IMWAYR: 11.30.20

After a particularly frustrating start to my break (see return to face to face learning), I found escape in several MG and YA books. I'm currently reading for Cybils Awards, limiting my ability to publicly review nominated titles. However, here are several books I read over break that you must check our before the year's end:

  • My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  • Alone in the Woods by Rebecca Behrens

What did you read over break?


August to Thanksgiving Break Reviews!


Election Day Round -Up

I've been fielding a lot of questions about voting the past few weeks. Not only from my own kids-who came with me to vote early-but from my sixth graders. Below you'll find a collection of books about elections, voting, and voting activism. What books are you sharing with students today? 

And, if you haven't made it to the polls yet, go vote!



Star Wars Origami: Early Finisher!


I have been looking lately for different ideas for "brain breaks" or early finisher activities that are not necessarily always academic related. I was so excited to receive Star Wars Origami 2 from Workman Publishing for this EXACT reason. I have a lot of students, in one period in particular, who are BIG Star Wars fanatics. There are times where the kids (especially during 2020) need just a moment to take a break and this has been the most perfect activity. 

Book information: 

Star Wars fans of all ages fell in love with Star Wars Origami, the crafty title for all ages that has more than 700,000 copies in print and taught fans how to fold figures of their favorite characters like Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Yoda, and R2-D2. Now origami master Chris Alexander returns with the long-awaited sequel. Filled with fun, foldable designs from the five new Star Wars movies, STAR WARS ORIGAMI 2 includes everything from the scoundrel Lando Calrissian to heroic Rey, hilarious BB-8 to the adorable porgs, and X-wings, TIE fighters, and much more! There’s a project for every Padawan, Jedi Knight, Sith Lord, and origami fan, young and old. I’m happy to send a review copy, please let me know the best mailing address.


Covering the entire Star Wars cinematic saga, including all nine episodes plus Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans of all ages can re-create their favorite scenes, like a daring escape in the Millennium Falcon or an epic battle with Star Destroyers, Y-wings, and Jedi starfighters. Plus, STAR WARS ORIGAMI 2 includes 72 meticulously illustrated folding sheets that bring each creation to life in exacting detail.


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