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.



March Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Hundred Dresses


For March's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Cameron, Chase, Colten, Luna, Matt, and Reis  were present. This is some of what we talked about!

We used a Comprehension Quiz by Scholastic.com in order to guide the conversation. 
There was quite a bit of discussion regarding bullying and being a bystander and/or participant in bullying.

I asked the kids to rank this book between 1 and 5, with 1 being one of their least favorite books and 5 being one of the best.

-One 3
-One 4
-Four 5s


For April's Book Club, we will be reading 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.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 3 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!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Knights of the Kitchen Table


For February's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. Abigail, Cameron, Chase, Colten, Luna, Matt, Novi, Teddy and Trent were present. This is some of what we talked about!
Chapter 1
  1. Tell me the name of the character telling the story.  
  2. What are the names of Joe’s friends?  
  3. Who was attacking the three friends?  
Chapter 2
  1. Tell me about Joe’s uncle?
  2. What did Joe’s uncle give him for his birthday?
  3. What happened to make the boys travel into the book?  
Chapter 3
  1. How did the boys trick the knight?
  2. How did Fred knock the knight out and defeat him? 
  3. After the boys defeated the knight, what came charging toward them?  
Chapter 4
  1. Tell me about the three knights that approached the boys?  
  2. Why were the knights impressed with the friends?  
  3. What are the names of the three knights?  
  4. Why did the knights want the boys to go with them?  
Chapter 5
  1. What state were the boys trying to get back home to? 
  2. Who was King Arthur’s wife or queen?  
  3. What kind of a trick did Joe do for Merlin to show him he was an enchanter? 
  4. How did Merlin feel about Fred, Joe and Sam?  
Chapter 6
  1. Tell me about Bleob, the giant. 
  2. How did Sam try to trick the giant?   
Chapter 7
  1. How did Sam get Bleob to go fight the dragon?  
  2. What’s the name of the dragon that was going to attack the castle?   
  3. Tell me about Smaug?  
Chapter 8
  1. What game did Fred, Sam and Joe teach the stableboys? 
  2. Whose tower did Fred his the ball into?  
  3. How did Merlin react to ball coming into his tower?  
Chapter 9
  1. What’s the name of the sword King Arthur used to make the boys Knights of the Round Table?   
  2. What did Merlin use to send the boys back home?   
Chapter 10
  1. How did Joe’s mom feel about Uncle Joe’s present to him? 
  2. What did Joe find after returning home that made the boys realize their adventure was real?  
We also did a Word Search and had the opportunity to draw a giant!


For March's Book Club, we will be reading The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.


At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. 


We will be meeting on Wednesday, March 6 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!

March Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

.The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! 
The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all.





The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. 




Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa's advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January Grades 1-2 Book Club: Fantastic Mr. Fox



For January's Book Club, we read Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Cameron, Chase, Colten, Hallie, Luna, Matthew, Reis, and Zack were present. This is what we talked about!



Who was your favorite character in Fantastic Mr. Fox? Why?

-Mr. Fox. Because he's the main character.
-Mr. Fox. Because he's awesome. He finds a way for his family and friends not to die.
-Mr. Fox because his tail got shot off.
-Mr. Fox because he's so talented. He can get away from stuff very fast.
-Bogus, the fat guy, because he eats chicken and dumplings and I hate chicken.


Who was your least favorite character? Why?

-Bean because he eats (drinks) cider and I hate cider.
-Bean because he eats apples from a tree and I don't like them from a tree.
-Bean because how does he survive not eating? 
-All of the farmers are mean and terrible.
-Boggis and Bean and Mr. Fox and Mrs. Fox. I only like the chicken.
-The farmers because they were trying to kill Mr. Fox and his family.

Did you have a favorite scene? What was it?

-It's funny when, at the end of the book, the farmers are still just sitting there, waiting for Mr. Fox and friends to come out of the hole.
-The scene with Mabel and the rat. Mr. Fox stole the rat's cider.
-The whole book was my favorite scene.
-When they had the big feast.



Do you think it was okay that Mr. Fox was stealing from the farmers? What do you think you would do if you were in Mr. Fox's position?  

-Stealing from the farmers was okay. 
-I would chew my stomach instead of stealing.
-It would be okay if you were as starving as Mr. Fox and his friends.
-I would steal for the whole week. On the first day of the next week, I would steal from a different farmer.
-No, because he was stealing. Stealing is bad no matter what.
-Who would want to arrest a fox?


Do you think that the farmers got what they deserved at the end of the book? Do you think they ever left their spots over the fox hole, waiting for Mr. Fox (and his family and friends) to come out?

-I think that they stayed there the whole time. They deserved it. They were bad.


We then worked on worksheets and did a Roald Dahl word search to talk more about the book.

Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being a terrible book and 5 being one of the best books you've read.  

-One 1
-One 2
-Two 4
-One 5



For February's Book Club, we will be reading Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. We will meet on Wednesday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Joe receives a magic book for his birthhday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

February Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio) by John Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith


Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!


The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell

J.J. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he's not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to find their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work—or is J.J. not smelling the evidence that's right in front of him?

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!

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 Oji...