Steve Jenkins!

Many thanks are due to The Miss Rumphius Effect for the post about this year’s AAAS Science Books & Films award finalists. We’re reading Steve Jenkins books this week, and it was exciting to learn that Jenkins’ newest book, Bones, is a finalist!

(Can I also insert here what a dangerous, dangerous place is? When I linked to Bones it made a suggestion that I purchase three picture books I’ve been lusting after for quite some time…)

You can peek at a preview of the book here.


Book Talk

Here’s this week’s book talk!

Additionally, I spoke about Dinosaur National Monument at the end of the video. Here are a few pictures of what the area actually looks like. It’s amazing!

Dinosaur National Monument and Green River
In front of the fossil wall.


Appalachian Spring

Today, we started reading Ballet for Martha, a narrative nonfiction book illustrated by Brian Floca, who also illustrates Poppy, our current chapter read aloud.

Ballet for Martha is one of the books included in our Mock Caldecott Awards, and it’s pretty magnificent. I’ll review it in tomorrow’s book talk, but today I told our class that I’d upload the full ballet. We watched Part 1 today in class during snack time.



Hi there, and welcome to our class blog!

We are a second and third grade split class in Federal Way, Washington, and we’re excited to share our hard work with you. We will post class work, tips on how our classroom works, and anything else we think you might find interesting!

Carpet Spots

Our carpet spots for the 2008-09 school year (before all the books were unpacked)

Update, 5/13/09
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