Friday, August 24, 2012

Tunnels by Roderick Gordon

I just finished a book that took place almost entirely underground. Will's life is turned around when his dad disappears and he heads into some underground tunnels to find him. He finds out that his entire life has been a lie and that he had been taken 'topside' as a child and adopted by a family that really wasn't his own. This is one of the few children's books I've read that doesn't have a happy ending. If you like books with a lot of detail and/or you find the possiblilities of other people living beneath the earth fascinating, then you'll like this book. It reminded me of First Light by Rebecca Stead and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Boys and girls at WLC, be on the look out for a book display of underground stories!   Don't forget to finish your summer reading.  One more weekend before the start of school.  See you next week everyone!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No More Dead Dogs

Hi Everyone, My latest reading adventure was No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. What a great story! It's about a boy named Wallace Wallace and the trouble he gets into when he refuses to write a positive book review about his English teacher's favorite story...he points out that in every book with a dog in the title, you can be sure the dog is going to die in the end. I laughed because I've read almost all the books he mentioned - Old Yeller, Sounder, Where the Red Fern Grows - and it's true!! They are so sad!! More importantly, though, the book is about Wallace's need to always tell the truth, even when it gets him into trouble. Other themes are friendship and loyalty. It's a funny and clever book - and even though some of the events in the story seem a little far-fetched, it's somehow believable - and it leaves you rooting for Wallace in the end. See you all soon! Mrs. Mayhew

Monday, August 13, 2012


Hey boys and girls,
     Take a look at what I've been trying to work on this week.  You might be making a project with this tool this year!
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Won Ton

Hi Everyone, Hope you are all enjoying these last warm summer days! My new favorite book is Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin. It's a pretty short picture book, but I read it over and over again to really get the humor! Each page has a haiku about some aspect of the cat's life with his boy...and if you are someone who has a pet cat, you will really be able to relate to the story!! I laugh out loud every time I read it - I'd give it 5 stars!! Looking forward to seeing you all soon and hearing about your summer reading experiences! Mrs. Mayhew

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How Does the Summer Reading Form Work?

We've been getting some questions about whether your entries are being received once the form is filled out.  I thought you might like to know how it all works.  I hope this explanation helps you understand the process.

We first created the summer reading form using Google Docs.
  • Information for a book is entered by a student(see my example)
  • The paragraph chosen is completed and the entry is submitted.

  • If every part of the form was completed correctly, you should see this message at the top of the page

Now your part is done.  Your submitted entry gets sent to our Google document and it gets put into a spreadsheet with all the other entries.  It doesn't look very pretty, but we have all the information in one place for SFE and WLC.  It kind of looks like the picture below with your school and name and grade and the date you submitted the entry.

I will sort the responses by school and by grade and send them to your teachers the first week of school.  I hope this helps you understand how it all works.  I have been posting some of your work by copying and pasting your words into the blog.  I haven't been able to copy all of the entries for you to see, because there are so many. 

Please keep up the reading.  So far, we have 624 entries submitted. There are over 700 students in the two schools. If every person wrote three entries, there would be well over 2000 entries by the time school started. You have three more weeks of summer, so get going!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

On My List to Read Before School Starts

Almost 600 entries have been posted so far and now I have a lot more books on my list to read this summer.  Here are some of the entries that made me want to read these books.

Amy K, Grade 5, WLC writes about Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle And Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino.  I think this will be a funny book.

     My favorite character in the book would be Tamara. The character trait I would use to describe Tamara is a hopeful person. She is my favorite character of the book because she gives people funny nicknames.
Muscle Man McGinty's real name is Douglas McGinty, but Tamara and him aren't exactly friends so Tamara thought it would be funny to give him a nickname that she would tell everybody to call him.
The reason for her calling Douglas, Muscle Man McGinty is because they aren't exactly enemies but not close friends. Tamara gives him a nickname that describes the total opposite of what he is. He is really a scrawny, not muscly kid, and because Tamara gave him that nickname Muscle Man McGinty everybody that both Douglas and Tamara were friends with started calling him Muscle Man McGinty.

Jade G, Grade 4, SFE writes about Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.  I love reading about gods and goddessess so I think I will enjoy this series!

The goddess Persephone is my favorite character. Persephone is my favorite character because she is beautiful. Another reason why I like her is because she is goddess of all that grows. She has good friends, and her new boyfriend is Hades. I did not like when Persephone would leave the house without asking her mom.

Adelaide H, Grade 2, SFE has been reading up a storm.  One of her entries is about Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by Monica Brown.  I had never heard of this book, but the entry and the cover intrigue me and I can't wait to read it.

The major problem in the book was when everybody thought that Marisol's clothes should match. In the end she gets to adopt a dog she named it Kitty. The dog was perfect for her because it had one blue eye, one brown eye, one floppy ear, and one pointy ear. Kitty was mismatched just like Marisol.