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Great Back to School Read Alouds for Upper Elementary

Back to school read alouds for upper elementary

Using read alouds with your upper elementary school students at the start of the school year can be extremely powerful. Read alouds are an engaging way to help build community and set expectations for the rest of the school year.  In this post, you will discover a few books with different messages that can help spark meaningful conversations between you and your students, and help set the tone for the year.

(Most of these books can be found on Amazon. I have attached an affiliate link to each one for easy browsing and shopping.)

5 Back to School Read Alouds for Upper Elementary - A great selection of conversation starter books for the first day of school (or first week of school) with upper elementary school students.


Each Kindness

The book, Each Kindness, is perfect gateway for building community within your upper elementary classroom. The book tells the story of a girl and a couple of her friends who shun a new girl at the school who is trying to befriend them. After some time, the 'new' girl retreats and plays by herself.  When the teacher presents a lesson on kindness in class, the main character realizes she has done wrong, but she is never given the opportunity to make it right again.

This book works well with older students because the text and illustrations are presented in a mature and relatable manner. Also, the ending is not the usual "happily ever after" ending that most are use to. It teaches that in life we sometimes do not get a second chance to make things right.

back to school read alouds for upper elementary


For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

For the Right to Learn is not a traditional back to school. It is the story of Malala's life. It discusses the obstacles she has faced throughout her life when trying to protect her right to an education, and how even after almost being assassinated, she continues to discuss the importance of providing access to education to everyone.

It is a beautifully illustrated book that discusses a reality children around the world are facing. It is a great way to bring up how fortunate we are to be given access to education, and how it should not be taken for granted.

back to school read alouds for upper elementary - Mr. Peabody


Mr. Peabody's Apples

Mr. Peabody's Apples tells the story of a beloved baseball coach in the town of Happville, who becomes ostracized when a rumor is spread around town about him.  Mr. Peabody helps the 'rumor spreader' realize that he has made a mistake. He also teaches him how hurtful rumors can be and just how difficult (and near impossible) it is to take it back.

This book provides teachers with the opportunity to discuss how hurtful words can be. It's text and illustrations present the moral in a mature way that upper elementary students can relate to.

back to school read alouds for upper elementary


Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice is about a young girl with a VERY LOUD VOICE. Her teacher intervenes and teaches her five different voice levels; whisper, six-inch, table talk, speaker voice, and outside voice.

This book is an engaging and fun way to introduce a lesson on voice levels students should be using in school.


The Gigantic Turnip

The Gigantic Turnip is about a man who grows a huge turnip in his garden. When he goes to pull the turnip out, he can't because it is too large. He asks his wife for assistance, but they still can not pull the turnip out. They call on several others to assist. This book is great to teach theme with. Two lessons that are included it that with teamwork anything is possible, and no matter how small someone is, they can always make a difference.  I love to use this book before working in groups as a segway into what working a group should look like in the classroom.






Hopefully you have discovered some new read aloud resources you can use on the first weeks of school to help you and your students start the year off engaged, and building a positive classroom environment that will last you all year long.

If you'd like to read about some easy to implement, highly engaging Back to School activities, click on the image below.

https://www.yourthriftycoteacher.com/2019/06/back-to-school-activities.html

Wishing you your best year yet!! 😍




11 comments

  1. Hi Christy,
    I am unable to access the back to school read-aloud pages even though I resubscribed. Where do I find them? Meanwhile, I love your stuff, as it is helping me get ready for school, one task at a time!

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    1. Thank you for your question. Once you subscribe, you will receive a confirmation email. All you need to do is click on "Confirm your Subscription" within the email, and you will be directed straight to the resource. I hope that answers your question. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.

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  2. I am also having the same trouble about accessing the read alouds. I have resubscribed as well.

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  3. Hi there, I guess there is a glitch, as I am having the same trouble accessing the read alouds. I confirmed my subscription, but the pop up states that good things will be coming to my inbox soon. Hmm ....

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  4. me too! I subscribed and nothing. My email is ashlee_hayes@yahoo.com
    I'm excited to do these read alouds in my class. :)

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  5. I also am having the same issues as those above. The only message I received after confirming the subscription was that I was confirmed. Nothing else happened. Can you please help? Thanks!

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  6. Also, within your own district, you may be able to request permission for your child to attend a different school than the one he or she is "zoned" to attend. https://www.wittycookie.ca/business/10-useful-tips-to-increase-your-ecommerce-conversion-rate-this-2019/

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