*My last several Wednesday posts have been about our Picture Book March Madness Voting. Now that was FUN!
*I really wasn't sure what to do for this week's Wonder Wednesday.
*During one of my reading classes on Tuesday I was thinking about aspects of my language arts teaching that was going really well.
*Here are my top five "literacy" moments from the last week or so (in no particular order)...
5. The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett
*Some kids in my third reading class started asking me about my "homeroom" book club that I run and Skyping with authors.
*This title and Jory John came up and they asked if they could Skype with him. I told him we already did, but they were welcome to read the awesome book.
*The "hold" list for this book grew quite long today.
4. Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
*We just finished our sixth read aloud on Tuesday, April 21st.
*The class absolutely loved the story of Flora and her flying squirrel.
*There was a sigh of a relief as I closed the book. I took this as satisfaction with the conclusion.
3. Minnesota Comprehension Assessment (Reading)
*My reading students took the reading portion of the MCA last Friday, Monday, and Tuesday.
*I decided long ago to NOT teach to the test and instead trust in my readers that they will "soar" through the test because they are life-long readers and have read A LOT this year.
*It was a joy to watch my readers take the test with ease, no stress, and show what strong readers they are.
4. Breakfast with Books (Final Book Club)
*We have had a wonderful year of books, discussions, Skype visits, and author visits.
*For our final book which is coming up in May, I decided to give them a choice between two novels.
*Some of my readers are reading Pie, some are reading Honey, and some are reading both.
*We will Skype with Sarah Weeks during our book club.
*It is a good sign when the readers expressed their disappointment that this is our last book club.
5. Just Jake by Jake Marcionette
*Recently, I ran across this book (and the sequel) at the bookstore.
*I then found out it was written by a teenager. How cool is that!
*I'm been sharing the title with my readers and they are going crazy for these two books.
*It is so much fun when this happens and the book hype travels around the room and from reader to reader.