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Public Library
Olive Branch Public Library

Mrs. Teresa Spiers is the children's librarian.

Book Awards
Newbery Medal

We have an entire shelf in our classroom dedicated to Newbery Award winning books.  We also have an entire shelf dedicated to Newbery Honor books.

Odyssey Award for Audiobook

American Library Association Various Awards

MyOn Reader
Online books

Over 5, 000 books to be viewed on any device that can run flashplayer.  Students were given log in information.  Username is the child's AR number. Password is the child's last name with a capital.

Finding Good Books to Read Next
Scholastic Book Talks

From the Scholastic website. There are videos and articles to read.

American Library Association

Newbery and other award lists included

Favorite Books for Fifth Graders

Goodreads Best Books for 5th

Carol Hurst Best Books for 5th

The Reading Nook Best Books for 5th

Adolescent Literature

Nerdy Book Club

Guys Read Website

Find a Book MS

Using Lexile or Grade Level to find appropriate books

Online Books More to Choose From
Project Gutenberg

Resource from our public library with additional books to read online.

Book Reviews
Common Sense Media Book Reviews

The Literate Mother

Type in the name of a book to find parental reviews and ratings for the book. Info such as language, violence, etc....

Book Clubs for Kids or Adults
American Library Association Book Club Suggestions

Magnolia Award
Magnolia Award

The Magnolia Award is a children's choice book award decided upon by the children in MS.

Reliable Research Links
Reliable Research Links

About Education Research Links

Overpark Elementary Library Destiny
OES Library Catalog Search Destiny

Intellectual Freedom
Intellectual Freedom ALA

Freedom to Read
Freedom to Read

ALA Freedom to Read Statement


Kid friendly video lessons with online quizzes, games, and puzzles.


Online books

Wimpy Kid Books are Online!

Scholastic Online Ordering

Scholastic book orders are a great way to grow your home library, as well as to help grow the classroom library.  You received a letter from your child's teacher which included our class code.  Book orders usually take about 7-10 business days to arrive from the date the order is placed.  See Mrs. Derrick for further assistance.

Margaret Peterson Haddix Home

I usually read Among the Hidden together in class. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a very popular author with fifth graders.

Andrew Clements Home

Gordon Korman

Gordan Korman is a great writer with suspensful stories.  Beware that some of his books are for an older audience. I normally read Book One: Shipwreck together in class.

Hugo Cabret

We will be reading this novel together in class and viewing the movie.

Elizabeth George Speare

We will be reading Sign of the Beaver in class together during our Clues to a Culture Unit.

Louise Erdrich

Not all of Erdrich's books are suitable for a 5th grade audience.  We will be exploring The Birchbark House together.

MS Dept. of Ed Public Reports

To view OES or district report card: select the assessment for which you would like to view.

To view OES or district accountability reports: click accountability and choose "district and school-level results

Jeanne Duprau

I normally read The City of Ember together in class.  I highly recommend the other books in this series.

Gary Paulsen

I usually read Woods Runner together in class.  Gary Paulsen is a popular author for 5th graders - especially boys. His book Hatchet is a Newbery Honor winner.

Roland Smith

Several kids in our class have fallen in love with this author.  Warning: there are normally 1-2 curse words in his books.

Katherine Paterson

I usually read Bridge to Terabithia in class together.

Lois Lowry

I normally read Gossamer together as a class.  Students also have the option of listening to Lowry's Number the Stars in small groups with the audio version as they follow along with the text.

Poetry for kids

All about poetry for kids

Writer's Digest Poems for Kids

Poems for 5th Graders


Lunch Calendar and Online Payments
Lunch Calender and Online Payments

Science Help
Science Workbook Online

You will need to choose the green 5th grade workbook.  You will find games, activities, and videos that correclate with our science chapters.

ABCYa Games
Fifth Grade Games

Really fun and user friendly site for fifth grade games covering many subject areas.

Multiplication Practice

Math Help
Kahn Math Videos

Great, short videos on lots of math skills.

Math Drills

Printable math drills of all sorts.

Math Workbook Online

Online version of our workbook (interactive text), games, manipulatives, and more.  Students were given a student code for log in.  Please contact Mrs. Derrick if you have trouble logging in.

Online Math Workbook

This page should take you directly to the page where your child will enter their 3 symbol pass code.  Pass code cards are taped inside of each child's agenda.