Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Capture the Flag, Poetry, and Word Play

We are trying to figure out, along with Anna, Jose, and Henry, who stole the Star Spangled Banner flag!  What are your thoughts far?  Which of the kids do you like best so far and why?  What are the best clues we have?  Any red herrings?  Do you think the kids make good detectives?  Does one make a better detective than others?  What do you think about each kid's parent(s)?
We're also starting poetry anthologies!  I LOVED starting my day today at J.F. Burns and the enthusiasm you showed for your poems!  What are your favorite poems so far?  Why are they your favorite?  Are you coming across any great words or word play?
We defined symbolism today.  Keep an eye out for symbolism in your reading.  If you find symbolism in your books or poems, post it here!!!
We've shared A LOT of 2012 picture books.  Which ones do you hope win the Caldecott or an Honor medal so far?  Why?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fantastic Friday!

We're continuing to summarize and evaluate picture books for our Mock Caldecott 2013 Club.  Here are books I read aloud:

A Strange Place to Call Home: The World's Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home
Z Is for Moose
And Then It's Spring
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Mo Willems's book gave us the opportunity to talk about allusion and parody. 
We finished our mysteries/adventures/action books:
  The Templeton Twins Have an Idea Three Times Lucky Chasing The Falconers (On The Run, #1) The Westing Game
We're also enjoying the read aloud:
Capture the Flag
SLE is finishing up the multigenre Titanic project.  They read:
S.O.S. Titanic

Looking forward to seeing everyone's projects on Monday!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mock Caldecott 2013 Book Club Day 8

Today's Picture Book Month theme is READING.  I blogged about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce before, but it was a perfect time to share it with my classes again.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Some of you wanted to see the film again, but we didn't have time in class.  Here it is! :-) 
I LOVE this book, and we had so much fun today discussing it.  The story is full of metaphors, symbolism, whimsy, depth, and theme.  This is the second time I've shared it with you this year, and I'm so glad I did because we noticed new things - especially since we were concentrating on the illustrations and evaluating them for the Caldecott 2013 Book Club.  During our discussion, a student remarked, "So much more goes into picture books than you would think!"  I love that he has realized this during our study of picture books this month.
Here are some comments students wrote in their notebooks:

"Toward the end, the pictures show sadness because it's winter and dark."
"I like the pictures because they show the seasons and sometimes seasons represent happiness or sadness."
"The illustrations are good because he shows that some peple are black and white since they are unhappy, but when they get a book they turn in color which means they are happy.  By the seasons he shows the stages of his life (example - winter is death)."
"I loved this book because of the use of color.  When people are sad, they are gray, and when they are happy, they are in color."
"I love these illustrations.  They show black and white for a lonely life and color for a full life."
"This book has such creativity in the illustrations.  The outside wall of the library was made of books!  I loved this book."
"I like how Mr. Joyce uses colors to show feelings and gives signs like an hour glass and seasons to tell when he will pass away."
"Soon (Morris Lessmore) goes somewhere special and leaves a legacy to a little girl."
"The circle of life!"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Parent/Student Book Club over WONDER

Thank you to my students and their parents for coming to a  book club over Wonder by R.J. Palacio! Twenty-nine people came! Here is the video of R.J. Palacio reading "How I Came to Life:"

I also showed the beginning of an interview with R.J. Palacio.  Here is the whole thing in case you want to watch it:

It was fun breaking up into two groups and discussing a list of questions I had put together - some from R.J. Palacio's websit For Teachers and some I added.  I enjoyed hearing what you all had to say about this book!  Thanks to Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Thompson for joining us!
Here are some pictures from the event:

Must have cookies at a book club!

Watching R.J. Palacio read "How I Came To Life"

The group!

Watching the interview

What a great night of readers and books!!

THANK YOU, R.J. Palacio, for writing such an amazing book! CHOOSE KIND!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fantastic Friday!

We're continuing Picture Book Month and evaluating books for our Mock Caldecott 2013 Club. Here are two more books I shared:
Imagination Theme
The Cloud Spinner

Music Theme


We discussed the theme of both and how Nightsong can be looked at as a metaphor for life - you can go out on your own and fulfill your dreams, but you can always come home.  It would make a great graduation gift! The Cloud Spinner taught us to only use what we need.  Don't be greedy!  Neily said, "Take only memories, leave only footprints."  Reece said, "It's like the Boy Scout motto, Leave no trace."

Since I met Loren Long recently at The Blue Manatee, I leave you with some video and pictures that I took at the event:


We're also enjoying Capture the Flag and our book group mysteries.  Here are spin cams of the JF Burns groups:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Picture Book Month and Caldecott 2013 Club

I LOVE picture books, and it's so fun to share them with my classes!  We're using the Picture Book Month calendar to choose a book that follows the theme, then we're summarizing and evaluating them.  Here are the books we've read so far:

This is Not My Hat

Extra Yarn
A Strange Place to Call Home: The World's Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home
Here is Marilyn Singer's website: and Ed Young's website:
Bear Has a Story to Tell
I found a video of Erin Stead explaining how she creates her illustrations.  Very cool!

Here is her website: 
One class also read The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins:
The Beetle Book
Tomorrow the theme is IMAGINATION!  I have just the book to read! :-)
We also started Capture the Flag by Kate Messner in 3 classes.  Don't worry, KME, we'll start tomorrow!  Here is a cool website to learn about the flag that inspired the "Star Spangled Banner."
Comment to let me know what picture book you like best so far and why!