We chose Guys Read: Other Worlds for our second 3rd Grade Book Club for Boys. Our first was a book swap and was meant to warm the boys up into believing that Book Club for Boys is SUPER FUN AND EXCITING! And, by parellel, reading is to! Did it work? Yes! They all showed up again!
Our motivation for Guys Read: Other Worlds was predicated on a few things: 1) Rick Riordan is wildly popular with the boys in our book club, 2) the boys have read all his books … but not this new short story and 3) short stories work for all different levels of readers.
Because I am lazy, I did the first activity that popped into my head. Aliens were the first thing I thought of since Guys Read: Other Worlds has many alien themed short stories.
First: We build aliens out of legos. (We have tons of legos that I bought my son to keep him off screens.)
Second: We build “Angry Birds” type of structures using blocks in teams. (Learning to work in teams is the real education going on here. My son came up with the “Build Angry Birds Structures” shoot down game previously.)
Third: We shoot down the structures using Nerf Guns. (My kids have been playing Nerf Gun wars all winter in the basement when we insist that they exercise.)
A good time was had by all. After the Angry Birds Shoot Down ended, the boys organized themselves into an all out Nerf Gun fight and things got a little crazy! The boys, however, highly recommend the Guys Read series! I polled them for their favorite stories and they are noted below.
Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka
Prepare yourself for ten trips into the unknown, as ten of your favorite writers—Rick Riordan, who has written an all-new and exclusive Percy Jackson tale, Tom Angleberger of Origami Yoda fame, Newbery medalist Rebecca Stead, Shannon Hale, D. J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Kenneth Oppel, Neal Shusterman, Shaun Tan, and none other than the late Ray Bradbury—spin tales of fantasy and science fiction the likes of which you have never imagined.
The favorite stories from our book club were:
1) The Warlords of Recess by Eric Nyland. This was, by far, the crowd favorite!
2) Bouncing the Grinning Goat by Shannon Hale. My son and I loved this short story! We hope she will write more books for 9 year old boys!
3) Frost and Fire by Ray Bradbury. Won praise for being an exciting adventure!]
4) Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan did not disappoint this Riordan obsessed crowd! We get to meet him next week at a book event! Stay tuned!
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