Top Ten Things People Said 5th Graders Couldn’t Read – But Did by Taylor Meredith

Beautiful book, and wonderful thoughts about it!

Nerdy Book Club

Each year, I have tried to choose unexpected texts solely for the purpose of making my fifth graders think. I want them to think about themselves, our community and the world around them.


And in these unexpected choices, I found myself also forced to think….what if we made it a classroom practice to closely examine each text? …what if we ignored grade level stereotypes and make discoveries that changed our reading lives?


Picture books, poetry, political cartoons and advertisements are no longer unconventional “5th grade” texts but texts that will take us on reading adventures and teach us lessons that go straight into our reading hearts.  In this spirit, these are texts that people said 5th graders couldn’t read. But read we did.

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

While Mo Willems is highly entertaining for readers of any age (Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

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