Monday, February 18, 2013

What I'm Reading

I read a lot of book blogs and a lot of bloggers have a Monday meme called "What I'm Reading". It's a great way for me to keep track of what I'm reading and it's also fun to see what other people are reading. One thing I've learned is that there are a lot of people who read a lot more than me!

Check out Teach Mentor Texts for more cool books and links to other blogs.

This week I'm reading Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult.



I also finally started Fablehaven!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)


This book has reminded me how glad I am that I blog. I came across some posts from when I had previously read this book. I have actually read this book a few times. I read it first in 2008. I had forgotten that Jill wrote to Lois Lowry and even got a reply! What a great lady Lois Lowry is.

This time around I've read it a couple times. I read it through once just simply reading. Then I read it again to make questions for each chapter for my students. I still need to do it one more time to get a good list of vocabulary words. The re-reading has caused me to have an even greater appreciation for this great book.

We are discussing the book in book club next week. I will add more to this post then!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Top 50

I read a great blog post here: http://nerdgirltalking.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/top-100-childrens-chapter-books/ She goes through a list of the top 100 children's chapter books that some uppity librarian created. It got me thinking that perhaps I should create a top something list of children's chapter books. I am not sure I could come up with 100 - but 50 seems reasonable! It would be a great resource for the best part of my job: The Grade 3 book club. More to come!

Monday, February 11, 2013

What I'm Reading

This week the list hasn't changed that much. I'm reading:


Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)


Change of Heart (Jodi Picoult)

....and I might pull out something else from my TBR pile. It's a short teaching week. I wish that meant I had some days off to sit in quiet and read - but alas, I have to go learn. Maybe I'll sneak some alone time in there somewhere though!

Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: False Apology Poems (Gail Carson Levine)

If you need a laugh, this is a great one! We are doing a poetry unit in our class. We have covered limericks and next is cinquains. I can't say that I love cinquains. I've wondered why we teach them. I think it's because they have a nice pattern to follow. Let's just say I'm glad it's a short unit. Voila! These poems have a nice pattern to follow too! Well, maybe nice isn't the word - but there is a pattern. They're all false apologies.....meaning, apologies are said, but we know it's not really meant. Great experiences with sarcasm! I read a swack of them to my class today. They loved them! They are mostly poems written by fairy tale characters - like the cow who cuts down the beanstalk because she figures she certainly is worth more than 5 beans. Or, Cinderella who is tired of stinky short men, or the ape that puts a banana peel on the hill so Jack slips, and the ape runs off with Jill. Fun! Now I have to figure out how we can fit in writing some of these crazy poems.

Monday, February 4, 2013

What I'm Reading

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by a number of different bloggers. This week, I'd like to encourage you to check out Teach Mentor Texts. It is an awesome blog.

Three holds showed up at the library that I've impatiently waited for. I've started Wonder by RJ Palaco and am looking forward to also diving into A Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult, and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.



I'm also reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry again because that is the book my wonderful Grade 3's chose for our next book club meeting.

Need more reading time!