Perhaps some of you will write about Guys and Dolls. GREAT JOB by everyone in the cast! I am so proud of you! I wish I could post a photo, but I don’t want to break the copyright law.
Here’s the link to Challenge #3. Previous posts on our class blog have links to Challenges 1 and 2. Please make sure you have completed at least one challenge. Check out the blogs of your schoolmates who have been noticed in the challenges! Check out your friends’ blogs. Read the list of kids around the globe who are participating in the challenge and visit one of their blogs. Leave a grammatically correct, thoughtful comment with a question and a link to your blog so that you can continue the conversation. Add a Student Blogging Challenge Widget to your sidebar.
Let me know when you have 100 visitors. That is our third blogging goal this year. When we reach our goal, we’ll plan our third blogging party!
The novel, Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury, introducedus to people, places and things with which we had very limited knowledge. Through reading the book, we learned a bit more about: the attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II, Hawaii, Japanese culture, pigeon racing, and baseball in 1941. Today we will increase our knowledge base even more as we delve into these areas via a webquest.
Please answer these questions as a comment on this post. This counts as a homework grade for all my kids, but we’d love to hear from people around the world, too. Perhaps we’ll hear from someone who lived through World War II, or who lives in Japan or Hawaii.
1. What song does Grampa sing on page 79? Listen to the song. Do you agree with Tomi’s description of it as the slowest song in history? What other record does the song hold? What does the song ask for Japan?
3. Mose and Rico are Portugese; Charlie is Hawaiian; Tomi and his family are Japanese; Billy is haole. Hawaii is a melting pot. Read this short history of Hawaii. Briefly explain how Hawaii developed such a diverse population. What other interesting piece of information did you read?
As we become lifelong readers, we realize that we may often be in situations where someone asks us, “Have you read any good books lately?” This question may arise at a dinner party, a book club, or when out to dinner with friends. We decided to turn our classroom into a cafe so that we could practice the niceties of conversation and dining in one fell swoop. Thanks to all our terrific parents who sent us some goodies! We enjoyed donuts, cookies, fruit, assorted chips, candy, chocolate milk and soda. Everyone fed their bodies with snacks and brains with conversation as we discussed books we read this month and practiced our etiquette while dining.
Here are some favorite tomes:
Harry Potterand the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Caught (book 5 of The Missing series) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (one of Mrs. Donofrio’s favorite authors)
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey byTim Tebow
The Red Pyramid, The Maze of Bones, and The Last Hero all by Rick Riordan
The Big Miss (biography of Tiger Woods) by Hank Haney
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and Safe Haven allby Nicholas Sparks
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gate by Eva Gray
The Last Natural by Bryce Harper
Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone
Wonder by R.J. Polacio
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The River by Gary Paulsen
Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell
A Father First by Dwayne Wade
Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees
Poppy by Avi
Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
The Fire by James Patterson
Friday Night LIghts by H.G. Baissinger
Forest of Secrets (part of the Warrior Cat series) by Erin Hunter
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
Middle School Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinny
As you can see, we have a diverse selection of books fueled by the interests of a diverse group of kids! If you are looking for a summer read, you might find a good choice from our list. Then you can get together with your friends for your own book talk cafe!
If one of these titles interests you, leave a comment here, and I can direct you to the blog of the student who read that book. Happy Reading!
Rather than collecting book reports this month, I will host a Book Talk Café. One of my goals is to develop students who are lifelong readers. As an adult, after I have read a book, I like to talk about it with others who may find it interesting. I also like to hear about books that my friends have read. Book Talk Café will involve learning about the art of conversation.
Here are some ideas I might share in a conversation about books.
Interesting information about the author, including other books he/she wrote
Where and when the book is set
Why I picked the book up in the first place
What I thought about the author’s writing
What characters I liked and didn’t like
What parts of the plot I thought were exciting
What parts of the plot I thought were unrealistic
What I learned from the story
Whether or not I liked this book and why
You should think about how you would answer these questions for the book you read this month.
It’s also nice to have something to eat while you are enjoying conversation with your friends. Of course, eating with others has its own etiquette. In addition to practicing the art of conversation, we will also practice good manners. Dining in a pleasant atmosphere adds to the enjoyment of the food and conversation. I will provide some decorations for our café, some simple refreshments, and a brief overview of appropriate manners for conversation and dining. If any parents would be interested in supplementing our menu, we would all be appreciative. Please let me know via your child, through email, or as a blog comment.
Our Book Talk Café will take place on Thursday, March 21st.
Kudos to Franklin, John, Cogan, and Hannah for completing the Blogging Challenge for week 1. You kids chose interesting people and thought up very intriguing questions. I was impressed!
In light of the novel we are reading this month, Under the Blood Red Sun, and in response to the Blogging Challenge from week 1, here is a letter written by an unnamed sailor from Pearl Harbor. Think about what we have read/learned about the attack so far, and read this letter.
Here is the link to Blogging Challenge Week 2. You have lots of options, but one is to write about something you are passionate about. I’ll be working on this challenge, too! Deadline is next Sunday. Make sure you check out some of the blogs from other students around the world who are participating as well. Have fun! I’m looking forward to reading your posts.
Parade Magazine ran their annual “What People Earn” issue this week. They included a 27-year-old blogger who makes $18,000 a year. That could be you!
What do you think are the pros and cons of blogging for a living?
Winners of First Annual Family Blogging Month Challenge
We instituted Family Blogging Month in February here at Hey, Kids! Each week we entered the names of everyone whose family member or friend commented on his/her blog. On Fridays in February, we drew the name of one lucky winner who received a few tasty treats and a No Homework Pass for language arts as well. At the end of the month, we gave prizes to the students with the:
Most Visitors (567)
Most Comments (200)
Farthest Visitor (Australia- multiple winners in this category. We had to draw a name again.)
These lucky winners received the No Homework Pass, some treats, AND a No Uniform Pass to use at their discretion.
Right on the heels of February’s Family Blogging Month is the Student Blogging Challenge in March. All my Kids should click on the link and write about this month’s challenge on their blogs. We hope to make some stellar connections with new friends around the globe.
What contests have you entered? What prizes have you won?