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What book do you start the year with?

Aug 6, 2013 1:18pm

  • English Language Arts


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    • Aug 17, 2013 7:42am

      I start the year with 100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes.
      The main characters are girls. Peggy:, the bully, Maddie, the bystander and Wanda, the victim. I have read this
      book to Kinders, First Graders and to 5th graders.
      I tie the book to the first month writing assignment:
      Memoirs-I take students through the process with me
      as I write my own story of being in the 5th grade
      when the circumstances were very similar to the book.

      • Aug 14, 2013 7:01pm

        Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street inspires amazing student writings full of story and voice.

        • Aug 8, 2013 2:55pm


          In 7th grade, we start with the Outsiders, as it teaches great lessons about acceptance and tolerance... two important themes for 12 and 13 year olds.

          Katie Novak

          • Aug 8, 2013 6:29pm

            We kick it off with Outsiders. This past summer I had my students read Wonder, which will continue themes from Outsiders.

            • Aug 11, 2013 3:30pm

              I'm starting my 8th graders off reading The Contender by Robert Lipsyte. It teaches great lessons about identity, finding yourself through tough times, and peer pressure. It's an engaging read and usually hooks 100% of my students.

              • Aug 12, 2013 6:20pm

                Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

                • Aug 12, 2013 6:20pm

                  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

                  • Aug 15, 2013 10:20am

                    Stella Nettles

                    I start with First Day Jitters. The students love the ending.

                    • Aug 24, 2013 9:15am

                      In First Grade, I love to start with the George & Martha treasury by James Marshall. Great stories about two best friends...

                      • Aug 25, 2013 6:08am

                        Betty Bao Lord's In the Year of the Dragon and Jackie Robinson.

                        • Sep 10, 2013 5:49am

                          I always liked to do Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It's good for students to see how some of their fears and anxieties about peers can play out in literature, and it leads to good discussions about some of those character types, in particular some of the 'negative' characters like Jack and what drives him to behave and act in that way.

                          • Aug 12, 2013 9:05am

                            In fifth grade I read aloud to my classes any book by RoaldDahl in honor of Roald Dahl month.

                            • Aug 14, 2013 7:48am

                              I'm starting with First Day Jitters this year, kids will love the ending!

                              Erika :)

                              • Aug 15, 2013 1:53am

                                Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones

                                • Aug 14, 2013 5:20pm

                                  I start with First Day Jitters. The students enjoy the ending.

                                  • Aug 16, 2013 11:37am

                                    I teach 8th Grade RLA. I begin the year with The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake. It deals with self-esteem, acceptance, loss, bullying and has exceptional characters! My kids love it and it fits with the Outsiders which they read in 7th grade.

                                    • Aug 16, 2013 12:27pm

                                      Theodoore Boone:Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

                                      • Aug 17, 2013 5:32pm

                                        In my Kinder class we will start the school year off with David goes to School and First Day Jitters.

                                        • Aug 17, 2013 11:36am

                                          I start with Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, and use it to teach story elements and voice. It also kicks off their reading workshop, and helps them realize that they can find books that they will actually enjoy.

                                          • Aug 18, 2013 8:38am

                                            Click, clack moo, cows that type for single read and Shiloh for novel read aloud in my second grade classroom.

                                            • Aug 17, 2013 7:13pm

                                              Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is a cute ice breaker even in fifth grade. It fosters an easy discussion about names and covers the respect rule too!

                                              • Aug 17, 2013 7:47pm

                                                Schooled! Even after our 8th read aloud in June, it's often a favorite of the year. I'm with 5th graders.

                                                • Aug 18, 2013 7:25am

                                                  Frindle by Andrew Clements

                                                  • Aug 18, 2013 8:57am

                                                    Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher for 5th grade.
                                                    It will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. It is a wonderful book about character, teamwork, and friendship.

                                                    • Aug 18, 2013 4:16pm

                                                      This year I will read aloud First Day Jitters. I am sure my students will love it!

                                                      • Aug 18, 2013 8:28pm

                                                        Because of Winn Dixie

                                                        • Aug 19, 2013 1:31pm

                                                          I start my English 9 out with The Odyssey. It hooks the reluctant male readers! Unfortunately, my reluctant female readers don't like it as well. Maybe I need something shorter and more applicable to their lives. Any ideas?

                                                          • Aug 19, 2013 10:48pm

                                                            I am going to read My New Teacher and Me by Weird Al Yankovic to my fifth graders this year

                                                            • Aug 20, 2013 11:28am

                                                              First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

                                                              • Aug 21, 2013 12:16pm

                                                                i like the Recess Queen!

                                                                • Aug 20, 2013 9:42pm

                                                                  My students read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan which leads into our unit on Greek mythology.

