Saturday, August 20, 2011

5th Grade Read Alouds

Well, I started meetings last week and school starts on Tuesday. I am still doing lots of last minute things to get ready, and I'm seriously doubting if I can get it all done by open house on Monday night...

I was blog hopping/stalking tonight and ran across this cute blog called, Love 4th Grade. I liked that she shared her beginning of the year read aloud, and I thought I would do the same.

For the past 3 years {this will be the 4th} I've read the same book: Loser by Jerry Spinelli.
I love reading Loser at the beginning of the year because it opens up a great conversation about being kind to each other and gives a strong anti-bullying message. My students think it's hilarious to read about all of Zinkoff's crazy adventures. I love that I can refer back to it all year long and remind students why it's important to say nice things and not hurt anyone's feelings.

And for my second read aloud of the year...
5th grade teachers - This read aloud is a MUST!! It tells of the true story of Pocahontas. It goes along great with our social studies curriculum and is fun and interesting for students to listen to. I will be reading this for my second read aloud of the year (and it will be my 6th year of reading it aloud to my students - even I love it!)

Okay, now I REALLY want to hear....

What is your favorite read aloud? 
Which book will you read aloud first?!

I would love to add new books into this year's schedule!

39 comments:

Jill said...

Both of those books are very good!

I teach 1st and 2nd grades, so mostly I'm reading picture books. But I want to start reading chapter books to them, so I might begin The Invention of Hugo Cabret soon because I LOVE THAT BOOK!! I showed it to them on the first day of school and they seemed interested, so we'll see how it goes! :)

Marvelous Multiagers!

KalykoKatt said...

I started 5th this year with Frindle by Andrew Clements. They seem to love it so far, and I like that it starts with the character at the beginning of 5th grade just like them. I will probably read Where the Red Fern Grows next.

Natalie Kay said...

KalykoKatt - You are much braver and I am! I could never read Where the Red Fern Grows in class - I'd be a blubbery mess!!

Michelle Muggridge said...

I teach grades 5/6 and my favorite read aloud is the Phantom Tollbooth. It is an amazing way to introduce vocabulary and puns. The kids love the puns once they get the hang of it. As well, it's a classic novel so they get exposure to that. I've purchased the audio book - it saves my voice, gives them exposure to different character voices, and allows all of us to simply interact with the book. Students and I read and listen. If you haven't read The Phantom Tollbooth, I highly recommend it.

Abby said...

Among the Hidden by M. Haddix is a MUST for older kids. It's the first in a series... they will be hooked!

Anonymous said...

I like to start the year with a book that talks about being in the same grade. When I taught 4th, I'd always start with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Now that I teach 5th, this year I started with Class President by Johanna Hurwitz. Easy, fun read but seems to connect with my students who "take a back seat" to the more outspoken of the crowd.

Anonymous said...

Ida B is one of my favorites. She's a spunky, memorable character who is focused on having fun and "quite possibly saving the world."

Ginger Snaps said...

I teach third so the books I read are usually First Day Jitters, Chrysanthemum, and Do Unto Otters. I tend to choose funny books with a simple plot to kick off the year. Our school theme this year is Learning is Treasure, so I am also using How I Became a Pirate this year. =)

Miss Teacher said...

To convinced my students that Read Aloud is fun and wonderful, I start with light & funny books--The Wayside School series!! My 5th graders thought these were HYSTERICAL last year. I also like reading Matilda aloud.

I read Blood on the River two years ago, but unfortunately I felt like it was going over their heads...maybe that's because I didn't spend enough time on read aloud so it got way too stretched out!

Pat's Paper Passion said...

This year I'm starting out with Kenny and the Dragon. Nebraska has Golden Sower nominee books and this is one I really liked...
here's my link:
http://atimetoshareandcreate.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-read-aloud.html

Pat

Kym said...

I start 5th grade each year with the book "Top 10 ways to ruin the first day of school" by Ken Derby. It's an easy, fun story that the kids find HYSTERICAL. It's quick paced and we use it the first few weeks when we are talking about setting up their readers notebook and we focus on predicting, visualizing, and connecting. At the end of the school year they each make a "Top 10 ways to survive 5th grade" list for the next years class!

Debbie said...

I agree with Abby, Among the Hidden is awesome, I had all of my 5th graders hooked. (And a few teachers)

Jennifer said...

