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Topic List

This is an overview of some topics students will see next year. Dont feel overwhelmed! The purpose of
this (long) list is to simply open the door of communication between school and home. Not every book is
right for every student, so suggested readings are just that suggestions. Students are encouraged to find
books that they are excited about. Use this list as a resource to guide your student to find books that are
right for him/her this summer all while building important background knowledge for next year! Texts
arent just books. They can be newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, books of any genre, websitesthe
list is endless! I would love to add resources that students have found to use next year!

Find Award winning books!

Unit 1: Tales of the Heart - Topics
Science The Human bodys systems (Respiratory, Circulatory, Endocrine)
Social Studies - Biographies about famous doctors and scientists (Elizabeth Blackwell, Charles Drew,
Benjamin Banneker)
Literature - Emphasis on poetry and fiction texts that relate to personal experiences

Unit 1 Suggested Readings
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Willy characters by Patricia McKissack and Andre
From Head to Toe: The Amazing Human Body and How It Works by Barbara Seuling
Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Poems about Childhood and Family at:
Books about the Human Body:
Biographies about doctors and scientists

Unit 2: Literature Settings: Weather or Not - Topics
Science - Weather
Social Studies - Geography (emphasis on the United States and Africa)
Literature - Emphasis on Informational texts and the role of setting in fiction texts

Unit 2 Suggested Readings
Safari Journal by Hudson Talbott
Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
One Day in the Prairie by Jean Craighead George
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Informational Books about weather (Seymour Simon is a recommended author)
Musical Metrology songs at:
Picture Books that illustrate well-developed setting:

Unit 3: Animals are Characters, Too: Characters who Gallop, Bark, & Squeak - Topics
Science - Animals and their traits (emphasis on horses, mice, and dogs), Animal senses
Social Studies - The importance of animals to Native American cultures
Literature - Animal portrayals in different types of genres

Unit 3 Suggested Readings
A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dogs Tale by Laurie Myers and Michael Dooling
Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo
A Mouse Called Wolf by Dick King-Smith
The Bookstore Mouse by Peggy Christian and Gary A. Lippincott
Gift Horse: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson
Scranimals and The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom by Jack Prelutsky
Informational texts and fictional stories across different genres on animals (specifically mice, dogs, and

Unit 4: Revolutionaries from the Past Topics
Science - Geography (emphasis on the United States relating to historical events taught in unit)
Social Studies - Causes of the American Revolution (e.g., The Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party,
Intolerable Acts, Thomas Paines Common Sense), Trail of Tears, Women's Rights advocates and history
Literature - Speeches & Biographies of Revolutionaries

Unit 4 Suggested Readings
Books on the American Revolution by Jean Fritz (like Cant You Make Them Behave, King George?)
Heroes of the Revolution by David A. Adler and Donald A. Smith
Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution by Louise Borden & Robert A. Parker
Yankee Doodle by Gary Chalk
Biographies and nonfiction texts on figures such as: Ben Franklin; Patrick Henry; Sojourner Truth; Paul
Revere; Susan B. Anthony; Abigail Adams; Deborah Sampson; Crispus Attucks; Molly Pitcher; Sam
Adams; John Hancock; King George; John Henry (and many more from the Revolutionary time period!)
Navajo Long Walk by Nancy M. Armstrong & Paulette Livers Lambert African Americans in the American Revolution (
Rock and Revolution, Too Late to Apologize youtube video

Unit 5: Stories of the Earth and Sky - Topics
Science - Space and Astronomy, Earth
Social Studies - Culture and Life of Native Americans
Literature - Traditional Literature

Unit 5 Suggested Readings
The Earth Under Sky Bears Feet by Joseph Bruchac
Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Contellations by Jacqueline Mitton
Coyote Places the Stars by Harriet Peck Taylor
Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux by Eve Bunting and John Sandford
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes
A Pride of African Tales by Donna L. Washington and James Ransome00000000000000000000000
Can You Hear A Shout in Space? Questions and Answers About Space Exploration (Scholastic Question
and Answer) by Melvin Berger, Gilda Berger and Vincent Di Fate
Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House Book 8) by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca; and
Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Midnight on the Moon by William Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Informational texts about space (like texts by Seymour Simon: Earth: Our Planet in Space; The Moon;
The Sun)

Unit 6: Literary Heroes - Topics
Science - Geography (emphasis on England and Western Europe)
Social Studies - Middle Ages
Literature - Biographies and Medieval tales

Unit 6 Suggested Readings
Books about literary heroes like King Arthur and Robin Hood
Biographies about people who made an impact on the world, including famous and not-so-famous
heroes (like Booker T. Washington, Shakespeare, Chief Joseph, Davy Crockett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
George Washington, Henry Ford, Joan of Arc and a many multitude of modern heroes)
The Childrens Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett, Michael Hague, and Amy Hill
The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The Young Merlin Trilogy: Passager, Hobby, and Merlin by Jane Yolen
The Middle Ages: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: Historical Eras) by Allison Lassieur
Books about England, Knights and castles, the Middle Ages, and Medieval times
The Cullman Times 2010 Unsung heroes Named:
My HERO Project:
TIME Magazine articles on influential people