RWLP

Hello Readers,

What is RWLP you ask, well we begin a new and final chapter in Pine Hollow Guys Read today as we come toward the end of the school year.  Now don’t freak out Guys Read is not going away, but it will cease to be a Wednesday club next school year.  Guys Read will find time to be a club after school next year.

So back to RWLP…

For the rest of our school year, which is Nine weeks, by my count we will delve into a four-week cycle of

Read

Write

Learn

Play

So today we read something.  Pick something and read, quietly for 20 minutes.  The only rule…you can’t browse, you need to pick something and stay with it.  Build some stamina, 20 minutes isn’t that long.  A few lads will be asked to share at the end of the Read day.

Next week we write.  That’s right we write.  You can write anything, a note to a teacher or a mother!!! It is Mother’s day coming up guys.  You can write a story, or a play or a screen play, or a video game treatment.  You can write a review of a book, or a game, or a meal you recently had.  The only rule, you have to write for 20 minutes.  Build some stamina, 20 minutes isn’t that long.

Then in two weeks we learn.  With permission from Ms. Ziller down in the LLC we will get access to both the print resources, that is a fancy way of saying books, and the digital resources, that’s a fancy way of saying computers, to learn something.  You will be given a graphic organizer and you fill it out with something you have learned.  Do you want to know more about Olympic Marmots?  Go learn about them!  Have you ever wondered how to edit a YouTube video?  Go learn about it!  The only rule is that you have your graphic organizer filled out by the end of the club time.

Finally in three weeks we play.  I have been slowly building up my tabletop and card game supply and on the days marked play, we play.  You will learn a game and have some fun playing tabletop style games with the guys.  If everything goes to plan we might even have a Friday Game Afternoon and invite the whole school community.  You wold become our tabletop ambassadors and help people get into the games.

So with a four-week rotation we will get to Read three times, Write twice, Learn twice and Play twice.  I think we can handle that, don’t you?

GR Meeting for March 22

Hello Readers,

Today we ready The Great Egg-Dancing Championship by Terry Pratchett.

I want the whole group to hear the great tale woven by Sir Terry so we can all appreciate our Pine Hollow Egg-Dancing Championship, which will be held soon after we track back in toward the end of April.

Did you know Egg Dancing is a real thing?

I have thought up a new plan for our Guys Read Egg Dance.  Rather than real eggs, which could prove to be more mess than it would be worth, I want to use plastic easter eggs.  what would we put in said eggs…Stay tuned!

Read on,

Mr. H

GR Meeting On The Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March Readers,

Do you know that warning?  Have you ever been stabbed in the back by a friend?  Have you ever marched your loyal army on your capital city?  Do you have a salad named after you?

Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?  Why not do some history reading around this today?

Other Stations for the day

  1. We complete our Egg Dancing Championship rules and regulations.  We also need to finish reading the story.
  2. Write something about what you have been doing.  If you have been playing Yukon Salon or Stack Jack do a review.  Grab a computer and work together on a well written and interesting review dealing with how you play the game.  Make sure you share your writting with Mr. Hutchinson (jhutchinson) so we can add it to the blog.
  3. Books and Basketball – pair the 64ish college basketball teams in the tournaments with a book you love.  Set up a bracket and watch you books move throught he Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and maybe even the Final Four.
  4. Read!!!!!

GR Meeting for March 8

Hello Readers,

We are very close to completing the rules for our Guys Read Egg Dancing Championship.  Today we will finalize those as y’all keep finishing things.

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Remember I would love to add content to the blog, so as you finish things share them with me so I can upload them.

If you need something new, go check out Books and Basketball, a game we created at SMS Guys Read to go along with the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  You are welcome to get a group together and start a list of 64ish books so we can pair them with college basketball teams, to see how far they can go!

GR Meeting 2/22/17

Hello Readers,

So here we go, another Guys Read meeting and another set of stations for you to try out.

Station 1 – Egg Dancing 

Meet with Mr. H and hear the rest of the Egg Dancing story and then develop the rules for a Guys Read Egg Dancing championship.

Station 2 – Gaming

  1. Stack Jack (Stack it Tall Don’t Make it Fall) – Read the directions and get a game of Stack Jack going.  You will love this game if you dig Jenga. You need 2 – 6 players.
  2. Yukon Salon – This is a Kickstarter game is still in development, but you can play a printed version.  Basically you need to style the beards of lumberjacks and hairdos of a set of lady grizzly bears.  Get 2 – 4 players and see of you can follow the directions and match the Fancy Nancy with Hazel the bear.

Station 3 – Du Iz Tak?

This picture book won a Caldacott Honor last month, that means it has great art.  Follow the story and translate the bug language.  Have fun deciding what is being said, or try to crack the code of the imaginary language.  The author/artist, Carson Ellis, claims it can be translated.  You can even try to draw your own book and create a languge for your characters.

Station 4 – Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge 

Take a look at this article from Publisher Weekly and see if this Golden Ticket contest suits you.

Station 5 – Quail Ridge Author Visit Research

Get a computer and research the authors that will be visiting Quail Ridge Books in the next few weeks.  Find out if you are interested in their new work, or maybe some of their back catelog.

