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?



  1. Dear Students,

    What a wonderful job using the different parts of the book to help explain your answer! Some of the details you picked out were amazing! We did a Chris van Allsburg author study and read that book in class! Most of my students thought that Fritz had really turned into a duck. Not all of them did though!

    Did you know that The Garden of Abdul Gasazi was Chris van Allsburg's first book? And he used a real dog named Winston as a model for Fritz. Every book that Chris van Allsburg has written has Fritz in it somewhere. You'll have to see if you can find it!

    If you want to see what our class did on Chris van Allsburg you can click here.

    Keep up the great work!

    Your Friend Deep in Snow,
    Mr. Avery
    Plympton, Massachusetts

  2. Wow! My friend who teaches at another school and I are going to do a skype book club with our third graders too. I like the idea that you used a picture book. You did a wonderful job discussing your ideas. How did you embed the skype video? I want to learn how to do that.

  3. Dear RR buddies,

    I thought the book club was very good because everyone looked back in the book for details. Also the people in the book club listened to each other and did not interrupt.

    When you do a book club everyone should disagree politely. You can agree, disagree, add on to what someone said or have a connection to a important part of the story.

    There are so many rules you try to follow in a book club but book clubs are still very fun!

    Deputy Sheriff Margot*
    in Mr. Salsich`s class

  4. Dear Students,
    What a wonderful book club discussion this was! I continue to wonder if you are ACTUALLY third graders, because you discuss books like 8th graders! (I know, because I teach 8th graders.)

    Keep up the good work!

    Mr. Hamilton Salsich (Mr. Salsich's dad, and also a teacher)

  5. @ Mrs. Johnson,

    Thanks for the kind comment.

    I use a program called "Call Recorder for Skype" to record the video chat. This is a Mac program, but I'm sure there is a comparable one for Windows. The video file is saved as a .mov file so I can then edit it in iMovie. Finally, I upload the movie to a video sharing site like Vimeo and embed it from there. I hope that was helpful!

    Mr. Salsich

  6. Dear Mr. Salsich Sr.,

    Thank you for the great comment on the Reading Round-up, I'm sure that everyone will read and ♥ your comment! We really enjoyed your time and quality of leaving it!

    My sister told me that eighth grade was very hard for her. Do you think the work you teach for them is easy, or do you think it is not the right skill to be teaching them?

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Deputy Sheriff

  7. Dear Sherrifs,

    I like how you showed a book club because it can teach people about listening and not interrupting. I have read The Garden of Abdul Gazaizi. It was a fantastic story!:-) I think it was a dream because in the begining Fritz and Alan were taking a nap on the couch but Fritz was under the couch.

    Kristen (in Mrs.Yollis' class)

  8. Deputy Sheriff TylerJanuary 14, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Dear RR buddies,

    I think that is one of the best book clubs I have ever seen in real life. It is amazing how you guys made it look like you were not even embarrassed at all. I was sort of embarrassed when I did a book talk.

    I just did one yesterday on the13 of January. We talked with different people but the same class about the book Thank You Mr. Falker.

    Tyler D.

  9. Dear RR buddies,

    I thought it was really cool and went well. I liked how you explained your ideas.

    I have been in a book club before and it was really cool to just come into a group and talk just about the book. Sometimes we read together to certain chapters and sometimes we read by our selves. Then we came together to talk about it.

    I loved the video.

    Alison in Mr. Salsich's class

  10. Dear RR buddies,

    I thought the video was great! I liked how you all said and explained you ideas. You didn't interupt when you all had great things to share with other people. Some of my other classmates and me just did another book talk about the book Thank You Mr. Falker.

    Sam K. in Mr. Salsich's class

  11. Wow! What a wonderful group of students. I am a teacher librarian in Australia. (We are still on summer holidays) and I would be delighted if my students could discuss a picture book so well. Congratulations kids.

  12. Rebeca Henostroza,Calvert School StudentSeptember 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I just read it!I think that Fritz really had turned into the duck.The book was terrific.


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