Monday, March 30, 2015

Read a Million Words (Update)

We have overwhelmingly exceeded reading a million words thanks to 120 students so far and can designate a no uniform day (tentative May 1) for those students participating in the AR challenge that begin March 2. Students who have not participated so far can still be eligible for the no uniform day by reading and quizzing through April 23.  All eligible participants will receive a notice.  Students should also continue reading and quizzing to reach their individual AR goals and TOP AR Honors. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Teacher FAQ AR, Myon, and Discovery 3.19.15

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Spring Break Challenge and the Mighty Miss Malone (4th and 5th Grade)

Earn .3 (yes point 3) AR points to add to your current points by logging in to Google Play Books, searching for the Mighty Miss Malone, and reading the first four chapters of . Prepare to answer questions on these chapters.

Also, when you are at school, make sure you can log in to AR > Your Teacher's Class > Williams' Group > Group Library > click the picture of the Mighty Miss Malone book > Preview > Click OK to add to your device  (may have to click ok to Chrome changes as well) > the sample of the book will load > Read the chapters available > Highlight text and respond to questions as directed

Questions for Chapter 1

Double click on the word annoying in Chapter 1 in the section of the book when Deza begins talking about annoying traits.  compare and contrast an annoying trait of one of Deza's family members to one of your own family members.

Deza mentions that her family motto is "We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful." Why do you think the Malone's have this motto?  Does your family have a motto?  If so, what is the motto and why does your family have this motto?  If your family does not have a motto, consider what your motto could be and tell why you chose this motto?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Primary and Other Sources for Lesson Themes: Great Depression, African-American History, and Family

Search for Your Family    
Comparison/Contrast  Tools (Your Family c/c to Main Character's Family): (3rd-8th)

Family Tree Fillable:


The Great Depression

The New Deal

President Roosevelt

What is a primary source?

Creating a Book Cover or Jacket (& other parts of a book)

Activity 1: You are an author and you have just created a fiction book and a non-fiction book related to one or more of the themes of the book the class is/has read.  You will create a cover and additional parts of a book for the pretend books. 
Activity 2 (as directed): Create a new cover and additional parts of a book for a fiction title and a non-fiction title that you have read.
Book Cover Guide (3rd-8th)

Book Cover Creator (K-8 )  (Cover, Title, Author, Illustrator)

Strapless Book
(Title Page, Table of Contents, Index, and Glossary)

What You Need to Know

Parts of a Book

Call Number

Dewey Decimal System


Dewey Decimal Rap and Transcript: and

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Recommend a Dr. Seuss Book for Our Media Center Wish List

Post a comment to this post and recommend 1 of your favorite Dr. Suess Books for the Media Center Wish List.

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937) 

The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938) 

The King's Stilts (1939)

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)

McElligot's Pool (1947)

Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948) 

Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949) 

If I Ran the Zoo (1950) 

Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) 

Horton Hears A Who! (1954) 

On Beyond Zebra (1955) 

If I Ran The Circus (1956) 

The Cat in the Hat (1957) 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) 

Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958) 

The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958) 

Happy Birthday To You! (1959) 

Green Eggs And Ham (1960) 

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) 

The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961) 

Dr Seuss's Sleep Book (1962) 

Dr Seuss's ABC (1963) 

Hop on Pop (1963) 

Fox In Socks (1965) 

I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965) 

The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)

The Foot Book (1968)

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969) 

My Book About Me (1969) 

I Can Draw It Myself (1970) 

Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970) 

The Lorax (1971)

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)

The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)

Great Day For Up (1974)

There's a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978) 
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