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This is my first year in 4th grade and I'm very nervous. I am looking for a great picture book for 4th graders. Thanks


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Old 08-03-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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I've read Max Lucado's You are Special, First Day Jitters, (even though it's aimed toward the younger kiddos, the 4th graders think it's funny). I've read the first chapter in the Wayside School. Even though it's a chapter book, they enjoy hearing the humor so quickly in the beginning of the book.

I've also read the Guiness Book of World Records. Ya know, the big, colorful, hardback versions? We have a discussion about doing extraordinary things, and setting goals. Then I stop periodically throughout the book and we talk about some of their goals for this year.
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This one is different, but fun. Read Everybody Needs a Rock. It tells the rules for selecting a rock that fits well in the palm of your hand. Then take your class on a walk around the school yard, so they can choose their own rock. Bring them back into the classroom and ask them to write about their rock. They should describe it and then tell why they chose this rock. If time allows let them share their rock paragraphs. You might want to do one as well and then share it to get started. Discuss how each rock is unique just like they are. Finally, have each child write their initials on their rock with a permanent marker. Then collect the rocks. Arrange them nicely in a clear bowl. Tell them that the rock arrangement symbolizes the class. The rocks are each unique like the students when looked at individually. When the rocks are arranged together they are a collection, just like the class is a collection of students. When a student leaves during the year, they get their rock back. At the end of the year read the story again and return all the rocks to their owners.
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Thank You!! Love this idea.
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Thanks! Never thought of reading a chapter book.


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Old 08-03-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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I immediately start this series on day one. My children LOVE it every year!! We laugh and laugh! I read the first 2 books in the series. I read a lot to my kids and this is one they always like to go back and talk about and remember!! Highly recommend it!
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First Day/Week
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (such a cute book!)
Oh the Places You'll Go Dr. Seuss
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Tales Of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (chapter book that you can read and finish in 1-2 weeks, kids LOVE this book and so do I!)


There are so many more good books to read during the first week, but I'm drawing a blank and these are the books that stick out to me. I'll post more once I remember them.
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This is an awesome activity..love the concept it teaches!!
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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I love this and plan to use it. I think that I will have students write their names/initials on the rock and they will go into my random call-on basket. Then when I need someone at random I'll draw a rock. My only fear is that someone will not find a rock!
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:23 AM
 
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The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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I begin reading The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson. I read a chapter a day after lunch until we finish. At Christmas, I read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. They love the Herdmans.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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Thanks. I have Thank You, Mr. Falker
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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Not necessarily the first day, but the first few days:
Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
Thank You Mr. Falker
How Full is Your Bucket?
Hundred Dresses

Thinking about my read aloud being "Among the Hidden" for the first few weeks.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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On the first day of school, I read "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown. One of my favorite all time books! You can also use the same format and create an "Important Book" for your classroom.
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