Students entering 6th grade at MBMS do have required reading. Each student must read three books from the current list, at least one of which must be nonfiction. There are four nonfiction books on the list--they happen to be the last four books listed. The books can be ordered from Pages: A Bookstore and will be delivered to Pennekamp (or whatever elementary school the customer specifies). Here is the order link:
This week's visit is the last one for Ms. Gralnik and Mrs. Curry's students, so we will talk about summer reading, look at how to place a hold on books in the public library, maybe take a peek at the MBMS e-books, and read my traditional end-of-Pennekamp choice: Tadpole's Promise, by Jeanette Winter.
Throughout the year I share books about California history with the 4th-grade students. With grade 4 doing their state testing this week, I thought we'd hear something fun: Mack Made Movies, by Don Brown, about filmmaker Mack Sennett, whose Keystone Pictures came up with the Keystone Kops. We'll also watch the short clip below--"The Keystone Kops Meet Pickles and Peppers" (found on YouTube, so beware if you are viewing it at home that sidebars, advertisements, and comments on YouTube are often inappropriate for children).