Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Golly Whopper Games

The Golly Whopper Games, by Jody Feldman is a clever updated version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I really enjoyed reading it and trying to solve the puzzles myself. I was NOT as good at the puzzles as the main character, Gil! (I would have been out in round one.)

This is an excellent book to read aloud in school. It encourages cooperative problem solving, higher levels of thinking, and math skills.

I loved the book and would encourage 3rd - 6th grade teachers to read it aloud in their classrooms.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I visited a second grade classroom today. The students were working on researching topics and taking notes. I talked about looking at the pictures and reading the captions in a book to find valuable facts when researching.

Then the students got to work. I walked around and helped them find facts and organize their notes.
The students were delightful and I had fun helping them.