We Celebrate…

Hello Readers,

Today is close to the end of our school year and marks the end of the 6th Grade Chapter of Guys Read’s year.  We will be having one more Imaginary Obstacle Course Run on Monday.

To celebrate the end of our school year I produced a creepy squirrel pinata based on our work with squirrels from last year.

So we pulled out the cricket bat, hung up the squirrel and let our guyness take over!

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The lads in the 7th/8th Grade Chapter also got in on the Creepy Squirrel Pinata fun.

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… and we got some video…

We hope you have enjoyed the reading year, don’t take a reading holiday over the summer!

Read on,

Mr. H

The Imaginary Obstacle Course

Hello Readers,

As our school year winds down we needed to look for books that we could dive into with just a few meetings left, in other words something short or something fun.  As I wandered the public library I came across something fun in Bart’s King-Sized Book of Fun by none other than Bart King.

In the book of fun Mr. King explores the fun of setting up obstacle courses, but also talks about the time and expense of said courses, and offers a simpler alternative… The Imaginary Obstacle Course.  Simple enough, just find a location, preferably with an audience and make up a course.  Just perfect for Guys Read.

So take a look at our first few attempts at our Imaginary Obstacle Course.

So the plan is to have Guys Read members attack the course during lunch for the next 8 days of school.  The six best runners will win a Guys Read shirt designed by GR friend Tom Angleberger!

Check back soon to see a few more attempts.


Read on,

Mr. H

More Attempts…

Slacker Lifestyle… So Who Won?

Hello Readers,

So you probably know that the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read have been reading and talking about Slacker by Gordon Korman.  To go along with Cameron Boxer’s gamer lifestyle we created a video game tournament and played some classic arcade games.

The games lasted over the course of many Friday lunch meetings, and we are now ready to reveal the Slacker Lifestyle Gamer Champion…

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I really have no idea how I won this stupid challenge, I don’t even really like video games.

Now, the story that Mr. Korman wrote is not just about video games, but also about how Cameron Boxer tries to hide his gaming behind good deeds.

We decided we needed to hide our gaming behind a little service project, so for the next two weeks the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read will be cleaning the lunch room!

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Now go grab a copy of Slacker and get your read on.  Then you can get your gamer lifestyle back on.  🙂

Read on,

Mr. H

 

Slacker Lifestyle

Hello Readers,

Things are getting very exciting over at the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read.

We have been talking about Gordon Korman’s latest middle grade masterpiece… Slacker.  If you love Gordon Korman already, and really what middle grade reader doesn’t, you probably already have this book read or in your sights.  For everyone else, please go grab a copy and enjoy this silly book about a baked ziti emergency, video gamer lifestyle, service projects, the death of main street America, loss of animal habitat, and student jealousy.  If that sounds a little heavy, don’t worry mostly its about gaming.

So we created a reading challenge to honor the gaming lifestyle that Slacker’s main character, Cameron so loves.

Take a look….

We have only completed four matches of the first round, so check back as we complete those final eight matches.

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I think Cameron would be very proud of our chair’s butt mark after round one!

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Read on,

Mr. H

UPDATE

So we have been working on the next rounds of our Slacker Gamer Challenge.  Most of the lads have now been eliminated and only two are left standing…

Mr. H and Drew

Monday we find out who truly lives the Gamer Lifestyle!

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Attention Angleberger Fans…

Sound the Angleberger Klaxon,

One of our favorite Guys Read authors is coming back to the Triangle area.  On March 24, 2016 Tom Angleberger will be at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.  He will begin speaking around 6:00 that evening, and he’ll  be talking about his latest book, Rocket and Groot.

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We know Mr. Angleberger mainly for his wonderful Origami Yoda series, please pause and read page 123 of Jabba the Puppett…

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Mr. Angleberger visited our school  a few years ago and since then we have been big fans.  We have very much enjoyed the Origami Yoda series, as well as his other books like Horton Halfpott, Fake Mustache and the Qwikpick Papers.  If you surf over to the archive page for SMS Guys Read and search things like Origami Yoda, Tom Angleberger, Darth Paper, Emperor Pickletine and the like to find all sorts of adventures that we had.

So I know that most of you will be tracking out that day and that Chapel Hill is a little far away, but remember you won’t have school the next day and Mr. Angleberger has personally asked fro 250 – 400 students be in attendance, so we need to fill the audience with past and present Guys Read members.

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So grab a friend and meet me in Chapel Hill in two weeks for Rocket and Groot and Tom Angleberger.

SMS Guys Read Angleberger announcement

Read on,

Mr. H

(I am Groot)

 

It’s Going To Get Stinky!!!

Hello Readers,

Today is a 6th Grade Chapter lunch time meeting and it is going to be gross!  We have been talking about the second book in Mac Barnett and Jory John’s Terrible Two series, The Terrible Two Get Worse.

