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My students enjoy reading Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963, SOS Titanic, and Number the Stars. Watsons Go To Birmingham is a great book to use in February during Black History Month.


A new book for a change!

Try a new book that I found on borders.com
It is Sixty Jar in a Pioneer Town by N. Avery.
It is historical fiction. I needed something new for a change instead of the same tired list. My class liked it and it did not take very long to read.


Senior Member
I like Holes and Bud Not Buddy and Hatchet. My kids really thought these books were first rate and I felt like the story would stay with them long after we read them.


Senior Member
my must-reads

the phantom tollbooth (fantasy--very rich language usage)
the westing game (puzzle mystery)
loser (people are different/compassion)
the view from saturday (working together/complementary skills)

those are some of my faves that i try to do as units or read alouds


books to read

A Long Way from Chicago - hilarious with lots of figurative language. Grandma is a character you can't get enough of.

Maniac Magee - DON'T show the movie - it is horrible.


Number the Stars

Love That Dog


Walk Two Moons


Favorite authors:

Richard Peck
Jerry Spinelli
Sharon Creech


Great Books

*The Westing Game is a MUST!! Its genious! My kids love it every year. Its a great mystery involving many characters. Great for character analysis activities. When we were done with the book we used the elements of a mystery to create our own mysteries and then we played CLUE the game as an enrichment acticity--good deductive reasoning skilllbuilding.

* On My Honor--sad, but story hits home about followign your parents rules and right/wrong issues

*Holes---Another one my kids worshipped.

*Maniac Magee

* Island of the Blue Dolphins/Hatchet--Survival Unit, fun...kids enjoyed stories and created our own survival stories afterwards.


Lion, Witch and Wardrobe--MOvie is great, too

Joey Pigza Swallowed a Key--boy with ADHD and his trials and tribulations

Letters from Rifka---sad, ww2

The War With Grandpa--lower level readers

Ella Enchanted

Wrinkle In Time

Cricket in Times Square

Rats of Nimh

Bridge to Terabithia--Very sad, but so symbolic, one of my personal childhood favorites

Esperanza Rising---rich girl/poor girl... struggle with life after she loses everyhting..rises to her own challenges


Senior Member

Kensuke's Kingdom (pronounced "ken-sue-kay's") is the novel that my grade 5/6 class is enjoying right now. I have also read Number the Stars (my family is Danish and I can help the students make a lot of connections to the traditions in the story by bringing in artifacts, and by telling them about my father-in-law who was 10 when Germany invaded Denmark. ) I also like Tale of Despereaux and Silverwing.


Must Reads

The Westing Game-- their all-time favorite!
The Cay
The Thief Lord
The Egypt Game
Tuck Everlasting
A View From Saturday
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


New Member
must reads!

I read 6 books to my grade six class this year and they worked through another 6 in book club. I start the year with Harris and Me, a summer remembered, ( I make sure to explain the historical and social context regarding some aspects of the book), I then read Touching Spirit Bear which has beautiful examples of the dress-ups and sentence openers I have taught the first few months of school; just before Christmas I read Freak the Mighty and we watch the movie, the Mighty with Sharon Stone. I put successful famous well known names on the board of people who have a learning disability and or physical disability before I begin that book. After Xmas I read The Breadwinner, Among the Hidden, and Running out of Time (didn't care for that one but the kids thought it was okay).