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Bluebonnet Challenge

Goal: Read as many Bluebonnet books as you can! See if you can read 5, then shoot for 10, then top it off with all 20 of them!

If you can read all 20 books by January you will receive a special surpise from Ms. Choy!

Go to Book Talk to find out more about this year's books!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Frindle, Chapter 7-10

After reading chapters 7-10, answer the following questions. Remember to use text evidence when the question is asking you to provide it and type your name with your comment.

1. Where did Nick start using his new word?

2. How did John help Nick with his plan in class?

3. How did Mrs. Granger react to the new name for a pen? Provide text evidence to support your answer.

4. What was Pete's great idea?

5. Why did Mrs. Chatham visit Nick and his parents at home?

6. If "ain't" is not a proper word, how can it be in the dictionary, as Nick points out? What is Nick trying to prove when he brings the point up with Mrs. Chatham?

7. Do you agree with Mrs. Granger or Nick's parents about using the word frindle? Why? 8. Imagine you are the report from the Wakefield Gazette, trying to get the scoop on the new word. What questions would you ask Mrs. Granger? How would you convince the principal to give you the real story?

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Frindle, Chapters 4-6

After reading chapters 4-6, answer the following questions in complete sentences. Remember to use text evidence and type your name in your comment!

1. What is the rule at Nick's house? Is it a fair rule? Why or why not?

2. Where in the dictionary did Nick look to get help with his report?

3. Why did Nick have a bad feeling in the pit of his stomach in chapter 5?

4. How did Nick feel before he gave his report? Provide text evidence from the book to support your answer.

5. Who decides which words goes in the dictionary?

6. What was Nick's big idea?

7. What are three important things that happened in chapter 6.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Frindle, Chapters 1-3

After reading chapters 1-3, answer the following questions in complete sentences. Don't forget to add your name to your comment!

  1. Of the three lists of students mentioned on page 1, to which list did Nick Allen belong?

2.Who was making the “peep” sound in class? Who did Mrs. Avery think it was?

3.What subject does Mrs. Granger teach?

4. What made Mrs. Granger famous? What did Mrs. Granger love?

5. What was the first thing the students did in Mrs. Granger’s class?

6. What was Nick known for in class?

7. What was Nick’s question to Mrs. Granger? How did Mrs. Granger answer Nick’s question?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hachiko Waits - Chapter 9-Epilogue

After reading the rest of Hachiko Waits, answer the following questions in complete sentences. Remember to use text evidence when necessary and write your name on your comment!
1. How is Hachi loyal?
2. What happened when Hachi barked for the second time in his life?
3. Why was Mr. Yoshikawa happy about Hachi dying?
4. What is the special train?
5. How was Hachi honored?
6. How did Hachi teach loyalty, devotion, hope, and faith to others? Explain and give examples from any part of the book.

Hachiko Waits - Chapter 7-8

After reading chapters 7-8, answer the following questions in complete sentences. Remember to use text evidence when necessary.

1. Why did Yasuo want to be the first person off the train?
2. What does devoted mean? How is Hachi devoted?
3. How will Yasuo take care of him?
4. How does Hachi react every time a train approaches?
5. Why does Hachi continue to hope and wait for his master each day?
6. How does Hachi earn the name Chuken Hachiko? What does it mean and why does it fit him?
7. How is Hachi encouraging the people of Japan?
8. How did Hachi impress everyone when he ate the Yakitori?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hachiko Waits, Chapters 5-6

After reading chapters 5-6, answer the following questions. Remember to write in complete sentences and provide text evidence.






1. What happened to the Professor? What does this mean for Hachi?
2. When Mrs. Takahashi agrees to take Hachi, how do her actions support the character trait that she is caring?
3. How did Yasuo and his mom get Hachi to go home with them?
4. What will Yasuo's responsibilities be if he is going to be Hachi's owner?
5. What happened when they took Hachi outside for a walk?

Hachiko Waits, Chapters 3-4

After reading chapters 3-4, answer the following questions. Remember to write in complete sentences and provide text evidence when necessary. Don't forget to write your name on your post!


After reading the two chapters, write the meaning of each word.







