GATE news - Better than Oprah's Book Club! by BradThorn

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SEPTEMBER 2009	                         FROM THE DESK OF MRS. ADAMS	                                3RD AND 4TH GRADE GATE




                                                                                                   Which book will
                                                                                                   you choose for
                                                                                                   YOUR book club
                                                                                                   book?




   Better than Oprah’s Bookclub!
    Everyone knows that                  favorite way to choose a new book.           Indiana, Las Vegas, and other parts
                                         Your friends may have similar                of Alabama asking me about
    when OPRAH puts a                    interests and they know what you like        different articles on my website
    book in her bookclub,                to read. I think WE can read and             before. My dream is for us to be able
   LOTS of people will be                INSPIRE others to read great
     inspired to read it!                books, too!
                                                                                    www.donorschoose.org
      What will happen                         How will this work?
    when GATE students                                                             Go to “See Projects”, ch
                                         GATE students will each choose                                     oose
     have a book club!?                  a book from my list or choose a           Alabama, choose Albertv
                                                                                                             ille
   Read more to find out!                 book of their choice for my               and look for our Better th
                                         approval.     After reading the                                      an
             Third and fourth grade      book, the student will write a             Oprah’s Bookclub listing!
             GATE students may not       script. The student will be like a
             be as famous as Oprah       news reporter or book critic
             (yet), but they know        telling kids why they just HAVE
             about good books! As I      to read the book. We will video these        to INSPIRE, not just AES students,
             thought about what          reports in class, create a podcast or        but students from all over the world
             motivates ME to read a      short iMovie and post them on my             to read the great books that we are
   certain book, I decided that a        class webpage for all to see and enjoy!      reading! I think we can do it! WE
   recommendation from a friend is my    I have had emails from people in             can INSPIRE others!


                                                               Questions? Contact Mrs. Adams
www.classjump.com/mrsadamswebsite                              dadams@albertk12.org
                                                               AES 878-6611
    Donors Choose Grant                 want to add the code on the            Check to see if they are in the
                                        internet at home, send it to           AES library or Albertville Public
     Late one Saturday night I got
                                        school and your child and I            Library and get reading! After
so excited about this book club
                                        will do this in class! You can         choosing your book, you must
idea that I wrote a grant hoping
                                        find my proposal through                complete an application in GATE
to get 37 great new books for our
                                        searching Alabama,                     class. This will help us make sure
classroom. I have either read
                                        Albertville, and then look for         that we are all choosing different
these books or they have been
                                        my project! The # is 299109.           books. Becca and Trey have both
recommended to me by other
                                        THANK          YOU       FOR           read The Invention of Hugo
teachers. I have not read all of
                                        SUPPORTING THIS                        Cabret this year and are ready to
them......yet! You can see our
                                        PROJECT! Whatever project              write their script to do a joint
grant proposal by going to
                                        wins by popular vote will be           booktalk, so we know that Brian
www.donorschoose.org.        Go to
                                        funded by Sonic! Wouldn’t              Selznick’s book about Hugo is
“See Projects” then choose
                                        that be GREAT!? Thanks!                already taken. Choose your book,
Alabama, then Albertville. You
                                                                               sign up in class, read, then write
can see all of the projects for             Bookwink website
                                                                               your script! After Mrs. Adams
which Albertville teachers have
                                             To get an idea of what I have     approves your script, you are
applied. Ours is toward the last
                                        in mind for our video podcasts,        ready to be recorded in class! I
of the Albertville list and is titled
                                        check out www.bookwink.com to          can’t wait to see this reading
“Better than Oprah’s Bookclub!”
                                        see examples of “book talks.”          explosion happen at AES and
My hope is that some nice
                                        There are lists of books by grade      beyond! I know it will!
stranger will like our idea and
                                        level, subject area, and videos to
want to sponsor this project! All                                                  • Select your book.
                                        view before deciding which book
we need are the books! We have
                                        to check out. It is a great source         • Sign up in GATE class for
all the technology to create
                                        for finding books that interest you!      your book.
quality, interesting podcasts or
movies and can complete these in                    Shelfari                       • READ it!
class! In the mean time, we CAN
check out books from the AES                You all may have already seen          • Write your script.
library and the Albertville Public      my “shelfari” on my class website.
                                        This is an internet based                  • Let Mrs. Adams approve
Library. Both have lots to choose                                                the script.
from!                                   “bookshelf ” where people can
                                        keep up with books they have               • Practice reading it with
   SONIC funds grants for               read. Check mine out! Parents, if        expression.
teachers through Donors                 you want to create a “shelfari” for
Choose!                                 your child at home, that is fine! I        • Record YOU on video in
                                        have found it to be a great              GATE class!
    If you purchase a drink
                                        motivator encouraging kids to              • Complete podcast
from SONIC between now
                                        read more! Adding a book to
and October 1st, there will
                                        your bookshelf is rewarding upon          • Po s t t o M r s . A d a m s ’
be a code label on the drink.
                                        finishing a book.                         website!
You can use this code to go to
limeadesforlearning.com to                                                       Most of all, HAVE FUN
vote for our class grant                                                       READING!!!!!!!!!!
“ B e t t e r t h a n O p r a h ’s          Let’s get started! Check out
Bookclub!” If you do not                the attached list of possible books.
TITLE OF BOOK/AUTHOR                                     TITLE OF BOOK/AUTHOR                                  TITLE OF BOOK/AUTHOR

