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Old 04-24-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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What are you reading aloud in class right now? We started The Lightning Thief but never finished it. Now that testing is almost over, maybe we can get back to it.

So, what are you reading to your class?

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How many read-alouds do you do per year?
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Now, we are almost done with A Stranger Came Ashore. We read Mr. Pudgins earlier in the year and before that How to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade (I know that's not the exact title.).

I would like to know how many read-alouds everyone gets through during the year.
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Too funny
Old 04-24-2011, 01:17 PM
 
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We are reading The Lightning Thief!
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This year I've read My Side of the Mountain, Sign of the Beaver,Around the World in 100 Years, Johnny Tremain, Tuck Everlasting, The Caye, and right now I'm reading Maniac McGee.

These choices are not always what I read. In the past I have read Crispin, Fighting Ground, My Brother Sam is Dead, Old Yeller.
Those are some that I remember.

I usually get through 5 or 6 in a year.
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom!

My kids are begging me to read Maximum Ride but I haven't read it - still not sure if I am going to read it though. So many books, so little time!

I usually read 5 or 6

I always read Witches around Halloween - other than that I usually just find something that fits the personality of my classroom.


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"My kids are begging me to read Maximum Ride but I haven't read it - still not sure if I am going to read it though. So many books, so little time!"

Would be an AWESOME read aloud. The chapters are quick, so if you only have small amounts of time it would work well. Also I've gotten over 3/4 of my class hooked on this series, great action and characters with some great messages.

Unfortunately I don't have the time to read aloud more than short stories due to our compact schedule of team teaching....need to find the time, maybe Maximum Ride would be a good place to start.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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We're reading
The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff: You Wish
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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Right now we are reading Frindle by Andrew Clements. So far this year we have read: Matilda, Fourth Grade Rats, Stone Fox, Dear Mr. Henshaw, Number the Stars, Holes, and Sacagawea. I usually read between 7 and 9 books each year.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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Kids begged me to read another scary book. I ALWAYS read The Skeleton Man. Just finished The Old Willis Place. I read Despereux every year. We enjoy The Homework Machine. I try to read 4 Golden Sower nominees (Nebraska's award that students vote on) so my students can vote. So I guess I have read 7-8 this year. Doesn't seem possible with so little time. I read any free minute I can.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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No Talking! was my first book this year.
Book one of The Guardians of GaHoole. (I have a student who has read 12 of them now!)
The Gosh Awful Gold Rush Mystery by Carole Marsh
I also read a lot of picture books and books that go along with hoilday or our units in science and ss.


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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Old 04-25-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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Already read
Esperanza Rising
Hatchet
Soft Rain
The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever
Trumpet of the Swan
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Currently reading...
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Scat by Carl Hiaasen. They are going NUTS over it.
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I love this thread! There are quite a few books here that I haven't heard of before.

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Old 04-26-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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The Hunger Games
Tuck Everlasting
Shooting the Moon
Island
The Maze Runner
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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We have to use the textbook and do so many passages until testing it is hard to fit in novels (I am departmentalized). As soon as they finished testing we started Oddly Normal and a unit on graphic novels. I displayed the book on the document camera and kids would have parts to read along they LOVED it.

After the test I had to do a quick unit until we figured out who would go to retesters. Now I have 20+ extra students in my classes so I wanted to wait until they got there to start a big novel.

We just started The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - we will read this until the end of the year.
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Me too!
Old 04-26-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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Lightning Thief! And the kids are hooked!! It is a long book. I found a lit unit to go with it. We do crosswords, word searches, and a little comprehension to keep them tied to it. They love it!!

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I read 2 or 3 per year
Old 04-26-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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This year I read Frindle and we are currently reading Hatchet.
Last year I read Because of Winn Dixie and Bud, Not Buddy and No Talking!
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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At the beginning of the year we read 39 Clues: Maze of Bones and my kids LOVED it!!! It got them hooked on the series and there are 10 books in all written by different popular children's authors. The we moved into Revoultionary War literature circles with My Brother Sam is Dead, Johnny Tremain, The Fighting Ground, and George Washinton's Socks. We just finished the Westing Game and are now starting Number the Stars. The Lightning Theif is very good! My kids last year loved it as well and it is one of my favorites )
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thanks for the book suggestions
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Again thank you to all of you for listing these titles because there are a few I have never heard of and I will start looking them up on Amazon.

I keep hearing Hunger Games mentioned as a good book for 5th grade and beyond. My adult book club is reading Hunger Games! I have to get started on that.

We have Frindle and Because of Winn Dixie and I highly recommend those.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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I'm doing Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix and Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse.

I read the first chapter of lots of books and then they vote to choose which one we continue.
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Read alouds
Old 04-28-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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Peak is a novel, written by Roland Smith concerning the physical and emotional challenges that face a fourteen year-old boy as he climbs Mount Everest. My 5th grade students were hooked within the first 10 minutes.
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love this
Old 05-02-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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I love reading to my class...

