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Old 06-02-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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I am packing my room and it hurts to pack up all of my picture books and keep them in boxes. What, if any picture books do you feel are appropriate to keep out for fifth graders to read? I have my mentor texts aside for myself and I think I will keep out most of my nonfiction texts.


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I have a collection of picture books in my 5th grade classroom. I use them not only for the kids' enjoyment, they still enjoy picture books, but also for teaching reading skill/strategy lessons. My favorite lessons to use with picture books are summarizing and retelling.
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I would keep them all! I always tell my fourth graders that when they write a story, they are not writing a chapter book. Any picture book is a great example for them. Plus, they're fun to read!
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I used them for plot, character, theme, etc... It was easy to break down and analyze a picture book.
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Keep them handy. . .
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I use picture books in fifth all of the time---social lessons, language arts skills, writing style and purpose examples---they are so useful!


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Old 06-02-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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I agree with everyone! BUT, I don't know how many you have, etc. I'd keep a good sized box of them out. I'd make it a mix of classics and good authors/pictures, I also have Ameila Bedelia and Curious George... I try to guide my kids to reading chapter book since most of them prefer a picture book, but it's much easier to teach with a picutre book and all kids should feel success in their own reading/read for enjoyment and sometimes it does the trick.
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I feel so much better hearing your thoughts. I do think there is a need for picture books in any classroom but the two 5th grade classes I went to visit only had the content area picture books out. Thanks again for taking the time to share your ideas.
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I agree with the others who say keep your picture books. I use them to teach strategy lessons for both reading and writing. Lots of times, as I read, I'll have kids jot down thoughts and connections and then have a partner and/or whole class share time. Sometimes we keep charts as we read. (3-column inferencing chart for example: What the Text Says/What I Already Know/What I Infer)

I don't remember if you are planning to do 6-Traits writing, but if you are, many, many picture books are recommended for traits lessons. Just think of the many fun picture books you could use for Word Choice!
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keep them allll!!!!
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I have tons of picture books and my kids love reading them. It is easy for them and it their fluency. I actually recommend them to read a picture book once a month to give them a break.
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I am going to save most of them thanks to this thread. But now how do you organize them for intermediate kids?


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Old 06-03-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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I organize all my books by genre. By fifth grade they know what kind of books they like to read. I also have a sizable picture book collection. I have about 20-30 held back for me to use to teach, but otherwise they are all available to the kids.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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I use picture books to teach strategies all of the time in my class. I really think it allows them to grasp the skill that I am trying to teach. Plus, they are usually familiar with the book.
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