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Old 01-27-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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I love reading the classics to my 4th graders - the ones that you remember as an adult because it's a novel you would never have picked up and read on your own. Right now I'm reading Winnie-the-Pooh. Most of mine don't realize it's not a "baby" book! What book do you read to your class every year and why?


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to Edward Tulane. I am in my second year of fourth grade. She recommended it, but I did not read it. I am reading it now to my kids. AMAZING!!
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I love read alouds. It's such a great way to acquaint reluctant readers with great literature. This year I have (or will) read the following:

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Bridge to Terabithia
Bud, Not Buddy
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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*Edward Tulane
*Boxcar Children
*Trumpet of the Swan (and discuss Louis Armstrong and jazz)

I read them because the kids wouldn't pick them up on their own, and they always love them! After reading The Boxcar Children, they always read more in the series!
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:10 AM
 
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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (beginning of the year)
Lots of picture books: anything by Polacco and Van Allsburg
Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (great for both fantasy and mythology!)
Two Tickets to Freedom (Ellen & Wm. Craft fugitive slaves)
The Toothpaste Millionaire

And I've heard read alouds called "the blessing of the books" -kids often want to read what pleases the teacher


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Old 01-28-2014, 03:21 PM
 
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When I taught fourth grade I always read Flipped, Freak the Mighty and Matilda. I liked reading Flipped because it showed two view points a boy's and a girl's. Freak the Mighty is a great story of friendship, special needs and death. Matilda is fun and started many of my students reading other Roald Dahl novels.
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I have to preface this by saying that I am a Pre-K teacher and not a fourth grade teacher. But a book I loved as a child was Mary Poppins. You might look at it to see if it would work for you. I loved how in the book she was more stern. The book is so different from the movie and Mary Poppins is definitely not all sweet and sugary in the book. There are also 2 or 3 books that continue the tale if your students should get hooked.
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I love starting the beginning of the year with Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! After we read it, we are able to have a wonderful talk about what it means to be perfect and what you can do to have a perfect year. We just finished Tales of a 4th grade nothing. I will be watching this to see what would be a good book for us to read next.
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Here's a few of my favorites:

I definitely agree with Edward Tulane...a great read!

At the beginning of the year I read There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom...the kids loved it!

I am currently reading Among the Hidden which is about the Population Law (they never say what country) where only two children are allowed per family. But a family has a third child who obviously needs to be hidden. It is a very compelling and captivating book, and we've had some great conversations about it!

I also enjoy reading Silverwing which is about the adventures of a young bat.

Toward the Springtime, I like to read The Lemonade War.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:28 AM
 
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Where the red fern grows
Summer of the monkeys


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We start the school with Sideways Stories from Wayside School, then The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (LOVE!!!), The All New Jonah Twist, George Washington's Socks are ones I always read. We read Island of the Blue Dolphins (LOVE!!) in reading class at the end of the year and do many activities with it.
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:59 AM
 
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I"m reading City of Ember with my class. They are really enjoying the book. Sideways stories from Wayside School are always good!
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Tale of Despereaux--such great writing, and a great fantasy/adventure.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love how fresh Willy Wonka is to the bratty kids- he cracks me up!
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:29 AM
 
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The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
Anything by Patricia Polacco or Chris Van Allsburg
The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff
Among the Hidden
Because of Mr. Terrupt
Georges Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl


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Old 02-01-2014, 06:25 AM
 
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When I taught 4th, I loved reading Gettysburg Adventure: Ghost on the Battlefield by Lori Bakewell during our Civil War unit. It's about a girl and her brother who see a soldier ghost and have to help him solve a problem before the anniversary of the battle. It has a lot of historical facts in it, and is also humorous.
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I do like No Talking! by Andrew Clements.
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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I loved reading Silverwing to my students. I used different voices for each of the characters. They really looked forward to that. One day I was out sick. When I returned, they insisted that I reread the chapter that the sub had read to them. They said she didn't do the voices correctly!
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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Wonder is an awesome book with a great message.
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When I did 4th I got this advice and my students loved them:

Flipped
The Fabled 4th Graders of Aesop Elementary
The Fabled 5th Graders of Aesop Elementary
Frindle


I would have loved to have done, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but they did it in 3rd.
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My most favorite is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. After that, Shiloh, The Witches, Charlotte's Web,Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Chocolate Touch, Tales from the Sideways School.

