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Christopher Rose's Classroom: Classroom Connections

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Quotes to Inspire...

"Be the person that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and grace." - Unknown

"Sometimes the first step toward change is closing our eyes, taking a breath, and imagining a different way". - Jacqueline Woodson

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Dolly Parton

"The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter". - e.e. cummings

"If we want to achieve anything good, we cannot do it alone." - Dr. Ariel Burger

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett (1906 -1989)

"Choose kindness.  Do more. Peace!" -  Henry Richard, Boston MA, 4/15/18

"The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others". - Eleanor Roosevelt

"My wish for you is that you continue.  Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." - Maya Angelou

Every one likes a compliment”. - Abraham Lincoln to T. Weed, March 15, 1865

Curriculum Resources

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BOOKS! Brand-new, and wonderful!

Barb the Last Berzerker by D.Abdo & J.Patterson - "Barb is a Berzerker, one of a group of warriors sworn to protect the land of Bailiwick from the scourge of monsters that plagues it. But the fearsome crew seem to have met their match in the nefarious Witch Head. Using power from his magical sword, he tricked the Zerks and took them captive. Only Barb was able to escape—and she took Witch Head’s Shadow Blade with her. Now it’s up to Barb to free her fellow warriors so they can stop Witch Head from taking over Bailiwick. On the way, she’ll battle vampire goat fiends, snot goblins, and a giant with serious foot odor issues (but don’t mention that to him—he’s very sensitive about it). Luckily, she’s got her best friend, Porkchop the yeti, to help her." - Simon & Schuster; September 2021

MTH #2: Knight at Dawn Graphic Novel  by Mary Pope Osborne, Jenny Laird & Kelly Matthews.  "A castle. A knight.  A quest! When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back to the Middle Ages, they’re looking for a knight. Instead, they find the Great Hall of a castle where a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren’t exactly welcome guests! For the first time in graphic novel—live the adventure again with new full-color vibrant art that brings the magic to life!" - Random House Books for Young Readers; November 2021

Pugnapped! Commander Universe Saves the Day (Sort of) by Marty Kelley.  Honorary Falcon, Marty Kelley, is back!  His new illustrated novel is funny! "Fourth-grader Stevie Blunt is a huge comic book fan–and he's just found a rare copy of the first issue of Captain Fantastic, featuring a “Top Secret Superhero Training Journal.” Now, all he has to do is dig up the money to pay for it. When a neighbor needs a last-minute dog sitter for her beloved pug, Stevie transforms into Commander Universe, ready to be the hero this citizen needs (and earn the money for his comic book). But then the dog goes missing, and Commander Universe has just hours to find out what happened. Follow the daring escapades of Commander Universe as they dodge mind-controlled squirrels, Mystery Neighbors, and new neighbor Abi in their attempt to save the precious pug". (Sterling; November 2021)


HiLo #8: Gina and the Big Secret by Judd Winick.  "There’s a NEW Earth! The world’s timeline has been turned upside down, and now magical creatures are EVERYWHERE. Gina has to fix things—FAST!  With DJ and HILO’s help, can Gina find the key to turn the world back to what it was? Find out in Hilo 8—a laugh-out-loud, action-packed adventure filled with epic battles! True friendship! Good jokes! Bad jokes! Giant (hilarious) monsters! Spoiled royals! Prophecies! Good! Evil! And much, much more!"  Random House Books for Young Readers; February 2022

The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel by Dan Santat - "Dive in to this whimsically adventurous graphic novel from Caldecott-winning author-illustrator Dan Santat! Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, a marine theme park. But Sophia's world is turned upside-down when an "aquanaut" breaks into the park's research lab. To her amazement, Sophia discovers that the aquanaut is not what it seems: inside lives a band of goofy sea creatures! And when they all realize that Aqualand is more sinister than advertised, Sophia is determined to help the aquanaut crew free the park's captive marine life before it's too late." Scholastic Graphix, March 2022

Max and the Midknights #3: The Tower of Time by Lincoln Peirce - "Everyone’s favorite knight-in-training is back…to back! Max’s twin is public enemy number one, and it’s up to the Midknights to find her before time runs out! But dangers loom, including bloodthirsty trolls, murderous pirates, and even a ruthless king—or two. Can Max and her band of loyal friends unlock the mystery of her past? Lincoln Peirce pens another epic quest in The Tower of Time, book three in the New York Times bestselling Max & the Midknights series". Random House Books for Young Readers, March 2022

Once Upon a Tim by Stuart Gibbs - "Tim is just a peasant, but he dreams big. He wants more out of life than to grow up to be a woodsman like his father. Unfortunately, the only route to success in the kingdom of Merryland is to be born a prince. Still, Tim is determined. He is brave and clever and always tries to do the right thing—even though he rarely gets the credit for it. Then news spreads that Princess Grace of the neighboring kingdom has been abducted by the evil Stinx and Prince Ruprecht needs a legion of knights to join him on his quest to rescue her. Tim finally has the lucky break he’s been waiting for, the opportunity to change his station in life. And even though he doesn’t know how to ride a horse or wield anything more deadly than a hoe, he’s going to do whatever it takes to make sure his dream becomes a reality." Simon & Schuster; March 2022

