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Old 02-16-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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I am looking for a really good read aloud for my fourth graders. I have already read all of the Fudge Series books which they loved. I also took the advice of another PT'er and read The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 for black history. The children loved that story. However, I am at lost for what to read next.


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By the Great Horn Spoon-historical fiction (California Gold Rush)
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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I just discovered a great mystery series, The Cabin Creek Mysteries. I am reading the first one now & my 4th graders love it!!!
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I agree that The Fabled Fourth Graders is a great book! I love that each chapter is a quick read with a moral or lesson. I got a list of the Aesop Fable that matches each chapter off of the internet. After I read the chapter and they guess what the moral is, I read the real Aesop one. Every time, they say, "Oh, now I see what it means!"

I am thinking that once the book is done, they can pick a moral or Aesop Fable to use as a basis for a reader's theater script that they can write and perform.

After that...I'll need a recommendation. I always see great recommendations here....thanks everyone!

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Hi,
Several of my teammates are reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and the kids LOVE it! Have you read Because of Winn Dixie, also by Kate Dicamillo. She writes so well!


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My students have loved every book that I have read this year: Fourth Grade Rats, Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 100 Dresses, Best Christmas Pageant, and just finished Lightening Thief. I have a group of students who are reading the 2nd book of that series now as lit circles. Loved, loved, loved it!!!
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Thank you for all of your great ideas. I have forgotten about the Fourth Grade Rats. I have never heard about the Fourth Grade Fables. I am going to try them both. I also have read The Hundred Dresses and I forgot about that one.


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This year for my read alouds, I decided to do an author study. I chose Mary Downing Hahn. I read her books when I was in school and wanted to share my love of the author with my students. So far, we have read "Wait Till Helen Comes" and are almost finished with "Deep and Dark and Dangerous". We will be starting "All the Lovely Bad Ones" soon. These books make the kids want more because of the mystery and suspense! All of her books are great!
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The Great Brain (series)
Hatchet
Walk Two Moons
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We are almost finished with this book and my students are really excited to see how the murder mystery ends! I like this author. She really appeals to kids!


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Old 02-17-2011, 04:42 AM
 
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Silverwing.....FABULOUS!!!
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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Jennifer Murdley's Toad
Ruby Holler
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My students enjoy The 39 Clues. It's a series of books, each written by a different author. They are all very well written books.

I have also used "The Library Card" by Jerry Spinelli as well as "From the Mixed-Up Filed of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg.

By the way, my students are currently loving the Fudge series .
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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by Peg Kehret. We've only just begun the first 5 chapters but the kids are dead silent listening to me!
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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Every year mine love Sideways Stories From Wayside School.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Ruby Holler is usually a great selection for 4th graders
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:50 AM
 
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We're just finishing Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell, and my class has loved it!
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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Science Fiction- Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner

Fantasy- The Monster's Ring or Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Anything by Roald Dahl or Andrew Clements
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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You were given great ideas, but another one is the Hank Zipzer series. When you read one, it'll get them hooked on reading other others. Henry Winkler wrote them.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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I love to read Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Poppy by Avi, Trumpet of the Swan, Tuck Everlating and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to my students.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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a book right now called Trackers by Patrick Carmen. He also wrote a book series called Skeleton Creek. The coolest part of these books is that they incorporate technology throughout the story. You read, and get passwords to access videos on a website that are part of the plot. My fourth graders are loving these books. It's also been good for me to find a way to easily use my ebeam, projector, and document camera. We even started a class blog to have on online discussion about the book. The kids have loved it!

Another great book we read this year, was The Sisters Grimm about fairy tale detectives. A little slow at first, but when we got into the mystery, the kids were begging me to keep reading!
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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Some more great read-alouds:
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Shiloh by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Not-Just-Anybody Family
Running Out of Time - this has a great twist they don't see coming!
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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The Moxy Maxwell Series is hysterical and the kids love it!
Lemonade War
Midnight Magic
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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... Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Hatchet
Wait till Helen Comes
Sign of the Beaver
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Alvin Ho by Lenore Look. I am currently reading this to my class and we are all laughing out loud. They beg me to keep reading!
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:07 PM
 
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This is my first year teaching fourth grade, but here are ones I've read aloud or want to read aloud before the end of the year:
The Best School Year Ever
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
The Nutcracker (Scholastic Junior Edition I think)
Where the Red Fern Grows
Sunny Holiday
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
On My Honor

A friend of mine has read a couple of Judy Moody books to her class, and they especially like Judy Moody Declares Her Independence. (She had them write their own declarations that they painted with brown paint mixed with water and crinkled them up to make them look old.)
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