Thursday, January 27, 2011

Buckaroo Book Club - "Martin's Big Words"

January 17th was a very important day in the United States.
It was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader who made huge difference in our country.

To learn more about his life and accomplishments, you can read this article from Scholastic News.


For our Buckaroo Book Club last week we read
Martin's Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier.

This is a fantastic book about Martin's life with some of his most famous quotes. The illustrations are beautiful works of collage.

Here is a video with a few parts from our Buckaroo Book Club:

Have you read this book? If so, what was a part that you really liked?

What lessons can we learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"A Heavy Load" - Read by Mr. Salsich, Sr.

Here at The Reading Round-Up, we like to invite real live readers in to share their love of words and stories with all of us! Being read to is not only pleasurable, but you can learn a lot too!

★ Mr. Salsich, Sr. is back in the reader's saddle again! ★

Here is another story from Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth.

What do you think the older monk meant when he said, "I set the woman down hours ago. Why are you still carrying her?"

What do you think is
the message, or the theme, of the story?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Buckaroo Book Club - "Thank You, Mr. Falker"

Last week we had our second Skype book club.
This time the students discussed Patricia Polacco's fabulous book Thank You, Mr. Falker.

As you can see in the video chat below, this is a fantastic book for making connections and thinking about big ideas and themes.


Have you ever tried to learn something that was very hard to do at first?

If you have read this book, please share your ideas about it!

What did you notice about the discussions in the book club?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wanted! - Wayside School Books

If you like funny books, give Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger a try.

This hilarious book is written by Louis Sachar, who also wrote
Holes and the Marvin Redpost books.

Here is a short book talk by "Strawberry" to give you some idea of what the book is like.


This is the third book in a series, and you should probably read the other books first - Sideways Stories From Wayside School and Wayside School is Falling Down.

You might enjoy watching a reader's theater of one of the chapters from
Sideways Stories From Wayside School. It is read by some of Sheriff Salsich's former cowpokes.

Have you read any of the Wayside School books? If so, what was a part that you really liked?

Can you think of other wacky books that people might enjoy?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Buckaroo Book Club ~ The Garden of Abdul Gasazi!

Last week some of Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich's students had a nice face-to-face "jaw" about a real humdinger of a book - The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg.

Have you ever read The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
If so, add some of your own thoughts about the book.

Have you ever been in a book club? What did you like about it?


Monday, January 3, 2011

Video: Tips For Having a Buckaroo Book Club!

Attention all cowboys and cowgirls!
Here at the Reading Round-Up, we are fixin' to circle our wagons and have a Buckaroo Book Club!

First, let's listen to Billy and Clementine. They have some solid book club tips for you! Book Club Ideas by lindayollis

For some more tips and examples of book clubs in action,

check out this video from Sheriff Salsich's class from last year.

Have you ever been in a book club?

What did you like about it?

What makes for a good discussion?