Reading Resolutions

Every new year people all over make New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions to exercise more, eat healthier, do something kind for others, just about anything you can think of.
In fifth grade this year we wrote Reading Resolutions. We thought long and hard about three things we would like to improve upon in reading this year. I participated as well and my resolutions are to read more professional teaching books to keep up to date with my practice, update my blog more often, and share more book chats with the students. So far I’m not doing too bad! I shared book chats with students on the five books I read over winter vacation and and also some new ones I happened to find. Our resolutions are hanging up in the classroom so we are always reminded of them!

I hope students are well on their way to having successful reading resolutions! Ask your child what their resolutions are so you can help them succeed as well!

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


My Life as a Cartoonist

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Title: My Life as a Cartoonist
Author: Janet Tashjian
Rating: 5/5

Derek is back in a third novel by Janet Tashjian. Derek continues to struggle with reading but has found his niche with cartooning. He loves to draw and write cartoons. His love, however, finds him in a tricky situation with Umberto. When the two boys are put together in detention, they must figure out how to get along to create a cartoon. Derek finds friendship in the most unexpected place in this story.

These novels appeal to students because they look similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. However, I enjoy these much more because these have a plot and require thinking from the reader. This book, and My Life as a Book and My Life as a Stuntboy, are great alternatives to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


Posted by on September 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


What are you reading??

The countdown to school is here and I would love to hear what you have been reading this summer! The single best thing you could do to help yourself get ready for this upcoming school year is to read!!

To those students I had last year….remember, I told you if you could show me that you had read 5 just right books this summer, I would have a surprise for you! Come find me the first week of school!


Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


Turtle in Paradise


Title: Turtle in Paradise
Author: Jennifer Holm
Rating: 5/5

When Turtle is sent to her aunt’s house in Key West, Florida, she has no idea what she is in store for. All of the boys are more than she can handle. Meeting her grandmother for the first time is not what she anticipated. Hunting for a hidden treasure is not as exciting as it should be. But in the end, Turtle finds her true family and appreciates her mom for who she is.

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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized




Title: Pulse
Author: Patrick Carman
Rating: 5/5

Living in the year 2051 Faith and her classmates are never without their personal tablet. Through the tablet Faith goes to school and communicates with her parents and her friends. When Faith’s closest friend is sent to the States she is saddened. But when she learns she has a ‘pulse’, this talent takes over and could be more trouble than help.

The first in a trilogy.

**This book is only checked out with Mrs. Kalush’s permission.**


Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


Vacation Reading

Mr. Kalush and I leave for vacation tomorrow. Not only do I look forward to vacations to relax, swim, hang out with Mr. Kalush, and travel to somewhere new but I LOVE to spend even more time reading. While packing, I made sure I had room for all of my books – probably a few extras – just in case. I do not like being without a book on a trip! I’ve packed the following books for my trip, and I hope to get through as many as possible:

Pulse by Patrick Carman

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett


Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Center of Everything

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Title: Center of Everything
Author: Linda Urban
Rating: 5/5

While struggling with her grandmother’s passing, Ruby Pepperdine makes a wish on the town statue. To her surprise it comes true! However, having wishes come true can be more trouble than they are worth. Is it worth getting in a fight with your best friend? Ruby learns about herself, her friend, and more about her grandmother.

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized