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Must-Have Back to School Books for 5th Grade

Must have back to school books for 5th grade

At the beginning of the school year, the literature you select can help set the tone for a safe and respectful classroom culture and can instill a challenging academic climate. If you want to help your students learn to love reading while also providing resources for their personal and academic growth, be sure to check out the following must-have back to school books for 5th grade.

The enthusiasm a teacher displays for reading can certainly have a positive influence on students’ feelings about reading, but choosing books carefully is also important. Make sure when you’re choosing books to read aloud that you have your students’ interests, fluency levels, and comprehension levels in mind. Here are some favorite books for the beginning of the year in 5th grade.

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The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School by Ken Derby

5th Grade Book Pick: The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School

Main character Anthony Madison, better known as Tony Baloney, takes us on one adventure after another in this nonstop action book, a comedy of mishaps. How many kids end up with the paramedics using a saw to cut a toilet because their foot is stuck in the toilet bowl – on the first day of school?!

This is the first of Tony’s stupid human tricks which he hopes will land him on a late-night television show. Your students will immediately be at ease with a new school year when they see the hilarious mistakes Tony makes. Begin your school year with laughter in this hilarious manual of what not to do! The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School is sure to be a student favorite this year.

More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby

5th Grade Book Pick: More Than Anything Else

This picture book tells the powerful story of how a young Booker T. Washington wanted nothing more than to learn how to read. Along with showing students how valuable literacy is, this story lends itself well to discussions about goals, hardships, and how to achieve our dreams despite any obstacles that may be placed in our path.

If you are looking for a back-to-school read aloud to jump start your students’ thinking about their goals for the year, More Than Anything Else would be a great choice.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander

5th Grade Book Pick: Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Picture books aren’t just for little ones, and they aren’t just for reading class. This math adventure introduces students to several geometry concepts and is a unique, somewhat quirky spin on how to make math come alive for your students.

Don’t let the picture book format fool you; the content is challenging and requires students to dig deep to make connections between the play on word phrases and the mathematical concepts being discovered by the knights. If your students enjoy Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, there are several more in the series they can enjoy.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

5th Grade Book Pick: My Side of the Mountain

A small New York City apartment is not enough space for a restless 14-year-old boy, especially one with eight siblings. Tired of sharing cramped quarters with his large family, young Sam Gribley sets out for the Catskills to live off the land. Will Sam survive the coming winter? Will he learn to find enough food and create a warm and safe shelter?

Find out if Sam’s adventure will last as he braves the wilderness alone. My Side of the Mountain is an inspiring tale of courage and connection which also integrates well with science units on plants and animals.

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

5th Grade Book Pick: My Life in Dog Years

This autobiographical story has been an all-time favorite among my students. Follow author Gary Paulsen as he re-lives the story of his childhood and adult life by way of the dogs he has had and the lessons they have taught him.

A quick, easy read that is sure to please even the most reluctant reader, My Life in Dog Years is a heartwarming tale of man’s best friend and the special relationship we can have with our canine companions. This book appeals to a large audience, has many life lessons that are presented with humor (nothing preachy here!), and can build confidence in struggling readers. It’s a win-win!

Must have back to school books for 5th grade

There are so many great books to choose from. I hope these five must-have back to school books for 5th grade will bring joy, laughter, courage, and community to your classroom. Happy reading!

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real teachers said...

I had purchased other flip books in the past and found them tricky or time-consuming. Not the case with this one! Very simple to use and will be a friendly tool to communicate important information with parents.

(Back to School Flipbook)

Karina B.

2019-10-14T17:11:02-06:00

Karina B.

I had purchased other flip books in the past and found them tricky or time-consuming. Not the case with this one! Very simple to use and will be a friendly tool to communicate important information with parents. (Back to School Flipbook)
This is the best tool for organized groups! The kids love the timer and I love how it is color-coded for 2 minutes and 1 minute. I use this every day for reading and math centers!

(Digital Rotation Boards for Reading & Math)

Nikki J.

2019-10-14T17:24:31-06:00

Nikki J.

This is the best tool for organized groups! The kids love the timer and I love how it is color-coded for 2 minutes and 1 minute. I use this every day for reading and math centers! (Digital Rotation Boards for Reading & Math)
After 2 years of using this resource I can say that it dramatically helped my usually low performing students be recognized as in the top 10% of growth in the state. This is a must have for any 5th grade teacher.

(5th Grade Vocabulary Bundle)

Wendy S.

2019-10-14T17:05:08-06:00

Wendy S.

After 2 years of using this resource I can say that it dramatically helped my usually low performing students be recognized as in the top 10% of growth in the state. This is a must have for any 5th grade teacher. (5th Grade Vocabulary Bundle)
I love this resource! It was thorough and fun. The kids had a great time going through the various stations. The activities really helped to reinforce their understanding of probability. It was a hit and I will be using this for many years to come. Thank you!

(Probability Stations)

Kate A.

2019-10-14T17:09:01-06:00

Kate A.

I love this resource! It was thorough and fun. The kids had a great time going through the various stations. The activities really helped to reinforce their understanding of probability. It was a hit and I will be using this for many years to come. Thank you! (Probability Stations)