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!). 



October Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas by Laura James

On one very ordinary day Pug's nose knows that breakfast is on its way. And with breakfast, come crumbs – but not just any old crumbs, jam tart crumbs. Jam tarts are Pug's favorite food, and he loves nothing more than to share them with his best friend, Lady Miranda. But just before Pug can finish the last jam tart, Lady Miranda picks him up and whisks him away for a sea-faring adventure. Unfortunately for Pug, it turns out that water may be his biggest fear!


The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh



Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.



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.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April Grades 1-2 Book Club: Clementine





For April's Book Club, we read Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Abigail, Cameron, Chase, Colten, Matthew, Novi, Reis, Teddy, and Trent were present. Here's some of what we discussed, based on the publisher's website.


Clementine begins her personal narrative with, “I have had not so good of a week.” (page 1) The rest of the book is certainly proof of that. What was your worst week in recent memory? 

-When I went to the Principal's office
-I never had a worst week
-I had a worst day when, in the morning, I had nothing to do. Then I got told on for just sitting on the Buddy Bench. And then my teacher yelled at me. And then I didn't get what I wanted for lunch. Then I had to sit on the Buddy Bench again. Then I got yelled at again. No one wanted to play with me. And then I got hit by a cone.
-I was sick for 3 days and then I had to stay home for 4 days



Clementine says, “If they had a special class for gifted kids in art, I would definitely be in it.” (page 10) She tells her mother, who is an artist, “When I grow up, I might be an artist.” If there could be a gifted class for one of your special talents or interests, what would it be? 

-Baseball
-Tap dancing/moving your feet a bazillion time fast
-Gymnastics and soccer and baseball and golf and football and skiing
-Soccer and baseball
-Plumber
-Ice skating and soccer
-Art
-Eating candy


Even in the first chapter, you’ll notice many differences between the personalities of fourth grader Margaret and third grader Clementine. Compare and contrast them. Which one is more like you and why?

-Margaret
-Clementine because she cuts all of Margaret's hair off and I would do that
-I cut my own hair so I'm more like Clementine
-A mix of both
-More like Margaret because I don't usually get in trouble
-More like Margaret because I don't like getting my hair cut
-Margaret looked like a weirdo with her hair really short


When she was little, Clementine tells us, she used to be afraid of ceiling snakes “just waiting to drip on you.” Now she says she’s only afraid of pointy things and boomerangs. (page 11) What weird things are you afraid of and why?  How have you dealt with, conquered, or overcome one of your fears?

-I'm scared of nothing because why would I be?
-I like to scare myself so every time I could, I would pick up anything like a snake to scare myself
-Cheese and bananas
-Poison and pink
-I'm scared of things that are hanging
-Black mambas
-Any kind of mold because I can't breathe around it 
-I'm also scared of books on shelves



What are some of the vegetable names Clementine uses for her brother? What interesting names or nicknames have you given to family, friends, pets, or toys like stuffed animals?  How did you come up with these names? 


Draw a picture of the important people, pets, and things in your life, labeled with the names you use for them. 


Clementine says, “Last year a writer came to my school and said, Pay Attention! But she didn’t mean to the teacher, she meant pay attention to what’s going on around you, so you can write about it. Then she looked exactly at me and said to notice the good stuff and write it down so you don’t forget it.” (page 41) If you’re going to be an artist or a writer, you need to pay attention to what you see. What interesting things have you noticed lately? Make an illustrated poster with a list. 


Clementine says, “Thursday morning I woke up with a spectacularful idea. I am lucky that way—spectacularful ideas are always sproinging up in my brain. The secret thing I know about ideas is that once they sproing into your head you have to grab them fast, or else they get bored and bounce away.” (page 65) What spectacularful ideas have sproinged up in your brain lately? What did you do with them and how did they work out? 


In one week, Clementine cuts off Margaret’s hair, colors it with red Magic Marker, and tries to glue her own cut-off hair onto Margaret’s head. What do you think is going on between Clementine and Margaret? Consider both their points of view. When you are angry, sometimes it helps to write down exactly how you are feeling. 


Clementine says, “Here is a secret good thing: Sometimes I like journal writing at school because I can remind myself of the things I might forget when I’m a grown-up. Like that I plan to smoke cigars. And I do not plan to get married. . . . What if I forget those things?” (page 93)  Make a list of the things you don’t want to forget when you are a grown-up. 


How and why do Clementine and Margaret apologize to each other? What kinds of apology have you offered to someone recently? Why did you need to apologize? How was your apology received? 


What would you put on a hat to give to Clementine? Describe each item you would put on it and why. 


Clementine cleans out everything from under her bed, which she calls “The Black Hole.” (pages 123) What’s under your bed? (Or in your closet or in your desk?) Clean it out and make a list of everything you find. 


We see this story of Clementine’s “not so good of a week” from her point of view. What about Margaret? How do you think she feels about everything that has happened with Clementine all week? 



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


1-1
2-4
3-0
4-0
5-4



For May's book club, we will be reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald.

Mrs. Piggle-wiggle, the widow of a pirate, has a remarkable way of handling children. She manages to cure a persistent never-want-to-go-to-bedder, an answer-backer, and a slow-eater-tiny-bite-taker.
We will meet on Monday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. Please note the later date and time than usual!


May Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser














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.




Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Book Cover

Mrs. Piggle-wiggle, the widow of a pirate, has a remarkable way of handling children. She manages to cure a persistent never-want-to-go-to-bedder, an answer-backer, and a slow-eater-tiny-bite-taker.




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

Book Cover

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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

April Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions



The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich ; with illustrations by the author.


Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.


Clementine by Sara Pennypacker


While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.


El Deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky.


"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for"-- from publisher's web site.



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. ...