We are now starting Tier 1 instruction for all with a novel study of Frindle. It is all "new," and we teachers are going to follow pre-made lesson plans. It is going to be very interesting. All our long range planning was for naught. But, it looks pretty good, though. All kids will be reading it, no mattter their reading level. All our small groups will be reading it and doing activities based on it. Can't wait to see how it works out.

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I second the idea of The Fabled 4th Graders of Aesop Elementary.

Other favorites are Niagara Falls or Does It?, which is a good one to start the year with, and Swindle.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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Some of my favorites over the years have been:

Wonder - read that for the first time this year and LOVED it!
Frindle
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
4th Grade Rats
Troublemaker
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler
The Family Under the Bridge
The War With Grandpa
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - I remember my 4th grade teacher reading this to me and had to share it with my own students at least once.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:32 PM
 
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I'm reading the City of Ember right now! I love reading it every year.

Some of my other favorites are:

Sign of the Beaver
Fourth Grade Rats
Night of the Twisters
Among the Hidden
The Fabled Fourth Graders
39 Clues
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I also begin the year off by reading Clementine to my class-the kids love it cause she does crazy stuff and Clementine is close to their age. After I read this book they are able to read the rest of the series by themselves.

I also love to read the Best Christmas Pageant Ever during the holiday.

I am currently reading Out of My Mind. I read it out loud for the first time last year and it got my kids thinking about kindness. I love this book
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I would also pick The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Also, if you haven't read her other books I would definitely recommend trying The Tale of Despereaux and The Magician's Elephant as read alouds. The children love these stories and seem to really get in to them when they are read aloud in the classroom. There are several different activities that can go along with these books as well.
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This year, I've read or I plan on reading:

*Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (I always start the year with this one)
*Wayside School is Falling Down (haven't read this before, but it really inspired some of my unmotivated readers to read, read, read!!)
*Holes
*Because of Mr. Terrupt
*Edward Tulane
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The One and Only Ivan.
A Dog's Life
Someone Named Eva


These are books kids seem to enjoy year after year
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:22 AM
 
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Where the Red Fern Grows
Swindle
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I love the books, Because of Mr. Terrupt and Among the Hidden, too! My students BEGGED me to read Because of Mr. Terrupt!
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We have read Tiger Rising and A Dogs Life. Next will be When You Reach Me

Not classics but more recent good reads
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We are reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. It's a great book, tons of figurative language, we are also doing character traits and setting analysis as we read. We summarize the stories told throughout, then we will write our own Chinese tales after we finish. It's a great book with an amazing message. I teach in a Catholic school so we make connections between faith and Minli's journey. It's a great book!

I also do Frindle, From The Mixed-Up Files and incorporate lots of Italian Renaissance and Michelangelo information (and we create sculptures with Ivory bar soap and paintings on paper we tape to the bottom of our desks...like the Sistine Chapel!)
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Fourth Grade Rats-Jerry Spinelli
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These are the books I get in every year:
Niagara Falls, or Does It?
The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Out of the Dust
Top Secret
Sisters Grimm: Fairytale Detectives
My Life in Dog Years

My kids really enjoy the books we read. The Sisters Grimm is a series I stumbled on a few years ago and it is one of my favorites! The kids love it as much as I do; many of them are reading the series.
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Trumpet of the Swan
The Amazing Journey of Edward Tulane
Tale of Despereux
The Iron Giant(original story)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
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Every year, the upper grades in our school try to read all of the William Allen White Award nominee books. This has introduced my students and I to many books that we may not have chosen independently. I loved Out of My Mind, Summer of Hammers and Angels, Close to Famous, Turtle in Paradise, and Emily's Fortune. I also enjoy reading A Time for Andrew, The Penderwicks, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, and Peppermints in the Parlor to my kids.
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