Our book fair starts next week! It’s always SO exciting to have the book fair come… so many new books to look. Some are like old friends because we’ve seen them before, read them, enjoyed them, shared them. Some are brand new, that we haven’t even heard of, so there’s always a lot of reading that needs to be done during the book fair, in addition to the ordering and re-ordering. One thing that is fairly new to our book fair is that it’s now available ON LINE. How cool is that? You can see all of our books, order them and they are delivered to school, all from the comfort of your computer! That’s really great if the book you want is sold out at the book fair. So here’s the website in case you want to check it out!
Since winter break, the biggest kids have been working on a research project about the winter olympics. It seemed like a good fit… we live in Florida so the kids have very little background knowledge about winter sports (the last snow we had was in 1978), we needed to work on research skills, the Olympics are compelling and timely. So this week we are working on presenting our projects, which are comparing and contrasting two of the sports. The kids for the most part have found the project interesting, but are (not surprisingly) more interested in watching videos of the events rather than actually finding out about the characteristics of the sports. The kids have been annoyed that we don’t have more books about winter sports (Mrs. Tanner, are you sure we don’t have a book about skeleton?). They have also learned the importance of key terms in search and how sometimes you have draw conclusions (like when want to find out how to win an event, like figure skating, and they tell you that there are nine judges, that you could conclude that the highest score, rather than the fastest time, is going to be the winner). It’s also been great to show the kids different cultures (some of the spectators are REALLY into it!) and how the culture impacts the sports (like how the Dutch end up winning all the long distance speed skating because it’s what people do during the winter).
I WILL be glad to be finished with this project though… just like I’ll be glad when the Olympics are over. It’s fun for awhile and then I’m ready to be back to our real lives.
We are celebrating “Delray Reads” on November 13, 2013. We are having guest readers come in to read to our classes, an all day read a thon (bring pillows and blankets, water bottles, snacks, books and wear your jammies!). Our featured book that day is going to be “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. In honor of Delray Reads, here is a list of some great websites where you can read for free!
This week we are having a book fair sponsored by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach. They are donating a book to every child in the district and we are really excited that we get to choose books for ourselves! The students will also each get a bag, a book mark, a bookplate sticker to go inside the book, and a coloring sheet. We hope this will start them on the road to being life long readers.
Here are some of the titles the kids will be able to choose from: PreK and K
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Pete the Cat I love my white shoes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
First and Second Grade
A House for Hermit Crab
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
Henry and Mudge
Where the Wild Things are
Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades
Ramona the Brave
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Thank you Mr. Falker
We’ve been really busy in the media center at Spady and boy are we learning a lot! Since school started, we’ve been learning about how to take care of books, how to check out books and how to find the things we’re looking for in the media center.
Next week on September 23, we’re going to have a FREE book fair, sponsored by the Children’s Services Council. Every student will have an opportunity to choose their own book. Each child will also receive a book bag, a coloring sheet, and book mark. Isn’t that awesome? And two weeks after that, starting October 7, we’re going to have our fall book fair. There are going to be some amazing titles! I hope we’ll see you there!
This is a very exciting book about a kid named Spencer. He is new at his school and in 6th grade. He has a bunch of younger siblings that he (reluctantly) helps to care for and his mom is doing her best to keep things together since his dad left. Spencer is having trouble making friends and the local bully has targeted him. And then the trouble starts. He starts seeing weird creatures that no one else can see. It turns out that these magical creatures actually make it hard for kids to learn. The Janitors clean them up. Spencer has to decide who to trust and who not to trust. If you like magic and adventure, this is the book for you!
Check out the book trailer!
This is one of the new Sunshine State Young Reader nominees and it is so funny! It’s about a boy named Adam Melon and he really likes the nickname Melonhead. He has lots of good friends and TONS of great ideas, and some not so great ideas. He does things that are scary and sometimes dangerous and almost always funny. (Scary like climbing trees and getting stuck or being part owner of a snake). It sort of reminded me of “Clementine” by Sarah Pennypacker or “Ramona” by Beverly Clearly where the kids make some bad choices, but I liked this one better than either one of the those… it had such great dialogue! This is going to be one of MY favorites this year!
I LOVED this little book. It’s about a boy who goes back to school and finds a big stack of letters on his desk. It turns out the letters are from his crayons and BOY, do THEY have a lot to say. Some of the crayons are complaining that they are used TOO much and some are not used enough. Some are mad at each other. It’s HILARIOUS!!! I can’t wait to get it in our media center!
I’m not a big fan of graphic novels. I don’t really love Bone or Diary of Wimpy Kid. I get why people like them, I just would rather make my own mental images, thank you. I DID like this one though. It’s about a girl who is pulled into an alternate universe chasing ugly beasts (and some of them are chasing her) trying to rescue her mom. It was very exciting and I loved all the funny little plot twists. I also like how this story had me asking lots of questions, like who do you trust when you are somewhere that isn’t like anywhere you’ve ever been before? Can you trust people or animals or hideous beasts based on how they look or is there some other sense you have to use? I also like stories where girls have to use powers they didn’t even know they had… like courage and bravery and strength (not necessarily the physical kind either). So, in other words, this was a graphic novel that even I liked! I can’t wait to read the rest of them.
This book is about a girl who goes with her mom to visit her grandmother. It isn’t really the happiest of visits because it turns out her grandmother has cancer and she’s coming back with them so she can be close to them while she’s getting treatment. The girl doesn’t really understand why her mom and her grandmother don’t get along that well and why her mom seems to hate the desert where her grandmother lives. As the story goes a long, you find out why. Toning the sweep has to do with how people celebrate a person’s life when they are gone. Toning the sweep, in the African American community means that you are striking a piece of metal (a sweep is a plow) with a hammer, kind of like ringing a bell, and that ringing helps everyone move on. In this story, they are toning the sweep not only for the grandmother, but also for her husband, who died a long time ago.