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    Mystery Reader Hall of Fame 2014-2015 
     
    October 
     
    Mrs.Beatrice Gibney was our first October mystery reader. She read us a book called The Scarescrow's Hat written and illustrated by Ken Brown. For an activity, students made scarecrow heads. A good time was had by all.
     
    Our next mystery read this month was one of the founding fathers Benjamin Franklin (a.k.a Steven Bochner). Mr. Bochner came dressed in character to read to us from the series Getting To Know The World's Greatest Inventors and Scientist. The book was entitled Benjamin Franklin Electrified the World with New Ideas by Mike Venezia. In groups, students made a circuit with nails, potatoes and pennies.  
     
    November
     
    Our November mystery reader was Caryn Pitchon. She read us a book called One Terrific Thanksgiving by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.  Students received Thanksgiving place mats filled with fun activities. A  good time was had by all.
     
    December
     
    Our December mystery reader was Lauren Grossberg. She read us a book called Zachary's Ball by Matt Tavares. Ask your child what the story was about. Students made magic wish balls of their own.  A good time was had by all. 
     
     
    January
     
    Our mystery reader today was Alissa Baum, mom of Jessica. She read us a book called The Puddle Pail by Elisa Kleven. Ask your child what the story was about. As a project, students made and designed their own treasure boxes with beads and rocks. A good time was had by all.  
     
     
    February
     
    Our mystery reader was Beatrice Gibney. She came back for a second visit. She read us a book called  The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins. As a project, students made the cutest penguin pillows. A  good time was had by all. 
     
    Our second mystery reader this month was Karen Scheffler. She read us a book called The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. Students practiced wrapping a fancy gift. The idea of the lesson was for students to understand that sometimes it's not just about receiving a physical gift. What's important is the special time spent together and being there for one another.
     
    March
     
    Our mystery reader was Eliana's Grandma Marjorie Margolis. She read us a book called One Grain of Rice, A folktale by Demi. Students located India on a map. Students participated in some place value activities. As a special treat, students ate a bowl of rice. The rice was made by Eliana's dad Lee. A good tasty time was had by all. 
     
    Our next mystery reader was Jennifer Menell. She read us a book called Salt In His Shoes, A Story about Michael Jordan written by Deloris Jordan.  Students made necklaces and sports banners. 
     
    Our next mystery readers were Peter and Atara Stahl.  Mr. Stahl read us a book called Inside Your Outside: All About The Human Body by Tish Rabe. Students found their pulse rate by listening to how many times their heart beats per minute. They also found their respiratory rate by having a partner count how often they breathe per minute. They also colored a heart and a lung.
     

    April 

     

     

    Our mystery reader was Navin Amin, grandfather of Faris. He read the book The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola . As a project, the students painted their own colorful rocks. A good time was had by all.


     

    Our next mystery reader was Anya’s mother Gitanjali Pundir. She read the story Nobody’s Mother is in Second Grade by Robin Pulver. As a project, the students sketched what disguise their mother would come dressed as if she came to class. The Students then painted that sketch onto a canvas bag just in time for Mother’s Day.


     

    May

     

    Our next mystery reader was Leah Dembitzer. She read a book called The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. As a project, the students used their imaginations and made their most magnificent thing out of different art supplies. A fun time was had by all.


     

    Our next mystery reader was Alissa Baum Katz. She read us a book called Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch. Students made puppets as the activity. A good time was had by all. 

     
     June
     
    Our mystery reader was Mitchie Mullin. She read us a book called Buzz Aldren, Reaching For The Stars.   She printed astronaut stickers which the students placed on a frisbee and decorated the frisbee. A good time was had by all. 
     
    Our last mystery reader was "Janpa", the grandfather of Lev. He read a book that he wrote. The book was called The First Day of School, Adventures of Ribbert and Ssnick. Illustrated by Janpa's friend Ray Russotto. Grandpa then taught us about our teeth since he's a dentist. All students received a special Angry Birds tooth brush. A good time was had by all.