It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Each week I share a reading photo of the week. This week I have two! Since I will be without students for a bit, I thought I should share an extra one.
This photo was taken about 20 minutes before school began on the last day before the break. Story time led by a Grade 6 student from next door. This scene brings me a lot of joy.
Could this face be any more serious? Which is wonderfully ironic as he had just told me:
“Oh I am just so happy. I finally learned how to speak Cave Man.”
Seriously, this kid! Made my whole day.
And one more self-portrait as I still haven’t recovered from how talented my students happen to be.
We have continued to explore themes for our #classroombookaday titles. This week we read some of my favourite holiday/winter themed books.
Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.
On the blog:
I shared the twenty 2016 titles I think a Grade 4 & 5 library must have here
Celebration: A special morning read aloud It’s taken a term and my new school is feeling like home!
Books I enjoyed:
Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith
A quietly comical tale of pessimism and getting back on track. Well at least mostly . . .
The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel
We all just need to find our thing. Charming.
The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee
What happens when baby number two comes on the scene? This. Exactly this.
How This Book was Made written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex
Incredibly clever and thoroughly informative. Learn all about book publishing while being completely entertained.
The Artist and Me written by Shane Peacock and illustrated by Sophie Casson
A serious story of how Van Gogh was perceived and treated in a small French town. This book just made me so sad. Would need to be unpacked with kids.
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre
I am so happy I read this on a very snowy day – it made it all the more magical. And magical it is!
Cleopatra in Space:Target Practice by Mike Maihack
I know this series is going to be very popular in my classroom when I introduce it in the new year. A graphic tale full of adventure, action and Cleopatra!
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
Full of delicious magic, sweet honey, the complications of friendship and the stories that weave all around us, this is part adventure, part fairy tale and part testament to the connections we have to each other over a lifetime. A special story, Ms. Shurtliff!
Reading Progress updates:
2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 63/75 complete
Goodreads Challenge: 334/400 books read
Progress on challenge: 51 books behind! Still can’t break that 50 mark!
#MustReadin2016: 23/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 45/100 titles
Diverse Books in 2016: 47/50 books read
Up next? Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley