This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.
I was so excited because I finally got a bit of reading in. The picture book is from a few weeks ago, but I forgot all about it until I got it out for my lesson that I'm teaching this week. I managed to read a chapter book, which with as much as I have had going on is a small miracle!
The picture book that I read, and fell in LOVE with was The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. If you haven't seen this book, I suggest you run, don't walk, and get your hands on a copy! Duncan's crayons decided to write him letters. Some are tired of overuse and some are mad/sad that they are not used. As an adult, I loved this book, but I think that they letters are a bit long for the younger students at this time year. This book inspired me to create a lesson for Fifth Grade on book care. I will be reading the book to them. The assignment will be to take on the point of view of a damaged book and they will write a letter to the child that caused the damage, giving him/her book care tips for the next time. Before sending the students to get started we will create a web of damages that could happen and how to prevent the damages. I'm interested to see what they come up with. I'll make sure I share!
The chapter book that I read was The Surprise Attack of Jabba The Puppett by Tom Angleberger. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Once again Angleberger has another hit on his hands. Since I read the first book in the series, I eagerly await each new book. I get a bit worried before I read them, because I hope that the new one will live up to others. I wasn't disappointed in this one at all. I think that all teachers will appreciate Angleberger's take on standardized testing. Even though I am an epic failure at origami, I still love trying! I'm too embarrassed to post any pictures of my attempts, so don't ask!
This is my first full week of classes, I taught three days last week. On Friday I was in bed at 6:45pm and it was only three days of students. Hopefully this week I will get back into my "school" routine. If you are going back or have been back, I hope you have a great start to the year!