Archive for May, 2012

Opal goes shopping. Gets a dog.

Because of Winn Dixie

What we're reading

A girl named Opal goes shopping at the supermarket. But instead of food, she winds up getting a dog, which is a good thing because she needs a friend. She’s new in town and her mom is gone. Her daddy the Preacher doesn’t like to talk about it.
Winn Dixie (the dog, not the store) helps her make more new friends. She meets Miss Franny Block the librarian, Otis in the pet shop, and Gloria Dump who is nearly blind but sees exactly what’s going on.
Who was your favorite character and why?
What part of the story did you like best?
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Who’s fastest?

Need for speed

In the next book of the Finn’s Travels series, Finn’s Car, Finn and his engineering class design and build a hybrid go-kart.

In this case, hybrid means a go-kart with a gas motor and an electric engine. Hybrid vehicles tend to be more fuel efficient than traditional systems.

What kind of races have you been in? Running? A relay race? Bicycles? Skating? In which kind of races are you fastest?

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Greener Planet

high-speed train

InterCity Express speeds through Europe

Have you ever traveled by train?

In Europe, people often ride trains instead of driving their cars, which saves fuel and reduces pollution. It also reduces the amount of traffic on the road.You can stand up or sit down, read or write, or even visit the restaurant car while you ride. Modern trains travel at over 100 mph!

Why is it important to conserve resources?  What are some ways you can reduce, reuse & recycle?

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Read any good books lately?


Red helps Finn translate the diary

Bruno’s smart sister Birgit, also known as Red, helps Finn solve the mystery in his father’s travel journal.

The journal is written in German, which Finn speaks a little, but needs help reading it. But Finn and his friends are also looking for clues to find Dad’s treasure.

What kind of books do you like to read?
Do you read mysteries?  What was the best book you’ve ever read and why?

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Addicted to computer games?

Finn's cousin


Finn’s cousin Bruno is a computer whiz and he likes playing video games, too. If you play too much and can’t stop, your parents might say you’re addicted.

What games do you play and why?
Are you and your friends addicted?

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When I grow up


Aymee works on board a cruise ship because she loves to travel to faraway places. When the ship is in port, she and her friends explore. She works very hard cleaning cabins, but when she has free time on board, she reads about different countries before she visits them.

Tell a story beginning with the words “When I grow up, I want to be a…” Tell why!
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Trouble at the skatepark



Finn and his friends enjoy riding their skateboards around the neighborhood and at the local skate park.  Some older kids at the park are up to no good.

What do you do if other kids want you to do something dangerous or wrong?

Tell about a time when you had to make a choice about what you should do.

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