Welcome. › Team Octopus › Chance to Win a Read-Aloud Kit, including a Class Set of #TeamOctopus Shirts for Your Class! › Giveaway Entry Directions
July 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm #2123
Wouldn’t it be so cool to surprise your whole class with #TeamOctopus t-shirts?
To be entered in the giveaway:
1) Join the larger conversation in this #TeamOctopus forum, by commenting in at least 4 places, such as in the threads for “Team Up: Partner With Other Classroom/School“, “Ideas for Book-Inspired Social Action“, “Share Ideas for Using the Book with Students,” etc. (You can either start threads that are important to you or respond to others, or both!)
2) Then reply to this topic with your name, grade you teach, location, and your twitter handle (or your preferred way of contacting you if you win.)
The deadline will be September 1st, and the shirts should be ready to be delivered by late September.
(Oh, and not only does this giveaway also include a copy of the book, but CLEARLY it needs to include a class set of #TeamOctopus stickers, too, right? You just have to have each student promise to use the sticker as a reminder of their own inner strength!)
July 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm #2157
July 24, 2019 at 7:10 pm #2163
Topics: Middle School Read Alouds, Feedback for Title 1 School Giveaway, Upcoming Sale of #TeamOctopus Shirts, Ideas for Book-Inspired Social Action
Alyssa Moore – 5th/6th Grade
Birch Run, MI
August 23, 2019 at 7:50 pm #2337
I love the idea of leadership being a topic. This is a skill that is often overlooked in MG, other than for those kids who naturally gravitate towards student council, etc.
August 24, 2019 at 11:43 am #2343
We try to bring kids into special school leadership groups every year…we have 2. But I know that’s rare and valuable!
July 24, 2019 at 7:34 pm #2164
Avalon Park Elementary School
8045 S. Kenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60619
We would be interested in receiving a 5 class set of books for Title 1 school and tshirts for all students.
July 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm #2170
Molly Castner-8th grade ELA
Marshall Middle School
5145 Wexford Run Rd.
Wexford, PA 15090
July 24, 2019 at 10:00 pm #2179
July 25, 2019 at 5:16 am #2182
Topics: Inner strength, Identity, Perspective of others, why kindness & empathy are vital in our world. I noticed that someone shared leadership as a topic. I think I would add to that the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone as a discussion topic and ask what the benefits would be to that as well.
I teach 3rd grade, but I also facilitate the Project Lit group for our 4th & 5th graders. They would be over the moon if we won this giveaway. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
East Clayton Elementary School
2075 NC HWY 42 E
Clayton, NC 27527
August 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm #2353
I agree with you in that talking to students about stepping outside their comfort zone is so important!
July 25, 2019 at 5:58 pm #2191
Topics: Middle Grade Read Aloud, Feedback for Title 1 School Giveaway, For starters (other texts), & Ideas for Book-Inspired Social Action
4th grade Reading & Social Studies, but will be leading our 4th – 6th grade new Project Lit chapter.
Richardson Terrace Elementary
300 N Dorothy Drive
Richardson, TX 75081
Thank you so much for this amazing chance!
August 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm #2338
Identity is a big topic for my MG students. Often the library is the only space they feel safe exploring this topic. It’s why I love books like Octopus, Cactus, and George.
August 24, 2019 at 11:42 am #2342
Identity is how we begin the year, and it returns throughout. I try to use Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards as a baseline. Middle school kids are figuring out who they are…and I want them to realize that they can be inherently good humans.
August 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm #2350
I worked in a library at an elementary school last year and the kids did have sense of being safe and comfortable. I learned so much about them!
Where I work now, I will be the safe place again. I will work with kids who are the most at risk. I can’t wait to share this book with them!
July 26, 2019 at 1:30 am #2198
4th grade – Dooley Elementary School – Plano, TX
August 24, 2019 at 12:34 pm #2349
Yay! A fellow Texan!
July 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm #2207
Sharing ideas other texts, T-Shirts, Ideas — Book Inspired Social Action, Middle School Read Alouds.
