Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WLC and SFE students buddy up to read!

Mallory and Mary buddied up to read this summer. Here's what they had to say about Loot by Jude Watson.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

RICBA 2016 Titles

Hey, 5th graders, Have you read an RICBA title yet this summer? There's still time. Check out El Deafo, Rain Reign, The Vanishing Coin, or Jumpin' Joe Dimaggio.  You've still got time.  The complete list of titles is under the blog tab "Book Lists."  Try to check one out of the library this week!

Here's Madison V's computer challenge about The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 1 Challenge

Here's how a few Burrillville students answered the first challenge question:
What genres or types of book do you think you’ll read this summer? Why?

Grade 3 -
Lily F, SFE:
I like to read fiction books, for example the "Magic Tree House" series. I like "Magic Tree House" because it tells me about the past. I am currently reading "Sophie The Snoop" because I really liked "Sophie The Awesome" and "Sophie The Sweetheart". I liked them because Sophie is funny.

Bella M, SFE
I think I will be reading a lot of fiction books because some of the fiction books are funny, and I also like make believe. They keep me interested in reading the book from beginning to end.

Kyleigh, P, WLC
I think I am going to read Fiction. I picked Fiction because Fiction is not real.
I also like Fiction because I like talking animals like The Three Little Pigs. That is why I like Fiction. 

Grade 4-
Mila, WLC
This summer i will read Big Nate ( Big Nate is funny, cats ( cats and do weird things), dogs ( dogs are cute and fuuny) ,chapter books ( like funny , weird books). Those are the books that I'm planning to read over the summer. i really thing I am planning to read nice books this summer .

Zachary M, SFE
I think I will read more biography books this summer. I want to read Abraham Lincoln and the Union. I really want to learn more about Abe and the Union back then.

Kylie R, WLC
I think I would love to read mostly mystery because I like it how it puts you at the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. I would also love to read non-fiction because I like learning about people and animals that I didn't know existed like a mud skipper fish that can breathe on land.

Grade 5-
Melody, WLC
One genre is fiction because I don't really like nonfiction at all. Another thing I like is realistic fiction because it takes me in the story. Also I love Judy Moody and The One And Only Ivan also last, I love Tuck Everlasting.

Garrett D, SFE
This summer I'm thinking about reading realistic fiction books. The reason why I love realistic fiction books is because the things in the book can happen but didn't. Some of my favorite ones are The Big 1 0 and Swindle. I hope some of the children's book award books are realistic fiction. Also, I hope other people think the same way.

Timmy B, WLC
I think I'll be reading realistic fiction because I like being able to look up some of the stuff and it being real and some of the book has stuff that you can't look up.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Screenwriter in the Making!

Isabelle E, Grade 3, SFE acted out Jon Scieszka's book Me, Oh Maya. Take a look at what she did.

I chose Me Oh Maya by Jon Scieszka for the acting challenge. I chose this book because it was adventurous and they time warped in the book. I wanted to pretend to time warp. I used the lines from the book to help me write my script. Me and my mom wrote the script together. Me, my mom and my cousin acted it out. My baby brother watched us. I think they should make this book into a kids movie because it is sooooo cool.

ME OH MAYA: The Play

Narrator: Isabelle
Joe: Meghan
Sam: Isabelle
Fred: Me
High Priest: my mom
Feather heads: mom


High Priest: How dare you interrupt the game!

Fred: HUH?

High Priest: Explain yourselves or your blood will be spilled in sacrifice.

Fred: Where the heck are we now?

Sam: NO WAY!

Fred: Totally.

Sam: Not likely.

High Priest: Silence invaders. I am the High Priest of Chichen, Itza, I will rip your hearts out. Answer.

Fred: Did you say chicken pizza?

Sam: Chichen Itza.

Joe: It's the name of the city those people built I was telling you about before we go time warped.

Joe: excuse me high priest. We are three guys who sent here by a magic book we dont really know how to work . We just have to find it. Then we will take off right out of here, and you guys can get back to your sacred ball game.

High Priest: Seize them! We will Sacrifice them to the Harvest.

Narrator: At this time Sam, Fred and Joe were fighting for their lives against the Feather Headed people. They nedded the book to get back home to Brooklyn.

Fred: SHOOT!

Joe: DUCK!

Sam: Fred? Joe?

Sam: Aieeeee!

Narrator: The mayas hit the ball and it flew Sam on his head and made the shot. The High Priest handed over the book as it was agreed.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Absolutely Almost Book Trailer

Here's a book trailer I found for the book Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Character Traits of Heroes

Here are some heroic characters that our students enjoyed reading about this summer.

