Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March Grades 1-2 Book Club: Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck


For March's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young. Ben, Bradley, Chase, Dylan, Eden, Hannah, Lyla, and Violet were present. 



Favorite Scene

-When Tank thinks the sand is Swiss Cheese
-When Tank ate the sand
-When he's doing a ton of knots in the book
-The last page




Why was Haggis bored at the beginning of the book?

-It was too early for lunch and too late to bark at the mailperson



What book was Tank reading?

-A Sea Dog's Adventure


Can you list some of the knots that Tank can tie?

-Slip knot
-Square knot
-Stopper knot
-Granny knot



What is the name of the ship?

-The Golden Biscuit
-Because they're dogs, it's funny




We then worked on some fun puzzles and drawing pages that relate to the book.


Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-Two 1's
-One 3
-Five 5's



For April's Book Club, we will be reading Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive by Jack Chabert.

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!


We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

April Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions




Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn't have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he'll have to catch them first, and that's not going to be easy.

Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he's one pesky feline.




Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West 

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?






Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive by Jack Chabert

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

February Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Chicken Squad


For February's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin. Annemarie, Ben, Chase, Colten, Eden, Joseph and Violet were present. 




Why does Tail, the squirrel, faint when he sees JJ?

-Because he's afraid of everything.
-The squirrel is afraid of the shovel.
-JJ chases Tail and it makes Tail nervous.



The chicks think the big, scary thing is a UFO. What is it really?

-A BBQ



Who is Barbara and why does she spray Tail with the hose?


-Barbara is the woman who lives in the house that the chickens live at.
-She sprays Tail with the hose because he's not where he's supposed to be.



Do the chicks ever realize that the UFO is a BBQ?

-No.



Tail doesn’t know his shapes very well. Which shapes do the chicks help him learn?


-rhombus, triangle, circle 



Who is telling the story? 

-JJ is telling the story.



Why would the author use JJ Tully to tell the story? Would the chicks be reliable narrators? Is JJ reliable?

-The author used JJ as the narrator because he is calm and reliable.



Sugar determines (p. 47) that the big, scary thing is a UFO. What is a UFO? What do you know about UFO’s? Are they real? Why do you think that?

-Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)
-They fly, they're spheres
-UFOs are not real
-UFOs are real and I've seen them on TV
-How could they be real if a dog talked



JJ seems gruff, impatient, and critical of the chicks. How do you think he really feels about them?

-Caring
-JJ doesn't really feel that way about them because if he did, he wouldn't worry about them



We then worked on some fun puzzles and drawing pages that relate to the book.


Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-Four 4s
-Two 5s


For February's book club, we will be reading Haggis and Tank Unleashed by Jessica Young.

Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane, and Haggis is a bored, curmudgeonly Scottie--so one afternoon Tank suggests they turn the wagon in the backyard into a ship and play pirate.



We will be meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

March Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.


Haggis and Tank Unleashed by Jessica Young

Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane, and Haggis is a bored, curmudgeonly Scottie--so one afternoon Tank suggests they turn the wagon in the backyard into a ship and play pirate.


The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

January Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Bad Guys



For January's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. Ben, Chase, Colten, Dylan, Eden and Hannah were present. 




We then worked on some worksheets, including a word search, drawing our own "hero vehicle" and working on a quiz to find out if we have what it takes to be a "bad guy!".


Please rate this book from 0-5, with 0 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-One 4
-Four 4s



For February's book club, we will be reading The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin.

Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals.

But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.



We will be meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 

Monday, January 6, 2020

February Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions



The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals.

But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.





Judy Moody Was In a Mood by Megan McDonald

To start, Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she'll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet, and a huge Band-Aid collection. 

Judy also has an abundance of individuality and attitude, and when Mr. Todd assigns a very special class project, she really gets a chance to express herself!







Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger and Jared Chapman

Koko Dodo the cookie chef has a big problem. Today is the day of the royal cookie contest, and someone has stolen his top-secret fudge sauce! Luckily, a spy enters the scene just in time (or rather, crashes in on her roller skates): Didi Dodo! This might be Didi’s first case ever, but she has a daring plan to help Koko. Koko would prefer a safe, simple, sure-to-work plan, but without another option, he and the amateur sleuth take off on a wacky caper full of high-speed chases and big belly laughs that could only come from the mind of Tom Angleberger.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December Grades 1-2 Book Club: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon



For December's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon. Ben, Chase, Colten, Dylan, Lyla, and Trent were present. We used the following links in order to guide our discussion about the book.


https://bookroo.com/book-quiz/dory-fantasmagory


http://www.allthewonders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Dory-Activities.pdf



We then worked on some worksheets, including a word search.


Please rate this book from 0-5, with 0 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-One 4
-Four 4s



For January's book club, we will be reading The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.

The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 4:00 p.m. Please note later date and time, due to the New Year's holiday. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

January Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.



The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals.

But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.




The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? 

November Grades 1-2 Book Club: Captain Pug



For November's Book Club, we read Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas by Laura James. Fifteen kids were present. Miss Lisa was absent, so no blogging took place.


"Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He's had jam tarts for breakfast. He's wearing a smart sailor suit. There's just one problem. Pug is afraid of the water!"-- Provided by publisher.

Monday, October 7, 2019

October Grades 1-2 Book Club: Toys Go Out


For October's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. Annemarie, Chase, Colten, Dylan, Eden, Joseph, LJ, Lyla, and Violet were present. Here's some of what we talked about!



In chapter one of Toys Go Out, StingRay says, "it's not so bad if you don't complain." Does complaining make you feel better? Or worse? How does it make others feel when someone is complaining?

-Worse because they're complaining and it might make me complain.
-I like to tease my siblings when they complain.
-I would hate it so much if they complain, I would yell at them.
-I would be so angry that I would tackle them.
-I would throw them.
-I would yell at my sister.
-I would just get mad and walk away.



Lumphy would rather be warned about something that he won't like. Would you? Why, or why not?
-No
-I would like to be warned so that I don't hurt myself or get something wrong
-I would rather not be warned because I wouldn't want to do it anyway
-I would rather not so that I don't get frightened to death
-Yes, because I would like to be prepared for things


The Girl says her toys are her best friends. What makes someone a best friend? Can we always say that one friend is best, or are there different sorts of friends, with different qualities? Are oldest friends the same as best friends? Do you think the Little Girl loves one toy more than the others? Why or why not?
-I would make a new friend
-My oldest friend is older than my dad
-I would want to make a new friend. I only have a few friends in this country.
-The Little Girl preferred the StingRay over the other toys. She got StingRay when she turned four and it's her oldest toy.



Lumphy is afraid of the washing machine -- and comes to love it. (Him.) Have you ever been afraid of something and come to love it, later? What? How did that happen? Did you learn anything from that experience?

-One of my dogs because she always bit people but then I started to know her and loved her.
-I used to be scared of the rat in a movie but then I realized how the scary rat could be defeated.
-I used to not like Whitey at all and only liked Blackey but now I like Whitey as well.



We then worked on some worksheets, including a word search.


Please rate this book from 0-5, with 0 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-One 0
-Two 3
-Three 4
-Two 5
(one member didn't get a chance to vote)

For November's book club, we will be reading Captain Pug by Laura James.


"Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He's had jam tarts for breakfast. He's wearing a smart sailor suit. There's just one problem. Pug is afraid of the water!"-summary


We will be meeting on Wednesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 
 


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Grades 1-2 Book Club: My Father's Dragon



For September's Grade 1-2 Book Club, we read My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Chase, Colton, Eden and Edward were present. Here's some of what we discussed!



What items did Elmer bring with him in his sack?

-jackknife
-2 dozen pink lollipops
-23 tangerines
-chewing gum
-magnifying glass
-boots
-rubber bands


Would you like to have traveled with Elmer? Why or why not?

-Yes, because I would love to see a dragon that breathes fire on me
-Yes, I would like to go on an adventure to beat up all the animals
-No, I don't want to see a dragon or go on an adventure 
-Yes, because I would like to see him tricking all of the animals. When I see the dragon, he will blow fire in my face and set off the bomb in my face.


How would you describe Wild Island?

-as a jungle, on a beach, with a river-the animals had to go around the river to get to the other side
-the animals had to use a dragon to get across. 
-the animals weren't nice to the dragon


Let's talk about the animals that Elmer encounters. What happened with each animal?

-they all got tricked
-the rhino spent a ton of time brushing his tusk clean 
-Elmer braided the lion's mane
-he tricked the tigers into chewing their gum and checking each other's mouths and they were distracted
-Elmer tricked the gorilla with the magnifying glass and the monkey came to take off his fleas
-he tricked the alligators into following each other by attaching lollipops to their tails


Would you say that Elmer is brave? Why?

-Elmer is brave because he saw all those animals that wanted to kill him but he survived
-a fisherman told him that no one ever came back from Wild Island but he went anyway


Pretend you could design your own island. Tell us all the details about it.

-every animal, even a cuckoo dog
-my island would be full of milk and cinnamon toast crunch and millions of dollar and gum and Chips Ahoy and a huge TV screen and the coolest house
-my island would be full of candy, millions of dollars and O's (the cereal) and gum and Chips Ahoy and a huge TV screen and the coolest house
-my island would be filled with outdoor spaces. A water park, an amusement park, a wave pool, a skating rink, a movie theater and maybe an aquarium and a quintillion dollars


We then worked on some worksheets, including a word search.



Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-1,000
-3
-5
-7,000
-one billion


For October's book club, we will be reading 

Toys Go Out : Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys:
In the backpack, where it is very dark -- The serious problem of Plastic-ness -- The terrifying bigness of the washing machine -- The possible shark -- How Lumphy got on the big high bed, and lost something rather good looking -- It is difficult to find the right birthday present.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and register for Book Club (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 



March Grades 1-2 Book Club: Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck

For March's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young. Ben, Bradley, Chase, Dylan,...