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Only 179 To Go!

The Class of 2012

Day One is in the books, and I think it went pretty well! Plenty of smiling faces in my classroom. I’m hoping it wasn’t just because there was air conditioning inside! We are going to have a fabulous year, my friends! And I’m so excited that I’m surrounded by so many students who love reading as much as I do!!! I can’t wait to start talking about books with all of you. I’m sure I’ll be taking voluminous notes about the books I want to read next.

I’m sure tomorrow will be an extremely long day for all of us, so you may want to bring an extra snack. It’s also going to be plenty hot, so we all need to drink lots of water.

And, of course, don’t forget your book!


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Your Reading Reminder

Just a quick reminder that our Summer Read-Off for middle school ends Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. Be sure to log in all the books you’ve read before then. I’ve just finished updating the pages that have been submitted in the last week or so. And let me just say…I’m loving my new seventh grade class before I’ve even met ya!!! Check out the current totals here:

Summer Read-Off

Do you have a favorite book that you read over the summer? Why don’t you tell us about it! Leave a comment here telling us the name of the book (and author’s name if you know it), a little about it (without giving away the ending), and what you really loved about the book.

If you’ve never left a comment on a blog before, simply click on “Leave a comment” below the title of this post. You’ll need to enter your name and email address, but you don’t need to add anything for “Website.” If you are a student, please only use your first name and last initial. You can use your school email address or a personal address.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

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My Reading List

As I shared in my previous post, I have decided to join in on the 48-Hour Read-A-Thon in order to get myself back into reading. I wanted to share with you the books I will be reading this weekend. I’ve already started the first two, The Book Whisperer and The Magician, both of which I highly recommend. When I finish with those two, I’ll move on to The Book Thiefand Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.

In case you’re wondering about my fancy bookends, those are the “just in case” books for this weekend (as in, “just in case I finish all four books I’ll have more reasons to continue lounging around enjoying my read-a-thon!”) Those books are:

Time to get back to the couch. That’s where my books are!

Happy Reading!


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48-Hour Read-A-Thon

I have a confession to make. I have not read nearly enough books this summer. I’ve written much more than I’ve read, and that’s great…but it’s still not enough. So, when a blog post about a weekend read-a-thon came across my blog feed, I jumped at the chance to spend some quality time with some of my best friends: my books.

The rest of this blog post is cross-posted from my Notes From McTeach blog:

It’s quite simple. Just take time away from other activities like television-watching or internet-surfing and devote that time to reading. I can do this! Will you join me?

Here are the guidelines from the Unputdownables blog:

If You’re In:

  1. Choose a few books that you will attempt to finish this weekend (Friday evening through Sunday night).
  2. Post your TBR Read-a-Thon books on your blog so your readers can see what you are attempting for the weekend.
  3. Challenge your readers to read along with you! (It’s OK if they don’t, but might be fun if they want to choose at least one book to participate with).
  4. Join the discussion all weekend long at #bookblogchat on Twitter.
  5. Post updates on your blog about what you are reading and what you have finished (full reviews can come later, but this will let your readers know what you are reading so they can either read along or look forward to your reviews!)
  6. Visit other blogs that are doing the read-a-long. Post comments and follow your fellow bloggers.
  7. Make sure you sign up here with Mr. Linky with a link to your first post so we can follow your progress!
  8. *If you don’t have a blog but want to participate: Sign up with Mr. Linky, just don’t add a website (or you can link to your Twitter or GoodReads page).*

If You’re Not In, but Want to Support:

  1. Check out the blogs that are participating below in the Mr. Linky list.
  2. Visit those blogs and leave comments and encouragement
  3. Add to your own TBRs as you see what others are reading!

And here is my reading challenge for this weekend:

  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller (I’ve started it, but plan to finish it)
  • The Magician by Michael Scott (I’m surprised I put it down to write this post!)
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It’s tempting to add another twenty books to this list, but I need to keep the list manageable for this slow reader! Now, I wonder what would make the best snacks…

For my students, if you would like to participate, please enter your book lists as a comment here on this blog. Let’s start talking about what we’re reading!

