Monday, February 24, 2020

Week 19 #PictYourBooks Challenge

This week I'm thinking about traveling. Well, that's not quite right. I'm actually thinking about places that are far away. You see, my daughter is in college, and she is going to be studying in a city that is a loooooong way away. She's traveling to a city that is, get this, over five thousand miles away from home! For real!

So this week's challenge has to do with places that are far away.


Challenge #19: Share a book that takes place far away.


Remember that creative answers are encouraged. If you can explain how the book takes place far away, then it's a good answer. (And, no, it does not have to be over five thousand miles away.) Happy travels, everyone!

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 18 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, February 17, 2020

Week 18 #PictYourBooks Challenge

May I introduce the newest member of my family? Everyone, meet Hazel!


My family has never had a pet before, so getting a dog is a new experience for us. She's 12 weeks old. Right now she's stretched out sleeping on the floor right by me as I type this. She loves tromping through the snow, chasing tennis balls, and chewing on stuff. She's just learned how to run up and down the stairs, but sometimes her little legs miss a step and THUMP!

So pets are on my mind today which means pets are a part of this week's #PictYourBooks challenge:


Challenge #18: Share a book where a character has a pet. 


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 17 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, February 10, 2020

Week 17 #PictYourBooks Challenge

I love all kids of books. You probably know that already. But I really like books that make me laugh. Funny books are some of my favorite books to read.

The thing about funny books, however, is that not everyone laughs at the same books. Everyone has a different sense of humor. Books that are funny to kids might not be as funny to grown-ups. Kindergartners might find a book hilarious, but older readers might not laugh at all. Even in a class of third graders, some students might laugh at a book while their classmates don't understand what's so funny.

But I trust you. If you say a book is funny, then IT IS funny! So let's hear about those funny books.


Challenge #17: Share a book that made you laugh out loud.


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 16 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, February 3, 2020

Week 16 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Last Monday the American Library Association announced the 2020 winners for a bunch of awards. Two of the most famous are the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal. The Newbery is awarded to the year's best book for children, and the Caldecott is given to the children's book with the best illustrations. Another award that I really like is the Geisel Award which is given to the best book for beginning readers. Here are the 2020 winners:

2020 Newbery Medal
2020 Caldecott Medal
2020 Geisel Award


These awards have been given for many years. In addition there are honor books which are sort of like runners up for the awards. So there are a lot of award winning books out there, and most of them have a medal on the cover showing the award it has won. Which finally brings us to this week's challenge:


Challenge #16: Share an award winning book that you really liked.


Please don't share just any book with a medal on the cover. It has to be one that you really liked, and I can't wait to see all your favorite award winners.

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 15 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, January 27, 2020

Week 15 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Today is Monday but students (at least in my school district) won't be seeing this video today. Students have a day off. All the teachers will be in meetings today, working with one another and doing some professional learning, but the students get the day off.

Which means it's probably Tuesday now for all of the students reading this message. I hope you enjoyed your day off.

That brings us to this week's challenge:


Challenge #15: Share a book with a day off.


Remember, creative answers are welcome and encouraged. Maybe it's a vacation or a weekend away. Maybe someone just needs a break from something difficult. However you can find a day off in your book, I can't wait to hear it.

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 14 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, January 20, 2020

Week 14 #PictYourBooks Challenge

There are some cool signs that are hanging in my school. Here's the first one:


The sign made me think, "If you don't have superpowers, how can you be a superhero?" But then I noticed these other two signs:


If there are superhero rules or directions on how to be a superhero, I expected things like flying, super-speed, super-strength, or invisibility, stuff like that. But those powers aren't listed. Instead there are actions like "do your best" and "never give up" and "stand up for what's right" and "be kind."

I guess there's a difference between superpowers (like flying) and the power to do something super (like stand up for what's right). Which leads us to this week's challenge.


Challenge #14: Share a book where a character has superpowers OR the power to do something super.


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 13 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, January 6, 2020

Week 13 #PictYourBooks Challenge

It's been a long time since we've had a new challenge. Week 12 started the week before winter break so there was a week of school, a week of vacation, a week of some vacation and two days of school, and finally, here we are with a new challenge. It's been three weeks, and that's a pretty long time!

But what is a "long" time. I think we would all agree that 100 years, for example, is a long time. But there's other ways to think about a "long" time. Waiting in line can feel like a really long time when it's actually only a few minutes. What are some other things that feel like a long time?

