Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade , a novel by Barthe Declements, won several awards for being the most popular children's book in thirteen states.

Over time, Jenny tries to deal with her own personal problems (having a hard time with math, her parents' occasional arguments), as well as help Elsie with her own. Unfortunately, Jenny's attempts to right things sometimes cause more trouble-- or trouble just arises through other means-- but things gradually get better over time.

Near the end, when Elsie has been doing well, one of Jenny's friends thumbs a ride and hitchhikes, and Jenny and the rest (including Elsie and Elsie's little sister) go along for the ride out of fear of leaving their friend behind. The man drives far away from the kids' intended destination, and they eventually end up having to escape the man's truck. When they do, Elsie's little sister stupidly goes back in the truck to retrieve her purse, and it drives off with her in it. The kids, horrified, walk to the nearest building, a tavern, and call the police. Yet another strike against Elsie, just when her mom was starting to (maybe) warm up to her. Or at least not be a total bitch to her.

Students read the chapter book, Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade and discuss the chapters they are reading, as they go.  In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students reflect on what they are reading by class discussions and responses in their journals.  

Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade , a novel by Barthe Declements, won several awards for being the most popular children's book in thirteen states.

Over time, Jenny tries to deal with her own personal problems (having a hard time with math, her parents' occasional arguments), as well as help Elsie with her own. Unfortunately, Jenny's attempts to right things sometimes cause more trouble-- or trouble just arises through other means-- but things gradually get better over time.

Near the end, when Elsie has been doing well, one of Jenny's friends thumbs a ride and hitchhikes, and Jenny and the rest (including Elsie and Elsie's little sister) go along for the ride out of fear of leaving their friend behind. The man drives far away from the kids' intended destination, and they eventually end up having to escape the man's truck. When they do, Elsie's little sister stupidly goes back in the truck to retrieve her purse, and it drives off with her in it. The kids, horrified, walk to the nearest building, a tavern, and call the police. Yet another strike against Elsie, just when her mom was starting to (maybe) warm up to her. Or at least not be a total bitch to her.

Students read the chapter book, Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade and discuss the chapters they are reading, as they go.  In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students reflect on what they are reading by class discussions and responses in their journals.  

Author Barthe DeClements creates real, complex characters that readers will be able to identify with and understand. While readers feel for Elsie, they also appreciate why other kids dislike her so much. Issues of friendship, identity and acceptance are all addressed in a warm, humorous manner. Anyone who has ever believed that nothing is fair will enjoy this novel. (Please note that attitudes regarding how to deal with overweight children have changed dramatically since this book was first published in 1981.)

Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade , a novel by Barthe Declements, won several awards for being the most popular children's book in thirteen states.

Over time, Jenny tries to deal with her own personal problems (having a hard time with math, her parents' occasional arguments), as well as help Elsie with her own. Unfortunately, Jenny's attempts to right things sometimes cause more trouble-- or trouble just arises through other means-- but things gradually get better over time.

Near the end, when Elsie has been doing well, one of Jenny's friends thumbs a ride and hitchhikes, and Jenny and the rest (including Elsie and Elsie's little sister) go along for the ride out of fear of leaving their friend behind. The man drives far away from the kids' intended destination, and they eventually end up having to escape the man's truck. When they do, Elsie's little sister stupidly goes back in the truck to retrieve her purse, and it drives off with her in it. The kids, horrified, walk to the nearest building, a tavern, and call the police. Yet another strike against Elsie, just when her mom was starting to (maybe) warm up to her. Or at least not be a total bitch to her.

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