📚Monday Reading📖📗

I’ve been having a lot of fun reading all kinds of books.  I’ve shared some with James and Madeline. (I know they’re not reading in this picture, but I thought you might like to see them.) I’ve shared other books some with my daughters and lots with other teachers too.   Here are a couple I think you’ll like.

Did you know there is magic in New York city?  The real dragon, unicorn, fairy type of magic? When you read Dragons in a Bag and its sequel, The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliot you’ll discover more.  After a freak accident, Jaxon finds himself without a dad or an apartment.  He’s forced to stay with a cranky old woman named Ma.  It doesn’t take Jaxon long to learn that she is a witch who has one last mission before she retires.  Jaxon decides to help.  This mission will bring stability to both the real and magical realms.  Jaxon finds every turn of this adventure to be extraordinary, exciting and overwhelming, but still successful –  until his best friend’s sister turns out to be a thief.  Kavita disrupts the mission and leaves everything in chaos.  Jaxon alone has to solve the problem and restore balance to the worlds, but how?    Read the books to find out.

I like the story – it’s a fun adventure set in the city.  That’s not the usual setting for a story with dragons and fairies.  On top of that, the main characters are of African-American and Indian descent.  I like that too and appreciated the cultural and historical information that was woven throughout both stories.  Best of all, this mission may be done, I have a feeling the Jaxon, Vikram, Kavita, and Kenny will be back.  The world needs more of them!

✏️Friday Quick Writes📝

Would you like to have an adventure like Harry Potter, Anakin Skywalker or Jack and Annie?  Would you like your adventure to be big or small, dangerous or funny, extraordinary or everyday?  Check out these quick write prompts.  I hope you’ll be inspired to write an adventure story of your very own.  Maybe you’ll be the starring character…  Pick up your pencil, or go to your keyboard and have some fun!

Imagine that you can fly.  Where would you go?  What would you do?

Imagine being in a forest where the trees can talk.  Why can they talk?  What are the conversations they have with you while you’re among them?

What is your favorite sports team? What if you were on that team?  What would you do?  Share the events of your epic season.

Write a story about what goes on in the refrigerator when the door is closed.

Imagine that you are small enough to ride an ant or a bluebird or a chipmunk.  What adventures would you and your animal friend have?

Other – write about any topic ~ adventure or otherwise ~ that comes to mind.  Have fun using your imagination!

◼️🔺🔵 Wednesday Math 🔢

Here are some problems to solve!

Justin is reading a 403- page book.  He is on page 147. How many pages does Justin have left to read? 

If Justin reads 30 pages a day, how many days will it take him to finish the book? 

Elena was looking for animal books in the library.  There were 8 shelves of animal books.  Each shelf had 14 books on it.  How many animal books did Elena find in the library altogether?

Elena chose three about cats.  One had 203 pages.  One had 96 pages and the last one had 132 pages. 

When Elena finished the three books, how may pages will she have read about cats?

Sophie sorted Harry Potter cards.  She had three piles.  One had 326 brown Care of Magical Creature cards, another had 134 blue Charms cards and 64 green Potion cards and the last piles had 385 yellow Quidditch cards and 58 red Transfigurations cards in it.  How many Harry Potter cards did Sophie altogether?

She decided to give 387 of the cards to her friends so they could play together.  How many cards does Sophie left now?

Katherine had a rock collection.  She has 173 rocks with quartz crystals in them.  She has 35 geodes and 56 semi-precious gems.  How my rock does Katherine have in her collection altogether?

Estella organized her craft supplies.

She sorted and counted 167 beads, 84 stickers and 157 feathers.

How many supplies did Estella organize altogether?

She used half of them to decorate journals for her friends.  How many craft supplies did she have left?

📚☀️Summer Book Club Titles☀️📚

Last week we completed the early summer books clubs.  A few classmates asked if we could keep reading together ~ and of course, what better way to keep connected and reading.  Here are the new book club choices.  If you’d like to join one, leave your first two or three title choices in a comment below by the end of the day on Thursday.  If there is interest, I’ll bring the books by so we’ll be ready to begin our chats on July 14.  Yay for reading!🎉📖

📘The Sasquatch Escape is a fantasy adventure.  It is the first in a series of 6 and has 201 pages.