The challenge for week 13 of the #PictYourBooks challenge is all about a long time. Make sure you think creatively to answer this one. Some books might happen over a character's lifetime, while other books might be about a short time that feels really long, like waiting for a birthday party to start. Be creative! Any way a book answers the challenge is fine with me!


Challenge #13: Share a book where something takes a long time.


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 12 #PictYourBooks Answers

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Week 12 #PictYourBooks Update

School starts back up again today (Thursday) after winter break for everyone in our school district, but that means it's only a two-day week. Also, there are teachers and students who participate in the #PictYourBooks challenge from schools in other districts who might not start until next Monday. So week #12 will continue through this week, and week #13 will start next Monday. That means there are still a few days left to submit a book for the week #12 challenge:


Challenge #12: Share a book where a holiday is celebrated. 


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Week 12 #PictYourBooks Challenge

It's the last week of school before the holiday break which means time to read, play in the snow, visit with friends and family, and celebrate the holidays. So whether you celebrate a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa, have a great holiday break from school, and we'll see you in the New Year.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We still have this week's #PictYourBook challenge! Since the holidays are so important to this time of year, let's do a holiday challenge: 


Challenge #12: Share a book where a holiday is celebrated.


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 11 #PictYourBooks Answers

Monday, December 9, 2019

Week 11 #PictYourBooks Challenge

I remembered!

The last #PictYourBooks post explained how I forgot to share an update with everyone about how Week #10 was actually going to last for two weeks. I was going to post that on Monday, but forgot. Then it was going to be on Tuesday, but I forgot. So it finally appeared on Wednesday.

In that post I said that maybe forgetfulness would be part of the next challenge. Well, the next challenge is here, and I remembered!


Challenge #11: Share a book where something is forgotten or remembered (or both). 


Maybe a thief carelessly left behind a clue, forgetting to cover his tracks. Maybe a detective remembered something important which helped solve a crime. Maybe characters who are up to mischief forgot when Mom was coming home and got caught. Be creative in how you see forgetting or remembering in your books. I can't wait to see what you share.

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 10 #PictYourBooks Answers

Week #10 was a strange one since there was a short week for Thanksgiving followed by another short week (at least in our district) because students had Monday off so the teachers could have a professional development day. Regardless of the reason, there were only two books shared for week 10 so there's no video for this week.

Good luck on week #11, everyone!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

#PictYourBooks Challenge Update

As you have probably guessed, there is no #PictYourBooks challenge for this week. Week 11 will take place next week, starting on Monday as usual.

It was my plan all along to let week 10 go for two weeks since Thanksgiving week is a short week (especially in our district where students had Wednesday off in addition to Thursday and Friday). So please continue sending your responses for:


Challenge #10: Share a book where a character is thankful.


My apologies for forgetting to post the update this past Monday. Hmmm... Forgetfulness. Maybe week 11's challenge should be something about being forgetful. I think I'll do that next week.

If I remember.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Week 10 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Some weeks take longer than others to decide what the weekly challenge will be. I do have a list of ideas, but the decision sometimes, some weeks, takes a while. I'm not really sure why.

But not this week. It's Thanksgiving week, so this week's challenge was an easy one to choose.


Challenge #10: Share a book where a character is thankful. 


One more thing. I'm thankful for all the students and teachers who participate in the #PictYourBooks challenge. I can't wait to see the books that get shared each week. THANK YOU for sharing!

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 9 #PictYourBooks Answers






Books for Week 9, Share a book where music is important:
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuoso
Duke Ellington
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
Wendell the Narwhal
We Can
Giraffes Can't Dance
Strega Nona
Over the River and Through the Woods: A Thanksgiving Poem
Trombone Shorty

Monday, November 18, 2019

Week 9 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Two weekends ago my son and I had the opportunity to see the musical Hamilton in Milwaukee, and let me tell you, it was pretty amazing.


Then this past weekend my son got to see another musical with his mom. Two musicals in two weekends with two parents. Is that kid lucky or what?

My family listens to all sorts of music. I'm sure many of you are the same, and you love listening to the radio or your favorite singers or bands. Some of you probably even take music lessons for an instrument or for singing. All of this music was the inspiration for this weeks #PictYourBooks challenge:


Challenge #9: Share a book where music is important.


You know what would have been really funny? Instead of sharing a picture of the book, you had to send me a video of you singing your answers! But don't worry, a picture will do just fine.

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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