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Old 06-26-2017, 04:58 AM
 
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I usually start my year reading Fourth Grade Rats, however the new 3rd grade teacher decided to read it this past year. Now I'm looking for a good book to start the year. Any suggestions? Here is what I do through the year already...

City of Ember
The Fabled Fourth Graders
Sign of the Beaver
Fish in a Tree
Among the Hidden

p.s... the other third grade teacher does Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and 5th grade does Wonder, so those are out too.


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I usually start with the first book in the Hank Zipzer series, Niagara Falls or Does It. It takes place in the first few days of 4th grade and I like message about us all being different and how learning differently is ok.
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I usually start with Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing since it's funny (even though I'm sooooo sick of it), but I guess that's out for you.

Out of My Mind is excellent and has similar themes as Wonder and Fish in a Tree. I also like The Thing about Georgie, which also has a common theme.

Others that my class always likes are:
Shiloh
Number the Stars (although not to start the year with)
The Wild Robot (this year's Global Read Aloud)
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Indian in the Cupboard
Tuck Everlasting
Wish
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The Kid in the Red Jacket is a great starter! Kids love it, and it covers a lot of those "be kind" topics you like to discuss at the start of the year.

My all time favorite, though, is Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher! It's one they'll always remember!
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What about Because of Winn Dixie? It's a great read aloud.


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I was just going to suggest a Kate DiCamillo book, too, roo- The Tiger Rising.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
I'm going to second PEPteach's suggestion for Out of My Mind.
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

It seems weird that the third grade teachers are reading books aimed for a fourth grade audience. It makes sense that fifth grade does Wonder, because the main character is in fifth grade.
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:34 AM
 
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I typically start with Tales of Fourth... But last year tried something new. No Talking by Andrew Clements. Even though characters are 5th grade, the school context led to super discussions. I like realistic fiction as our first genre and this was a great fit to replace Tales.

I use read alouds to model :
Characters
Setting
Plot
Vocabulary

The book is exemplary for getting at those (as is Tales...).
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Old 06-27-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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Since your 3rd grade teacher does Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, why not another one in the series?

The One and Only Ivan was a book that my kids really liked.
There's a Boy in the Girs' Bathroom
My Father's Dragon
Island of the Blue Dolphins
James and the Giant Peach
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I vote for Because of Winn-Dixie. It's got such colorful characters and lots to discuss. The CD has a great narrator...I always use a CD for a chapter book read-aloud.

Frindle is also terrific and a class fav.
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Old 07-08-2017, 07:17 PM
 
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Definitely The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! I'm starting the year with it. Read it for the first time with my 4th graders last year and it was a big hit!


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Old 07-10-2017, 07:55 PM
 
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I read the Skeleton Creek series to my 6th graders. It combines reading with videos. It is suspenseful so I am not sure if 4th graders would find it scary. Read allowed should peek an interest in reading while we model.
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Old 07-22-2017, 05:49 AM
 
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My absolute favorite read aloud for fourth grade is There is a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar. It is a great book, funny, emotional, uplifting. It is about how one person can make a difference. The story is so compelling that my kids will give up free time so I can continue to read to them.

Another favorite of mine is Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. It is her series for grade 4 and this is a must read. It is kind of a modern day Alice in Wonderland and Wrinkle in Time, but the protaganist Gregor falls into a laundry chute in New York City and the Underland is a world filled with magical creatures. He goes on a quest to find his father. After reading this book, I have students running to reread it and move on to the next book in the series.

Love your suggestions too.
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Old 08-01-2017, 05:28 AM
 
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I love. LOVE. LOVE! starting the year with the Miraculous Journey. We do a character study of how Edward changes from the beginning to the middle and the end! The students are absolutely engaged in this story!!
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:30 AM
 
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Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a good one.
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