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Super Cute Book...and you can win a copy!

I am always on the lookout for great books to reach my students...and especially books I think will captivate my strugglers or reluctant readers.  Diary of  Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, My Life as a Book...all these fun and "cool" books are appealing to fourth graders--they love the uniqueness of the format while still looking like a "big kid" book.

I found another one!  I was lucky enough to come across a copy of "Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer" and had a few students in mind.

I did a little book talk with one of my targeted kiddos, and his eyes lit up.   (See...his mom told me at conferences that she MAKES HIM WRITE in the summer...HA!)  He grabbed the book (This was Tuesday) and guess what?  The.  Book.  Is.  Finished.  He read in every spare minute at home and at school.
He loved it. 

The book is super cool...the two main characters are forced to keep a journal over the summer--and they take turns writing and doodling in each other's journal entries to make their points or to counter the tales told by the other!  It is a clever format--certainly appealing to fourth graders!  Sometimes I think we get so caught up in asking students to analyze text deeply and look for main ideas--that we forget that books can simply be FUN.  This book is just that--fun.  

I haven't gotten to see the other books in the series, but it sure is a cute concept.  I contacted the publisher and guess what?  They have agreed to give a copy of "Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer" to one lucky reader!  

I've got a lot of things coming up on the blog in the near future, so check out the rafflecopter and get some entries to win a copy of the book!

Want to see more about it?  Here is the link!

Just another quick little note...a dear friend of mine has started a blog and store and would love to get some followers!  If you know of any primary folks (grades K-1) that want to start following a brand new blog and store, make sure to send them over to check out "Pathways to Primary"!  Lots of raffle entries for helping her network!  Good luck--and the book will get awarded on Tuesday and will be shipped directly from the publisher.  THANKS and good luck!


  1. The "I survived" series is great for those reluctant readers; engaging, lower level, and quick reads!

    1. Aren't they great? My students LOVE them...boys and girls alike!

  2. In Math Workshop, I would love to read some posts about transitioning to independent workers who can complete higher order tasks. I have some low math students who have a hard time thinking concretely. How do you take them from there to mastering the all of the great activities that I see your kids doing? Especially when you have to reteach the basics. By the way, I am 4th grade.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It is SO hard...and, to be honest, some of my students can only access those upper level tasks at a superficial level and/or in a cooperative setting.

  3. I'm just beginning a unit on division.....your pretzel game looks great for this. I love your dollar deals; so cute and so affordable. This book looks great; I'm all in when it's a book that boys will read and love! I also find that the "I Survived" series are great as your commenter posted above.

  4. My fourth graders love Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  5. My students started the year living tales if a fourth grade nothing, and now most of my students are just in love with Just Blume and are constantly asking me for new books by her !


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