28.03.2014

Reading books for 5th graders need

Billy Durant created General Motors in 1908 by consolidating Buick Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Pontiac. There are 1.6 Billion people in the world without electricity [that means no refrigeration, too]. Studies find that married couples with a rich vocabulary of teasing nicknames and formulaic insults are happier and more satisfied. CHALLENGE #150: What do the ancestors of these have in common: rye, oats, turnips, radishes, beets, leeks and lettuce? HUMOR [?]: The economic crisis appeared worse in Asia as Japanese banks are the latest to be hit. Now ya know: In the Palace of Versailles, Marie Antoinette demanded a system of locks so she could bolt her bedroom doors from her bed, furthering rumors of infidelity. Someone who is saturnine [SAT-ur-nyn] might be sad, gloomy, melancholy, sullen, morose, sour, surly, sardonic, and slow to shift moods.
Since the 1970s, the government of Bhutan bases decisions on Gross National Happiness rather than GNP. After being home schooled, he started at the University of Glasgow at age 10 and was the top of his class in mathematics, logic and classics. If you've ever invented a new word, you've created a neologism [nee-ALL-uh-jiz-um] and you are a neologist. In 1824, after a series of financial embarrassments, his family moved to a a€?mean, small tenement,a€? and he dropped out of school, at 12, for 10-hour days at a shoe-blacking factory. CHALLENGE #150 was: What do the ancestors of these have in common: rye, oats, turnips, radishes, beets, leeks and lettuce?
CHALLENGE #151: In 1970 in NYC, 127 people started something that has become a major attraction to foreigners. FACTOID: Equality of people and natural resources was the reason so many western states look rectangular. Peculiarities: Pikes Peak is spelled without an apostrophe by law, according to the CO legislature in 1978.
CHALLENGE #151 was: In 1970 in NYC, 127 people started something that has become a major attraction to foreigners. CHALLENGE #152: He refused a seat at Forda€™s Theater the night Lincoln was shot [1865], but was present at the assassination of Garfield [1881] and McKinley [1901].
Featured Quote: a€?Markets need certainty and predictability, and the administrationa€™s actions have actually increased uncertainty and unpredictabilility.
BIG Q #65 : An industrial farm with 5,000 hogs produces as much waste as a town with 20,000 people. Ornery is a dialect use of ordinary and has also been spelled awnry, o'nary, onery, onry, ornary, and ornry. As children, we typically feel slightly older than we really are, but around age 25-30 we begin to think of ourselves as younger. CHALLENGE #152 was: He refused a seat at Forda€™s Theater the night Lincoln was shot [1865], but was present at the assassination of Garfield [1881] and McKinley [1901]. BIG Q #66: Can we really understand our own religion without a deep and sympathetic understanding of at least one other?
HUMOR [?]: Did you hear that Somali pirates were issuing a new ransom-backed security to buy Citigroup?
Gore's Law:A  As an online climate-change debate grows longer, the probability that denier arguments will descend into attacks on Al Gore approaches one. Conservative Republican Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover [some of our worst until now] appointed eight Justices to the Supreme Court.
Deuteronomy means a€?2nd lawsa€™: the 5th book of the Bible containing a recapitulation of the Ten Commandments and much of the Mosaic Law. CHALLENGE #154: What do the following have in common:A  Eugene Oa€™Neill, William Burroughs and his wife, Charles Mingus, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Charlie Parker and Sid Vicious? Bonus Q: How much new debt and new obligations were piled up in 8 years by the Bush administration?
EXTRA Bonus Q: a€?I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency, curiously enough.a€? GWB said about what?
Words that sound like what they mean: sarcastic, grisly, moist, esoteric, effervescent, awkward, delicious. Unlike a politician, a statesman must have: a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision, ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision.
Remember Bill Clintona€™s farewell speech where he truthfully said he was leaving the country a€?on track to be debt-freea€? by the end of 2009?
POLISH is pronounced two ways, depending on whether or not the first letter is capitalized. EXTRA Bonus Q answer: When asked by People magazine what moments from the last 8 years he revisited most often, W talked passionately about the pitch he threw out at the World Series in 2001. CHALLENGE #154 was: What do the following have in common:A  Eugene Oa€™Neill, William Burroughs and his wife, Charles Mingus, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Charlie Parker and Sid Vicious?
Featured Quote: Multiculturalism is having conversations of respect across significant differences. Now ya know: More than 90% of known chemicals contain carbon--and, therefore, are part of a€?organica€™ chemistry. Peculiar--The origin of the word: from the Latin meaning a€?private propertya€™ from pecu a€?cattlea€™ meaning cattle as private property.
CHALLENGE #156: He had alcoholic parents, flunked kindergarden, was a poor student, stammered badly and was dyslexic, but excelled at sports and drama class.
BIG Q #69 : Why were two of the greatest teachers [who never wrote a book], Socrates and Jesus, executed on trumped-up charges? HUMOR [?]: A very elderly gentleman (mid 90s), well dressed, hair groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel, smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a great image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge.
The QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1873 to force typists to type as slowly as possible since typewriters at the time easily jammed. The major killers of humanity throughout our recent history--smallpox, flu, TB, malaria, plague, measles, cholera and AIDS--are infectious diseases that evolved from diseases of animals. CHALLENGE #156 was: He had alcoholic parents, flunked kindergarden, was a poor student, stammered badly and was dyslexic, but excelled at sports and drama class.
BIG Q #70 : Does an absolute morality exist; are some things always right or wrong in all times, places and circumstances? Now ya know: The Athenian trial, of Socrates for example, lasted no more than one day, with 501 jurors--they were the rules in the democracy of Athens.
Every time an animal eats a plant or another animal, the conversion of food biomass into the consumera€™s biomass is typically 10% efficiency: it takes 10,000 pounds of corn to grow a 1,000-pound cow.


