Friday, November 8, 2013
What is a Mock Newbery group? These groups will follow the procedures of the actual Newbery committee. We will read a set of great books published this year, use a version of the official criteria to evaluate these titles, and vote to decide the books we think should win. In January we'll compare our results to the official Newbery winning books.
Our first title for consideration is Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo.
More titles coming soon.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
5th grade - Wednesday, Sept. 11th during recess and lunch.
6th grade - Monday, Sept. 16th during recess and lunch.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
We've had amazing discussions. Do I see a future group of coders in our building? Absolutely!
We have plans to use Scratch and I can see us relying on Codeacademy too.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I 'm guessing this means we have lots of students who have some opinions to share about the nominees. Read and View more about them on Teaching Books.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE (all votes are due by Thursday, May 9th).
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Yes, I really liked this book. It was a fantastic fantasy book because it always urged me to read on. The book was about a girl named Zita. She was the king’s thirteenth princess. After Zita was born her mom died and the king always thought it was Zita's fault. She couldn't live with her sisters and her father up in the bed chamber. Zita had to live down stairs under the palace with the servants. Zita was always a servant. But soon her sisters start to get REALLY sick and Zita thinks it is magic. Every night the princesses wake up and go to a lake in a faraway kingdom where they dance till dawn. But this is killing the sisters. Will Zita be able to save her sisters and get back her fathers love? Read to find out!
This book review is by Emily B. in Mrs. Johnson's homeroom. Do you want to review books for the library blog? Share your review as a google document with Mr. Cox.
Book Trailer from Harper Collins Publishers
An interview with the Diane Zahler.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Have you visited the newest attraction in the library? Come by the Preview and Review shelf to look at books being published later this spring and summer. After you read these preview copies write a review for fellow students and the publishers. (See Mrs. Johnson or Mr. Cox for forms).
Monday, April 22, 2013
****BE SURE TO READ THE COMMENT TO THIS POST FROM AUTHOR MICHAEL J. ROSEN.****
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Check out the newest display of finalists for the Children's Choice Book Awards (this is like the national version of our Iowa Children's Choice Award.)
Monday, March 4, 2013
Have you read lots of stories with orphans? Do you have a sarcastic (maybe even slightly dark) sense of humor? This books has lots to offer you! Lois Lowry makes fun of many of the traditional plots found in classic orphan stories. The four Willoughby children dislike their parents. The parents don't much love their kids. Everyone is plotting to be rid of each other. I guarantee you'll laugh - at least twice.
What did you read this weekend?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
GINGERSNAP by Patricia Reilly Giff
Historical Fiction - World War II
RABBIT AND THE NOT-SO-BIG-BAD WOLF
by Michael Escoffier
Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
ANTON AND CECIL: CATS AT SEA
BARRY'S BEST BUDDY
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Our primary platform for the library & tech encore class is Edmodo.
A new addition to our research tool box is Brain Pop. (Big thank you to the Prairie School Foundation for funding our building-wide subscription to this resource for the 2013 calendar year)
Monday, February 4, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Gennifer Choldenko introduces and shares some of the backstory to the book.
Bud, Not Buddy
reading of an excerpt by the author, Christopher Paul Curtis.
Surviving Brick Johnson
Interview with the author, Gary Paulsen, featuring this title.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
So far I am on target (check out the 2013 Reading Challenge widget on the right). This tool is how I will track my progress.
Many of the books I read will be chapter books but to stay on target I know it will take all formats. The first day back to school will be busy so I am reading a new graphic novel we've received in the library.
THE SECRET OF THE STONE FROG.
How are all you students doing on your reading goal?