Elena, Grade 5, WLC read Death By Toilet Paper and wrote:
The book I read was "Death by Toilet Paper". The character that I think was a hero in this book is Benjamin Epstein. The 3 traits I would pick for him would be promising , helpful and heroic. Benjamin is promising because before his dad Todd Epstein died his dad said to take care of Ben's mother. Benjamin is helpful because he helped is friend Toothpick ( Michael) win a costume contest by helping him make a zombie bride costume. Lastly, Benjamin is heroic because he sold candy bars to help him and his mom stay in their apartment and so they won't get kicked out. That is why I think Benjamin is a hero.

Dylan F, SFE, Grade 3 wrote:
I am reading "Soccer Hero" by Matt Christopher. So far the hero in my story is Rob Lasher. He saves his coaches life when his coach falls to the ground and has a heart attack. Rob told a friend to call 911 and he started CPR on coach. Rob is a hero because he thought quick and was brave.

Hannah H, Grade 5, WLC writes:
In the book "One and Only Ivan" by: Katherine Applegate I think Julia is a hero. I think Julia is a hero because she gives Ivan faith when she gives him her painting of him and Ruby at the zoo it gives Ivan hope that he can keep his promise to Stella to get himself and Ruby out of the "Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, Home of the One and Only Ivan, MIGHTY SILVERBACK!"
and afterwards she rescues a stray dog named Bob who says he has no home and doesn't one but he lets Julia take him home and he had a home with Ivan. I think also think Julia is a hero because she has traits like, courageous, Wise, Tenderhearted, generous, and a good friend. I would love to have Julia as my best friend!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Only A Little Time Left

Can you believe it's already August? We'll be back to school before you know it. If you have been submitting your summer reading, we are very thankful. Here are some statistics on the challenges so far.

  1. 80 students posted "Genres they are reading this summer" challenge
  2. 22 students have contributed a google slideshow so far
  3. There are 7 entries for the "Acting" challenge
  4. 24 have shared "Heroic Character Traits" since school ended in June
  5. 34 students from WLC and SFE have told about their "Visit to a Library" this summer
  6. We have 18 artistic students who completed the "Art" challenge and created illustration
  7. 12 students have share the "Setting" challenge with us 
  8. Only 4 people have shared the "How-To" challenge
  9. "Book trailers" is a popular challenge, providing 17 entries
  10. 10 students have completed the "Best Book of the Summer" challenge
Keep it up!  There are still a few weeks left this summer to get more done.  I'll try to graph the data for you in a post soon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Umbrella Summer

Brenna, Grade 4, WLC read this book- I think she has mixed emotions about it- any thoughts? Leave a comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Another Trailer

Samantha in Grade 4 chose this book trailer to share about Duke by Kirby Larson

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Do You Like Book Trailers?

Aiden C.  posted this book trailer from one of the Stink books-

Stink And The Worlds Worst Super Stinky Sneakers

Monday, July 27, 2015

Some of the Best Books of the Summer, So Far...

Here's what Aiden C., Grade 3, WLC, has to say:

The best book I read this summer was Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline. I think it is the best book I read this summer because the principal was afraid of ants. The ants came in a vial in an envelope. There where three run away ants and Mrs. Mackle caught one and Harry who was the ant monitor got bit when he caught the other two ants. Harry got a second chance to be the ant monitor. Then the class got to get fish with the ants. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends.
I don't think I've read a Horrible Harry book in about ten years. Maybe I'll pick one up at school this week. Mrs. Lebrun

Tamia S, Grade 4, WLC says:

My favorite book this summer is Chocolate Fever It is about this boy he loves to have chocolate for breakfast,lunch,and dinner and one morning he was getting ready for school and his mother was telling him to hurry up and it was almost 8:30 and so then they had to hurry up and get to school on time so as you can see, it is a really good book.
Sounds like you haven't finished the book yet, Tamia. This is one of my old favorites. I read it years ago and I still love it. Mrs. Lebrun

Alex V. Grade 5, WLC says:

I liked The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan. It is about a boy named Mike who tricks a bully, named Jackson Jacobs, by making Jackson's quarter disappear. I loved this book because it is like a mystery book. I compare it to a mystery because there are parts of magic that you don't see. As Mike is doing the tricks, you're trying to figure out how he's going to solve the trick. I really liked some of the tricks he did especially the one when he put Jacksons quarter in the dollar bill and the coin slipped out into Mikes hand. The directions on how to do the trick were in the book and I was able to show it to my Mom and Dad. The Vanishing coin was a great book because I loved the tricks and the book itself. I look forward to reading the next book, " The Incredible Twisting Arm".

I just got the next two in the series and I brought them home to read a few weeks ago. Hopefully, I'll get around to it this week! Mrs Lebrun

Monday, July 20, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

What Have You Been Reading Lately?