In the opening prank Niles and Miles use a specific type of cheese to make Principal Barkin’s car smell of feet. EWWW!

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So today, at our lunch meeting remember, we will be attempting to consume a little Limberger cheese!

I’m actually a little nervous that the smell will linger in my classroom.  Check back soon to see some of our brave member’s reactions.

It will be smelly, and it will be gross.

Read on,

Mr. H

SMELLY UPDATE…

So we cut the cheese (giggle) and did some big smelling and tasting.  It was so bad the camera even got dropped!

Then I tried a little, tiny bite of the Limburger…

I’m not going to lie, it was bad.  The aftertaste and smell left on your fingers lingers on and on and on.  I still smell it as I type this and really could use a mint. 😦

So if you liked our Limburger Challenge check back soon as we continue to read The Terrible Two Get Worse and the Sciurus carolinensis make a comeback.

Read on, but don’t eat Limburger,

Mr. H

TLKOE Blarg Goes Down

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Hello readers,

Friday was a literally blast over at a the 6th grade chapter of SMS Guys Read.  We have been reading TheLast Kids on Earth and Friday was the day we started a little marshmallow target practice.

We were hoping to do a first round and then a final round all my n Friday, we only got through the first round, so check back in next week as we find out how the best “launchers” in Guys Read are.

Read on,

Mr. H

The Last Kids on Earth

Hello Readers,

This has been one busy week, and it’s only Wednesday!  Those of you in the 6th Grade Chapter of Guys Read know what I’m talking about.

So we have been working with the great little story, The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and illustrated by Douglas Holgate.

I just finished TLKoE and liken it to The Walking Dead for kids.  Now I’ve never actually seen more than just a few clips of the Walking Dead (I’m not big on the blood and guts) but I imagine it has loads of influence on The Last Kids on Earth.  In the story all sorts of awesome happens as Jack and his buddies attempt to survive in a monster and zombie filled world.  No parents, sounds good.  No bedtime, nice.  Eating junk food and drinking soda until your teeth rot out, excellent.  Living under constant fear or monster attack, bummer.

I have been sharing my copy of TLKoE around during our meetings and everyone seems to agree it a great read, so I highly recommend you find yourself a copy and get reading.

Back to the busy part of our week.  The 6th grade chapter of Guys Read is preparing for our own monster and zombie invasion.

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I mean look at monsters now decorating my classroom…

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… and we aren’t even finished with the Blarg!

So in the story Jack decides he must look the hero and “rescue” his imagined love interest, June Del Toro.

While looking for her in their middle school our heroes encounter something we will only describe as a Zombie Ball.

How could we not attempt to create one of those, out of mini marshmallows?

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Now as you can see we tried to microwave the Zombie Ball together.  It was already glued and pretty solid, but microwaving just seemed like it would be a perfect way to help really get the Zombies to stick together.

Well they stuck together all right.

I’m not sure how we are going to save the Zombie Ball, but I can promise that 6th graders will be running down the halls of our school being chased by a Zombie Ball of some creation by next week!

So in the end we will have an entire monster and zombie army that we can save the world from.  Of course we will be using our marshmallow launchers to knock these vile creatures down and earn points, as you can see…

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So check back soon as we complete our monsters and begin bringing the justice, marshmallow style!

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Read on,

Mr. H

Marshmallow Launchers

Hello Readers,

Today is only Tuesday, but with the Thanksgiving break upon us, we decided it was close enough to Friday, so the 6th Grade Chapter of Guys Read had a meeting.

We are beginning to do some work with the book Trouble Makers by the group over at Howtoons.  Now the Howtoons creators have a great website, with most of the experiments from the book represented on the site.  I let the lads loose on their website and asked what they might like to try.  Between the videos and the just plain coolness of the cover they went with the Infamous Marshmallow Shooter.

This post is to let the guys know what pieces they need to acquire before our next GR meeting (Friday Dec. 4).  You can access the Howtoons site to see how it all works, but I have some pictures of the example I built for a grand total of $4.39 worth of materials from Lowes.

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What are we going to be doing with these launchers I can hear you all asking.  Well I can tell you we will not be doing any sort of  launching at each other.  We do not need Marshmallows to the eye injuries.  So we will be working with another new book called The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier.  In the story a monster apocalypse has happened and ordinary Jack has to defend himself from all sorts of monsters and zombies.

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We will be creating monster targets and launching marshmallows at them to test our aim.

So over Thanksgiving Break you are welcome to build your own launcher and practice with marshmallows from atop you sweet potatoes.  🙂

If you just get the connector pieces we will have some pvc pipe at our next meeting.

Go forth and build, and maybe check out The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier.

Read on,

Mr. H