Thursday, October 27, 2011

This is Red Ribbon Week at Allen, and many pirates can be seen roaming the halls of our great school.  We "Aarrggh" all about making wise decisions that keep us healthy.  Oscar is showing us one of the many books we have in the library about pirates.  Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate will surely be a favorite of many pirate fans.

Following the success of Pirate Pete and Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure comes a new book by the celebrated brother-and-sister team of Doug and Kim Kennedy. In this new adventure, Pete has a wonderful new ship, but no crew. But not just any crew will do. As Pete explains:

"Ye gots to be stubborn and mighty cranky,
Ye gots to be dirty and awfully stanky!
Ye gots to load a cannon and know how to fire it,
But most of all, ye gots to talk
like a pirate!"

One by one Pete interviews his potential crew, and one by one they get the boot! Whoever will he find to help him sail the high seas? A hilarious and fun-to-read-aloud book that will have every child talking like a pirate. (

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them.  There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.
When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish.  Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn. (review taken from

This is a great book for predicting outcomes.  What do you think are behind those eight locked doors? What do you believe Elise's father would find most important to leave to his daughter?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Before reading Scaredy Cat, Splat, Mrs. Hobbie spoke to the second graders about the beginning, middle, and end of a story.  In the beginning of a story, the characters and setting are usually introduced.  The problem is usually made clear in the middle.  The solution wraps up the story at the end. Students really enjoyed hearing Scaredy Cat, Splat and then wrote and illustrated the beginning, middle, and ending of the story on a pumpkin.  Their work was outstanding (as you can see :)! 
It's Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he's just too much of a scaredy-cat. He's afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o'-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it be?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The first grade classes recently spent some time in the library learning about two great authors...Marc Brown and Kevin Henkes.  Here are some of the fun activities that the students participated in:

After reading Arthur's Teacher Moves In, the boys and girls in the first grade wrote their own stories about what it would be like for their teacher to move in with them. 

The students drew a web to show what they learned about Marc Brown. 

The boys and girls also practiced drawing Arthur.  Didn't they do an outstanding job?

Learning about authors is so much fun!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Fair is coming next week!!  Students have been watching a preview video of some of the awesome books they'll soon see at the fair.  Next week, everyone at Allen will be previewing the book fair and making out a wishlist.  The preview schedule is below:

Monday, October 3, 2011

An amazing secret has tumbled off a freight train into Carter, Georgia, and Owen Jester is the only person who knows about it. If he can simply manage to evade his grandfather’s snappish housekeeper, organize his two best friends, and keep his nosy neighbor, Viola, at bay, he just might be in for the summer of a lifetime. With her trademark wit and easy charm, Barbara O’Connor spins a fantastic fable of friends, enemies, and superbly slimy bullfrogs. (