Hi, I am looking for several read aloud titles for my 5th Grade classroom. I moved from 2nd to 5th and tried several books last year but I am still looking for some high interest stories or non-fiction selections. Our read aloud time is short so I try to keep selections around 200 pages or less. Please let me know if you have some ideas. Thanks
I have taught Reading for four years. I have read several books aloud to my students. One of their favorites is "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar. I've also read "Mr. Popper's Penguins" by Richard Atwater, "Dogsong" by Gary Paulsen, "Sounder" by William H. Armstrong, and "Frindle" by Andrew Clements. After reading the book, I like to let them watch the movie (if there is one), and have them write an essay on the differences. It really helps them see how the books and movies are very different.
I don't know about pages, but these are some of my kids' favorites:
I Can't Believe I Have to Do This (realistic fiction)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (fantasy)
The Tale of Despereaux (fantasy)
Blood on the River (historical fiction about Jamestown, ties in w/ history curriculum)
My Brother Sam is Dead (historical fiction about Rev. War, ties in w/ history curriculum)
The Word Eater (fantasy)
The 39 Clues (adventure)
I also like to read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm. It leads to a lot of interesting discussions as well as scientific processes. Another story I like to read is Gary Paulsen's Harris and Me, I do edit a bit though. The kids just LOVE that book. I have read The City of Ember, Eragon, Witches, Dear Dumb Diary,Far North,Crispin, Indian in the Cupboard, Harry Potter,The Warriors, The Magician's Nephew, and many others. I only choose two of the books because I find too many daydreaming. So I usually have them vote for the other books we read. I ask them to think of books they want to read, but probably wouldn't read on their own. Then they have a buy in and listen better.
I love this thread! It's great to see what others have to say! One that sticks out in my mind is Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. It's a relatively new book and very short and absolutely hilarious. They laughed out loud so often and it had great new vocab for our Social Studies curriculum (mostly economy terms). They were genuinely upset when it was over. So maybe try that one!
I started out the year using the first 20 days of Writers Workshop. I incorporated Jerry Spinelli's book, Knots in my Yo-Yo String. The kids love it!! They are inspired to read and feel like their seeds are going to grow, just as Spinelli's did. It is really a great start to the year
I usually begin the year by reading "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" since it is about fifth graders. It's hilarious and the kids love to see how Bradley grows throughout the book.
My kids also LOVED "The Anybodies" by N.E. Bode. They would beg me to read it and would complain when our read aloud time was over. Edhelper has some really good vocabulary lessons that go along with it, too.
Another good one is "How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found" by Sara Nickerson. This one is very suspenseful and keeps the kids on the edge of their seats.
My students have really enjoyed the On the Run series by Gordon Korman. There are 5 in the series about the children of a couple convicted of espionage. It takes them across the country in various places and predicaments. Each of the first four leave the reader hanging--you have to read the next one. Another author my students enjoyed is Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago, and A Year Down Yonder. Both are realistic fiction set around Chicago during the depression years.
Some books that my students have really raved about include:
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Holes by Louis Sachar
I try to pick books that relate to my classroom theme.
The Call of the Wild
Frindle by Clements
No Talking by Clements (It's about fifth graders)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
There's a Girl in the Boys Bathroom
Some of my read alouds that the students enjoy are (some are a little longer than 200 pages):
The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
The 21 Balloons by William Pene du Bois
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Winkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Egypt Game by Zilpa Keatly Snyder
Ragweed by Avi
The book Buttermilk Hill is one of the best books of all time. I have read it for several years and the children absolutely love it! I had a student tell me that he would have never chosen that book just by looking at the back or front covers, but after hearing it, it was one of his all time favorites. The author is Ruth White and she has some other really great books as well.
Here are some of the books I have read to my kids (many of these I've read throughout the years) that they have given me thumbs up for:
1. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
2. Among the Hidden by Margaret Petersen Haddix (part of a series, my students scramble to check out the rest of them throughout the year)
3. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
4. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (I read this first thing every year, and it's an oldie, but every year my students check it out from our library over and over and read it on their own)
5. House on Hackman's Hill by Joan Lowery Nixon (I read this in October and try to scare the kids as much as possible . )
6. No Talking by Andrew Clements
7. The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
8. Holes by Louis Sachar
9. Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Andersen (this ties in w/ American Revolution and was recommended to me here)
I have quite a few more that I read, but I am completely blanking out. I'll try to find some of my other posts about books and then come back here and post the rest of them.
I love The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi!! I used a class set of them when I taught gifted 4th graders. It is such a well-written book. I'd almost forgotten about it. Wonder if I still have the novel unit I wrote for it? Now you've got me thinking and I need to find that unit and come up with some money to buy some books