3.28 {BookFlix Friday} student-made Capture the Flag + Book dominoes + more student animation

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



On Wednesday we got to enjoy the trailer that Sarah, Jesenia, and Alexis made for The Boy Problem.

Today we get to enjoy a trailer that Emily F. made for one of our Battle books,

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Nice job, Emily!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting author Kate Messner at Monkey See, Monkey Do… bookstore. She is AWESOME and we had a nice time talking about books and teaching. I even got to show off some of my students’ Padlet posts.

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Mrs. Messner also gave me a couple bookmarks (one for Emily) and signed my book.

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Authors are my rock stars!

Though this isn’t a book trailer, it IS book-related. Check this out:

Here is a different kind of stop-motion that Blake S. (Schmish?) was playing with. Wow.

And since we talked about it yesterday, here is the link for the NPR show on Marian Anderson, which includes the video of her singing:

It’s a great companion to Ryan’s and Selznick’s book,

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Click to listen

 

4.9 {Whatever Wednesday} The Boy Problem student trailer

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.
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What happens when an awesome author gets involved with a group of interested, go-getter readers?

THIS!

Mrs. Kami Kinard, author of  and now  saw some of the stop motion videos that my students had made. (Check them out here.) Kami offered to send along some cupcake erasers and an ARC of the new book so the girls could play around with making a stop motion video with them.

That’s all it took for Sarah, Jesenia, and Alexis.

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Many hours of work later, we have this video. What was involved? Lots of “App Smashing”—iPad photos (hundreds), YouTube, Explain Everything, Notability, and iMovie.

And…. Here it is!

 Some comments:

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^^^click to go the Kami Kinard’s blog^^^

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4.7 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Villainous + #Warriors + NCAA BOOKbrackets vote

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A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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This was a GREAT conclusion to the Powerless trilogy. I want to say more about it, but the book doesn’t come out until August. I’ll have to wait until the day draws closer.
The final installment in this superheroic series by Matthew Cody (author of Powerless and Super) will answer all your burning questions!The truth about the Super children is finally exposed, and the town of Noble’s Green has created a special boarding school for its superpowered children. That’s where Daniel’s friends are headed, while he-regular kid that he is-is headed to summer school.

 

But all is not well at the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted, or in Noble’s Green. A clique of popular kids has taken over the school. And at the same time, vandals have been destroying property all over town, and citizens are beginning to blame their gifted young residents. If Daniel wants to get to the bottom of this puzzle, he may need to turn to his sworn enemy, the Shroud, for help. But can he trust him?

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Last week I offered this part of the blog to any student who wanted to post about a finished book. Two students took me up on the offer.
First up is Jess N.

Fire alone can save our Clan…

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

 

From Jess:

Warriors by Erin Hunter is a great series to get into. Warriors 1: Into the Wild is the first warriors book. If you like cats and adventure, you’ll like this book. A kittypet (house cat) named Rusty desides to leave his twolegs (people) to live in the forest. Things aren’t all happy though. Murderous secrets lurk in the shadows. The forest is not safe. A blood-thirsty killer is rising, and a prophecy has come. “Fire alone can save our clan. And that fire has come.”

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Description

This NEW Geronimo Stilton series spin-off is set in the Stone Age!

Who is Geronimo Stiltonoot?
He is a cavemouse — Geronimo Stilton’s ancient ancestor. He runs the stone newspaper in the prehistoric village of Old Mouse City. From dealing with dinosaurs to dodging meteorites, his life in the Stone Age is full of adventure!

THE STONE OF FIRE
Old Mouse City is in an uproar. The most precious artifact in the mouseum — the Stone of Fire — has been stolen! Geronimo Stiltonoot and his cavemouse friend Hercule Poirat are on the case. It’s up to them to retrieve the stone from the ferocious Tiger Khan and his band of fearsome felines!

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I just finished the book… Geronimo Stilton Cavemice: The Stone of Fire. My brother got the book for his birthday and really liked it so he wanted me to read it. I used to read the Geronimo Stilton series, so I was excited to read this new book. I really liked it, it was really cute and funny! One thing that I like about the book series is that some of the words in the books are different colors and/or different fonts which makes them funny to read. Another thing that I like about the book is that the characters are mice and they go on all theses types of adventures that people usually don’t go on. If you like books that are cazy, funny and adventurous, maybe you should try the Gereonimo Stilton series (the regular and the cave mice series).
Teacher comment: Kailey, I think it’s great that you are a reading role model for your little brother. You, his cool big sister, reading this so you could talk about it with him makes his reading and book choices feel more important. Way to go!
Thanks for “renting” this space, ladies! Who’s next?
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… 
(Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students' reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
15 books
My 6&7 Class read
14 books
My 9&10 Class read
18 books
 
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This has been on my list for a long time. I finished Villainous and this was on my dresser.
If you can enlarge the picture and look closely at the bottom right corner, you will find the clue of what happens on the first 15 pages. Wow. I liked the Kite Runner, so I’m hoping this is a type of kid version. I’ll keep you posted.
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And now…

Click the Basketball Book to go to the BOOKbracket page… then come back and join the poll below.

