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Old 08-12-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Hi everyone. I searched the archives and saw some good ideas but wondering if anyone has a specific read aloud that they love doing first thing in the year of 5th grade.

More specifically I'm looking for a chapter book that can introduce comprehension strategies like inferring, predicting, etc...But also one that completely draws the students in and one that they will love! The rest of the year the read-alouds will be tied to the social studies curriculum so this is my chance to just do a really great book at the start of the year.

The ones I'm considering are:

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
This is Where You Reach Me
Phantom Tollbooth
Out of My Mind
Fish in a Tree

All books I've loved but not sure how they'll be received by 5th graders.....This is my first year teaching 5th after many years in 1st. Thank you!!!


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I start out with "How to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade." It's so silly that 5th grade really love it.

Then I read Wonder. That book is just the best and perfect for 5th grade, The movie comes out Nov. 17.

Then I've varied the books I read next:
The Giver
The Homework Machine
No Talking
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

There's a lot of great books out there!
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I usually start with No Talking and they absolutely love it!
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I have read almost all of the books on your list, but I've only read Out of My Mind to a class. They loved it. However, this year I'm going to do what Freckleface suggested and read Wonder, which has similar themes. If I could only pick one fiction book to read, it would be one of those.
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Freak the Mighty
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I'm reading Nine Ten in preparation for 9-11. We then read Wonder.
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I also start with Wonder. We then do a precept each month throughout the year. They write the precept on a piece of 9x12 construction paper like you would for a poster. On a lined piece of paper, they write what the precept means to them and glue it on the back of their poster. At the end of the year, I bind each person's precepts together for a book.
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I see that you read Nine Ten. Had you read Eleven? I would love to read one of these to my students but am having trouble deciding based on the amazon reviews.
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My favorite book and the one that I will be using again this year is "Because of Mr. Terupt". Love that book and so great for a variety of reading strategies. We refer back to it throughout the year.
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:57 AM
 
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I personally love Fish In A Tree, and a picture book by Patricia Polacco (Thank You, Mr. Falker) works as well if you only have a few minutes to share. The stories are similar.

I will review some of the other books mentioned because I love the idea of leaving students waiting for more. I've noticed that 5th graders enjoy listening to a great story.

I like using picture books to grab kids' attention (like The Three Questions by John J. Muth for 5th graders), but I hadn't thought about using chapter books. I preface stories by telling students I will be asking the 5W/1H questions after a story, so they know there will be a discussion session.

Thanks for a great question!
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Hi, It's probably too late, but we read Wonder in my school. It's perfect for 5th grade!
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