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The New "Classics" (Read Alouds for 5th grade)

last modified on 03/12/2008

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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If you have a soft place in your heart for dogs and are willing to discuss real life with your kids, try this book.

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Chasing Vermeer

by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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A mystery that involves pentominoes and art. It provides a neat opportunity to explore topics usually ignored by fifth grade students.

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Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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A great historical novel with really likeable characters and a honest story.

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Freak the Mighty

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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A little bit higher level for 5th grade, but a beautiful story of obstacles and the power of friendship. There is also a movie!

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Nim's Island

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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Great fiction novel about determination and family. Nim's character is brave and honest. Movie for this one!

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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I picked this one up because I liked the author's other work. Once we began reading, the kids wouldn't let me stop. They were fascinated by the places Edward goes and how his character evolves. An awesome story for studying character.

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Symbolism abounds in this novel. Kate diCamillo really paints a vivid picture for us to see the adventurous story of this little mouse.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Unbelievably funny story of a very serious piece of history. I like to use the audio version of this book with the guy from Reading Rainbow as the reader.

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The Westing Game

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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Great mystery novel, but be prepared to devote a whole wall in your classroom to keep track of the characters and their connections to each other.

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Walk Two Moons

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Two stories weaved together to tell the mysterious tale of Salamanca's loss of her mother and Phoebe's struggle to be independent. This book will make you cry and laugh on the same page. Huzza Huzza!

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