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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something True

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Discovery awaits! I discovered an old book, Willow Run, a companion novel to Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff! Historical fiction is amazing because you really get your money’s worth, it’s a story inside a story (there really was a Willow Run bomber plant during WWII). Meggie’s family leaves New York to help the war effort. She is so glad her grandpa is staying behind (or so she thinks). Isn’t it amazing how much we are like Meggie and don’t really know ourselves? How does an 11 year old girl sort all her thoughts and emotions out? She writes letters! An art that may be lost in the future 😦 . Meggie is not above stealing ice cream but when she does she notices it doesn’t taste very good. She was glad when her brother, Eddie, signed up to fight because she would be the only one at home however the news of Eddie being MIA shakes her world and there is only one person who can help her get through the difficult days that follow. A timely treasure!

Something new, Daily 5 got a makeover! Thumbs up to the sisters for doing their research and for listening to teachers, enabling them to give us a much enlightened version. I love the brain research and the math part! Resonating loud and clear is the plea for each teacher to teach the class they have in front of them in the way to make them successful. Watch and listen to learn how to read your class instead of following a preplanned unchangeable format!

Three Times Lucky was a borrowed book. I’m fortunate to have a friend that told me to read this book because it had escaped my radar. Thanks LuAnn! It was intriguing and unique. Moses for a girl’s name is unusual but she is a far cry from being an ordinary girl! Go meet Moses, you won’t regret it!

Guts is a symbol of my promise to read nonfiction to my class every day. It will not be easy because there never seems to be enough minutes in the day to get everything done. My goal is to read a page or two and let my students turn and talk or sketch to stretch. Linda Hoyt suggests the last five minutes of every class be devoted to writing and this will give them plenty to write about.

Summer is a great time to read, reflect, rejuvenate and learn something new. As Meggie says, “Carpe diem”!

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