February Currently

Here it is…my Currently for the month of February. 

Loving: I'm loving the book Elvis and the Underdogs. I blogged about it HERE!

Thinking: Yep, I live in the south. Yep, we got snow. AND Yep, we all freaked out! I'm over it..

Wanting: Is anyone else thinking about going to the TPT conference in Las Vegas? I am and I'm super excited! I can't wait for more details to be released this month.  I'm really wanting to plan a vacay!

Needing: I really need to run… my mom got me a fitbit for my birthday (I turned 28 a few days ago!) and it constantly reminds me that I need to run. Like everyday…it's telling me I need to run. 

And My 2 Truths and a Fib:
FIB I have two miniature dachshunds and a cat named Sally.  I only have one miniature dachshund, named Ramsey. (The one I was listening to snore!) I really wish I had another one, because the saying is true: Dachshunds are like potato chips, you can't just have one. I also don't have a cat. I also don't wantt one. I grew up with a cat named Sally. She was beautiful, but I have a terrible allergy to cats now. 
Truth: I won a State Championship in golf in high school. Yep, that's true. I shot a 99. If you know anything about golf at all…you know that's pretty terrible. Girls didn't really play golf in Georgia when I was in high school. I also had a girl on my team who shot in the 70's. Average our two scores…and we won! 
Truth: My husband is a captain in the U.S. Army.  He is! I love him and I'm proud of him : )

Enjoy your February!

If you Liked Wonder, Read This…...

If you LikeD Wonder, Read This…...


If you read and enjoyed the book Wonder, then you will love Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee.
Both books share a very similar theme…don't pick on the underdog! Lee has a comical style of writing that will entertain any kid….even the most reluctant reader.

The story is about a 4th grade boy named Benji who breaks a record every year for the most days of school missed, because he is always in the hospital. Benji has a number of things wrong with him, including a serious allergy to walnuts, a terrible habit of fainting when he is nervous, and a new problem with seizures. It's his new diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy (epilepsy of an unknown origin) that allows him to acquire a therapy dog. His therapy dog arrives and Benji quickly learns that there is nothing normal about this dog. He's large (very large!) and he talks. Elvis and Benji become great friends. Elvis even helps Benji find his "pack" and Benji learns that maybe Billy, the school bully, has his own set of problems too. Not that this is an excuse for bullying Benji around, but maybe they have more in common than he realized.

I love both of these book so much I created novel studies to use with the 4th and 5th graders at my school. I feel that both novel studies would be appropriate for either grade, but I read Elvis and the Underdogs with my 4th graders and gave Wonder to our 5th grade teacher. Both classes really enjoyed the books and we able to teach a little character education at the same time!

Find the novel study HERE! 

Find the novel study HERE!

Here are some pictures from both novel studies. 

Elvis and the Underdogs