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The reading year of 2011-2012

Here is a list of best books from the 5th grade class of 2011-2012. We did a lot of reading and found exciting new books to read and love! We also were able to Skype with Lindsey Leavitt, RJ Palacio, and Laurel Snyder. These were awesome experiences that my students won’t ever forget! Two of my students also connected with Laurel Snyder through mail correspondence and one of my students corresponded with Katherine Applegate. She also sent me a signed copy of her book The One and Only Ivan. This was an awesome surprise!

Here is the list:

Wonder by RJ Palacio (One of our favorites! We love this book and will be talking a lot about it in August!)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (We love this book as well.)

Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (We love this book!!!)

Best Bad Luck I’ve Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (Any book by Jerry Spinelli was a favorite this year)

The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure by James Dashner

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

Fablehaven (the series) by Brandon Mull

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Fields of Heaven by Steven Bennett (he is a local author in Diamond Valley)

The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (this is a favorite author in the 5th grade)

The Hero’s of Olympus: The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby

Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger

Darth Paper by Tom Angelberger

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney

Babymouse series by Jennifer and Matt Holmes

Princess for Hire (series) by Lindsey Leavitt

There’s a Boy in a Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Are there any books your students loved this year? Send them my way…I would love to add them to my library!


Summer Reading

Okay, I need some suggestions. I am thinking ahead and need some ideas for summer reading initiatives. I have tried giving my students a common book and a reading packet, but then some complained. I am going to try using Edmodo…and make it more voluntary. So, how do you use Edmodo for summer reading?  I need help and ideas!



My class loves Wonder. I love Wonder. We were so excited to have the opportunity to Skype with RJ Palacio about a month ago. (I know, I have neglected my blog, I am going to thank National Boards for that one!)  

My class has been reading Wonder over the past two months. One student bought the book on her KIndle and another student’s mom bought it on her Kindle and LOVED it. I drew some question marks on the date that we were to Skype to really peak their interest. The day before we were to Skype, I dropped the news, and my students gasped in excitement! I then had them think of and write down two questions: one about the book and one about writing or the writing process. 

The next day I though I was ready for our Skype visit. Ms. Palacio and I got mixed up on times since we are in different time zones. Luckily, she has a job in which she can Skype at her office (LUCKY)! I was relieved when the internet worked on my personal laptop. All of a sudden, RJ popped up on our screen. This is what we saw in our class:


Sorry about it being sideways, my readers and Ms. Palacio. 

We were excited…Ms. Palacio talked to us about the background of writing the book and then answered questions. She was very generous with her time. She is quite an awesome author and human being. All of my students and myself will continue to be HUGE fans of hers and her books (Wonder and future books).

Thank you RJ Palacio.


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