Sunday, June 9, 2013

5 of my Favorite Read Alouds for 4th Grade

I love love love reading to my kiddos! Mentor text, chapter books, whatever the case may be! For this linky it looks like its more longer chapter books suited to grade levels So I will try to stick with that!

First up - The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn


A colleague introduced this book to me and it HAS to be done as a read-a-loud! Ok well not really but it should be! It's go a surprise ending! Lissa and her father move to a new town for her father to write his book while being caretaker of "the Old Willis Place". Lissa longs for a friend in this new place and Diana hasn't had a friend in so long! She and her brother Georgie have been at the old Willis place for as long as they can remember and have a set of rules they must follow! Dianna must break the rules to be friend with Lissa, once she does, everything changes! Great fall read-a-loud! Leads kiddos to read other Hahn books!

Next up the Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

This is a lower level book but the dialect and subject matter make it  great for my 4th graders. It is a story about a Polish girl named Wanda. It is about bullying and standing by and watching bullying. It is a very poignant read excellent for students 3rd grade and up to get across the message that standing by while bullying takes place is nearly as bad as bullying itself.

Third - Holes by Louis Sachar

This is a GREAT boy book! It is also a very fun read-a-loud. It is a little higher level with it's twist of three stories woven together! Stanley Yelnats the 3rd is cursed because of his cursed no-good-pig stealing great great grandfather and is sent to Camp Greenlake due to being a victim of wrong place wrong time. There is no green and no lake at Camp Greenlake. There the boys dig holes looking for...well they don't know they are just to dig holes to improve their character! Great book!

Fourth - Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt


This is a tale of the fountain of youth and everlasting life. Winnie discovers it and the family that drank from it. Will she reveal their secret? Will she drink from the fountain?
Higher level probably end of 5th grade.

The Sisters Grimm Fairytale Detectives Book #1



This is a fun, exciting read aloud! What if every Fairy tale you heard growing up was real? What if all those creatures really existed but were kept in one little town away from the normal world? Sisters Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are mysteriously abandoned by their parents they end up in Ferryport Landing with their Granny Relda who is a Fairy-tale Detective and introduces them to the interesting characters called EverAfters who inhabit the town.