In the younger grades, I always read The Wayside Stories series. They were wonderful. Now that I teach Math, Science, and SS, I don't get a chance to do read-alouds much, but when it comes the end of February, I love to read The Boy in The Alamo. It goes right along with the Alamo unit we study.

Another impactful read- The Sign of the Beaver.

Creative Day said...

I teach 5th grade also. I always start out the year with Frindle, by Andrew Clements. It is one of my very favorite books. No Talking is a great one also. They really point out the power of great ideas.

Casey Orr said...

Natalie, Thank you for commenting on my blog!! I agree that we would be good friends :). I'm also so excited that you did this post, because school starts for me TOMORROW and I still haven't decided which chapter book to read-aloud.

I thought about Fudge-a-mania because it is so funny. I have also heard that The Pinballs has great themes to start off the year. But, I sort of want to start the year with something light and funny! I might take other's suggestions such a Frindle or your suggestions! Great post!! Thanks!

Amber DeVore said...

Last year I was in a 4th grade classroom a couple days a week. They read Holes and Matilda. I am pretty sure there were one or two more books but I am not sure of the names of them. This semester I am finishing up my student teaching in a second grade classroom so I am excited to see what read alouds will be included. I know they will be in most of my lessons! Come visit my blog to see what we end up reading!

www.classyconfessions.blogspot.com

elaine said...

I also teach fifth grade and have several that I have used for read aloud.

I have read the Top Ten Reasons...it is so funny and the kids really love the top ten lists. They sometimes lose it since they don't really know who David Letterman is.

I have read Where the Red Fern Grows too, but I usually do it at the end of the year.

I like the Island series by Gordon Korman! It is so good and moves really fast. There are three books in the series. The kids can't wait until read aloud so I can read to them!!!!!!!

I love Blood on the River but save it for after Christmas. We do it as a whole group reading with activities. We go to Jamestown/Williamsburg in April so the kids really love seeing what they read in class.

Shelli said...

My son is in fifth grade. We started last week. His teacher read How to be Perfect in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes. My son thought it was really fun. The book must be small because they finished it the first week. His teacher made them wear broccoli around their neck, and sit around doing nothing for a few minutes to help them get into it. I think it was fun for him because it taught that no one is perfect.

Allison said...

I love The Thing About Georgie, by Lisa Graff. It's about a 4th grade boy who is a dwarf. It's a great story and at the beginnings of all of the chapters, there are little activities to do to show how different it is to be a dwarf.

Angie Owen said...

When I taught first grade, I always read Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester. It is about a rat named Rodney who cannot say his 'r's and it is so cute!

Nancy @ Teaching My Friends said...

I teach 5th grade and some of the books I have read aloud are:
-Because of Winn Dixie
-The Tale of Desperaux
-Phantom Tollbooth
-The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (This has a lot of advanced vocab and takes some previewing and explaining, but it has always been a favorite. In fact, there's a point in the book where my friends jump out of their chairs and cheer. Every year!)
-Tuck Everlasting
-Number the Stars
-Bridge to Terabithia
-Shiloh
-Hatchet

These are just some of the novels I switch around year to year. We also read a ton of picture books during the year.

I want to try some of the books others have suggested. They all sound good!

Christine said...

What great suggestions!

I teach 5th grade, and I start with No Talking by Andrew Clements. It's about 5th graders, so works well for the beginning of school. I have kids throughout the year try to do the same contest as the kids in the book and not talk... it doesn't last long, but it's funny to see them try.

I also tried reading Blood on the River to my kids... way over their heads. I'm willing to give it another go... I'm wondering about getting a class set of books and having them follow along? Maybe like a whole-class literature circle to teach them what I expect for literature circles...

Angela said...

Those are awesome books! I taught a combined 5th/6th class the last three years and the kids LOVED Blood on the River. They also loved Fever 1793 and other historical fiction books by Laurie Halse Anderson. They tied in perfectly with the 5th grade standards of American history.

I'm trying to think of some good (chapter) read alouds for my 1st/2nd class this year... maybe Little House series? Those were favorites of mine when I was little!

Mrs. Lopac Teaches...

Sara Pickens said...

My first read aloud to my 5th graders is Island by Gordan Korman...great book!! It's a series. I also read Blood on the River during our settlement unit. The kids (and me) love this book!!!

Anonymous said...

