Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December Grades 1-2 Book Club: Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid



For December's Book Club, we read Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. Cameron, Chase, Colten, Luna, Matthew, Reis, Sergius, and Zack were present. This is what we talked about!



Who was your favorite character in Stink? Why?

-I liked Judy because she was bossy. If Stink was president, he could boss Judy around.
-I liked Stink because he's stinky. He carried the newt around.
-Stink because he's the littlest one is his class.
-I don't have a favorite character.
-Newt because he stink.
-Newt because I like that he is in the lizard family.
-Stink because he's the main character.


Who was your least favorite character? Why?

-Newt because he's stinkier than Stink.
-Stink because he stinks at getting taller.
-Judy because she's the stinkiest person in the book.
-I didn't have a least favorite.
-Stink because he's a little bit mean. He's mean to his sister.
-Judy because she lost the newt down the drain.
-Judy because she used her hands to try to get Newton out, when she should have used the net.
-Judy because she bosses Stink around and she's mean.



Did you have a favorite scene? What was it?

-The cat sticking his tongue out.
-When Stink was at the nurse's office.
-I liked it when Stink said that he liked James Madison.
-The illustrations showing Judy measuring Stink: their feet looked huge. Judy's feet are bigger than her mom's feet.



Has there ever been something about yourself that you were not very confident about? How did others make you feel about it?

-I wasn't confident about raising the mainsail on my boat but then my dad made me feel okay about it.
-I was confident about people raising the blue ribbon flag on my school.



Were Stink and Judy friends? If you have siblings, please describe your relationship.

-My younger brother is really mean. He's mean to everybody I know.
-I have a sister named Emma and sometimes she punches me.
-I have 2 brothers. I have a good relationship with them.
-My brother and I are good friends. Sometimes we have a fighting exercise.



Sophie wrote an acrostic poem about her favorite first lady, Dolley Madison. Let's write an acrostic poem, using our own first names!


-LISA: Likes Book Club/Is a Librarian/Says what she means/Adores her cats!
-BILLY: Billy likes hot dogs/Is a god/Like an airplane/Like a fireball/Yo, Billy Bob Junior
-REIS: Runts like a pig/Eats 2000 pizzas in a minute/If he was a pig, he would take a mud bath/Slingshots birds in the sky
-LUNA: Lived on a boat/Used all her time with her brother/Not at all unhappy/And wrote all the time




After Newton accidentally gets “disposed” of, the students in Stink’s class write stories about the adventures they think Newton might be having. What do you think Newton might be doing? Please write your own adventure stories. 

-we ran out of time before answering this question!




For January's Book Club, we will be reading Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.  We will meet on Wednesday, January 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

January Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions



Catwings by Ursula Le Guin

Mrs. Jane Tabby can't explain why her four precious kittens were born with wings, but she's grateful that they are able to use their flying skills to soar away from the dangerous city slums where they were born. However, once the kittens escape the big city, they learn that country life can be just as difficult!







Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.






Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

Stumpy Squirrel has just settled into a new nest in a magnificent pin oak in Gooseberry Park. It's the perfect spot for her babies to be born! When they arrive healthy and strong, Stumpy's three good friends--a Labrador retriever, a wise hermit crab, and a bat who eats Chinese food--are thrilled. But after a terrible ice storm destroys the pin oak, Stumpy disappears. It takes a special combination of courage, humor, and tenacity for Stumpy's friends to rescue her babies and bring her home again. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

November Grades 1-2 Book Club: It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green



For November's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green by Dan Gutman. Chase, Colten, Luna, Matt, Reis and Zack were present. Here's some of what we talked about during our meeting.




Why does A.J. hate October 30?
-because he doesn't get any candy
  
How does A.J. feel about Halloween?
-he loves it

What is Mischief Night?
-when the older play tricks on you

Why is A.J. going to get revenge on Andrea?
-Andrea went to AJ's house and TPed it.

What was A.J.’s secret plan?
-he asked his mom to go to Ryan's house to do homework When he got there, he told Ryan his plan and went to Andrea's house. They were going to put soap on the windows.

