It’s Monday! Time for a recap of what I read last week. Now that we’ve been exposed to a fair amount of children’s books, our professor is having us design our own reading challenge. I’ve decided to start my own classroom library that I hope to someday be able to use! Throughout my challenge, I will be gathering some of the most recommended books for an upper elementary classroom library.
In this book, Nick Allen is the best time waster in the fifth grade. He is known for stumping teachers and getting them to forget about assignments. Nick attempts to outsmart the toughest teacher in the fifth grade, Mrs. Granger. This small action leads to quite a big ordeal. We find out how Nick becomes quite the innovator and gets the whole country talking.
I remember reading this book over and over when I was younger, but it has been awhile since I’ve read it. Andrew Clements is a fantastic author, and I would definitely call Frindle a staple for the classroom.
Sideways Stories From Wayside School
Wayside School was supposed to be built one story high with thirty classrooms. Instead, it was built thirty stories high with a classroom on each floor! This book is about the thirtieth story, Mrs. Jewls’s class. If you think the building is crazy, the stories inside of Mrs. Jewls’s classroom get even crazier. Each chapter is about a different teacher or student that goes to Wayside, and the bizarre nonsense things that happen to them.
I found this book to be very funny, and I think the kid humor is on par. I didn’t realize until after I finished the book that it was written by Louis Sachar (author of Holes) so this book being good wasn’t a surprise. I think this book would be a great book for a read aloud. Each chapter is a mini story and you don’t have to know what happened in the chapter before to enjoy the current story. A very silly way to take a break with your students!
Because of Winn-Dixie
Opal may be young, but she is wise beyond her years. After moving to Florida with her father, the preacher, Opal longs for a new friend. She finds just that in a roaming dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Together they have many adventures, and meet very interesting people. Through the stories of the people she meets, Opal learns many important lessons.
A classic! This is such a great book. It touches on some heavier topics—alcoholism, abandonment, jail, loss, but in a tasteful, heartfelt way.