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A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trailer Thursday #190 (Favorites) - LAST One for 2016/2017...

Our Favorite BOOKS from 2016/2017

*The year is coming to the end and what a year it has been.

*I didn't quite reach my goal of having my readers create really good and strong book trailers, but we did make some progress as the year progressed.


*I look forward to next year and spending more time, effort, and direct instruction on how trailers are created and what they should include.

*As an end of the year project, I had each student, either alone or with a partner, create a trailer of a favorite novel we shared this year.  It could come from our read aloud and/or book club selections.

*Even if they created one earlier in the year, I had them remake one using all the lessons we learned this year on what makes for a GREAT trailer.


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Voted #1 for Breakfast with Books (by Alex and Reece)
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

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Voted #2 for Breakfast with Books (by Leilly)
Matylda, Bright, & Tender by Holly M. McGhee

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Voted #3 for Breakfast with Books (by Kaitlyn)
Wish by Barbara O'Connor


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Voted #1 for Class Read Aloud (by Lexi and Milana)
Bubbles by Abby Cooper

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Voted #2 for Class Read Aloud (by Abby and Essie)
When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin

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Voted #3 for Class Read Aloud (By Freddy)
Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

Life Lesson #33 (Be Awesome) - LAST One for 2016/2017

"Be Awesome"

*This is the thirty-third Thursday of our school year together and that means it is "Life Lesson" Thursday.

*The Thursday post is also the last one I will be blogging about for the 2016/2017 school year.

*What a year of lessons it has been and I know have made a positive impact on them.  

*This week it is all about kids and how awesome they can be.  I want my students to know how awesome, great, and fantastic they can be!  

*I set aside time during each day for us to work in our writer's notebooks. 

*We talk about what types of writing we can do in the notebook.  Here are some of the possibilities...


-What we notice in the video
-What we wonder about
-Connections we have to the video
-Thoughts, feeling, emotions about the video clip
-Reminders we have from the lesson/message
-Create a fiction story about the video


*Once the video is shared with the writers, we spend a few minutes "talking" about what we observed.

*My writers set up their HEADING in the notebook and we get busy writing.

*During the start-up of the year, I have my students write for about five minutes.  We slowly build our stamina for writing and slowly add time to the writing block. 

*At the end of the individual writing time, we call on a few volunteers to share their actual writing and/or further thoughts about the video we watched and wrote about.

*If there is time, I sometimes share the video clip with my class at the end of the writer's notebook time.  


Life Lessons for 2016-2017…          

Week #1 - Be Brains -                                                  Click Here for Week #1 Lesson
Week #2 - Be Kind to Others -                                     Click Here for Week #2 Lesson      
Week #3 - Be Safe -                                                     Click Here for Week #3 Lesson
Week #4 - Be Responsible -                                        Click Here for Week #4 Lesson    
Week #5 - Be a Friend -                                               Click Here for Week #5 Lesson
Week #6 - Be Courageous -                                        Click Here for Week #6 Lesson
Week #7 - Be Life Changing -                                      Click Here for Week #7 Lesson
Week #8 - Be Spooky -                                                Click Here for Week #8 Lesson
Week #9 - Be Kind -                                                     Click Here for Week #9 Lesson
Week #10 - Be Courageous (To Continue On) -          Click Here for Week #10 Lesson
Week #11 - Be Motivated -                                           Click Here for Week #11 Lesson 
Week #12 - Be Inspired -                                             Click Here for Week #12 Lesson
Week #13 - Be Merry -                                                 Click Here for Week #13 Lesson
Week #14 - Be a Team -                                              Click Here for Week #14 Lesson
Week #15 - Be Giving -                                                Click Here for Week #15 Lesson
Week #16 - Be SHOUTful -                                          Click Here for Week #16 Lesson
Week #17 - Be Happy -                                                Click Here for Week #17 Lesson
Week #18 - Be a Reader -                                           Click Here for Week #18 Lesson
Week #19 - Be Powerful -                                            Click Here for Week #19 Lesson
Week #20 - Be Brave -                                                 Click Here for Week #20 Lesson 
Week #21 - Be Positive -                                              Click Here for Week #21 Lesson
Week #22 - Be a Friend -                                             Click Here for Week #22 Lesson
Week #23 - Be Strong and Courageous                      Click Here for Week #23 Lesson
Week #24 - Be Dance-Like                                          Click Here for Week #24 Lesson
Week #25 - Be Inclusive                                              Click Here for Week #25 Lesson
Week #26 - Be a Sports-Person                                  Click Here for Week #26 Lesson
Week #27 - Be Different                                               Click Here for Week #27 Lesson
Week #28 - Be a Hero                                                  Click Here for Week #28 Lesson
Week #29 - Think Outside the Box                               Click Here for Week #29 Lesson
Week #30 - Live Your Life and Share Passion             Click Here for Week #30 Lesson
Week #31 - Give a Compliment                                    Click Here for Week #31 Lesson
Week #32 - Be Fearless                                               Click Here for Week #32 Lesson

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wonder Wednesday #190 (Favorites of 2016/2017) - LAST One for Year...

