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  1. ckinsey

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    I am new to fourth grade!! I was wondering if you read chapter books to your students. If so, which books?

    I have taught 1st grade for two years. I have read a chapter book a month aloud to them and they really enjoyed it. I don't want anything too "babyish" for my fourth graders. Any suggestions?? :confused:
     
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  3. Missy

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    I am a little brain dead today, but I will try to remember a few.

    First of all, fourth graders LOVE to be read to, and they need to hear the vocabulary and expression.

    Some favorites:
    The Grand Escape series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Shiloh (Naylor)
    Frindle and Landry News (Andrew Clements)
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (DiCamillo)
    Because of Winn-Dixie (DiCamillo)
    Love that Dog
    Hate that Cat
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    A Dog's Life (Ann Martin)
    A biography series that all start with "Who Was "
    Flying Solo
    Hoot


    Hope this gives you a start!
     
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    I don't teach reading.. but my partner teacher does read novels. The students popcorn read and she reads pages as well so they can hear the expression and fluency.

    some of the books are:

    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
    Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
    Because of Winn Dixie
    (she tried Shiloh.. but the students didn't take to it)
    Bunnicula
    Frindle
    The Tale of Despereaux
     
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    Thank you for the great book ideas!!!:)
     
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    They're never too old--I did lots of read alouds (novels as well as picture books) with my grade 7/8 general ed class this year.
     
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    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
    The Magician's Elephant
    The Series of Unfortunate Events


    Be sure to include some non-fiction. Check booksource.com for a complete list of grade level books. It's an incredible site.
     
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    The Wayside School series and The Greatest (worst) school year ever (they also have a halloween and christmas one)
     
  10. MsSci4

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    Here are some books I read aloud this year:

    How To Steal A Dog by Barbara O'Connor
    Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
    The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming
     
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    What I have read over time: Frindle (Andrew Clements), No Talking (Andrew Clements), Rules (Cynthia Lord), The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks), Punished (David Lubar), The Kid Who Ran for President (Good to read when there is an election year), The Last Holiday Concert (Andrew Clements), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis), Number the Stars (Lois Lowry), The Ghost's Grave (I am tired and I forgot the author's name, but it's definitely one of their favorites), Orphan of Ellis Island (Another neat one... last year's class liked it more than my 2008-2009 class), Voices in St. Augustine (Jane Wood... Good if you are a Florida teacher), The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin), Walk Two Moons (Sharon Creech)

    I wrote the books in the order I remember reading them over the course of the year. Bolded books were read last year. Bolded and underlined books are books I'll read every year, no matter what. :)
     
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    Most of Andrew Clements books are awesome.
     
  13. Ms.Jasztal

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    I really love Extra Credit, though it's about a year old now. The book about having the pen pal in another country. I plan on reading it this coming year because I may have the students write to someone who lives in another country.
     
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    I think the Keepers of the School series he's working on now is more recent...There's one due to come out sometime soon. (It helps to have a sister in law who reviews books and works as a children's librarian for a living :) )
     
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    I had to fix my post because I forgot about Keepers of the School. Has anyone read that first book? I haven't yet. I have a lot of the older books he has written as well as the one I just mentioned.
     
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    Keepers of the School is really good. I just read the first book yesterday (on the train home from Barnes and Noble...I couldn't resist buying it). The second one, I read the ARC, without all the illustrations...I liked it better than the first. I'd say it's a really good read-aloud.
     
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    Because of Winn Dixie
    Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing (they love this one)
    Ella Enchanted
    James and the Giant Peach
    Shiloh
    Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
    The Whipping Boy
     

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