Saturday, July 28, 2012

Problems and Solutions

One of the prompts for summer reading was about describing the story's problem and solution.  Since we don't like to give away endings, I've taken excerpts from several students who answered this prompt and hopefully this will give you some choices about books you might like to read during the month of August.  So far, almost 400 writing prompts have been submitted this summer.  Keep reading!

Zack B., Grade 5, WLC read Small As an Elephant by Jennifer Richards Jacobson.

The major problem in the book Small as an Elephant is that 11 year old Jack Martel is on vacation with his mom in Maine when one day he wakes up to find that his mother is gone! The problem is solved by...

Kaitlyn G., Grade 4, SFE read Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

I think the major problem in Friendship according to Humphrey is that there is a new class pet in room 26. It's a frog named Og. Humphery is not really liking Og that much and Humphrey is jealous of Og because he's getting all the attention most of the time. The problem was finally solved when ...

Ryan H., Grade 4, WLC read Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald.

 The problem is Stink had to take care of the class pet and the newt jumped into the sink. He slipped into the drain and then Judy turned on the garbage disposal. I know because it was the class pet and he was supposed to bring it back. The problem was solved when ...      

Kayleigh H, Grade 2, WLC read Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff

The major problem in the book is when owen is taken by a tsunami and into Kenya he lost lost his mother and was stranded in a ocean all alone.I know that because Owen seemed lonley and the way he acted was making him seem sad.The problem was solved by ...                                                                       

Thursday, July 19, 2012

WLC Students Love Amulet!

If you haven't read the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi-  check out the book trailer WLC fourth graders made at the end of the school year. It's one of the most popular series in the entire school!

There are four books in the series so far.

       The fifth is scheduled to come out September 1st. Here's the description of the fifth book: Prince of the Elves. Emily has survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin, who is working for the Elf King, has escaped with the Mother Stone. The Elf King has now forged new amulets, which will allow him the ability to invade Cielis and destroy it once and for all. Emily and her friends desperately make preparations to defend Cielis in what will inevitably be a brutal war, and they can only hope that it will be enough to defeat the Elf King.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

I just got back from vacation and am so happy to see so many students posting to the blog.  Great job everyone! 
Well, I grabbed this book because it looked like a good book to read at the beach.  I absolutely loved it.  It was funny in some parts, and sad in others.  But what I liked most was how Izzy finds amazing ways to tell her story, all while learning about her father she never knew, and making special friends along the way.  I couldn't put it down.  Tortilla Sun was a magical adventure of a book.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cats, Cats,and More Cats!

Over 300 entries so far!  Keep on reading!

A bunch of kids have been reading about cats the last few weeks.  Here are a few of the books that they've been reading.

Katelyn P., Grade 4, WLC read Everything Cat by Marty Crisp. 
She writes:
     My favorite part of the book is when a cat survived under concrete. It happened like this. He fell in the concrete when the workers were pouring it and no one saw him fall in. He was in 8 inches of concrete. Then he clawed his way out. When the people found him he only had little stubs for claws. This is my favorite part because I never thought a cat go under 8 inches of concrete and survive.
     The least favorite part of this book was when the cats get threatened and run away. I don't like when cats run away because it is sad that they do not have any family.            

Sarah G, SFE, Grade 5 read on the RICBA nominees, Sidekicks by Dan Santat and wrote about a cat character.  Here is what she writes.

     My favorite character in the book I read was Manny the cat also known as Static Cat
    The character trait I would use to describe Manny is kind because Manny helps his friends Fluffy the hamster and Shifty the chameleon to be side kicks.       

Tim B.,Grade 2, WLC read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin. He writes:
My favorite part of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons was after he lost all his buttons and found that he had another button, his belly button! This was my favorite part because it was funny. My least favorite part was the colors of the buttons because I did not think they were groovy enough. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Burrillville Students are Reading Non-fiction!

Our students have been reading A LOT of fiction books and chapter books, but summer is also a wonderful time to learn some new facts about topics that interest you.  Here are a few great responses we've gotten from students reading non-fiction books:

Ethan, Grade 3, WLC read Bears: Life in the Wild by Monica Kulling.

He writes: I read BEARS, Life in the Wild. It was a non-fiction book about bears. My favorite part of this book was reading that bears sleep in dens and they don't have to drink because they make their own water while they sleep through the winter. This was my favorite part because it was a new fact that I didn't know and I think that is cool that they can do that. My least favorite part of the book was reading about how father bears try to eat cubs. I didn't like this part because it was a sad fact and I feel bad for the cubs.

Daniel, Grade 3, SFE read Spacebusters: Race to the Moon by Phillip Wilkinson

He writes: I liked learning what the astronauts wear on the moon. The helmet gives oxygen to the astronaut. The gloves help them grip the ladder on the shuttle and help protect hands. Their special shoes help them walk on the moon.

There was no part of the book that I did not like. The whole book had a lot of facts about space that I learned. This book was about three important people in USA history.

Reid, Grade 4, SFE read Ocean Animals by Toppers

He writes:  This is a non-fiction book with facts about ocean animals. There are four types of animal groups in the ocean. A shark is a fish, a squid is a mollusk, a seal is a mammal, and a crab is a crustacean. My favorite animal in the book is a cuttlefish because it stands out to me. He has THREE HEARTS!!! Its blood is not red, it is BLUE-GREEN!!! It is a mollusk and he's the color of sand, has eight legs, and eats crabs and fish.

{Ms. Baffoni would like to add that I went to the New England Aquarium this summer and the cuttlefish was one of the coolest animals I have ever seen!)

