books to read to 4-5 grade

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  1. jnation

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    I will have a 3-5 grade class starting in August. I wanted to have a time after lunch where I would read to the students. Since most of my experience in college was with high school students, I'm not entirely sure what books would be good to read to this age group. I was just wondering if anyone had some suggestions of fun books that a group of six boys would be interested in. Thanks for all your help!
     
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    Hardy Boys
    Holes
    Bunnicula
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Sign of the Beaver
    My Side of the Mountain


    See if they like fantasy or animal stories.
    Visit www.carolhurst.com to get activities and discussion questions for any children's book.
     
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    My fifth grade teacher read us a book about a kid who started to photosynthesize while doing a science project, and anotehr about kids smuggling gold along the Snake River....I really enjoyed those books....somewhere on here is a thread containing the titles....
     
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    My fifth grade boys really liked Matt Christopher's books. He writes chapter books with a sports theme. Both girls and boys like the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar. They are all about a crazy school and very funny. My boys usually gravitate towards the following reading topics... skateboarding, extreme sports, natural disasters, Titanic, animals.
     
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    Thanks so much for all your suggestions!! I'm going hunting at garage sales this weekend for books for the classroom and I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for these...if not, I guess I'll have to go to an actual bookstore and pay full price ;)
    Thanks again and any other suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
     
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    Because of Winn Dixie, Misty of Chincotague, Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Charlottes Web...

    My boys love the Matt Christopher books too.
     
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    Loser. Wonderful book!!!
     
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    Try books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Andrew Clements. Also, some of my boys liked a new series called Hank Zipzer (sp?).
     
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    Some that my sons love:

    Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Material's" Trilogy:

    The Golden Compass
    The Subtle Knife
    The Amber Spyglass

    Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy

    The Amulet of Samarkand
    The Golem's Eye
    Ptolemy's Gate

    The Animorphs Series

    Any of the Harry Potter books (BUT I'm guessing most kids have read these)

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Magic Treehouse Series
     
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    That series is by Henry Winkler! I haven't read them but they look like great titles anyway :)

    1. Niagara Falls or Does It?
    2. I Got A D in Salami
    3. The Day of the Iguana
    4. The Zippety Zinger
    5. The Night I Flunked My Field Trip
    6. Holy Enchilada
    7. Help! Somebody Get Me Out Of Fourth Grade!
     
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    If you haven't already... try Ebay for children's books. I have found whole sets of used books for incredible prices as well as individually priced books. Amazon.com also has a used book marketplace where you can purchase books for less than half the original price.
     
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    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a good book they seem to enjoy having read to them, plus in 4th grade many of them can relate.
     
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    wow!! thanks for all the great suggestions guys!!! Those titles for the Henry Winkler series are absolutely hilarious!! I'll definitely check out ebay for some books as well. Thanks so much!
    Jen
     
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    Encylopedia Brow
    Charlie Bone
    The Pinballs
    Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
    Help! Im Prisoner in the Library
    Babysitting is a Dangerous Job
     
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    I read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the beginning of each year. It's funny and every kid can relate. The Time Warp Trio books are also good. My kids loved Holes and books by Avi. We read Poppy and several kids chose to read other books by him.
     
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    book suggestions

    Island of the Blue Dolphins was read to me when i was in fifth grade. It is the best book!!! The students love it.
     
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    The Monument
    Jump Ship to Freedom (about slavery)
    FRINDLE wonder book with tons of fun ideas, great teaching book
    On my Honor (perfect book to teach honesty)
    Midwives Apprentice
    The Secret School
    Shiloh
    These are all wonderful books, with many teaching points and opportunities. The kids really enjoy them.
    An idea is to do Author studies. Pick authors and read a book to them from that author and then provide other titles from that author in your classroom library.
     
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    SpaceAngel mentioned a book that her 5th grade teacher read to her about a boy who "started to photosynthesize" while doing a science project, and it's called Top Secret. It's a GREAT book--I read it to my 4th graders every year. It's about a boy who does his science project on human photsynthesis! My students love it!
     
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    I keep telling everyone about this resource and you're probably sick to death of hearing me say it, but the professional development series from the Annenberg Foundation is awesome. I just watched two segments this morning on literature circles: Sharing the Text and Building Community. Both are part of the Video on Demand series for grades 3-5 called Engaging With Literature. They really inspire me and it is fun to be a fly on the wall in someone else's classroom.

    www.learner.org

    Click Video on Demand (on left), click programs, then go to the top to pick the curriculum area or grade level you want.
     

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