Stabby Balloons

Hello Readers,

Our IBRG is now a fully functioning reading group and the videos are starting to happen.  We did some sort of boring Underwater Explosions and then watched our friends over at TMC Guys Read do some great things with Skewered Balloons.

We were excited to watch their videos and inspired to try it ourselves, remember imitation is the highest form of flattery.

So enjoy SMS Guys Read and the Stabby Balloons…

We will be back soon with another Frank Einstein inspired science adventure.

Read on,

Mr. H

Frank Einstein and an Underwater Explosion

Hello Readers, This is our last week before our first track out of the 2014-2015 school year and we wanted to go out with a bang! We ordered a big box from Scholastic and now many of us are in the possession of the new Jon Scieszka story, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.  We also now have many sets of Exploding Science and are ready to use them. Take a look at our first video as we take a break and hand it over to the guys over at TMC Guys Read… So check back with us in a few weeks and see what other kids of science and trouble we can get into.  While you are waiting for our break head over to TMC Guys Read and see what they get up to.

Read on, Mr. H

We Plant Our Socks

Hello Readers,

At our last meeting we decided to plant our filth and present our growth to our school gardening club.

Take a look at the video and be very happy that Smell-O-Vison is not readily available yet!

It was so gross and a near perfect end for our time with By the Grace of Todd by Louise Galveston.

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Check back soon to see what other gross adventures we get up to as we begin our second read of the year… The Qwikpick Adventure Society or The Qwikpick Papers or The Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger!

Read on,

Mr. H

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