Novel suggestions

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  1. lcr

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    I have to teach out of a basal, so I use novel studies to challenge kids that are reading way above the fourth grade level. Do you have any suggestions for books that will challenge these kids while staying at their interest level?
    I was thinking of the Tales of Despereaux and Number the Stars. Too easy?
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Upsadaisy

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    I only use Number the Stars in 5th grade and do a whole unit on WWII along with it.

    What about Rascal, Sign of the Beaver, Shiloh, My Side of the Mountain, The Yearling, Treasure Island, The Indian in the Cupboard, Maniac Magee ?
     
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    I just did Maniac Magee with 5th grade (they are in our 4th grade pod, but no one did it last year, so I did). They LOVED it!!!
     
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    Oh, wow... Number the Stars. For some wacked out reason, I'm fascinated with that book.

    I do: The Kid Who Ran for President and Indian in the Cupboard, at least. Then I plan on doing about two or three others this year, maybe even a few extra after FCAT in March. I've done Sharon Creech novels, which are also good- but was too much for a few last year. I think this year I may eventually try a book like Maniac Magee, actually. The City of Ember may also work well.
     
  6. lcr

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    Great ideas for novels. Thank you!
     
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    In 4th grade I loved Indian in the Cupboard and Tuck Everlasting.
     
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    Sherwood Smith's Wren series might do well (Wren to the Rescue, Wren's Quest, Wren's War), as might the first couple of volumes in her Inda series. Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, beginning with So You Want To Be Wizard, is also very good. Both series are also more than slightly thought-provoking.
     
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    Number the Stars, awesome! Be sure to do a web search for Jim Cornish, who has a ton of great downloads for that novel. I began the unit with several picture book read-alouds, which quickly built schema about WWII and Holocaust.

    I also recommend Crash (Spinelli), Poppy (Avi) because it has a strong female protagonist which boys will still cheer for (since she's a mouse), Wringer (Spinelli), and Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen) as it's great for point of view.
     
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    We've done Frindle and Toliver's Secret so far. We are in the middle of Bridge to Terabithia now. Our next book will be There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom. I'm hoping to get to Because of Winn Dixie and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, but I don't know if that will happen or not.
     
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    How about

    Holes, How to eat fried worms, and Sarah, Plain and Tall?
     
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    Maniac Magee, a great discussion starter.
     
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    FYI.... After realizing that both of Maniac Magee's parents were dead, my 3rd grade son (of the rough and ready variety) decided he did not want to finish reading this book. For a couple of weeks, we dealt with his fears that his father and/or I could die. He must've pondered this for a couple of weeks though because there was somewhat of a delay between when he began reading the book and the onset of his worries.... or possibly the recent dream he had "brought it home". May want to hold off on this one until the latter half of 4th grade?:unsure:
     
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    where the red fern grows, a wrinkle in time, the BFG,
     
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    I'll suggest every book I have read this year (I plan on reading a few more)-
    -No Talking (Andrew Clements)
    -The Kid Who Ran for President (Dan Gutman)
    -Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks)
    -Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
    -Orphan of Ellis Island (for some reason, the author's name escapes me right now)
    -The Ghost's Grave (Peg Kehret)

    I plan on reading three more books or so...
     
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    From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Bud, Not Buddy
     
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    My students LOVED Sign of the Beaver, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Gerbil City!
     
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    Books that have been great for me this year:
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School (great stories when writing to include our class in the book)
    Bud, Not Buddy
    Island of the Blue Dolphins
    By the Great Horn Spoon - class favorite so far
    Journey to Topaz
    The Circuit

    (If you can't tell, I teach in California and most of these connect our studies about the state's history.)
     

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