Posts Tagged ‘Suzanne Collins’

Here’s how to win…
Each day during the month of April, a different mystery to solve will be posted on the lunchroom and media center doors. If you know the answer, write it down with the day’s date and give it to Mrs. Borck in the media center. All correct entries for the month will be placed in the drawing for the Hunger Game Trilogy and Mockingjay pin. We even have some laminated movie premier posters to give away.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

What Book Am I?


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Marshmallow shelter

With our theme of The Hunger Games this month, I wanted to host some sort of competition for students. With all of the great personalities I have in Book Club, I felt they were the perfect group to give it a try. As the kids entered the media center, I announced our activity with a presentation including dramatic music and an animated fog background. When “Welcome to the 74th Annual Hunger Games” appeared on the screen, students were so excited! I explained we would be playing the WJMS version of the Hunger Games with a prize of – FOOD(of course). I explained they would need to get into three groups to compete against one another in five different events. Each group would be given a score of 1, 2, or 3 with 3 as the highest score. At the end of the competition, the group with the highest score would win a giant Hershey’s candy bar.

For the first event, the group had to create a shelter. Their tools were large marshmallows, straws, and scissors. They had ten minutes to build the largest and most stable structure. After a sticky ten minutes, the kids went to wash up and I judged the best structure. Team Bob was the winner!

Faster, Faster!

For the next event, we tested strength and skill with…a toilet paper challenge. Each group selected one participant for the event. These students had to take one roll of toilet paper in each hand and unroll them as fast as possible. After much untangling, the fastest was Team Peeta.

It's too cold!



The third event involved stamina and endurance. Again, each team selected one participant. Students had to sit in a chair in front of a bucket of ice water. Using their bare feet, they had one minute to retrieve as many marbles from the bucket as possible. With 45 marbles, the winning team was Team Bob.


The big reveal!



The next event was the food challenge. Teams were to send one participant who did not have any food allergies. A tray was brought in with the covered “food”(crunchy peanut butter with green food coloring and a bit of blackberry jam). On the count of three the participants quickly uncovered the delicacy and began eating. The winning team was determined by finishing the food the fastest – Team Peeta.

At this point in the game, we had a tie between Team Bob and Team Peeta(Team Katniss played a good game though!). To break the tie, students shot mini bows and arrows(popcicle sticks with runner bands were bows and arrows were q-tips). The farthest distance shot would determine the winner. Team Bob came out on top with a distance of 18 feet and were our overall winners for the games!

I had an awesome time with the kids and think they will be talking about our version of The Hunger Games for quite some time. May the odds be ever in your favor! 🙂

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The Hunger Games movie premier is this Friday, the 23rd. The kids are all talking about it so I felt this would be the perfect theme for celebrating National School Library Month(April). We finally finished the bulletin board today and I think it looks awesome! I can’t wait to see what the kids think tomorrow. More activities are in the works including our school’s 1st annual Hunger Games, a mini bow and arrow shooting contest, Hunger Games t-shirts, and a contest with the three book set and Mockingjay pin as prizes. More details coming soon. May the odds be ever in your favor! 🙂

We also did the huge picture window in the office with the movie premier posters. We will be using these as prizes in our upcoming contest. The parachutes were such fun!

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Super excited to see the new movie coming out in March!

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

Excellent Book

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book fairBook Fair Schedule

Book Fair Promotions:

We will have a “Bonus Buck” drawing for every class that visits the book fair.  Each of the chairs in the media center is numbered.  I will draw a number and the student in the winning seat will win a free “Bonus Buck” to spend in the book fair.

Each of the 20 posters will be prizes in another drawing.  Each student that visits the book fair will be given a slip of paper.  They will need to put their name and homeroom teacher’s name on the paper and place it in the box in the media center.  For every $1 they spend in the book fair, they will receive an additional slip of paper.  At the end of the book fair I will draw 20 names from all the slips of paper for the winners of the posters.

Guess the correct number of words in the new book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and students can win a jar full of skittles. Each guess is $.25.

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hungergamesThe United States is no more than a distant memory.  Drought, famine and war have put an end to the once great country.  And now the people of Panem are divided into 12 districts.  Each year, two teens are chosen from each district to play the Hunger Games.  This is televised and everyone is required to watch. This year, 16 year old Katniss is one of the representatives from her district to play, to compete, to try to survive.


Excellent book

Can’t see the video below? Try this link.

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booksSo many students approach me during the year looking for a good book.  I decided to dedicate a post to books from our middle school library collection that I have read this year and recommend to my students.  I will continually add to the list so make sure to check back often.  I welcome suggestions for me to add to the list◊

Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg
Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Framed by Malcolm Rose
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Book Trailer
Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
Peak by Roland Smith
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Silver Child by Cliff McNish
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Savvy by Ingrid Law
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
Flight #116 is Down! by Caroline B. Cooney

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