January 28

Grade 5 Book Club

We have officially launched Book Clubs (or literature circles) in our class. Last week, I book-talked 5 different books to the students:

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Trapped in Ice by Eric Walters (eliminated as an option)


After hearing a short description of each book, students then wrote down their top three choices that they wanted to read. Based on their choices, I divided them into 4 groups, all of them getting either their first or second choice of book to read.

Here’s how it will work:

Students will have 4 weeks to read their book. With their groups, they’ve already decided on weekly reading goals. Each week, in addition to reading, they will also have a “job” to prepare for their group discussion. These will be based on the section they read that week. This is all to be done AT HOME.

Here is a digital copy of the package they will be bringing home today in an orange Duotang. It includes all the job descriptions, the pages they need to read each week, what they are responsible for each week, and pages to fill out.

If anyone would like to use an audio recording of the book, here are links to YouTube where people have recorded each chapter of each book.


Number the Stars

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (you’ll need to search for each chapter on You Tube. Here’s Chapter 1.)

Maniac Magee

Book Club will take place every Tuesday morning, so it is important that students bring their books and orange duotang, with all their work completed, for Tuesday’s class for the next 4 weeks.

Happy Reading 🙂