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It’s Monday-What are you reading?

It’s another great Monday-well, as great as Mondays can be and since today we are out of school for the MLK holiday, uh it’s pretty great! 🙂


These are 2 wonderful memes hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Sheila hosts the adult one and Jen and Kellee host the kids’ book meme.

Read last week

I have to say that I didn’t end up reading too awful much last week since we were back in school for a full week, and I have gotten into this fitness kick (yes, I am “trying” to train for a 5k). BUT-I did read everyday-just not “quite” as much as during winter break!

Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins-OMG!OMG! I finished The Hunger Games trilogy. I miss Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Prim, and the others. It was the best trilogy ever!!! I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have never read a trilogy before. I know-shocking. But, if I had read a trilogy before, I know it would still be the best one ever! 🙂

Run Your Butt Off-Editors of Runner’s World– This is the 1st informational type of book I have read in a looooong time. 2 weeks ago I started the C25k training program which is supposed to take me from being a couch potato to running a 5k in 9 weeks. 🙂 We’ll see. But I am determined-especially since my DH(darling husband is what that is “supposed” to stand for) told me I wouldn’t be able to do it. Oh, it’s on now! Today will start my 3rd week of training. So I thought that I needed SOME moral support and bought this book to help me. It was a great read. Very informal AND informative. Of course, it also talks A LOT about what we eat (and believe me when I say I LOVE TO EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I had already decided when I started training that I was NOT going to stop eating, just train. But, do you know how hard it is to jog/walk 30 minutes (briskly) when you have eaten a lot that day???? Well, pretty hard. So yes-I am watching mainly how much I eat. Great read.

Babymouse#3-Beach Babe-Jennifer and Matt Holms-Raise your hand if you love Babymouse. I do, I do, I do, I do!!! I can’t get enough of her! So I broke down and bought the 3rd book-Beach Babe. And the great thing is that my reluctant (RELUCTANT) 6th grade readers love her, too. Finally, something they enjoy reading. 🙂 I’m just going to have to log in some more hours with my part-time job and buy the rest of them. Seriously. She CRACKS ME UP.

So besides magazines, blogs, blogs, blogs, and more blogs, that is all that I read last week.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

I’ve never read any of Roland Smith‘s books (even though I have a basket full of them in my classroom). I’ve read the 1st chapter so far and like it.

Other than this one, I don’t really have a plan for my reading this week. My week is pretty full, so I’ll just grab whatever catches my eye. Just so you know HOW full my week is, I’ll break it down for you.

Monday-1.take my car to get an estimate for the STUPID DEER that hit me last night coming back from my brother-in-law’s house-STUPID DEER-STUPID DEER……2. Train 3. Zumba (YEA, someone is starting a zumba class and it’s ONLY 9 miles from where we live!!!) and grade tests from Friday(lots of tests) 2. Train 3. Zumba

Wednesday-1. school and grade tests from Friday (still more tests) 2. Train 3. Eat mexican with my bestie, my daughter, and my bestie’s daughter(weekly thing!)

Thursday-1. school and will STILL be grading tests from Friday 2. Train 3. School board meeting

Friday-1. school 2. Leaving to go to Birmingham for a weekend AEA conference 🙂

Saturday-1. Conference

Sunday-1. Conference

Of course, all of the usual stuff thrown in there, too. Cook. Laundry. Errands. Try to clean house. Try to avoid cleaning house. Spend time with family. Blog. And finally-READ! 🙂

Have a great week! Oh, and check out my 2 other blogs about reading and fitness. 🙂



The Hunger Games Trailers

Read and Write 180

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We FINALLY got to watch the book trailer and the movie trailer for The Hunger Games today!!!! They are hooked! They want me to take them on a field trip to the movies to see the movie on March 23rd. LOL! After watching both trailers (twice!), I read them the 1st 2 pages of the book and then raffled it off. You should have seen them scramble to sign up for the book after the 1st person finishes. I’ll take a picture of what our sign up poster looks like now after 3 days.

