Monday, June 4, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

File:Diary of a wimpy kid.jpgIn the story Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney, it follows the life of a 6th grade boy.  The book is a fictional biography about the life of Greg Heffley.  He really hates school because none of the girls in his class like him, and all of the boys bully him.  He has a best friend named Rowley who he gets into a lot of trouble with.  Greg goes through several mishaps during the year.  Find out if Greg can survive the 6th grade. 

This has to be one of the most relatable books that I have ever read.  There are several experiences that the characters go through that are similar to those that normal students would go through.  Something that is really nice about this book is the cartoons that are in the story.  It helps the students gain an understanding of what is happening while also putting a fun twist to the story.  This is one of those books that I would just have in my classroom library for the students to read on their own.  There are several books that belong in this series, so it would be a good idea to have a few of them in the classroom.  I highly recommend this book. 


File:Frindle cover.gifIn the story Frindle, by Andrew Clements, it follows a boy that is creating a new meaning to words. At the start of fifth grade, Nicholas "Nick" Allen is unhappy because his English teacher is the much-disliked Mrs. Granger. One day, to stall for time in class, Nick decides to question where each word comes from. After hearing Mrs. Granger's explanation, and having to write an essay about it for homework, he creates a new name for the pen: "frindle".  Soon, every child in school is using the word, and it gains national attention. Mrs. Granger dislikes this new word because she thinks it is not respectful to the word pen, which has a long history. Find out what happens when the new word gets national exposure.

This is a great book to have in the classroom for students to read.  There are several people in the book that students can relate to.  This is also an experience that many students would like to do, but know that they can't.  This book could be used either as a read aloud during any free moments in the class, or the students could read it on their own.  It is a very funny book that I highly recommend for every classroom.   

Eyes on Nature Dangerous Creatures

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Storms and People

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The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

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I Face the Wind

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Wind (First Starts)

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Wonderworks of Nature Storms: Nature's Fury

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Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior

 In the story Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior, by Ed Clayton, it follows the incredible life of the great Martin Luther King Jr.  This story describes many of the key moments of his life, providing facts about him that not everyone may have known.  It follows him from the way that he was brought up, all the way to his death. 

This is an incredible story to have in the classroom.  There are just so many different things that it could be used for.  In the story, it will give students a better insight on who Martin Luther King Jr. was, and the influences he had on the United States.  This book is a very quick and easy read that several students would enjoy reading.  I would definitely have this book in my classroom library. 

Waynetta and the Cornstalk

In the children's book Waynetta and the Cornstalk, by Helen Ketteman, it follows one girl's journey to support her family.  Waynetta is a girl that comes from a poor family.  Her mother sends her to sell one of the cows so that they can support the family, but she instead trades the cow for some magic corn.  After Waynetta plants the corn, she wakes up to find a giant cornstalk in her field.  Find out what happens when Waynetta goes on a journey to find out what is waiting for her on top of the cornstalk. 

This is an excellent picture book to have in the classroom.  It is about a third grade level, and most students could either read it to themselves, of it could be used as a read aloud.  What is really nice about this book is that it is a contemporary version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The students could read both of the stories, and then compare and contrast the two versions of the story.  The vocabulary in the story is vocabulary that the students will be able to read, and they should also be able to comprehend the story.  What my reading buddy really liked about this story was all of the pictures.  The illustrator uses bright colors that everyone will enjoy.  I highly recommend this book. 

Roughing it on the Oregon Trail

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The Hunger Games

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Miracle on 49th Street

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Walk Two Moons

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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Wide Window

File:The Wide Window USA.PNGIn the story The Wide Windo, by Lemony Snicket, it follow three siblings on an adventure that will never seem to end.  Sunny, Klaus, and Violet arrive to meet their new guardian Aunt Josephine.  Their aunt is a woman that is afraid of everything.  After her husband got eaten by leaches, she won't touch anything.  Later in the story, they find that a hurricane is coming, so they need to go into town for some supplies.  This is where they run into Count Olaf.  He is still after the siblings fortune, but Aunto Josephine doesn't believe them.  Find out what happens when the Sunny, Klaus, and Violet deal with yet another series of unfortunate events. 

This is an excellent book to have in the classroom.  The book is part of a series, so I don't think that it would be a good book to read out loud.  I would have this story in something like a classroom library for the students to read on their own.  The story includes many different things that students would enjoy.  There is humor, action, suspense, and many other things that go on.  There are also qualities in the characters that students will relate to.  I have seen both boys and girls read books from this series.  This is one of those stories that once you read one, you have to read the next one, and it continues until you read them all.  If you were to have these in your classroom library, you would need to have most of the series as well so that the students can continue to read them.  In most cases, this series can be found in elementary libraries, so if you don't have the in the classroom, they can find them there.  I highly recommend this story.