Independent Reading

Directed Reading
Every morning, 8:40 to 9:10, we will begin the day with silent reading. Students will be responsible for planning and being prepared each day with books of the appropriate genre. We will share ideas and passages from the books we are reading every Friday. Students are encouraged to recommend and receive recommendations of good books from classmates.
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Directed Reading Themes for Fifth Grade Include:
• Native American Cultures and Societies (500 Nations)
• European Exploration
• American Revolution
• Civil Rights
• Country Study: Japan
• Solar System
• Energy
• Ecology
• Plants

September’s Genre
– Non-Fiction: Autobiography & Biography
Why is it important to read about successful people?

Recommended by fifth grade students:

Steve Jobs, Amelia Earhart, Jackie Robinson, Solomon Northrup, Neil Armstrong, Roald Dahl, Abraham Lincoln, My Life in Dog Years, Harriet Tubman, Knucklehead, Martin Luther King, Jr., The Bronte Sisters, JK Rowling, Boy, Calculated Risk, Born to Fly

Common Sense Media

October’s Genre
-Fiction: Mystery
The mystery genre is a type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime or series of crimes. It can take the form of a novel or short story. This genre may also be called detective or crime novels.

Recommended Books:
Seattle Public Library recommendations for Fifth Graders

November’s Genre
-Realistic Fiction/Historical Fiction
Historical Fiction List from SPL
Native American History

December’s Genre
-Classical Fiction


January’s Genre
– Fairy Tales
– Battle of the Books/Free Choice

February’s Genre
• Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 1970- Present

March’s Genre
-Non-Fiction- Informational
Women’s History Month

Recommended topics:
History: Women’s History, Black History, Native American History
Science: Planets, Plants, Energy, Ecology
Geography: Japan

April’s Topic or Genre
Environmental Stewardship
• Green Earth Book Award

Recommended Books:

May’s Genre
a fantasy novel is any book that contains unrealistic settings, or magic, often set in a medieval universe, or possibly involving mythical beings or supernatural forms as a primary element of the plot, theme, or setting.
-Hispanic Heritage

Recommended Books:

June’s Genre
-Student Choice

Recommended Books: