I posted on No Tests for Kids at the education group blog, Cooperative Catalyst. Please check out my open response essay on why taking standardized tests is a waste of time for kids and teachers here.
The Hunger Games Books and Movie March 31, 2012
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the best chapter book series ever! I read the whole series and watched the movie with my two friends. I am in fourth grade and I know that everyone says that I’m too young for it but it’s really not that scary. Parts of the movie are scary but they are not that scary even though it’s rated PG-13. They don’t use bad language (unless you call hell bad language). Some people say it’s too violent because of the fighting to the death of 12-to-18-year-old kids but in the movie, it doesn’t show people dying in a very scary way. And when you read the books, you have a mental picture in your mind so it doesn’t have to be that scary.
I wasn’t supposed to read it at first, but my friend in 4th grade read it and said it was really good. My dad and my older sister also read it. My mom said to wait but I read it anyway. I will never regret reading The Hunger Games because I think its the best book/series I have ever read.
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p.s. The official trailer is here.
Sports I Tried January 17, 2012
These are the sports that I’ve done and what I think about them:
Soccer: This sport is my favorite sport that I’ve ever done in my whole life because you get to work with other people and meet new kids. In the beginning, I did NOT want to do soccer at ALL but my parents and my friends convinced me so I ended up loving soccer and doing it constantly.
Snowboarding: I hate being out in the cold winter but I love snowboarding. It’s fun because you get to glide across the snow.
Surfing: If you like snowboarding, you’ll definitely like surfing because you get to be out in the water on a hot day and glide across the water in a fun way.
Gymnastics: I did lots of gymnastics up until I was in second grade. I did regular gymnatics and Rhythm gymnastics. It makes you really flexible but if you don’t do it for one year, you lose all your flexibility. I stopped doing gymnastics because I did too much of it and now I don’t like it anymore.*
Lacrosse: This is my first year of doing lacrosse and it’s just a training session but so far I like it. All my friends are doing it too so it’s really fun because of them too.
Tennis: I did tennis on my vacation in Bermuda and it’s was really fun so I started doing tennis with my two friends and it’s fine but not my favorite.
Skiing: I did skiing before I did snowboarding and it was fun but it wasn’t that much fun. I switched to snowboarding because my friends did it too and one of my friends was going to learn it too so we decided to do it together.
Kickboxing: I just started to do kickboxing with my older sister and my mom and it’s really fun to learn new ways to beat up a bag. I did a little karate before but I wasn’t really good at it and it didn’t really interest me that much so I decided to stop.
Ice Skating: I don’t really like ice skating because I’m not good at it and I don’t like being on blades and going across the ice.
Swimming: I can swim but I don’t want to be on a swim team.
I think kids should try new sports because you can end up liking them like me and soccer.
* Picky Kid Pix’s mom says that she did gymnastics once a week for 1.5 hours. Her Rhythm gymnastics was 2 hours once a week. She only did Rhythm for one year.
As you know Christmas and Hannukah are coming up. Here’s a few things kids like me may like:
- Cheap but good working video camera. The first two are Flip Video cameras. They are easy to use. The other one is waterproof.
- If your child has something they like but it’s broken, get it fixed or get a new one for them like a computer, iPod, MP3 player, or a laminator. Beware of the Fellowes laminator. I have one and my friend has one, and they both jammed and broke.
4th Grade Books Recommended by a Fourth Grader September 4, 2011
I was assigned a summer reading project for going into 4th grade and I had to read five books and write about them. These were the books I chose. My favorite book out of all of them is Mr. Popper’s Penguins and I recommend them for kids in fourth grade but also third grade and fifth grade might like them too.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
I liked this book because it was about a boy that was really young and he got famous because he just made up this word, “frindle,” instead of pen.
The Tail of Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler
I liked this book because it was about a girl who didn’t even know she was a mermaid but found out during her first swimming lesson.
How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
This book started off as a bet and a boy named Billy had to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days and a boy named Alan had to give him $50 (which was a lot during the olden days) if he succeeded but Alan thought Billy couldn’t do it but found out that he could so Alan had to trick Billy into not eating them.
I’m putting Harry Potter last only because I haven’t finished the whole book. I’m putting Penderwicks first because it’s the best book in the whole world because it’s so funny. Matilda is in 3 on my list because it’s great but I like Penderwicks and Because of Winn Dixie a little bit better. What is your favorite book? Please leave a comment.
10. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Very good for 2nd grade and up. The first book is not scary at all. Once you get to the fourth book, it gets scarier.
9. Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
This was the book that I picked for my book club. My friends loved it. We decorated cricket cages and my mom bought the feeder crickets from the pet store. My crickets got released the next day in my garden but my friend’s cricket lived for a week. Do not buy the crickets ahead of time and get extra because they do not live very long (a day or so). I think it is for grades 3rd through 5th.
8. George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
This book, in my opinion, is the funniest book of all Roald Dahl’s books. I think it’s so funny because he has to make medicines over and over and over again. For grades 3rd through 4th.