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Books My 5th Graders Are Reading The Second Day of the School Year by Colby Sharp

The start of the school year has been anything but ordinary for us. With school cancellations due to extreme heat and a fierce storm, today marks our third attempt at the second day of school. Despite the unpredictable circumstances, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back with my fifth graders. In an effort to track their reading preferences throughout the year, I decided to make a video showcasing the books they’re currently reading on this second day of school. I invite you to watch the video and share the books your readers are enjoying as well.

Books My 5th Graders Are Reading The Second Day of the School Year by Colby Sharp

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Weird Start to the School Year

The beginning of the school year has been quite unusual for us. On our first day, which was last Wednesday, we were eagerly ready to start the new academic year. However, our excitement was dampened when we found out that school had to be canceled the following two days. The first cancelation occurred due to extreme heat, and the second was because of a severe storm. Finally, today marked our third attempt at starting the second day of the school year, and I must say, it was an absolute blast. Despite the setbacks, my students are still excited about the school year, and I feel incredibly blessed to be their teacher.

Excitement for the School Year

The enthusiasm for the school year is palpable among the kids. They are thrilled to dive into new subjects, reconnect with friends, and engage in various extracurricular activities. Witnessing their excitement is truly heartwarming, and it instills a renewed sense of purpose in me as their teacher. As they embark on this journey of learning and growth, I am committed to providing them with a nurturing and stimulating environment that nurtures their curiosity and helps them develop their skills and knowledge.

Books My 5th Graders Are Reading The Second Day of the School Year by Colby Sharp

Videos Sharing Books

To document our journey throughout the school year, I have decided to make videos sharing the books that my fifth graders are reading. The idea behind this is not only to recommend great books but also to track their evolving preferences and interests. These videos will serve as a delightful way to reflect on their growth as readers and provide inspiration to other young readers.

On the second day of the school year, I filmed the first of these videos. By capturing their book choices at the beginning of the year, I can compare them with future videos and observe any shifts or changes in their reading preferences. It will be fascinating to see their development as readers unfold over time. Moreover, these videos will provide a valuable resource for other educators and parents who are looking for book recommendations for their own students or children.

Reader Suggestions

I value the input and insights of my readers, and I would love to hear your book suggestions in the comments. Perhaps there are hidden gems that my students would love to explore, or maybe there are books that have touched your heart and you think my students would appreciate them too. Your suggestions will not only broaden our reading choices but also foster a sense of community and shared purpose in our love for literature. So, please take a moment to share your recommendations with us!

Books My 5th Graders Are Reading The Second Day of the School Year by Colby Sharp

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First Video: Books My 5th Graders Are Reading

In this first video, I will share with you the books that my fifth-grade students are currently reading. I have embedded the YouTube video below for quick and easy access. Watching this video will give you a glimpse into our classroom and the literary adventures my students have embarked upon. It is always inspiring to see the range of books and genres that captivate young readers, and I hope it will inspire you as well. Should any of these titles resonate with you or pique your interest, I encourage you to explore them further.

Link to YouTube video

About Colby Sharp

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Colby Sharp, and I am not only a teacher but also a husband and father of five. I am fortunate enough to teach fifth grade in the beautiful town of Parma, Michigan. One of the significant roles I hold in the world of literature is as a co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club. This platform allows avid readers, educators, and authors to come together and share their love for books, fostering a community dedicated to literary exploration and discovery.

Additionally, I have the privilege of co-hosting The Yarn podcast with Travis Jonker. This podcast provides insightful and engaging conversations with authors, illustrators, and educators about the magic of storytelling and its impact on young minds. It is an incredible opportunity to learn from these creative individuals and gain deeper insights into the world of children’s literature.

Working closely with the renowned Donalyn Miller, I had the pleasure of co-authoring the book “Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids.” This collaborative effort aims to advocate for equal access to books and cultivate a love for reading among all children, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be transported to new worlds and gain knowledge through the power of books.

Another exciting project I had the honor of being involved in is editing “The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection.” This book brings together numerous contributors, including authors, illustrators, and educators, who share unique writing prompts and creative exercises. It serves as an endless source of inspiration for young writers and sparks their imagination, driving them to explore their creativity and express themselves through storytelling.

Finally, my latest book, co-authored with Donalyn Miller, is titled “A Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library.” This comprehensive guide focuses on creating and managing a diverse and engaging classroom library. It provides practical tips, strategies, and resources for educators to establish a literary haven that fosters a love for reading, empowers students, and supports their growth as lifelong learners. I am thrilled to share this valuable resource with fellow educators and contribute to the enhancement of classroom reading experiences.

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Bonus Video: Fifth Grade Classroom Library Tour

As a bonus treat, I have also included an updated tour of my fifth-grade classroom library in another video. This virtual tour allows you to step into our literary sanctuary and witness the vast array of books available to my students. Creating an inviting and well-stocked classroom library is essential to kindling a love for reading and supporting students’ independent reading journey. It is my hope that this video will inspire educators and provide ideas for cultivating a nurturing reading environment for their own students.

Link to YouTube video

In conclusion, despite the peculiar start to our school year, I am filled with excitement and gratitude for the journey ahead. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by my students have already set a positive tone for the year. Through our shared love for literature and the power of stories, we will embark on a transformative learning experience together. Stay tuned for more videos and updates on the books my fifth graders are reading, as we continue this incredible adventure of growth and discovery.

Source: https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2023/08/28/books-my-5th-graders-are-reading-the-second-day-of-the-school-year-by-colby-sharp/