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Old 06-25-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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Instead of purchasing a new reading series this year, our 4th grade team has decided to purchase a few novels with activities. We have already decided on Stone Fox as one but I am in need of some other ones. We'd like them to be in the 4-4.5 reading level if possible.

What are your favorites and which websites do you get the activities from?


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Taste of Blackberries
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Tale of Fourth Grade Nothing- funny

Punished - play on words

Any Roald Dahl novel- my favorite is George's Marvelous Medicine

Trouble River- realistic fiction

The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler- mystery

Sign of the Beaver- historical fiction
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I'm going to do Fourth Grade Rats and Sarah Plain and Tall this year.
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I always do Bridge to Terabithia...great for figurative language and there are many themes that you can talk about.

I also read War with Grandpa....great for story elements especially plot structure with a great climax! I am in the process of buying Bud, Not Buddy....that is a common core suggestion.


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Leveled book lists
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There are many of them out there, but I like this one. The suggestions you've been given are all good books, but they are all over the map as far as levels. Of course, your students may be as well, but if you don't know their reading levels, you may want to only get a couple of sets to begin the year with, and then add on. You may need two or three smaller sets on common themes in order to meet your students' needs.

http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/
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You have some great ideas already. Some others: Lemonade War, Roberto and Me, Esperanza Rising, The Westing Game, James and the Giant Peach, The Report Card, The Jacket, Frindle.

Some of these are a little above GL and some are just on. These are all books that I have used with my 4th graders for core instruction.
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I'm in California so we read Island of the Blue Dolphins, By the Great Horn Spoon, and The Chocolate Touch and Stone Fox. All different and great reads.
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This year we read:
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • Number the Stars
  • Love That Dog
  • Hate That Cat
  • Who Comes with Cannons?
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
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read Tale of Desperaux (hope i spelled that right). They LOVED it!! Then we watched the movie and compared it to the novel.


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Old 06-26-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Tuck Everlasting
Sign of the Beaver
Fig Pudding
Love That Dog
City of Ember
Holes
Shiloh
Frindle
A Dog's Life
Rules
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

The kids loved them all!
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of my fourth graders are:

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
A Time For Andrew - A Ghost Story

I have never read A Time for Andrew, but it was my daughter's favorite book (one of the few she actually read!) I bought a class set and never used them, so when I moved to pullout I gave them to a friend who teaches fourth grade (and has my pullout students in her class). It is now her favorite book, and I've had kids who hate to read who will tell me it is awesome, and want me to look up books by the same author for them to check out in the library.
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I have classroom sets and audio cds for all of the following books--We do these books as a class using the audio cds and taking notes (of both book and later movie)--followed with a compare/contrast to the video--when available. All books have an interesting book report project when completed--every report is a different type. * movie available

Holes *
How to Eat Fried Worms *
Sign of the Beaver *
Hatchet
Number the Stars
On My Honor
Bridge to Terabithia *
A Wrinkle in Time * (Great to use this year with the mentioning of "tesseract" in the Avengers movie!)
A Christmas Carol * (1951 version is almost word-for-word with the book!)
Because of Winn Dixie *
The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963
Walk Two Moons (A movie for this book is actually in the works!!!)
The Incredible Journey * (original Disney one where animals do not talk)
Anne of Green Gables *
Tuck Everlasting *
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe *
Journey to the Center of the Earth * Older version with James Mason
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Great books for 4th Grade reading
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I will add to the excellent lists people have already suggested: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, written by the author of Becuase of Winn Dixie. My kids absolutely loved it. It stimulates lots of discussion.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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Anything by Blume is wonderful. The students are engaged because they LOVE the characters.
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(I would say) is Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix- it is the first book in the Shadow children series which is seven books. Students always want to read the next books and will probably even beg you for the next ones!! I got a set of 30 from MARI inc. and it came with a teachers guide with questions and activities. The premise of the book is a society where families are only allowed 2 children and this series follows the life of a boy who is a third child - SO naturally some questions come up at the beginning about life issues and we talk about the population law in China- kind of delicate topics for a fourth grade classroom but once past that part the story takes over and it is great. Good Luck

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Wow...thank you!
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So many great suggestions from you. I can't wait to show these to my colleagues and start picking and choosing. I'm growing tired of the ones I am using now!

Thanks again, 4th grade teachers!
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I taught only with novel units this year, and Al Capone Does my Shirts was easily their favorite. They threw fits begging me to order Al Capone Shines My Shoes book sets also. It was our final unit of the year as a surprise for the kids. They loved those! Great books for character skills, inferring, and theme! Their second favorite was Tuck Everlasting.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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These are the novels I'll be reading this year with my students:
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • The Report Card by Andrew Clements
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
I'm also going to try and squeeze in the following:
  • Landry News by Andrew Clements
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Swindle by Gordon Korman
Other great books are:
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamilo
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
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We read Holes, Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Riding Freedom and Danny the Champion of the World. I create many activities on my smart board slides. I've also purchased a few books on Amazon that help provide activities.
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Maniac Magee....AWESOME!!
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I loved this book and started reading it with my fifth grade readers (I teach fourth grade, but I have a group of students who are learning the fifth grade reading curriculum). Unfortunately, I had to stop reading it about halfway through because several parents objected. They did not like the sexual innuendos and the mention of rape (parents didn't want to have to define the word rape to their 9 and 10-year olds). I personally felt that those issues could have been easily dealt with without being too detailed, but parents refused to let their children continue to read the book. It's a shame because it is so well-written.
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