Wednesday, June 20, 2018


What are you reading?

Summer Reading
Suggestions:


Girls Prefer:
The Wild Girls -Pat Murphy**
Out of My Mind -Sharon Draper**
Land Of Stories (series)**
One And Only Ivan**
Rain Reign -Ann Martin
I'll Always Write Back -Ganda
Fish In A Tree -Hunt
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -Kate DiCamillo**
Lady Grace Mysteries
Counting by 7's -Holly Sloan*
Kira Kira   -Cynthia Kadohata
Because Of Mr. Terupt -Bayea
Every Soul A Star -Mass

A Mango Shaped Space   -Wendy Mass*
Pegasus -Kate O'Hearn**
Devil’s Arithmetic   -Jane Yolen *
When You Reach Me   -Rebecca Stead *
Close to Famous   -Joan Bauer
The Cupcake Queen   -Heather Hepler
See You At Harry’s   -Jo Knowles
The Penderwicks   -Jeanne Birdsell*
True   -Katherine Hannigan
Firegirl -Tony Abbott *
Stargirl   -Jerry Spinelli
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon   -Grace Lin*
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect   -Linda Urban
Boys Are Dogs/Girls Are Catty    -L. Margolis
Anne Of Green Gables*
Land of Stories -
The Secret Garden   -Burnett
The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter   -Tracy
Pegasus -O'Hearn
Flipped   -Draanen*
The Lions Of Little Rock  -K.Levine*
Jennifer Heate Macbeth Williams Mckinley & Me   -EL Konisberg
Finally 12 -Mass
Tuck Everlasting   -Bubbitt*
A Tangle Of Knots   -Graff
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Quit It!   -Byalick
Millicent Min Girl Genius   -Yee
Second Life of Abigail Walker   -Dowell
11 Birthdays   -Mass*
Book Thief   -Zusak*

My Mother is a Rock Star 

Boys Prefer:

I Am Number Four -P. Lore
Red Kayak -p. Cummings
Stormbreaker -Anthony Horowitz*
Rangers Apprentice(series) -John Flanagan*
Harris and Me  -Gary Paulsen*

Maniac Magee -Jerry Spinelli
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher -Colville
Plunked   -Michael Northrop
Athlete vs. Mathlete   -W.C. Mack*

Holes -Louis Sachar*
Pendragon (Series)   -D.J. Machale
Hatchet   -Gary Paulsen* 

Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins*
Baseball In April   -Gary Soto
The Homework Machine   -Dan Gutman

When You Reach Me   -Stead*
Artemis Fowl (Series)   -Eoin Colfer
Fablehaven (Series)   -Brandon Mull
The Castle In The Attic   -Elizabeth Winthrop*
Good Dog   -Avi
Million Dollar Throw   -Mike Lupica
Football Genius/Baseball Great   -Tim Green
Middle School Is The Worst/The Worst Years Of My Life   -James Patterson
Crush   -Spinelli *
Huckleberry Finn(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain
Tom Sawyer(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain*
The Boy Who Saved Baseball   -John Ritter
Indian In The Cupboard   -Banks
Sign Of The Beaver   -Speare*
Dead End   -Gantos
Treasure Island

Ranger's Apprentice***
Blood On The River
Peak   -Smith*
Fighting Ground   -Avi
Hothead   -Cal Ripkin Jr.
Peter Nimble and His Incredible Eyes   -Auxier*
Masterpiece   -Murphy
 

Girls & Boys Prefer: 
Wonder  -Palaccio *
The One And Only Ivan
I Am Number Four***
The One and Only Ivan -Applegate*
Crush -Paulsen*
Castle In The Attic   -Winthrop*
Battle For The Castle   -Winthrop
The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane   -Kate DiCamillo*
The Mysterious Benedict Society   -Trenton Lee Stewart*
Maniac Magee   -Jerry Spinelli*
The Liberation of Gabriel King   -K.L. Going
The Giver   -Lois Lowery*
The View From Saturday   -E.L. Konisberg
Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Splendors Gloom
White Dolphin   -Gill Lewis
City Of Ember (Series)   -DuPrau* 

Freak The Mighty -Philbrick
Where The Red Fern Grows   -Rauls*
Capture The Flag   -Messner
Phantom Tollbooth   -Juster*
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher   -Colville*
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs   -Birney*
Touch Blue   -Lord*
Dead End   -Gantos
Rules   -Lord
The Westing Game   -Raskin
Lizzie Bright and The Buckminster Boy

* Student Favorites

Friday, June 15, 2018

Chloe Reads Aloud our novel
Happy "Last" Friday!

This is our last Blog for the 2017-18 school year.
Wow! The year just flew by. It is hard to believe it is coming to an end. We started our week with a visit to the Bay Square Senior Center. The kids made beautiful "Happy Spring" cards for our senior friends and had a wonderful time visiting and laughing together.

On Thursday, we visited our 8th-Grade Buddies to listen and learn about their Civil Rights projects, we learned so much! We also had fun playing board games with our classmates...
No technology allowed!

As our week came to an end, we had our yearbook assembly and stepped-up to meet the 6th-Grade teachers. They shared a little about themselves and a few exciting events and projects the students will experience in 6th-Grade.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Happy Friday!

What a week! Our Boston trip was full of laughter, learning, and sweet treats. 


Students climbed the 294 steps up to the top of Bunker Hill, Visited the Old North Church where the lanterns were hung to signal Paul Rever's ride, stood on the spot where the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud and where the Boston Massacre began. We enthusiastically tasted many new foods in Quincy market as well as tried outrageous amounts of sweet treats. We then headed to the Old Meeting House to reenact the high energy meeting between the Patriots and the Loyalists that led to the Boston Tea Party. (photos below)

If you are looking for a fun family day this summer, a return to Boston to walk the "whole" Freedom Trail is one thought as well as visiting Lexington and Concord to visit the museum and see the place where the first shot was fired that started the Revolutionary War. These continued learning experiences will not disappoint.
Reminders:
*Next week is our last full week of school.
*Last day of school is June 19 at 11:20.


 
Bunker Hill
students teaching each other

Arguing loyalist with Patriots

Trying to convince the Patriots to end their rebellion

More arguing
Colonial Brothers on opposite sides

Listen Loyalists, we will not pay taxes!

Bus fun!

Mad Libs on the bus


Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Friday!

Our short week together was one of relaxing reading and poetry writing. After our busy last month of Great American work, we were ready to get back into our independent reading books and light writing. Students were excited to try out new books that have been recommended and share their creative poetry writing. We have been trying our hands at writing free verse poetry as well as formula poetry with patterns to follow. Students are creatively writing, typing, and illustrating their final pieces.

We also started our last read aloud of the year and Newberry Award winner, My Brother Sam Is Dead:

All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave -- and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of the rebellion. Most are supporters of the British -- including Tim and Sam's father.

War is raging and Tim knows he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father.


This wonderful read-aloud coincides with our end of the year unit on the Revolutionary War and our visit to Boston. Many of the characters are fictional but the events are taken from real history. Through our reading, we will experience with our main character, the awful side of war and its toll on families during this great time in American history.

REMINDER:
WE GO TO BOSTON NEXT TUESDAY, JUNE 5. STUDENTS NEED TO BE AT SCHOOL BY 7:05. THE BUS WILL DEPART FOR BOSTON AT 7:15 EXACTLY. STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR SNEAKERS, DRESS APPROPRIATELY, CARRY A BACKPACK WITH SNACKS AND WATER, AND BRING 
$15-20 DOLLARS FOR LUNCH. WE WILL RETURN BY 5:30.
PLEASE BE AT SCHOOL TO PICK YOUR CHILD UP AT 5:30PM. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Happy Friday!

Thank you to all of our parents for their wonderful support with costumes and project boards at home. Together, our Great American Night was a huge success! The smiles on the student's faces showing how proud they were of their hard work, was priceless. They worked so hard to keep to due dates, perfect their writing skills, and work with friends on their creative thinking and planning skills. Your children are amazing individuals who make my job wonderful!
Have a beautiful long weekend!