                                                                  • Aug 21, 2013 12:17pm

                                                                    In 5th grade, we start with Winnie-the-Pooh and House at Pooh Corner.

                                                                    In 4th grade we will start with Treasure Island.

                                                                    classics all the way

                                                                    • Aug 21, 2013 5:32pm

                                                                      Summer of the Monkeys. After 15 years of reading this book, I still get sad when the book is over. I love this story.

                                                                      • Aug 22, 2013 8:27am

                                                                        Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krause. Leo begins writing and other things later than some classmates. When Leo blooms, he takes off in every area. Great lesson on accepting differences in our classmates. We all start the school year in a different place.

                                                                        • Aug 22, 2013 5:07pm

                                                                          Renee Mullikin
                                                                          Wolf! and James and the Giant Peach

                                                                          • Aug 24, 2013 9:53am

                                                                            I read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein on the first day of school. It helps me to see an interpersonal snapshot of my students as they respond to the book and its theme. We use the book over the next few weeks for character building as we refer back to the main characters.

                                                                            • Aug 26, 2013 3:10pm

                                                                              Reading Christopher Paul Curtis' The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963. This book provides students with opportunities to discuss difficulties of growing up, bullying, near-death experiences, and the Civil Rights movement. Living in B'ham and celebrating the 50th anniversary, this book is living history. Also, we're reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Willaims-Garcia. This focuses on the Civil Rights movement from a larger perspective.

                                                                              • Aug 27, 2013 11:21am

                                                                                I read Otta and the Shouda Couda Woudas by Michael Burnett and Roxie and the Holligans by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds.
                                                                                Otta can be found at Author House. The little otter has a new quote to learn "Otta your Betta Notta!" In the end Otta learns to be the person he Otta be. Beautiful Illustrations!
                                                                                Roxie and the Hooligans is a great chapter book to talk about bullies in an adventure setting. In the end the Hooligans need Roxie. Great quick chapter book. My third graders love both.

                                                                                • Aug 28, 2013 9:29am

                                                                                  Teacher from the Black Lagoon or The Ugly Duckling

                                                                                  • Aug 28, 2013 6:40pm

                                                                                    I start the new year with the book, "The Wretched Stone."


                                                                                    • Sep 9, 2013 12:50pm

                                                                                      Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It's a good piece to use to talk about motivations of characters and the roles people play, and most kids can empathize with at least one or more characters.

                                                                                      • Sep 10, 2013 5:57am

                                                                                        I also start with First Day Jitters.

                                                                                        • Sep 10, 2013 5:59am

                                                                                          Of Mice and Men

                                                                                          • Jan 16, 2014 10:41am

                                                                                            Earthtquake Terror by Peg Keret

                                                                                            • Jan 16, 2014 10:44am

                                                                                              Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

                                                                                              • Jan 16, 2014 10:45am

                                                                                                First Grade Jitters

                                                                                                • Jan 17, 2014 5:45am

                                                                                                  In First Grade

                                                                                                  • Jan 17, 2014 5:46am

                                                                                                    Miss Bindergarten Gets ready for Kindergarten

                                                                                                    • Aug 14, 2015 12:04pm

                                                                                                      I like to start with something funny that we can all laugh with. My favorite read aloud is " The Great Fuzz Frenzy" by Janet Stevens. The silly voices and rhyming dialogue are guaranteed to make kids from grades 2 - 6 crack up. Laughing together helps to build community, and the shared text becomes an 'inside joke' we share as a classroom community.

                                                                                                      • Jul 31, 2016 6:58am

                                                                                                        I start my 11th graders off with The Crucible. This tragedy and character study of prejudice and mass hysteria gets them ready for Macbeth. I start my 10th graders off with Oedipus Rex, and use the movie to show original Greek Theater

                                                                                                        • Aug 13, 2013 6:21pm

                                                                                                          I do First Day Jitters. Kids love the ending.
                                                                                                          I also do Enemy Pie--teaches about friendship and they love the story and illustrations! I teach 4th BTW.

                                                                                                          • Aug 6, 2017 8:04am

                                                                                                            For elementary I like to start the year with First Day Jitters (talk about our feelings on the first day), A Fine, Fine School (introducing story elements and sharing the importance of school), The Great Fuzz Frenzy (story elements, predicting/inferencing, vocabulary), and Mr. Tanen's Ties (we talk about characters and how we all have unique personalities; the students make a tie with all of the things they like on it).

                                                                                                            • Aug 5, 2017 8:14pm

                                                                                                              I read Wonder this summer...fourth - sixth should use as a read-aloud. Touching....and soon to be a movie release in Nov.