Saturday, July 29, 2017

5th Grade Homeschool Reading List

This year for 5th grade literature, I am focusing mostly on fiction, primarily because we already use living books for history and science, and the boys often choose non-fiction for their independent reading.
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I am aiming for an overall average of one book per month, with full flexility to adjust as necessary.  I also have a separate short list of higher-level, but age appropriate living picture books to "fill in the gaps" if necessary.  So anyway, these are some of the books I have in mind for this year, though this is definitely a rough draft.  I'm always open to changing the order or removing/replacing books as we go along.  {Most of these choices are from Beyond Five in a Row or Ambleside Online, plus a couple I chose because we own them.}

I'll continue to require narrations, but I'll also try to do something different with each book as paper "assessment" for portfolios.  I have one study guide scheduled, and that'll probably be the only one.  The rest of the assignments will be variations of a written narration -- I want to change it up a little (probably using pages from for each book so he doesn't always feel like he's doing the same thing, but I still want to try to keep it fairly Charlotte Mason friendly.

August - September:  Charlotte's Web by  E.B. White
To be honest, this wasn't on my list until we had the opportunity to review a study guide for this book for 4th-6th graders from Progeny Press.  We don't even normally do study guides, but I want him to be comfortable with them and the types of information generally present in them, so I figured a lighter read with a familiar story would be a good way to practice and start the year.  (I'm giving this one more time because of the study guide and because we have a trip planned during this time.)

October:  Homer Price by Robert McCloskey and Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Homer Price is one of his choices.  I will focus on some of the language arts elements and the Writing questions from Beyond Five in a Row for this book.  At this point, I'll offer Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price for free reading, or let him save it for later.  These are also "lighter" free reads for Years 4-6 on Ambleside Online.

Rip Van Winkle is mentioned in Homer Price and there is a related lesson in the Beyond Guide. Since Homer Price is only six chapters, I thought this would help fill out the month.  We may also end the month of Oct. with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Both of these short stories are AO Y4 literature selections.

November:  The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
I bought this book to go with our Early American History last year, but didn't get to it.  I think it'll be good for him to go more in-depth and refresh his memory.  So unless we find something else to go in this month, it seems fitting, and gives him at least one non-fiction book.  This is used in AO Y3 and Beautiful Feet Books Intermediate (4th-6th) Early American History.

December:  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
I remember reading this book in school!  I just have a feeling he will enjoy it.  It's a fairly short book, which works well for the month of December since we're usually busy with extra activities and holiday preparations.  This is one of the few I chose simply because we have it and it seemed to fit his personality, but I do think it's listed on AO's holiday page as well.

January:  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I just happened to see this book at the store, and grabbed it on a whim.  After reading a little more about it, I think he will appreciate it.  It's probably one of the longest books on this list, so I put it in January.  January is always a slower month after the holidays and before co-op starts back up, so we'll have more "home" days.

February:  The Cricket in Times Square by Garth Williams
This is another Beyond Five in a Row book.  I don't have the manual yet, but intend to get it before then and work through some of the language arts/writing assignments.  He usually likes books like this (Stuart Little) so it seemed like a good choice.  This is also another AO "light" free read for Years 4-6.

March:  Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
This is a short read, but I think that's appropriate sometimes.  I thought it would be interesting to read close to the Iditarod.  (Since it is so short, we'll either fill in with some of those quality picture books, or move on to our April book.)

April:  Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The seems like another relatively easy read, and will give us a "beloved pet" story.  It also has a movie, so we can do a movie night and later do a compare-contrast for part our assessment.  This is one of the only other ones I chose that's not on a curriculum list I use for reference.

May:  The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
Another Beyond Five in a Row book!  Again, I plan to utilize some of the language arts and writing assignments to fill out his language arts.  I think this is also an AO free read.

This doesn't include the family read-alouds I do with all the kids, and the evening readings with just the boys, so he will be getting more poetry and literature that is not listed here.  I haven't decided if this list is too ambitious for a "meh" reader, but we'll take it one month at a time and see how it goes!

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  1. Some of my favorite books are on this list - Stone Fox, Homer Price, and Charlotte's Web!

    1. I haven't read Stone Fox, but I skimmed enough to know it looks good! My oldest isn't an avid reader, so I'm trying to find some balance!