Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fortunately/Unfortunately with Grade 2

Thanks to https://ideafm.org/ for the idea and the image.

In second grade, we read Fortunately by Remy Charlip, a story that follows Ned through a series of problems and resolutions, and talked about plot structure.

Then we wrote our own version as a class ... the kids much preferred coming up with the "unfortunately" parts!

Finally, the students paired up to write and illustrate even more versions. I'll post pictures of them working together - and their stories - once they finish up. For now, enjoy the stories they wrote as a group:

Room 5

One day, L dad had to go on a train.
Unfortunately, there was traffic.
Fortunately, he got through the traffic.
Unfortunately, the train was late.
Fortunately, he got a popsicle.
Unfortunately, he was still hungry after eating it.
Fortunately, he made it back from the popsicle stand on time for the train.
Unfortunately, there was a bear on the tracks.
Fortunately, he had a bear trap.
Unfortunately, after he trapped the bear, the train broke down.
Fortunately, there was another train coming.
Unfortunately, the tracks broke.
Fortunately, he was a mechanic and fixed the tracks.
Unfortunately, a train came and ran him over.
Fortunately, he got a "hog" and rode to town to the hospital.
Unfortunately, the doctor wasn't a real doctor.
Fortunately,  he got better anyways.
Unfortunately, a train ran into the hospital and he got run over again.
Fortunately,  Luca arrived to bring his dad to the real hospital.
Unfortunately, the building caught on fire.
Fortunately, the doctor was Dr. Seuss and saved him inside a book.

Room 4
One day, Lizzie was in the park.
Unfortunately, there as a football tournament, and she got crushed.
Fortunately, all the players formed a line so she could pass.
Unfortunately, she tripped and fell right out of the stadium.
Fortunately, she didn't get hurt.
Unfortunately, she fell in water.
Fortunately, she could swim.
Unfortunately, there were a million sharks in a circle, and she was right in the middle.
Fortunately, the sharks were friendly and nice.
Unfortunately, when she got on land, she got run over by a big truck.
Fortunately, she didn't get hurt.
Unfortunately, a bee came and stung her.
Fortunately, she had ice with her.
Unfortunately, the ice froze her.
Fortunately, it was 1000 degrees outside, so it melted.
Unfortunately, Pennywise came and ate her.
Fortunately, she was too fat and she got out.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Geisel Voting - Grade 3

Most people have heard of the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, but do you know about the Geisel?

Named after Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), it goes to the best easy reader books of the year. Thanks to DonorsChoose, we have copies of the 2018 winner and honor books. I read them to the 3rd graders, and they chose their favorite of the six. 

Noodleheads See the Future by Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss, and Tedd Arnold was the undisputed winner, garnering half of all of the votes. Here are some of the voters and their ballots:



Noodleheads








And the others ...









Sunday, April 29, 2018

What Ms. Moore Read in April

Here are some of the most recent books I've read and recommend for my students. They're all available from the public library, but any donations towards getting them into our collection are most welcome! Cover images and descriptions are from Goodreads. 

Picture Books


The duo that brought you the “bright” and “breezy” (BooklistSome Bugs is back with a vibrant companion book that’s packed with your favorite pets.

Some pets sit. Some pets stay.
Some pets fetch, And some pets play.


Come one, come all, to the pet show! With dogs and cats, horses and chickens, hamsters and chinchillas—and many, many more!—this book celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes. 



In April 2016, The New York Times published an article about an octopus named Inky who escaped from the National Aquarium of New Zealand through a drainpipe and into the sea. In this charming fictionalized account, Inky, worn out from his exciting life in the ocean, has retired to the aquarium. There he quietly plays cards, makes faces at the visitors, and regales his tankmate Blotchy with tales of his past adventures. Then Blotchy dares Inky to make one more great escape: out of their tank. Will Inky succeed?




Early Reader



In this silly sequel to Snail and Worm, the dynamic duo are back for more fun and giggles in three new comic shorts brimming with quirky humor and unflappable friendship. At turns clever and sweet, these laugh-out-loud stories are perfect for readers coming out of their own shells and making the transition between picture books and chapter books. NOTE: I read this to the 3rd graders as part of our Geisel voting. 







Middle Grade Novels



How do you grow a miracle? 
For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific method. But Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that's important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope. Eggs are breakable. Hope is not. Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. 




Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different... but the two have more in common than they think. They’re both highly gifted. They’re both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.

Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben—online friends connected only by a Scrabble game—will intersect in unexpected ways as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. You Go First reminds us that no matter how hard it is to keep our heads above troubled water, we never struggle alone.




