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