Category Archives: reading

Passionate Reading

Kirby Larson, author of Hattie Big Sky, allowed me to be one of her guest bloggers!!!!! Yippee!!!

Here’s a link to my blog post:http://kirbyslane.blogspot.com/2014/03/from-office-of-future-of-reading_25.html?m=1

At the moment I’m on spring break and passionately reading The Left Behind Series! 🙂

Weekly Testing

We take our weekly tests every Friday, but this week we moved them up to Thursday because of a special surprise we have planned for Friday.

We go to the computer lab to take our 2 reading tests and out of 25 computers we have about 16 that work. Maybe. And they are not all the same each time. Ugghh! 🙂

So now we are using some of the laptops that our school has. It was warm yesterday so I let the ones that had the laptops sit outside the computer lab to take their tests. It was a cool sight to see

them stretched out comfortably and so focused. Check out their improvising to be able to see the computer screen! 🙂

Reading Book Wars

Read and Write 180-Day 89: Friday, January 6th, 2012

Can we allow fighting in our classrooms over books? 🙂

Since we completed our read around the room thing yesterday with our books, I decided to raffle off the “hot books”. Babymouse was the biggest contender with SMILE being another hot one. I actually raffled off all of them-surprisingly there were only about 4 out of 24 that didn’t have to be raffled with only 1 or no students wanting them.

I brought both classes together and I went through each book by holding it up and book talking it again. If they wanted that book they had to write their name on a little slip of paper and put it in my box. Then a student would draw out the winning name. Some of the students weren’t bidding on anything UNTIL Babymouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were holding out for Babymouse!!!! 🙂

Well of course I save that one for last. I saved SMILE and Babymouse for the last 2. You should have heard the groans of disappointment from the students who didn’t win Babymouse!!! But the room went wild when I said that I had a surprise and pulled the 2nd Babymouse book from my desk. Seriously, WILD! So we had a 2nd drawing for that one.

Then since we had to take a computer reading test and had extra time to read while waiting on other people to finish Babymouse was read by at least 4 or 5 students YESTERDAY!! 🙂 They were passing it around to each other. Oh, I can’t wait to buy the rest of them. With my own money. If that’s what it takes! I might even do some kind of Babymouse reading challenge and celebration party!!! The possibilities!!! 🙂

I had asked them to raise their hands if they wanted to read Babymouse and this  is the response. From 6th graders!     Babymouse, here we come!

Read a lot?

Do you love to read? Is reading your passion? Or do you like it a little? Maybe when you have nothing else to do?

Well, reading is my passion. I have read all of my life, of course going through lulls now and then, but always finding time to read. I seem to have reconnected with my reading self lately (more than ever) and have ambitious enough to start a reading blog. This blog will be where I write book reviews of books I have read, write about book giveaways that other bloggers are having, write about reading challenges that I am taking part in, and who knows what else. 🙂

The books that I will review will be from picture books to adult books (no, not THAT kind of adult book :)), and everything in between-chapter books, series books, intermediate books, middle grade books, young adult books. All of them! Some book reviews will be posted on this blog, but I will probably just put the majority of them on my other blog.

So…….if you want to take a peek at my reading blog where I’ll be blogging about all things reading, then look right here-

http://extremereadingandwriting.wordpress.com/

And yes, I am a proud member of the Nerdy Book Club-are you? 🙂

 

How do you feed your reading life?

The reading guru, Donalyn Miller, wrote a great post about feeding our reading lives. Check it out here:

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer/2011/12/last_month_i_went_to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheBookWhisperer+(Teacher+Magazine+Blog:+The+Book+Whisperer)

She is the author of The Book Whisperer. 

So how do you feed your reading life? I have always LOVED to read-it’s a passion of mine. Until recently though, I have not really shared that passion with other people or kept up with my reading. This past year I found a goldmine: Goodreads This website is one where you can keep up with your books that you want to read or have already read, write reviews about books, read other people’s reviews, and see what other people are reading. It is awesome! I actually set a goal to read 211 books this year. I have read 138 so far.

I have recently found Twitter, and it is a GREAT place to talk with others about great books!

I have also started blogging about what I am reading-I plan on catching up on this over the Christmas break because there are A LOT of books that I have read recently that I want to blog about!

There’s also a new reading blog called The Nerdy Book Club where you will be able to discuss books, vote on your favorite books, and other things!

These are some of the ways I “feed” my reading life-how do you feed yours?