This book was made into a movie that
I am going to try to watch soon.
It's the middle of July and I've been reading a bunch of books this summer. One that I can't seem to put down right now is The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.  I've always wanted to read it but I don't usually have the time during the school year for long books.  It is fabulous!  For fantasy/adventure lovers, it is a great read.  I recommend it to fifth graders who want a challenge this summer.  Lyra, the main character, lives in a world of scholars, with her daemon(an ever changing animal spirit connected to each human being).  Her uncle, Lord Asriel visits and her whole world is torn upside down.  She enters a world filled with Gobblers and missing children and armored bears and witches.  Let me know what you've been reading this week- comment anonymously, but include your first name and last initial, along with your grade and school.  Or choose one of the challenges and send me the information that way!
Happy Reading!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Libraries are . . . essential to the functioning of a democratic society . . .libraries are the great symbols of the freedom of the mind.- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our public libraries are one thing that makes me proud to live in America!  Libraries provide everyone - everyone! - with free access to information and books, services to help them learn and grow as people, and fun programs for kids and adults alike.

Several students have been taking advantage of this wonderful service by visiting the Jesse Smith Library to get a jump on our Week 5 Library Challenge.  Here are some of their stories:

Jackson L. from SFE says: 

My trip to the library was fun. I got my own library card from the library. The Librarian that got me my card was very nice. We got to look at new books. I even got a pencil that says “I love Jesse Smith Library” and I got a reading log that says “every hero has a story”. I learned I could return my library books even to a Providence library or any in the state, but Jesse Smith is closer. I rode the elevator to the second floor. We found Ms. Robin, did you know there was two Ms. Robins that work at the library. Anyway, Ms. Robin showed us around and then helped me look for the books that I checked out from the library. It took like a second the check out my books. The librarian said the requirement was to return the books by July 15th, that’s 3 weeks. I checked out “Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Cracker” by Cynthia Rylant; “A Fly Went By” by Mike McClintock; and I got “Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel. That was the most fun library of all, except when I went there in 1st grade. I look forward to my next visit in three weeks. 

Alex V. from WLC says: 

I went to the library with my Nannie and my brother. I was able to show my Nannie around since she had never been there before. I showed her that the library had an elevator so she didn't have to use the stairs. I also showed her that there was a Lego Club there. I have joined the Lego Club in the past and I had made a cowboy saloon. I am looking forward to doing the Lego Club again this summer. I am thinking of making a house on fire and the firemen are coming to help the people out of the house. I love Legos and I was able to find the," Lego ideas Book", so I can build what I want. I was able to check out my book with my library card and the librarian was very nice to me. I am looking forward to going back again.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kyleigh's Work- an artist among us

Kyleigh P., WLC, Grade 3 decided to use Google Drawing to create a picture of Best Friends Forever- a Bink and Gollie story by Kate DiCamillo.  Here is what she did.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

El Deafo

If you like graphic novels, try this one, you'll love it.  Here's a book trailer.  If you find a book trailer on a book you're reading, send me the link.  It's on Weekly Challenge #9.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Check Out Ashley and McKenzie's Computer Challenge

Ashley M.and McKenzie P both Grade 5, WLC created slideshows this week.  Here's a look at what they've done- and it's only a few days into vacation.  Happy Reading everyone!!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Death By Toilet Paper

Isn't this a great title for a book?  I brought home seven books and the title caught my attention right away!  I knew that was the first book I would read.  It did not disappoint. Benjamin and his mom are a bit down on their luck right now.  His dad died and his mom is having a hard time paying the rent.  One of Benjamin's hobbies is entering sweepstakes.  He thinks he'll be able to win big someday!  He just needs that day to happen soon.  Read about Benjamin, his best friend Toothpick, and his obsession with toilet paper.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's summer reading time!

What a perfect day to start my summer reading.  I am reading El Deafo by CeCe Bell.  So far it is such a heartwarming story with some funny parts and some sad parts.  Most surprisingly, it is a graphic novel!  I'll let you know when I'm done.  Happy reading!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Vanishing Coin

I've been reading The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan, one of the RICBA 2016 titles. I really like the book and can't wait to read the rest of the series. We'll have a few more in the series by September, when you come back to school. If you like magic or school stories, you'll love reading about Mike and Nora and their magical adventures.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week 4 Writing Challenge

Sample:  One character I think is a hero is 

Week 6 Art Challenge

Design your own cover for a book you have read this summer. You can use paper and art supplies or design it using a paint program on your computer. Upload a picture into your Google Drive and share it.
 Sample: Click here for the link to the file!

