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Old 07-05-2017, 05:20 PM
 
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I am the 3rd-5th grade literacy coach at my school. Our district just adopted the Calkins Reading Units of Study, which I am excited about (I used the old units when I taught 3rd grade). There is no launching unit for 4th and 5th grade so I took the Grade 3 Unit 1 and wrote a mini unit for launching reading workshop in 4th and 5th grade. I picked Dexter the Tough for my suggested read aloud for 4th grade (they can pick their own favorite if they want). I am looking for suggestions for 5th grade read aloud. It's a little 3 week mini unit, so I am looking for something short that can be read quickly.

I picked Dexter the Tough because he is a new kid (new kid, new year) and it guided reading level R, which correlates to middle of 4th grade. The author is really prolific, so if the kids fall in love with it, it's easy to suggest other books (my son read Found in 5th grade and loved it).

So do you have any suggestions for something along the same lines for 5th grade? Sorry this is so long!

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We did There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom with our launching unit in 5th last year. It is only R, but there is a lot of character discussion, repetitive lines, and a great theme.
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I actually start my 5th grade year off with The Tale of Despereaux.
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:05 PM
 
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I plan on reading The Fourteenth Goldfish or Because of Mr. Terupt. to start off fifth grade.

There is a book trailer for The Fourteenth Goldfish at this site:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91FeXVF-56E
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I like to start my fifth graders with "Flying Solo" by Ralph Fletcher. It written from the perspective of several different students dealing with different issues on a day when their teacher is in a meeting and the substitute doesn't show up. It really shows how a class builds community. I also like it a lot because Fletcher also writes books for kids about writing and we refer back to "Flying Solo."


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We are beginning the year with Wonder and hoping to promote the "Choose Kind" theme. The City of Ember is also a great read aloud.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions! Now I have to decide...
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