Sort of Super by Eric Gapstur - "Eleven-year-old Wyatt Flynn had something amazing happen to him: he got superpowers! Good ones too, like super-flight, super-strength, and super-speed. The only problem? Wyatt got his superpowers totally by mistake, and his dad—who’s been overprotective since Wyatt’s mom disappeared—thinks he’s too young for them and worries what would happen if everyone found out. So he makes Wyatt hide his powers.  Keeping such a huge secret from his best friends Beto and Nara is bad enough, but not being able to use his new abilities to defend them from the biggest bully at school makes Wyatt feel useless and frustrated. But his little sister thinks the good his powers could do is more important than following Dad’s rules. Slowly, the two of them become a dynamic crime-fighting duo right under their dad’s nose." Simon & Schuster, March 2022

Trick or Treat Crankenstein! by S. Berger; illustrated by D. Santat.  It is Halloween! Costumes...candy! Who could possibly be cranky on this awesome night? Well...maybe...Crankenstein?  Fans of his two previous adventures won't be disappointed by this holiday tale. Little Brown Books for Young Readers (September 2021)

What If, Pig? by Linzie Hunter - Pig wants to host a party for all of his friends. What a great idea! As he starts making plans, worries creep in. Pig begins to think of all the things that could go wrong.  What if no one comes? This reassuring story reminds us that that everyone gets anxious at times. Luckily, friends (like Mouse) can help. (HarperCollins, June 2021 

Those Are Not My Underpants  by Melissa Martin, illustrated by Troy Cummings - One morning, Bear Cub walks out of the den and sees a pair of underpants hanging from a tree branch. "Those are not my underpants", he says.  Then, he sets off through the forest to find the owner of the underwear.  One by one, he asks everyone he sees, but no one claims the underpants!  Will Bear Cub ever solve the mystery?  Either way, this book is a blast! (Random House, June 2021)

Are You a Cheeseburger? by Monica Arnaldo - When Grub, a burger-loving raccoon, meets Seed (umm... a seed) in a trash can, the result is a funny and heartwarming tale. Grub is certain that, once planted, Seed will grow into a cheeseburger plant, or maybe a pizza plant...or donuts, even? When Seed finally blooms, both he and Grub are surprised. You will be too! Don't miss this fun, delicious tale about food, acceptance, and friendship! (HarperCollins, June 2021)

Pablo and his dad are heading off to a family cookout - it will be great! Pablo is excited. He put his dishes in the sink. He brushed his teeth. All he has to do is get dressed, then they'll be ready to go. But Pablo has made a decision...NO PANTS!  Will they make it to the party after all?  Pablo's story is sure to put a smile on your face.  (Viking Books, May 2021)

"Outside the wind is fierce and yellow birch leaves dart through the air like angry hummingbirds.  It's only the beginning of September, but you can smell the cold coming." (p .4)

"Trying to fit into a new school is like studying for a test for a class you've never taken." (p. 5)

"Then the bell rings and Mr. Wahl, our algebra teacher, slams the door like he's locking in prisoners. A gloom settles over the room that has nothing to do with the clouds outside." (p. 8) from One Kid's Trash by Jamie Sumner. Atheneum, 8/21

"At some point, the clouds had begun fading from the sky.  Only a few white wisps remain, like someone had swiped a paintbrush across the blue that had some white left on it from something else." from A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers.  Algonquin,  3/18.   

When you read those words, did you envision clouds in the sky, or did you picture a paintbrush with wet, white bristles?  Both?

"'Look it up! Learn it! Learn as much as you can, for learning is the opposite of death! Wonderful!' Grandpa was the only person Vita knew who seemed to spark electricity when he talked..." (13)

After spinning off a trapeze: "Samuel's jaw was set, and he did not smile, but there was something strange and prodigious and ferocious on his countenance.  It was the joy of seeing someone doing the thing they were born to do. (74)

Coffee "...tasted, to her, like angry mud, but she was aware that others felt differently". (17)  from The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell. Simon & Schuster, 10/19.


Look at us!

An evening in Spring

Jeff Kinney at Fisk! 11/17

JC SOAKED! Field Day 6/17

First Day 9/1/21 (Serious)

First Day 9/1/21 (Silly)

Everyone's here! 9/2/21


Friday night baking for her brother's Ram's Football team dinner. Nice - delicious too!

Math on the NEW board!

Coding is FUN!

Happy Birthday!


Fisk NINJA WARRIORS - 10/8/21

This guy hiked Cannon Mt. 10/10/21

A friend, a brother, a corn maze & a long weekend...perfect!