October 27, 2009

Horrid Henry Short Stories

Just in time for some "horrid" reading, Francesca Simon has added three new easy readers to her Horrible Henry series: Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse, Horrid Henry's Underpants, and Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter.

The reader is soon aware that Henry will do anything to get his way. Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse is a laugh out loud read that has his brother, Perfect Peter, right in the middle of mischief. Homework headaches, swimming pool sharks, creative curses, and grocery store grumbles always lands Henry on top. There is even a sneak preview to some hideout hysterics!

October 21, 2009

What did you write today?

Twitter message from KalebNation: wrote 14 pages on #BranHambric2 today. I feel like I've ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING. I do this every day for a month and I'll be done FAST

Blog message from Mrs. Duff: I wrote on my class board, sent emails, responded to E2's media projects, and took notes @ a meeting. I used Twitter to gather information and to share some, and am finishing the day with this blog entry.

Leave a comment sharing your daily writing accomplishments.

October 19, 2009

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z: Journal Photos

After reading Chapters 1-4 in The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, journal about one or more of the photos. The photos were taken by Kate Messner, the author. Use descriptive words to set the tone.

October 13, 2009

Charmed in E2

Kaleb Nation, author of Bran Hambric the Farfield Curse, and his publishers have gifted our E2 students with the silver moon charm seen on the cover of the book. The charm plays an important role in the first book of this mysterious fantasy, and will most likely be part of the plot in the books to follow.

Read the book to find out more...

October 12, 2009

Effigy Mounds

Breathtaking views of the Mississippi, mysterious mounds, historical hikes with friends...school days like this should happen more often!

Outdoor Day

Outdoor Day @OMS brought together fun, friends, and some new favorite activities.
Special Thanks goes out to our UIU student volunteers, Oelwein Police Department, and our local archers.

Student Haiku Memories:

Prairie Flowers
Beautiful flowers
Lying in the prairie now
Blowing in the wind

Morning of the Monarch
Orange, black, colorful
Dew still on my wings-can't fly
Can't wait to be free! R.B.

Butterfly Milkweed Plant
Silky parachute
Nice, peaceful, soft, seed that falls.
White, with brown seed.

NO, NO! Oh, please...
Never pick it up like that
It won't fly again. H.V.

Ox Eye Sunflower
A dark black center
A group of golden petals
An uneven shape

October 4, 2009

New Books Available

The October Scholastic Book orders are Due October 16th. I have some books that I recommend and more that I want to order and read!

Thank you to the parents and students that ordered last time! We are slowly adding to our classroom library with the free books we earned.

Reminder, you may order on-line using your credit card.
Special note to parents: If you want to place an order for presents, just email me and I'll keep the books for your pick up and not share with your child about the order.

Happy Reading!