2010 grade 4 and 5read aloudPresentation Transcript
Great Read Alouds For Grades 4 and 5 Get everyone excited about a good book by sharing something new during a classroom read aloud. All these titles are available at the Plympton School Library! “ Reading aloud to children helps them develop and improve literacy skills -- reading, writing, speaking, and listening. And since children listen on a higher level than they read, listening to other readers stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns. “ Jim Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook. Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass Three different teens are brought together in a remote location to view a rare eclipse of the sun. The forced encounter helps them to come to know and appreciate one another and to understand each person's point of view--so of course, the reader does too. The characters are all likeable, and you really begin to care about what will happen to each. The author also wraps in a surprising amount of astronomical information in a way that seems entirely appropriate. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall Mr. Penderwick's sister announces that it is time for him to start dating again many years after his wife’s death. The Penderwick sisters DO NOT want a stepmother. They resolve to find only horrible women for their father to date, so that he will never fall in love. No one seems to notice that they are all falling in love with a very nice woman in the neighborhood. Funny and touching with a satisfying ending. Children from single-parent families will find lots that is familiar here. List prepared by Judi Paradis Library Teacher, Plympton School 2010 Found by Margaret Petersen Haddix Incredibly compelling story about a plane full of babies That lands unannounced at an airport in the U.S. Years after this mysterious happening, the now-adopted middle-school students begin receiving some disturbing letters, indicating that they are part of something stranger than they can imagine--involving time travel, the great events of history, and government agencies intent on keeping the details of their lives top-secret. Kids will be scrambling for the sequel. The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester Piper can fly--really! And it has her parents terribly concerned. They keep her away from everyone so her oddness will not be detected. So it comes as a relief when a government agent comes to take her to a special school for unusually talented children. While her parents think this will help her safely use her gifts, the truth is more sinister. The head of the agency collects children with special gifts and tries to force them to be "normal." Fast-paced, with good characters, and it provides an opportunity to talk about how we see one another's differences.
The Nina, the Pinta and the Vanishing Treasure by Jill Santopolo A good mystery about kids who join forces to find a missing Christopher Columbus exhibit apparently stolen from a local history museum. Alec, the son of a local police detective, and his bossy friend Gina are great kid sleuths. There are plenty of clues sprinkled through the texts and just enough suspects with plausible motives to keep everyone guessing. The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch A terrifically fun book about two kids who get caught up in a mystery involving a magician, people who appear to live forever, and a kidnapped boy who's five senses are wonderfully intertwined. The narrator has a "Lemony Snicket" feel, warning the reader of the dangers ahead as the book continues to a fun and satisfying ending. Strong 4th and 5th grade readers will love this one. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Voted the best children's literature of 2010 (Newbery Medal), and I can see why. Miranda is a 6th grade girl navigating a lot of the usual ups and downs of middle school (changing friendships, school challenges, family problems), but she is also receiving lots of really weird anonymous notes. Fascinating connections to Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and a great ending that will send readers back to re-read entire chapters. 11 Birthdays By Wendy Mass Reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day, Amanda and Leo are under a spell that requires them to relive their 11 th birthday over and over again. As each chapter presents their birthday “one more time” the kids figure out how to repair lots of damage they’ve done to their own friendship and to treat family and friends with more attention and care. This book nicely captures the self- absorption of middle school kids and helps them see past them- selves. And it’s funny. The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had By Kristin Levine Set in Alabama in 1910 and based on a true story, Dit is one of 10 kids in a poor white family. He befriends Emma, a well-read girl who's moved from Boston so her father can take a job as the local postmaster. Emma is well-spoken, polite, has clean shoes and is Black. Dit and Emma forge a surprising and strong friendship and together save the life of a black man unjustly accused of murder. Excellent story, and perhaps my favorite children's book this year. Each Little Bird That Sings By Deborah Wiles One of my favorite books is about a girl who lives in a funeral home where people (and other creatures) that she loves die every few chapters. But the story is NOT sad. Our hero, Comfort, knows that death doesn't mean you can't still love. And, she's so busy dealing with her really awful cousin Peach and her used-to- be best friend Declaration, that she can't think about dead people all that much. This book is funny and original.