Essential 5th Grade Books

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  1. AsherDasher

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    I am thinking that this summer I want to brush on on some good, essential 5th grade novels. So, what are the novels that you have read with your 5th grade students, whether it has been in a small group setting or as a whole class read aloud?

    I have only read parts of Maniac Mcghee so I know that this is on the list, but what others do you absolutely love to read with your students that I should add to my book list?? :reading:
     
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    I like to read The Ghost of Fossile Glenn with my kids, right now we are reading Out of my Mind and the kids love it. It is about a girl with cerebral palsy. I honestly believe it is a must read for any upper elementary classroom!
     
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    Thank you for the suggestion. I will have to find it at the library.
     
  5. dudeteacher

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    Some 5th grade books that I love are: Wringer, The Giver-Gathering Blue-Messenger, my brother sam is dead, Hatchet, Stone Fox, and Where the Red Fern Grows.
     
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    Thanks! I have been looking at the under $3 section on scholastic's website. I am hoping that there will be some good finds! I'll look out for those titles.
     
  7. readingrules12

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    Here are some excellent 5th grade books:
    Small Steps by Louis Sachar
    The Girl Who Owned a City (the students loved it!)
    Shiloh (if they didn't read it in 4th grade)
    The Wednesday Wars
    Because of Winn Dixie
    The Pushcart War
    Loser by Jerry Spinelli
     
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    My students LOVED Tuck Everlasting. The discussion was wonderful and they couldn't wait to continue reading.
     
  9. Pencil Monkey

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    This year my class did several lit circles. The favorite books were:
    Jackie and Me by Gutman
    The Watsons go to Birmingham
    Whale Rider
    A girl called Boy
    Hatchet
    The Giver
    Loser
    The Homework machine
    Hunger Games
    Bud, not Buddy
    Maniac MacGee

    My students did not like:
    Al Capone does my shirts
     
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    A Boy in the Girls Bathroom was a huge hit this year!

    Watsons Go to Birmingham
    Bud, not Buddy
    Turn Homeward Hannah Lee
     
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    I had my 4th graders read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH at the end of last year, and I definitely think it could be a great 5th grade book. They absolutely loved it!
     
  12. AsherDasher

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    Any specific suggestions for a book to kick the year off with?
     
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    I like to start the year with a relatively easy novel. That way I can introduce my expectations and everyone can be successful. Easy means I can also allow them to be independent while I run assessments. This year the kids loved Punished. I have also used Frindle.
     
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    My first novel this year is going to be Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. Advanced fifth starts with Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days. She even has them come in with the broccoli around their neck... fake broccoli they draw up, of course... :)
     
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    Most of my favorites have been mentioned except The Phantom Tollbooth.
     
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    We do Tuck Everlasting, On My Honor, Blubber, Frindle, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Wish Giver, & Matilda.

    I'm sure there are a few others I'm forgetting.
     
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    In fifth grade, my students have read:

    Hatchet
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham
    Walk Two Moons
    The Rumplestiltskin Problem
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Becoming Naomi Leon
    Chasing Veermer
    Peeled
    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
    The Sixth Grade Nickname Game
    The Magnificent Twelve
    Zach's Lie
    any Ten True Tales books
    39 Clues series
    Percy Jackson series

    Some were whole class, some lit circles, and some read alouds. Sorry I can't remember more.
     
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    Question about 1 of your books

    Thank you for posting so many books that you use in 5th grade. One of them in particular really caught my attention. It is the book, "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie". I have heard excellent things about this book. I plan on picking it up at the library tomorrow, and reading it very soon. What has been your students' reaction to the book? Did they think it was great? Okay? Are they touched by it? etc.

    Thanks,

    Kevin



     
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    If you are a proponent of audio books, I HIGHLY recommend Shiloh read by... oh, what's his name... he was on Ally McBeal. My kids and I are listening to the Shiloh series right now as we do errands in the car and he was THE BEST! The 2 other books in the series are read by 2 different readers and they can't even compare to... the guy from Ally McBea. Ed MacNicol?? That might be his name.
     
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    I am also looking for great book for fifth grade and am keeping these suggestions in mind!

    Do you know of ones in particular that would be good to use as read alouds (novels)?

    Pencil_Monkey...you had your kids read Hunger Games? Were there any issues with that? I love the series but I'm not sure if my 5th graders could handle the deep themes and violence.
     
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    You HAVE to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! I do it as a read aloud EVERY year - the descriptive language is amazing and the story is wonderful. My kids begged me to read it.
     
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    My favorite book to read to my fifth graders is Number the Stars. They absolutely love it, and several of the parents told me their kids asked for that book for Christmas after we had read it. :)
     
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    I'll be reading Number the Stars as my 2nd read aloud for the year, it was actually recommended by our ELA program and the timing is perfect. I'm starting off with a personal favorite of mine- Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, its book 1 of the Shadow Children series. I completely devoured the series this summer and I am excited to get my students hooked on it.
     
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    Are these books that you read with the students? Or are these books they read independently? I recognize some of the titles, and I know our middle school teachers use them with their classes. I usually use Fountas and Pinnell to level my books, since we have a basal series and the books they are reading are read independently.
    That said- I love these books for 5th grade:
    The Year Down Yonder
    Tuck Everlasting
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Hatchet
    Number the Stars
    My Teacher is an Alien (beginning of year)
    Among the Hidden
    The Skin I'm In (definitely end of the year)
     
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    BFG?

    I love Roal Dahl and I think the language in BFG is so fun. I was thinking of starting the year with it. But this is my first year in 5th so I wonder if it is too young.
     
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    Some of my kids read Hunger Games on their own time. Their parents bought them the book. They said they liked the series. I haven't read it yet. Sorry if I misled you.

    It is on my to read list. But hearing it is violent I won't let it in my class.
     
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    My students loved BFG. Bur I made sure to
    Really ham up when I read it.
     
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    I'm curious, as well, to hear from someone who has used this book with their students. Most of the reviews I've read recommend this for older students (grades 7 - 9), so I'm curious about this with 10 year olds.
     
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    I'm not sure how much time we have for books that are not from Story Town, but if I have an opportunity I want to read Number the Stars with my 5th graders.
     
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    Thanks!! Yes, that's exactly how I read it! It makes it so fun! :haha:
     
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    We also read Number the Stars. I gave them just a little WWII background before starting. They were intrigued. We also read;

    Island of the Blue Dolphins
    My Teacher is an Alien
    The Witches
    Crash

    We started Tuck Everlasting but my students didn't get into it. Does it pick up after the first few chapters?
     
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    Anyone who enjoys Number the Stars might also enjoy escaping into the night by Dina Friedman.
     
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    I always read Pictures of Hollis Woods. It has a lot of discussion points, but no questionable content. Also, Trapped and Stolen Children by Peg Kehret are class favorites. I love Peg Kehret because the kids love the books, and they can check out other books of hers from our library.
     

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