Our class just finished The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We thought that the book was great. We had some great inferences and questions. All of us hoped that Ivan and Ruby went to the zoo and that happened. YAY! We all felt bad that Stella died and how they just threw Stella in the trash. We connected with classes for the global read aloud on Edmodo, that was the book we did. Our class did a lot of post about the book and what we thought was going to happen. This book was really fun, and I hope a lot of people get to read it because it’s a great book.
Archive for the “Reading” Category
Feb 21 2013
Feb 19 2013
This I Believe is based on a 1950′s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.”
Thomas – Friends are Family
Claire – The Vial of Courage
Otto – Love’s Necklace
Owen – Love’s Always There For You
Sawyer – The Guide of Life
Nina – Love is My Light
Moussa – Family is My Home
Aaliyah – Being Yourself
Zara – The Real Me
Amir – The Helper’s Faith
Autumn – The Impact of Courage
Oct 30 2012
This week while reading the one and only Ivan Stella got her foot infected. She was in great pain. Meanwhile, a little baby elephant named Ruby came to the circus. She was afraid of course, because she used to be living in the wild. Ruby is a very loquacious elephant so she had no problem telling Ivan, Stella and Bob about her ups and downs in the jungle. She soon became so close to Stella that she started calling her Aunt Stella. She loved it when Stella and Ivan told her stories. As days went by Stella’s foot got worse and worse. It soon became so bad that she couldn’t walk. That night Stella asked for one favor from Ivan. She asked for him to take care of Ruby. Within the next few hours Stella passed away. Ruby was so sad and the next night she could not fall asleep so she asked Ivan to tell her a story. Ivan told her about how he was raised and when he lived with Mac and his wife. I wonder if Ivan is sad to talk about when he lived with Mac because maybe he at least had a so-so life because he wasn’t living in a cage. by Lia
We are going to participate in the Global Read Aloud. The book is called The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. We watched the book trailer and we think it is about a sad gorilla who has been kept captive, maybe in a circus, for around 30 years. We think an elephant comes to wherever Ivan is and Ivan tries to protect the elephant. One of the pictures in the book trailer shows Ivan drawing a picture and showing it to the elephant – maybe he is trying to communicate with the elephant because they are not the same species. The music in the trailer is very sad and dramatic, so we think the book may be a sad book. Maybe the elephant becomes part of Ivan’s family and they escape from the circus. We start reading next week, and will be posting our ideas about the book here, as well as connecting with other schools on Edmodo and Twitter.
Jun 14 2011
After we saw Van Meter and Brook Forest’s book suggestions for incoming 5th graders, our teacher decided we would do the same thing. We made recommendations for summer reading as well as for books kids should read during 5th grade. Here are the books we recommend that rising 5th graders should read during the summer – but they could also read them when they are in 5th grade!
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright – “This is fun and interesting with a lot of adventure. It is also set in NYC, but in a very different time. It is very well written, and is in the appropriate season!”
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
We hope you enjoy our suggestions. If you have ideas about other books rising 5th graders should read, please comment here on our blog! We have a whole other set of books we think kids should read in 5th grade. Our teacher is going to post them at the beginning of the next school year.
Have a great summer! We are all going to!
Feb 20 2011
We are making an ancient China magazine because we’ve researched so much on ancient China. We put all our effort in to it. I bet our parents are going to like it! We also made are own Freddie Jones avatar for the magazine. We also made many ads, a maze and some cartoons for it. One other thing we used as a tool was drop box so everyone could see the photos to put in. We are planning to finish it by February 18th. We are making the magazine on a page document. It looks good but sometimes the computer doesn’t agree with us. Who ever reads the magazine we hope you enjoy it!
Dec 01 2010
The only thing she couldn’t do was see. That one, wonderful, horrible, sense that meant the world to Jess. The world is black. She felt the car buzzing along the road, heard the motor whirring, then, the wheels turning on gravel. The car stopped. A car door slammed and she heard her own door being opened. Feeling the fresh, windy air, filled with the smell of hay, and horses she knew she was there. Jess loved horses, she could feel the way they felt. In a way they were the only creatures that she could stand to be with. When she was around people, it was always “do you need help?” “are you okay?” she was the focus, but in a way she wasn’t. She was never another person. She was an alien. But with horses, it was different. She was one of them, no different from the rest. In their minds, for all they cared she lived in a stall and ate hay and oats. The worst time was school. The times she dreaded most was coming home to feel her report card. All C’s and a big D-for reading. Reading was the worst! The braile bumps seemed to burn into her. The just reminded her how different she was for everyone. She stepped out of the car and got ready for the usual. “Are you feeling alright?” her mom asked “do you need help?” her father asked, and the lady at the stable whispered to her mother “so, she’s blind?” Holding back a tart remark, she felt her way out of the car and turned toward the sound of neighing. Her mother sighed and whispered a reply to the lady, she could feel the discomfort in the air. But the lady straightened up and said “well, lets show you the stable.” Jess was led across the ground and felt the air get a little cooler as they entered a barn. Hooves stamped, hot breath filled the air with the smell of oats, hay and manure. Heavenly. Today she was going to ride.
This was harder than she thought. She Tried to do what the riding instructor told her, but she just couldn’t seem to get anything right. Finally, the instructor gave up. “I can’t take this anymore, lets have Julie try to teach her!”. Jess could hear her footsteps retreating. For minutes she waited, not knowing what she had done wrong. The crunching of steps startled her. A new voice spoke “You really made Leah angry” it said, but there was not anger in it, it was as if she were sharing an inside joke with Jess they had used a million other times. Right then, Jess fond herself wanting to tell her everything. How hard it was to be blind, how no one ever seemed to trust her. “my name is Julie” said the voice “now lets ride!”.
The days spun around Jess like a dream. Riding, talking, things seemed fun that were a dull chore before. Jess could walk around the barn without anyone helping her. She knew the names if all of the horses, and slowly Julie started teaching her how to read. Starting with little things like the braile on the horses stalls. Soon Jess started to look forward to her time with Julie when they were learning to read. She checked out special books from the library, and read them at home. The more time she spent with the horses and Julie, the better her grades got. She was happier, her parents were happier, the world seemed happier. Then it all went wrong. One day, as they laughed and chatted over a book Jess had just finished reading, Jess heard a car lull itself into the driveway and to a spot 1 feet away from where they were sitting. Julie went still. Jess could feel the tenseness in her body. “stay here Jess” she said hoarsely, all of the laughter gone from her voice. And that was it. Three days later, Julie left for California. Her mother had died, and now she had to move to California to set things right, the house was her’s now, and she had to take care of it. Jess’s grades got worse and worse, and she dropped back to her regular, dull life. The only thing that kept her from going crazy, were the horses. They kept her through the days. One day, As she stroked Peppy, one of the horses, she heard a car pull into the driveway. Not caring in the least, she brought out two peppermints and Peppy lipped them up. It wasn’t until she heard the frantic neighing and yelling did she stumble outside. She heard hooves and the dust in her mouth made her cough. “What is going on?!” she asked. One of the stable girls answered “A new horse came from Seattle, he’s going crazy! He so strange, I think he’s blin-” she caught herself. Jess ignored her and rushed forward toward the sound of hooves. She heard gasping, and felt the warm breath of a horse on her face. She felt her way along to its neck and patted it. The horse snuffled. Jess smiled. “What is his name?” she asked. One of the stable girls called out “I think it’s Blue”. For moments turning into minutes the two just stood there, they knew, at last they had both found a true friend.