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 Ms. Cathy's   R. E. A. D. Book Club   

(Read, Enjoy, Analyze, Discuss)

Open to anyone:

1. Post a review of a children's book that you enjoyed or start a discussion 
    on any topic in Education.
2. For book reviews, please include the title, summary, author, and what age reader 
    would most enjoy the book.
3. Your participation is a gift supporting Education. Thanks for your posts and comments!


 

 

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"An Amazing Discovery in the Land of Lemurs"

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on March 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Read this Scholastic article and answer the questions on a sheet of paper. Click on the link below:

http://www.scholastic.com/islandoflemurs/pdf/imax_35_amazing_discovery.pdf



Poetry Contest!

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on January 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

For 8- 13 years of age:


"Time for Kids" says "it's time to rhyme!" Enter your original poem for a chance to be published in "Time for Kids" and more.


January 24th deadline! Good luck!

click here for more details > http://www.timeforkids.com/news/2014-tfk-poetry-contest/133481

Stone Fox

Posted by Cathy McLarnon on November 29, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The title of the book is Stone Fox. The author is John Reynolds Gardiner. It is a chapter book with a tad of suspense, a spoonful of action and half a cup of drama. The book is for young readers (second grade level) in need of a cool story.

The story is about a 10 year old boy named little Willy, his grandfather and Willy’s dog, Searchlight. The story takes place on a farm near Jackson, Wyoming. Little Willy has a rivalry with an Indian man named Stone Fox. Their rivalry is over winning a dogsled race with a $500 prize. Willy wants to win the race so he can save his grandfather’s potato farm and make him feel better. According to the tax collector, Clifford Snyder, grandfather has not been paying his taxes. The prize of $500 would save the farm and maybe even his grandfather.

My favorite part of the story was during the dogsled race. That is when the action started. Although something tragic happens about 100 feet from the finish line. But I’m not going to tell you what that is because I don’t want to ruin it for you. Stone Fox was a cool story and it really grabs and holds my attention from beginning to end.

I like the book and recommend it to other readers. It was well written and easy to read. There were a few illustrations that helped to tell the story.

"Enrique's Journey"

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on November 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)
A modern immigrant story for teens:                                                     by Sonia Nazario    

This award winning story recounts a 17 year old Honduran boy's quest to find his mother in the United States. 
He braves unimaginable hardships and peril, 11 years after Enrique's mother is forced to leave a starving 
family behind to find work. "Enrique's Journey" highlights the polical challenges and debates surrounding 
immigration reform today. It's an adventure and a lesson about immigration in one.

 

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Posted by Cathy McLarnon on September 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The title of the book I read is Dear Mr. Henshaw. The author is Beverly Cleary and the illustrator is Paul O. Zelinsky. It is recommended for readers in the 2nd through 5th grades.

The story is about a boy, Leigh Botts, who writes to an author named Boyd Henshaw. Leigh lives with his parents, Bill and Bonnie Botts, until they get divorced. Leigh then moves to California and lives with his mother. His father takes the family’s dog, Bandit, who wears a red bandana, for company while he is driving a “big rig”. Mr. Henshaw helps Leigh by telling him to write in a diary. He writes about his feelings and also that he wants to write a book called The Great Lunchbox Mystery. It would tell about his lunchbox and that it has something stolen from it every day. The school janitor tells Leigh to make a burglar alarm for his lunchbox, which he does. Leigh gives up on his book idea because he doesn’t know who the thief is and he doesn’t want to know because he has to go to school with the guy or girl.

The story was both happy and sad but overall I liked it and recommend it to other readers.

"A New Species Discovered- or Not"

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on August 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Read the article linked here > http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3758226 


Answer the review questions by choosing the correct word below to complete the sentence.


1. This new species is a cross between a cat and a _________________.

 

2. It is the smallest member of the ________________ family.

 

3. Biologists categorize it as a separate species from the _____________.

 

4. So far it has only been found in ______________ and __________________.

 

5. The olinguito is the first to be discovered in __________ years.

 

6. What kept it from being discovered is the fact that it is _____________ and lives in ______________.

 

7. They are long tailed and weigh about ________ pounds.

 

8. They live in the northern _____________ Mountains 5,000 - 9,000 above sea level.

 

9. They eat fruit, __________, insects and small animals.

 

10. They leap from tree to tree and are skilled ______________.

 

11. They are not ________________ but their ______________ is threatened.

 

12. This discovery shows us that the world is not completely _______________.


 

thirty-five               Andes            endangered           jumpers               nocturnal

Colombia             two                  raccoon                  discovered           nectar

olingo                   habitat            Ecuador                 trees                      teddy bear

 

 


Welcome Back Homework Time!

