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The third grade “No Girls Allowed Book Club” continues to meet on Friday afternoons in the Library-Media Center.

So far this year, we have…

  • explored Virginia wildlife
  • earned free magazines
  • read articles from Kids Discover magazines
  • listened to GCPS Superintendent, Dr. James Lane, play the trumpet
  • created Origami Yoda
  • listened to funny poetry
  • highlighted chapter books that appeal to boys
  • played the “Who Am I?” game
  • participated in a spooky storytelling event
  • explored nonfiction titles
  • matched jokes to their punch lines
  • listened to audiobooks…and more!

With only a few weeks to go before the NGA Book Club must end for the year, we are trying to put together a few final exciting and engaging activities to inspire our boys to read for pleasure.

We are currently looking for male role models who…

  • love to play basketball (for our upcoming Poetry Slam Dunk Contest)
  • have a special interest they want to share (ie – technology,
  • just want to lend a helping hand during Club meetings.

If you are interested, please contact Susan Vaughan ~

*The NGA Club meets every Friday from 2:40-3:10 PM in the RES Library-Media Center.  It includes every third grade boy who attends RES!

On December 13th, Tom Wilcox from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, visited with the No Girls Allowed Book Club.

Mr. Wilcox shared stories about his past experiences working as a marine biologist and his present career working with Virginia wildlife.  He also gave the boys tips on how to photograph the wildlife in their own backyards.

Mr. Wilcox spoke with the boys about the importance of reading and writing in order to be successful in life.

As a special treat, Mr. Wilcox presented every member of the Book Club with a FREE copy of Virginia Wildlife magazine!  He also gave me some copies of Virginia Wildlife‘s 2014 calendar to give away as prizes at our next Book Club meeting!

After the presentation, Mr. Wilcox gave the boys an opportunity to ask questions and get some hands-on time with some local snakes!

Thank you to Tom Wilcox and the editors at Virginia Wildlife magazine for encouraging our young men to take an interest in reading through learning about our local wildlife.  We are incredibly appreciative!

Last week, when the 3rd grade boys visited the Library for the No Girls Allowed book club, they were thrilled to discover that they enjoyed reading joke books!  Mrs. Spessard led the group on some hilarious adventures!

A 3rd grade boy reads jokes to a friend during the No Girls Allowed book club.

Boys competed in a joke matching tournament during the No Girls Allowed book club.

This week, the No Girls Allowed book club focused on scary stories.  They listened to an audio recording of “The Viper” from Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Then they read four short story beginnings and added text to make the story even scarier.  Finally, the boys began a round-robin scary story-telling adventure.  This story will be completed during next week’s book club meeting.

Boys worked together to begin telling a scary story during the No Girls Allowed book club meeting.

This afternoon, the first meeting of the “No Girls Allowed Book Club” for 3rd grade boys took place.  The boys were introduced to Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda book series and had the opportunity to create their very own Origami Yoda puppets!

Origami Yoda, we made!

Next week, the No Girls Allowed Book Club will not meet due to PTA’s Roadrunner on the Run event.  The next club meeting will be on Friday, October 18th with a focus on joke books!

Third grade boys watched a video that introduced them to Star Wars Reads Day.

An example of an Origami Yoda puppet made during the No Girls Allowed Book Club on October 4th.