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My school starts either with Shiloh or Because of Winn Dixie

If they've read Shiloh in 4th grade some teachers use the others in the triology...Saving Shiloh and Shiloh Season

(I've posted a packet we do with Because of Winn Dixie)

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rsjh1 08-20-2011 04:34 PM

I do No Talking by Andrew Clements. My kids love it. They usually want to try a competition in our class. Who am I to discourage a "no talking" contest. They really get into it and have a great time.

Marlo4thgrade 05-13-2011 06:19 AM

Thank you so much for sharing!!!! I have only been teaching for 5 years and I am just getting comfortable with leaving the basal. Adding your attachments really helps me to be a little braver when thinking about novels. Again...thank you for your generosity.

-MM

ski4fun 09-01-2010 08:15 PM

I use Page Master. It is full of great vocabulary that I use as a spring board for my word wall. The story is great, illustrations are beautiful and the book is easy enough for my lower students and yet full of great language and humor for my upper students.

Mr. G 315 10-03-2009 07:17 AM

I always start with Loser (Spinelli). My class always falls in live with Donald Zinkoff by the middle of the book. It starts great discussions.

Ali'a 08-18-2009 07:03 PM

I'm starting with Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. I'm now trying to figure out how to do it with Daily 5 and CAFE. It might just the listen to reading.

Lolita417 08-18-2009 06:53 PM

I am going to use Rules by Cynthia Lord. I think it is upper 4th level but so cute I just cannot resist. Has anyone used it before? Any thoughts?

sweetmilker 08-23-2008 06:12 PM

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary is also a great book to start the school year out with because it focuses on letters/journal writing.

Apache42 07-15-2008 10:51 PM

I've used "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" (RL 3.4) with fourth to sixth grade classes. Students LOVE it. (So do I. It's hilarious.) Students really identify with the main character. I think there's a little of Bradley Chalkers in all of us.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, (RL4.9) by Jack Gantos, is on the same order as the above. There are two other books in this series that students will then snatch off your shelf: Joey Pigza Loses Control, and I am Not Joey Pigza.

Do Bananas Chew Gum (RL 4.2), by Jamie Gilson, is similarly themed...a 6th grade math whiz has trouble with reading and spelling.

maggiehgs 07-09-2008 11:25 AM

OoOOooO.... that could be a very good first novel for 5th graders. Heheh.

teachva 06-30-2008 07:42 PM

My favorite book for the beginning of 5th grade is Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell. The kids love it, and it is a great spring board for writing activities and discussions. The author has discussion questions, and activities that tie to the book on her website.

http://www.planetesme.com

EDteacher 06-30-2008 04:47 PM

I have used The Outsiders. The kids get a kick out of knowing a teenager wrote the story, and it is still relevant today.

Cleopatra 06-23-2008 01:43 PM

A very good one is The Million Dollar Shot. Great read aloud, and the kids love it.

Mrs. Panther 06-19-2008 07:51 PM

The 5th grade novels we use during the year are Number the Stars, Indian in the Cupboard, Surviving the Applewhites (hard), Bridge to Terabithia. These are also great read aloud books, too.

MrsCroak 06-15-2008 01:43 PM

my students often come to me hating to read a book. i start the year with There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. I have never had such a good response from a book before this one. They can all relate to the characters and problems in the book, and it is soooo funny.

It also helps me start introducing other awesome Louis Sachar books. Once we've read the entire novel, all of Sachar's other books are off the shelves.

BBrock 06-08-2008 03:45 PM

I agree. I am going to read No Talking by Andrew Clements the first week of school. I read it to my kids this year the last week of school and they absolutely loved it!

LA Teacher 06-04-2008 05:53 PM

I always do Trouble River by Betsy Byars. It's an easy read and on 4.7 RL. Then we follow up doing an author study later in the year on her. We read Summer of the Swans, The Pinballs, and The 18th Emergency. They are all on upper 4th, but the kids really like these. If you write to Mrs. Byars- she will write back (and sent me an autographed book) We did that book as a read aloud.
I found the movies (After School Specials from the 70's) and purchased these- we watch after reading.

Funnygirl 05-16-2008 02:42 PM

No Talking by Andrew Clements about a group of fifth graders who have a contest to see who can be silent for a few days- boys or girls?

MrsM*Rm117 05-13-2008 03:24 PM

Frindle by Andrew Clements

It is about a fifth grade boy who makes up a name for a pen much to his older Language Arts teacher's liking

Easy read, kids enjoy!

kmob 05-11-2008 06:37 AM

My school starts either with Shiloh or Because of Winn Dixie

If they've read Shiloh in 4th grade some teachers use the others in the triology...Saving Shiloh and Shiloh Season

(I've posted a packet we do with Because of Winn Dixie)

sue81 05-10-2008 03:58 AM

At my school, the 5th grade always starts the year with Hatchet.

czelaya 05-09-2008 09:32 AM

What would be a good fifth grade novel to start the year? I don't want the novel to be too high because the kids are probably not going to be on grade level. Thank you very much.




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