So, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Here are some great books to read and some interesting videos to watch. I just love Junie B. Jones and the book Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine, is too funny.
The History of Valentine’s Day –
The History of Chocolate –
How Chocolate is Made –
So, have you every wondered about Hallowe’en? How did Hallowe’en come about? Read this little article about the origin of Hallowe’en and check out the website.
Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead. Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.
Check out this really cool website; www.history.com/topics/halloween, lots of great Hallowe’en facts and videos.
Some people love to read books with many chapters and others get turned away from the many pages and the thickness of the book. Graphic Novels are the next best thing. Authors have taken the stories and condensed them to fewer words and with pictures, kind of like a comic books but you knew that already. Well, I found out that they have taken an old series and turned it into a graphic novel – The Boxcar Children. As well, there will be an animated movie coming out this year, not too sure on the date. Check out the trailer http://youtu.be/8TVLHl98y1E
So before the movie comes out, why not give the books a try. Check your library for this old but great series.
Good Monday Morning.
Are you having trouble finding a book to read? Do you pick up a book, look at the cover and think “Wow, this looks like a good book”? Well, sometimes not all books that look good will keep you interested or easy to understand. There are a lot of books in our school libraries that are old and the covers are not too interesting looking but you should give it a try, you might be surprised. Also, I found this great tool that will help you with choosing a book.
Try to keep “I PICK” in mind when choosing a book to read.
A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great books gives you no choice.
Have a great week
Well, I have survived my first week at my new schools. I have left the Perth Family of Schools to be closer to home. I am now with the Athens Family of Schools and one school in Brockville. It was a hard decision, leaving Perth but I am really happy with the move. Everyone has been so nice and helpful. I’ve been busy decorating my Learning Commons with my colourful papers and catchy sayings.
I had a great summer reading. I have been reading a crime series; Grant County by Karin Slaughter. I also read the books“The Land of Stories; the Wishing Spell” by Chris Colfer.
This book is about an adventure that two young children, Alex and Conner, take through a fairy tale book that is given to them from their Grandma. They end up trapped in the book and must find their way home. Alex and Conner meet the many different characters that they have read about when they were younger. Do they find their way out? Grab the book to find out. Check your local library or chapters for this fun books.