Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December Grades 1-2 Book Club: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

 


For December's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara. Thomas was present. 



Who is Tom's older brother?


Who is Tom's neighbor and friend? What is his sister's name?


What happens to the goldfish at the beginning of the story?


What does Tom name the goldfish? Why does he give him that name?


Who is the first person to get "zombified" by Frankie?


What happened to Mark on the slide after Frankie escaped the bathroom? Did everyone start to believe that Frankie is a zombie goldfish?


What do Tom and Pradeep call Pradeep's brother Sanj?


What is the name of Mark and Sanj's evil plan?


What is BBEDLAM?


Who at school gets zombie hypno-virused?


How did the lunch ladies help thwart Mark and Sanj's plan?


Which lunch lady has watched a lot of zombie movies and so doesn't get zombified?



How did Pradeep and Tom stop Sanj and Mark from releasing the virus onto the internet?


Who got an appreciation assembly, courtesy of Mark and Pradeep?



Favorite Scene?



Have you read other books like this?



Will you be reading the sequel to this book?



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




For January's Book Club, we will be reading

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?"

We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 6 at 3:30 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the library and register  (so Miss Lisa can send you the Zoom password). 



January 2020 Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions


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?




Who Is Geronimo Stilton?
That's me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, my books are all best-sellers! What's that? You've never read one? Well, my books are full of fun. They are whisker-licking good stories, and that's a promise!

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
It all started when my sister, Thea, discovered a mysterious map. It showed a secret treasure on a faraway island. And before I could let out a squeak of protest, Thea dragged me into her treasure hunt! In no time at all, we'd set sail for the island. It was an adventure I'd never forget....





When an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother take turns describing each other, it’s no surprise that “The Pain” and “The Great One” are the nicknames that emerge. As this duo debates whom Mom and Dad love most, their competition becomes increasingly humorous—because when it comes to family affection, there’s no such thing as win or lose.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October Grades 1-2 Book Club: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg


For October's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by Lauren Tarshis. Drew was present. 



How old is Thomas?

11


Who was Thomas thinking about at the beginning of the book?

Clem, who was his cousin.


What do Thomas and Birdie do at the end of the chapter?

They ran away. Because the slave catchers were coming for Thomas.


What did Thomas and Birdie do when they ran away from the plantation? What time of day is it?

They ran away at night so that everyone would be asleep. No one would be able to spot them.


Who did Thomas and Birdie run into on their escape journey? Where was he hiding?

A Union soldier was hiding in a tree. 


What did Thomas do that helped save the Yankee's life?

He threw a skunk at the Rebels. 


Where will the soldiers be marching to for battle?

They're headed to Gettysburg.


Did the other men in the Union army regiment like Thomas and Birdie? What do you think they liked about the kids?

Yes, they remind them of their children.


What does Lester mean by "This is going to be another Fredericksburg"?

He meant that it could be a really bloody battle.


When Clem was writing words in the dirt instead of working in the fields, what did Mr. Knox do to him?

He whipped him.


What happened to Birdie that was really scary?

She was kidnapped.


What did the captain need right away?

Ammunition.


What did Henry give Thomas to protect when he went into battle? What did he say to Thomas right before he went off to fight?

A book with pictures made by Henry's grandparent. Thomas and Birdie were going to live with Henry.


What happened to the characters of our story at Gettysburg, especially to Thomas and Henry?

Henry died after getting shot by a bullet shell. Thomas was injured but he survived.


Where did Thomas and Birdie end up after the battle?

Vermont. 


What is Clem's new plan?

Clem is going back down South to help with the supply lines and then he'll come back to live with Thomas and Birdie.


Favorite Scene

The marching. But really every scene was a favorite scene.


Have you read other books like this, either an I Survived Book or one about the Civil War?

I have read almost all of the I Survived books and am interested in other Civil books.



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

I rank it a 4!



For November's Book Club, we will be reading Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

"A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything."

We will be meeting on Wednesday, November 4 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!). Please be sure to dress warmly for the weather. If the weather is too cold (or rainy or snowy!), we'll Zoom. Miss Lisa will send the link and password to those who have registered by 1 p.m. on the day of Book Club.

November Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.


Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Middy Thomas

A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.


Hansel and Gretel retold by Rika Lesser and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner.

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!). 
 

December Grades 1-2 Book Club: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

  For December's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read   My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara. Thomas was present.   Who is Tom's ol...