Archive for November 2009

Students write about hunting

November 23, 2009

Fourth graders Kylee, Destiny and Tyler  wrote a book in Mrs. Clarke’s class about hunting, called Eleven Tips to Bag a Deer Safely.  Here are their rules:

1.  Make sure nobody is in your way any time you shoot a gun.

2.  Put deer scent on your body so that deer cannot smell you.

3.  Put body armor on just in case a moose, a deer, or a bear attacks.

4.  Wear eye protection and camouflage.  Remember to wear orange so other hunters can see you and don’t shoot you.

5.  Travel into the woods and go hunting.

6.  Load your gun in the woods because it is the law.

7.  Never point your gun to the side when loading.  Point it at the sky or down low to the ground.

8.  Cock your gun and don’t have your fingers too close to the hammer.

9.  Go hunting for the deer.

10.  Kneel down and wait until you notice a deer.

11.  Stand up and shoot and hope you bag a deer.

Luke’s Fort!

November 20, 2009

One of Mrs. Lavoie’s third graders, Luke, recently read a CPS library book about building forts. He and his dad spent some time working on fort building in their back yard. Luckily Luke has lots of woods around his house and he was able to make a wonderful hideout. “This book inspired me,”Luke says. “I spent hours with my Dad making the plans. He brought home 4 big cardboard cartons and we made it on a hill. It was really fun, and I think other kids should make one, too.” Here are some pictures of the outside and the inside of his fort:

Great job, Luke! I’m glad you and your Dad had fun making this together, and I bet you and your friends and family will have lots of good times hanging out in your fort.

THE PERCY JACKSON SERIES by Rick Riordan

November 18, 2009

Alec, a 5th grader in Mrs. Morin’s class who loves to read, wrote this review of one of his favorite series:

The Percy Jackson series is a great series of bravery, danger, and friendship. It is about a 12-year-old boy who one day finds that he is the son of the all-powerful Poseidon. It starts out when he gets expelled from yet another school. When he gets home, his mother decides to take him to the beach. But in the night, his best friend Grover comes over as a satyr, saying something is following him! They all hop in the car and drive as fast as they can. After awhile, something splits the roof of the car! They crash! Worst of all, some big, giant monster (the minotaur) is hot on their trail! Grover falls unconscious so they have to drag him up the hill. But then the minotaur comes raging in and snatches up Percy’s mom and squeezes her until she explodes! If you want to know more, please read the books (1,2,3,4, and 5). READ NOW before the new movie comes out!

Don’t skip Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2009

I grew up half an hour from Plymouth Plantation, and when I was in elementary school we made a big deal out of Thanksgiving. I remember making Pilgrim hats, having plays, making cornbread, etc. I loved it! Just because the Christmas ads are on tv and the Christmas songs are playing in the stores, let’s not skip this chapter of American history. Here are a few wonderful Thanksgiving books in the CPS Library:

Uncle Buncle’s House

November 17, 2009

Mrs. Clarke’s kindergarten students have been ADAPTING books the last few weeks.  They are very excited about this version of one of their favorites, Uncle Buncle’s House:

Great job, kindergarteners!

RUFUS M. by Eleanor Estes

November 13, 2009

My third grade literacy group just read Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes, a wonderful family story about growing up in the 1940’s. Here are some pictures the kids drew of their favorite scenes.

The girls all agree that they LOVE Rufus M. from the very beginning to the very end. They think that other kids should read it, too!

What’s your favorite book?

November 9, 2009

imagesHere’s your chance to let me know what YOUR favorite books are. Don’t just tell me what you’re reading right now; really THINK about the books that have made you love reading, or the books that take you away to another world, or the books that your parents read to you when you were younger that make you smile when you remember them. Leave me a comment about the books that have been important in your life, and why!