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Help Me Choose a Book for Montauk 5th Graders

Suggest a title the fifth graders will enjoy during PARP.

East Hampton Patch readers, I need your advice.

I've been invited to read to fifth graders at the Montauk School during the kick-off of PARP — Parents As Reading Partners — a wonderful program that involves all different members of the community.

I'm so honored that Rachel Kleinberg, the school library media specialist, invited me to participate, again. Last year, I was assigned to an older grade, and on Ms. Kleinberg's suggestion, I read them some articles directly from East Hampton Patch.

This year, I am reading to fifth graders, and while, I'm going to tell them about Patch, I'd like to read them a little something that doesn't come from the site. As many of you know, I don't have children, and, let's face it, it's been quite a few years since I was in fifth grade, so I need some help.

Do you have a book, or even a specific chapter in a book, that you think the students will enjoy? Leave your comment below. I know I will greatly appreciate it!

Deborah Klughers February 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Hi Taylor! How about “The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe" ? It’s good for ages ten and up, and talks about how important honeybees are to food production as well as the sudden disappearance of millions of honeybees across the planet. It brings science, mystery and nature together in one book! Also, the Montauk School’s 2nd graders will be participating in Agriculture Literacy Week 2013, which brings readers into the schools all across New York in mid-March to read an agriculture themed book to kids. AND, this years theme is HONEYBEES!! The book for the second graders is called “The Beeman” . Here is a link to the Ag Lit program- http://peconicinstitute.org/education/agriculture-literacy-2013/ . So far ,over a dozen East End schools are participating in the Ag Lit program. So, when your little ones come home talking about the importance of honeybees- you'll know where they learned it!
Oliver Peterson February 25, 2013 at 03:19 PM
The Great Brain—So awesome!
Robin Strong February 25, 2013 at 06:54 PM
The Adventures of Mon and Tauk by Paul T. Cook would be a good one. I'm not sure the age group but it is a juvenile title. It's about the effects of human beings on seashore animals. "A brother and sister mussel spend their day clinging to the pier in Fort Pond Bay waiting for the tide to come in, and telling tales about many of their fellow Fort Pond Bay dwellers".
Lisa A. Charde February 25, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Anything by Shel Silverstein. Silverstein opens the creative door for all ages.
East Hampton School District February 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM
"Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig" -- a twist on a fairy tale for older kids. Any chapter from "Boy" by Roald Dahl -- preferably "The Bicycle and the Sweet-Shop." I'm with Lisa -- anything by Shel Silverstein, but "Uncle Shelby's ABZs" is my particular favorite. Let us know what you pick, Taylor!

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