I hope the effects of eating too much turkey, or tofurky if you live in my house, and are ready to dive head first into the reading month of December.
Last week the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of Guys Read met right before our long Thanksgiving Break and we had an epic Nerd Sport meeting.
We have been reading and talking about The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, and if you remember back on November 19 we invented a game based on the Gummy Worm Attack launched by Master Rufus in Chapter 10.
Well at last Tuesday’s meeting we had a full group of students and could actually play our version of gummy Worm Attack!
It was an epic challenge as you can clearly see here…
The game ended in an 18 to 18 tie, so we had to go to penalty shots and found our epic nerd sport, Gummy Worm Attack Champions.
Check back in soon as we continue reading challenges and general reading silliness.
This week the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of Guys Read met with very small group of guys. Many of our regular members were either tracked out or on an overnight field trip.
I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to complete the activity that I had planned, but actually it worked out pretty well.
We have been reading The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. This week we took a look at the beginning of chapter 10 and gummy worm fight that Master Rufus starts as the William Tell Overture plays in the background.
What a perfect scene for the SMS Guys Read treatment. So check out of Reading Challenge we called Gummy Worm Attack….
We even played a bit with the slow-motion…
We took these practice runs to develop a complete game. All you need is a few friend, a cone, and lots of gummy worms (to both eat and throw).
Here are the basic rules.
Gummy Worm Attack
markers to outline the playing field
Lots of Gummy Worms
- Defenders may not use their hands or raise their arms
- Attackers can move anywhere within the attacking zone
- Points awarded for a worm in the cone
- Attack lasts for a set time and then teams switch sides
Score 1 point for worm hit to the face
Score 5 points for worm in mouth
Score 2 points for worm thrown into cone
Score 3 points for worm thrown from distance
So why not read The Iron Trial and then find a few friends, a cone and a few bags of Gummy Worms and give Gummy Worm Attack a try.
Yesterday afternoon the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read attacked my classroom armed with tagboard, colored tape and chopsticks. The goal for this strange assortment of items was a paper knife based on Seriramis from The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. We have been enjoying the story of Call and his problems at the Magisterium. The knife that his mother shaped when she was a student at the Magisterium struck us as interesting.
So to start our reading challenge we took the elemental test found on the homepage of Scholastic’s Iron Trial page. Most of us got the earth element the first time through, but being 7th and 8th graders the lads took the test until they managed to find their path to Chaos…. you know as boys will do.
With an element as a guide the guys started shaping their blades.
Unfortunately our hour long meeting was not enough to fully complete our blades, so check back soon as these Iron Trial inspired paper blades find their final forms.
Yesterday we held our second 7th/8th Grade Guys Read Chapter Meeting of this school year. At this meeting we got into our first read, The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
We started by reading from the Prologue, introducing Semiramis the dagger and the terror of losing friends and family. Semiramis will become our next reading challenge as the lads prepare to design and build a paper knife at our next meeting. Who knows they may sleep with their blades the way Call did his first night at the Magisterium?
After our introduction work we started talking about the Magisterium and how Call had been coached for his entire twelve years of life to fail the entrance exam… spectacularly if at all possible. This got me thinking about a Guys Read version of the entrance exam. So why not take a look at our five question entrance exam and how we did?
The Guys Read Iron Trial
At the end of the video we hint at a few extra credit opportunities, so challenge yourself… can you answer them?
- Find the sum of -7 through 800?
- Old McDonald had a farm. What happened to his farm since it says “had a farm?” Explain Deeply.
- If an earth mage uses dragon scales to make tea and a fire mage uses lichens to heat the tea, when does a dragon kill everyone in the city where the mages live?
- If a golem, composed of admantine, shatters a warven craftsman and embeds the shards with fire stone, how many standard size hammers can he make?
- Do you know the muffin man?
- A dragon flies at 45 mph, but the goblin runs at 50 mph. The dragon is 20 miles ahead of the goblin in 2 hours. What potion did the dragon take to get the boost?
Challenging I know!
So check back soon as the 7th/8th Grade guys build knives, carve ice and read deeper into The Iron Trial.