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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

View From the 5th Grade Trenches - October 2011 - I'd Like to Read About...

The kids in my class are reading maniacs. They have accepted our principal's challenge to read 30 books each between August and June. 

When I asked what kind of books they'd like to see, here's what they told me:

I'd like to read a book about...
...a homeless boy who builds something that will be passed on for generations
...a soldier who finds an abandoned bunker filled with robots
...a frog named Andy who goes on a space adventure to Venus and meets an alien named Moe
...a modern kid lost in prehistoric times
...a talent show
...a fifth grader who solves the mystery of bank robbery in his town
...a girl who explores the Costa Rican forest
...Santa Claus and a leprechaun who are stuck in Halloween 
...a funny story about the gold rush
...a fifth grader who falls off a cruise ship and gets stranded on an island
...a fifth grade boy who loses his sports ability when he makes fun of a witch in Las Vegas

Okay all you MG authors. Get writing. Can you say, "NaNo?"

If you write it, they will come.

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  1. I love this!! I love to know what kids WANT to read. Great post! :)

  2. Aw, kids are so creative. Great ideas.

  3. Ha!!! I LOVE these! Your class is amazing, Leslie.

  4. Awesome list! I'd love one like this from a hundred different teachers. (And I bet there would be some similar ideas there, too.) Thanks for posting.

  5. Those are awesome ideas! All of them. L)

  6. You know what? These kids are awesome! Only fifth graders are creative enough to think of these clever, off-beat subjects.

  7. This is so great~ thanks for sharing!

  8. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you, everyone. I showed this to the kids and they are tickled you dig their ideas.

  10. These are amazing!!! Reminds me of when I asked my daughters to right a Christmas story for their grandparents, they had cute ideas but some of these are REALLY good. I think my fav is Santa Claus and a leprechaun who are stuck in Halloween, but that Las Vegas witch one is good too- heck, they are all good!

  11. Margo - Maybe Santa and the leprechaun can take a road trip to Vegas.

  12. Your students are a treasure trove of high-concept ideas!! I love the Costa Rican rainforest & goldfish ones. Happy NaNo-ing :)

  13. Those are definitely some cool ideas. Too bad I write YA. :)