Eight Snow Days!!!

Hello Readers,

I’m sure you are completely with me when I say, No More Snow Days, right?

So this is what happens at our house on the eighth snow day…. Snow Jabba the Hut freezes Mr. H in Carbonite.

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With all of the lost school we will again have a combined 7th/8th Grade Guys Read and Inklings meeting this Thursday which will be March 5th.  At this point we have to finish talking about The True Meaning of Smekday, the movie version comes out in less than a month!  You should see some of the things Adam Rex is posting on his Twitter page… So many weird Boov marketing plus out there.  You can see Boovs on airplanes, and Boov Chicken nuggets?

So enjoy the weekend and we will see you back in school on Monday and see you at our next meeting this Thursday.  Why not do some Smekday/Home searching and see what you can find?

Read On,

Mr. H

More snow adventures from Mr. H’s house…

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Mr. Chimp’s Sign Language Challenge

Hello Readers,

So we are nearly finished with Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.  We have two Reading Challenges left to complete and then we are off to our next read.

The first of our last Challenges deals with our favorite chief financial officer, Mr. Chimp.  We loved how Mr. Chimp communicated with ASL finger spelling and thought that might make a fun Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group Challenge.

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So to our friends at TMC Guys Read, take a look and see if you can follow our first rounds of Mr. Chimp’s Sign Language Challenge…

If you are not a member of TMC Guys Read you can still play along.  Why not leave a comment and let us know if you could decipher our bad finger spelling?

Maybe try round two…

Read on,

Mr. H

We Hit The Paper!

Hello Readers,

I might have teased this little nugget of information out in our last 7/8th Grade meeting but for all of you who missed it we hit the local paper today!

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The News and Observer features a local reading group each Sunday and SMS Guys Read is featured today.  Go check it out.

Prepare to be autographing copies from adoring fans all week.

Read on,

Mr. H

Snowmaggedon And A Combined Meeting

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Hello Readers,

I hope that you all survived the Southern Snowmageddon and found ample time to cozy in with a few good books!

Because of missed school and missed reading club meetings I have decided to use this Thursday’s meeting (Feb 26) as a make up meeting.  Therefore both the 7/8th Grade Chapters of SMS Guys Read and The Inklings will meet together.  That will make up for The Inklings lost meeting and keep us on track without having to cancel or reschedule any other meetings.  I know it’s not a perfect situation, but snow days will do that to you.

We continue to talk about The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  I have a few more excellent ideas for Reading Challenges (Happy Mouse Kingdom Attractions, Boovish Writing, Edible Koobish, Stickyfish Explained and, of course, the SMS Reading Club Time Capsule) and then Guys Read will jump to a new story and The Inklings will attack The Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen.

If you have any questions be sure to let me know.

Read on,

Mr. H

Boovish Writing and Stickyfish Development

Hello Readers,

Recently we had a meeting for our 7th/8th Grade Chapter and decided to do a few Reading Challenges based on the fantastic novel The True Meaning of Smekday.

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We Write Like A Boov

After rereading the section of the story where J.Lo attempts to help Tip learn to write Boovish words, with the cool turkey baster writing tool, we decided to give some Boov writing a try.

IMG_2934We started small, with droppers on the desks.  We tried adding a little food coloring to help with contrast.  It honestly looked a little gross, especially the red.

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Once we had exhausted the table writing we went for the full Boov experience and took to the sky.

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Then, of course, it got a little weird as we tried to take pictures through the writing and Matt tried on his best Boov Smile.

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StickyFish

For the last ten minutes of our meeting the lads and I brainstormed some ideas for a Guys Read version of the Boov sport,  Stickyfish.

As of now we are working with throwing fish against a target on the wall to see if they stick mixed with Pin the Tail on Donkey.

We have some other ideas, so check back in soon to see where the development leads.

Next week of sister club, The Inklings will be talking about the attractions at Happy Mouse Kingdom.  Check it out!

Read on,

Mr. H

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We Design Robots

Hello Readers,

I know that it has been a really long time since we did anything with The Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group, so we here at SMS Guys Read wanted to share some of the reading challenges we have been attempting recently.

We continue to talk about Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka.  We have recently read about Mary Shelly and the history of her novel, Frankenstein.  We then compared her story to Frank’s robot laboratory.

We then had a few failed attempts at making some bristle bots using a battery pack and motor that came with a Robot Maker Book we scored in a Scholastic Order.  The battery pack was way to heavy to to much with our brushes.

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Today we took the failings of our real life maker world and threw them to the wind, in exchange for the complete freedom of imagination!  So we started with a dramatic reading of the part of the book that introduces us to the robots Klink and Klank.  From there we generated a list of common household objects and set about designing our bots.

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To record our designs we used the Create Your Own Robot sheet found on the Frank Einstein website.

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As you can see we had some great robot ideas that I think Frank and Watson would be very proud of.

Then at the end of our meeting I asked the lads about my tie.  IMG_2907

They all called out Mr. Chimp! So our next Reading Challenge is to explore American Sign Language finger spelling and see if we can send a message across the inter webs and across the country to our friends at TMC Guys Read.

I also let go a bit of a secret, it even acted as our password to get into the meeting today.  Let’s see if anyone at TMC Guys Read can figure out our password.  I asked the guys to tell me what Watson’s science fair project was all about.

Do you remember, do you know?

We will be attempting that same science project in the coming weeks, so be ready.  We might even share!

So hit us up TMC Guys Read, or anyone else out there in the Guys Read world.

Let us know what you are thinking.

Read On,

Mr. H

Guy Write

Hello Readers,

So in our 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read we are embarking on a new experience, conducting our club a few days a week during our enrichment period.  So embolden by the hope that we enrich ourselves, we will use our Wednesday meetings to attack a great book by Ralph Fletcher called Guy Write.

The plan is to talk about writing and how it can be specialized for a Guy and then do some Guy Writing.

So today is day one and I am pumped up to see what we can get finished and share with the wild world.

Write On,

Mr. H