The Best biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs to get 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students interested and reading

Best Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs for Upper Elementary

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students don’t often automatically grab biographies and autobiographies off the classroom library shelf.  But the inspiring biographies below will have your upper elementary students begging for more! Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans In my classroom I’ve often found that biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs are a bit of a hard sell.  Besides selecting only the …

Multicultural Read Alouds for third, fourth, and fifth grade students that will encourage them to be resilient and overcome obstacles

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Books About Overcoming Obstacles

Helping children learn to become more resilient and be able to overcoming any obstacles or challenges that might come their way is an important job for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers.  The book list below will help you add multicultural, inspiring books to your classroom library and read alouds. Written by guest blogger Amanda Bletsh From a very early …

A list of other books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to read if they loved Harry Potter

Books Like Harry Potter for Upper Elementary Classroom Libraries

Do you have a 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student that loved the Harry Potter series and is now wondering what to read next?  The book list below is a great place to start. Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans It’s the perfect time to escape into the pages of a good book. Set down the remote, get off …

8 Authors that will bring diversity to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom library

8 Upper Elementary Authors to Help You Build a Diverse Classroom Library

As teachers, you already know the value of making sure your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are exposed to diverse, multicultural literature.  Unfortunately, books are expensive.  And when you are trying to stock your classroom library with books you find at garage sales and dollar sales, it can be hard to find quality, multicultural books. (Side note: These tips …

Nonfiction Picture Books / informational books that upper elementary students (third, fourth, and fifth grade) will love

Nonfiction Picture Books that Upper Elementary Students will LOVE

Engaging fiction picture books are easy to find.  3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers usually have plenty of them in their classroom libraries.  However, nonfiction and informational text picture books that are actually engaging and on an appropriate grade level are much harder to find. If you are trying to be intentional about doing more nonfiction read alouds with your …

The Best Nonfiction Books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students that Love Animals

The Best Nonfiction Books for Students That Love Animals

If you have 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students that don’t like to read (and what teacher doesn’t?), then finding engaging texts is a must. Books about animals are universally appealing – and very few students can resist a nonfiction animal book with unbelievable and incredible true stories. The books below tell true stories of animal friendships, loyalty, …

Nonfiction books / informational text that 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will love

The Best Nonfiction Book Series for Upper Elementary

Most 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers I know could easily tell you their favorite fiction books to read aloud to students, but choosing a nonfiction book is harder.  We just don’t read nonfiction or informative texts as much as we read fiction texts because it is harder to find engaging books and series. We lean on fiction books with …

the best fiction chapter book read alouds for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers and classrooms

The Best Chapter Book Read Alouds for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Classrooms

Fiction read alouds were an essential part of my education in elementary school. Almost 30 years later, I can still remember the chapter books that my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers read aloud to my class. Those read alouds helped instill a love of reading in me that has withstood the test of time. Some of my favorites as …