When Mrs. Henshaw hands out eggs for a science project, Sally is concerned because hers looks different. When beaks start poking through the shells ofWhen Mrs. Henshaw hands out eggs for a science project, Sally is concerned because hers looks different. When beaks start poking through the shells of incubated eggs, Sally's comes out green and scaly. The teacher tries to pass off Sally's hatched creature as a chick that looks different. Sally names him Argus.
Argus grows faster than the other chicks. He doesn't look the same or eat the same. When the other chicks peck, Argus chews a hole in the ground. When Argus eventually disappears, Sally is at first relieved, but she keeps worrying about him. This story could be a fun introduction to any science unit where children raise an insect or animal....more
Did you know Queen Elizabeth of England had her horses' tails dyed to match her own red hair? Have you heard that men tried cleaning their wigs by bakDid you know Queen Elizabeth of England had her horses' tails dyed to match her own red hair? Have you heard that men tried cleaning their wigs by baking them inside loaves of bread? Classical music was once called "longhaired" music because of how the composers and musicians had unfashionable hair. All sorts of animal waste was used to try and encourage hair to grow. Some people even put live birds in their hair!
With Big Wig author Kathleen Krull has created a nonfiction picture book filled with wild and wacky facts. The more disgusting facts about hair and how it was treated are sure to appeal to upper elementary students. Many of the issues behind these hair styles, such as revolutions, popular movements and class conflict make this a good selection for older students as well. The back of the book includes 'hair extensions' that go into more detail about the different historical times. I laughed to read that George Washington gave people who wanted locks of his hair strands from his horses instead. ...more
There's a war in Ms. Sanchez's third grade class between three of the boys. Ever since the end of Christmas vacation, Jared Matthews and Stanley WashiThere's a war in Ms. Sanchez's third grade class between three of the boys. Ever since the end of Christmas vacation, Jared Matthews and Stanley Washington have had it out for EllRay Jakes. Jared and Stanley don't pull things in the classroom, at first, but they are at EllRay during lunch, recess, break and other times when they are out of sight from teachers and other adults. They know how to hide their rib-aching digs and other things they're doing from other kids as well. EllRay swears Jared's biggest aim is to make him cry in front of everyone at school.
EllRay's determined not to let anyone know what Jared and Stanley are doing to him. He doesn't want other boys taking sides and making this war bigger because that wouldn't end things for EllRay. He doesn't want the girls chattering about the war and staring. He definitely doesn't want his parents involved. Not when they are already on his care for his progress report, the one that says "Behavior: Needs Improvement." His teacher is calling home each day with a report on him now and his dad grills EllRay about his day. Then a prize is dangled in front of EllRay - a day at Disneyland if he can hold it together for a whole week.
Each day, EllRay struggles not to react to Jared and Stanley, not to blow up. He tries not to make the other kids laugh or make faces. The week gets worse and worse, and still he keeps trying to hold it together.
What I really enjoyed about this book was Jared's family. His mom's a writer who gave EllRay and his sister unusual names. EllRay's dad is a geologist, who is busy and serious all of the time. EllRay's commentary on his parents throughout the book tells a lot about him. His younger sister Alfie is hilarious. When EllRay has a headache, she suggests he "try sleeping with your feet on the pillow because maybe then your headache will get mixed up and go someplace else!"
The next book in this series is EllRay Jakes is a Rock Star!...more