Discussion in 'Fourth Grade' started by Mrs Ski, Jul 16, 2010.
Jul 16, 2010
Wondering what other fourth grade teachers read aloud.
My read alouds are Junket, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Egypt Game, Jeremy and the Wappo, Jeremy and the General, Because of Winn Dixie, Lovina's Song, and Stowaway with Father Serra.
I love Sharon Creech! I read Absolute Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, Ruby Holler, Walk Two Moons...others are Because of Winn Dixie, and Bud, Not Buddy.
I need to add new ones this year. I'm excited to see what others do!
Shiloh...Island of the Blue Dolphins...and it really depends what my kids are into. A few years ago we did Hatchet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, etc. I like to always start with one, then give the kids some ownership or they make suggestions
4th and 5th grades should read Gregor the Overlander chronicles. I read all those books this year (in my spare time, not to my class) and suggested it for 2 very high students. I decided the vocabulary and language was a little too advanced for my 2nd graders (except for those 2). But if I were 4th or 5th grade, I would definitely read it aloud!
Jul 17, 2010
Each year I change it up a little bit what my read alouds are, but I have gotten into a routine of starting the year off with the first of the Maximum Ride series. The kids love it and it gets many of them wanting to read the rest of the series once we finish it. It does take a long time to get through, but it is worth it.
I'm going to try the Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy. I love that series, and want to build in the logic puzzles somehow.
The Grand Escape series - 4 books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Love that Dog
A Dog's Life
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Because of Winn-Dixie
something by Andrew Clements
Tale of Desperaux
Jul 18, 2010
I taught 4th grade Soc.St. last year and the best one I read to them was Oggie Cooder. They loved it.
Andrew Clements books are great! I usually read one or two, and find that after that, the kids are so into them that they are choosing the others for independent reading. I would always read Shiloh, and others in that series if I had time. It would always spur so many great lessons and discussions. I could do mini-lessons on dialect; have discussions about when doing something wrong (stealing Shiloh) can sometimes seem right...what would they do, etc.
I have been out of a 4th grade classroom for a few years....are there any new books that people use that really seem to hold their attention and get them excited about reading?
I remembered another great read aloud. Punished is about a boy who is running through the library and gets 'punished' by a strange man. In order to end his punishment, he must collect examples of similes, personification and oxymorons. Very clever and fun, my students have alway loved learning these things right along with the main character (whose name I can't remember!).
I love this book so much, I bought a class set last year from Scholastic so I can teach it this year! I think it's perfect for 4th grade; it'll probably be pretty easy for my fifth graders, but I'll do it first, so they learn what I expect when reading a novel.
Jul 20, 2010
I use to teach 4th grade and there are some GREAT books for reading aloud. Here are some they'll love.
1. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar
2. The Wednesday Wars
3. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4. The War with Grandpa
5. The BFG by Roald Dahl
6. Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen (good...but heavy)
7. Bud Not Buddy
8. The Cay
9. The Puschcart War
10. Charlotte's Web
Jul 23, 2010
This year I'm going to read My Teacher is an Alien. I hope to parlay that into some writing assignments, i.e. "What would you do if you were in [the main character's] situation" or "Write a story about finding out that one of your teachers was an alien". That should be interesting...
Jul 25, 2010
Glad I read this post. Gave me some great ideas for read alouds and my classroom library
I start the year with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Fun and easy for the kids to relate to. I also like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Maniac Magee and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom.
Jul 27, 2010
The three that I am going to do that have not already been mentioned are: Frindle
Paint the Wind
Thinking about: Esperanza Rising
Aug 1, 2010
"There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" and "Island of the Blue Dolphins". The first one is a great book on bullying.
Here are some books I read aloud last 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
Aug 11, 2010
I teach in Missouri and each year there are Mark Twain nominee books presented. I always read books from that list. If they are part of a series it really gets the kids into new types of books/genres! I have read Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing in the past to start the year off. Fun and many students will then read other Judy Blume books.
Aug 12, 2010
Start with: the giraffe, the pelly, (short & practice expectations)
Rest of the year:
By The Great Horn Spoon
Bud, Not Buddy
Journey to Topaz
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
I do lots of short stories too.
Bruno & Boots books by Gordon Korman is what my 4th grade teacher read to us.... Uh that was along time ago & I still remember them!!!
Aug 26, 2010
I love these ideas. Where do you buy all of your books? I am a first year teacher and do not have too many in my personal library right now.
Where I get my books...
Scholastic Book Club Order Forms always have at least 1 book for $1. I use a lot of bonus points for books.
I ask parents to donate books that their children are no longer reading on their book shelves.
I go to garage sales.
I look on craigslist.
I go to Goodwill/thrift stores.
I put "used children's books" on my classroom wish list.
Aug 30, 2010
Series my 4th graders LOVE...
Gregor the Overlander
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Series)
Other books I've read and they loved:
A Tale of Desperaux
A Dog's Life
We are currently reading A Wrinkle in Time. They seem to like it so far!
Sep 2, 2010
I read a lot of Roald Dahl books; they usually go over well.
The books that have been absolute favorites every single year are the "Wayside School" books by Louis Sachar.
Sep 3, 2010
^I was just about to suggest "anything by Roald Dahl."
I am about to finish a new book (new to me) that I think would be a great read aloud for 4th grade. It's called The Thing About Georgie. It would lead to some great discussion about acceptance and feelings and seeing things through someone else's eyes. The main character is a 4th grader who is a dwarf, Georgie. (Dwarf is the word the book uses.) Really good book. It's funny too.
Aug 20, 2014
Here are some books I have read in the past -
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
The Homework Machine
When you reach me
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The indian in the cupboard
Dear Mr. Henshaw
This Island isn't Big enough for the two of us
Someone was watching
Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe
Feb 14, 2015
I'm a Math/Sci/SS teacher this year, but still want to Read Aloud.
I am currently reading A Paradise Called Texas (historical fiction that relates to curriculum).
I also plan to read Wonder. Wish I would have read it earlier in the year.
Usually at the end of the year I read No Talking by Andrew Clements, but not sure if the ELA team plans to do it this year.
TXTeacher- welcome to the forums! The OP who started this thread hasn't been on the forums since 2011. You might want to start some new threads on topics that interest you instead of replying to such old ones. It might garner some 'fresh' voices if you do so!