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Summer Reading

Many of you have asked me, “What are some great books we can read this summer?”  Well, here are some great ones that I highly recommend.

1.  Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3 and The Calder Game by Blue Balliett

2.  The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

3.  The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau

4.  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

5.  The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

6.  From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiller by E. Konigsburg

7.  Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (or anything else by him)

8.  Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

9.  Any of  The Time Warp Trio books by Jon Scieszka

10. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

11.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

12.  Moon Over Manifest by Vanderpool

Ancient Egyptian Game

Ancient Egypt Teacher Invaders

Ancient Egypt Game Half a Min

Ancient Egyptian Games

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Try Science

I just know you have been practicing your math facts and reading but just in case you want something new, I ran across this cool site –

Summer Math Practice


Your child will be entering a new grade this August and it is required and expected by their classroom teacher, that they know their math facts at a quick pace.  I have compiled a few math sites that will make their learning fun.

Problem Solving Games

Fact Dash

Addition Slide

Dartboard Game


The Table Trees

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Summer Reading List

I am often asked by parents for a list of recommended books for their child to read during the summer.  Our Jefferson County Library Cooperative is a great source for these books.  I don’t know if you know it, but if you have a library card (and yes, it is FREE) you can go online and order books from all over the library cooperative and find most any books you could imagine.  Then, they will send it to your local library.  There are 40 libraries in this cooperative, so, I know one is near your home.

These are just some of my favorites:

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate Dicamillo and Timothy B. Ering

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery) by Lois Lowry

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Avon Camelot Books) by Beverly Cleary and Tracy Dockray

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Holes (Newbery Medal Book) by Louis Sachar

A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Medal Book) by Richard Peck and Steve Cieslaw

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Aladdin Fantasy) by Robert C. O’Brien and Zena Bernstein

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron and Matt Phelan

Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003 John Newbery Medal Winner) by Avi

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book) by Cynthia Kadohata

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sis

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Wringer  (Trophy Newbery) by Jerry Spinelli

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Avon Camelot Books)by Beverly Cleary and Paul O. Zelinsky

Sing Down The Moon by Scott O’Dell

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Missing May (Yearling Newbery) by Cynthia Rylant

Frindle by Andrew Clements and Brian Selznick

The Report Card by Andrew Clements

The Landry News by Andrew Clements

The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements and Brian Selnick

Chasing Vermeer (Edgar Allen Poe Award. Best Juvenile (Awards)) by Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist

(A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

Reading list (This is a printable list)

Owl Pellet Dissection

Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection

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St. Patrick’s Day Cyberhunt

1.  Where is Ireland located?

2.  What is the capital of the Republic of Ireland?

3.  Who is the patron saint of Ireland?

4.  Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day of March 17?

5.  What is the nickname of Ireland?

6.   According to old beliefs, what would a leprechaun hide at the end of a rainbow?

7.  What is the Blarney Stone?

8.  What is the official symbol of Ireland?

9.  What is a shamrock?

When you have completed this cyberhunt, go to the following links:


This website is one of my student’s all time favorites.

The Panda

Click on this link to build your panda habitat.

Then, for fun, go to this link.

Ancient China Cyberhunt

1. The Ancient Chinese created many important inventions that are now used around the world, such as paper money and gunpowder. They were also the first to harvest silk.
Name three uses for it.

Another invention, the compass, had a religious use. What was it?

2. What was an abacus used for?

3. Chinese writing developed more than 3,500 years ago. Each character, or symbol, stands for a word. Characters based on pictures of things are also known as pictographs. What are characters based on abstract ideas known as?

What word do you get when you combine the symbols for woman and child?

Rain and field?

4. A tradition began in ancient China in the celebration of Chinese New Year. On the first day of the new year, it is considered good luck to see what?

Why shouldn’t you use scissors or wash your hair on Chinese New Year?

5. The Forbidden City of Beijiing, home to Ming and Quing emperors is a great example of Chinese architecture. What word for palace also meant house?

6. The Great Wall of China is the longest structure ever built, thanks mostly to the Ming dynasty. Ming emperors fixed the original wall, then added many miles to it with building materials no one has ever used before. What is the wall constructed of?

Questions were taken from  Clip art from Phillip Martin

When you complete this cyberhunt, go to this link – Count Down to the Chinese New Year and try it out.

You wouldn’t want to be a Roman gladiator


1. Why did the Romans call the gladiators barbarians?

2. Where did many of the gladiators get captured by the Romans?

3. What happened after the gladiator was captured?

4. What does the slave do if chosen to be a gladiator?

5. Name three types of gladiators and their job.

6. What are some ways they entertain the crowd?

7. If the gladiator loses, what can he do to have a chance to live?

8, Who is the mythical character who finishes off the gladiator who is injured?

Dig it up: Romans

Go to this link and select – Dig it up: Romans

dig it up

Go here to create Roman mosaics online.



Ancient Rome Game

Vocabulary sheet

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