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.