1. When does Hachi return to the station? Why?

2. What does the city do for Tango-No-Sekku?

3. How does Hachi react when he greets the Professor?

4. What was so strange about Hachi returning to the station everyday?

5. Give examples from the story to support the statement, "How was is a smart dog."

6. Why did the Professor compare Hachi to the carp?

7. Why do you think Hachi barked at the Professor for the first time when he boarded the train?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hatchet, Chapters 13- 19 and Epilogue

After reading chapters13-16, answer the following questions. Remember to use complete sentences and provide text evidence when necessary.

1. What two try things come to Brian's mind after not being rescued by the plane?

2. What tools does Brian make and how does he use them? How does this accomplishment make Brian feel about himself and his situation?

3. What is the most important thing that drives all creatures in the forest?

4. How does Brian measure time? Which way has the most meaning for him and why?

5. What does Brian learn he is doing wrong in the way that he is trying to kill a foolbird?

6. Why does Brian have to rebuild his shelter twice? What does he spend so much time rebuilding?

7.Explain what Brian means when he says that the loss of the hatchet means that he has nothing.

8. What items are inside the survival bag.

9. What does Brian accidently do that results in his being rescued?

10. How has Brian changed as a result of this accident?

Hatchet, Chapters 6-12

After reading chapters 6-12, answer the following questions. Remember to write in complete sentences and use text evidence when necessary.

1. When was the last time you learned something from a book, television or movie and used that knowledge in you own life? Be specific.

2. Describe Brian's shelter.

3.What does Brian see among the raspberry bushes? What does he learn from this experience?

4. What wild visitor helps Brian figure out how to build a fire? How? What does the fire mean to Brian?

5. What important discovery does Brian make when he examines the rock at the end of chapter 8?

6. What did Brian experience when he removed the quills from his legs?

7. Brian uses his Hatchet for a variety of purposes and in several different ways. Write down 3 examples of how he used his hatchet.

8. What went through your mind at the end of chapter 12?

Hatchet- Chapters 1-5

After reading chapters 1-5, answer the following questions by clicking post a comment. Remember to include your name! Write in complete sentences.

1. Why is Brian visiting his father in Canada? How does Brian feel about his mother? How do you know? (Provide text evidence.)

2. What is "The Secret?"

3. What is Brian's plan for landing the plane? What conclusions can you draw about Brian from the actions he takes before the crash?

4. What lesson does Brian remember from Mr. Perpich, his English teacher? How does that lesson help Brian as he sits beside the lake?
5. List all of Brian's possiessions and predict how each possession may help him survive and what will be useless.
5. How would you have reacted if you were in Brian's shoes when the pilot dies?

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hachiko Waits - Vocabulary Ch.1-2

Hachiko Waits takes place in Japan and this story uses many Japanese words. The author wrote the Japanese words in italics. Look online to find what each of these Japanese words mean. Post the definition to at least 1 word as a comment.

1. Kimono
2. Futon
3. Tatmi
4. miso soup
5. Yakitori
6. Genkan

Hachiko Waits- Chapters 1-2

Read chapters 1-2, then answer the following questions when you post a comment. Remember to include your own thoughts, feelings, opinions, and questions. You must respond to comments made by at least 1 other book club member.

1. What does Hachi's name mean?
2. Where and when does this story take place?
3. Describe the professor and Hachi's relationship. Does the professor treat Hachi like any other animal or do you think he treats him like a family member? Why? Provide text evidence to support your answer.
4. Where do you think Hachi went and why? What is he going to do?

Firegirl - Chapter 1-5

Read chapters 1-5, then answer the following questions in your comment. Remember to respond to someone else's comments as well. Remember to add your own opinions, feelings, or questions.

1. It's obvious Tom has a crush on Courtney because he frequently daydreams about saving her life. Why do you think Tom imagines he is a superhero, and what do you think of his "small powers" he chooses for himself? Why do you think he chose "small powers"?
2. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why? Would you choose small powers?
3. What do you think of Tom's bestfriend Jeff? What character trait would you use to describe him & why? Support your answer with text evidence.
4. What do you think of Mrs. Tracey's plan to hold an election for class president? Would you run for class president?
5. Mrs. Tracy ends the chapter 5 (pg.28) saying "There's something you need to know about Jessica..." What do you think she means? **If you have read ahead, please don't answer this question.
6. Do Tom's classroom and classmates seem similar to our class? Why or why not.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

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