Thursday, September 24, 2015

September's Guys Read meeting

Thanks to Mr. Cox for bringing us snacks today!  We enjoyed making book recommendations to hang in the library. We created paper figures and backgrounds for our stop motion animation videos. More next month! Invite your friends and bring ideas for new books you like to read.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A New Year of Guys Read

Mr. Hora and I have enjoyed summer break. Each of us spent time with our families and friends. We also spent a good amount of time reading. As the summer comes to an end we are busy preparing for a new year at Creek. Polishing our shoes, dusting off the bow ties, and picking out book ideas for our Guys Read club.

What is this Guys Read club?

Simple! It gives guys a chance to meet and talk about all kinds of stories and information.  It is all about giving guys a fun way to find new reading of all kinds. (no book reports, no tests, no stress)

Mr. Hora and I have been sponsoring the club for a couple of years. Last year we met after school on the last Thursday of each month. Our first meeting for the new year will be Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. in the library.  We will have an informational meeting during the first week of school and emails will go to parents with more details and permission slips.

One of our traditions is for guys to give book recommendations to the group.  What is my first recommendation?  Here it is!

Oh yes!  It is the Spongebob Comics Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular 2015.  It is "48 pages of Far-Flung Futuristic Fiction For Fans of Funny Fish" (see that use of alliteration!). 

Great suggestion, Mr. Cox!  I'm re-reading one of my favorites from the Guys Read series. It's Guys Read: Thriller! It's weird! It's mysterious! It's so good, it's scary!

We want to hear about books you enjoyed this summer.  What should other guys be reading?  Leave your ideas in the comments.  Need book ideas?  Look here:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fantasy rules with reality a close second

We surveyed about half of our Creek students recently to see what genres are currently their favorites.

We'll be comparing these preferences to the collection stats to make future buying decisions.  Thankfully we our fiction organized and cataloged by genre we can easily see what sections need developing.

Friday, April 17, 2015

April 2015 Guys Read

Hey, Guys!

Here are the books we're reading for April. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 30 from 2:45-4:00 p.m. in the Creek Library.

You have to bring a permission slip unless your parents already signed it.  Ask Mr. Hora if you aren't sure about your permission.

See you at Guys Read!

April 2015 books

2015-16 Iowa Children's Choice Award nominees

The nominees for next year's Iowa Children's Choice Award. 
More information coming soon about these books and authors.

poster created by Perfection Learning 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bad Magic Book Review

Bestselling author of The Secret Series, Pseudonymous Bosch, introduces a thrilling new trilogy. 12 year-old Clay is framed, when graffiti appears on a school wall tagged with his name. After claiming he didn't do it, Clay’s parents send Clay to a remote camp, known as the Earth Ranch. Earth Ranch is a camp for “troubled” kids, and has many oddities. Such as, an active volcano, (which they plan to surf on.) Spanish speaking llamas, tater bots, and territorial bees.

One of the most interesting parts of the story was during the Lava Walk, when most of the story started to unravel. The Lava Walk takes place in Plume Canyon, the island’s westernmost lava field. The lava walk contains barbaric events like hunting wild boars, covering the boars in molten lava, afterwards, consuming the boar. (Gross. I know.)
I think Bad Magic's theme is, "Things are not always as they appear." because that is the main reason Clay was sent to Earth Ranch. And Earth Ranch wasn't even Earth Ranch. It turned out to be a whole secret society! And all of his friends at Earth Ranch were acting the whole time! Those are some reasons why I thought this was the theme.

For more Pseudonymous Bosch, click on the link below.

Here's a book trailer of Bad Magic:

~ Nina R. is a 5th Grader in Ms. Becicka's homeroom. She can't imagine a world without books.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dot Portrait Gallery

Our amazing art teacher, Jody Klein, and her students celebrated International Dot Day by creating Dot Portraits.  In addition to faculty and staff portraits you will find a couple of surprises. Enjoy this video tour of the gallery.