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