Wonder Wednesday - Our Favorite Books of the Year

*I can't believe we are coming to the end of our school year.

*It has been one of the best in my twenty-six year career.

*As I look back on the last 172 days or so, I'm filled with memories of our read aloud time and our "Breakfast with Books" book clubs.


*I wanted to wrap-up my "Wonder Wednesday" posts with a recap/review/highlights of the books we shared through our class read aloud and book club that we have experienced as a group of readers.

*Through the grace and kindness of ALL the authors, we have been able to connect with each one via a classroom visit and/or Skype visit.  This has enriched our lives more than I can describe.

*I created a class poll for both the read aloud and book club selections.  Here are the results...


Class Read Alouds...







Breakfast with Books...





Picture Wednesday #35 (Umbrella Kindness) - LAST One for 2016/2017

"Umbrella Kindness"

*This is the thirty-fifth Wednesday of our year together and that means it is "Picture Wednesday".

*The biggest goal I have for "Picture Wednesday" is to have my writers really think about the image they are observing and do some deep writing.

*This is the last post I'm going to do for "Picture Wednesday" for the 2016/2017 school year.  This is one of my favorite images that I have used with my students.

*The picture captures everything I want to teach my students/writers.  The essence of "human kindness".

*Each Wednesday I feature a photograph, image, or graphic.  My goal is to have my writers do some thinking, reflecting, and writing about the image.

*We talk about what types of writing we can do in the notebook.  Here are some of the possibilities...

-What we notice in the image
-What we wonder about
-Connections we have to the picture
-Thoughts, feeling, emotions about the visual
-Reminders we have from the image
-Create a fiction story about the picture


*Once the image is revealed to the writers, we spend a few minutes "talking" about what we see.

*My writers set up their HEADING in the notebook and we get busy writing.

*During the start-up of the year, I have my students write for about five minutes.  We slowly build our stamina for writers and slowly add time to our writing block. 

*At the end of the individual writing time, we call on a few volunteers to share their actual writing and/or further thoughts about the visual in front of us.


Our Images from 2016-2017...  
Week #1 - Back to School -                               Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #2 - Be Kind to Others -                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #3 - Be Safe -                                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #4 - Be Responsible -                              Click Here to see IMAGE
Week #5 - Animal Friendship -                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #6 - A Helping Hand -                              Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #7 - A Running Jump -                             Click Here to See IMAGE 
Week #8 - Stand-UP/Unity Day -                       Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #9 - Home Sweet Home -                        Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #10 - Camouflage -                                  Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #11 - Dream Big-                                      Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #12 - Sidewalk Biking -                            Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #13 - HUG -                                              Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #14 - Happy Frog -                                   Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #15 - Hair Dryer -                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #16 - Goodbye 2016/Hello 2017              Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #17 - Ghost Rainbow                               Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #18 - Winter Drive                                    Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #19 - Animal Friends                                Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #20-  The Writing Cabin                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #21 - Travel Companion                           Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #22 - Guitar Land                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #23 - Airplane???                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #24 - Concert in the Air                            Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #25 - Water Sir?                                       Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #26 - Sunset Floors                                  Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #27 - Covered Sky                                    Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #28 - Playtime                                          Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #29 - City in the Sky                                 Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #30 - Lunch Time                                     Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #31 - Flying Kid                                        Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #32 - We're Ready                                   Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #33 - Tent Camping                                  Click Here to See IMAGE
Week #34 - Man's Best Friend                           Click Here to See IMAGE

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Treat Tuesday #190 (Happy Book Birthday) - LAST one for 2016/2107...

Treat Tuesday:  Summer Rhubarb Slush

*This is the last "Treat Tuesday" post for the 2016/2017 school year.

*I decided to go with a summer favorite of ours.

*We serve this often for our summer guests and they all rave about it.

*It is the perfect "beverage" for a hot summer day/night!



Ingredients...
*2 quarts water
*8 cups rhubarb
*3 cups sugar
*1/2 cup lemon juice
*1 three ounce box of strawberry jello
*3 cups vodka
*1 two liter of 7-Up

Directions...
1.  Boil together the first FOUR ingredients
2.  Strain
3.  Add jello
4.  Add Vodka
5.  Add 7-Up
6.  Freeze
7.  Add 1/2 slush and 1/2 7-Up to cup and serve

Treat Tuesday:  Middle-Grade Novel










Treat Tuesday:  Young-Adult Novel










Treat Tuesday:  Novel Published for Adults  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Monday #32 (Happy People by Little Big Town) - LAST one of the year...


