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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Hooks

This school year I have been using SEM-R (School Wide Enrichment Model for Reading) in my classroom. I have had to modify it since I teach middle school. The model is broken into three different phases. Phase 1: Exposure: Book Hooks, Phase 2: Supported Independent Reading, and Phase 3: Interest and choice. What I like about this is it lines up perfectly with the 40 Book Challenge I do each year. It also allows the students freedom to select what they are interested in reading. The first phase is to do a book hook. These have been going really well this year. The kids love them and look forward to them each week. What I do is read 5-8 pages of a book but you can read how much or how little as you'd like. Then I model the questions and strategies we will be using in class. Either in differect instruction or the questions they will be using later in the week in phase two. I have also used them to review concepts and strategies. Two of the most popular books I have used so far are Framed by James Ponti and The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky. When I do a book hook it exposes them to different genres and books they may not encounter on thier own. Everytime I do a book hook that book flies off my shelves. Even if you don't do the other phases, book hooks are a great addition to a classroom!

Review: A Talent for Temptation

A Talent for Temptation A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novella is cute and i liked the characters a lot. I havent read the other books in this series so I am now interested in going back and catching up on this series to see if these characters are mentioned in the previous books. It is fast paced and gets right to the point, which Jeffries is great at doing. I recived a free copy of this novella from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: ABCs of Mathematics

ABCs of Mathematics ABCs of Mathematics by Chris Ferrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It is bright and colorful and good way to introduce math terminology into vocabulary for young babies and children. I love the idea of using these books to just introduce the vocabulary used in different subjects. Reading this little board book I learned some great concepts too. I reveived a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I listened to the audiobook version and really enjoyed listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson read his book. It was easy to understand and follow. It is also not a very long read. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading books dealing with science.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: How to be a Scientist

How to be a Scientist How to be a Scientist by Steve Mould
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting book. It is set up with different explainations of scientific information, information on scientist, and experiments. The book is sectioned into types of science. It has experiments and information on The natural world, human body, chemistry, earth, physics, and space. I loved the format of this book and they types of experiments and activities it has for kids to do. It really makes science relevent to the world around kids and helps them think of themselves as sceintists. I would highly recommend this book for elementary and middle school students. I received a copy of this book for free from Net galley in exchange for a review.

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Review: Devil in Spring

Devil in Spring Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Out of the three books in the series this one is my favorite!! I am a huge fan of Devil in Winter which is part of her Wallflowers series, so I am a bit biased. This book is about their son and Pandora Ravenel. I loved everything about this book. The heroine is quirky and different and so loveable. I also loved how accepting and likabe Gabriel was. She really captured what a child of Sebastian and Evie might be like. I really hope to see more books revovling around this family!!

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Review: Framed!

Framed! Framed! by James Ponti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very strong middle grades book. It is well paced and interesting to kids. I thought the characters were likeable and believable. I can't wait for more books to come ut in this series. I would recommend this book to relunctant readers and readers looking for mystery books.

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Review: Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers

Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by M.K. Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of the Science Comics series. I think it is a great way to get informational text into the hands of kids. I really liked the Dinosaur addition to this series. I did think it was a bit confusing becauce of the amount of informatin. I wish they had included a time line with all the people they bring up. I loved the illistrations and the information presented. I learned a lot about who found specific dinos and their work. Great book for upper elementary and middle grades.

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Review: Cold-Hearted Rake

Cold-Hearted Rake Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I greatly enjoyed this book. It is the first book ine Lisa Kleypas's Ravenels series. I always enjoy how she sets up her series with a cast of characters then uses them troughout the series. It works so well. I liked the main characters in the book. Devon develops through the book and becomes very likable. I also like how different some of the characters in this book are. Can't wait for the other books in the series.

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Review: Marrying Winterborne

Marrying Winterborne Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoye this book. I loved the main characters and the struggles they are trying to overcome. I liked that you got a feel for them in the previous book in the series. You can read it on its own, but reading the series in order helps with the character development. One of my favorite thing about Lisa Kleypas's books is that she starts out her books with a punch.

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