SO excited to update again with some more great books we’ve been reading! We’re up to 188 books (what?? How is that possible?), AND we’re about to fill up our door! I wrote previously about how I think this challenge has changed both me and my students as readers, and that continues to ring true. SO glad I caught the book-a-day bug and excited to keep scratching the itch to read!!
Check out how we’re doing:
This week we read 17 books (starting w/ Yard Sale by Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo).
Our Global Read Aloud text was Yard Sale, which we loved, and will probably revisit again next week because it’s so good! We also read a couple of non-fiction texts as part of our study in reading and writing, learning how to teach our writers as well as how to really dig into a teaching text as a reader. We found a couple of Halloween stories we has missed last week and read them on actual Halloween on Monday. The Spiderman book, the two “underpants” titles and The Ninjabread Man were requests from kiddos. I found Gilbert Goldfish and Everyone Loves Cupcake at the library and go them because they were an author we had read during our election reading. They are both by Kelly DiPucchio and we discovered she has so many great books to enjoy! The last two on our list were also because of author-love: Lori Degman wrote Norbert’s Big Dream and our friends in Rm. 203 shared it with us because they are having a Skype with her later this year, and Dirk Yeller is a favorite of mine from our friend Mary Casanova. We also read Curious George Gets a Talker as part of our focus on Disabilities Awareness Month (I hope to share more about this in a later post 🙂 ).
I mentioned that we had been doing some election reading, which is partly because of the election our parents are participating in on Tuesday, but also be WE get to vote as part of Kids Voting on Monday! We will elect the President at our school, and we will also vote on our Literary Lanterns! WOOHOO–democracy in action. 🙂 First I shared Vote For Me!, which was a great example of how NOT to encourage someone to vote for you–mudslinging and lots of “vote for me because I’m pretty” and “vote for me because I’m awesome” and “vote for me because I’ll give you something” kinds of reasons. We had a great conversation about how this was unfortunately how much of our Presidential election has been going this season. 😦 Next we read Grace For President, and got a much better example of how to handle an election. Grace, the main character in the story, wants to run for President after seeing a poster of all the past presidents and saying, “Where are all the girls?” This text had a great, kid-friendly example of how the electoral college works, too, which was a great surprise. After this one, I asked kiddos what they thought was important in a President. They had some great ideas; I wonder if this is what we will give them on Election Day:
Lastly, we read the book If Kids Ran the World, which was another great example of what is really important in this world and is a challenge to all of the adults to think about the big things. Are we giving our kids what they really need? Are we focused on the right things? We didn’t get to it, but I will ask Rm. 202 kids this question: If YOU ran the world, what would you do? What would you think was important? Can’t wait to see what they say. 🙂
This was another great week of reading in Rm. 202!! What will this next week bring? Please check in next week to find out!! 🙂