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I am looking for a novel to read with fourth graders
Old 11-28-2015, 01:15 PM
 
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Does anyone know of a good novel that I can read with my fourth graders instead of using the reading book?


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Read aloud?
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Do you mean as a read aloud or a class set?
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I would like to find something to have my students read instead of the basal reader. I have two reading groups. I have a book for the lower readers, but I am looking for something to use with the rest of my class. I will teach the same skills, but I want to use novels instead of the basal.
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Depending on the genre and level of the kids
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Castle in the Attic- fantasy. Theme of longing and loss. Above grade level readers
Rifka- historical fiction. Quite deep. Theme of longing and loss. Above grade level readers.
Hank Zipzer- realistic fiction. Grade level readers.
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Gooseberry Park
Frindle
Because of Winn Dixie
are the first three that come to mind.


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It really depends on their ability level. One of my favorites is Number the Stars. I also really like Shiloh. Those are both pretty on-level books for 4th grade. We just finished reading Fish in a Tree and my kids liked that one, as well.

For the higher kids, I've used Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Tuck Everlasting, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Westing Game, etc.
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Fourth Grade Novels
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Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing
Trouble River
Be a Perfect Person In Just Three Day
Seven Spiders Spinning
Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner
Chocolate Touch
George's Marvelous Medicine
Matilda
Little House in the Big Woods
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Some suggestions...
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These are some of my favorites...

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George

Rules by Cynthia Lord

The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff
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My students love "Skeleton Creek" since it includes online video as well as reading. They beg to keep reading which is music to my ears.
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my suggestion
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Love, love, love [I]Rump[/I] or Wonder.
Because of Winn Dixie would be my choice and actually is being added to my reading list this year.
I read RUMP to the class, but I also really like Wonder. for the message it gives.


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Wonder or Out of My Mind Both relate to fourth graders...they love them!
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We just read
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Mr. Popper's Penguins and the students loved it!
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My students love Frindle, Matilda, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
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Old 12-13-2015, 04:42 PM
 
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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards (Andrews). Great description. The students love to draw pictures and take advantage of creating "scrappy caps" and enjoying "slipper day" in honor of the whangdoodle. I also agree about The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Shiloh is touching. I haven't read it to my 4th graders, but I loved The Other Side of the Mountain. Masterpiece was enjoyed by my 4th graders last year--a cockroach that draws.
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The Book Whisperer
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I just finished the book by Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer. In it, she explains how she never does a whole class novel. Every year she has the requirement of each student reading at least 40 books for the year. They are allowed to choose any book they want. She teaches sixth grade, but states this idea can be for students in fourth grade and up. During the reading block, she has a readers workshop where she conferences with students about what they are reading and gets the grasp of how they comprehend the books being read. There is a notebook that is set up at the beginning of the year for each student where they log the dates each book was began, whether or not it was abandoned or when they finished the book.

There is research stated in this book about students being able to choose books that are lower or higher in reading level. As adults, we choose books that are easy or more difficult to read, so that is how we should teach students to choose books, and base it on their own interests, like we, as adults, choose books. Naturally, as they read more, their reading level will go up. It is about them being motivated to read and reading what they choose. Students may not be able to make personal connections with the characters in books chosen by the teacher, so they may not comprehend the storyline as well.

She goes on and on about this type of strategy as well as how to complete the required basal or required class novel assigned by the particular school system as well as the self-chosen books method. There are other resources she includes in this book, along with other books for research on this topic. It is a dream come true for me, and I am eager to implement it.
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Room for all...
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Although I am not the original poster, I have enjoyed reading people's suggestions. I'm always looking for titles of new books to share with my class.

I am a HUGE fan of Donalyn Miller's works. I've read her books and many articles she's written over the years. Following her on twitter has given me so many ideas for book titles to share with my class.

That being said, although Donalyn promotes a "Reading Workshop" approach, I do think there is room for teachers to adapt her ideas to fit their own needs. I, too, have a Reading Workshop implemented in my classroom as our district as adapted the Units of Study by Lucy Caulkins. BUT, I do also enjoy sharing a text with the whole class. This allows me to introduce new concepts to the whole class (like the idea of "flashback" in The Hundred Dresses,) or characterization in Shiloh. It also gives us a common bond throughout the year that I use when teaching other reading/writing strategies.

I think it is possible for a teacher to effectively teach students how to read through multiple approaches... as long as they are READING. I applaud the original poster for seeing the need to look beyond a reading book/basal.
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Some suggestions
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Some suggestions that immediately come to mind are:
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
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A book a group of my kids enjoyed this year was Esperanza Rising. It really got to the kids, some of whom live in very similar situations as Esperanza after she moves to the U.S.

Another group loved Jerry Spinelli's book, Wringer. That one made for some great discussions!
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