Category Archives: books

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon – A Heroine’s Journey

This fall we began a study of the Hero’s Journey.  You can read about it here.  After studying the Star Wars saga we read the book, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin. Our class enjoyed this book so very much.  We rooted for Minli and Dragon to complete their journey and loved all of the folktales that were embedded throughout the story.  After reading the book we used the Hero’s Journey archetype to analyze the story.  We compared Minli’s journey to Luke Skywalker and Rey.  Finally, we decided to create this slideshow to share with our blog readers. We hope you enjoy it and learn about the Hero’s Journey!  Do you know of any other books or movies that follow the Hero’s Journey archetype?



Mock Caldecott – 2017

This month our class studied a group of picture books.  We pretended we were the judges of the Caldecott Medal, which is an award given to a picture book for the best illustrations. Watch the slide show to find out more about the award and how we chose our winner.

So, now we would like to announce our

Mock Caldecott Awards!

We have one Caldecott Honor book!

Our Mock Caldecott Medal is awarded to…

We are excited and looking forward to Monday to find out the real winner of the Caldecott winner!

We love picture books.




This year we have accepted the #classroombookaday challenge! It is our goal to read aloud at least 1 picture book per day.  (Mrs. Rosenquist would like to thank 2 teachers, Jillian Heise and Donalyn Miller for the idea.)  Why, you ask? There are so many reasons! It’s fun, it helps build classroom community, gives us all common stories to talk about throughout the year, helps us appreciate art, inspires us as writers, and inspires a joy for reading…to name just a few reasons. Picture books are for everyone, not just little kids.

What is your favorite picture book?

Which of our #classroombookaday books is your favorite so far?

Why do you like read aloud time?

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Our Favorite Fiction – class slide show ( written by Sophia )

Our class learned how to use Google Drive. Google Drive is a website our class uses for our work.You have many things you can do to pick from on  Google Drive. We started to create a slide show, it is about our favorite book we read at independent reading. There is three slides. We wrote the tittle, why we like it, and we made a bubble map for the main character. We put all our slides together and made one slide in all. It looks really cool. Please view the video.


Have you read any of these books?

What are your favorite fiction books?

Mock Caldecott 2016

This past week we held a Mock Caldecott in Room 107.  The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to a picture book by the American Library Association.  Mrs. Rosenquist chose/nominated the 15 books for our Mock Caldecott, but the third graders in Room 107 read, reviewed, reread and debated the books and their illustrations very carefully before they voted at the end of the week.

On Thursday we Skyped with Mrs Sokolowski’s 3rd grade class because they were doing a Mock Caldecott also!  We shared our favorites and found out we read similar books.

We would like to announce our Mock Caldecott winners for 2016.


Leo: A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL awarded to…. Drum roll, please…

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall


What 2015 picture books are your favorites?  Have you participated in a Mock Caldecott?

It’s Summer! What are you reading?

It’s Summer! What are you reading?

Each week during the summer I will try and write a post about summer reading.  I hope you will visit our blog and post a comment about your own summer reading!  It’s a great way to keep in touch and learn about great books!  Happy Reading and Happy Summer!

So here is what I’m currently reading.  Post a comment and let us hear from you!

genius filesYou might recognize this book because I showed the book trailer last week.  It’s the first of a series.  The main characters are Coke and Pepsi McDonald who are twins.  They have recently  found out that they have been chosen to be part of a genius team of kids that are suppose to help solve the world’s problems.  The only problem is that there is another organization that wants these kids dead!  I’m about half way through the book and so far Coke and Pep are on a trip across the country and have had to avoid the bad guys twice so far!  If you like mystery and adventure I think you will enjoy this series.  Fans of Kate Messner’s Hide and Seek and Capture the Flag will enjoy this book too!


Here are the next 3 books on my TBR list. (TBR = To Be Read) Lisa Graff is the author of Absolutely Almost which we read this year.

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We can’t wait to hear from you – so make sure to come back this summer and post a comment on one of our Summer Reading posts.  What are you reading?

Our Best Books of the Year! 2015

This last week of school we have been reviewing our reading logs and thinking about our favorite books of the year. There are so many books we have enjoyed this year, so it was hard to choose just one book to present in the following Google presentation.

Enjoy the show and be sure to come back each week this summer to find out what everyone is reading!

It’s Winter Break! What are you reading?

Yesterday Mrs. Rosenquist began reading Kate Messner’s new book, All The Answers.  It’s about a girl, Ava, who finds a pencil that provides the answers to her questions.  So far I’m enjoying it very much.  I especially like the characters Ava and her best friend Sophie.  Ava is a worrier and often talks herself out of trying new things, while Sophie is the opposite!  Sophie is adventurous and more of a risk taker.



What are you reading now?