Friday, March 20, 2015

Five for Friday! Book to Share for March

Subtitle: It's all about Reading!
Mostly....
I tried to find a theme for today cause that's what I like to do.
Finally, I thought about this.
Next week is my Spring Break.
I plan to read about four thousand books.
Maybe you would like some recommendations. You have come to the right place!
I keep a book list by title and I also have a book journal. Sometimes I write my opinion and a brief summary of books I read. But, only the really good ones that I actually finish and don't skim the last 75 pages. So if you are not a reader then just go to #5 at the bottom for the latest Brain Pop I had in the STEM lab....and a cute bulletin board!

Let's join the Five for Friday link with Kacey and talk about Books!
SB Reason #1
  Have you read this? You should! I bought it because it was compared to The Help which I loved. This book is similar. It's a story set in in the 1830's about a family that owns slaves. The chapters alternate between telling the story of Sarah and her personal slave, Hetty. It is heartbreaking  and beautifully written.
Have you read this? You should!
I bought it because it was compared to The Help which I loved. This book is similar. It's a story set in in the 1830's about a family that owns slaves. The chapters alternate between telling the story of Sarah and her personal slave, Hetty. It is heartbreaking  and beautifully written. It's a long book- 400+ pages, but a fast read. You will find yourself re-reading parts just for the beauty of the words.


SB Reason #2
  What a delicious book this was! It is set in Australia and the focus is three moms. All have very young children. Boy, does the gossip fly in this little community. You know rather quickly that someone might end up dead, but the book is filled with humor.
What a delicious book this was!
It is set in Australia and the focus is three moms. All have very young children. Boy, does the gossip fly in this little community. You know rather quickly that someone might end up dead, but the book is filled with humor. I enjoyed it immensely!

SB# 3
  I know you have heard of Where the Red Fern Grows. If not, you should also read that book. This book was written by the same author. He only wrote two books in his lifetime and both are based on his boyhood adventures. This one involves trying to catch about 30 monkeys that escaped from a circus. There is a big reward for catching the monkeys and Jay Berry sets out with his dog, Rowdy, to get them. Their adventures are purely hilarious!
I know you have heard of Where the Red Fern Grows. If not, you should also read that book. This book was written by the same author. He only wrote two books in his lifetime and both are based on his boyhood adventures. This one involves trying to catch about 30 monkeys that escaped from a circus. There is a big reward for catching the monkeys and Jay Berry sets out with his dog, Rowdy, to get them. Their adventures are purely hilarious! I read this book aloud to so many classes and we always rolled in the floor laughing at the things those monkeys did. Our favorite chapter was the one where Jay Berry and Rowdy discover the monkeys drinking sour mash at an old whiskey still back in the woods. After Jay Berry and Rowdy both drink a little too much, the boy awakens to find the monkeys have stolen his pants! There is also a very sweet side story about Jay Berry's sister. She needs an expensive surgical procedure. I promise you, cross my heart, you will sob all the way through the ending of this book. 
Read it!
By the way I own a copy of a video showing a presentation that Wilson Rawls did in an elementary classroom. He talked quite a bit about his boyhood and how he came to be a writer. He grew up very poor and didn't have writing paper so they wrote on the backs of envelopes. When he went away as a young man to work in Mexico he wrote on paper sacks and envelopes and rolled the writings into tubes. He saved them for years and one day just threw all those stories away. After getting married his wife encouraged him to write again and she actually edited his work. His is the voice you hear on the original Red Fern movie. When that movie was being produced he was asked to be a consultant and be the narrator. His two books are just priceless!


SB#4: 
This one is also going to pull on your heartstrings. It's the story of Ha, a refugee from Vietnam. Her trials with learning the English language and fitting in with a new community in the United States will make you angry. The book, however, is breathtaking. It is written in poem form and contains the most amazing passages.
This one is also going to pull on your heartstrings. It's the story of Ha, a refugee from Vietnam. Her trials with learning the English language and fitting in with a new community in the United States will make you angry. The book, however, is breathtaking. It is written in poem form and contains the most amazing passages.
"Dinnertime, I help my mother
peel sweet potatoes
to stretch the rice.
I start to chop off
a potato's end
as wide as
a thumbnail, then decide
to slice off only a sliver.
I am proud
of my ability to save
until I see
tears
in Mother's deep eyes-
She says, "You deserve to
grow up
where you don't worry about
saving half a bite of a sweet potato."

This was a Newbery Honor book a year or so back and you will understand why when you read it. I think it would make a great read aloud for older students. 

BRAIN POP!
My latest and greatest of all time!
So I was thinking about the fact that we use a lot of the same supplies in the lab all the time. This came about after a student commented about all the straws we use. That made me start thinking about having the kids use the same supplies but design different structures.
Then I had the AMAZING BRAIN POP!
What if two groups had the same supplies and each built something different
and
then
they have to combine their structures!
I will devote a whole blog post to this idea one of these days, but for right now here's a teaser photo:
One team built the cranking device and the other built the carrier- using the same supplies. The scenario was about rescuing someone that has fallen over a cliff.
Let me just tell you this:
The two groups had to COLLABORATE big time to make this work!
It was spectacular!
 Speaking of spectacular, look at this cute bulletin board I just did:
All the seaweed pieces have events on them that are coming soon at my school!

Also, coming soon....

My Spring Break!

Have a great weekend and week ahead. I will be reading four thousand books...

4 comments :

  1. Great post, but I wish you had written this post last week. You have made me want to read some of those books and I am just finishing up my spring break. I love your bulletin board, I may have to steal the idea! ;)
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  2. Hi Carol. That teaser photo has me intrigued. I will be checking back! The bulletin board is adorbs too. What grades do you teach?
    ~Brenda

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  3. Wow...you get to find time to read...jealous! Thanks for the email on your amazing job! I love your idea of combining two groups! One more week for us until spring break...can't wait! You are awesome! Love your bulletin board, too!

    Renee at The Science School Yard

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    1. Thanks so much Renee! I make time to read! It has always been the one thing I could count on. Books fascinate me. I like everything about a book and even though I have an e-reader I find that a real book (with pages to turn) is still a lifeline! Thanks for the compliments, too!

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