Thread: 1980's elementary school reading books

    • 11 years 20 days ago
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    Anyone out there who were in Public Elementary school in the mid 80's remeber there reading books? You know the ones that helped us read? I went to school in Michigan (Detroit area) and I remember reading a book titled: People and Places. I think it was 2nd or 3rd grade level book. If anyone out there is familiar with it, or any other grade school book from that era, feel free to share.
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    • 11 years 20 days ago
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    I don't remember any of the book titles, except one social studies book between 3 & 5th grade called "The World and It's People"
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    • 11 years 20 days ago
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    Good topic!

    1st - 4th grade: We didn't have a "required reading" list other than the Reading class period - each year had a similar looking textbook with short, fictional stories for building comprehension and vocabulary. We started actually 'required reading' in 5th grade, I'm pretty sure. For both 5th and 6th grades we'd read these books aloud in class and then each grade after they were read outside of class.

    Required books that I remember are below. Some of them may be a grade or two out of order..

    5th grade: My Side of the Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows (around 2 more I'm forgetting)
    6th grade: Treasure Island, Rumble Fish (around 2 more I'm forgetting)
    7th grade: The Girl Who Owned a City, Silas Marner (at least 2 others I'm forgetting)
    8th grade: My Antonia, The Hobbit, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockinbird
    9th grade: Odyssey, Lord of the Flies, A Day No Pigs Would Die, Huck Finn (possibly 1 more)
    10th grade: Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter, Othello, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible
    11th grade: Macbeth, Hamlet, The Canterbury Tales, Grapes of Wrath (possibly 1 more)
    12th grade: Beowolf, Great Expectations, Don Quixote (1 or 2 more I'm forgetting)
    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    I live in Memphis, Tn and I definately remember "People and Places". The only other I remember was one called "Together We Go".
    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    Years ago my mom got some used textbooks from Goodwill. The only ones I remember were some college Intro to Business books and a Health: Focus on You textbook from the late `80s although a lot of the pictures in it looked like they were from the mid 70s.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    I don't remember specific titles, but I have fond memories of our outdated 5th grade health books that still had the 4 food groups in the mid 90s. (Yay urban public schools!) We also had a 4th grade history book with great pictures that we liked to draw silly things on. I distinctly remember George Washington crossing the Delaware with a huge boner and a mustache.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    I don't remember us reading any books. We did short stories, but not any full books. Pretty sad I must say. Of course we did in middle and high school. I was in private school in 5th and 6th grade.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    I remember we had reading books that were titled "Trumpet" "Drums" and something else. It was strange; music related topics but it was different levels of reading.

    I tried looking for a picture but I can't find it.
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    • 8 years 11 months ago
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    • 8 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Sunriser
    I don't remember specific titles, but I have fond memories of our outdated 5th grade health books that still had the 4 food groups in the mid 90s. (Yay urban public schools!)


    *Scratches head* What, did the hubble telescope discover some new food groups or something?

    We never had any kind of required reading books when I was in school. We had the textbooks like madein82 mentioned, with like 30 short stories in each, but that was it. The closest thing to required reading we had was that we -had- to check out at least 1 book every week in library class (but the choice of book/s was entirely up to us).

    As far as school books "that helped us read", there was no such thing for me. I did nearly all my learning to read outside of school (I was reading dick & jane and dr seuss books before I started kindergarten. It was actually quite annoying, by the time the teacher would finish reading the first direction (oh so sloooowwwly) to the class, I had finished reading all of them. By the time she finished reading & explaining all of them, I had very nearly finished the assignment.)
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    • 8 years 11 months ago
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    Well when I was in grades two and three we had readers in our classrooms. Some of the titles included We Are Neighbors, Just Around the Corner, and Come Along With Me among them. The readers were kind of old too I remember a neighbor giving us some when she moved in with a bunch of other books.
    • 8 years 11 months ago
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    I started reading at 3, but when I went to kindergarten at age 5, we had the Dick, Jane & Spot books...I don't remember the exact titles.
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    • 8 years 11 months ago
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    I use to read a book called People and Places in 1st grade. It was a social studies book. We had a reader called that had the word "Frog" in the title.

    I remember reading a book in 2nd grade called Cats Sleep Anywhere. It was one of those large reader books.
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    • 4 years 10 months ago
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    Quote by kingrich78
    Anyone out there who were in Public Elementary school in the mid 80's remeber there reading books? You know the ones that helped us read? I went to school in Michigan (Detroit area) and I remember reading a book titled: People and Places. I think it was 2nd or 3rd grade level book. If anyone out there is familiar with it, or any other grade school book from that era, feel free to share.


    I have that one! I also remember "Rhyme And Reason" from 3rd grade. I'm currently trying to track down and purchase these old books.
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    • 4 years 9 months ago
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    I was in elementary school in the 1970's and I remember a reader called "The Sun That Warms".
    • 4 years 9 months ago
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    Quote by Timothy1964
    I was in elementary school in the 1970's and I remember a reader called "The Sun That Warms".


    I remember in 1st grade in the 70's we had "Pug," which I guess was an updated version of "Spot," "Dick," and "Jane." Pug had Mom, Dad, "Ted" and "Jan."
    • 4 years 4 months ago
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    Quote by mysticwryter
    I remember we had reading books that were titled "Trumpet" "Drums" and something else. It was strange; music related topics but it was different levels of reading.

    I tried looking for a picture but I can't find it.



    https://www.amazon.com/Trumpets-Houghton-Mifflin-Reading-William/dp/0395376025

    https://www.amazon.com/Drums-Houghton-Mifflin-Reading-Author/dp/0395376017/ref=pd_sim_14_1/156-2396262-6209010?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0395376017&pd_rd_r=9Y7GYYWH58QT1XZ6YWR9&pd_rd_w=rOMdF&pd_rd_wg=bksbG&psc=1&refRID=9Y7GYYWH58QT1XZ6YWR9
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    • 4 years 4 months ago
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    This was our Kindergarten reading book from what I remember.
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