How’s Your Reading Going?

We made a reading bulletin board today so we could keep up with each other as far as how many books we have read so far for the school year.

I now have 2 students who are ahead of me. One hasn’t put his sticky note up yet. Although I did question the # he is claiming. Should I do that??? It just seems hard to believe-27 books in 6 weeks of school. But the other students were believing him. Hmmmm….. I’ll be more observant and can’t wait to conference with him soon. 🙂


Newbery (Nerdbery) Reading Challenge

Here it is folks! An awesome challenge to join up with!

John over at Watch.Connect.Read is starting a reading challenge along with Colby at sharpread. We will be reading ALL Newbery Award winning books over the course of 2 years beginning with the 1st one to receive the award and reading them in order. Unless you want to deviate and read them any which way! 🙂

This Newbery Reading Challenge will begin on January 1st, 2012! To follow it on twitter just use the hashtag #nerdbery-yes, we are book nerds and PROUD OF IT!!!!

This is bound to be a fun and exciting reading challenge for all!

Here is the list of Newbery winners that we will be reading that I have copied from John’s blog (thank you, John!):

  • 90. Moon Over Manifest
  • 89. When You Reach Me
  • 88. The Graveyard Book
  • 87. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
  • 86. The Higher Power of Lucky
  • 85. Criss-Cross
  • 84. Kira-Kira
  • 83. The Tale of Despereaux
  • 82. Crispin
  • 81. A Single Shard
  • 80. A Year Down Yonder
  • 79. Bud, Not Buddy
  • 78. Holes
  • 77. Out of the Dust
  • 76. The View from Saturday
  • 75. The Midwife’s Apprentice
  • 74. Walk Two Moons
  • 73. The Giver
  • 72. Missing May
  • 71. Shiloh
  • 70. Maniac Magee
  • 69. Number the Stars
  • 68. Joyful Noise
  • 67. Lincoln: A Photobiography
  • 66. The Whipping Boy
  • 65. Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • 64. The Hero and the Crown
  • 63. Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • 62. Dicey’s Song
  • 61. A Visit to William Blake’s Inn
  • 60. Jacob I Have Loved
  • 59. A Gathering of Days
  • 58. The Westing Game
  • 57. Bridge to Terabithia
  • 56. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • 55. The Grey King
  • 54. M.C. Higgins, The Great
  • 53. The Slave Dancer
  • 52. Julie of the Wolves
  • 51. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • 50. Summer of the Swans
  • 49. Sounder
  • 48. The High King
  • 47. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • 46. Up a Road Slowly
  • 45. I, Juna de Pareja
  • 44. Shadow of a Bull
  • 43. It’s Like This, Cat
  • 42. A Wrinkle in Time
  • 41. The Bronze Bow
  • 40. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • 39. Onion John
  • 38. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • 37. Rifles for Watie
  • 36. Miracles on Maple Hill
  • 35. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • 34. The Wheel on the School
  • 33. …And Now Miquel
  • 32. Secret of the Andes
  • 31. Ginger Pye
  • 30. Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • 29. The Door in the Wall
  • 28. King of the Wind
  • 27. The Twenty-One Balloons
  • 26. Miss Hickory
  • 25. Strawberry Girl
  • 24. Rabbit Hill
  • 23. Johnny Tremain
  • 22. Adam of the Road
  • 21. The Matchlock Gun
  • 20. Call it Courage
  • 19. Daniel Boone
  • 18. Thimble Summer
  • 17. The White Stag
  • 16. Roller Skates
  • 15. Caddie Woodlawn
  • 14. Dobry
  • 13. Invincible Louisa
  • 12. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
  • 11. Waterless Mountain
  • 10. The Cat Who Went to Heaven
  • 9. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
  • 8. The Trumpeter of Krakow
  • 7. Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
  • 6. Smoky, the Cowhorse
  • 5. Shen of the Sea
  • 4. Tales from Silver Lands
  • 3. The Dark Frigate
  • 2. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
  • 1. The Story of Mankind

Another accomplishment

Finally! Another accomplishment in my classroom. Although I have to confess that most of this had already been done last week-I really only put 2 more sheets up to finish the job! 🙂

We will be setting our reading goal for 40(or maybe 50-haven’t really decided yet-probably need to go ahead and make that decision since the kids start school next Thursday). Each student will hopefully read 40(or 50) books by the end of the year (some will just read more than they did last year). I did this last year, but did not provide enough time in class to read (changing that this year) and didn’t really keep up with it either (gonna work on that this year).

The thing that I am adding this year is to also sort of make it a team competition. I will have 2 classes of 6th graders (24 in each room). Each class will be divided into 2 teams of 12 kids each. We will chart our reading goal progress individually AND by teams-AND we will make it visible by charting it on this closet door. Just another push to hopefully keep them reading! 🙂

Book-a-day Challenge for Summer

I obviously didn’t too well with the 48 hour book challenge the other weekend hosted by since I didn’t read at all!! GASP!! Can you believe it? I LOVE to read, but that weekend ended up being so busy with family and since I sometimes IGNORE my family to read books I thought it was best NOT to do that! 🙂

So…..Donalyn Miller-author of The Book Whisperer-is setting forth a challenge to read a book each day during the summer. The rules are VERY flexible-check out her post about it:

I think I have about 61 days left until the beginning of school in our district here in Alabama, but I might cheat (gasp again) a little and just aim for 50 TOTAL books this summer! I am going to post about each one-even the little, teensy, tiny picture books that will make their way into this challenge! I actually started this 2 days ago and have read 3 books so far-1 picture non-fiction and 2 chapter-and let me tell you the chapter books were amazing! I’ll be posting about them soon!

I went to my classroom yesterday (even though it is completely packed up for the summer awaiting the cleaning of the floors) and hauled a stack of books back to my house!!! To go with the stack of books in my junky wannabe organized home office! To go with the stack of books near my bed! To go with my Amazon kindle that I hope has a stack of books soon!! 🙂

Are you ready all you bookaholics???? Join the fun!!! What can it hurt? The worst thing that can happen is you don’t meet your challenge and you still get some great reads in for the summer!!