Medieval Islam had far higher literacy rates than contemporary Europe and assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization such that many classical Greek books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. In 2006, the FBI had 33 agents with a€?some proficiencya€™ in Arabic, while the NYC Police Dept. The sole foreign domesticated mammal adopted in Australia was the dog [from Asia around 1500 BC] and became the wild dingo.
The earliest attested precursors of ceramics are fired clay figurines made in the area of modern Czechoslovakia, 27,000 years ago. CHALLENGE #158: Carefully weigh 200 pounds of nutrient-rich soil and plant a sapling in it. A colorful, engaging, FUN language arts workbook that gives fifth-graders important vocabulary-building practice.Continuing the successful "Scholastic 100 Words" line of exciting new language arts workbooks, this product focuses on 100 essential words kids need to know by 5th grade. Also, I’ve added the genre just under the title so you can skim for what most interests your child. Truly and her family now live in her father’s small hometown after her father, a soldier, returns from Afghanistan a changed man. This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. My 10-year old found this book SO RELATABLE — just like she struggles with confidence and speaking up, so does the main character, Peppi. Ada and her brother escape their mother’s abuse when the London children are evacuated during WWII and go to live with a grieving woman in a small country town.
Honestly, I could care less about chickens — unless they have magic — which the chickens in this story do!! Roller Girl shows the struggles of friendship and finding your place in the world as Astrid works hard to become a better roller derby skater, reconcile her ending friendship with her best friend, and develop a new one.
They’re not supposed to be in the woods, but to avoid Chad the bully Tamaya and Marshall go there anyway. The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson REALISTICYou may know Paterson as the author of Bridge to Terabithia. Three friends, ammeter sleuths, are certain that the Winter Sun Festival President’s murder is no accident. A marvelous adventure of hope and fantasy about an orphan named Lottie who finds herself in another world, the world of her parents.
The 2nd book in this series, Logan and his friends, Blue and Zoe are convinced that the menagerie’s smallest dragon didn’t eat the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. My 10-year-old loves these stories about an angel named Aria who is earning her wings by helping girls who are struggling in some way. Raina shares her growing up stories with humor and amazing art in these three popular books. I read Shark Bait in the Extreme Adventure series and though it was a fantastic book, especially for kids who love action, danger, adventure, with some cool environmental focus thrown in for extra pizazz. I highly recommend this powerful story of two maltreated girls who hope for a better future. I LOVE this fantastically developed historical fiction story for several reasons – the girl-centric history is really interesting (and empowering), the characters are so well-developed you feel as if you know them, and the plot is a grand adventure! I thought this was not just a great story but I loved that the main character (the ninja) was a girl! Check your inbox in the next few hours to get your promo code for a discount of 15% on your next order at The Scholastic Store. Such a personality is like that of someone born when the planet Saturn was rising, according to the ancient Romans. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, James Brown, Billie Martin and Nicolas Ceausescu have what in common? What do the following have in common: Strawberry Fields, Solitaire, May Day, Tiffany Case and Jinx? Some other such words: JOB, LIMA, RAINIER, READING, NICE, NATAL, MALE, SAID, WORMS, EWE, and BAD. You arena€™t the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients and you wona€™t be the last a€“ and youa€™re single. And, 150 years after publication of a€?Origin of Species,a€? the majority of Americans dona€™t believe we evolved.
By November 1923 a dollar was worth 630 billion marks, a loaf of bread cost 140 billion marks, and Germany was disintegrating under the strain..
Colorful art and photographs illustrate the 256 pages of lively activities, including reading and writing practice, comprehension, critical thinking exercises and word puzzles. Truly helps her father and his sister in the family bookstore where she finds a valuable first edition of Charlotte’s Web which leads her on mysterious treasure hunt.
Dess is a surviver who is reunited with her baby brother in his long term foster home which Dess helped him get after she called social services on her mother.
This Rapunzel is set in the wild west — she uses her braids to lasso bad guys while searching for her mother with her sidekick Jack. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts.
This well-done graphic novel tackles the issues of friendships and confidence, among other things. Which means that Warren is the bellhop, valet, groundskeeper, and errand boy for very few hotel guests in the once popular hotel. If he can avoid his dangerous brother, and play soccer on this team, maybe Tangerine County, Florida won’t be so bad after all.
Like that novel, this new chapter book is a powerful heart-gripping story of loss, acceptance, and coming of age. The story is about a girl named Sophie whose parents use Dream Catchers to catch, refine, and sell dreams. Lizzy and Fairday discover an old diary, a picture, and other clues that lead them to discover an alternative universe where the house hasn’t aged. She hopes to find a cure for her best (and only friend), Eliot but instead must save quest to save the mysterious letter writer who has the cure that the King also wants. Skulduggery is a skeleton, yes, but he’s also a detective who solves crimes in the magical world. They use their brilliance to help others by stealing from crooks and redistributing the wealth. The narrator is a white girl in the south who is nothing more than a slave to her family, she doesn’t even have a name. Visit Book Clubs to learn more about our unique selection of affordable titles and our growing collection of new Scholastic eBooks.