Nonfiction


What is the smallest rodent in the world? What is the biggest? How long can rodents live? How do they find mates? In this wonderfully detailed new book from an award-winning author, life-sized illustrations of rodent species from around the world accompany simple, thorough text describing their life cycles, sizes, habitats, and ranges. From ground hogs to guinea pigs and pygmy shrews to capybaras, kids will learn all about the rascally rodents who share our world!




Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference. Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. NOTE: RICBA 2019 nominee.






When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle—again and again—becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank—becoming Sgt. Reckless—and receive two Purple Hearts. NOTE: RICBA 2019 nominee.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Telling Fibs in Room 18

Counting out syllables.

We discussed number patterns in third grade, and I introduced the kids to the Fibonacci sequence, named after a mathematician who lived during the 1200s. In the sequence, each number is added to the previous number to get the next number: 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 and so on.

Author Greg Pincus invented the “Fib” form of poetry, in which each consecutive line has the same number of syllables that appear in the Fibonacci sequence. Since it's National Poetry Month, we practiced writing our own poems. Here are some of the students' examples ... feel free to share one of your own in the comments!




Class poem:
To
sleep,
you need
a monkey.
Collaborating.
So count to 20
and drink some warm milk, microwaved.


Kitten
A
small
kitten
loves to drink
warm milk in her bowl
next to her mother on the bed.
- S.S.


I like My Nose
I
like
Cracking themselves up.
my nose.
It's so big.
It loves to wiggle.
The nose is really hairy too.
- J.M.


"Help!"
Parts.
Parts.
More parts.
Makes robot.
Robot is moving.
Help! Robot has lasers! Whyyyyy! Help!
- K.S.


Bobby Joe
Hi,
my
name is
Sharing poems.
Bobby Joe,
and I can count to ...
three thousand two hundred fifty.
- E.G.


Mad.
Mad.
I'm sad.
I'm punching.
I will try not to
punch you ... I will probably not.
- M.F.


Mac and Cheese Goodness
Mac
and
cheese is
very good
for your and your brain
and tummy too. You should eat it.
- W.L.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Telling Fibs in Room 17

source: wikipedia
We discussed number patterns in third grade, and I introduced the kids to the Fibonacci sequence, named after a mathematician who lived during the 1200s. In the sequence, each number is added to the previous number to get the next number: 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 and so on.

Clapping out syllables
Author Greg Pincus invented the “Fib” form of poetry, in which each consecutive line has the same number of syllables that appear in the Fibonacci sequence. Since it's National Poetry Month, we practiced writing our own poems. Here are some of the students' examples ... feel free to share one of your own in the comments!


Dance
Dance.
Move
and groove
to the song.
And have fun all day.
And most of all have fun with me.
- Z.B., L.P., S.R.

Slime.
Fun.
Sticky.
Colorful.
Rainbow and glitter.
My mom says it makes a big mess.
- J.D.

NBA
Dunk.
Shoot.
Buckets.
Steph Curry.
Golden State Warriors.
Cleveland Cavaliers are the worst.
- J.D., J.J., L.P.

A Sunny Day
Sun.
Warm.
It's hot.
Fun outside.
Climbing on a tree.
Playing outside is really fun.
- A.A., O.C.

Videogames
Play.
Hoth.
Halo.
Battlefront.
Reanimanted.
I am gonna win this battle.
- C.W.

Hit.
Run.
Play ball!
Look, foul ball!
Pawtucket Red Sox.
Playing baseball is so much fun.
- M.W.

Gifts.
Cake.
Candles.
I turned 9.
My cousin turned 5.
My friend had lots of fun today.
- M.C.

Galaxy
Earth.
Sun.
Planets.
The moon too.
So many stars here.
Come to the planets everyone.
- Z.B., L.P., S.R.

Skull.
Black.
Pumpkin.
Halloween.
Candy is so good.
This year I was Finding Nemo.
- J.D.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inaugural Rooster Games

Thanks to all of the students who read RI Children's Book Award books and participated in the first annual Rooster Games, a test of their knowledge of plots, characters, settings, and illustrations. Here are some photos from the night: 

Teams rotated through 5 stations

Our first two arrivals

Serious team photo

Silly team photo


First station: settings. Photo by Michelle Blanchette.



Third station: characters. Photo by Michelle Blanchette
Fourth station: Matching objects to books ... anyone want the rat? I have it!

Last station: Debating trivia answers

Decision made!
Next question!

Thanks to siblings who came along to support the team!






Monday, April 9, 2018

Grade 1 Wockets

I like to have the kids create pages for our own version of mentor texts; they copy the structure of the model and add original words and illustrations. The latest edition of Dr. Seuss' There's a Wocket in My Pocket (Continued) by first graders is now available for checkout! You can preview below: