Sunday, February 28, 2010

Voting Time!

The library has been so alive with readers for the past two months as parents and students have devoured the books on the Panther Paw shelf. It's finally time to cast your votes for your favorite. All students, parents and teachers who have read at least ten of the books on the list are eligible to vote. Circle your choice on the ballot. Students will get ballots in the classroom. Parents can pick up ballots in the library. Votes will be counted on Friday.

Be sure to check out the awesome campaign posters and paragraphs created by the second grade Grizzlies.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Home Run

Ten second grade guys who read Home Run by Robert Burleigh shared their lunch and their thoughts about the story of Babe Ruth. What a lively book talk! The guys were amazed by Babe's sixty homers in one season, and they remembered details about Babe that were described in the book. The guys laughed while watching a quick video clip of Babe and Arithmetic filmed about eight decades ago. Babe, Yogi, and Pudge aren't the only guys with great nicknames. You might know these fantastic guy readers: "Big Shot," "Wild Thing," "Muser," "Jass," "Stitches," "Score," "Mashoo," "Thitter Flame," and "Stonewall Jackson."

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Books We Love Lunch

All of the first grade girls met for our very first "Books We Love" lunch in the library. Everyone brought their lunch and a book that they love to show to their friends. The lunch together was such fun, but the book sharing was even more exciting. The girls talked about much loved books that were passed on to them by other family members, books from series that they had recently discovered, books that connected to classroom studies, and books that tickled their funnybones. That wonderful half hour in the library just zoomed by!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

2nd Grade Guys Read Alvin Ho

Wow! Over 30 second grade guys met for the first Parish Guys Book Club lunch in the library. Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things inspired some fantastic conversation! The guys made their own list of things that they were "allergic to." They talked about possible superhero names. We watched a quick advertisement for Johnny Astro, the toy that Alvin's dad loved when he was a boy.

The guys made so many connections with Alvin, and it seems that everyone is sure that they want to read the new book in the series, Alvin Ho:Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters.
Wordle - Guys again: "Wordle: Guys again"

This wordle shows some of the things that the guys find scary. The larger the word, the more often it was listed. Click on the wordle for a closer look!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wax Museum

Our library became the most fantastic Wax Museum this morning! The second graders chose biographies to read and to learn about a famous person. After gathering, organizing, and memorizing facts about the person, they dressed and became that person in wax. Visitors to the library/museum pressed a button and learned important facts about the life of the exhibit. Guests to the museum are always so impressed with the amount of learning that happens with this project. The second graders were amazing!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wallwisher and Panther Paw

This is Wallwisher. (Thanks, Tara!) Let's experiment with this application and see if we can build a wall of comments about the Panther Paw books. I can't wait to read about the books that you love the most!

Panther Paw 2010

Here are the Panther Paw 2010 books. Everyone who reads ten of the books is eligible to vote. That includes parents! If you read all 20, be sure to put a PAW in the drawing for a set of books for your classroom. Voting will begin on March 1. Happy reading!

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