Are you looking for a fun way to teach describing characters and character traits? Try this! Fold each side of a horizontal sheet of paper to the middle. Have the kids draw a picture of the character on the front. Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the outside. This can be things that are obvious from the text.
by Jude Watson
The 39 Clues is a great series written by multiple authors. Siblings, Amy and Dan, find themselves in turmoil as their parents and beloved grandmother, Grace, have been murdered and they are involved in a clue hunt to not only save themselves, but the entire world. This is the first book of the Unstoppable series, a sub-series in the 39 Clues world.
Amy and Dan have just finished another clue hunt to save members of their remarkable family and find out more about themselves, their parents and grandmother. Now, another entity has stolen something no one should possess and he is out to remove Amy and Dan from getting in his way as he attempts to dominate the world. These books are entertaining and educational as the characters travel all over the world, learn about famous people and events in history.
Great for the upper-elementary and middle school age kids. My husband even enjoys them!
You can also find a series of mystery and adventure games on the 39 Clues website.
- The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book 1: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson (thiskidreviewsbooks.com)
- Universal Might Pick Up ‘The 39 Clues’ (multifandomers.wordpress.com)
- Scholastic 39 Clues – Rapid Fire : Giveaway! (techmamas.com)
- The Maze of Bones (snarkybookbabes.wordpress.com)
I am not a fan of this series by Scholastic. When it came out, I bought the first book, A Bad Beginning, at the Scholastic Book Fair to see if it was appropriate for my daughter to read. It was, but I did not care for it at all. Too negative. I found no quirky humor to it and I chose not to read any more. My daughter; however, loved the first one and proceeded to read the entire series, as did my students! Sometimes, you just can’t tell what kids will like!
Well, jump nearly ten years later and I have been challenged to read the entire series before my student finishes them. He is way ahead of me. I am struggling to read them because I do not like the style of book. A couple of my coworkers (classroom teachers and teaching assistants) have gotten in on the challenge as well. They are all ahead of me. Shameful! I am the library teacher.
You see, the main characters are these three kids (Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire) who, in the first book, become orphans as a fire burns down their home and their parents inside. They are then given to a distant relative to be cared for, but instead, he plots to marry the oldest child, Violet, and then kill off the children. To be fair it is written in such a manner that it sounds worse the way in which I wrote it than the way the author, Lemony Snicket, writes. Violet is a mechanical genius, Klaus is a reader of anything and everything, and the baby Sunny does not speak but has four incredibly sharp teeth she uses to bite through a number of hard items. He does write well, using big words and offering definitions, of which I am a fan. Just not the negativity behind it, but what do I know, many of my students love the series!
Book 2, The Reptile Room, which I just finished, places the children in a new home with “Uncle Monty” who is an herpetologist. A snake scientist, as if you didn’t know. Uncle Monty is awesome and the children are so happy they finally breathe a sigh of relief. They should have known better.There is NO happily ever after in this series. Whatever begins well, does not end well.
These are not my cup of tea but I cannot let this student win, we have a ten-dollar bet going on here! Yep, he bet me ten bucks he could read all 14 books in the series before I could. He is winning. You see, I have a life, a second job, a book study, a husband, family obligations, etc. Yeah, excuses, legitimate ones, but still. So, I must stop blogging and start reading so I can whip his skinny behind and win my 10-bucks!!
Book 3, The Wide Window. Same premise. The orphaned children are delivered to a new “relative” to be cared for and Count Olaf shows up to ruin the not-so-happily-ever-after. A new twist is the relative in question is afraid of her own shadow and instead of protecting the children she runs off to hide and save her own skin. Count Olaf is thwarted by the children and the indomitable Mr. Poe, her parent’s attorney and executor of the estate.
Still not sold on the series.
- Here is my review of #lemonysnicket ‘The bad beginning’ #kidsbook (heatherellisbooks.wordpress.com)
- Slithering Snakes (simizat.wordpress.com)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: August 13th (iamuniquebut.wordpress.com)
- 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 22 (swimlindsey.wordpress.com)
Did you ever wonder what happened to the book you read when you werea kid? You know, the ones that were full of adventure and mystery? The ones that were full of real romance and fantasy? Those books that made us fall in love with history and sci-fi?
Well, they are back. Not the ones we read way back then but new modern books that can make you enjoy fantastical battles, solve great mysteries and fall in love all over again. Where, you ask?
Here! Well, not here, but at CleanAuthors.com! What’s better? A 99-Cent Back to School Event! On September 13th, yes, Friday the 13th, the authors on CleanAuthors.com will be offering numerous books for 99 cents each from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other vendors and in various formats.
Join us at CleanAuthors.com!!
Really! The woman is a genius!
I have been reading a”back to school” selection of books to my students this week and I chose Get Fired Up With Reading! for my second through fourth grade students. It never fails to inspire my students to read.They all want to have a contest and get their teachers into the dragon-head costume! Mrs. Skorupski is at it again as she challenges the entire school to read. The winning class is awarded the honor of having their teacher in the head of the dragon costume to be worn in the Read Across America parade. The top readers (measured in minutes read) in each grade level will fill out the body of the dragon.
Two girls in Mr. Dickinson’s fourth grade class battle it out while one kindergartener needs help to be the dragon’s tail! See who wins in this wonderful book that is inspiring my students to read!
Toni Buzzeo is a school library media specialist (this is what she calls herself) in Maine. She has written numerous books about Mrs. Skorupski and her devious ways to get students to use the library media center! She has also written other non-library education books that leave me breathless, such as The Sea Chest. However, I think her brilliance is in the way she inspires educators such as myself to read and explore the library.
- Toni Buzzeo’s Home Page http://www.tonibuzzeo.com/
- Read ” Penelope Popper, Book Doctor ” One More Excellent Book By Toni Buzzeo (kidbooksreview.wordpress.com)
- 2013 Caldecott Honor Book (hmast0810.wordpress.com)
- Welcome Back-to-School! (melissalewismcdonald.wordpress.com)
- What Can I Do to Raise the Reputation of School Library Media Specialists? (librarynbct.org)
- What: An event to read fairy tales and retellings, with minichallenges almost every day and a Twitter chat on Sept. 6.
- Where: Debz Bookshelf (Click for details.)
- When: Sept. 1- Sept. 7
My To-Read List
This is open to change, particularly if I get to the library where I can get other fairy tales, but here are some books I am considering reading for the event.
- Upcoming Read-Alongs Sign-Up Post (pagesunbound.wordpress.com)
- Bout of Books Read-A-Thon 8.0 (youngadultbookmadness.wordpress.com)
- Day 1 : Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon Update (bookneedlove.wordpress.com)
- YA Classics - In-betweeners: Ella Enchanted (yaawesomesauce.wordpress.com)
- Hot Summer Reads Read-a-Thon Challenge: Bookish Opposites (readinginwinter.com)