Monday, May 26, 2014

#IMWAYR May 26th

It's Monday and time to link to "It's Monday! What Are You Reading? sponsored by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. 

Other than the two hours I still need to work sometime tomorrow, my school year is finished. I'll need to go in and print grade cards for 3-8th grades. I was waiting on the TCAP quick scores. In Tennessee we are required by law to average the state test score into the student's second semester average. As the school's techie, one of my jobs is to run the report cards.. Hopefully I can do that first thing in the morning.

I was excited to start my summer reading this past weekend. Finished 5! Ok some of them were really short.

Finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Some of Tris's decisions in book two of the Divergent series bothered me. Seemed like every character was full of secrets. Was definitely engaging. Couldn't put it down! My upper grade students will love it.

For my lower grade students, I finished:

Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald
I have several Judy Moody books in my stack for the summer. This one was a quick read. Perfect for my 2-4 graders. The Moody family takes a vacation to Ocracoke Island, NC. While they are there, they go on a treasure hunt and learn a little about NC's famous pirate history.

Dragonbreath: Nightmare of the Iguana by Ursula Vernon

Danny has to solve the problem of Wendell's nightmare. I just started picking up the Dragonbreath books last fall. I didn't think I would like them, but they are surprising good! Due to the vocabulary my second graders would struggle with these. I'm going to recommend these for my middle grade students (3rd-6th).

I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
What can I say? I laughed myself silly. The expressions on Piggie's face are priceless. Gerald's recount of the broken truck sounds just like a story my Kindergarteners would tell! PERFECT!!!  Mo Willems is a genius. My lower grade students will love this one. I might have to do an author study on him with my Kindergarteners.

Fly High, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

I love Fly Guy and so do my students. Buzz and his parents take a trip and of course Fly Guy has to save the day. A great story for my K-2 students.

Hopefully I can get grade cards finished in the morning and free up my afternoons for reading. What a way to spend my summer!

Keep Reading!!!


  1. Mo Willems author studies are always a good thing. Make sure to play the P&E Dance Game on the website. ;) My kiddos love Dragonbreath ... only ... shhhh! I haven't read one yet! #toomanybooksintheworld Divergent was my fave of the three. Kind of like Hunger Games. Though I've yet to see the D. movie (or Catching Fire!). Since the move ... takes too long to get to the theatre unless I plan ahead very well. And how often does that happen? ;)

  2. I do like the Divergent series. I haven't read the Judy Moody & Dragonbreath books that you mention, but I love the Fly Guy and Elephant & Piggie books. I hope you get to read tons of books this summer. :)

    1. Thanks! Already working on a stack for next week.

  3. Insurgent was a little slow to me, but picked up in the third book. I finished the series pretty quickly after I finally started it. I need to get back on my reading train. I've been slacking lately!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Fun week!
    You'll feel passionately about Allegiant, one way or another. It'll be so great to hear what you think.
    I'd read the first 3 Dragonbreath books, but hadn't realized there were so many more. Thank you for telling me about this one.
    And YAY Mo Willems!!
    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. Hi there Sara, I really hope to read the Divergent series by end of year. Seems like I'm late to this party. :) Love Mo Willems too - I agree, he's brilliant.


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