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Suggested Summer Reading List 2013



Old Fort Elementary Summer Reading Suggestions 2013 

Grades 3-6

Happy Reading!

#1 The Magician’s Elephant   By Kate DiCamillo        Ten-year-old Peter meets a fortune teller in the market, and she tells him his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive. He then begins a series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

#2 One Crazy Summer   By Rita Williams-Garcia      Three sisters find themselves dropped into the midst of Black Panther San Francisco in 1968 and struggle to make sense of the time and their aloof poet mother.

#3 When You Reach Me   By Rebecca Stead        A 12-year-old girl in New York tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

#4  The Mysterious Benedict Society   By Trenton Lee Stewart        Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies.

#5  100 Cupboards    By N.D. Wilson       Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.

#6 Inside Out and Back Again    By Thanhha Lai         For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

#7 Wonder    By R.J. Palacio        August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

#8 The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1)   By Michael Buckley          Sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. The sisters learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files. Their new hometown is filled with Everafters (as magical folks like to be called)—some good and some very, very bad. When a mysterious Everafter sets a giant loose on the town, it’s up to the Sisters Grimm to save the day.

#9 The Book of Lost Things    By John Connolly          High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book… The Book of Lost Things.

#10 Out of My Mind   By Sharon M. Drap         Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

#11 Icy Sparks   By Gwyn Hyman Rubio        A sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Try as she might, her “secrets”—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation.

#12 Moon Over Manifest   By Clare Vanderpool          Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.

#13 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate   By Jacqueline Kelly          Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

#14 The One and Only Ivan   By Katherine Applegate          Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

#15 Heart of a Samurai   By Margi Preus          In 1841 a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Manjiro, a 14-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England. After many years, he makes it back to Japan, only to be imprisoned as an outsider. With his hard-won knowledge of the West, Manjiro  may achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai.

#16 A Wrinkle In Time   By Madeleine L’Engle          Is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. AWESOME book!

#17 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane    By Kate DiCamillo          Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost… Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis.

#18 Frindle   By Andrew Clements          When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it.

#19 The Dream Stealer     By Sid Fleischman          What would you do to rescue your most precious dream?Susana’s best friend moved away, and now the only time Susana can see her is in her dreams. Until one night when the dream suddenly ends. The Dream Stealer has come, her grandmother says. He wants dreams. He’s supposed to take only nightmares, but he’s grown scared of the monsters and phantoms. He’s been stealing good dreams instead. But he’s stolen from the wrong girl.

#20 The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History                By Jane Yolen    The Mary Celeste was discovered adrift on the open sea by another ship in 1872 — with no sign of captain or crew. What happened? Did the crew mutiny? Were they attacked by pirates? Caught in a storm? No one ever found out.  Inside this book are the clues that were left behind and the theories of what people think happened aboard that ship. Become a detective, study the clues, and see if you can help solve this chilling mystery from history.

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Summer Reading Anyone?


Only one and a half more days of school left in this school year. I hope everyone has a relaxing, yet exciting summer. This summer I have soooo many good books calling my name! I’m compiling a list of summer reading suggestions for grades 3-6. Perhaps you will find a few books that grab your attention. This list is coming soon.

McDowell County Public Library will be having their summer reading program at both the Marion and Old Fort branches. I am posting a link for information if you are interested. Also you might want to check out McDowell County Public Library Facebook page. They keep up-to-date information there.

Happy Reading!


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What’s Happening In AIG?











Nurturing Groups Gr.1-3 are no longer meeting due to end of year testing.

Also please understand that there will be days these last couple of weeks, when we will not have class (K, 4-5)  due to EOG testing.


What’s Happening????

K-   Critical thinking with Nursery Rhymes (ELA) and Exploring 3-D objects (math)


4th–   Wilma Unlimited book study (James & Bartlett)
–   O, Say Can You See book study (Harris)


5thMath Superstars Challenge –“Frog in the Trash”

Game EOG Review


6th–  Problem Based Learning- “Geometry/Physics Playground”



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Our Mother’s Day gift- A collection of our original poems- Haiku, Cinquain, Tanka, Diamante, and Acrostic.

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Haiku- Student samples

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Haiku Poetry!


Fourth and fifth grade AIG students are writing Haiku poems this week. A nature walk gave us just the inspiration we needed. Students are learning the characteristics of a Haiku, then creating their own poem using the 5-7-5 format. We are using google translator to translate our poems into Japanese. Students can experience how the poem is spoken and written in this language- the language of the Haiku. We are super excited! Please come back for more pictures of the finished products…

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Stumbled upon… A Poetry Unit Live Binder


Fellow teachers, CHECK THIS OUT!

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What’s Happening In AIG?






2nd Grade Nurturing Groups– Math Rules! wk 18 Math Problem Solving

3rd Grade Nurturing Groups– “BIG” Exploring the concept of Big- internet research with Chromebooks.

4th AIG- *Math Stars wk #20  * Round Logic Acticities- critical/logical thinking AND following auditory directions.

5th AIG- *Relay Internet Scavenger Hunt with Chromebooks to enhance vocabulary and comprehension.   *Loose Caboose Mysteries

6th AIG- *Novel Projects- peer reviews   *”Four Questions”-task cards (creative thinking, logical and critical thinking)


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Great Idea- Literature


Tabletop Twitter! I LOVE this idea! Pick a passage from a book you are reading {read aloud, book club book, etc.} and glue it to the center of bulletin board paper. Next have the students “tweet” their thoughts about the passage.

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Great Apps


This week students have been introduced to a few new apps. Many children/families have ipads, ipods, and/or iphones, so I created a list of the apps in case you would like to take a look at these. The ones below are my favorite kind…FREE!

*Chain of Thought




One that I have not introduced yet is Pic-a-Pix. The activity this app provides is very challenging! Be ready for a great brain workout! Also be sure to go through the tutorial.

Happy App-ing!

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