It begins with a little runt of a pig who is destined to be killed because he is so small. When the Fern who is the farmers daughter finds out, she convinces her dad to let him live. The pig’s is named Wilbur. When Wibur is sold to a barn a ways away Fern is sad but still visits him. In the wake of this major life change, Wilbur becomes friends with a spider named Charlotte. Great book and I’m guessing most of you have read this book and agrees with me.
It is about Meg Murray and young Charles Wallace, who go on adventure through time and space to find their father. He had vanished mysteriously when he was working on a project that dealt with none other than what they are using to get around-tesseracts. Joined by the strange Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe, they set out to bring back Mr. Murray back home, and vanquish the evil Black Thing, which is threatening earth. This book was a fast read and had me hooked the whole time.
One this that surprised me was that when Brian was researching and writing his book Max Found Two Sticks that some people think that just because there is an African American kid on the front it is intended for the African American crowd. I never thought that it would make a difference to readers but apparently to some it does. I think that we need to focus on that story of the book and not the race of the character. When I have my own class I will push students to not judge a book by its cover. If we see that there is an African American or Asian we shouldn’t think that it’s not for us to read.
In schools today there are as many as 30% of the so called minority group. In our classroom we need to make sure that we have books for everyone and every different interest level. We need to have diversity in our classroom and the school library. If we start implementing diversity in our classrooms at a young age there won’t be as many problems with this when they get older. I feel like each generation is getting better and better but it can always be better. As I looked back to the books I already read I could tell that I wasn’t reading about books with diversity. I need to try to get more diversity in my reading for this class because if I am going to be a good teacher I need to be able to talk about all kinds of books. There are many books out there with diversity and I need to read some.
For the second check up for the semester it is almost like the first check up. I have learned that reading isn’t as bad as I thought when fist signing up for this class. I still am not the biggest fan of reading but it is getting better. I am finding out that I need to challenge myself more instead of just reading the books I know I will like. I read one book last week that I didn’t Like at all. After I read it I looked back on it and I was happy with myself that I tried reading something that I knew I wouldn’t like. I know that after I read it I didn’t write much for my reflection but that was because that was one of those books that when you read it you know whats happening but when you get done you don’t remember what happened. It was all over the place in the story hard to keep track of what was happening. I was happy that I tried to read it because now I know for sure that I don’t like those books and I will never try one of them again unless one of my friends promises the one they just read is a great read.
I still caught myself reading the books that I know I will like. I still think I am learning a lot by reading all of these books. It is preparing me for my class in the future. Being able to recommend books for my students once I get to know what interest they have will be a huge advantage. I am starting to read higher level books instead of just picture books. I am also having more trouble finding time to read because there are a lot of big homework assignments and football is getting pretty busy. I need to figure out different times in the day that I can read.
Percey Jacksons Greek Gods was a very interesting book. I don’t remember who read a book like this one a couple weeks ago but I told myself I wanted to read this type of book just to see what it is like. Well it wasn’t my cup of tea. I didn’t care for it, you have to like this type of book to like it.
This week I will talk about informational text. Children always have troubles with reading informational text because there is so much information and very little pictures. The only way they can get better at this is just keep reading them. We can help our students by assigning low-level informational text have them read just a couple pages at a time. When they get done reading those pages we should ask them what the main idea of those pages were. What were some words they had troubles with and what concepts they need help with. When they are reading these pages we can have them write on sticky notes and mark the spot they have a question on. If they don’t remember anything of what happened in those couple pages we could just have them reread them. If that doesn’t work that means we just need to pick a lower level book for them.
Informational text is tough to read and most students won’t just pick up an informational text on their own. We have to assign them every once and a while. They are important to learn how to read because when they get older they will have to read a lot of them. Learning at young age is important.
Tap the Magic Tree is an awesome book!! It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze. This book will allow students to see what an apple tree goes through throughout each year.
The Listening Walk is a good book to read to our students. This book talks about all the things we can hear in the out doors. It shows that if we just go on a walk and listen to the nature we can hear everything. This book is good because a lot of students these days just go home and play video games or watch t.v. We need to teach students that if we just go for a walk we can learn so much. Bring this book to the class room we could have the students draw something they saw when they went for a walk or have them write a small story of what they heard when they were on there walk.
The Three Questions is about a boy named Nikolai who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends–a heron, a monkey, and a dog–try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. “When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” Leo doesn’t answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai’s visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.
Is Nothing Something? is a delightful book filled with answers to questions, that every child wonders. The answers are concise, compassionate, and wise and are practical for application in daily life. Great book for all students to read. You never know what questions the students are thinking about and keeping to themselves. This book might answer some of those questions for them.