All great books! I teach 4th and always start with Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing. Later in the Fall, I'll read Esperanza Rising -- incredible writing, and then we make yarn dolls after we're done. Other books I've read are Skinnybones (hilarious!), Where the Red Fern Grows, Schooled (excellent for bullying talks), and The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

Carmine said...

I have been reading aloud for about five years now the book called Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph. Phenomenal book!! The kids beg me to read it and there are sometimes a few tears shed.

But, first I read one of the Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler. It's funny, realistic fiction, and gets my kids excited to read, since there are at least 14 in the series!

Today in K said...

I use to teach 5th and LOVED reading aloud:

Mick Harte Was Here

Earthquake Terror

Bridge to Teribetha

Poppy

I love these books and look forward to getting to read them to my daughters when they get old enough!

Mrs. Thomas said...

someone already posted this one above, but No Talking by Andrew Clements is super, Leon and the Spitting Image about a boy who makes a voodoo doll of his teacher is my ALL time favorite read.aloud, and my kids always love A Dog Called Kitty.

jlbteach6 said...

I'm new to 5th grade this year, so these lists are great!! Quick question (to anyone), what do you have the kids do while you are reading aloud? Do you have them sit and listen or something more?

Thanks!

Kristan L. King said...

Love your blog! When I taught 5th grade my students loved Among the Hidden, I read it the last few weeks of school and the BEGGED me to read it for like 20+ mins. a day. It is a futuristic novel & 1st in a series...loved to read books in a series because it sparked their interest & they kept reading. Good luck,

Kelly Patrice said...

I teach 5th grade also and love the suggestions. A book we came across this year that the kids loved is Michael Vey: prisoner of cell 25 was an absolute HIT with my kids. The most excited the boys had gotten about a book and the girls = loved it. http://michaelvey.com/. The also really enjoyed The Old Willis Place. There is definitely a "creepy" factor to it but my students begged me to read it. Some of the best character theories and developing/change

Anonymous said...

I love reading The Phantom Tollbooth. It is great for idioms and to help explain the power of words.

Holly said...

I teach 5th. I always loved Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements. A little funny but serious, about a boy who wakes up invisible. What I like is that kids always think that would be the greatest thing, but it's not so great for the main character. It's also great for predicting. My favorite favorite read aloud EVER for the END of the year is Touching Spirit Bear. It's AWESOME for bullying and self-reflection, but it really needs to be the end of the year, and one year I had a group that I decided was a bit too immature and I chose not to read it.

Anonymous said...

I teach fifth grade also. At Halloween time I love reading The WItches by Roald Dahl. It is HILLARIOUS!

Neelly Schott said...

I am a first year teacher and I have read many of the books above to my class including Frindle and Where the Red Fern Grows. I have also read Freak the Mighty and the kids LOVED it. Another hit that we read was Flipped. I am buying some of the books on here NOW! Great blog and comments with great suggestions!

Diana Briemann said...

I currently teach 2nd, but have taught fourth and fifth. I'm returning to fifth grade next year. I love reading Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, Bunnicula (around Halloween), Indian in the Cupboard, and The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree. I love getting ideas from other teachers, though!

Julia said...

Awesome list! I am going to read Loser and Maniac Magee with small groups this year and Wonder as a whole class. This is my first year teaching self-containted 5th so I am really excited about all the books I get to dust off from my childhood and bring into the classroom!

Jon said...

I teach 5th Grade. Every year I read Maniac Magee, Number the Stars, Island of the Blue Dolphin, and Hatchet with my students. I may also through in a random book.
They love them. You can find a study guide for each book on the Web.

Trevelyn Marsh said...

I am teaching fifth grade ELAR/ESL. I started out my year with a lower level book, but it sets up my word wall. It is called Donovan's Word Jar. THe kids love it and it is a fast read.

The Second Book that I now read is from the I Survived Series. It is "I Survived September 11, 2001. My students love it because they can relate to the ages of the main character.

I read 'The Hundred Dresses' this year for the first time. iIt has a great message for Anti-Bullying and relates to the students well.

I just finished reading ' Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes'. I bought it on Audbile and my students LOVED it. It is really good for Literary Non-Fiction. The audiobook is amazing. I had one students thank me . He said, "I am so glad you loved us enough to buy this book. We would have never said those names right." I was glad too. It was a good $2 investment.

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