Babymouse Heartbreaker book review

Babymouse, you are breaking my heart! 🙂 I need to be able to read about you for the rest of my life. Are you listening Jen and Matt? I need more Babymouse books!

I think I need to stop trying to read these books while in my classroom because I am distracting the students from their reading by laughing out loud! I LOVE BABYMOUSE!! The little diva that she is! Or wants to be!

This is yet another dynamic graphic novel about the one and only-Babymouse! She rocks! Laugh out loud funny!

One of my favorite parts is…well, the whole book! Read it and enjoy it!

5 of 5 stars! Every time!

Fact and Opinion

This week we have been working on distinguishing between facts and opinions. Whoa!!! Didn’t realize it would be that difficult! I used a 2 page article from the WONDERFUL site of Wonderopolis about the Appalachian Trail. (I have ONCE AGAIN changed our reading structure-don’t laugh- but will write more about that in a later post!). We have also been talking about our schema this week.

We read the article on Monday after MUCH schema (background) building. We partner read it on Tuesday and each group had to pick out facts and opinions from the article. We also GREATLY discussed some pertinent(important)(I’m trying to become a word wizard!) vocabulary.

Today each group had to pick either a fact or opinion (I told them which one) and write it on a sentence strip and put it on the board under that category. We read each one, decided if we agreed with its placement, and then talked about how we would prove or disprove the facts. Boy, are they having a difficult time with this! But the good news is: we will be focusing on it again next week! (That’s the change I mentioned earlier, but you’ll have to check back for that complete post!). 🙂

Did it!!

I actually ran (jogged) 3.2 miles without stopping last Friday, then 3.4 miles Monday, and 3.4 miles yesterday!!!

Thank you Couch25k!!! You helped me get to this point! I never would have believed it at the beginning. I couldn’t even jog 1/4 of the way around the school track without feeling like I was going to puke! 🙂

I am loving life!!! I LOVE TO RUN!!

Today I walked 5 miles to sort of rest before my 1st 5k this Saturday! Yippee!!

Oh yeah, I have lost 20 pounds so far-hope to lose many more! I feel so good!

This week would have been week 8 of the 9 week program, but stopped the program and am now just running the whole time! 🙂

Alabama Moon book review

Plain and simple. This is the way the book is written, and this describes Moon’s life.

Goodreads summary:

I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasn’t worried about me.

For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon’s father dies, Moon follows his father’s last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn’t know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there. 

I enjoyed this book because it fascinates me when people choose to live so differently from the norm. Moon’s mother and father had fled to make a home in the woods to get away from the government. How many of us would choose that kind of life if we thought we could survive or get away with it?

4 of 5 stars

I think most of my 6th graders would enjoy this book with it’s unique yet simple storyline, but I really think my boys would enjoy it.

Valentine Jumping Jack Challenge

We had our jumping jack challenge today and here is what it looked like.





Before we started.

1st round.





2nd round.



3rd round.




4th round.




5th and LAST round.









Sebastian, Austin, Brian, CJ, Kevin, Destiny, and Tanner!! Congratulations for doing 725 TOTAL jumping jacks!!!!


Avoxes anyone?

Those of you who have read The Hunger Games will know what I’m talking about. The avoxes have been silenced (permanently) by The Capitol.

Well, I now have 2 lovely 6th graders who have “become” avoxes. Seriously. They pledged to act like an avox all day today, and do you think I ever heard them say a word? Nope. 🙂

I asked them if I could make that mandatory for the rest of the 6th grade class???????? LOL!

I LOVE it when a student REALLY gets into a book!

Runner’s Creed

Today was not a good training day. I tried to train on the dirt road be my house, but it ended up being a jog/walk/jog thing! There couldn’t be 2 more DIFFERENT things in this world:

School track (flat) VS. regular road (hilly)

OMG! 🙂 So I ended up walking/jogging 3 miles in 53 minutes. That’s not too bad is it? 🙂

I found some inspiration over at My Dirt Road Anthem-a youtube video with a runner’s creed. Just what the doctor ordered for today! 🙂