Frank Einstein and the IBRG

Hello Readers,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday our 6th grade chapter of SMS Guys Read met and we discussed our first shared reading for the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.  The book is out right now and can be found online or at local bookshops, but I also found it on the Scholastic Book orders.  Most of the guys have this order form but if it goes missing and you need another one it is attached here.   I would like to make the order by Wednesday September, 17 so we can try and get these books before track out.

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I am also including our T-shirt order form which is due by track out or September 26.

Guys Read T shirt form 2014-15

Frank Einstein and the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group

Let me know if you have any questions.

Read On,

Mr. H

We’re Going To Be HUGE… Maybe!

Hello Readers,

Over the weekend I got the following email after I sent a note to the Guys Read web bots in hopes they would update their GR map to include our new website…
Hi Mr. Hutchinson!

I’m Brandon, the assistant over here at Guys Read. Jon brought me on to be a more regular presence with keeping in touch with our groups. I’ve updated you on the map, give it a check out to make sure I got it right, please! 
 
I love your website! You’ve got an exemplary group going there. I love the updates and pictures, and the videos are awesome. You come up with great activities: the fruit roll up origami, the marshmallow goop, the Mongee-Poo Slime, the sock-plants — this is great stuff! I’d like to share some of the videos and updates on our Facebook page, if that is okay with you.
 
We started the new Facebook and twitter recently, really want to work on connecting more of the librarians and educators and strengthen the community. I get lots of emails of people looking for ideas and just starting chapters, I want to be able to show more examples, keep the fun spreading around, and celebrate the groups like yours that are continuously awesome.
 
You can find the Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/guysreadofficial
 
Also, we’re updating the site more regularly, and I’d like to start including some little recommendations from groups about books they’ve read, a couple sentence write-ups on why they loved a book and why they think other groups would love this book. If you’d like to do this for the latest Origami Yoda book, or the Louise Gavelston book, I would love that, so please think about it!
 
Thanks for the awesome work you do, and I look forward to seeing what you all get up to this school year,
Brandon Will,
Guys Read Assistant
 
So how exciting is this?  Be ready to help the Guys Read website out with some quick reviews later this week.  See you 7th  and 8th graders on Thursday and 6th graders on Friday.
Read on,
Mr. H

Jon Scieszka Comes to Town

Hello Readers,

Tonight I sat at the feet of the master  as the Guys Read founder…. Mr. Jon Scieszka came to town.

He visited Quail Ridge Books to talk a little about his new series Frank Einstein.  Now I’m not quite finished reading all about Frank and his weird old grandpa, and crazy robot friends, but I can tell you that there are many Guys Read activities floating around in my little head.

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So I am going to get in contact with our Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group partners way out west and see if they are interested in reading some Frank Einstein with us and doing some reading challenges.

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So check back as we continue Mr. Scieszka’s vision for a world full of reading guys, and as he said tonight… “fried urine!”

Read on,

Mr. H

Fruitigami Yoda Visits SMS Guys Read

Hello Reader,

Now I know you all are big fans of Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda saga, right?  So you probably have already read the final(?) installment, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, right?

If not, get ye to a bookstore or library and pick it up.  It is an excellent conclusion to a great series.

We here at SMS Guys Read have been good friends with Mr. Angleberger right from the very start of the Origami Yoda saga and couldn’t wait to get some reading challenges going for this last book.  Just search through our archives to see some amazing reading challenges and author visits.

At our Friday lunch meeting the 6th grade chapter of SMS Guys Read collected many Fruit Roll-Ups (thanks SMS Guys Read moms!) and proceeded to fold Dwight’s emergency, emergency Fruitigami Yoda.  Fruit Roll-Ups don’t fold well in the best circumstances, but add 20 highly excited eleven year olds and you get a typical SMS Guys Read lunch meeting.

Here are a few choice shots from the meeting…

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Check back soon as we continue to talk about Emperor Pickletine and get into more outrageous reading challenges!

Read on,

Mr. H

 

By The Grace of Todd Swag And A Few New Reading Challenges

Hello Readers,

At our recent SMS Guys Read meeting we kicked things off with a surprise package from somewhere in Kansas.

We here at SMS Guys Read would like to thank Louise Galveston for her kind gifts…

Now we didn’t just get cool bookmarks and call it a day, oh no!  We did a short reading of the first time Lucy and Todd see the ‘Toddlians’ and then jumped into a reading challenge we are calling Marshmallow Scum…

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Now we also continued a work in progress.  If you remember at our first SMS Guys Read meeting of the year a few of us started a gross sock collection.  Well those socks have been sitting in a bag in my classroom for two weeks and now we needed to add some socks and filth to the collection.  Take a look at what we got up to as SMS Guys Read starts to attempt to create life out of filth…

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Things are getting pretty gross over here at SMS Guys Read, and that’s saying something!  Check back in soon as we continue to talk about By the Grace of Todd by Louise Galveston.

Read On,

Mr. H

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A Call for Fruit Roll-Ups

Hello 6th Grade Guys Readers,

Emperor PickletineThis Friday we will be participating in a reading challenge inspired by the conclusion of Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda saga… Emperor Pickletine Rides The Bus.

For this reading challenge to work we need some Fruit Roll-Ups.  As we are a lunch group it would be great if parents could just add a Fruit Roll-Up or two to student lunches.  If parents would like to donate a whole box, that would be fantastic.  Please send the Fruit Roll-Ups in by Friday.

If you have any questions please let Mr. H know.

Thanks,

Mr. H

 

We Create Mongee-Poo Slime

Hello Readers,

Yesterday SMS Guys Read held our first meeting of the 2014-15 season.  It was an epic introduction to the new school year and our first novel project… By The Grace of Todd by Louise Galveston.

I have many plans that we will attack in the next few weeks dealing with this super gross book, but the first reading challenge we attempted was creating Mongee-Poo slime.  You really do need to find a copy of By The Grace Todd and get reading about Dragon Sensi, but until then check out the Todd-opeadia to find out more about Koi Boy and Mongee-Poo.

Here is a short video introducing our reading challenge and the creation of Mongee-Poo slime.  Check it out…

It was an epic, messy time, and I think everyone had a great time.  Check back in with us in the coming weeks as we continue to talk about By the Grace of Todd and attempt a few more reading challenges.

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Read on,

Mr. H

ps. One other side project dealing with By the Grace of Todd is happening with three Guys Read members.  The whole story behind By the Grace of Todd deals with the Toddlians, a group of ant sized people, that live on Todd’s disgusting gym sock.  We are attempting to see if we can create some SMS Guys Readians!

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Super Grossness to come…