On Wednesday I finally got the nerve to begin putting kids together in book clubs. So to kick this unit off I asked some parents to read a book with me and show the kids how adults get together and "talk" about books. Thanks to Holley, Kathy and Bonnie for helping me show kids how important book clubs can be. The kids loved seeing us sit in a circle on the floor sharing our thoughts and feelings about Dav Pilky's book, The Paperboy. It was their turn on Thursday when a new book showed up in their book box. Because they had already learned that they must read and reread their books before getting their clubs together, I was amazed at how quickly they got lost in their own reading. Soon everyone was marking up their text with questions, connections and comments. I can't wait to hear them share this thinking when they meet with their clubs this week. It was also mid week when we started our new writing unit: Realistic Fiction. They were hooked the first session. Kids are now creating characters and writing about real life adventures. They've already figured out that these first stories will become the anchors for the series they will publish before years end. And then on Friday we said goodbye to our McClure buddies. The good news is that we will be getting a new group of buddies next week. But it was still sad to say "see you later" to this amazing group of young men and women who have spent every other Friday with us for several months. I'm reminded about how important real world connections are and it was fun to see 7 and 8 year olds work side by side with young teenagers. And then it was time for science.....I've published pictures and video's on our home page. And tomorrow is Monday - I know it will be another busy week but it's going to be hard to top the last one!