Now that school is in full swing, I thought I would share some of my favorite read alouds. This is my 5th year of 5th grade; every year I seem to find a book that I absolutely love and add to my "Read Aloud Library." I don't know what I am going to do when I have too many favorites and not enough time to read them all!
So the first book I read every year is "The Top 10 Ways to Ruin The First Day of 5th Grade"which is about a 5th grader and his obsession with David Lettermen's Top 10 lists. It even takes place in Kansas City, Missouri and talks about MIZZOU - it couldn't be more perfect, plus my kids absolutely love it! However, it wasn't until I started writing this entry that I realized the book is apparently now out of print and has become crazy expensive. I guess I do have some comfort in the fact that I suddenly have a little financial security blanket sitting on my bookshelf! So I apologize if you don't have this book or can't get your hands on it, because then this is really of no use to you. However, if you can get a copy, I like to make it my theme for the first couple of days. I show my kids a "Top 10 About Mrs. Alferman" power point that I made, then I have them create their own "Top 10 Things You Should Know About Me" paper. Here is a link to the book just in case you need to know what you're looking for or you want to make a classroom investment :)
I fell in love with the "Swindle" series from the very beginning! These books follow a group of kids that first came together in order to prove a point and correct something that the adults would never figure out on their own. I love these books, and my kids can't wait to hear the next chapter everytime I start them!
These next two books both came from recommendations by other teachers. My friend Cheryl recommended "The Wednesday Wars", and it is honestly a book that I look forward to reading every year! My friend Nikki recommended "Abduction" after she said her 5th graders loved it and mine would too, and I couldn't believe how right she was! These are both definite musts every year!
I hope you guys enjoy the books above!!
Does anyone have any other recommendations? I know I would love some new read alouds and I am sure others would too! Let me know!