The Invention of Hugo Cabret

We have begun reading a new novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” This book is unique to others we’ve read because it is a graphic novel. That means that, out of the 544 pages, about 300 are illustrations. We are intrigued by the mysterious beginning.

hugo cabret
Listen in on our VoiceThread to hear our predictions about this novel. The first slide shares a book trailer that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did.



Have you read this book?

Do you have other books you’d like to recommend?

Fun with Reading

We love to read. So, of course, we are excited about March is Reading Month!

Our schools have many fun activities planned this month like read a cereal box day, read- a shirt day, flashlight reading, and special guest mystery readers. We explore the different reading genres in our classrooms. Our students know that we all enjoy different books. Knowing the genres helps us decide which kind of story we’d like to read next.

Here is a video last year’s Techie Kids created to help others learn about genres.


The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.


In our technology lab, we also explore many websites that share stories with some combination of text, audio, or video.

Here are some of our favorite reading sites.


(Currently 50 links)


This is a Reading Sqworl made just for my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.



Happy Reading!
Tell us about your favorite book and why you like it.

What is your favorite genre?


Can you tell us how your school celebrates reading?


Do you know of any other great reading websites to share?



The Genre Song

Don’t you know that it’s all about the genres? The Techie Kids do. Here’s a project that we started back during “March Is Reading Month.” After seeing what Amy Burvall creates for her high school History students, Mrs. Moore was inspired to try a small scale version with our elementary classes. We hope you are inspired to try something new too!

The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

…Now let’s go and get a good book, baby!


Tell us about your favorite genre and a few books to go along with it.

Can you share an elementary topic that we could make another music video for?

March is Reading Month 2011

The Techie Kids have begun talking about Book Recommendations.


Each year, we look for quality texts at home, at school, and online. When we find something fabulous, we want to tell others about it! We found some wonderful resources a few years ago from Mrs. Newingham  We use her Genre Study Posters and Peer Book Recommendation Forms.






Please leave a comment to share your book recommendations with us.


If you are looking for a book to review, here are some websites to visit that have online stories to read or listen to:




You might be interested in reading some of the fairytales.


Learn English Kids- Short Stories



Mighty Book- Story Books   



Also found on Mighty Book…

Beatrix Potter Stories


Fables and Nursery Rhymes


Thanks to Mrs. Morris & Miss Jordan for posting the links to these websites!




Thank you to Ms. Vivian for sharing this link!



Children’s Library




And now for a few Techie Kids Favorites!

Storyline Online


(This is always a top click.)


Signed Stories




Magic Keys  




Robert Munsch  


(I think this wonderful author website was shared with us last year by Mrs. Watson, thanks!)



Story Cove












One More Story- Pete’s a Pizza




 Silly Books








Reading Is Fundamental




What book are you reading right now and how do you feel about it?


Can you share with us a fabulous book that you’ve read recently and just what makes it so great?


If you had to pick your favorite genre, please tell us which you would choose and share an example.


Try out this Scholastic widget to find books, authors, and genres.


Destiny Card Catalog

This past week, our 2nd-5th grade students were learning about the Destiny Card Catalog system here at school. We would like to say a special thanks to Ms. Pochmara for teaching us some cool searching strategies! We had so much fun locating books that we didn’t even know our library had. Destiny allows students to do a basic, advanced, visual, and category search. These different ways to search were very interesting and encouraged us to find texts we haven’t read before!




 Use our WallWisher to let us know your favorite genre and book or book series.


Do you have a way to search for books in your schools’ library?


What is your favorite method of searching for library books?


Can you share a unique book that you have read or found in Destiny?


What do you know about the Dewey Decimal System?