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Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project - 5th

Description: A collection for the TCRWP’s 2016-2017 Suggested Sequence for Units of Study. This list is for schools that have been using Units of Study and whose students have grown up in workshop classrooms. This list was curated by NYCDOE for 5th Grade. #teachers


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The Paper Bag Princess

by Michael Martchenko and Robert N. Munsch

The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald --- who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

by John Steptoe

The king is going to marry. Mufaro has two very beautiful daughters. One is kind and considerate, the other selfish and spoiled. Which daughter will be chosen "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughter in the Land"? Which daughter will the king choose to be his wife?

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal

Date Added: 11/29/2018


The Thief of Always

by Clive Barker

Mr. Hood's Holiday House is a place where every childhood whim may be satisfied. But there is a price to be paid. Harvey Swick embraces this wonderland, without considering the consequences.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Fly Away Home

by Eve Bunting

A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Marshfield Dreams

by Ralph Fletcher

The colorful boyhood of a popular author comes to life in this personal account

Imagine learning from a nosy classmate that your mother is having yet another baby. To Ralph's classmates, news of one more Fletcher baby is just "scuttlebutt." But for Ralph, the oldest of nine, being part of a large family means more kids to join in the fun―from making tripods in the woods and "snicking" up the rug, to raising chicks and even discovering a meteor (well, maybe). It doesn't feel like there's life beyond Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Then one day Dad's new job moves the family to Chicago, and there's so much Ralph has to leave behind. In this humorous and captivating memoir, Ralph Fletcher traces the roots of his storytelling.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Home of the Brave

by Katherine Applegate

Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. In the form of a poem, and includes an author's note, questions for the author, a reader's guide, the historical context, discussion questions, and an action guide.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


When I Was Your Age, Volume One

by Amy Ehrlich

The award-winning companion to Volume One of WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE--now in paperback "Tell me a story of when you were little," children everywhere love to ask. In this acclaimed collection, ten award-winning, well-known writers comply by reaching across their own childhoods to those of their readers. Whether telling of growing up in Japan or upstate New York or the California coast, recalling The Great Depression or World War II or the 1950s, describing children's victories or heartaches, the writers of these stories make it clear that despite the difference between one childhood and another, all children share a complex humanity and a deep capacity for joy.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Every Living Thing

by Cynthia Rylant and S. D. Schindler

Here are twelve deeply moving short stories from the perceptive pen of Cynthia Rylant. Each captures the moment when someone's life changes -- when an animal causes a human being to see things in a different way, and, perhaps, changes his life.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


"Papa Who Wakes Up Tired In The Dark" and "Eleven"

by Sandra Cisneros

Excerpts from two stories by Sandra Cisneros

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Who Settled the West?

by Bobbie Kalman

This book discusses the reasons people migrated West, the routes they took, some of the difficulties faced by pioneers, the different ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the settlers, and the building of homes and towns.

Date Added: 11/29/2018


When Lunch Fights Back

by Rebecca Johnson

Good defenses can make the difference between surviving a predator's attack and becoming its lunch. See newts that pop their rib bones through their skin; termites that carry poison-filled backpacks; lizards that shoot blood from their eyes, and more!

Date Added: 11/29/2018


Alien Deep

by National Geographic Kids Staff and Bradley Hague

Appealing to children over age ten, this engaging reference book depicts adventurous and thrilling elements in oceanographic fieldwork. In conjunction with a National Geographic television show, this book will reach a huge audience of marine lovers, as well as children interested in science and exploration.

Alien Deep outshines the competition by following a recent, specific deepwater exploration that illuminates new knowledge about our oceans. Following alongside a current expedition, Alien Deep will enable children to observe the processes involved in marine exploration. As scientists delve into the mysterious depths of the ocean, children will be able to witness the excitement of scientific exploration and discovery through enriching text and stunning photography. By describing a recent exploration, children will be able to read and see the new methods and technology that oceanographers use to conduct research.

Date Added: 01/22/2019



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