Monday, October 21, 2019

Week 5 #PictYourBooks Challenge

First of all, my apologies for not having the week 4 video and the week 5 challenge posted on Monday morning. One of my closest friends, Jason, came to visit this weekend. Jason lives over 1,000 miles away so we don't get to see each other very often. We did a lot over the weekend, and it kept me from getting the new posts finished. Part of our weekend was spent here:


This weekend my favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers, played the Oakland Raiders, and my friend Jason is a Raiders fan. We went to the game together, and each of us cheered for our favorite team. Only one of us left happy. The final score was: 

Packers  42     Raiders  24

The game gave me an idea for this week's #PictYourBooks challenge. Since I was happy after the game because my team won, and Jason was disappointed because his team lost, here is this week's challenge: 


Challenge #5: Share a book with a great victory OR a disappointing loss. 


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 5. 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 4 #PictYourBooks Answers


Books shared for week #4, books with crazy weather:
Superstorms
Rain
One Stormy Night
The Storm
Time for Kids: Storms
The Berenstain Bears Four Seasons
I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Turtle in Paradise
Ninth Ward
Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Week 4 #PictYourBooks Challenge

It's October, and it's snowing. Snowing! Like big, white flakes falling from the sky. Just this past week students were visiting the apple orchard and pumpkin patch and it was 70 degrees. There are still leaves to rake. My goodness, most of the leaves haven't even fallen off the trees yet, and now it's snowing! Did I mention it's only October?

Can you tell I'm not ready for this crazy weather? Last winter we missed seven (or was it eight?) days of school due to snow and freezing cold temperatures. Who knows what this winter holds, but here's the thing: it should not be winter NOW!

This past summer in central Wisconsin we had a storm called a derecho. I'd never even heard of that before! There was a lot of really strong wind. Lots of trees were knocked down, and some people didn't have electricity for over a week. More crazy weather!

So that leads us to this week's challenge:


Challenge #4: Share a book with any kind of crazy weather.


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 5. 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 3 #PictYourBooks Answers



Books set in the fall, shared for week #3:
Calendar Mysteries #9 - September Sneakers by Ron Roy
A Day at the Apple Orchard
Leaves Fall Down: Learning About Autumn Leaves by Lisa Bullard
Frog and Toad all Year by Arnold Lobel
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
Owl Diaries: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliot
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Monday, October 7, 2019

Week 3 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Fall is my favorite season. The colors on the trees are changing. There are apples to pick and pumpkins to carve. I love those beautiful fall days when the sun is out and you can go hiking in the woods and each step can kick up a whoosh! of leaves. Sure, there's some work to be done raking all those leaves, but if you don't rake all the leaves, how can you play in the huge piles? That's another awesome part about fall!

I also love cheering for my favorite teams in the fall, especially the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

But enough about what I like about fall. Let's get to the week 3 challenge ... about fall!


Challenge #3: Share a book that takes place in the fall. 


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 4. 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 2 #PictYourBooks Answers



Books with great friends featured in the week 2 video:
Chester’s Way
Wishtree
Otter: I Love Books
Who?
Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath
Can I Play Too
Sir Simon
Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea
Gossie and Gertie
Ollie the Stomper
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Nerdy Birdy Tweets
Charlotte’s Web
Captain Underpants
Look Out, It’s April Fools Day
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Magic Tree House series
The World According to Humphrey
The Thank You Book (Elephant and Piggie)
Harold and Hog Pretend for Real (The Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series)
Unlimited Squirrels series

Monday, September 30, 2019

Week 2 #PictYourBooks Challenge

The first week of the #PictYourBooks challenge is complete, and I'm glad I got to hear from so many of you. There were two surprises for me. First, it was surprising that three different classes shared the the same book. Second, I really thought someone would share the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio since so many older elementary students have read it and school plays such a big role in Auggie's story. 

Speaking of Wonder, a strong friendship develops between Auggie and Jack Will during the story. Thinking about their friendship was the inspiration for this week's challenge: 


Challenge #2: Share a book where two or more characters are great friends. 


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 3. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and: 
Remember to include the week number.  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 right in the picture is a great idea! 

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Week 1 #PictYourBooks Answers


Challenge #1: Share a book where a character goes back to school. 


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Week 1 #PictYourBooks Challenge

The #PictYourBooks challenge was launched yesterday on Help Readers Love Reading. Now, I know yesterday's introduction says that a new challenge will be posted every Monday, but I really don't want to wait another week! So we're starting week 1 on Tuesday!

Since we're still pretty close to the beginning of the school year, that's the first challenge.


Challenge #1: Share a book where a character goes back to school. 


Remember, you can submit your answer in one of three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:


Along with the image, be sure to include the week number. You may also share who the answer is from and a short description of how the book answers the challenge. 

Good luck, everyone. I can't wait to see what everyone is reading! 

*This activity is designed mainly for teachers and their students. Kids are not expected nor encouraged to participate independently. No personal information is requested or collected. Teachers may choose to share a general name (Mrs. Garcia’s class), but it is not required. The #PictYourBooks email and phone number were created specifically for this activity and are not my personal contacts.

Monday, September 23, 2019

The 2019-2020 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Welcome back to Help Readers Love Reading! It’s the beginning of another school year, and once again I’m running a weekly program to encourage reading, motivate readers, and ultimately, share books across a large and diverse community. It is called #PictYourBooks.

