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WHAT'S EVERYBODY READING? (October)
Old 10-17-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Please post what you're reading. If you have time, comments about the books are welcome!I want to get new books for my classroom library!


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Old 10-17-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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I just finished reading Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst to my students. They loved it!
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:53 PM
 
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The students just finished reading Arthur's Pet Business. We'll be putting together our own stuffed animal pet store next week for our economics unit.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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We're reading Charlotte's Web. We're also visiting the Pigeon books for persuasive writing/punctuation and Chester for editing.
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Chester for editing
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Can you tell us more about that? Sounds intriguing!


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Old 10-19-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Max's Words, The Dirty Cowboy. Super cute stories.
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Chester is a hilarious book, the kids love it. It's by Melanie Watts who also wrote Scaredy Squirrel.
So in the book, the author has a voice (which would be a good lesson in and of itself, come to think of it) and she is writing a story about a mouse. But then Chester the cat comes and write in red crayon and crosses out the author's words and changes them into story about Chester the cat. The kids love it and it completely cracks them up but then we talk about how you can go back and rewrite stories and chnge things if you like.
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We just finished reading The World According to Humphrey about a class with a pet hamster. The hamster 'teaches' various lessons to the students, teacher and principal. It was my first time reading it and it was a hit!

I also read Miss Daisy is Crazy, Who Was Walt Disney, Donovan's Word Jar and Gooney Bird Greene. Great read alouds!
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The World According to Humphrey
Old 10-20-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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I don't know the book The World According to Humphrey, it sounds great! What various lessons does the hamster teach the students, teacher and principal?
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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The hamster goes home with various kids on weekends. One weekend he goes home with a family who never shuts off the T.V. Humphrey gets out of his cage and unplugs the T.V. The family thinks its broken and findsother things to do.

He helps a family whose mother does not speak English and she learns to speak English.

He helps a troubled student.

The kids love the book a you will too!


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Good Read Alouds!
Old 10-21-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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I cannot read anything too sad! I cry and can't get through it! That includes some GREAT books like Charlotte's Web. These are my favorites that lead to discussions all year long and are funny or not too emotional: "Snot Stew" by Bill Wallace, "The BFG" by Roald Dahl, "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume.... if you read that you will need to follow up with "Super Fudge" and "Fudge-a-Mania" by Judy Blume. If you can do a good Texas accent, you must read at least one of the "Hank the Cowdog" books by John Erickson. I always read the first book "A Bad Beginning" from the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett. Sometimes the class insists I read the next one and sometimes the next one! I always read the original "Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner. OH HOW THEY LOVE this book! I've also read shallow books that they love like: "My Teacher Is An Alien" by Bruce Coville. Or I read a Magic Treehouse Book. These chapter books read alouds are to get students hooked on books..... that may be above their reading level. These books have depth, substance, theme, and potential for vocabulary enrichment. In second grade there are also excellent shorter picture books! They are essential for teaching writing AND specific reading skills. Don't leave these books out! They can be an important teaching tools. It's such fun to do an "author study" and focus on an author like Jan Brett or Patricia Polacco or Bill Peet or Dr. Seuss! ENJOY such great authors and take pleasure sharing with your class!
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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We just finished http://www.amazon.com/One-Only-Stuey...ds=stuey+lewis. It was an awesome book and now we are going to email the author. I met her at a book festival in NJ. She said that she would email us back. I am now reading Because of Winn Dixie.
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thank-you!
Old 10-23-2012, 02:59 AM
 
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I've never heard of Chester but what a cute idea!
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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Redwall and Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pies
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:04 AM
 
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Such a good book!
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read alouds
Old 10-27-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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We just finished reading Little House in the Big Woods and enjoyed a field trip to a Nature Center where the kids walked in the woods where people first settled in the Bristol Hills of New York. They were able to see how they hunted, cooked, their one room cabins, use the tools that they worked with, and experience all that the settlers did back in their time. It was awesome and quite an ending for our story.

We are going to begin The Little Leftover Witch this week which is also and adorable story but out of print now.
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Afternoon read aloud
Old 11-20-2012, 03:21 AM
 
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My class is finishing a mapping unit. We are reading Piper Reed Navy Brat. It's about a family that has to move frequently because dad is in the Navy. Piper's family is moving from San Diego to Pepsi Cola, FL.
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I agree!
Old 11-20-2012, 03:24 AM
 
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This is my favorite book. It's a little long but the kids love it!
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