What does incognito mean?
-to be hiding in stealth

How did Andrea react when she caught the boys getting ready to soap her windows?
-she threw open the window and yelled at the boys

Do you think she really is the one who TP’d A.J.’s house? Why or why not?
-I think that Andrea doesn't like AJ but I believe her when she says that she didn't do it.
-I don't think she did because she doesn't usually do something bad
-Andrea hates AJ so I think she TP'd his house.
-I think it was Andrea. It was obvious that she did it. It made her happy to do it.
-When she opened the window, she really didn't know why they were there. She didn't expect them because she didn't have a guilty conscience.

Describe A.J. and his friends’ Halloween costumes.
-Darth Vader/deer was funny
-I think the guy in the underwear was funny. Billy, the underwear wolf
-someone on a dinosaur skateboard

Describe Billy’s costume.
-he was the Underwear Wolf

What was Michael’s plan for maximum candy accumulation?
-he made a map of all of the best streets to get candy

What was the kids’ first stop on their trick-or-treat route?
-it was a man

Why didn’t the kids get candy at the house?
-because the man at the house had already eaten the candy

How did they feel about not getting candy?
-horrible
-they thought everyone would give out candy. They felt really weird.

What did the man expect from the kids?
-to give them a trick, not a treat

Why did the kids think the lady at the second house was mean?
-she would only give one piece. They asked for 2 pieces and she said yes. When they asked for three, she said no.

How did the kids lighten their loads?
-by eating the candy as they went along

Why did the kids go to Mrs. Yonkers’ house?
-because she said that she had a Halloween surprise that you can't get anywhere else

What caused the kids to get lost?
-Andrea because she really didn't know where Mrs. Yonkers lived and she didn't know the real directions

How was A.J. trying to scare Emily?
-he made up a Halloween Monster (but then it really came true)

Describe the Halloween Monster.
-he was very hairy and he had a little bit of stripes and he had a tail
-he was the mayor
-he was brown (fur from head to toe)
-He was red and orange
-He was purple and brown

What did the kids do as a result of the Halloween Monster taking all of their candy?
-they went trick or treating to get more candy

What did the kids do with their new candy? What effect did it have on them?
-ate it
-they had a contest to see how much they could eat and fill in their mouth
-AJ had a sugar shock
-he had bad dreams when he was passed out

Describe A.J.’s dream.
-all of the teachers at his school were coming after him
-there were penguins who said that they'd bring him to Antarctica

Why did Ms. Hannah dump green paint on A.J.’s head?
-they were all saying that candy is bad for him

What did the penguins tell A.J. to persuade him to come to Antarctica with them?
-they said that Antarctica is full of candy
-and they said it was just around the corner

Who is Mrs. Yonkers? Describe her.
-she works on computer's at the school

What was the surprise Mrs. Yonkers had for the kids?
-she had a machine that made things bigger
-the MicroMole 4000 Expandinator

Who is Edwin Hubble?
-the mayor
-he was very mean
-he had already been arrested
-he got out of jail for good behavior
-he wanted to steal the MicroMole 4000 so that he could take over the world
-he was evil, selfish and he took candy from kids
-he had a big nose and not much hair


Professor A.J.’s Weird Halloween Facts

1. How big is the largest pumpkin in the history of the world?

2. What percent of parents sneak Halloween candy from their kids?

3. How much do Americans spend on Halloween costumes for their pets?

4. What is the superstition about black cats?

5. How did trick-or-treating begin?

6. What are jack-o-lanterns based on?

7. What is the most popular trick-or-treat candy?





For December's Book Club, we will be reading Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. We will meet on Wednesday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m.



The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.

Please be sure to register for Book Club and pick up your library copy of the book at the Circulation Desk!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

December Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish

Young Amelia Bedelia will do almost anything for a shiny new bicycle. Her parents say they'll split the cost with her, and that means Amelia Bedelia needs to put the pedal to the metal and earn some dough! With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen, and it usually does.


Freckle Juice by Judy Blume


Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.


Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald

The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Boxcar Children

Book Cover

For October 2018's Book Club, we read The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Abigail, Cameron, Chase, Colton, and Matthew were present.