Station 6 – READ

It is called Guys Read remember!    🙂

GR Meeting on February 15, 2017

Hello Readers,

I hope you are all coming off your Valentine’s Day Sugar rush and are ready for some reading fun.

Today you have the following station choices…

  1. Photo Shoot – actually everyone has to participate in this station first, we need pictures for the yearbook.
  2. Join Mr. Hutchinson for a read aloud of The Great Egg-Dancing Championship and see if there might be a fun game that we could develop out of this story.
  3. Gaming
    1. Stack Jack (Stack it Tall Don’t Make it Fall) – Read the directions and get a game of Stack Jack going.  You will love this game if you dig Jenga. You need 2 – 6 players.
    2. Yukon Salon – This is a Kickstarter game is still in development, but you can play a printed version.  Basically you need to style the beards of lumberjacks and hairdos of a set of lady grizzly bears.  Get 2 – 4 players and see of you can follow the directions and match the Fancy Nancy with Hazel the bear.
  4. Du Iz Tak? – This picture book won a Caldacott Honor last month, that means it has great art.  Follow the story and translate the bug language.  Have fun deciding what is being said, or try to crack the code of the imaginary language.  The author/artist, Carson Ellis, claims it can be translated.  You can even try to draw your own book and create a languge for your characters.
  5. Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge – Take a look at this article from Publisher Weekly and see if this Golden Ticket contest suits you.
  6. You are welcome to go back to our former stations and continue anything there you would like.

How about a few pictures from our meeting?

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GR Stations

Hello Guys Read,

Here are the stations avaliable for today’s (February 8, 2017) meeting.

So here are a few options for you to explore today.  You must choose one and only one.  Choose wisely as you may not jump stations during today’s meeting.

Station 1 – Your Sunbird inspired dinner

Some of you had some wonderful dinner menus.  They were creative, imaginative and disgusting.  What else could we do with the menus and how can we share the story and our menus with the larger school world? Could we make a version of your meal?

Station 2 – Yo-Yo Dojo

Start by reading my unfinished story (I now have 30 pages) about a kid who learns yo-yo skills to help him fit in at his new school and defeat a school bully.  When you get to the end do some research on yo-yo tricks and help me design and choreograph the final yo-yo fight scene.

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Station 3 – Shaun Tan Sculptures

If you were in GR last semester then you know what this is all about.  You are free to read and reread you story, then draw out and work on the design of your sculpture.  I don’t have any air dry clay yet, but I would love to see what you work out in the design stage.

Station 4 – Washington DC Bobcat

Did you know that Ollie, the bobcat that lives at the Washington DC zoo escaped two days ago?  Yesterday 13 schools near the zoo cancelled recess and kept all of their students indoor out of what the school spokesperson called “an abundance of caution.”  Why not write a short story about the Ollie.  You could write it from Ollie’s point of view, or from the point of view of the students that missed outdoor recess.  I see a story forming in my head about a group of friends that are determined to find the missing bobcat before a rival bully group can hunt down and hurt the cat.

Station 4 ½ – Shadowtails

Did you know that the North Carolina state animal, as voted on by the state legislature in 1969, is the Eastern Grey Squirrel?  I know right?  Did you also know that Mr. Hutchinson wrote a story called Shadowtails that follows a disgraced secret service officer as he tries to discover who has kidnapped the president of the United States?  And did you know that all the main characters are squirrels?  Maybe you read Shadowtails?

Station 5 – Squarrels

Read the directions and learn to play the card game Squarrels.  You will need 2 – 6 people for this station to work.  I’m starting to think I some sort of squirrel fascination?

Station 6 – Concrete Poems

Take a look at technically, It’s Not My Fault by John Grandits, read a few of his poems and see if any of them inspire you to write something in his style.  Your poems can be about anything you like, cools teachers who wear ties, or bobcats escaping the national zoo right after a new president is inaugurated.  Any great work will get published somehow!

Station 7 – Can I please READ?

Yes, please find a quiet spot and read anything you want.

Station 8 – Hutchinsonreads.com

Did you know that past Guys Read clubs have used the Hutchinsonreads.com blog site to detail their activities?  Take some time exploring the bowels, no that sounds gross, exploring the depths of the archives.  We have done some cool things in the past.  What can you add?

Station 9 – The Elaborate Wig Snatchers

Read about monkeys and young rapscallions stealing expensive wigs in the 18th century.  Then write a short story about a band of lovable, but naughty, wig stealing kids.

Station 10 – Atlas Obscura

Have you ever seen the Atlas Obscura website?  It is super weird and so wonderful, it’s full of interesting stories about interesting places around the world.

Station 11 – The Great Egg Dancing Championship

Have you ever read anything by Terry Pratchett?  Probably not, he’s English, writes for older kids and is dead.  Why not read his short, and awesome story, The Great Egg Dancing Championship and see what it might inspire????

New Read Aloud Vote

Hello Readers, or in this case listeners,

Today we begin our voting for our next Friday read aloud.  I loved reading Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and look forward to another great read.

Take a look at your choices both in the classroom and here online and make a choice.

Voting will be open until Thursday.

Vote early and vote often.

Read on,

Mr. h