Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fourth Grade Read-Aloud Round-Up

House is clean, groceries are purchased, laundry is done, and the first batch of cookies have been made...we are well on our way to party time.

Today I am linking up with Mr. Hughes at An Educator's Life for a Read-Aloud Round-Up. One of my favorite things to do with my students is to share new books with them. I also love reading books aloud to them. It is such a pleasure to read students a story and watch them get excited or worried for a character.

One of my favorite read-alouds is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. If you haven't read this book I would highly recommend it. I start the year with this book. It is set during WWII. The setting is in Denmark and the story focuses on a little girl, Anne Marie, her Jewish friend Ellen and their families. I love this story because it introduces WWII and the mistreatment of the Jewish people in a kid-appropriate way. It also leads to great discussions about what it means to treat people with respect, and what it means to be brave.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia Series #2)
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis is another favorite of mine. One of the things I love about this book is the language-it is detailed enough to help students really picture it in their mind. It is also great for teaching multiple-meaning words (mantle.) Even though there is a movie out on this book each year only a handful of my students have seen it, so we normally watch the movie after we have read the book to compare and contrast it.

Those are two of my favorite read-alouds. I have many more...but I will stop there for now. What are your favorite read-alouds? Be sure to head over to An Educator's Life to find new read aloud ideas!


  1. When I was in 8th grade, I camped for a week @Carlsbad with my best friend and her family. Every night around the campfire, her father would read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to us. Even though I had read the book years before, it was magical:). Love that book!

  2. I really enjoyed Number the Stars but our fifth graders read it since it ties in with their social studies.

    room 4 imagination

  3. Lois Lowry is amazing! Thanks for the recommendations!
    The Puzzle Den

  4. Thanks so much for linking up! The list is still growing like crazy so be sure to stop on over and check out the new suggestions!
    -Mr. Hughes
    An Educator's Life