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Thursday, September 17, 2009

And We're Off!

Another school year of Literacy Launchpad began this week! Yay!!

As most of you probably know, I create all my own lessons for Literacy Launchpad. And I'm finally getting to the point where I LOVE just about every one of the lessons in my arsenal. Of course, I still can't stop from reading new books, creating new lessons, and trying new ideas. But being able to go to my closet and have this week's super fun lesson all ready and waiting for me was awesome!

We read a book that always turns out to be a favorite - The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. This is the perfect read to kick-off the year, but sometimes I regret starting the year off with this one, because it sets a high standard, and my students ask about it the entire rest of the year. A good problem to have, I suppose?

The Incredible Book Eating Boy is about Henry, a boy who begins eating books (by mistake) and then discovers that he likes them, and that the more books he eats, the smarter her gets! But all good things must come to an end. Henry begins eating too many books, and all the info he learns gets scrambled in his brain and he suddenly doesn't feel so smart anymore. Then he even gets sick from eating too many books! What's Henry to do? In the end, he decides to read books instead of eating them, and discovers that he can still learn things that way!

I'm not sure exactly what it is that makes my students fall so in love with this book. Perhaps it's the puking part? Whatever it is, it sticks with 'em. And I'm sure I'll be hearing requests for an encore of this one for many months to come!

Check out the photos of the fun we had!

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