📚Monday Reading 📖

You might need some book suggestions for the summer.  North Hampton Library has some and you can find some here too.  I visit Brightly a lot for book suggestions and this  post:  The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids Ages 9 – 12 is awesome!  Of course, I haven’t read all the books (yet), but the ones I have are excellent.

I also look for book recommendations on Imagination Soup.  This post links to their Summer Reading List recommendations. This list is sorted by genre and has excellent titles as well.

I hope you’ll explore these sites and the book suggestions with your parents and begin a new “to be read” list to keep you reading all summer.

Both sites have also created Summer Reading Bingo boards.  That seems like a fun idea.  I’m going to try both: Brightly Summer Reading Bingo and Reading Bingo.

Here are some book recommendations that will help you fill in some Bingo squares.

📕 Magic Treehouse #33 ~ Narwhal on a Sunny Night takes Jack and Annie on a mission to the Arctic.  They travel back in time to meet up with Leif Erikson when he and his family first settled on Greenland.  Leif Erikson went on to become the first European to explore North America, five hundred years before Christopher Columbus.  Readers get to learn a bit of history and some interesting information about the mammals that live in the arctic ~ especially whales.  It’s a fun story about how connection and care lead to hope.

This book could help you fill in the “book that you can finish in one day” or “a book published in 2020” squares.

📙You know how much I love the “Ordinary People Change the World” series by Brad Meltzer.  The newest book in the series is I am Leonardo da Vinci. You probably know many things about him already.  He was a passionate observer of nature and intensely curious about how things work.  He challenged his own thinking by asking “what if?”  He purposely chose to question and think differently than those around him.  “Nothing amazing happens by thinking like everyone else…Do what hasn’t been done before.  Build what hasn’t been built before.  When you do…no one will be able to look away.”  Leonardo da Vinci’s ordinary gift was in recognizing that new ideas were beautiful.  What is your new idea today?

This book could help you fill in the “read a biography” or ” read a book in a series” squares.

📗 What fun!  The best way to introduce this book to you is by listening to the beginning of Doodleville read by the author, Chad Sell.  In this world, art comes to life.  When Drew takes her Doodles to the Art Institute they leave her sketchbook and interact with the masterpieces in the museum.  What will Drew do about the invasion?  How will the Art Club unite their powers for good?  How will each club member find inspiration for the next project?  This graphic novel is exciting to read and then reread and reread again.  You’ll notice more and more each time.  Bring your doodles to life!

This book could help you fill in the “read a book with a female heroine” or “read a book about an adventure” bingo squares.

📘And finally you might like to read The One and Only Bob, sequel to The One and Only Ivan.  Here’s the blurb on the cover:  “Brave hearts come in small packages.  Bob is an independent dog.  He knows he could still make it on his own if he had to, even though he now has a home with his human friend Julia, regular meals belly rubs and a bed to call his own.  But most important of all, he still gets to visit his best friends at their new home.  Ivan, a silverback gorilla, and Ruby, a young elephant, live nearby in a sanctuary.  A home for Bob, a home for his friend, and all there treats he could want …” And then the hurricane hits causing chaos and confusion.  Will anything ever be okay again?

Make sure to read The One and Only Ivan first – one story builds off the events of the other.  This book could help you fill in the “read a book with an animal on the cover” or the “read 30 minutes” squares on your Bingo Board.

If you have books to recommend, tell us about them in the comments.  It inspiring to discover all the different books , how-to’s, magazines, websites, channels etc… you are exploring this summer.☀️📚😎


✏️Friday Quick Writes📝

I was thinking about what it means to feel confident.  When I’m feeling confident, I’m usually happy and better able to help others.  I think helping and happiness, caring and kindness can lead to empathy and understanding.  That is important to me.

I went in search of some writing prompts that might help us explore those ideas.  Here are a few that spoke to me ~ but I’ve included the whole list.  I’d love to read what you write.  😎💗🌱💐📝

What does it mean to have confidence?  How do you think confidence relates to happiness?

Make a list of ten things you’re good at doing.  How do these things make you unique?

What is your greatest talent?  How do you share it with others?