Beth Willoughby, School Media Specialist Pre- K to 5 and 8th grade
Faber School, Dunellen, NJ
August 25, 2019 at 4:20 pm #2366
We do school wide DEAR, one of our sixth grade advisories has been looking for a read aloud for their advisory. This would be perfect for them! It would also be a great way to bring Project LIT into sixth grade, currently it’s only available to seventh – ninth graders, due to my own personal bandwidth. I see some great opportunities for our older scholars to mentor the younger ones.
August 11, 2019 at 10:42 am #2291
August 23, 2019 at 10:53 am #2324
Tara Breeden, 6th grade teacher
Wilson Middle School, Fishersville, VA
August 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm #2326
Jessica Lingenfelter, English teacher, Park View Middle School Yucaipa, CA
August 23, 2019 at 3:12 pm #2335
August 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm #2339
Topic: Kids with same gender parents. Not seeing much of this in MG? Or if they are there, they seem to be minor characters.
August 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm #2340
August 24, 2019 at 11:46 am #2344
8th Grade ELA
Spencer County, Kentucky
I strive to challenge perspectives with my kids, eliminate “othering”, build empathy. Teaching is a political act, but my main goal is to show kids who they can be. I challenge them at the beginning of the year that by the end, they will simply be BETTER HUMANS, with a more complete understanding of the world around them, and how they can make it better.
August 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm #2347
I’m so excited to enter this giveaway! I work with Communities in Schools, a nonprofit that works closely with kids just like your characters. I’d love to share this with the 5th graders I work with.
Our school is Title 1 and one of the lowest SES schools in the district with the highest homeless population.
Four topics could be:
In what ways did you identify with the characters?
If you could pick an animal to morph into, what would it be and why?
3. Do you feel different than others? In what ways?
4. How do you handle the hard things in your life?
Our school is Western Hills Elementary, 600 Arapaho, Temple, Texas 76504.
Twitter handle: @jenwatscribbles
- This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by jenwatscribbles.
August 24, 2019 at 12:44 pm #2352
I’m so excited to see all of these entries!! One thing I’m realizing wasn’t clear in the directions is that by commenting on “topics” I meant commenting within the various threads in this entire #TeamOctopus forum — although I must say that I love seeing the topics that are important to you as they connect to the book! I’ve edited the wording of the directions, so hopefully it’s clearer now. I’m sorry if it was ambiguous before!
Also, you all are AWESOME!
August 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm #2356
Topic: Gifted and Talented students who struggle with identity. I teach in a self-contained GT classroom. My students often struggle with self advocacy when faced with adults or peers who they realize are discriminating against them or treating them differently simply for being gifted.
Grades 2,3 Multi-age
August 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm #2357
6th Grade ELA
Providence Middle School
I have taught 3-5 grades for 15 years and finally taking the step to 6th grade!
August 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm #2365
August 25, 2019 at 5:42 pm #2368
DPAC Middle School
Las Vegas, NV
August 26, 2019 at 12:03 am #2374
I found out that one of the core literature books on our list for the year was mistakenly read by the 4th grade class last year, so we have room for this novel. Perfect timing.
Partner with another class
August 30, 2019 at 4:41 pm #2377
August 31, 2019 at 8:39 am #2378
August 31, 2019 at 9:27 am #2387
My name is Karyn Lewis. You can find me at @ktlewis and @MPJHlibrary on Twitter. I am the teacher librarian at a middle school in Katy, TX. I plan to use this set with my library book club this year!
August 31, 2019 at 11:51 am #2397
August 31, 2019 at 6:24 pm #2398
6th Grade ELA and SS in a K-6 school
Luther Conant Elementary School
August 31, 2019 at 8:58 pm #2407
6th Grade in a preK-6 school
Ruby Drive Elementary
August 31, 2019 at 11:36 pm #2408
Crockett Middle School, Irving, TX
Advanced Tech, Entrepreneurship, College and Career Readiness (CTE)
Boys and Girls Athletics
6th, 7th, 8th
Twitter: @CoachQSays or @CougarCTE
September 1, 2019 at 11:12 pm #2423
Jerren Pittaluga, 8th grade science teacher
Clinton Middle School
600 E Clinton St.
Clinton, MO 64735
I know the students in my advisory class would absolutely love to have a t-shirt. They are already enjoying our read aloud of this book!
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