Friday, January 18, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 21, 2013, we will be honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  His speech, "I Have A Dream" was one of the most important speeches given in our country. We will read Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport.




Here's a video clip of his speech:



What are the big ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech? Why is it so important to our country?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wonder

The sixth graders and I just finished reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  If you haven't read it, go get yourself a copy!

Sixth graders, you have two options, both involving Glogster:
1. Create a Glog about Wonder.  Include a summary and your personal review of the book.  You can also include images, quotes, etc. To search for images, please use creative commons.
2. Create a Glog about one precept from Wonder.  Your Glog will show and/or describe what that precept means to you.

To get started you will need to start with Glogster.  Mrs. Fuller has the school code. If you are choosing to use a precept, see Mrs. Fuller for the list of precepts.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Another round of Caldecott possibilities

Fourth graders heard three more possible Caldecott winners today. Bear has a Story to Tell by Phillip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, and Unspoken by Henry Cole.

Fourth graders! Cast your vote here

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wicked Funny!

In third grade library we are taking a look at some picture books that might, just might win the Caldecott Medal this year! Today we read Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex.  This book is hilarious!  But we really had some laughs when we watched this:

Monday, January 7, 2013

Are you up for a challenge?

I am! And I am going for it...the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge!  It's pretty simple but the results, I think, will be amazing!  My goal for the challenge is to read MORE nonfiction and then share it! With my students and with my staff.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Newbery Medal

The ALA's Youth Media Awards are fast approaching.  The Newbery Medal has been given out since 1921.  Take a look at the past winners here.  Have you read any of the previous winners? If you have, leave a comment below and tell me what you thought of the book.

Take some time to read over this webpage about the Newbery Medal criteria.  Then complete this form.

Caldecott Medal

The ALA's Youth Media Awards are only a few weeks away! Today we are going to take a look at some picture books that have a shot at winning! Our selections today are: And then it's Spring by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex, and Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

 Which one did you like best?