Final Project

For my final project, I wanted to do something for the holidays we cover or come close to during this semester. I picked three books, one for Halloween, one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas. For Halloween and Christmas, I picked books that were pretty general so I could avoid upsetting anyone as much as possible.



The first book I picked was for Halloween and this was I Want To Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker. This is my favorite book out of all three because I think it takes something that is super scary and adds a comedic touch. This books is about a book-eating zombie who eats everyones books. In the end, the zombie eventually wants to read the books, not eat them. With this in mind, I created a craft for the students. I would want them to draw a cover to a story they would tell. This would be the story they would read to the zombie if they were in the book. Once we are done, I would want the students to show the class their cover and the story behind it. Here is one I did but I included a story with mine. If the students did include a written story, I would not make them have it as long as mine.

IMG_6690.JPGThe next book I picked was for Thanksgiving and this is A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. This story is about a group of people that is having a Thanksgiving without turkey so they put up signs looking for a “Plump and Perky Turkey”. They have the idea to make a contest of the best turkey so they make turkeys out of spuds, clay, rope, oatmeal, paper, and soap. However, in order to make a correct turkey, they need a model turkey so they can sculpt it correctly. A turkey sees this and goes to the people for the job. The turkey did not know that it was all a set up so the people could eat the turkey! This soon failed because the people made so many turkeys that they couldn’t tell who was the real turkey! While the people had a turkey-less dinner, the turkey goes to the beach and celebrates with the other turkeys. Since there is a competition in the book, I thought it would be fun to make different kinds of turkeys in the classroom. For this project, I used a basic template when the students make the turkey face and feathers using their handprints. After this, the students will be free to decorate their turkey the way they want and present them to the class. For mine, I made mine a candy turkey with lots of different candies in his feathers.

IMG_6691.JPGThe last book I picked was Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. The story starts with Mr. Willowby and his tree. This tree is to big to fit in the corner he wants so he has the butler cut off the top and give it to the maid. This starts a chain of events so every tree gets the top cut off and someone else gets it. Eventually the area keeps getting smaller and smaller and eventually the top of the tree is so small that even the mice get a Christmas tree! Since this is all about a Christmas tree, I wanted students to create Christmas trees for someone. This could be someone they know, a group of animals, Mr. Willowby, or themselves. They will present to the class who the tree is for and why they decorated it the way they did. For my project, I created four general Christmas trees so there is a variety of ideas the students can have.

I really liked all the project I did. I think they all connected well to the story and allow students a lot of freedom to express themselves.

Until next time,



Top 10 Lists

Here is my Top 10 Lists… Enjoy!

If you want more information about these books, they are all featured in my “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?!” posts!

Top 10 Reads of the Semester

  1. Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio
  2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  4. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  5. Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman
  6. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  7. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  8. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
  9. Alice in Wonderland by Disney
  10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


Top 10 Books to Use in the Classroom

  1. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  2. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  3. Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio
  4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  5. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  6. A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman (For Final Project)
  7. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry (For Final Project)
  8. I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker (For Final Project)
  9. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  10. Bedhead by Margie Palatini


Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read This Semester

  1. Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan)
  2. David Shannon (David Gets in Trouble & A Bad Case of Stripes)
  3. Ian Falconer (Olivia)
  4. Roald Dahl (The BFG)
  5. Kevin Henkes (Waiting)
  6. Chris Raschka (A Ball for Daisy)
  7. Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales)
  8. Bob Hartman (Grumblebunny)
  9. Audrey Penn (The Kissing Hand)
  10. Bill Slavin (Who Broke the Teapot?!)

Hope you enjoyed!

Until next time,



Weekly Reading Summary

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?!

This is our last Monday of the semester but like always, I continued my reading challenge.


A Bad Case of Stripes by David ShannonA Bad Case of The Striples.jpg

This book is something I’ve always liked from the first moment I read it. Reading this story again was such a delight and made me understand why I liked it in the first place. If you like a book with a cute story and great illustrations…this is one for you!


Enemy PieEnemy Pie by Derek Munson

This book was something new to me but I really enjoyed it. It is about a kid who has his very first enemy and his dad cooked an “enemy pie” in order to get the enemy. Of course, things are not always as they seem and you learn that even though things can be scary, they can have great outcomes!


Thank you, Mr Falker.jpgThank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

This books touches my heart. If you haven’t read it I HIGHLY recommend it because it shows how big of a difference a teacher can make in a students life. Also, it shows that just because someone is different, does not make them stupid or an idiot. Everyone is unique and this book really shows that!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey PennThe Kissing Hand.jpg

The Kissing Hand is a pretty short read but very sweet at the same time. It talks about a raccoon going to school for the first time but does not want to leave his mother behind. The mother kissed his hand and tells him to hold it to his cheek if he gets scared. This was so cute and the illustrations match the story perfectly!

The Rainbow Fish.jpgThe Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

This book is one that is also a pretty short read. There is a lot of good illustrations that follow the story perfectly. The main message of this book is beauty is not everything. Just because someone is beautiful doesn’t mean they will be liked.



Middle Level:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting.jpg

Since this is the last Monday of the semester, I wanted to read a book that I could finish in a week so I choose the classic Tuck Everlasting. I have a soft spot for this book because it was a book I read in my childhood and continue to enjoy today. I would use this book in the classroom because it is a quick read and such a great story.

Until next time,


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Mock Newbery and Caldecott

While reading about the process of the Mock Newbery and Caldecott awards, I was trying to think about if we did this while I was in school. Although I cannot remember for sure, it was a long time ago!

I think this would be such a fun activity to do in the classroom because it really connects the kids to the authors more! It would be fun to pick a book as a class and wait to see if “we” won or not. The only problem I could see with this is not being able to pick one book for the award because of the variety of different students. The second problem I can see is the disappointment if a book of theirs is not picked to win. Depending on the age, this can ruin their entire day.

After reading Mr Schu’s list, I found a lot of great books that I am looking forward to coming out. My list is the following:

After the Fall by Dan Santat

After The FallI think this book sounds great because it is a take on a classic story. I’ve always liked remakes on classic tales because it is fun to see all the different ways to see the story. I have to admit, the beginning of the book trailer scared me a little bit because it sounded a bit scary but overall, I will look forward to reading this.



The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

The Book of Mistakes


“Everyone makes mistakes.” The line that everyone has heard at least once. I love that this book covers this topic because I think it is so, SO, important for kids to understand that everyone does make mistakes. It is important to learn from these mistakes and be better the next time.



Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wolf in the SnowThis book is the one I am looking forward to the most because it seems so sweet and heartwarming that I think it is perfect to read. I loved the book trailer because it gave me an idea of what the book was about and pulled me in but it kept the end a secret!



Until next time,


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