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick           Gooney Bird is so Absurd by Lois Lowry                Nightmare at the Book Fair by Dan Gutman

Canned! by Alex Shearer                                  Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One by          Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals,
                                                         Judy Blume                                            People, and War by Yukio Tsuchiya

Alabama Moon by Watt Key                                 Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury         The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

GREAT ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS - ANY TITLES                  Clementine by Sara Pennypacker                        Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate          Lost and Found by Andrew Clements                     No Talking by Andrew Clements
DiCamillo

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry                         ANY BIOGRAPHIES                                       NON-FICTiON BOOKS


Through my Eyes Ruby Bridges by Margo Lundell            Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Mrs.       The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
                                                         Adams has this book)                                  ( Mrs. Adams has this book)

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett                         The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene               The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher
                                                         Dubois (Mrs. Adams has this book)                     Paul Curtis ( Mrs. Adams has this book)

Room One; A Mystery or Two by Andrew                     The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Mrs. Adams        The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Clements                                                 has this book)                                        (Mrs. Adams has this book)

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis              The BFG by Roald Dahl ( Mrs. Adams has this           Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Mrs. Adams
                                                         book)                                                 has this book)

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen                                 Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Mrs. Adams        My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead
                                                         has this book)                                        George ( Mrs. Adams has this book)

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes                     Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Mrs.      Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
                                                         Adams has this book)

Isabel of the Whales by Hester Velmans                   The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden          Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence
                                                         (Mrs. Adams has this book)                            Atwater (Mrs. Adams has this book)

Shipwreck (Island Series #1) by Gordon Korman            Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (Mrs. Adams       Twice Upon a Time: Rapunzel, The One with all
                                                         has this book)                                        the Hair by Wendy Mass (Mrs. Adams has this
                                                                                                               book)

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by                  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George       Where the Red Fern Grows (Mrs. Adams has this
Eleanor Coerr                                            Speare (Mrs. Adams has this book)                     book.)

The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary            Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Mrs. Adams has        Schooled by Gordon Korman
by Candace Fleming                                       this book.)

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban                 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo               Casey Back at Bat by Dan Gutman

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman                       A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban              The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric
                                                                                                               Breen

The Sisters Club: Rule of Three by Megan                 The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies                 Savvy by Ingrid Law
McDonald

Dessert First by Hallie Durand                           Oggie Cooder by Sara Weeks                            The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Chu Ju’s House by Gloria Whelan                          Found (Missing Series #1) by Margaret Peterson        Scat by Carl Hiassen
                                                         Haddix

Miss Suki is Kooky! (My Weird School Series #17          Chocolate Fever (Mrs. Adams has this book.)
by Dan Gutman




***This is just a list to get you thinking! If you find   Check online on the AES website and also the          Have fun with this project!
a book that is not on this list, just ask Mrs. Adams!    Albertville Public Library website to see if either
                                                         place has the book you want to read!
“Better than Oprah’s
Bookclub!” Contract
    Student Name
_____________________
                            Estimated Reading
   Book Chosen for            Level of Book
      Bookclub            _____________________
_____________________     _____________________
_____________________
                                  Genre
_____________________
                          _____________________
Date book was chosen      _____________________
_____________________
                            Approved by Mrs.
  Date that I plan on
                                 Adams            Thanks for choosing a book and
  being finished with
                          _____________________   signing up to be part of “Better
      this book
                          _____________________   than Oprah’s Bookclub!”
_____________________
_____________________




                        TO:

                        Mrs. Dianna Adams
                        Albertville Elementary
                        Room 408

								
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