Archive for October 2013

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Halloween

October 29, 2013

By the time we get to the end of October, I am usually pretty tired of reading spooky stories.  Today in Mrs. Lavoie’s third grade class, I decided to try something new and different.  I showed them ED EMBERLEY’S DRAWING BOOK OF HALLOWEEN

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and told them if they followed the simple step-by-step directions, they could produce Halloween masterpieces!  If I could draw THIS:

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then I figure ANYONE can!

By the end of the class, everyone had completed a spooky picture using the simple instructions.

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Makenzie’s apple dolls

October 25, 2013

It is that time of year again, when I read THE APPLE DOLL by Elisa Kleven and the students all say they want the directions to make their own apple doll at home.  It’s a lot of work, but usually one student will show up a few weeks later with a doll.  This year, it was Makenzie in Mrs. Lee’s second grade class.  She made THREE dolls with her grandmother.  Imagine my surprise when she brought in this fancy box, untied the lid, and unveiled these creative masterpieces!


October 18, 2013

galaxy zackHave you ever wondered what it would be like to live on another planet? Are you interested in what the future might be like? The “Galaxy Zack” books might be a good series for you!

In this new  easy chapter book series, a boy named Zack moves with his family from Earth to a planet called Nebulon. The sky, land, and water are different colors than on Earth, the cars fly, and the Nebulites speak very differently. Zack is nervous to move and he thinks no one will like him at school. He has to get used to everything on Nebulon.  There are amazing gadgets; for instance, when Zack pushes a button, his bed comes down from the ceiling at night!   There’s  an Indoor Robotic Assistant (IRA) that is wired throughout the house and does almost everything for Zack and his family.   There are fun pictures on every page, making these books great for beginning chapter book readers, but they would be great for a family read-aloud, too.