Week 5 Library Challenge

Week 7 Writing Challenge


One book I read this summer is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren and the setting for that book is Sweden.  I learned that Sweden is part of Scandinavia, which is in Northern Europe.  Sweden has forests, lakes, and mountains.  In the northern part of Sweden, which has the nickname the Land of the Midnight Sun, the sun shines for 24 hours a day during certain parts of the summer!  People in Sweden mostly speak Swedish.  The country is famous for something called "smorgasbord" which is just a collection of hot and cold food spread out on a table.  I have heard that word before to describe lots of food, but did not know it came from Sweden!

These are just a few facts I learned about Sweden.  For more information, you can look at the Sweden encyclopedia article I used at World Book Kids Online.

Week 8 How-To Challenge


For my How-To Challenge, I decided to make an origami jumping frog.  I chose to make a frog, mostly because I had green paper.  I did a Google search and ended up using the website Kids Web Japan, which had easy-to-follow directions that included pictures.  My first attempt at a frog came out awful because I used paper that was too thick - the more I had to fold, the harder it became.  For my second try, I got paper that was thinner and easier to fold.  It came out great!  I took a video of the frog actually jumping!  Click here for the link to the video!

Or you can watch the video here:

Week 10 Writing Challenge

Week 9 Computer Challenge

 Here's a book trailer about a book called Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Week 1 Writing Challenge

Here are a few samples of how you might choose to answer. Please fill out the form and click on the submit button.


I think I'll be reading realistic fiction a lot this summer, because that's the kind of books I usually like. I like to read stories that remind me of people I might know in my life. Sometimes I can connect better if the people seem like people I relate to in my everyday life.


This summer I would like to read fantasy. I like reading about things that don't really happen, like talking dragons and magic. It takes me on an adventure right in my own home!

Week 2 Computer Challenge

Here's a sample of a slideshow. Share yours with us, if you can.We'll add your google slideshows to the blog, if you send them to us during the summer.

Week 3 Acting Challenge

Turn a book or a scene from a book into a play. Try acting it out with your friends! Share your script or write about your experience.  See the sample below the form for ideas and script formatting!


      I decided to turn The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems into a play.  I chose it because the whole book was told in conversation, so it would be easy to act out PLUS I think it is funny.  I wrote stage directions based on the illustrations.  I had a Pigeon costume from Reading Week last year, and I asked my friend to play The Duckling.  We made a cookie out of paper to use as a prop.  We performed the play for a small audience, including my mom and dad.  We tried to memorize our lines, but I forgot a few and had to look at the script.  In the end, I think the play was very funny because the book was funny to begin with and the audience enjoyed it!

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!: The Play

The Duckling, who wants a cookie
The Pigeon, who also wants a cookie

[The Duckling walks onto stage]

Duckling: Hello!  May I have a cookie, please?

[A cookie is thrown to him from off stage]

Duckling: Oh!  Thanks!  That was very nice of you! Oh! [looks at the cookie] Look at all those nuts.

[The Pigeon runs onto stage]
Pigeon: Hey! How did you get that cookie?! [folds arms and glares]

Duckling: I asked for it.

Pigeon: You asked for it...

Duckling: Politely.

Pigeon: Say, does that cookie have nuts?

Duckling: Yes.

Pigeon: So, you got a cookie with nuts just by asking?!

Duckling: Politely

Pigeon:  I ask for things ALL THE TIME! 

[Pigeon goes to the center of the stage]

Pigeon: I ask to drive the bus!  I ask for hot dog parties!  Do I ask for candy?  I do.  It doesn't have to be a big bus, you know...  I'll ask for a "French Fry Robot" every now and then.  I've asked for a walrus!  Right now, I'm asking, "Why?"  [jumping around like crazy] Why?  Why?  WHY?  [puts hands on hips] Ohhh...there's more!  Sometimes I ask for a hug.  Or I'll ask for one more story!  I can't count the times I've asked for my own personal iceberg.  I ask to stay up late!  Oh yeah, I'm the asking-est pigeon in town!  

But do I get what I ask for?

[really freaking out now]


[sits down and crosses arms, pouting]

It's not fair.  Ducklings get everything!  Pigeons like cookies, too!  Especially with nuts.  WHY DID YOU GET THAT COOKIE?!

Duckling: So I could give it go you.  

Pigeon: And ANOTHER THING - hubba- wha?!?  You're giving me that cookie?  

Duckling: With the nuts.

Pigeon: That is so...nice!  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

[eating the cookie and walking off stage]

Mmmm....!  [chomp]  That is one cool duckling.  [chomp].  Yes, sirt!

Duckling: [waves after the pigeon]  Bye!  May I have another cookie, please?  [puts hands on hips] But this time, no nuts.