"Happy People" from Little Big Town

*It is hard to believe this is the last piece of music for Music Monday.  We don't have school next Monday, and I'm not sure what I'll be using for Monday, June 5th which is our last Monday together.

*It has been a GREAT year of music, writing, thinking, and sharing.

*This is a brand new song to me and I've never used it before with my students.  I recently heard it and absolutely loved it.

*I also think it is the perfect song to end my Music Monday posts for the 2016-2017 school year.  I love the idea of being "happy people".  The song and the video are all about being happy and positive thoughts.

*Today is our Thirty-Second Monday together and that means it is time for another musical selection.

*I truly believe Mondays are my favorite day for our writer's notebooks.  

*Each Monday I present a piece of music to my fourth graders.  I usually present this song via a video so they are hearing and seeing the music.  

*After I share the video, we discuss the song/video for a few minutes as a class.  It is always a joy to hear what my young listeners have to say about the song.  

*They then get busy writing in their notebooks.  We start off at the beginning of the year writing for about five minutes.  This will gradually increase as the year progresses.  

*Here are some ideas I give the writers to think about during their writing time...

*Their opinions of the song.
*Their likes and dislikes of the song.
*What the song reminds them of.
*Any connections they may have to the music.
*What they think the message in the piece may be.
*What listeners can learn from the song.
*A fictional story about the music/video.

*These are just some ideas I give to the writers.  They are really free to write anything they would like as long as it connects to the song.

*After our silent reading, we spend a few more minutes sharing out what we wrote.  

*I keep a collection of the videos on our Schoology Site so that my students can always go back and rematch them anytime they wish.


Our Musical Monday Selections for 2016-2017 
Week #1 - "What I Am" by will.i.am                                                    Click Here for Week #1 Music
Week #2 - "Clay" by Grace VanderWaal                                               Click Here for Week #2 Music
Week #3 - "One Voice" by Billy Gilman                                               Click Here for Week #3 Music
Week #4 - "I Don't Know My Name" by Grace VanderWaal                Click Here for Week #4 Music
Week #5 - "Proud" by Heather Small                                                    Click Here for Week #5 Music
Week #6 - "There's a Hero" by Billy Gilman                                        Click Here for Week #6 Music
Week #7 - "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake                    Click Here for Week #7 Music
Week #8 - "Thriller" by Michael Jackson                                             Click Here for Week #8 Music
Week #9 - "Beautiful Thing" by Grace VanderWaal                            Click Here for Week #9 Music
Week #10 - "Live Like a Warrior" by Matisyahu                               Click Here for Week #10 Music
Week #11 - "Thankful" by Josh Groban                                             Click Here for Week #11 Music
Week #12 - "Hall of Fame" by The Script and will.i.am                    Click Here for Week #12 Music
Week #13 - "Clouds" by Zach Sobiach                                               Click Here for Week #13 Music
Week #14 - "Hopeful" by Bars & Melody                                          Click Here for Week #14 Music
Week #15 - "Do They Know Its Christmas" by BandAid                   Click Here for Week #15 Music
Week #16 - "My Hero" by Harris J.                                                    Click Here for Week #16 Music
Week #17 - "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong             Click Here for Week #17 Music
Week #18 - "Be Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw                         Click Here for Week #18 Music
Week #19 - "Dreamer" by Chris Brown                                              Click Here for Week #19 Music
Week #20 - "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth                                    Click Here for Week #20 Music
Week #21 - "I Lived" by One Republic                                               Click Here for Week #21 Music
Week #22 - "One Shining Moment" by Luther Vandross                    Click Here to Week #22 Music
Week #23 - "Fireflies" by Owl City                                                     Click Here for Week #23 Music
Week #24 - "Rise Up" by Andra Day                                                  Click Here for Week #24 Music 
Week #25 - "Shooting Star" by Owl City                                            Click Here for Week #25 Music
Week #26 - "Broken Arrows" by Avicii                                              Click Here for Week #26 Music
Week #27 - "Waka, Waka, This Time for Africa" by Shakira             Click Here for Week #27 Music
Week #28 - "Try Everything" by Shakira                                            Click Here for Week #28 Music
Week #29 - "Chained to the Rhythm" by Katy Perry                          Click Here for Week #29 Music
Week #30 - "The World is Ours" by David Corey                               Click Here for Week #30 Music
Week #31 - "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppets                      Click Here for Week #31 Music

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5/22/17)



Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to their site...
                
Books I Read this Past Week...



Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures 
by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater

*Middle-Grade Novel (3 STARS out of 5 Stars)

*My Book Review






The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

*Young-Adult Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)

*My Book Review








Me & Miranda Mullaly by Jake Gerhardt

*Middle-Grade Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)

My Book Review











Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week 


Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

*My Novel Published for Adults






The Leavers by Lisa Ko

*My Novel Published for Adults (Audio)










Posted by John David Anderson

*My Middle-Grade Novel