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ELA Grade 5 Required and Recommended Texts

Module 1

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
by DK Publishing
1 per classroom
ISBN: 9780756618032
Esperanza Rising
by Ryan Muñoz
1 per student
ISBN: 9780439120425

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
by Russell Freedman
Informational 630
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II
by Albert Marrin
Literature 1 050
Stella by Starlight
by Sharon Draper
Literature 740
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
by Caren Stelson
Informational 850
Return to Sender
by Julia Alvarez
Literature 890
Refugee
by Alan Gratz
Literature 800
Paper Wishes
by Lois Sepahban
Literature 550
My Brigadista Year
by Katherine Patterson
Literature 830
I Am Not a Number
by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer
Informational 640
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Informational 830
Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Informational 1 120
Fighting for Justice: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi
Informational
Fatty Legs: A True Story
by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Informational
Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman's Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights
by Mary Cronk Farrell
Informational 1 020
When My Name Was Keoko
by Linda Sue Park
Literature 610
Weedflower
by Cynthia Kadohata
Literature 750
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
by Cynthia Levinson
Informational 1 020
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March
by Linda Blackmon Lowry and Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley
Informational 780
The Lions of Little Rock
by Kristin Levine
Literature 630
Sylvia & Aki
by Winifred Conkling
Literature 760
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Literature 870
Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin A. Ramsey
Literature 810
Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy)
by Deborah Wiles
Literature 840
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
by Claire Nivola
Informational 1 030
Not a Drop to Drink: Water for a Thirsty World
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 130
No Ordinary Day
by Deborah Ellis
Literature 580
Night On Fire
by Ronald Kidd
Literature 600
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge
Informational 960
Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed The Future of Girls in America
by Karen Blumenthal
Informational 1 140
Iqbal
by Francesco D’Adamo
Literature 730
I Have a Right to be a Child
by Alain Serres
Informational
How I became a Ghost: a Choctaw Trail of Tears story
by Tim Tingle
Literature
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
Informational 1 050
Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home
by Michelle Mulder
Informational 1 050
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys
Informational 680
Caminar
by Skila Brown
Poetry
Boys without Names
by Kashmira Sheth
Literature 670
Arcady's Goal
by Eugene Yelchin
Literature 630
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park
Literature 720
A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk
by Jan L. Coates
Literature

Module 2

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Most Beautiful Roof in the World
by Kathryn Lasky
1 per student
ISBN: 9780152008970
Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace
by Jen Johnson
1 per class
ISBN: 9781600603679
The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynne Cherry
1 per class
ISBN: 9780152026141

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Bite at Night!”
by Created for instructional purposes by EL

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Explorer
by Katherine Rundell
Literature 600
Super Simple Rain Forest Projects: Fun & Easy Animal Environment Activities
by Carolyn Bernhardt
Informational 540
Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish are Saving the World's Largest Rainforest (Scientists in the Field)
by Sy Montgomery
Informational 1 050
Rainforest Food Chains
by Molly Aloian and Bobbie Kalman
Informational 860
No Monkeys, No Chocolate
by Melissa Stewart and Alan Young
Informational 740
Rain Forests
by Richard C. Vogt
Informational
This Place Is Wet
by Vicki Cobb
Informational 900
The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure
by Pratt-Serafini, Kristin Joy and Rachel Crandell
Informational 950
Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree
by Kate Messner
Informational 1 060
Tropical Rainforests
by Seymour Simon
Informational 1 060
Breakfast in the Rainforest: A Visit with Mountain Gorillas
by Richard Sobol
Informational 1 180
One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
by Jean Craighead George
Informational 880
Jungle of Bones
by Ben Mikaelsen
Literature 770
Journey to the River Sea
by Eva Ibbotson
Literature 860
Animal Poems of the Iguazú: Animalario del Iguazú
by Francisco X. Alarcón
Literature
Jaguar
by Roland Smith
Literature 690
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal
by Margarita Engle
Literature

Module 3

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
by Sharon Robinson
1 per student
ISBN: 9780439425926

