The Wolf who cried boy, More than anything else, Lincoln

    Sentence Fluency: The web files, Gathering the sun, Hide and Snake

    Conventions: Punctuation take a vacation; Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an adverb; I and you and don't forget who; What is a pronoun?

    Presentation: Over the moon, The Important Book, Home Run, Who's Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper?
     
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    I use the Marilyn Burns books for introducing new math concepts and teaching specific math lessons. My kids love them. I've taught Middle School math and i used picture books with them too! I also use in small groups to work on fluency and expression. I will usually tie it to a writing activity or a grammar lesson. Students are never too old for picture books.
     
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    Anything by Chris Van Allsburg. When I student taught fifth, the teacher had introduced these books to them, and they LOVED them. There are so many extension activities you could do if you want--his stories are very thought-provoking and creative.

    Some of the titles: The Polar Express, The Wreck of the Zephyr, Zathura, Jumanji.... Enjoy!!

    P.S. They gave me a book at the end of my assignment (The Polar Express) which they all signed and wrote well wishes. So sweet!
     
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    Many of Patricia Polacco's books are appropriate picture books for 5th. Also, Pam Munoz Ryan has a few biographies that are big kid picture books.
     
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    I agree, Patricia Polacco books are awesome. I read some in my after school program last year and the kids loved them. If you are able to celebrate Christmas in your school she has some amazing holiday themed stories (Welcome Comfort and The Christmas Tapestry) as well.
     
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    When we did a unit on fairy tales, the kids LOVED some of my favorite 1st/2nd picture books, especially "Prince Cinders" by Babette Cole and "The Stinky Cheese Man" by Jon Sciezska. They also liked a book called "George Washington's Teeth" (or something like that) that I randomly got from the library. If you're doing the electoral process, get "Duck for President" by Doreen Cronin, it's a fun introduction. My new favorite end-of-year book is "Yay, You!" by Sandra Boynton. I could go on forever, I miss picture books dearly!
     
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    Some of my favorite books include:
    All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
    Raising Yoder's Barn by Jane Yolen
    A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
    We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past, Coming On Home Soon, and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
    Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes

    These are just a few of so many that I have read over the years to my fifth grade students. Last year I read over 180 picture books to them.
     
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    Amelia Bedelia is great for teaching idioms. The kids enjoyed it.
     
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    I use How Much is a Million at the beginning of the year to introduce the concept of very large numbers.
     
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    Even though I am a middle school teacher, I LOVE using picture books (I even used them with my SENIORS!). A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon is an excellent book. I bought it just the other day off of Amazon and got such a steal! I highly reccomend it. Also, don't forget about Miss Nelson is Missing and the series The _______ (insert Teacher, Subsitute, etc.) from the Black Lagoon. I have all of these for my middle schoolers and I can't wait to use them!
     
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    The Velveteen Rabbit is great, though I cry when I read it.

    Owl Moon, anything by or illustrated by Barbara Cooney, When I Was Young in the Mountains, Dollhouse Mouse....

    I use How Much is a Million, too.
     
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    Wow, this is amazing!! Thanks for all the responses. I have a lot of picture books that I have been collecting over the years and I thought that I wouldn't be able to use them. I will have to start going through them to see which ones I will bring to my classroom.
     
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    check out the thread on picture books to use with the 6+1 writing traits, too. You will find lots more picture books you can use in 5th grade.
     
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    I used several social studies picture books in the mornings - various books about the flag, Star Spangled Banner, other patriotic songs. I collect beautifully illustrated American history books and now have quite a few.
     
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    Some picture books I have in my room:
    The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
    So You Want to Be the President?
    You wouldn't Want to ... (it's a series)
    Velcome!
    Agatha's Feather Bed
    We the Kids!
    John, Paul, George, and Ben (and Tom too)

    BTW I found at Barnes & Noble some graphic novels about historical battles in America-Civil War and WWII. They are historically accurate. I bought a few of these for my room; I think my reluctant boys will get into them.
     
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    Knots on a Counting Rope (importance of sharing stories)
    The Web Files
    Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street (generating ideas)
    The House on Mango Street
    Eats, Shoots, and Leaves (importance of punctuation)
    Not a Box (creative thinking)
    Uncle Jed's Barbershop

    I know there are more, but I can't think right now!!
     
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    i don't think it has been mentioned...

    The Greedy Triangle

    This is great when covering the number of sides each shape has (Whether it is a standard or just a geometry review!) My kids loved this book. It is also an AR book...and the schools I have been to generally have the test. I think it is a 4.? leveled book...a little low for fifth...but if you are in a school like mine that is okay!
     
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    I agree that Voice in the park is an awesome book to help with voice. My students have always had a hard time with that one, and I could see light bulbs come on when I read this story.
     