📗Hachiko Waits is a based on a true story.  It is 90 pages long ~ be ready to cry.  I do every time!












📙The Midnight Fox is realistic fiction.  It is 134 pages long.  It’s a great choice if you love nature and animals.









📕The Grand Canyon Grab is an A to Z Mystery so it’s another chance to spend some time with Ruth Rose, Dink and Josh while they’re on spring vacation.  It is 136 pages.

📚Monday Reading 📖

Do you like the idea of dragons and griffons and unicorns living among us?  Then you should read the Imaginary Veterinary series by Suzanne Selfors.  This six-book series begins with The Sasquatch Escape.  Ben Silverstein has been sent to spend the summer with his grandfather in Buttonville.  There is nothing there, and yet, somehow Ben manages to find an unimaginable adventure.  It begins just as he arrives in town. He sees something incredible in the clouds, but when he tries to talk about it, he’s called a “storyteller.”  Ben knows what he’s just seen and he knows the girl in the window has seen it too.  Tomorrow, they’ll meet and figure out what is going on.

If you need more convincing, click on this link to watch The Sasquatch Escape trailer.  Pearl and Ben will take you on a funny, exciting and complicated journey as they become apprentices to Dr. Woo and learn to care for real “imaginary” creatures.

Here’s what is says on the back of The Bat:  “As a child, Elise Gravel was already fascinated by disgusting little creatures.  At three-and-a-half, she founded the Organization for the Defense of Disgusting Critters, of which she was both the president and the only member.  Nowadays, when she’s not busy petting a fly or a worm, she writes and illustrates strange children’s books.”

I don’t think they’re strange at all.  I think they are interesting and funny.  They’re certainly favorites in the classroom!  They make you think differently, question and wonder.  Make sure to read the new books in the series:  The Bat, The Cockroach and The Mosquito.  What disgusting creatures would you add to the series?


What are you reading?  What do you recommend?  Let us know, but leaving a comment below.📘


📝Friday Quick Writes✏️

🗽Do you know why we celebrate the 4th of July?  🇺🇸Have you thought about what Independence Day means?

Here are some writing prompts in blue and some holiday fun facts 🎇 adapted from Journal Buddies in red,  with a few different ideas added in.  ✏️Have fun writing today and everyday.  🏜Share your ideas and thinking on your blog or in the comments below.🏕

What does the Fourth of July mean to you?

Fourth of July Fun Fact – Food is a huge part of the Fourth of July—and people eat approximately 150 million hot dogs across the country on this day alone.  What a tasty way to celebrate our freedom!

Which type of food do you most look forward to eating on the Fourth of July?  Which feeds are an important part of your family’s traditions and why?

Fourth of July Fun Fact – The Liberty Bell was rung on the first Fourth of July celebration – and is still used in Fourth of July celebrations today.  Located in Philadelphia, this historic landmark is a reminder of independence and freedom to Americans everywhere.  It was rung on the first Fourth of July (almost 60 years before it got its famous crack).  Today, the bell is tapped 13 times each Independence Day in honor of the 13 original colonies.

There are many myths and legends about how the Liberty Bell got its famed crack.  Write a short fictional story in which you make up your own funny reason for the damage to this iconic American landmark.

Write a story using these words (and others too 😎): picnic, parade, watermelon, splash, race, cousins, bicycle, dog, and fireworks.

Dear Pen Pal… Write a letter to an imaginary friend who lives in another country.  Explain why we celebrate (you might have to do a little research here and here) and describe five things you like about living in the United States of America.

Fourth of July Fun Fact – Paul Revere and Samuel Adams buried a time capsule on the 20th anniversary of the 4th of July in 1795.  The time capsule was finally opened almost 220 years later in 2014.  It included newspapers from the day, a silver plate, old coins, and a copper medal that featured an engraved picture of President George Washington.

If you were going to bury a time capsule today to reflect the state of our nation, what would you put in it?  When would you want it to be opened—and how do you think people would react to its contents?  Be sure to explain why you would include each of the items you chose!

Do you believe freedom truly exists in the United States of America?  Why or why not?

📚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?