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last modified on 09/10/2010

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Here are about a dozen titles that would be the perfect gift for a new upper elementary teacher. The list contains the basics to help start off the year, teach curriculum, teach life skills, and finish the year strong. Brent Vasicek is the 2010-2011 Teacher Advisor for the upper elementary. Visit his Scholastic blog at http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions/brent_vasicek/.

Total: 10
Status: Public
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Dear Mr. Henshaw

by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 6

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Diaries and Journals

Resources: Yes

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First Day Jitters

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Great way to kick off your year. As you read students believe the story is about a kid's reluctance to go to school. Surprise ending...it's the teacher!

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Hatchet

(Brian's Saga)

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics, Series

Resources: Yes

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High interest realistic fiction for boys.

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Holes

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Great mystery / adventure that is high interest for almost all upper elementary students. Great as a read aloud and to teach elements of fiction.

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Mr. Peabody's Apples

by Madonna, illustrated by Loren Long

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Folktales, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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Gossip and rumors will start at some point in the classroom. Excellent book and metaphor to teach the dangers of talking without good purpose.

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Number the Stars

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Historical Fiction that will supplement history or discrimination topics in your curriculum.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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I love to finish the year with this one. Dr. Seuss get's life and he conveys it though his unique way of rhyming.

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

(Fudge)

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction, Series

Resources: Yes

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High interest and funny book to do as a read aloud after recess or on a rainy day.

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The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups

by David Wisniewski, illustrated by David Wisniewski

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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Parents have rules, but what are the REAL reasons behind these rules. Find out in this comical book that can turn into a fun writing project.

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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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Historical Fiction that has many themes. It's fun, funny, and serious all wrapped into one. Caution there is a bit of language.

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