Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Friday, December 20, 2013

End of 2013!

 
     Wow!  We've accomplished so much during these last four months!  I can't believe it's already time for winter break!  I'm proud of the 5th and 6th graders for not only their academic growth and achievements, but what they've done to give back to the community and world.  Today Superintendent Valerie Browning with present the 6th graders with $500 from the local Rotary Club to donate to Water for South Sudan!  That puts us to just over $4,000 raised!  Our goal is still $5,000 by the end of the year so we can officially sponsor a well, and we're close!  Thank you to students and parents for all the effort you've put into fundraising.  We'll do something in the spring to raise the last of our funds.
 
     Fifth graders participated in Scholastic Book Club's Pajama Drive.  For every pair of pajamas donated, Scholastic will donate a book to the Pajama Program.  Fifth graders donated 45 pairs!!

 
 
 


 
     Our academic accomplishments include completing units of study around the theme topics JOURNEY and FEAR for fifth graders, and CRUSADERS and TYRANTS for sixth graders.  Students have learned how to find evidence to support claims, written creative stories around fractured tales and myths, read many books around theme topics and independently, presented book talks, written countless summary response letters over independent books, worked with partners and groups on various projects, and continue to work towards meeting the 50 Book Challenge (several students have already met it)!  Some students participated in the Mock Newbery Club.  Here are the club's picks for the winners:
 
 
 
Honors:
 
   
 
Lots of Honorable Mentions:
 
   The Water Castle Doll Bones
 
 Paperboy The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp The Boy On The Porch

   
 
    
 
 
     Even though we have accomplished a lot, we have a lot more to go!  One way we could end 2013 on a strong note is to make goals for reading over the holiday break.  I have some goals!  I want to read the books students gave me for Christmas gifts, read a couple of ARCs (Advanced Reader's Copies) I received at the NCTE Convention in Boston, start my LONG January book club book (Donna Tartt's Goldfinch) and finish up some audio books.  That  adds up to about 8 books I want to complete over break.  What are YOUR reading goals?  Parents and students, I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
 
     Have a wonderful, restful break, and I'll see you in January 2014!
    

42 comments:

  1. One of my goals are to finish all of my books that are on my TO READ list during winter break.

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  2. My goal is to read more books and to study prefixes and suffixes quizzes!

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    1. I agree with Abbi T. I want to read more and more books too!

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    2. Me to @Abby T!

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  3. My goal for the winter break is to finish the books in the origami yoda series that have come out so far! And another book I want to start is the golden compass!

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  4. I really liked a Tangle of Knots and Counting by 7s!!!! I am going to try and read 3-4 books to read.

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    1. I completed my goal! I read Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes, Lincoln's Grave Robbers, and Hold Fast!

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  5. My goal for this year is to read the Hunger Games series. I also hope to get 50 books read by the end of the school year.

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  6. My reading goal is to finish the first Hunger Games book, and the second Hunger Games book, Catching Fire. If I finish that I hope to read some of the books on my to-be read list.

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  7. My goals over break are to complete the Legend series by Marie Lu and also Read the dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron. Can't wait!

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  8. My goal is to read a lot more

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  9. I want to finish "True Blue Scouts Of Sugar Man Swamp" as well as one other book.By the way I need another book.I'm already halfway through "True Blue Scouts Of Sugar Man Swamp".

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  10. My goal is to try to do better on my prefix quizzes and to finish at least 5 or 6 books over break.

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  11. My goal is to read the first book in the Divergent series.

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  12. My goal is to finish the Chains series by Laurie Halse Anderson. I am on Forge!

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  13. My goal is to read the Lost Hero series!

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  14. My goal is to finish the Harry Potter series!

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  15. My goals this year and next year are:
    to read lots of graphic novels
    to read Reached by Ally Condie
    to read Reckoning by Kelly Armstrong
    And i think that is it

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  16. My goal is to read 3 books, such as Pi in The Sky, Center of Everything, and Zebra Forest! o<;-)> ho ho ho merry christmas and a happy new year!

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  17. My goal is to read Brisinger the third book of Eragon.

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  18. My goal is to read and finish one of the books I get for Christmas.

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  19. I will continue the Legend series with Prodigy. Hopefully I will finish it!!!!!!!!!
    :)

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  20. I want to read over 80 books by the end of the school year!

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  21. My goal is to finish The Grimm Conclusion And Begin the Lost Hero series.


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  22. My goal is to read Mr. Lemoncello's Library over winter break!

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  23. My goal is to do better on prefix quizzes and to finish my 50-book Challenge by the end of winter break.

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  24. I want to finish "Son" by Lois Lowry, and then I want to start the Haddix series. Mrs.Mueller, do you have the first book?

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  25. My goal is to read and finish The Missing series by Marrgret Peterson Haddix.

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  26. I want to read 3 600 page books and read the Alcapone Shines My Shoes

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  27. My gal is to finish Wonder and Heaven changes every thing!

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  28. My goal is to read 10-20 books over Winter break! I want to finish my 50 book challenge.

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  29. I want to finish all the books that I possibly can, like "Absolutely Normal Chaos" by Sharon Creech and finish the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.

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  30. Dear Mrs. Mueller,
    My goal is to finish the Matched series by Ally Condie! I love how it's so mysterious! And it's a classic love story! It kind of reminds me of Romeo and Juliet! It is SO AWESOME!

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  31. Kylie.M......awesomeDecember 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I know i was amazing right! Three cheers for #1 teacher! Go Mrs.Mueller... thanks for the candy canes!!!

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  32. My goal for winter break is to finish Risked (The Missing book 6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix and at least start the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Hopefully I can get the first book done!

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  33. My goal is to finish three books by John Feinstein.They are The Rivalry,Rush For The Gold,and Cover Up

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    1. John Feinstein is a good author!

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  34. Kylie.M......awesomeDecember 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    My Goal is to read all of Rick Riordans books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. My goal this winter break is to read the whole stack of books Mrs.Mueller's books she gave me, to sleep in, and to have a holy jolly Christmas.

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  36. After all the great books I read over my last break. I would like to read at least 18 books over break. I would like to read 2 picture books so I can keep up with the caldecott picks. Now I would also like to read 3 newer books. I am trying to read over the course of the year 150 books

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  37. Posted by:Zeus
    With my godly student power I hope to finish the "Harry Potter"series [book 7-("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows")].

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  38. MY goal this break is to finish the Escape from furnace series

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