We used the following worksheets from TeachersPayTeachers.com to guide our conversation: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Boxcar-Children-Book-Club-Comprehension-Pack-Freebie-405665

The votes at the end of book club for ranking the book were varied (with 1 being the worst book you've ever read and 5 being the best). We had three 5s, one 4 and one 3! The comments ranged from "it's the bestest book ever!" to "I liked it but it was kind of boring too."

The kids also voted for the book to read for next month's book club. They were all excited to be reading a Halloween book. There were three suggestions and a unanimous decision.
We will meet on Wednesday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. for the next Book Club. Please note the later date and time (Miss Lisa is on vacation the first week on November so we will be meeting after the Grades 3-4 Book Club at 4:00 p.m. on November 14, the second Wednesday of the month.) 
We will be reading It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green by Dan Gutman

It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when the kids from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.

Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book a few days after the last club meeting and register at the Circulation Desk!

October Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House by David A. Adler

Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to an amusement park. Cam, Eric, and Cam's aunt Katie and uncle George have just braved the amusement park's Haunted House when Aunt Katie realizes that her wallet is missing. Did she lose it or was it stolen? Cam is convinced that this is the start of a very spooky mystery!



Horrible Harry at Halloween by Suzy Kline

Horrible Harry and his classmates all love Halloween. Everyone wears a costume to school-even Miss Mackle. Every Halloween Harry shocks his classmates with his scary costume. In kindergarten he was a bloody Count Dracula, in first grade he was the Loch Ness Monster, and in second grade he was a slithering snake. So everyone in Room 3B can't wait to see what Harry is going to be this year-and they're in for a really big surprise! 



It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green by Dan Gutman

It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when the kids from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September Grades 1-2 Book Club: I'm Just No Good at Rhyming


For September 2018's Book Club, we read I'm Just No Good at Rhyming... by Chris Harris and Lane Smith. Abigail, Cameron, Chase, Colton, and Matthew were present. We started the club by thinking of a rhyming name for ourselves (Lisa Pizza, anyone?) in order to make name badges (with pictures!). We then filled out some rhyming worksheets (do "bell," "fell," and "tell" rhyme? Then color in the bell!). We spent the next large part of the time reciting (new word alert!) our favorite poem (or two or three) from the book. Some of them included what I will affectionately forever now know as "The Avocado Poem" (but really, it's called "If You Ever Have to Memorize a Poem of Twenty Lines Or Longer and Deliver It to Your Class, Then This Is a Pretty Good Choice"), "The Last Time I Ever Went Down to Breakfast Without Making My Bed," "Jack Makes a Fatal Strategic Blunder," and "The Sweetest Lullaby Ever (For Parents to Tell Their Children)." The kids really wanted to share their favorites and we soon ran out of time!

The votes came in fast and furious at the end of book club for ranking the book (with 1 being the worst book you've ever read and 5 being the best). We had four 5s and one 3! I guess they liked it!

The kids also voted for the book to read for next month's book club. There were three suggestions and one clear "winner." Without further ado, the book club pick for October is...The Boxcar Children!

We will meet on Wednesday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. for the next Book Club. We will be reading The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

"The resourceful Alden children survive without adult supervision and make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar."-summary


Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book a few days after the last club meeting and register at the Circulation Desk! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

October Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

 



Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.




The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.


Keith Haring : The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay Haring
Traces the life of artist Keith Haring, from his childhood love of drawing to his meteoric rise to fame, with a focus on his concern for children, humanity, and disregard for the established art world.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Grades 1-2 Book Club: Mr. Popper's Penguins





For February's Book Club, we read Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. Anne, Ella, Grant, Keira, Lucy, Luke, Matt, and Stella were present. Here's some of what we talked about!



Why does Mr. Popper wish he were a scientist rather than a painter? What would you like to be when you grow up and why?

-I want to be a teacher because I like doing science and math. Mr. Popper wanted to go places.
-So he can experiment with animals. I want to be Luke when I grow up.
-I want to be a ballerina when I grow up because I love to dance.
-I want to be a librarian because I love books.
-I want to be a doctor when I grow up. It makes a lot of money.
-I want to be an actress because I like to act.
-I want to be a millionaire.
     


Where would Mr. Popper like to visit most and why? Where would you like to visit (that you have not been to) and why?

