Archive for the ‘Student Book Projects’ category

“Rising Star” award

June 25, 2013
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Many stacks in this picture contain SIX books each; others have three or four.

At Awards Day on the last day of school, I honored a Third Grader in Mrs. Wight’s room who did something amazing this year.  I previously wrote of how Peyton read over 100 books for the American Girl Tea Party (the expectation was to read 5).  She set herself a goal in January to read EVERY AMERICAN GIRL BOOK IN THE LIRARY, which ended up being 105.  She was excited and consistent about it, and her enthusiasm and daily visits to the library from January to April really brightened my winter work days.   Here’s to commitment and drive, Peyton: may you continue to achieve your goals!  I have no doubt that you will!

Congratulations, Utah!

November 16, 2012

Utah is the first student to complete the reading and sharing for the Fourth Grade Library Sleepover! Here he is clutching his “million dollar bookmark”. He read some very challenging books, and informed me that he will “never stop reading.” I believe that, Utah! Congratulations!


October 23, 2012

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A very interesting bulletin board has been creating excitement lately at CPS. Located in the k-1 wing, this bulletin board is a Title I project and invites readers to add a picture of a book they have read to the map. It’s been fun to see students look at the map and say “Timbuktu? I have no idea where that is” and then after some careful searching they figure it out. Recently, outer space has been added, as well as “Star Wars outer space”, courtesy of fifth grade super artist Trey Meader.


May 3, 2012

We finished up Learn Something New in all three fifth grade classes this week.  I challenged the students to check out a nonfiction book and LEARN SOMETHING NEW:  whether it be how to cook, how to build a fairy house, or how to do a magic trick.   I am pleased to announce that I had 100% participation!!  How awesome to have kids tell me that they built a fairy house with their father, or a raft with their next door neighbor.  We had a few bows and arrows;  new words in Finnish, Italian, and French;  yoga lessons;  slingshots and bottle rockets;  and so much more.

Have you ever written to an author?

March 30, 2012

Trey, a very creative fourth grader in Mrs. Jerome’s class who we’ve heard from before (!!!), had an interesting story to tell me today:

“I was making origami Darth Papers and origami Yodas, and I decided I wanted to make an origami creation of my own. It wasn’t really hard once I started it. I wanted it to be Hans Solo, but it turned out to be Anakin. Tom Angleberger, the author of the book ORIGAMI YODA and DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK, was one of my favorite authors so I decided to show him. I mailed him the origami Anakin and wrote him a letter. Every day I would beg Mom to go to the post office on the way in to school to see if my letter had come. I was getting tired of waiting, and was deciding to give up, when my Mom tucked a card in my hand when I first woke up this morning and I found out it was already open. Inside, I saw Tom’s letter along with two stickers and a temporary tattoo. I felt really excited that a famous author had written to me. I shared it with my classmates after recess. Everyone really loved it and wished they had an author’s signature of their own.”

Awesome!  I love it when kids are so connected to a book that they will write a letter to the author, AND I’m glad that Tom Angleberger was kind enough to write back.

Trouble River again!

February 17, 2012

My third grade literacy group just finished Trouble River by Betsy Byars, a historical fiction novel about Dewey and Grandma escaping the Indians on a raft that Dewey built. Grandma’s in her rocking chair as they shoot the rapids! As we did last year, we all made rafts and floated a Lego Grandma in the sink. Did they sink or float? Check out these smiles and you be the judge.

Trey’s latest

January 30, 2012

Trey, a fourth grader in Mrs. Jerome’s class, has been really “wowing” me with his sleepover club projects. Last month his December book report was wrapped up as a Christmas present (check back a few posts to see it), and this month his Myth/Legend/FairyTale report was waiting for me on my desk in a TREASURE CHEST. He read ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, and his written piece was every bit as showy as the package it came in; in other words, beautifully written.   In the picture below, you will see his report scrolled up and resting in a bed of jewels:

Another winner for Trey!  Such fun to be surprised every month!

A late Christmas present??

January 4, 2012

Here’s what I saw on my desk when I walked into the library the first day after Christmas vacation:

I thought, “Oh, nice! How fun to get another Christmas present!” Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be one of my very clever fourth grader’s Library Sleepover Projects. The note reads “open the Lego box to find my December book project. From Trey”   Interesting!  Even better than a present!  Here’s the 3-D scene that Trey made at home to showcase AN ELK DROPPED IN, his December book:

(Click on the image to enlarge it and see the details.)

Nice job, Trey. You always keep me guessing what your next creative move will be. Can’t wait for January’s project!

Caroline: Sleepover-bound!

October 5, 2011

Caroline in Mrs. Jerome’s class was awarded her “million dollar bookmark” today, signifying that she has completed her eight books and her projects for the Fourth Grade Library Sleepover.

I always tell the students it isn’t a race:  they have the whole year to read their eight books and share them with the class.  But there are always a few eager beavers (should I say eager READERS?)  who are motivated to finish early.  Caroline did not take the easy way out, either:  she read very challenging books and she did excellent projects.  Today she brought me this “lift the flap” poster about GODS AND GODDESSES OF OLYMPUS written and illustrated by Aliki.  I really like the detail she used to illustrate each god and goddess.  And when you lift each flap, there is more information.



A few hours later, Caroline presented me with this illustrated information sheet about THE WORST (BEST) HALLOWEEN EVER  by Barbara Robinson.  She wrote about the characters, the problem, and the setting, against a backdrop of Halloween candy!  Very creative.

(Note:  Click on the images to enlarge them and read Caroline’s work.)

Addie’s Apple Doll

October 4, 2011

I always read THE APPLE DOLL by Elisa Kleven at this time of year to my second grade classes.  It’s a story about a lonely girl who finds friends after she shares her apple doll at school. She learns how to dry the apple in lemon juice, and the apple starts to look like a “grandma” or a “grandpa”.   The students are often interested enough to take home the directions for making their own apple doll, and SOMETIMES an apple doll will appear in the library the next week or so!  This morning, Addie in Ms. Lee’s class brought me her apple doll.  Here is Addie showing her doll:



Addie reported that she made the apple doll with her grandmother, and she sewed some of the clothes herself.  GOOD JOB, ADDIE!  Your doll is so cute.