The 5th-grade book club took place today! It was a fun meeting. We discussed Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave, by Deron R. Hicks, which was well received. Several students made the point that it started slow but then improved, so I made my pitch for not giving up on a book too quickly--some books do take a little time to get underway. We did a Mad Libs of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, as it is our tradition to do a Mad Libs at each meeting. And we chose a new book! I tried to present the options in an even-handed way, but maybe I didn't, because it was a decisive victory for my favorite of the possibilities: The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs, by Cylin Busby.
Otherwise we have a bit of a grab-bag for this week's readalouds. Our deaf and hard-of-hearing students are doing a unit on African-American inventors, and what do you know, the Cook Prize nominees include Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Stream of Super-Soaking Inventions, about an African-American NASA scientist turned toy-maker. 3rd grade will take a look at Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, by Henry Cole--a wordless picture book that uses lots of visual details too create a suspenseful story. Whether you're a fan of them or not, the Common Core Standards ask students to make sense of visual content, and Unspoken gives them a chance to do just that. Grade 2 is hearing a new book about Eugenie Clark, known as "the shark lady," as we begin celebrating Women's History Month. Below is a short video about her. (As always, be aware that comments, advertisements, and sidebars on YouTube are often inappropriate for children.) For all the week's readalouds, please visit the Weekly Readalouds page of this website.
I hope to see you at Open House!