Category Archives: 4th – 6th Grade

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

This was a wonderful story that my students and I really enjoyed. It was a story of two boys who go on a mission/adventure. I had never read the book before this year and I am really glad that I was able to read it this year with them. I would recommend this book to other teachers. It did have some difficult words that my students needed help with pronouncing as well as meanings.

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Cesar Chavez by Ruth Franchere illustrated by Earl Thollander

      Cesar Chavez story begins when he was a child working on a little farm in Yuma, Arizona with his parents, five brothers, and sisters.  His family worked hard in that farm and eventually had to leave due to taxes.  So they went to California and moved from farm to farm barely making ends meet.  Most living conditions were unbearable with no running water and no restrooms. Eventually Cesar would go to school.  As soon as he was old enough he left his…

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“Bud, Not Buddy”

This novel certainly pulls on the heart strings. The author does such a good job in adding description that opens up the emotional senses that it’s difficult not to feel what Bud is going through in his journey to finding his father. Students, as well as myself, have made connections when Bud goes through loss of his mother as some students have experienced loss, it’s not hard to connect those feelings. The fact that Bud had to go through living in  temporary foster care and…

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Quillworker A Cheyenne Legend by Terri Cohlene

This about is about a Cheyenne girl named Quillworker. Her skills in embroidery were magnificent. She had a dream about making 7 warrior’s outfits. In her dreams she was told to go to the tipi of the 7 brothers in a far away land. She found the tipi and gave the 7 brothers the beautiful warrior’s outfits. She stayed with them and became their sister. Later on a buffalo calf came and demanded Quillworker to come with him, but the brothers said no! Then the…

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The Hardy Boys: The Missing Mitt By: Franklin W. Dixon

Having a father that played in the world series, Frank and Joe followed their father’s steps by playing baseball. They have made it the the final of their little league team called the Bayport Bandits. These boys believe that after their father gave them the glove he ware during the world series game this has become their good look charm. Somehow this glove has gone missing and Frank and his brother Joe must find it before the championship game. This book talks about respect, responsibilities…

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Ninja Red Riding Hood

Ninja Red Riding Hood is a fun, rhyming version of the classic version of Little Red Riding Hood, with some other additional twists. When the wolf has a difficult time catching prey to keep his belly full, he sneaks into ninja school to learn some skills which will help him catch food. He runs into Little Red Riding Hood while searching for his next meal. He finds out she is on the way to her grandma’s house and decides she will be an easy target.…

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The BirchBark House by Louise

The BirchBark House is about a young native American girl and her family. It is set in the Eastern area of America before the White Man comes and brings chaos with him. It is enchanting and humorous at the same time. The Indian names are difficult to say, but they are followed by the English names. My 4th/5th grade students are loving this Read Aloud and can’t wait each day to hear what happens next. I would definitely recommend this book to any intermediate teacher.

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A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water is a great book to get students to think about global issues. It provides a lot of opportunities for great discussions. I read it to my fourth grade class and the learning still has not stopped. The students after read informational books about water scarcity and they decided to make a plan. It’s an excellent book that will stay with kids forever.

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Review: The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Book by Shel Silverstein   On the first day, we read this book to the 1st grade tutoring group. The story begins with a young boy visiting a tree, and proceeds through the years as the boy grows older and the tree continues to provide of itself for the boy’s comfort. Following the reading, the students discussed the book and made connections to the people in their lives that reminded them on the Tree. Most of the students reflected that their parents…

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Corduroy by Don Freeman

The message this book gives is so heart warming.  It is about a bear that has been sitting on a store self for a very long time and is looking old and with a missing button. Finally a little girl buys him despite his missing button, he even tried to find a button to fix himself to see if he would be able to find a new home. Once the little girl takes him home she  sews on a button but, tells him he is…

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