Write down five things that define who you are, listing them as “I am ____” statements.  Take a few minutes to think about each one.  Which quality feels best?

Write about a person you admire.  What qualities do you have in common with this person?

Write a poem that describes the feeling of confidence. 

Have a great time writing.  Share your ideas with the world!✏️

🔢Wednesday Math 🔵◼️🔺

Here are some problems to solve.  Have fun!

Landon collected 2384 basketball cards.  He gave 533 of them to Max.

How many cards did Landon have then?

Next Landon bought 5 more packs of cards.  Each pack had 16 cards in it.

How many new basketball cards did Landon buy?

How many hockey cards does Landon have now?

Holden sorted his books.  He had 1,452 books altogether.  He put the same amount on each shelf of his 2-shelf bookcase.

How many books did he put on each shelf?

One half of the books on just the top shelf were picture books.  The rest of the books in the bookcase were chapter books. How many picture books does Holden have? How many chapter books does he have?

Brady had 12,369 Legos.  He divided them into 3 even groups.

How many Legos were in each group?

He used two of the groups to make an amazing building.  How many Legos did Brady use to build his building?

Vera had 174 dimes.

She gave Edward some.  Those added up to $3.40.

She gave May some.  They added up to $2.20.

How many dimes did Vera have left?

How much money in dollars and cents are the dimes that Vera has left?



📚Monday Reading!📖

I’ve got some great books to share! 📕A year ago I was listening to a radio interview of a person who had just won millions of dollars on Jeopardy. The interviewer asked the winner how he knew so much about so many things and he answered, “I read about 5 nonfiction picture books every day. 📙All the important facts are included in picture books ~ and they’re interesting.”  Of course, I may not have the exact quote, but the gist is there.

You can learn about anything.  📗 Just read a book!  Here are some I think you’ll enjoy!  I learned a lot from each one.

WHOOSH! ~ Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton started with a drawing activity.  People attending a seminar were asked to draw a scientist.  Most of them drew someone resembling Albert Einstein ~ white haired, white men in lab coats.  Chris Barton wanted to change that stereotype.  With a little research he discovered Lonnie Johnson, a rocket scientist who also invented the Super-Soaker.  The end flap says: “Lonnie Johnson was always building things.  As a kid he made rockets.  As a teenager he built a robot from scratch.  As an adult he worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Galileo orbiter and probe that studied Jupiter.  And then one day while hooking up his latest invention to the bathroom sink … whoosh!  Water shot across the room.  ‘This would make a great water gun,’ Lonnie thought. ” And so it began

Here’s the story of a man who was always interested in how and why things work.  He was always curious and creative.  He was always  inventive and independent.  He was always encouraged to try.  He still is to this day!  Lonnie Johnson’s story of innovation and creativity continues to unfold.  While inventing, he always makes time to encourage the efforts of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers ~ that might be you!

Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from?  Did you know that it begins in the rainforest?  In the rainforest, every creature from the pollen-sucking midge to the aphid-munching anole to the brain-eating coffin fly is connected to your chocolate bar.  Read No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young to discover the complex web of life that is behind that delicious chocolatey truffle melting on your tongue.

In All Different Now ~ Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, author Angela Johnson shares the story she imagined for her great grandparents.  They were the people in sepia photograph she admired in her grandmother’s home in Alabama.  They had been born slaves.  In this book she imagines the moment of their emancipation.

E. B. Lewis, the illustrator of this story, describes it as his greatest challenge to date.  He shares his process of creating reference photographs to guide his illustrations.  He writes:  “Arriving at a local park direct from the airport, I felt as though I’d walked into the nineteenth century.  Students, teachers, parents, babies … were all dressed in clothing they had researched and provided themselves, ready to pose for their roles.  After an entire day of photographing, the fun easy part was done.”

Next he translated those into images to beautifully interpret the story of a little girl who goes to sleep one day – a day that has been just like all her other days.  She wakes in the same bed the next day to discover everything is different and nothing will be the same again.  The story is supported by a short history of Juneteenth celebrations and a timeline to help readers understand  the final outcome of the Civil War – emancipation process.