-He wanted to be in the Arctic with penguins. I want to be in the Arctic because I like the snow.
-I want to go to the North Pole because I want to be with the reindeer.
-I want to go to the North Pole to see a friend.
-A palace with a flower garden.
-To the North Pole to see Ann and Keira.



Mr. Popper is a dreamer. What does he dream about? What do you dream about doing and why?

-Mr. Popper dreams about going to the Antarctic because he wants to make discoveries.
-I dream about spiders biting me.
-Going to a rainbow playground.
-I dream about riding on unicorns.
--I dream about going under the sea and playing with an octopus in the arcade under the sea. Seals come along and mess up the whole thing.
-Mr. Popper dreamt about seeing the penguins in the Arctic.



Mr. Popper would like a penguin as a pet. Why? What would you like as a pet?
                                        
-I would want a pet camel.
-I would want a puppy.
-I want every single creature (or bug) in the world.
-A unicorn.
-A pet giraffe.
-A husky.
-Three puppies.



Mr. Popper wrote to Admiral Drake, a famous explorer. Why is Mr. Popper so excited to write to him? If you could write to someone famous, who would you choose and why?

-Mr. Popper was excited to write to him because he's a famous Antarctic explorer.
-Justin Beiber.
-Myself.
-I would write to Dr. Martin Luther King.
-I would write to Taylor Swift and Sabrina Carpenter.
-To Kidz Bop 
-I would write to friends.  



Why did Mr. Popper name the penguin Captain Cook?

-Because he was named after a famous captain.
-Because he always said Gork but it sounded like Cook.



Why does Mrs. Popper think the penguin will be a good example for her family? Another word for “good example” is role model. Who do you consider to be a good role model and why?

-Because he was walking nice and he was cleaning up.
-Mrs. Popper thought that the penguins would be a good example because they acted well.



Mr. Popper wants to get a license for his pet. How do the people at City Hall react on the phone? How would you react if someone asked you for a penguin license?

-They thought it was weird.
-They were surprised.
-They thought that the penguins that Mr. Popper was talking about was a man named Benjamin.
-I would say "make a license and we'll shape it into a penguin." Then the penguin can follow it around.
-I would run away.
-I would make one for myself. Out of paper. Because I have tons of paper.
-I would keep on annoying them. And then I would spy on them to see if they were joking. And if they weren't, I'd steal the penguin.
-If someone asked me for a penguin license, I would say goodbye and shut off the phone.
-I would say "this is the wrong address".   



Mr. Popper took Captain Cook for a walk. How did people react to the sight of a penguin on the street?

-They thought it was weird.
-They got kicked out of a barber shop.
-Mr. Popper was walking Captain Cook on a clothesline. A lady got tangled up in the clothesline. 



Why does Captain Cook like to climb stairs?

-They climb up the stairs and tobaggan down.



What do the penguins like to eat? What do they not like to eat? What is your favorite mea?

-They like to eat fish. They don't like the shrimps after awhile.
-They love fish.
-Pasta.
-Tacos.
-Grilled cheese.
-Hamburger or pizza.
-I have a million so I don't know.
-Cheese pizza.
-Candy.
-Everything.


Mr. Popper does not want spring to come. Why?

-Because he has penguins and the penguins will get hot and the snow melts.
-He wants the penguins to stay with him.



We didn't have time to get to these questions but here are some more!

Why are the Poppers proud and happy after their tour with the penguins? Describe a time when you were very proud about something you did.


What was you favorite scene from the Poppers' tour with the penguins?


If you were Mr. Popper, what would you do with the penguins in the spring and why?


Describe how Mr. Popper felt when he was saying good-bye to his penguins. Describe how you would feel if your best friend was moving far away.


Describe how Mrs. Popper feels knowing that her husband will not be back for a long time. Were you surprised by her reaction? Why?




Please rate this book between 1 and 5, with 5 being one of your favorite books.

-Three 3s
-One 4s
-Four 5s


For March, we will be reading Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton.


A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.-summary

We will meet on Wednesday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. Please pick up your copy of the book and register for Book Club at the Circulation Desk.


December Grades 1-2 Book Club: Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

For December's Book Club, we read Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. Cameron, Chase, Colten, Luna, Matthew, Rei...