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on August 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are tips and topics that can help you and your student navigate a successful school year! Please join this blog and contribute your ideas or activities. Blog membership is free and we host contests and giveaways that you won't want to miss! Thanks Family Education for your homework help!

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Mother's Day Poetry

Posted by Cathy McLarnon on May 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Thank You Sincerely

Thanks for the start to the lives that we’ve had.
Thanks for the nights that you went without rest.
So many memories, most happy, some sad;
If you weren’t perfect, you still passed the test,
Holding our hands, holding back all the fears.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

So many hours that you worked to provide
Multiplied by all the days that we grew,
When we behaved and the times we defied,
Never a doubt we could still count on you,
Making our laughter and drying our tears.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

Thanks for the rules that we wished were not there.
Thanks for the wisdom we sometimes denied.
All the attention and all of the care,
All the forgiveness and all of the pride,
Pointing out faults but then calling out cheers.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

For the examples you set every day,
Teaching with actions, those lessons hold tight.
We hardly knew just how much you could say
Simply by doing what you knew was right.
Now that we’re older, the logic appears.
Thank you sincerely for all of those years.

Thank you for love not required to be earned,
Not ever fading as time moves along.
You have to know that the love is returned,
Not always showing, but always so strong.
And you still care as your golden time nears.
Thank you sincerely for all of the years.



In honor of Mother's Day on May 12.  This is a wonderful poem to recite to your favorite person, your mom in honor of her day. Thank her for all she has done to help make you the person you have become.  Be creative and design a card with either this poem or create your own poem expressing how you feel about your mother.  There is no better gift for a mother than to receive an expression of gratitude and love from a son or daughter.  Make this Mother's Day extra special with your words put into poetry.

"Letters to a Young Brother" by Hill Harper

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)




contributed by Ms. Ruiz

Recommended for middle school age:

"Let's be honest: I'm not exactly the target audience for this book. But I read it because I work with high school boys and was hoping it would live up to its hype as an inspirational, real book for young men, and it did. I like Hill Harper a lot after reading this book. He comes across as caring, accessible, and honest. His advice is clear and easy to understand, and he calls on other role models (Barack Obama, Venus Williams, Nas) to help him tackle the issues in the book (school, family, sex, money, etc.). His advice is straightforward and makes sense: save money, don't disrespect yourself or others, make healthy choices about sex, focus on schoolwork, dream big, and always work to improve yourself.

 

I highly recommend this book!"

Animal Highways

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on March 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)
contributed by Ms. Cathy
Read the article "Animal Highways" and answer the questions below. 

click here> http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3757909


1. Wild animals are being protected by wildlife corridors that bridge animals with their habitats.

True

False


2. Those directly responsible for protecting wildlife are

a. businesses

b. politicians

c. scientists

d. teachers


3. Wild animals' habitats are broken up by

a. parks

b. businesses

c. towns

d. all of the above


4. Overpasses, underpasses or narrow pieces of land that connect one piece of wilderness to another are called

a. bridges

b. highways

c. corridors

d. pathways


5. Y2Y stands for

a. Yellowstone to Yukon

b. Yosemite to Yellowstone

c. Yukon to Yosemite


6. To determine if the animals used wildlife corridors, scientists used

a. tracking devices

b. undercover spies

c. drones

d. cameras


7. To determine genetic diversity scientists took DNA samples from

a. wolves

b. rats

c. bears

d. elk


8. All animals are using wildlife corridors and it is widely successful.

True

False


"Groundhog Day"

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on January 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Click on the link below and read the article. 

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=11043&eml=OT/e/20130107////BulletinBoard//Groundhog/TNLOpSL2///&ym_MID=1457822&ym_rid=12318765

Then, answer these questions.

1. In this article, what makes the groundhog unique.


2. If the groundhog sees his shadow ____________________.

A. Spring will come early

B. Winter will last one more month

C. There will be six more weeks of winter

D. It will snow tor six more weeks


3. What team was playing the Super Bowl the year this story was written?

A. New York Jets

B. Denver Broncos

C. Pittsburgh Steelers

D. Dallas Cowboys


4. How long had Bill Deely been Punxsutawney Phil's handler?

A. 25 years

B. 15 months

C. 10 years

D. 15 years


5. Hibernating means to sleep through the winter.

True

False


6. How did this tradition start?

A. A radio station contest

B. A TV weather forecaster

C. A mayor of Punxsutawney

D. Superstitious German settlers


7. What is Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy rate?

A. 85% of the time corrrect

B. 50% of the time incorrect

C. 39% of the time correct

D. 69% of the time incorrect



"A Never- Before Seen Whale"

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on December 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

contributed by Ms. Cathy:

Click on the link to "Time For Kids" and read the article, then answer the questions below.

http://www.timeforkids.com/news/never-seen-whale/59326


1. As soon as the mammal scientist, Anton van Helden, heard about the two beached whales, he immediately went to see them.

