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First day read aloud suggestion
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I'm new to 4th this year. I've taught 3rd for a number of years and also 5th. What's a good first day read aloud for this grade? Thanks in Advance!


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Read the one about Everybody Needs Rock. It is not a typical first day read.
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Mentor Text
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I go through my favorite mentor texts and try to read one a day for the first few days. The students get to know my favorite reads and I have some great mentor texts to revisit throughout the year.

Some of my favorites are:

An Angel for Solomon Singer
Scarecrow
Everybody Needs a Rock
The Old lady that Named Things
Tough Boris
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Double Trouble In Walla Walla by Andrew Clements is a very funny story because of the word choice. Hubba hubba, ding-dang-dong, willy nilly.....The students will love these crazy words. The book is full of them and tells a story about a girl at school who is under a spell that makes her talk this way.

After the story you could talk about the difference in fiction and nonfiction and determine that this book is in fact fiction and specifically a fantasy.

Then this could lead to a discussion about talking rules in a real classroom. Make a list on a big poster as you discuss with students.

There is a reader's theater for this book so I will attach that. You may not have time the first day but can use later in the week or even year as it is a fun reading experience. With all the nonsense words it is good decoding and fluency practice.
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Miss Mingo and the First Day of School is my new favorite. It's about a class with a variety of animals with unique characteristics. It leads to follow up discussion and students making posters about themselves that emphasizes unique qualities.


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The Random House Book of Humor
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Today, I subbed in a 4th Grade classroom, and found time to read an excerpt from The Random House Book of Humor For Children by Pamela Pollack. It's a library book from 1988 that has selected readings from about 30 books.

The first selection, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, is the one I read to the class in about ten minutes. It was hilarious! Pollack chose twelve pages of the book that deal with the loss of Peter's turtle, Dribble. The students were absorbed in the story! We only got through half the selection when the schedule was back on track (there was unplanned testing that threw it out of whack).

I'll make a note in my phone to have that book/story with me should I return to that classroom, later. I always get requests like Paul Harvey for "the rest of the story!"
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