The word has two parts: neo-, from the Greek neos (new), and -logism, from the Greek logos (word, speech).
They shrewdly cornered the market on a black, sticky substance to cover the roads they were building. Includes special dictionary pages and dictionary skill tips and colorful bookmarks with vocabulary-building tips. I loved how the journey for clues develops simultaneously as Truly finds friends and her place in the town! This is a wonderful story.
The foster family loves on both kids but their biological daughter Hope struggles between jealousy and compassion for her new sibling.
But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. Ivan is kept in a cage in a run-down mall for 27 years without seeing another gorilla, only the stray dog, Bob, who sleeps with him, Stella the Elephant, and Ruby, a newly purchased baby elephant. The book is written as letters from a girl named Sophie, who is newly living at the farm of her dead great-uncle Jim. Not only is this story compelling and interesting, the symbolism and life lessons were stunning.
After some horrific things occur including a murder, Paul remembers how he lost his vision and makes a stand for what is right.
I actually wish they had included a map so I could picture it in my head and maybe take my own kids. Gabby’s brother is hospitalized indefinitely and her mom is totally focused on her brother. Wyatt’s crush, Suzanna, helps the friends make a plan, and as you can imagine, disaster and hilarity strike. In this adventure, they steal a super spy computer that if in the wrong hands would be terrifying.
She meets and joins a runaway slave who is escaping the horrific brutality of slavery and separation from her family. Together they find kindness and hope with a Quaker family.
She thinks she will fail when she rescues three children from Baba Yaga’s cage but she passes. Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks.A Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.
Meg and her brother, Charles Wallace, and friend, Calvin, set of to find her scientist father who disappeared while researching tesseracts. Warren needs allies and ideas about where to search so he can discover the treasure first and save his family’s hotel.
She writes to her dead abuelita, her dead great-uncle Jim, and Agnes of the Extraordinary Chickens catalog. They’re transported to an island filled with the original stolen children, and an island filled with massive, evil rats and other creatures. Angel’s used to taking care of her brother but now she must take care of her grandma, too.
If they don’t discover the real culprit, the menagerie might be closed down and the dragon exterminated. She picks a new name, Valkyrie and becomes invaluable to Skulduggery as they both fight to save the world from evil.
I totally loved this book and know your kids (especially those who like humor) will as well. In this first adventure, Mary and Ada learn about another historical figure who invented hypnotism and solve the case of a stolen heirloom.
Only Mike hates math and when he gets sent to a small town for the summer with distant relatives, Mike learns is true value. But before he can, he tries to figure out a mysterious prophesy told to him by a crazy teacher, discovers there’s a plot to overthrow the government, and learns about a group of people who might be his ancestors thought to be long dead.
Excellent storytelling and illustrations kept me totally enthralled in this not-your-average-fairy tale story.
But, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop.A Analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal. What’s worse, when her mom takes the brother an not Angel, now her worry and loneliness feels unbearable. He’s about to be fired from his reporter job because he only writes about cats, not news.
I think your kids will enjoy these fun-to-read, action and mystery books with fantastic characters and storylines as much as I did. Specifically the chickens — starting with the first one she discovers wandering around. Making things more bearable is a mysterious neighbor who teaches Angel about constellations, sparking a passion for astronomy.
The Girl in the Torch is a touching middle-grade historical fiction novel that follows an orphaned girls journey to America and struggle to stay.
I love the interactinivity and the progressive way the authors teach the logical thinking of programming. This ended on a cliff-note which is always kind of irritating but was an interesting take on this Grimm fairy tale.
He tells Angel that she is made up of the same stuff as stars — and encourages her to keep surviving.
For awhile she hides out in the Statue of Liberty, then the watchman finds her and lets her stay at his boarding house. There Charlie begins to have the most horrible nightmares — nightmares that blur between reality and dream.
And when the witches steal Charlie’s brother into the nightmare world, he goes to rescue his brother. Although it is strange that she wants to sleep in a box with newspaper and climbs trees in terror whenever dogs come around.
Charlie and his friends must learn to face their fears in order for the nightmare world not to have access to the real world. I think this book would be great in a book club for discussion about fears, real and perceived.



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