• Bitmoji Book Adventure

    Posted by Catherine Thomason on 6/3/2020

    Hi students and happy summer! I hope you are all safe and healthy. I have created a Bitmoji Classroom for our Battle of the Books Team. Bitmoji classrooms are very trendy now, so I thought I would give it a try. You never know what you can do until you TRY. 

    You will have to go on a scavenger hunt for ALL the objects or text that link to activities, videos, audio, websites and more. When you think you have found one, click it!

    Hunt around and find all the links!  A hint- there are nine.

    Click the blue link below the picture to get to the interactive classroom.

    Bitmoji Book Adventure


    Bitmoji Book Adventure 


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  • Listening Much? Podcasts are a great way to relax, LISTEN, and learn! Here are some of the best podcasts for children!

    Posted by Catherine Thomason on 4/30/2020

    Just click on the images to start listening and LEARNING! 

    Remember Reading?

    Harper Collins Publishers produce this podcast about classic children's books. Just click below and listen! 

    Remember Reading? Podcast



    But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

    This podcast is offered by Vermont Public Radio (VPR) .

    But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids



    Earth Rangers

    Earth Rangers is the kids’ conservation organization, committed to instilling environmental knowledge, positivity, and the confidence to take action in every child. They do this through a variety of free programming that children can participate in at school, at home, and in their communities. Here is their podcast!

    Earth Rangers Podcast



    Circle Round

    Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity.

    Circle Round Podcast



    Story Time

    Each story is usually less than 20 minutes long, hopefully just long enough to keep your toddler, preschoolers, and little ones engaged. Story Time is a free fortnightly audiobook podcast for children ages 2-13.

    Story Time Podcast


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  • Libraries closed? No Problem! Check Out these Places to get Books Online.

    Posted by Catherine Thomason on 4/30/2020

    Internet Archive 

    K-12 Student Library


    Search by your grade level to find appropriate books.

     Open Library



    NC Digital Kids (Requires a library card)



    NC Kids Digital Library  


    NC Wiseowl Ebooks 


    This site is free to NC students, parents, and teachers. It requires a password. Ask your teacher or call the school. We cannot post it.

    NC WiseOwl Ebooks

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  • Elementary Battle of the Books 2020-21 Interest Grabbers

    Posted by Catherine Thomason on 4/30/2020

    Kiddos, remember book blurbs are similar to movie trailers or previews. Reading the blurb that is located on the back or inside cover of a book will give you a quick summary of the story being told. The reader will usually find out a little about the main character and the problem he or she is dealing with. In addition, by investigating the cover of the book, readers can tell what genre or type of book it is. Is the book a mystery? A historical fiction story? A humorous, funny book? Science fiction with technology, robots, or a futuristic setting? How about a fantasy filled with talking animals, magical or superhuman powers? 

    Read the blurbs below. Look at the cover. Would any of the books interest YOU?

    After reading ALL the five book blurbs and looking carefully at the book covers, fill out the Google Form as your Exit Ticket to show what you have learned.



    Where the Watermelons Grow

    When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother furiously digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night and talking to people who aren't there, Della worries that it’s happening again—that the sickness that put her mama in the hospital four years ago is back. That her mama is going to be hospitalized for months like she was last time.

    With her daddy struggling to save the farm and her mama in denial about what’s happening, it’s up to Della to heal her mama for good. And she knows just how she’ll do it: with a jar of the Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville, North Carolina, for generations.

    But when the Bee Lady says that the solution might have less to do with fixing Mama’s brain and more to do with healing her own heart, Della must learn that love means accepting her mama just as she is.


    What can the reader learn about the main character from this blurb?



    The Very, Very Far North


    An inquisitive polar bear named Duane befriends an array of animals as he discovers where he belongs in this charming classic-in-the making that’s reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

    In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

    Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!

    What genre is this book? 


    Wildfire Book Cover


     Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

    Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

    The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship -- as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

    At the end of the novel, information about wildfires and useful safety tips add to the reader's understanding of one of the USA's most dangerous natural disasters.

    Can you think of another survival story in another book or movie? Survival stories are very popular!


    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Book Cover

    Kyle is a game fan—board games, word games, and especially video games! Kyle’s hero, the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello, is the genius behind the design of the town’s new public library, which contains not only books, but an IMAX theater, an electronic learning center, instructional holograms, interactive dioramas and electromagnetic hover ladders that float patrons up to the books they want.

    Lucky Kyle wins a spot as one of the first twelve kids invited to a gala, overnight library lock-in filled with of fun and games. But the next morning, when the lock-in is supposed to be over, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the others must follow book-related clues and unravel all sorts of secret puzzles to find the hidden escape route if they want to win Mr. Lemoncello’s most fabulous prize ever.

    What is the problem that the main character faces in this book? The blurb tells the reader what it is.


    Turtle in Paradise Book Cover

    In Jennifer L. Holm’s New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn’t like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She’s smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it’s 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle’s mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn’t like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she’s never met. Florida’s like nothing Turtle’s ever seen before though. It’s hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she’s spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart, Turtle in Paradise is an instant classic both boys and girls with love.

     What is the setting (time and place) of this book? 









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