Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Christmas Genie

If you could make one wish and have it come true, what would you wish for?  That's what I asked our third through fifth graders at Allen before I started reading The Christmas Genie. 

It's the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter's fifth-grade class couldn't wish more for that final bell to ring.

But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie pops out. He will grant just one wish for the whole class to share. Be careful what you wish for!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

Allen students have the opportunity to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. Each student who reads for 6 hours by February 22, 2013, will earn a free Six Flags ticket to use this summer. 

Review the reading log below.

*This sheet should be used to record what and how long your child reads. 
*Each child should complete 6 hours or 360 minutes of recreational reading.
*Parents should initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that six hours of reading has been completed.
*Children can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books.  Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count.
*Kids can read independently or with an adult.
*The completed reading form should be returned to the child's teacher or librarian by February 22, 2013. 
*Late entries will not be accepted. 


Monday, December 3, 2012

Too Many Toys by David Shannon

Before reading this book, I asked our kindergarten readers which toy they absolutely would never think of giving away.  I heard a chorus of Legos, American Girl Dolls, bikes, Hot Wheels, play make-up, and many others.  The students could really relate to the character in this book who never wanted to get rid of any of his prized possessions. 

Caldecott Honor winner and bestselling author-illustrator David Shannon makes readers laugh aloud when young Spencer's mountain of toys becomes overwhelming. A book that will be read again and again.

Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!