9.28 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #SuperBloodMoon

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

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

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Before we get to books, how about that Super Blood Moon eclipse last night?

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 … Now, as far as reading goes I’m still in process… Getting ready for open house slowed me down. Here are the Prezis and the video I made :
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 How many books did students in each class read last week?
What are they reading now?
Check it out:
Today students show the books they’re reading using SpinCam. Click the pictures below (once posted later in the day) to see the cool spinning pictures of kids’ books:
Period 1&2
22 books read
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Period 5&6
 19 books read
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For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

Did anyone leave a comment on last Monday’s post???

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This is pretty edge-of-your-seat reading so far…
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Thanks,
David Etkin
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9.21 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #DavidAndGoliath

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

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

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I finally finished it. This is the kind of book that I read a little at a time. Very interesting to read these stories of underdogs who overcame a lot. There were some surprising findings and results presented. One of them is that the “ideal” class size is 24. (I suppose this is an opinion, but based on some research.) And how big are my classes this year? About 24.
I also enjoyed re-reading
It was great timing to read it to my students—especially since we spent considerable time discussing 9/11— and view the trailers for the upcoming movie.
It looks pretty awesome.
I started with the first trailer, then read the book, then we watched the second trailer to see what was similar to the book. Very cool.
Some other picture books I read
(some of which I look forward to sharing with my students this year):
Next week we should be ready for STUDENTS to do some sharing of the books their reading. Make sure you check back.
 How many books did students in each class read last week?
What are they reading now?
Check it out:
Today students show the books they’re reading using SpinCam. Click the pictures below (once posted later in the day) to see the cool spinning pictures of kids’ books:
Period 1&2
16 books read
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Period 5&6
 10 books read
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For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

Did anyone leave a comment on last Monday’s post???

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Thanks,
David Etkin

9.18 {BookFlix Friday} Rick Riordan is at it again… #MagnusChase

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Each year I have a bunch of students who like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Each year I have a couple students who are Rick Riordan fanatics who have read nearly every book in each of his series.

Witness Delaney’s summer reading postcard to me:

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From Skitch See what I’m talking about?

Here’s a quick review before we jump to what’s NEW—and the trailer.

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I hope his fans are ready for more! Because here comes his new series based on Norse gods:
The Sword of Summer

 

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

 

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years.

 

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . .  .

 

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

This book will be born on October 6th. (And yes, I know without looking that the 6th is a Tuesday because books are born on Tuesdays.)

By the way, interested to know what Mr. Riordan recommends? Check this.

9.14 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR

Guess what today is!

 20120819-185816.jpg

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

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

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Well, this is more than las week. Here is some of my summer reading. All these book covers are hanging on my door:
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{See review of Ruby on the Outside and author interview on this previous post.}
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Next week we should be ready for STUDENTS to do some sharing of the books their reading. Make sure you check back.

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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Thanks,
David Etkin

9.11 {BookFlix Friday} A new year begins! Trailers to go along with September Scholastic book orders

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!


I went on the hunt to find videos that went with our Scholastic book orders.

Remember, you can order online by going to Scholastic.com/readingclub and using our class code: GML8J

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SORRY! No trailer—but you can preorder it and be the first to get it on November 3.

Can you guess what day of the week that is?