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Old 11-15-2008, 02:15 PM
 
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What are some of your favorite books to use for novel units for whole class reading instruction in fourth grade?


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Frindle (realistic fiction)
Joshua's Song (historical fiction)
Castle in the Attic (fantasy)
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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Realistic Fiction)

George Washington's Socks (Historical Fiction)

Looking for a new fantasy novel..........vzteacher - do you know where I can find any comprehension/extension activities for Castle in the Attic?
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I'll second Frindle. I'm a Math/Science/Social Studies teacher and would read it to my homeroom students daily after recess before we switched to class and they loved it. I didn't use it for a specific skill since I didn't teach reading, just enjoyment.

I also liked the book Rules as it deals with compassion for those with disabilities.
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I love the book Rules. My other favorites are Just Juice by Karen Hesse and Junebug (can't remember the author). I teach in an urban school, so that one gets amazing discussions about gangs, dreams and education, etc.


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We just finished The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byers. It's old, but the kids really got into it....both boys and girls. I really debated even doing it, but I was glad we did. It's a higher level 4th grade novel.

We also love Because of Winn Dixie, the Rats of Nihm, and Frindle.
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My favorite book is JAmes and the Giant Peach. The kids get so engrossed in it and it's pretty funny too.
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My two favorites are Ella Enchanted and The City of Ember. Both are great for discussions on various topics. I do use Ella Enchanted as part of a comparison study of Cinderella stories.

Unfortunately, both books have now been made into movies (and not very true to the story movies) so you may have to combat students' preconceived ideas about the books before you begin. I have found that most students will agree that the books are better
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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The Sign of the Beaver this week. I am assigning an end of the book project tomorrow to be completed by Tuesday, the 25th, the last day before Thanksgiving break. The kids have to either make a model of a teepee or Matt's cabin OR a colored poster of the cabin or teepee.

We had parent conferences a month ago and so many of the parents told me they were reading the book right along with their child (even though we read most of it together in class). The reading level is 4.9 so some of the vocab is hard for the lower readers.

We are doing a Venn diagram this Thursday and Friday. We will be watching the movie which is called Keeping the Promise (why it's not Sign of the Beaver I'm not sure.) This novel has been a hit!
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We read Stone Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and we're reading Old Yeller in the spring. I've also read Shiloh.

We do a lot of character study and vocabulary work with Stone Fox. Plus, there is a movie, so we watch that and do a compare/contrast at the end.


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Old 11-17-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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My favorites are Island of the Blue Dolphins and By the Great Horn Spoon. Because of Winn Dixie is also nice at the start of the year, since it's a bit lower level.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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I enjoy reading using the following books with my fourth graders:
A child's version of The Last of the Mohicans
The Family Under the Bridge
The Hundred Dresses
The Secret Soldier
There's an Owl in the Shower
Shiloh
The Midnight Fox

I'd like to do The Mouse and the Motorcycle, but haven't done so yet. Most of my books are "heavy" and I want to lighten it up a bit.
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Don't you get teary eyed reading them??? Love Stone Fox Shiloh, and Old Yeller!
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I get it about Edward Cullen. On the other hand, I'm glad his kind aren't "real."
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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We read and enjoy these in my fourth grade classroom:
Misty of Chincoteague
Family Under the Bridge
Best Halloween Ever
Top Secret
Blood on the River
Mystery at Jamestown
Secret Soldier
Gentle Annie
George Washington's Socks
Frindle

Stone Fox and Mouse and the Motorcycle are read in third grade.
I want to do a Beverly Cleary book this year along with Civil War Diary and My Brother Sam is Dead but don't know if I will have time . If anyone has any resources to share for these novels I would be grateful!
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:35 PM
 
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The War With Grandpa
Charlotte's Web
Trumpet of the Swan
Frindle
Chocolate Fever
Shiloh
Stone Fox
Matilda
Twits
The Witches
The BFG
George Washington's Socks
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Ella Enchanted
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:46 PM
 
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We do many novel studies but my grade level favorites have been:
Shiloh
Tuck Everlasting--later in the year; lots of description and higher level thinking
Number the Stars--we focus on the themes of courage and friendship, not war.
Fig Pudding--great early in the year story about a large family to delve into family relationships and effective story-telling
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Great Idea!
Old 11-21-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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What a great idea to post our favorites!

Looking at the lists here are a couple not on the list that I enjoy:

Matilda
Where the Red Ferns Grow
Among the Hidden
Marley
The Best Christmas Ever
Candy Corn Contest
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:14 AM
 
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OUt of these books, which would you consider historical fiction?
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By the Great Horned Spoon
Old 11-24-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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by Sid Fleishman
great to tie in with westward expansion

also The True Confession of Charlotte Doyle ...can't remember author, exciting book with a twist for a heroine
*both of these are historical fiction

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Old 11-24-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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We just read The Mouse and the Motorcycle. We have a classroom golden hamster named MC Hammy. Kids take him home on the week ends. They take pictures of him on motorcycles, in a Halloween costume (Super Hammy), in Barbie limos, etc. It has turned into a hilarious class project! Some of the Moms beg to have it be their child's turn. (personally I think its just a hairy small rat I am not too fond of, BUT you do what ya gotta do...)
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Another great book for your class..
Old 11-28-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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Debby,
We just finished The World According to Humphrey and Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, in that order. It's about a classroom hamster who solves problems in the classroom and at students' homes when they take him over the weekend. I guarantee your students will get a kick out of it, especially since you have a class hamster!
Some activities we worked on are:
-We have a class Betta, Praying Mantis, and several crayfish so we wrote: The World According to _____________ (One of the pets)
-Venn Diagram between the two books
-Each student has a nickname by the teacher according to their behavior in class, such as: Raise Your Hand, Heidi and Speak Up, Sayah..so we came up with our own names, too.
-Best part is, there are activities, riddles, and "Did You Knows" at the end of each book for you to enlarge and hand out!!

Hope you enjoy the books!!!
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I love Frindle, Hatchet and Watson's Go to Birminham. This year I'm going to do Tuck Everlasting later in the year . . we'll see how that goes . . . Wish I had time for more!
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