Watson’s EveryTaste DaVinci Candy

Hello Readers,

So today was an interesting day at our 6th Grade Guys Read lunch meeting.  We have been talking about Frank Einstein and the Brain Turbo and thought it might be fun to try a little taste experiment.

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So we took some our left over Halloween candy and found one piece that represented all four of the major flavors, then smashed them together.  We then dipped the smashed candy ball into a soy sauce bath before eating.  The soy sauce represented the fifth flavor, umami.

Last year we did a similar experiment based on Watson’s Peanut Butter flavored bubble gum.  Go check that chaos out if you want a good laugh.

Read on Brain Turbos,

Mr. H

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Licorice… Yay or Nay?

Hello Readers,

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Over the past few days the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read has been attacking the creepy story Licorice Needles by Nikki Loftin whilst eating black licorice from the Dollar Store.  Licorice Needles is one of the short, scary stories in the new Guys Read Anthology: Terrifying Tales.

When we were finished reading we decided to make a few videos detailing our thoughts on both the story and eating black licorice.

Take a look at our intro…

and a few views on the story and the joys of eating Black Licorice…

So have you read any creepy stories this week.  If not we highly recommend Terrifying Tales and Licorice Needles by Nikki Loftin.

Read on,

Mr. H

 

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Black Licorice tongue

 

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Licorice Needles

Hello Readers,

So we are in the week before All Hallow’s Eve (BTW go check out All Hallow’s Read right now) and the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read decided to read one of the new Guys Read: Terrifying Tales entries.

After I read the whole anthology I chose Licorice Needles by Nikki Loftin to read out loud to the lads.  I will admit one reason I chose Licorice Needles is so I could offer black licorice to the guys as I read.

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I actually really like the taste of black licorice, but most of the guys gagged repeatedly as they attempted to chew the rope as I read.

We are almost finished reading so check back in soon as the lads share some of their thoughts on black licorice and the story Licorice Needles.

Read on,

Mr. H

Gene Luen Yang Visit

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Hello Readers,

Last night a small exploratory group from the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read ventured into greater Raleigh to view an author/illustrator as he presented on his latest work.

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The author was the great Gene Luen Yang sharing stories of his life and writing and illustration ventures.  If you have the chance to meet Mr. Yang I would highly recommend you drop everything and get there.  He is very interesting, humble, brilliant and funny.

During Mr. Yang’s presentation he introduced us to some very interesting characters from his latest story, Secret Coders.  Those characters are some strange little birds with a few extra facial parts.  While introducing us to these odd little birds Mr. Yang secretly introduced us to binary numbers.

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One of our guys was even called up to solve a binary problem… I am pleased to report that SMS Guys Read took the shot and scored.

The story of Secret Coders is all about the “magic” of coding and we have had some experiences with Logo Programming over here at SMS Guys Read, but I really feel like Seamus Finnigan when I try to get that little turtle of do what I want it to.

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When the talk was over we were able to meet Mr. Yang as he did a book signing.

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It was a great little visit and I really look forward to getting back to school, after our short fall track-out break, so we can talk more about Secret Coders and await the next episode.  Maybe we can get a sneak peek, 2016 is a long ways away!

Read and Code on,

Mr. H

PS.  I also picked up this set about the Boxer Rebellion from Chinese history and can’t wait to finish them off.

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Secret Coders is Coming!

Hello Readers,

Remember that today is the day that our next big read, Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes is released.

We are super excited over here at the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read as Mr. Yang will be visiting our local indie bookstore tomorrow!!!

We are hoping to have a big group of SMS Guys Readers in attendance, so don’t forget to get in your parent’s ears…. Quail Ridge Books, 7:00 PM, Wednesday September 30.

While we have been waiting for the book to come out and Mr. Yang’s visit, we started checking out the new Secret Coder website and trying some Logo programming.  I am trying to get SMS Guys Read coded and am having some difficulty.  Programming is hard!

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We continue to try Logo Programming today at lunch and look forward to getting our hands, and hopefully Mr. Yang’s signature, on our books tomorrow.

Read (and code) on,

Mr. H

Secret Coders

Hello Readers,

The 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read is excited to finally get their hands on the new book, Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes.

Remember the book comes out on Tuesday September 29 and Mr. Yang will be talking about it at Quail Ridge Books on Wednesday September 30 at 7:00.  Make sure you are talking with your parents about joining for the visit.

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While you are waiting why not take a few minutes and read this Secret Coder short.

Read (and code) on,

Mr. H

The Twist

Hello Readers,

As you may, or may not know, the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read is currently reading Tom Angleberger’s classic The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.

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If you have the new white cover version of that book than you may have noticed the discussion questions and activities that some smart fellow added in the back.  We here at SMS Guys Read are dutifully fulfilling the tasks laid out in the appendix.

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Today we bring you The Twist…

So how did we do?  Do you think your book club, or school could do better?  Would you do The Twist at your middle school dance.  We need answers to these questions!

Check back soon as we continue the activities list with some English playwright head sculpting.

Read on, Mr. H

Guys Read T-Shirt Voting

Hello Readers,

For now three years we have democratically chosen our yearly Guys Read shirt.  Last year we took our voting to the wild world of the the web and get ready because we are doing that again this year.

First you should take another look at the eight current design choices and decide which shirt you would like the most.

Guys Read T-shirt Ideas

Then vote!

We will keep the voting live for a few days to give everyone amble time to have their voices heard.  The winning design will be the 2015-16 Guys Read T-Shirt and be available for both the 6th Grade and the 7th/8th Grade Chapters.

Vote early and vote often!

Read on,

Mr. H