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    I know that kids this age are often entering that stage where they are uncomfortable with their own skin, so to speak, so some Bibliotherapy books dealing with self esteem or being true to yourself would be good as well. These include (but are not limited to):
    A Bad Case of Stripes (not bending to peer pressure)
    I Wish I Were a Butterfly (self esteem, accepting yourself)
    The Sneetches (accepting each other)
    Chrysanthemum (bullying)
    The Hundred Dresses (accepting each other)
    A Chair for My Mother (generosity, family caring, aftermath of housefire)
    Sassafras (celebrating each other)
    I Like Myself! (self esteem -- great book!)
    No More Dead Dogs (school)
    A Corner of the Universe (mentally disabled sibling)
    Surviving the Applewhites (foster care)
    The Empty Pot (honesty)

    Sorry the list is so long, lol. I'm nuts about books, and especially when they mean something!
     
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    Oh so many of these bring back memories from when I taught fifth grade. I used Miss Nelson is Missing with Venn Diagrams or Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp.

    There is another one that Alan Say wrote able china -- it's gold Ack! I cannot remember the name. Gorgeous pictures.
    Pink and Say -- on the best, absolute best.
    I found a black and white book on the Gettysburg Address.

    Great for modeling in the writing process. Early in the year, we'd take a book and use it as a guide. How did this author tell the story in words. How did the pictures help? What did they add? Then we'd do the same thing. Later in the year, the kids would return to that process when they were beginning new writings or struggling in deeper ones or just needed a break.

    I've got to find that Allan Say book though.
     
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    Having taught kindergarten previously, I had more picture books than I knew what to do with-so, I incorporated them into my literacy centers. I made genre bins: fiction, non-fiction(informational text), biographies, poetry/folk tales, and cultural stories. I sorted out my picture books and put them in the appropriate bin. As part of my centers, the students choose a picture book from the bin, read it,and complete a FUN graphic organizer. This is by far my most visited center. 5th graders can never get enough of the picture books! I love when I hear "hey, my kindergarten teacher read this to me!!" I always have to go and tell the kindergarten teachers in our building-it makes their day!:)
     
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    What a great idea! I'm also a former kinder teacher and I have boxes full of picture books!!!! I LOVE this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. This will make a great workshop activity. :wub: :wub:
     
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    One question: What kind of FUN graphic organizers do you use?
     
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    Math Curse always works. I also have Science Verse. Other ones I love in fourth grade are Miss Alaineus, Casey at the Bat (it's big and a dark tan color), and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (which is more for centers, but has a picture and a little quirp under it. It's so neat for kids being able to generate "where" the photos REALLY came from and write a little more about each photo.)

    What is the FUN graphic organizer?? :)
     
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    Oh, and Patricia Polacco! I like Thank Mr. Falker (but pronounce it so you say the "Al" in FALK-ER or the fifth graders will act typical...)

    Amelia books are also picture books, but the girls like reading them on their own. Emma's Journal is a historical version of the Amelia books and teaches a little more about time periods.

    I also have this book called A Blue So Blue that focuses on different color words for blue.

    Then science and social studies- like Upsadaisy, I collect them because they show more than words.

    The Velveteen Rabbit makes me bawl my eyes out, too.

    (Ack. I just noticed I italicized all the books in this post and underlined in the last. They're both appropriate, but it shows I'm getting kind of wishy-washy tonight.)
     
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    I have found graphic organizers from different books- for example, I have a Fast Fact sheet for the non-fiction. When done, it will resemble a trading card. The best part is the kids find the main idea (fast fact) without even knowing they are doing so!! For Biographies, I have a biography wheel, or a wanted poster. The book Graphic Organizers by Scholastic is wonderful too. Also, Peachyness, scope out other teachers organizers. If you want hard copies of mine, I will be happy to send them to you. I am not sure how to private message here,so you would have to talk me through it!!
     
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    Thank you. I will have to check out those books. Do you know the names of the books?

    Also, I tried to PM you but you don't seem to have that option. I'm not sure how else to PM you.
     
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    Peachy and LauraB -- I think you (Laura) have to have made a minimum number of posts (maybe 50) before she can PM or be PMed.

    Laura, I would be interested in the organizers and the names of the books, as well.
     
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    Hi all,
    I am going to try to figure out this PM stuff...I will get back to everyone on this forum when I figure it out!!!!!
     
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    Hi again,
    I enabled my PM on my user CP...Peachyness, can you give it a try? Thanks. I will be going into school next week to start up-and I will bring home my graphic organizers. One way or another, I will get them to you-even if I have to snail mail!!! I was at Holcomb's yesterday, and the name of the book is Graphic Organizers and it is by Scholastic. I will send off the other names as I find them at school!! I think you go back earlier than I do...my first day back is August 20th. :)
     
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    Hey, you don't need to worry about mailing them to me! I'll just buy the book. Thanks though! :)

    I'll PM you just so you can see if it works.
     
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    I just bought a book by Mem Fox about a boy who helps the elderly lady next door with her memory. The title is the boy's name, but it's so long I can't remember it! I'm planning on using to introduce a personal informational writing on one memory student's have. It's such a beautiful book. It made me cry, but only because I'm getting so old I can't even remember the name of the book I'm trying to give you! :)
     
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    Look at all the typos in that last post of mine. I'm going to bed!
     

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