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Thanks,
David Etkin

4.4 {BookFlix Friday} The Giver + Girl Stolen + Updated NCAA BOOKbracket

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



From this morning’s BookFlix Friday announcements:

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I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s going on with our NCAA BOOKbracket. 

Here is the showdown heading into this weekend’s games. The Championship game is on Monday night. (Yawn.)

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 VS 

Florida                                                                        UConn

and

 VS 

Wisconsin                                                      Kentucky

What book and team are YOU cheering for?

3.31 It’s Monday! What are you reading?

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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Lots of student essay work. And…ummmm… I love March Madness. Not the best reading week I’ve ever had—but it was fun watching our “books” compete in the bracket.

NOW: Who wants to post his or her completed book and a quick writeup on this blog for next Monday????

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“RENT”

^^^^^Your book here.^^^^^^

What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… 
(Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students' reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
10 books
My 6&7 Class read
17 books
My 9&10 Class read
15 books
 
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The final installment to Powerless and Super. Looking forward to this ARC.
 

Thanks,
David Etkin

3.28 {BookFlix Friday} School for Good and Evil: World Without Princes

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



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And…

in case you missed it at the MS Talent Show last friday…

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Are you American Idol fans?

Did you SEE this performance Wednesday?

W.O.W.

3.27 NCAA BOOKbrackets

Your votes are in. Mr. Peterson and I have tallied up the results and found the sixth graders’ favorite books and series of the year. Each student in sixth grade had the opportunity to vote this year via a Google form, so this is the most accurate BOOKbracket to date. (Though last year’s was pretty cool, too.)

And here is your 2014 NCAA BOOKbracket!

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We ranked each book by how many votes it received. The number of votes decided the book’s/series’ seed (or ranking). We assigned each book/series to a comparably seeded team in the NCAA Sweet 16.

So: If a team wins, the book it represents will move on. EXAMPLE: At 10:17 on Thursday, March 27, #1Arizona will play #4 San Diego St. Bookwise, this means that Prisoner B-3087 is playing Matched. If Arizona wins, Prisoner B-3087 will move on in the bracket to play the winner of Baylor (The Boy Project) and Wisconsin (Wonder). If San Diego St. wins, Matched moves on.

And so it will go until we make it to the championship book game on Monday, April 7th.

Check back next week for an updated BookBracket after all the weekend’s action.

Enjoy the tournament–and may the best book win!

3.26 {Whatever Wednesday} #WorldWaterDay Haiku Winners

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.
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Last night, Micah Challenge USA tweeted out that two of my students and I made the Top 5 #HaikusForCleanWater list. We posted thee for World Water day, which as this past Saturday. For this honor, they posted our submissions on their site—even taking the time to rewrite them on an applicable image. In addition, they’ll be sending t-shirts our way. Check out the site!

Soooo….

Congratulations to: (these are the originals)

Jess

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Emily

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(…and me…)

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And all the students who submitted a haiku for this great cause.

3.24 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Cress

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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I REALLY like this series. It’s such a cool combination of dystopian science fiction and space travel with a hint (or two) of romance. I’m so wrapped up in Cinder and Kaito and the rest of the crew that I hardly wanted to put the book down. It was total escape. Even the small breaks of humor—usually provided by the droid Iko—fit perfectly. I would have finished this sooner if it weren’t for March Madness. (More to come on this later…)
I recommend this series to any sci-fi fan. Here is the BookFlix trailer I showed earlier this year:
In addition, I happened to catch Marissa Meyer’s World Water Day Tweet:
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Speaking of World Water Day, did you see all the cool #HaikusForCleanWater that my students submitted? I posted them to a Facebook Album and also to my Instagram account: MrEtkinSHMS
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… 
(Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students' reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
13 books
My 6&7 Class read
 19 books
 
My 9&10 Class read
23 books
 
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The final installment to Powerless and Super. Looking forward to this ARC.
 

 

Thanks,
David Etkin

3.19 {Whatever Wednesday} #WorldWaterDay

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


March 22 is….

All this week I’m running videos during the school announcements publicizing the day and the needs around the world. This has become an issue close to my heart, thanks in part to A Long Walk to Water and our #ReadWalkWater initiative.

I borrowed clips from water organizations and added a little here and there.

Here are the videos in the order they’ll be shown. I’m particularly proud of the last one.

Feel free to use any of these in your classroom or hunt down your own. And don’t forget to search Twitter using #WorldWaterDay or #WaterDay on Instagram.

If you want to see more pictures of our walk and the work that Ugandan Water Project did on their recent trip—including visiting “our” tanks—check out these Facebook links:

Water Walk

Uganda Trip

[And guess who's planning on going to Uganda this summer...]