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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-29 00:50
The Rope Swing Broke- And So Did My Heart
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson,Donna Diamond

"Bridge to Terabithia" is a very sad book that confronts the realities of life in a way that really connects with kids. The book is about Jess and Leslie, two friends who create an imaginary land called Terabithia which they visit often. After Leslie dies in a tragic accident, Jess reflects back on his memories and is transformed in the rest of the book. Though this novel has much to offer in terms of literary devices- character development, vocabulary, symbolism, etc. But it also opens an array of other opportunities. Nature is a large part of the book as well as imagination and friendship. Because I am a big believer in STEM, I think this book would be a great opportunity to work on some STEM activities. There are many STEM lessons that involve designing bridges, building them, and testing their strength. Doing this activity would also focus on teamwork and cooperation. Overall, this book has many possibilities and I highly recommend it for any older classroom. 

 

Guided Reading Level: T

Lexile: 810L

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.6

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review 2017-03-29 00:17
BFG- Best Fictional Gift
The BFG - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

This well known book is a favorite of many- and I know why. Roald Dahl is an amazing author and his work really shows through this book. It tells the story of a young orphan named Sophie who meets the BFG- Big Friendly Giant. He is the only giant that isn't nasty or a children eater. Instead, he and Sophie come up with a plan to save future children from being eaten- by telling the Queen of England and having her lock the other mean giants up. This book is perfect for all sorts of activities in the classroom. A quick search of "BFG" on pinterest pulls up many fun activities that engage the children while allowing them to learn new things. One of the best ideas I saw was incorporating "The BFG" into STEM activities (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-BFG-by-Roald-Dahl-STEM-Challenge-2538071). Students are asked to dream up then construct a fork that the BFG could use to eat his food. This can be taken to the next level, though. Students could fictitiously design tools, utensils, and other important items for people with disabilities. Not only would this put their STEM minds to use, but would also get students to think about other people who don't necessarily have that easy of a life and that "simple" tasks can be hard for other people. 

 

Guided Reading: U

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8

Lexile: 720L

 

Another Cute Idea:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/138345019782627706/

 

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review 2017-03-23 15:08
What Angels Fear (Sebastian St.Cyr #1)- C.S. Harris
What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris

The list of my literary boyfriends just got longer. Seriously, forget the Christian Grey's of the world. I would much rather have a Viscount Devlin. Will he dethrone my current favorite, Uhtred? Only time will time. Honestly, that's going to be pretty difficult but I'm will to let Sebastian try. I do realize they are just fictional characters in books. 

 

I had a slow start to this book. Most of that was due to a lack of reading time on my part. Last night I found myself stuck on a couch nursing a quad strain so I had some time. Fast forward to this morning where I'm looking for an IV of coffee because I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish reading. Once I got into this story, I couldn't stop. The action was nonstop. I had to keep reading. 

 

The one thing that held me back a little was my lack of knowledge about Mad King George and the Regency period. I may have to do a little bit of research before continuing on with the series. 

 

If I had my way (or the budget), I would be rushing out to my favorite used bookstore today. Stupid work. 

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review 2017-03-22 00:38
PhenomenELLIE
Ellie - Mike Wu,Mike Wu

This lovely children's book is about an elephant who feels left out because she can't do all of the awesome things that they can do. But Ellie stays true to herself and learns that everyone is different. She discovers she is really good at painting, so she paints everything she sees. This is a beautifully illustrated and inspirational book. I would use this book with younger elementary students and have them try to paint something or at least create a piece of art in class. This would be something fun to do at the beginning of the school year. And at the end of the school year, the students could paint a friend (like Ellie did in the book). I would also have the students learn to sign their name in cursive just like Ellie does. 

 

This is a book I would read out loud to the class.

Recommended Ages: 3-6

Guided Reading: K

Lexile Measure: AD560L

 

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text 2017-03-20 18:20
Reading progress update: I've read 215 out of 592 pages.
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson - Hunter S. Thompson,Jann Wenner

You can see, university started again for me, so there’s hardly any time for reading the books I want :(

 

But every other day or so I manage a couple of pages of Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone and every time I sit down and read it, I realise, just how much I have missed Thompsons writing! Although this book conatains some excerpts of books I have already read (Fear and Loathign in Las Vegas or on the Campain Trail ’72), I still love it!

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