I actually gave a copy of the book to one of my students yesterday-she stayed up til 3:30 am this morning to finish it! I guess I’m recruiting other Hunger Games junkies!

Here is the book trailer that I found on youtube-it was created by a student.

Here is the movie trailer we watched.

It’s official. I’m a fan. An addicted fan. Now let me go finish Mockingjay!! 🙂

Hunger Games junkie

I admit it. I am a Hunger Games junkie. I am on the 3rd book of the trilogy-Mockingjay and need to take a day off from school to finish reading it. 🙂 I even bought a t-shirt. I was going to show my 6th graders the book trailer and the movie trailer-trying to get them hyped about the book-but of course they were youtube videos and I had forgotten to transfer them to vusafe. So that will have to be done tomorrow. Will try and write a longer post tomorrow night 🙂

Read Around the Room


Thursday, January 5, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It was back to school today. Some people don’t like starting back with just a couple of days because you can’t really start a new unit or anything. But I think it gives us time to ease back into the flow of things.

We labeled our english sentence today and wrote a paragraph from it. And I had a brilliant idea come to me like a moth goes to a light. Really, I had my OWN idea instead of borrowing someone else’s from the internet. 🙂

These sentences that we have been labeling are just ones that I have been making up, but I thought how cool would it be if I pulled  a sentence out of a book and used this time to do a book talk each day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aren’t I a genius?? Don’t be bashful-say I am. 🙂

So this is what it looked like today: Today’s sentence is from Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I think this book talk thing is going to be a good thing.

We caught up on our Truckerbuddy emails.




We also wrote a New Year’s Goal for ourselves as readers and then devised a plan to reach that goal. Most of the kids said they wanted to read a certain number of books. Hey, whatever it takes to get them reading.

THEN-the BIG activity!!!! We did “Read Around the Room”. I did this once with my 6th graders last year and LOVED it. Since we have voted to STOP the madness the worksheet packets and RETURN to read to self, I told them everybody needs a book in their hand. A good book-one they want to read.

They all sat in a big circle (our circle actually went around a long group of desks-small space). Everyone had a book (that I had picked out). I set the timer. They started on page 1 of their book and read until I said stop which was between 1 1/2 minutes-2 minutes. If it was a book they wanted to read in the future they wrote it in their reading notebook on their TBR list. Then we passed the books to the left. Repeat. We did this until all 26 students had read the beginning of all 26 books. Everyone said they had written at least 3 titles down on their TBR list so I was happy. PLUS-each time they were reading-I read. :):):) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins-2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy which I can’t seem to get enough of. 🙂 One time I even told them I wish they would stop making ME have to stop reading to fiddle with the timer. 🙂

Here is what we looked like during “Read Around the Room”:






Book Review-The Hunger Games

Fabulous. Exciting. Breathtaking. One of a kind. Do you get my point? 🙂

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins                Genre: Dystopia

Pages: 374              Published: 2008

First of all let me say-Why did I wait so long to read this book? It’s been out for 3 years! So I finished it in a day and am now on the 2nd book-Catching Fire. Let’s hope it’s as good as the first one.

Summary from

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Katniss is a tough character who has to use that toughness to fight her way through the Hunger Games. To be honest I have never read many books that deal with the world different than we know it. It’s never been my thing. This book has changed my mind. It has opened my mind to the possibilities of what our world could become like one day. Really. The only other book that I’ve read about government control is Among The Hidden by Margaret Haddix where the government controls the population.

The Hunger Games is one of those books that you just can’t put down for fear of not finding out what is going to happen. It has little twists and turns throughout that couldn’t have been foreseen. Even though I think that Katniss sometimes isn’t emotional enough or sensitive enough, I rooted for her all the way.

So I give this book 8 out of 5 stars. Oh, wait-I can’t do that! 🙂 5 of 5 stars

An epic story of survival and letting go. Read it. Today. 🙂

Movie Trailer: