We are currently in week two of our three-week Spring track out, SMS Guys Read will begin in earnest again the week of April 21, and I just sat down to tackle a track out assignment I had given myself…. Read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster.
At our last few meetings before track out we noticed that our IBRG friends were thinking about reading the Tollbooth and so we decided to jump on board and read along with them. Mr. S and the lads are planning some IBRG antics, so we need to start planning our responses and connections.
Your first assignment, and I know you might not see this whilst on track out as you might be out of town or much too glued to your Xbox, is to find a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth and get reading. The book was published in 1961 and is a classic, so the libraries around town will have numerous copies, as will any bookstore you darken the door of.
Your second assignment, and this goes for both SMS and TMC Guys Read members comes from the first lines of the Tollbooth. Here is the second line from the copy I am reading… “When he was in school he longed to be out, and when he was out he longed to be in.”
TMC…. you guys just got back from Spring Break, do you long to be out of school again?
SMS…. You are still a week and a half away from school restarting, do you long to be in school again?
Hit that comment button and share your thinking and keep reading and thinking about The Phantom Tollbooth… we need some excellent videos to end this year.
So over the past few weeks the 6th grade branch of SMS Guys Read has been preparing for a Muggle Qudditch game. We started by reading Quidditch Through the Ages by Kenniworthy Whisp. We started logging into Pottermore and diving into the world of Harry Potter together (I still stink at wand duels). We watched numerous online videos and read up on Muggle Quidditch and finally started to collect materials.
We are now preparing for a three week Spring Track out Break, but wanted to get one practice in before we tracked out. So we rigged up one hoop goal and practiced with what we had. Take a look at our latest videos.
So what did you think of our Quidditch skill? We all had a great time just practicing and look forward to some nice weather and a great full game.
I hope this post finds most of you out of bed and using this time away from classes to catch up on some reading.
Now some big news….
I have been in contact with both Quail Ridge Books and Tom Angleberger and it looks like he will be at the bookstore around 1:00 this afternoon.
I know that many SMS Guys Read members will be free, but might not be able to get to Quail Ridge, so call around and see if a member in your neighborhood might be able to give you a ride.
I will be there and I hope to see a few SMS Guys Read members as well.
Label Makers Up,
As expected, the Hoth like conditions outside have forced Quail Ridge Books to cancel the Tom Angleberger visit. You can check their website for more details. If they manage to reschedule SMS Guys Read will make every effort to see him.