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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bookworm Buzz

Here are my first reviews for #bookaday challenge.  Keep up with me on Goodreads!
What James SaidWhat James Said by Liz Rosenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book! Will definitely add this to my collection for character education. So many great talk-worthy discussions possible.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great math mentor text.  Mrs. Murray will have to get this one for us!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Very sweet, lots of lessons here!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great historical fiction.  This will make a great addition to a text set on WWII and the Snow Treasure interactive read aloud.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nice story about a young boy's journey to adulthood.  Loved the non fiction pages at the end.  The illustrations were beautiful!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved it!  This will make a great mentor text when we study narrative writing and memoir.  Mrs. Richards will HAVE to get us this one!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My mythology friends will like this one!  This will make a nice addition to our mythology text sets and is easy and fun to read!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a RCY instructor and I love this book!  A great way to settle down at night.  My RCY students will enjoy this book and it will make a great addition to our yoga text set.


Book a Day Challenge

Every summer, some teachers like to participate in the "Book a Day Challenge."  This is my second summer participating in this fun reading event.  I don't expect students to keep up with me, but I like to share the books that I am reading.  This is an overview and guidelines for the Book a Day Challenge as set forth by the Nerdy Book Club website:

The yearly Book-a-Day challenge invites readers to reconnect with daily reading, discover new books and new reading friends, and celebrate our reading lives. During Book-a-Day, readers strive to read one book for every day of their summer vacations.

The rules (more guidelines, really) are simple:
  • You set your own start date and end date.
  • Read one book per day for each day of summer vacation. This is an average, so if you read three books in one day (I know you’ve done this!) and none the next two, it still counts.
  • Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, audio books, graphic novels, poetry anthologies, or fiction—children’s, youth, or adult titles.
  • Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads or Twitter (post using the #bookaday hashtag), a blog, or Facebook page. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.
We have 65 days of summer vacation this year, start to finish, including weekends.  I like to visit my public library and choose picture books to complete this challenge as it really helps me discover books to use in the classroom during the school year.  I also "average," my books if I know that I have some busy days coming up.  
I am off to a great start this summer.  So far I have read 8 books!  I will try to post once at least once a week so that you can keep up with what I am reading.  Feel free to leave me a comment about what you are reading, I love to hear from other readers!
Parents, I am currently re reading To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.  The sequel to this book, Go Set a Watchman, is set to be released July 14th. What a different perspective I have now as opposed to when I read this for the first time as high school student. Give it a try, you may rediscover an old friend!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Big Bite

Fourth grade is over and we finished just the way we started, lots of fun and hard work!  Sports Day, Light your Way, The Amazing Race and so many other fun activities to end the school year!  Make sure you check out the one act plays that we wrote and performed for Mrs. Toye, Mrs. Bodkins, Mrs. Richards and Mrs. Merten's class.  The posts are below.  THANKS FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR!!!!


Juicy Nibble

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Friday, June 19, 2015

A Big Bite

We have participated in so many fun activities this week in addition to wrapping up our last few units. We have finished electricity and did an engineering project in teams on Friday called "Light Your Way." We are writing plays, completing geometry projects and much more! We had a great time at Sports Day and celebrating Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Dulmaine before they retire. Next week is our last week and is sure to be fun!


T-shirt of the day!

Pretty cool, huh?