Monday, May 27, 2019

May 26, 2019

Online Comprehension and Evaluation
This week we will focus on how we read differently when we are on the internet. We will discuss strategies we use when reading websites. Some questions to guide our discussion will include:
  • Do you read all of the text on the page?
  • How do you use pictures to help you read?
  • What do you look for on the homepage of a website?
  • How do you choose what links to click?
We will refer to this Online Comprehension Strategies Diagram from when evaluating websites.

We will also use the Is This a Hoax? checklist from for our evaluation practice.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, (2019)
by Dan Geimenhart

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The Elephant Thief, (2017)
by Jane Kerr

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The House With Chicken Legs, (2018)
by Sophie Anderson

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The Sinking of the Vasa: A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions, (2018)
words by Russell Freedman and pictures by William Low

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Fourth grader Mira wants you to know about this 2018 Global Read Aloud title she really enjoyed. 

Amal Unbound, (2018)
by Aisha Saeed

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Mira's Book Trailer link

Friday, May 17, 2019

May 20, 2019

Critical Thinking

This week we will be thinking about viewing our sources with a critical eye. Here is a peek into some Common Sense Media videos that will guide our discussion.

Shouting at the Rain, (2019)
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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Mac Undercover ( Mac B., Kid Spy #1), (2018)
words by Mac Barnett and pictures by Mike Lowery

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Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night, (2018)
by Rob Laidlaw

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This fantasy series comes highly recommended by fifth grader Beatrice.

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1), (2012)
by Tui T. Sutherland

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Beatrice's Wings of Fire Book Trailer link

Fourth grader Wes wants everyone to know about this fantasy series. 

Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider #1), (2005)
by Cornelia Funke

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Book Trailer link from Wes

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May 12, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019
"Device free activities help mitigate stress and build closer, healthier relationships."
-from the #DeviceFreeEvening flyer (see details below)

#DeviceFreeEvening flyer with more information

Fenway and Hattie in the Wild (Fenway and Hattie #4), (2019)
by Victoria J. Coe

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Ruby in the Sky, (2019)
by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

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Fourth grader Luke highly recommends The Trials of Apollo series

The Hidden Oracle (#1), (2016)
by Rick Riordan
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Luke's The Trials of Apollo Book Trailer

Fourth grader Jake recommends this classic fantasy tale.

The Phantom Tollbooth, (1961)
words by Norton Juster and pictures by Jules Feiffer

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Jake's Book Trailer link

Fourth grader Isabel recommends this fantasy series.

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1), (2012)
words by Chris Colfer and pictures by Brandon Dorman

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

May 5, 2019

5 Worlds series by Mark Siegel

The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds, #1), (2017)

The Cobalt Prince (5 Worlds, #2), (2018)

The Red Maze (5 Worlds, #3), (2019)

Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story, (2019)
by Raina Telgemeier

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Fourth grader Carla created a book trailer for a fantasy series she is devouring.

Wings of Fire series
by Tui T. Sutherland

Carla's Book Trailer link

Fourth grader Emme created a book trailer for the same series. 

Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire #8)
by Tui T. Sutherland

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Emme's Book Trailer link

Fourth grader Lily created a book trailer for her favorite mystery series.

Spy School (Spy School #1), (2012)
by Stuart Gibbs

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Lily's Book Trailer link