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Old 04-29-2017, 05:15 AM
 
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I am moving to fifth grade next year and am looking for suggestions of the best books to read and build into my library. I like the idea of integrating historical fiction in. Also, if you have ideas for motivating students to read with fun contests or incentives, I'd love to hear about them.


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What are the social studies topics you study in 5th grade? (as far as integrating)
I do not give incentives or have contests as I think reading is fun in itself

There are SO many good books for fifth graders; I don't even know where to begin...
Some of my favorite authors for 5th graders are:
-Andrew Clements (the School Stories are great, but I also LOVE "Things Not Seen"),
-Ann M. Martin (I love "A Dog's Life"),
-Carl Hiaasen ("Hoot" is one of my all time favorites),
-Christopher Paul Curtis (who also writes some good historical fiction),
-Dan Gutman,
-Gail Carson Levine,
-Gordan Korman,
-Jerry Spinelli (LOVE "Maniac Magee" and "Crash")
-Kate DiCamillo (every.single.book. she writes is amazing...)
-Katherine Patterson
-Lemony Snicket
-Lois Lowry ("Number the Stars" is a great historical fiction book)
-Margaret Peterson Haddix (my all time favorite series is "Shadow Children")
-Michael Buckley (my class loves the "Sisters Grimm" series)]
-R.J Palacio (you must read "Wonder" if you haven't yet...)
-Roald Dahl
-Sharon Creech
-Sharon Draper
-Suzanne Collins ("Gregor the Overlander" is awesome!)

Good luck in your reading and building your library!
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Love these suggestions...
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Your suggestions are so good. Sharon Creech is one of my favorites. We have Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Five Themes of Geography, and the Holocaust for social studies. I agree about reading being fun, but I also want to acknowledge/reward efforts and throw in some fun challenges. Maybe, like a Jeopardy/Kahoot competition designed by the kids.
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As far as a unit on historical fiction here are some good picture books and novels- I tried to keep the novels less than 200 pages as my students do not have the stamina to read more than that- (I can't think of any to go with Five Themes. You might teach it throughout each novel by charting how the themes come up in each book?) Good luck!

Native American- there are so many subtopics on this one so I'm not sure what you are looking for?
1. The Sign of the Beaver
2. Meet Kaya
3. Night of the Full Moon
4. Eagle Song

Revolutionary War
1. The Sleds on Boston Common
2. Katie's Trunk
3. Toliver's Secret
4. Meet Felicity

Civil War
1. Pink and Say
2. Shades of Gray by Caroline Reeder
3. The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale

Holocaust
1. Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti
2. The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
3. Number the Stars
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Kwame Alexander is good too
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He's my newest love for 5th grade with The Crossover and Booked, both are realistic fiction.

owl98 has you covered, I ditto everything!!!


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