Have you ever done a book exchange?
I did one and it was with my teacher!
We both had a book that we wanted to share. I wanted to shared the the book ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ and my teacher wanted to share ‘Wonder’. I learned more new vocabulary words and morals. Most importantly I read a book that I probably wouldn’t have found by myself.
I will tell you about the book, ‘Wonder’. The main character is a boy named August, with a very unusual face, who is going to “real” school for the first time in fifth grade. August has had over twenty-seven surgeries in his life and he says that his face is worse than you can imagine.
The book takes us throughout a year and we read about many different events in August’ life. Each season has a different narrator, which is different from most stories. We get to see different characters thoughts and feelings about August.
At his new school, August wanted “true” friends more than anything. He has always felt lonely and people have often been afraid of him. However, a kid named Julian bullies him and makes school challenging. Julian calls him ‘zombie kid’, and soon most students call him ‘zombie kid’. He was used to being called names. He knew all the names he was called such as E.T, freak, alien. .. etc. However, there was a girl named Summer, who became his real friend.
I’ve read about a book which was in Korean that was similar to “Wonder”. The main character had no ears. Also, they were both are bullied and face challenges, but both stay positive. They both have happy endings. In Wonder, August earns a special prize for service for his school. In the Korean book, the main character loves to write. The book he writes is published by a big publisher.
This book made me think about how we treat people. We have look at people’s inside and how they act and their personalities. On the other hand, on the outside, a kid might be rich and handsome, but in the inside, it might be possible that they are dark and dirty. It doesn't matter if others have an unusual body, or peculiar hair. They are as normal as you or I. We are all human and have the right not to be bullied.
I really enjoyed reading "Wonder" and finished it in less than a week. If you have time, I really want you to do a book exchange with your teacher, an adult or a friend. You may find a book that is more interesting and challenging than you would have chosen.
3-1 students can now submit new blog posts using a Google form on the "New Entry" page. They can also use the link button to open the form.
These postings will be sent to Ms. B for approval before being published to our blog.
Before you submit a new post remember to:
1. Pick a topic that you find interesting and that you think others may want to read.
2. Edit and revise your post so that it is your BEST writing.
3. Ask a friend or family member to read it.
4. Make sure it follows all our blog rules (no personal information, shows C.A.R.E, is appropriate for school).
Happy Writing and Creating!
Sooyoung, Jian, and Jaehoon here reporting on Korea’s Chuseok holiday and recent classroom celebrations.
This weekend is a major holiday called Chuseok in Korea. Chuseok celebrates the year’s harvest and lasts 3 days. It was originally called ‘Hangawi.’ During Chuseok people traditionally visit relatives who live far away and make songpyeon, a soft and flavorful Korean rice cake. In addition, young and old people wear hanboks, a traditional Korean clothing. Hanboks can have many different colors and patterns. Children often receive money from their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and others during this holiday. They put this money into lucky bags and they can spend it on whatever they like. This means it is a delight to have a GIGANTIC family!
The coolest thing about Chuseok is that we do not have to academies (Yeah!). You may not heard about this, however, South Korean children are some of the most stressed children in the world (studies have proven it)! This is because of endless after-school academies and massive amounts of homework. The worst thing about Chuseok is that we can’t go to school (crying children...jk).
Today at Younghoon, we had a fantastic Chuseok celebration. We made songpyeon to celebrate the holiday. Some of us made songpyeon shaped like characters and some of us made songpyeon with a lot of delicious stuffing. The stuffing of songpyeon is sesame seeds, black beans, mung beans, cinnamon, pine nut, chestnut, jujube, and even honey! In addition, most of us wore our Hanboks. Our classroom looked like a rainbow with stripes, butterflies, dragons, and even flowers dancing around the room!
We also played some exciting Korean games like Gonggi and Jegi chagi (Korean hacky sack) . At recess, we enjoyed dancing and singing Ganggangsulae .
Our classmates will do many different and exuberant things during Chuseok. Sangjun is going to Jeju-do (an island that is in the southern part of South Korea) with his family. Jian has plans to go to Japan and just relax with her family and cute little puppies. Sooyoung has quite a big family, and Jian does too, which is fortunate for us since we can get a big amount of MONEY!
Euiju says, every year, she makes songpyeon with her friends. She really enjoys making songpyeon and she even thinks the relationship between her friends gets better when they make it. She is probably going to do that again this year. Juwon is going to a foreign country. Yongseok will visit his cousin and grandparents.
As you can see, Chuseok is an important holiday for Koreans and our families.
Let us know what your favorite holiday to you celebrate with the people you love in our comment section.
Before the summer break students in 3-1 started experimenting with stop motion animation using an app called Pic Pac. Even short 8-10 second videos can take over a hundred photos and extreme patience to create. In the beginning, we all struggled to get shots without our hands getting in the way, and to move the pieces fluidly. Doing stop motion in class has has provided fantastic opportunities to discuss and practice growth mindset with students.
Several students continued to practice and hone their skills over the vacation. Kioh, Sangjun, Eunsoo and Euiju in particular, have made some wonderful pieces that their classmates have enjoyed viewing. We are currently learning about narrative writing in our Writer's Workshops, and many students have expressed interest in creating animations with more developed story lines.
Here are a few pictures from our classroom and some videos made by the students.
Adventures in 3-1