I am a HUGE lover of books!! Throughout the year, I LOVE reading books to my kids. It really connects us as a class and fosters a deep love of reading.
Here is a list of must-have read alouds and activities for your upper elementary classroom:
This is my first read aloud of the year. This is the 3rd book in a series but you don’t have to read the others to understand it. It is about a little mouse named Poppy who has to go on a journey to save her family from the villainous owl, Mr. Ocax. This book is perfect for character development and change as well as food chains (the ultimate reading and science tie!). I refer back to it so many times throughout our character and animal unit in science!
During our Mystery Unit, we read The Boxcar Children and the Deserted Library Mystery.
I love getting my students hooked on a series that I loved to read as a kid. The characters are wholesome and it is perfect to talk about character traits or even social emotional learning. We refer to the mystery elements throughout the story as we go. Want to know more? Check out my Mystery Unit with all of the talking points for the interactive read aloud!
My 3rd graders LOVE Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing! It’s an adorable and hilarious book about two brothers and all the mischief the little bro, Fudge, gets into. I made this comprehension journal for our interactive read aloud:Stop and Jots. My kids get hooked on this series and beg me to read the next one! Check out my lesson plans and activities to get started!!
This is a sweet book that I read towards the end of the year. Fair warning…It does deal with some tough topics like alcoholism and abandonment, but it is a great book to talk about character development and character feelings. It is about a little girl who lives with her dad and finds a dog in a grocery store. It’s all about her making new friends in a new town and dealing with the fact that her mother left her when she was too young to remember. A tear jerker but an absolute golden pick!
This classic is always a treasure to read at the very end of the year. I love the rich vocabulary and the students love the talking animals. This is such a sweet story about a friendship between a little pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte who does everything she can to keep Wilbur from becoming bacon. This is a perfect story to talk about friendship and what it means to be a good friend.
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