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Read aloud day at an elementary school

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smallpotatoes, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    I was invited to participate in a "Read Aloud Day" at a local elementary school. I thought it might be fun so I agreed to do it.
    I'm going to be reading to a fourth-grade class and the teacher suggested I pick one of my favorite books from my childhood. Most of the books that come to mind when I think of that are books my parents read to me before I even began school. I'm trying to think of something that would be a good book for the fourth grade and I'm having a hard time remembering what I read when I was that age. The only thing that really comes to mind are the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries. I remember enjoying those and I think I read them when I was that age or maybe a little older. That whole time is kind of a blur to me.
    Anybody else have any ideas for good fourth-grade literature?
    I guess I could read My Pet Goat and have a co-worker come into the classroom and pretend to tell me something important.
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I knew how that post was going to end and it was still funny.

    I think I was still in a Hardy Boys phase in 4th grade. Definitely in 3rd. I'd suggest Bridge to Terabithia, since the shittastic movie opens tomorrow, but I read that in 5th grade and it was pretty heavy.
  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I was reading Goosebumps books in 4th and 5th grade. I had each of the first 30 or so.
  4. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is still a classic in my eyes.


    Either that or Where the Wild Things Are.

  5. A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich.

    Or, anything by Shel Silverstein. I devoured those books when I was that age.
  6. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Shel Silverstein is good... Judy Blume is good as well, something like "Superfudge" (no boots jokes, please)... you might try a selected passage from Harry Potter, if you're familiar with those books.
  7. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Judy Blume! That's it! Take "Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing" to fourth grade. Can't miss.
  8. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    My mom is a reading specialist and I used to do that all the time when I lived near my parents. It's a lot of fun because the kids are always excited that someone new is around.
  9. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Love you Forever was one of my favorites to read to the kids when I was teaching preschool. Would work up to first grade, but not fourth.
  10. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Was 'A Cricket in Times Square' around that age?
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Some of the Chronicles of Narnia have been made into picture books. The orginals were aimed at children that age. The picture books might be worth checking out to read to them.

    Also, A Series of Unfortunate Events. . . read them the first chapter. It's aimed at that age group, and kids LOVE the stories.
  12. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I think I was reading Jack Tatum's "They Call Me Assassin" about that time.
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