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Meet Me At The Library

Learning at the Googleplex

Hello to all my favorite students out there!! I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer. I’ve spent quite a bit of time learning this summer…how about you? I haven’t read nearly enough books this summer, but there’s still time. It’s not that I haven’t done any reading, just to be clear. I’ve read quite a bit, actually.

Speaking of reading, have you been to the newly-opened Walnut Creek library yet? I hear it’s amazing! But I have to see it for myself. So, if you’re looking for a new book to read, why don’t you meet me at the library tomorrow. Mrs. Bailey and I will both be there around 10:00 in the morning and will probably stay until about lunchtime. Look for us at the purple couches in the teen section.

Can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve been reading!


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Nothin’ Like A Free Book!

And if you’re willing to read at least eight books this summer, Barnes and Noble will give you one…a free book! There’s just one little catch…you’re all too old to participate. Sorry. This is only for kids in first through sixth grades. Ok, I know you’re probably asking yourself, “Um, so, why exactly are you telling us this, McTeach?” My response:

Um…hellooooooo!! Weren’t you listening??? I said…FREE BOOKS!!!

Ok, so seventh and eighth graders won’t be able to benefit from this, don’t you know someone who can? A younger sibling, perhaps? Or a cousin? Someone you babysit? Whoever!

FREE BOOKS, people!! ‘Nuff said!

So pass on this address to anyone you think might benefit: 2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading.


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Classrooms Care

Classrooms Care

Get your bookmarks ready, seventh graders! I have signed us up to participate in Scholastic’s Classrooms Care project for Spring 2010. If we read 50 books by May 14th, we can help donate up to 250,000 books to kids who live on military bases with their parents. Now, having a seventh grade class read 50 books in two months seems rather easy to me, so I think we should make it a bit more challenging! Here are the three options I’ve come up with:

  1. We double the required number of books and challenge ourselves to read 100 books as a class by May 14th;
  2. We challenge our class to read 50 different books by May 14th. By that I mean we only count a book toward our goal if no one else in the class has read it for this project;
  3. We really challenge ourselves and read our 50 books by March 14th instead of May 14th!

What are your thoughts?


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Percy Jackson

I know many of my students will be venturing out to the movie theater this weekend to see the new Percy Jackson movie. And I know that most of you have also read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, so I thought it would be interesting to compare the two. After you see the movie this weekend, please leave a comment to this post telling everyone what you thought about the movie and how well it compared to the book.


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We Remember Fourth Grade!

We Love Reading!

In class this morning, we traveled back in time a few years to revisit our fourth grade reading list. We talked about how much we enjoyed (or didn’t) reading back when we were fourth grade, and we talked about books that we might recommend to a fourth grader who doesn’t necessarily enjoy reading as much as we do now (right?!)

Our discussion was based on a blog post I read over the weekend titled Warning! Don’t Let This Be You! I think most teachers, myself included, have a hard time understanding why some people hate to read. Maybe students like yourselves who are closer in age to Mrs. Kolbert’s fourth graders can help us figure this out. Were you a reluctant reader? Do you have a sibling who is or was a reluctant reader? How did you or your sibling learn to enjoy reading?

Let’s start with these two questions:

  • What would you say to someone who says they hate to read?
  • What books would you recommend to a fourth grader? Explain why. Is there a book you would especially recommend to someone who doesn’t like to read?

Please respond to these questions in the form of a comment to this post. Let’s start talking about books!

Photo Books from the Past by Lin Pernille


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Are You Ready?

Welcome to Camp Caritas!

Welcome to Camp Caritas!

Are you packed? Have you checked your list? Have you checked it again? Do you have your dress uniform washed and pressed and ready for mass Monday morning? 😉


If you have questions over the weekend, please email me. I’ll check in frequently in between getting myself packed and giving George extra scritches and smooches. Biggest question for me as I get myself ready: What book shall I bring?! I’m leaning toward The Magician by Michael Scott. Any other suggestions?

If you’re looking for a good book to read, check out the Books! page on this blog. I’m adding reading lists for all levels to that page as I find them. You’ll also find two websites at the bottom of the page that let you type in the name of a book you really liked and they will offer you a list of book suggestions you might like. Pretty cool!

What’s even MORE cool is that I noticed some of you have started talking about your favorite books on your blogs! I LOVE IT!!!!!!! You’ve made this teacher very happy!


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