Friday, September 27, 2013

The Real Ivan

We finished our first read aloud book for the year today, The One and Only Ivan. We watched video of the real Ivan. Click on the picture of Ivan to read more about him.

Gregor the Overlander

Our next read aloud book will be Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

Check out the book trailer!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunny D Book Spree

Help our class earn 20 free books from Scholastic!  
Here's how you can help:
1. Clip the UPC label off eligible Sunny D products. Click here to see a list of eligible products.
2. Send the UPC label to school with your child.

Send all UPC labels by: Nov.25th

**If you aren't sure what the UPC label is- just send the entire label. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Author Signing at Blue Willow Bookshop

Mike Lupica will be at Blue Willow Bookshop this Wednesday. If you love sports--Mike Lupica is the author for you!! He has written many sports-related books.

Check out his website for more information on his books.

Information about his latest book from Blue Willow Bookshop :

In QB 1, Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season--not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman. 

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy--awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow. 

Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, HEAT, and of course FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

What:  Mike Lupica will discuss and sign his new novel for kids, QB 1.

When:  Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX  77079

Admission:  In order to go through the signing line and meet Mike Lupica for book personalization, please purchase QB 1 from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, you will receive a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line.

A limited number of autographed copies of Mike’s books will be available for purchase after the event.  If you cannot attend the event, but would like a personalized copy of his book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Imaginary Islands

We have spent 3 weeks working on our map skills. Our culminating project was to create an imaginary island. Each island had to have a theme and all land forms, bodies of water, and cities had to fit your theme. The maps students created were wonderful!!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Reading Conversations at Home

Students should be reading at least 20 minutes a night for homework. They are always welcome to read more!  When kids see their parents reading at home they will see the value of reading. While you read the newspaper, magazine, or book, have your child sit next to you reading a book or magazine.

Here are some questions you can ask your child after they read.

Reading Comprehension Questions
Questions that Encourage Conversations About Reading

Ebooks and Book Suggestions

Have an iPad, Kindle, Nook, or iPad Mini at home? Download an e-book to read at home.

Houston Public Library
 SBISD eBooks

Need to find a book to read?
Check out these lists:
Guys Read
4th grade Reading Suggestions
Dan Gutman
39 Clues Series
Goodreads - Search for lists of books similar to books you like
Margaret Peterson Haddix
R.L.Stine  - Author of Goosebump Series

Friday, September 13, 2013

Bullying Video by Jessie Bridges

Our counselor, Mrs. Halfin, discussed bullying with our class this week. She shared this video by Jessie Bridges.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weekly Word Study Menu

Word Study Menu

If have lost your weekly word study menu, you are in luck!