“Fractions are at birthday parties.  Fractions are at football games.  Fractions are in shoe stores.  Fractions are in clothing stores.  People use fractions to tell time. People often use fractions.  Fractions are everywhere.”  If you’re not sure this is true, read Working With Fractions by David Adler.  In this book you’ll learn what fractions are and how to understand them.  To demonstrate that fractions are everywhere, Adler shares all the ways you can use them to describe things you find at a birthday party.  You’ll be reminded about numerators and denominators, halves, wholes and equivalent fractions.  Would you rather have 1/12 or 1/15 of your favorite kind of cake?  Not sure?  Read Working With Fractions to find out.

You can find a nonfiction picture book about everything and anything.  📘Read widely enough, and maybe you’ll be the next multi-million dollar winner on your favorite game show.  Who knows?📚Why not!

✏️Friday Quick Writes📝

Tomorrow is the first day of summer!  Here are some summer inspired prompts.  Have fun writing.  Maybe you’ll even share it on your blog.

Describe your idea summer day from start to finish.  Use as much detail as you can.

List 3 things you’d like to accomplish this summer.  How will you make sure they get done?

Would you rather go swimming in the ocean, in a lake or in a pool?  Why?  Tell your favorite swimming story.

Write a poem describing the way summer makes you feel.

What your favorite summer treat?  What makes is so delicious?

Other ~ write about something that interest you right now.

🔢 Wednesday Math🔺◼️🔵

Let’s explore patterns today.  We’ll start with number patterns.  Write the next number in the number sequence.  Then name the rule for each pattern

Example:  3, 6, 9, 12, 15, _____  

Answer: 18. The rule is: +3

2 , 6 , 10 , 14 , 18 , _____

31 , 29 , 27, 25 , 23 , _____

5 , 14 , 23 , 32 , 41 , 50 , _____

123, 112, 101, 90, 79, _____

4, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, _____

331, 324, 317, 310, 303, _____

13, 21, 29, 37, 45, 53, _____

Draw the next figure in each repeating pattern.

📚Monday Reading! 📖

📚Why do you read?

📕I read for fun.  📙I read to learn.  📒Sometimes while I’m reading, I discover myself in the pages and realize I am not alone in my thoughts and feelings.  📗Sometimes while I’m reading, I’m challenged or inspired to change.  📘Other times when I am reading, I begin to wonder and question and that brings me to new things to read.  📖How about you?📚

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston is one of my favorite read-alouds.  It’s a book to read for fun.  It’s an exciting adventure with an unexpected ending and the entire story – all 283 pages – is written in rhyme.

As you read you’ll discover how Katrina Katrell and Mortimer Yorgle join together on a quest to discover what has happened … “They’ve all disappeared – no one knows what to do!  They’ve vanished – the Zorgles of Zorgamazoo!”

Listen to that start of the book.  I bet you’ll be hooked ~ go on, read the rest of the book.  You’ll be really glad you did.

Barbara Kerley said in the Author’s Note that a medallion inspired by this photograph of Walt Whitman, inspired her to write Walt Whitman – Words for America.  She writes that she thought the expression on his face was so thoughtful and joyful and alive that she had to learn more.  She did, and focused this picture book biography on Walt Whitman’s commitment to keeping the United States united during the Civil War.  What a comfort he must have been to soldiers and their families.  What a comfort he was to his country as he composed word sharing his deep appreciation for everyone and everything old and young, weak and strong, and foolish and wise.  One man’s passion for words and country, led him to create  inspired poetry demonstrating that there are many ways celebrate a nation and express love and appreciation for your country.

In 2010 there was a giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (it’s effects are still felt today) that radically changed the ecosystem there and that’s when I first heard about Olivia.   She wrote this letter to the Audubon Society – a group dedicated sharing the wonders of birds and protecting them and their habitats.  Olivia wanted to be the voice of the birds.  She wanted to raise money to help the water and shore birds impacted by this disaster.  She did, but she has not stopped there.  She wrote and illustrated Olivia’s Birds – Saving the Gulf – the proceeds from the sale of the book continue to support Audubon Society’s mission.  Through the book, she shares her interest and special talent in order to bring about positive change in our world.  I hope she inspires you to do the same.

