The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

31 01 2014

avadayoReviewed by Adedayo and Ava

Tommy knows that the weirdest kid in school — and he is definitely the weirdest! — may be crazy or just plain old odd, so he decided to create a case file…the Case of Origami Yoda! Now I’m sure you wouldn’t know who the LEGENDARY Origami Yoda is, so let me tell you. Back to the weirdest kid in school, Dwight. He created his VERY OWN origami Yoda finger puppet, which is a big thing to be able to say, as nobody else has (in Tommy’s school). I mean, I guess it’s not the best Yoda on the Internet, but hey, it’s still a big deal! Origami Yoda gave advice to many characters in the book, but the thing is — is the advice coming from the finger puppet or Dwight? So anyway, Tommy (the main character) is collecting bunches of funny and meaningful stories to decide once for all if the finger puppet is really alive. One person thinks it isn’t, others are not so sure. IS ORIGAMI YODA REAL??????????origamiyoda

This book is for kids of all ages! It is an easy read that is a lot of fun! If you ever want to take a break, then this book is perfect for “chillaxing” in a lounge chair while sipping a cup of hot cocoa. I’m almost positive that you will LOVE this book!

Do you believe in fortune-tellers or psychics? Origami Yoda is a paper finger puppet that 6th grader Dwight had invented. Tommy, a fellow 6th grader, wasn’t sure to trust or believe in it. Dwight carries Origami Yoda on his finger all day. Most of the time people come up to Dwight and ask Origami Yoda for advice. Tommy decides to make a plan to prove if Origami Yoda’s advice is true or not. What would you do? Read the book and find out.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a great book to read when you are sad, mad, or in a bad mood. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel happy. At times it can be frightening, getting you worried about the characters, what would happen to them.

This is a weird book but I mean it in a good way.

Readers! The Origami Yoda site is chock full of goodness, including instructions for making your very own Origami Yoda and more. This is a popular series with boys and girls — check it out today!


Superbowl Advertising & The “Small Screen”

30 01 2014

Kid/football“…traditional advertising and its effects on kids has been well researched, but no one knows the impact of these new-media platforms on kids. And the lack of research has implications for kids’ health and well-being.” What are the implications of newer ad strategies using social media, online games, and more?

**Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/

The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

21 01 2014

The_City_of_EmberReviewed by: Rida
Ember is a city underground. It was built by the Builders and they left a box telling instructions on how to get out of Ember in two hundred and thirty years.
Everyone in Ember has shaggy old brown clothes since they all reuse.
The lights keep flickering off and one day the people of Ember fear that the lights will go out and never come back.

This amazing fiction book by Jeanne DuPrau is all about friendship and mission. Two friends have a goal on how to get out of Ember and whether they do or don’t…

Read the book to find out more! And it’s the first in the series — head on up to Susan and Amanda and ask for it by name.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!

17 01 2014

finding dulcinea smallmlk, jr.Read more about the life of Dr. King here with links to primary and secondary sources (plus classroom activities).

 Also, be sure to check out this list complied at Finding Dulcinea chronicling key events, inspiring individuals and more articles on the civil rights movement andAfrican American History.

How Big is Your Brave?

15 01 2014

I am strong and courageous. My brave is my song.

– Ava, 3rd grader, Fearless Classroom

Angela Maiers explores bravery with students and educators through three questions:
What does BRAVE look like?
How does BRAVE act and behave?
Most importantly, how big is YOUR BRAVE?

Books to Celebrate the Everyday Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

13 01 2014

civil rights picture booksWe’re getting ready to launch our spring Civil Rights curriculum with our BNS/BCS students. Interested in checking out some recommended resources? Try these Books to Celebrate the Everyday Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

Carmen Farina Chooses I WILL MAKE MIRACLES as “Book of the Month”

8 01 2014

ImageOn her first day as Chancellor, Carmen Farina arrived at DOE headquarters with a picture book under her arm. What a powerful symbol of the many years she spent as an elementary school teacher and principal at P.S. 29 here in Brooklyn! Susie Morgenstern’s I WILL MAKE MIRACLES is about what a little boy who decides that when he grows up, he will make miracles — he will cure the sick, feed the hungry, jail the bad guys, and fill the world up with people who care and share. Copies are available in the BNS/BCS Library!



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