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (their favorite!)
Rules
The Lightening Thief
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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We are reading Hoot

Have read this year....
Number the Stars
Enormous Egg
Shiloh
Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and..
Old 05-06-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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Holes (to teach going back in time/scene changes)
Titanic (first of triology by Gordon Korman)
The Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
Among the Hidden
Top Secret (during our plant unit)
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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The True Meaning of Smek Day by Adam Rex.
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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My read-aloud is Tuck Everlasting. Next year I will add The City of Ember to my list and its sequel, The People of Sparks, Bridge to Terabithia, and Johnny Tremain . I also read A Day No Pigs Would Die to the class (forgot about that) but we didn't finish. I read the whole book and LOVED it. I guess I read 2-3 books a year, normally.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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I am reading the book #1 in the Ranger's Apprentice series right now.
I am hoping to read Mr. Popper's Penguins to the class before summer break.
It is coming out as a movie with Jim Carey in June this summer.
I want the students to read/listen to the story BEFORE they see the movie.
(used to read it to my 3rd graders but since I got transfered to 5th I hadn't done it)

I have read aloud about 12 books to my students.

Their favorites have included Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (but we listened to it on cd. The actor doing the read aloud is awesome!).

They also liked The Hatchet.

I love to read books that start them reading series. They have fought over all the follow up books that go with The Hatchet.

We also read Where the Red Fern Grows.
Then we watched the movie. They did not like the movie. One student said it best. "I liked the book better than the movie. In the book I could get inside the characters head and know what they were thinking and feeling. In the movie, you don't get all the emotions."

Some of my students like to follow along in their own copy of the book as I am reading aloud. I have found that it is helping with their reading fluency.
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I love read alouds!
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I read about 1 book every month it seems. This year we have read:
  • The Hundred Dresses - (I read this one first thing every year to go into the whole idea of bullying and the judgement of others)
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963
  • The D'Aulaire Book of Greek Myths...for background knowledge prior to reading The Lightning Thief (they absolutely loved this one)
  • A Tale Dark and Grimm...this one is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Fantastic voice and descriptions
  • The House on Hackman's Hill (fantastically fun Halloween month read)
  • Holes
  • Fever 1793
  • City of Ember (love this one a ton!)
Others I've read in the past that I switch on and off:
  • Becoming Naomi Leon
  • Sahara Special
  • Among the Hidden
  • Wait Till Helen Comes
  • No Talking
  • Frindle
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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I forgot to mention in my earlier post
I print off a page poster of the book cover that we are reading and have read aloud in class.
I post these posters up in the classroom so the students can remember and reflect on the titles we have read.
I use google images most of the time to get the cover photo. Or, I scan the book itself.

I counted today. We have 16 books posted that we have all enjoyed. that doesn't count the small groups of kids that have listened or studied related books together from the ones I have read aloud.

I LOVE reading aloud to my classroom.

I can't believe some 5th grade teachers don't read aloud to their class. It is one of my favorite experiences. Plus, it helps my class bond. It is a shared experience each time we share and discuss each book!
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We love read alouds!
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My class loves read aloud - maybe because I love it so much! Right now, we're reading Science Fair by Dave Barry and someone else whose name escapes me at the moment. It is absolutely HYSTERICAL. I teach a 4/5 combo class, so I have several students this year who I also had last year, and they absolutely begged for me to read it again this year.

Other books I've read aloud - I don't always do the same ones. Just depends on the class, their interests, and my mood:
Dead Man in Indian Creek
Peppermints in the Parlor (a slow start, but it gets really exciting!)
Surviving the Applewhites
View from the Cherry Tree
Tale of Desperaux
Lost and Found
No Talking!
Toothpaste Millionaire (great when you're talking economics)
The Pushcart War (also great for economics)
Blue
Small Steps:The Year I Got Polio
Earthquake Terror (I read this right after Small Steps as a mini author study - lots of parallels btw this one and her memoir)
The Moon and I
Ella Enchanted (SO much better than the movie...no comparison, really)
Alice In Wonderland
City of Ember
Crispin: The Cross of Lead (first in a trilogy - the kids then run to get the next book!)
Boy (by Roald Dahl - you understand a lot more about his books after reading his memoir!)

There are others, but this is what I can remember without standing in front of my bookshelves at school. I also try to read 1-2 of the books nominated for our state award.
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Walk Two Moons.
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We are reading Bud Not Buddy. Excellent book and the students really get into it.
Some others that we alternate throughout the year: Dear Mr. Henshaw, Loser, Maniac Magee. Esperanza Rising, Frindle. My next adventure to to add the Westing Game and Egypt Game.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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We just finished Someone Named Eva and we started Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
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Wow!
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I'm late to the party, but boy, what a great thread! I have most of these titles coppied, and will be looking for them in our local library. Good way to make use of post-surgical recovery time!

Sincere thanks to all who took time to contribute.
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Scat lit circle
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Did you use this as a lit circle book or strickly a read-aloud? What kind of activities did you use -if any-for this book? I'm having a hard time finding and lessons/activities for this book.
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