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin
Informational 980
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics (Young Readers Edition)
by Daniel James Brown
Informational 1 000
Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports
by Gregory Zuckerman
Informational 1 070
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars
by Gregory Zuckerman
Informational 1 010
Patina (Track #2)
by Jason Reynolds
Literature 710
Olympic Gold 1936: How the Image of Jesse Owens Crushed Hitler's Evil Myth
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 080
Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born
by Gene Barretta
Informational
Jim Thorpe: Original All American
by Joseph Bruchac
Informational 950
Ghost (Track #1)
by Jason Reynolds
Literature 730
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Raymond Obstfeld
Informational 990
Ali's Knockout Punch: How a Photograph Stunned the Boxing World
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 000
Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues
by Matt Tavares
Informational 820
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone
Informational 980
Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game
by Chris Crowe
Literature 690
Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa
Poetry
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Poetry
Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe
by Crystal Hubbard
Informational 960
Silent Running: Our Family’s Journey To The Finish Line With Autism
by Robyn K. Schneider
Informational
Let Me Play: The Story Of Title IX: The Law That Changed The Future Of Girls In America
by Karen Blumenthal
Informational 1 140
America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
by David A. Adler
Informational 580
Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer
by Bill Wise
Informational 920
Catching The Moon: The Story Of A Young Girl’s Baseball Dream
by Crystal Hubbard
Informational 760
Game Changer: John Mclendon And The Secret Game
by John Coy
Informational 1 170
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
by Kathleen Krull
Informational 730
Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias
by Rich Wallace & Sandra Neil Wallace
Informational 930
Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion
by Russell Freedman
Informational 1 060
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
by Jen Bryant
Informational 610
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
by Laurie Ann Thompson
Informational 770
A Boy and a Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz
Informational 670
Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
by J.L. Powers
Informational
My Name Is Blessing
by Eric Walters
Literature 630
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson
Informational 900
Henry Aaron’s Dream
by Matt Tavares
Informational 920
Knockout!: A Photobiography of Boxer Joe Louis
by George Sullivan
Informational 830
Baseball Saved Us
by Ken Mochizuki
Literature 550
Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII
by Marisa Moss
Literature 800
Free Minds and Hearts at Work
by Jackie Robinson
Autobiography
Jim Abbott
by Rick Swain
Biography

Module 4

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Job
by Kwame Dawes
1 per student
National Women's History Museum ,
O’ Beautiful Storm
by Gian Smith
1 per student
In the Water Where the City Ends
by Simone White
1 per student
youtube ,
Know the Facts, Be Empowered!
by FEMA
Ready.gov, 2017
How Well Is Your Community Prepared?
by Scholastic
Scholastic , 2017
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti
by Egwidge Danticat
1 per student
Scholastic, 2010
ISBN: 9780545278492

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World
by Simon Winchester
Informational 1 180
Volcanoes: Fire and Life (Science Comics)
by Jon Chad
Informational
Super Earth Encyclopedia
by John Woodward
Informational
Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World
by Keitie Thomas
Informational
Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes
by Johanna Wagstaffe
Informational 1 070
Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Find Out What Happens When the Earth's Crust Moves, with 25 Projects
by Kathleen M. Reilly
Informational 1 000
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code (Scientists in the Field)
by Amy Cherrix
Informational
Volcano & Earthquake
by Susanna Van Rose
Informational 1 060
Hurricane & Tornado
by Jack Challoner
Informational 1 090
Natural Disasters
by Claire Watts and Trevor Day
Informational 1 220
Inside Tornadoes
by Mary Kay Carson
Informational
When the Earth Shakes: Earth-quakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis
by Simon Winchester
Informational 1 290
Wildfires
by Seymour Simon
Informational 990
Storms
by Seymour Simon
Informational 940
Hurricanes
by Seymour Simon
Informational
Volcanoes
by Seymour Simon
Informational 880
Earthquakes
by Seymour Simon
Informational 1 010
Tornadoes
by Seymour Simon
Informational 1 020
Tsunami
by Komiko Kajikawa
Literature 620
Another Kind of Hurricane
by Tamara Ellis Smith
Literature 560
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
by Julie T. Lamana
Literature 750
Finding Someplace
by Denise Lewis Patrick
Literature 680
Hurricane Boy
by Laura Roach Dragon
Literature
Escaping the Giant Wave
by Peg Kehret
Literature 750
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
by Don Brown
Informational 920
Under the Ashes
by Cindy Rankin
Literature 690
Earthquake Terror
by Peg Kehret
Informational 690
The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
by Laurence Yep
Literature 510
Night of the Howling Dogs
by Grahaam Salisbury
Literature 530
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
by Rodman Philbrick
Literature 860
Serafina’s Promise
by Ann E. Burg
Literature
Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Literature 470
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
by Brenda Woods
Literature 660

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