Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wrapping Up Our Mock Caldecott

Today wrapped up one of my favorite units of the year, our Mock Caldecott. For the past three years I have had the pleasure of teaching this unit to my fifth graders while Margie Myers-Culver teaches the same unit to students in her district in Michigan. We select the books at the start together and then don’t really chat again until it is time to announce the winners from each respective class. This we do via Skype. I'm always so excited to see if any of the same books were chosen by our classes.

This year there was such a bounty of books, we had a hard time narrowing down our choices. You can see our original list HERE, but today I want to share the winning titles:

From Mrs. O’Brien’s class (honors first)
  • Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads written by Bob Shea, Illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Little Elliot, Big City written and illustrated by Mike Curato
  • Shoe Dog written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

And our winner was…
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend  written and illustrated by Dan Santat 

From Mr. Peasley’s class (honors first)
  • Blizzard written and illustrated John Rocco
  • Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 written and illustrated by John Hendrix
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
And our winner was…
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend  written and illustrated by Dan Santat
And from my homeroom
  • My Teacher is a Monster! (No I’m Not.) written and illustrated by Peter Brown
  • Blizzard written and illustrated John Rocco
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
And our winner was…
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend  written and illustrated by Dan Santat
Can you believe it? I've never had the same book "win the gold" in all three of my reading classes!! 



 After our Skype visits with the classes yesterday and today, we had the opportunity to "shop the room" for some books to read over winter break. All in all, a great day. 

 
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