Timothy, Grade 5, WLC read Who Was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub

He writes: My favorite parts were when Babe Ruth hit his first homerun and when he hit his farthest homerun ever. In 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first homerun in the majors for the Boston Red Sox against the Yankees. He cracked his bat that is how hard he hit the ball. His biggest homerun was a grand slam out of the park.Those were my favorite part because I want to be like him.  My least favorite part is when Babe Ruth's dad took him away somewhere and when Babe Ruth would gamble, drink and stay up really late. There is no reason to get drunk or stay up late when you have practice or games. These are coaches' rules you should obey, even when you are Babe Ruth. A parent should tell their children where they are taken to. It is just mean to take a child to a refom school and just leave them there. I felt sorry for Babe. These were my least favorite parts.

Ms. Baffoni, Teacher, SFE read Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield

 My favorite thing about the book Just My Type is that I have learned interested facts about something I use in my everyday life but did not really know much about.  This book has taught me all about the history of how fonts changed from the early days of printing to the computer age.  The book explains how fonts are designed, what they are used for and even all about the people who created them.  My least favorite thing about this book is that it's written for adults, so it isn't really a good choice for students.  Still, I am saving up all the cool font-facts I have learned so I can share them with my technology classes in the fall!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Running Out of Books To Read!

I had to go to my local library the other day before heading for the beach because I had run out of books to read.  Usually I go to school during the summer and grab 10 to 15 books at a time, but I haven't been to Callahan in about two weeks, so I ran out.  My husband was waiting in the car, so I had to make it quick.  I chose books that I already have at WLC so I would be able to recommend them to students during the year. 

My first choice was Lizzie Bright and Buckminister Boy by Gary Schmidt. I remember it getting good reviews(obviously from the award stickers on the front!), but the cover never excited me so I had never read it.  It turned out to be the perfect book for me this week because I just finished taking a history class with Mrs. Belanger and Mrs. Auclair and it was historical fiction. The history class talked about the end of slavery and this books takes place right after that time period but people are still dealing with issues of race. This book takes place in Maine and is set at the beginning of the 20th century.  It's about a young minister's son and his friendship with a girl that the town does not think is proper.  This is definitely for advanced readers and if you like historical fiction, you might like this book.  I can think of two or three fifth graders that I would recommend this book and if you read this and think of kids who like historical fiction, pass the word along.  I was able to read it all in one day (while sitting in my beach chair at Scarborough Beach).

Before I wrote this post, I noticed that almost 220 kids have written posts!!!  Great job guys.  Keep up the reading.  Here's some of the books they've been reading this week.

Kaitlyn P, Grade 2, WLC read Harriet the Hamster Fairy by Daisy Meadows.  She writes:
My favorite character is Twinkle. Twinkle is Harriet's hamster. The trait I would use to descibe Twinkle is magical. He made a hamster playground using his magic. 

Kourtney P, Grade 3, WLC read Dolphin Tale by Emma Ryan and writes:
My favorite part of the book was when every time sawyer came close to winter he made a squeaky nose.I think he made winter happy when sawyer got winter out of the rope.My Next favorite part of the book was when sawyer went on the computer and searched dolphins. To see if things would be okay with winter. My Last favorite part was when winter was okay and made a tale that worked.I loved that book I wish I could read that book again.I liked that book so much I did not have a part I did not like.

Marissa P, Grade 2, SFE read Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pop Osborne and writes:
My favorite part was when the ninjas took Jack and Annie to the ninja master beacause it was exciting to image what the ninjas master looked like and what his cave looked like. My least favorite part was when people started coming with pitch forks and torches to try to catch the ninjas because it was kind of boring.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Good Book for a Rainy Day

You won't be disappointed!

Not too long ago, on a dreary, rainy Monday, I read Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac.  I've been asked if it's a scary book by many students, but truthfully, I never had the opportunity to read it.  It is definitely a creepy book. Horror and mystery lovers will be drawn into the book as soon as they begin.  It's the story of Molly, a sixth-grader, whose parents disappear suddenly.  She doesn't tell anyone, because she thinks they will return, but after a few days the police get involved.  Molly is sent to live with a mysterious uncle that she had never heard of before.  She won't eat any food he prepares and is totally creeped out by him.

If you're in the mood for a creepy, scary story, try it!  Hopefully, you don't get have the same dreams as Molly.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Over 180 Responses!

It's just the beginning of July and over 180 responses have been submitted to the blog.  Here's what a few people read this week.

An old favorite- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Bevery Cleary was read by Nathan S, SFE, Grade 4:
     My favorite part of the book was when Ralph out in the halls of the apartment building at night, because it was an exciting adventure. Ralph almost got caught by a dog while he was riding past the dog's apartment. The owner of the dog almost saw Ralph on his motorcycle, but he didn't because he was tired. There was a mounting of a deer head on the wall that scared Ralph because it was dark and he did not know what it was. The boy Keith, who gave the motorcycle to Ralph, left the door open but the wind blew it shut and Ralph could not get in the apartment. Those are the reasons why I liked this part of the book best.

Morgan C, Grade 5 SFE read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg and writes:
     My favorite character from this book is Claudia Kincaid. I chose this Claudia because she reminds myself of me. She is the oldest child in her family and loves her younger brother like me. She has a hard time learning how to spend her money on good things, she likes to spend it on fun stuff. She tries her best to take care of her younger brother. She and Jamie run off to the Metrapolitian Museum of art where she and Jamie get into some trouble as they begin on an adventure In the art world. I feel she is like me with her sense of adventure and her search for treasure.