Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An Update from English

Our room has been a cacophony of noise this week as students rehearse and prepare for their final speech of the 3rd quarter; our Elephant and Piggie plays.  These plays are filmed and then sent out to classrooms around the world so that younger students can give our actors feedback.  Videos are shared securely, however, if a child does not have permission to have their image/work shared over the internet, their video will not be shared and feedback will just be provided with me.  Most performances will be Thursday.

Our second to last book orders are due tomorrow.
Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: GXJ8R To order books either send in a check or do it online.

Great books to read include:
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
New Mike Lupica Book called The Extra Yard
Babysitters Club graphic Novels by Raina Telgemeier
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Jack by Liesl Shurtliff
Soar by Joan Bauer
Amulet Book 7 by Kazu Kabuishi

I so appreciate the orders placed as it allows me to buy more books for our classroom library.

Reading over spring break:
All students are expected to read over spring break and we have partnered with the Madison Mallards to give the kids a reward for their reading.  If they read 3 hours or more total and you sign their green form, they will be given 2 Mallards tickets for a game this summer.  This is a great way for students to get a little extra bonus from the reading they already do.

An update on my writing
​I have started writing my next book, this one is on literacy, and may feature student work and quotes in the book.  I will, of course, ask your permission to feature any work or quotes in it before it is placed in the book.  I am excited that I get to share the great thoughts of the students with a larger audience.