You have remarkable talents!  Let them shine!

💕Mrs. Eaves

✏️Friday Quick Writes📝

Father’s Day is coming next weekend!  Let’s celebrate DADS with these quick writes.

  • Something special I can do for my dad on Father’s Day is…
  • My dad’s perfect Father’s Day would be…
  • Choose 5 words to describe your dad.  Why do each of these words come to mind?
  • Write about your ideal summer day with your dad.  What does it include?
  • Write a poem celebrating your dad.
  • Other ~ write about any topic you choose.

Make sure to thank your dad for all he does and make sure he knows how special he is to you!

Wednesday Math

Do you remember talking about equivalence?  Do you remember when we talked about balancing equations?  Remember = doesn’t mean “find an answer.” Balancing equations can be a challenge, but we can do them if we slow down and think about our math process.

Maybe you’d like to practice with your family.  Balance is the key.  Here’s one example as a reminder:

6 + ? = 32 ÷ 4. One side of the equation has an unknown.  The other side doesn’t.  Start there.  Think about what you know about ÷/x fact families and you know 32÷4 = 8

So that means:  6+ ? = 8

6 + 2 = 8 

So 2 fills the blank.

Here are some equations for you:

8 x _____ = 4 x 10

21 – 6 = 5 x _____

5 +_____ = 18 ÷ 2

7 + 4 = 5 + _____

35 ÷ 7 = _____ +5

16 – 7 = 3 x ____

_____ – 4 = 9 x 2

Have fun challenging your thinking in new ways.  If you want, leave your own equation in a comment for us to solve.

📚Monday Reading 📚

Here are some books you might enjoy ~

📖 The Friendship Garden series Jenny Meyerhof by begins with Green Thumbs Up.  It is a realistic fiction series with science and social activism mixed in.

Anna has moved from green upstate New York to gray Chicago.  Everything is dull, bland and lonely until a 3rd grade class project leads Anna to Shoots and Leaves, the community garden.  Anna loves gardening.  It takes some work, but she finally convinces Reed and Kaya that they should form a school gardening club.

One thing leads to another and soon Anna has many garden friends, delicious fresh food and lots to celebrate.  After all, almost everything you need to learn about science and life can be learned around a garden.

📖 The first in a still growing series,  The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands is a suspenseful fantasy adventure of friendship and intrigue set in 1665.  It is challenging time to live, but Christopher Rowe has found comfort in his life.  He has been accepted as an apothecary’s apprentice, with hope that he can one day be part of the Guild.  He is lucky to have this position because he is an orphan (who cares about orphans) AND because his master, Benedict Blackthorn, is kind and caring.

Christopher feels his luck everyday as he works beside his master to prepare medicines and salves, potions and ointments.  His best friend, Tom Bailey, is beaten and shamed everyday by his dad.  He, on the other hand, is encouraged and questioned, given books of all kinds to read and taught lessons helping him to explore new ideas.

Christopher learns it is his duty to find ways to make the world a better place.   But others challenge this notion.  A mysterious cult is in search of something they believe the apothecaries have.  They will stop at nothing to reach their goal and so, one by one, are murdering the apothecaries.

The day after Christopher’s birthday, the day after he solves the mystery of his puzzling gift, and the day after Benedict Blackthorn fall prey to the cult, Christopher receive a cryptic warning.  He must break the code and uncover the key to a terrible secret that could tear the world to apart in the wrong hands.

This story is full of exciting adventure and heart-stopping suspense.  You’ll be eagerly turning pages to the very end.  One thing is certain – nothing is as it seems.  Even when you get to the end some questions remain.  What would you do in Christopher’s place?

📖 You’ll also enjoy The Silver Jaguar Society mysteries by Kate Messner.  In the first, Capture the Flag,  Anna, Jose and Henry come together save The Star Spangled Banner (yes, the real one that flew over Fort McHenry in the War of 1812) before it is lost forever.  It’s an exciting adventure that happens in the Washington DC airport when all flights are canceled by a spring snowstorm.  The good guys and the bad guys are all trapped together which makes for some pretty tense moments and some very creative thinking.