Last year we did the #PBIDchallenge, and this year #PictYourBooks will work the same way. Every Monday a new challenge (or question) will be posted here on HelpReadersLoveReading.com. Participants* need to find a book that answers the challenge, snap a picture of it, and send it to me. Submissions should include the image and the week number. Participants may also share who the answer is from and a short explanation about how the book answers the challenge.

Let’s give it a try.

Challenge: Share a book where a character enters a different world.

Week 1 from Mr. Wilhorn's class.

Week 1 from Mrs. Garcia's class. Emily and Navin enter Alledia.

In each of these examples, it's pretty clear that Max and Emily and Navin enter different worlds. In addition, and with some creative thinking, books like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats or Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis could be included too. 

Week 1 from Mr. Wilhorn's class. Peter enters a winter wonderland!

Week 1 from Mrs. Garcia's class. When Bud hears the Dusky Devastators
of the Depression play for the first time it's like he's in another world.

Weekly challenges are designed to have multiple answers across grade levels, interests, and genres. No two readers are the same, just like no two teachers or classrooms are the same, but all readers can draw from the books in their own personal experience to answer the challenges. Teachers and students from across grade levels can participate!

There are three ways to submit a response. Snap a picture of your book and:

Each week I’ll post a weekly wrap-up video to share all the images received for each week’s challenge and publish a list of all the titles submitted for each challenge.

So … #PictYourBooks. Picture … Books. Picture Your Books. Pick Your Books. No matter how you read it, in the end, sharing a book with me during #PictYourBooks is sharing a book with all of us.
And I, for one, can’t wait to see what everyone is reading.

*This activity is designed for teachers, parents, and other grown-ups who work with children in classrooms, small groups, or one-on-one. Kids are not expected nor encouraged to participate independently. No personal information is requested or collected. Teachers may choose to share a general name (Mrs. Garcia’s class), but it is not required. The #PictYourBooks email and phone number were created specifically for this activity and are not my personal contacts.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Week 38 PBID Answer

Week 38 PBID Question

Here is the final #PBIDchallenge question of the year, and it's the first question to actually be in the picture itself! 

The twenty-fifth and final Elephant and Piggie book is called The Thank You Book. In the book Piggie thanks all the characters that have appeared in an Elephant and Piggie book, from the pelican who helps her fly in the first book (Today I Will Fly!) to the flies who hover around her favorite food in the twenty-fourth book (I Really Like Slop!)

Everybody gets a thank-you! Except . . .


Who did Piggie forget to thank? 

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Week 37 PBID Answer

Monday, June 3, 2019

Week 37 PBID Question

Today starts the last full week of school in my district, but this will NOT be the last question of the PBID Challenge. Oh, no, no, no! Even though there is only one day of school next week, there will be a question next Monday, and the answer video will be posted on the same day. So check back next Monday for the answer video for Week 37, a new question for Week 38, and another answer video for Week 38.

There will also be some new questions posted over the summer! The new questions will be posted sporadically, but if you're receiving email updates, you'll still get a notice every time there's a new question.

Ok, back to Week 37. If this really was the last ever question of the #PBIDchallenge, then we all might feel like these two guys. Grrrrrrumpy! But these guys are grumpy about something completely different.

    

Why are these guys mad at each other? 
BONUS: What happens to them when they are left outside?

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Week 36 PBID Answer



Sorry for the technical difficulties on this week's video, but it's working now! Good luck on this week's question!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Week 36 PBID Question

We all get bumps and bruises and cuts and scrapes (especially in the summertime), and this guy knows exactly what to do to make them feel better. Band-Aids! He even has a box with thirty-five extras just in case he might need 'em. 

May we all be as prepared as him and always have the bandages we need for each and every boo-boo that comes our way. 


According to this boy, where does he have four Band-Aids?

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Week 35 PBID Answer

Monday, May 20, 2019

Week 35 PBID Question

This officer feels that safety is very important. In fact, safety is so important that he visits schools to teach about safety and keeps important safety tips stuck to his bulletin board. Not only that, he gets some of his safety tips from his own experiences, like Safety Tip #77: NEVER stand on a SWIVEL CHAIR.

This officer has over 100 safety tips, but this week's PBID question only wants to know 2 of them.


What are safety tips #34 and #101?

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Week 34 PBID Answer

Monday, May 13, 2019

Week 34 PBID Question

There have been a number of PBID questions this year that have come from Caldecott Medal winning books. Each year the Caldecott Medal is given to the best picture book for children. There are usually several Caldecott Honor books (sort of like runners-up) awarded each year as well.

The author/illustrator of this picture book has won a combined SIX Caldecott Medal and Honor awards. SIX! (And yes, this picture is from one of them.) There are only two authors who have won more. That's pretty impressive.


When did this happen?
(What time? What day of the week?)

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Week 33 PBID Answers

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Week 33 PBID BONUS Question

Surprise! It's a mid-week BONUS question! Actually, it's TWO questions! Are you up to the challenge? The illustrator of the book featured in the regular Week 33 question is also the author of this brand-new book. 


What are the names of these two characters?
and
In this book, who prefers walking?

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Week 33 PBID Question

Welcome to May! (And I can't believe it's May already!) Is it just me, or does it seem like this school year has just raced by? Well, the school year might be racing by, but we aren't going as fast as the racer in this week's picture. Look at the expression on her face! She is one determined racer, like it's the last lap and She. Wants. To. WIN!


In a car race, all of the cars usually have numbers. In the book featuring this royal race car driver, who drives the cars with the following numbers? Numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 30, and 31-37

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Week 32 PBID Answer