A. True

B. False


2. The sighting of the two whales was at which beach?

A. St. Kilda Beach, Australia

B. Vivonne Bay, Australia

C. Opape Beach, New Zealand

D. Hot Water Beach, New Zealand


3. When did van Helden go to see the beached whales ?

A. that day he heard the news

B. a few days later

C. a few months later

D. he never went


4. Spade-toothed beaked whales are very similar to:

A.Humpback whales

B. Gray's whales

C. Beluga whales

D. Fin whales


5. The sighting of these whales is exciting because:

A. they have never been seen in the flesh before

B. they have only been known from bone fragments washed ashore

C. they are the most mysterious of all whales

D. all of the above


6. A spade-toothed beaked whale is the size of a school bus.

A. True

B. False


7. The ultimate goal of these marine scientists is to:

A. capture this whale alive

B. to see one alive in the wild

C. to find one beached on shore


"Back to School" Blog and Art Contest

Posted by EVS Tutor Desk on September 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

November 2nd deadline


Click on the Art Studio tab to submit a photo or piece of art work. Submission can also be mailed or emailed.


Got a great back to school story or photo for Fall? Share it with us. You could win a $100 Visa gift card! Thanks for sharing your story in honor of "International Literacy Day." 

"Pop Quiz" on Common Reads

Posted by Cathy McLarnon on August 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
  For grades 5- 8
Let's test your knowledge of some popular books and hopefully 
spark your curiosity to read those that sound interesting and 
compelling to be your next read. We all would love to hear about
what you have read this summer and what you will be reading 
throughout the school year. Your opinion counts so blog away. 


1. In this book Meg and Charles Wallace are introduced to a world of strangers where tesseracts do exist.

a. When Dreams Die       b. A Wrinkle in Time     c. The City of Ember

2. This is the story of a family with a beginning but no ending and a girl who embraces their world and must choose between them and the world she has always known.

a. The Giver       b. The Hunger Games        c. Tuck Everlasting

3. Teenage gangs and poverty make it difficult for one boy who must struggle to either fit into this society or change his life around. 

a. The Outsiders      b. Marked         c. If I Stay

4. An orphan sets out to find her kidnapped playmate while children are disappearing and being used in experiments by "Gobblers".

a. The Sorcerer's Stone    b. The Golden Compass   c. The Maze Runner

5. Two stories of a boy and girl are told, one in words and the other in pictures, yet intertwined since they both long for a missing parent.

a. Wonderstruck            b. Divergent               c. Graceling

Speed Reading

Posted by haleygrow on July 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Various companies make their living teaching ‘speed reading’ techniques. I’ve personally explored a couple of different techniques, with mixed results. Some of them are very gimmicky and didn’t help me at all, like using my finger to ‘draw shapes’ on the page to activate my brain’s visual cortex, or some nonsense like that. What did help was the motto “practice.”

 

If you want to become a faster reader then you should practice reading. It’s just a skill like anything else and can be improved by active repetition. If you become a voracious reader of everything your ability to read faster will improve.  I recommend that you start off with easier texts that won’t have you stopping to figure out new vocabulary every five seconds.  Light fiction is great for this.  Then you can work up to reading harder things, such as philosophical texts, much more quickly.

 

One of the techniques that actually did improve my speed reading was the chunking process.  This is basically like clumping words together into easy-to-process pieces in your head as you read them, and then reconstructing the sentence afterwards.  It takes some getting used to, but I now read about 500 words per minute, which is pretty fast.

 

Another thing that can really help is reading in the right position. When I really need to comprehend a massive amount of text I don’t assume my natural reading position (which resembles some sort of amorphous blob of sprawling legs and arms.)  Instead I sit upright and hold my book at a 45 degree angle.  This helps much more than one might think. Making sure you have enough light, and that you have reading glasses if you need them, are also great ideas.

 

Speed reading can help you in many daily tasks.  Everything from getting a whole newspaper read quickly to preparing for a presentation can suddenly take a lot less time than it used to.

 

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