This week in library we are talking about one of our reading contests in the Reading Incentive Program binder. You have a chance to earn reading olympic medals by reading books in different genres. What is a genre, you ask? Think of it as a fancy name for a type or category of book. Fancy Nancy would love that word! If you read books in our library from the different genres and then come have a booktalk with me, you will have the chance to earn reading points to help you go on our field trip at the end of the year!
Read one book from each genre (make sure it is a just-right book for you) in each medal category to earn points.
Read one book in each of the Bronze genres to earn 10 points.
After earning the Bronze, read a book from the 3 additional genres to earn the Silver medal and earn 5 more points.
After earning the Silver, read a book from the 4 additional genres to earn 10 more points.
Here are the genres for our contest:
- Folk/Fairy Tales
- Realistic Fiction
- Graphic Novels
- Historical Fiction
When you have read your selected books, take the Genre Olympics record sheet to your teacher along with a “Blast Off to the Library” pass. Then “Blast Off” to the library during a flexible time to hold a booktalk with Mrs. Matzat. Be sure to ask for a conference when you reach each medal level.
I hope that all of you choose to participate in this contest. I think you will enjoy reading the different genres of books we have in our library. One of my favorite genres is fantasy. I love stories about things that can’t really happen in real life. What is your favorite genre? Why do you like it?
I can’t wait to read your comments!
Your Library Lady,
Welcome back to school, Branson Elementary West students and parents! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on our blog, but now it’s time to get things going again. I wanted to share an exciting new book series with you that was just released today. It is called 39 Clues, and it is a new kind of reading adventure. The story is a mystery that you, as the reader, actually try to solve. Reading the books will help you solve the clues, but there is also an exciting online game and trading cards that give you additional information. There are even real prizes being given away, including a $10,000 grand prize! I can’t wait to read the first book, The Maze of Bones. It’s written by Rick Riordan, the Mark Twain Award winning author of The Lightning Thief. You can learn more about 39 Clues by going to their website at http://www.the39clues.com/. So, here’s a question for you. What would you do if you won the $10,000 grand prize? I can’t wait to read your comments! Remember, when you post a comment, only put your first name and your room number, and don’t put an email address, even if you have one.
Your library lady,
With the Presidential elections coming up this November, voting fever is in the air! Even though you are not old enough to vote for President, you are old enough to vote for books! Nominate your favorite book at VoteForBooks.com. You can submit your nominations until April 30. On May 1, the top 10 candidates for favorite book will be announced. The general election will run through summer and fall. Votes will be tallied on Election Day, and the winner will be announced on November 5. Submit your nomiation today!
I’m going to have a hard time with this one. I have too many favorite books! Which book is your favorite?
It was very hard to select the winners of the Lunch with Lola Schaefer contest. There were so many good posts from which to choose! Thank you to all of the students who particpated. Here are the winners:
Madelyn C. 402
Congratulations to our winners! You will join me and Mrs. Schaefer for lunch in the library on Thursday at 10:45.
As you know, Lola Schaefer, the author of the 2007 Show Me Award winner Arrowhawk, is coming to visit our school next week. Eight lucky kids have a chance to win lunch with Ms. Schaefer! To enter the contest, you need to write a good descriptive paragraph to me telling me why you think you deserve to have lunch with the author. Here’s what you need to do to enter the contest:
1. Write your persuasive paragraph. Make sure you include specific reasons why you should get to have lunch with her. Be convincing! Type your paragraph in Word and save it so you don’t lose your work.
2. Copy your paragraph and paste it into a comment on this blog post. Your teacher or I can help you do this if you do not know how. Remember to use our Internet safety rules and only post your first name and your room number.
3. Submit your paragraph before the end of the day on Friday.
4. Check the blog next week to see if you are one of the winnners.
Good luck and have fun!