Giveaway Entry Directions

Viewing 31 reply threads
  • Author
    Posts
    • #2123
      ann
      Keymaster

      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!)

      #TeamOctopus T-shirts

      • This topic was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by ann.
      • This topic was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by ann.
      • This topic was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by ann.
      • This topic was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by ann.
    • #2157
      CarolAnn
      Participant

      Topics- Finding your own inner strength, leadership, importance of being a lifelong readers, & ways to show kindness without a cost.
      CarolAnn Eppens-4th grade
      Mason City IA 50401
      @MCteachermama
      ceppens@masoncityschools.org

    • #2163
      AlyssaMoore
      Participant

      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
      @MrsMooreTeach5

      • #2337
        rchallway
        Participant

        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.

        Corey Hall

        @rchallway

        5-8 Librarian
        Manheim, PA

        • #2343
          betholson72
          Participant

          We try to bring kids into special school leadership groups every year…we have 2. But I know that’s rare and valuable!

    • #2164
      kimikopettis
      Participant

      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.

      @kcpteachertips
      Kimiko Pettis

    • #2170
      mcastner
      Participant

      Molly Castner-8th grade ELA
      Marshall Middle School
      5145 Wexford Run Rd.
      Wexford, PA 15090
      @mcastner1

    • #2179
      plwyatt1
      Participant

      Paula Wyatt
      Beaubien Elementary School
      5025 N Laramie Chicago, Il 60646
      Librarian to 1100 students PK-8th grade
      Best way to reach me is email plwyatt@cps.edu

    • #2182
      T.Mitchell
      Participant

      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
      @mitchell_tramit

      • #2353
        MelanieHOlson
        Participant

        I agree with you in that talking to students about stepping outside their comfort zone is so important!

    • #2191
      ashley.grimes
      Participant

      Topics: Middle Grade Read Aloud, Feedback for Title 1 School Giveaway, For starters (other texts), & Ideas for Book-Inspired Social Action

      Ashley Grimes
      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
      @middlesisterash
      @ProjectlitRTE

      Thank you so much for this amazing chance!

      • #2338
        rchallway
        Participant

        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.

        Corey Hall

        @rchallway

        5-8 Librarian
        Manheim, Pa

        • #2342
          betholson72
          Participant

          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.

        • #2350
          jenwatscribbles
          Participant

          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!

    • #2198
      teacherfig
      Participant

      Vi Figueroa
      4th grade – Dooley Elementary School – Plano, TX

      @teacherfig
      (Twitter)

    • #2207
      willoughby
      Participant

      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
      @bethlby72 (Twitter)

      • #2366
        lnrussell
        Participant

        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.

    • #2291
      bookladyof3
      Participant

      Topic: inner strength, definitely speaking up,poverty,abuse and single woman with kids. Jodie Chapdelaine school Librarian at Worcester Arts Magnet School @nursepooh1 Twitter utsepooh1@aol.com thank you!

    • #2324
      tbreeden
      Participant

      Tara Breeden, 6th grade teacher
      Wilson Middle School, Fishersville, VA
      @tbreedengrade6

    • #2326
      jessicatiara
      Participant

      Jessica Lingenfelter, English teacher, Park View Middle School Yucaipa, CA

    • #2335
      ageis
      Participant

      Angie Geis
      7th Grade Reading Teacher
      Berrien Springs Middle School
      Berrien Springs, MI
      @GeisAngie
      ageis2278@gmail.com

      • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by ageis.
    • #2339
      rchallway
      Participant

      Topic: Kids with same gender parents. Not seeing much of this in MG? Or if they are there, they seem to be minor characters.
      Corey Hall

      @rchallway

      5-8 Librarian
      Manheim, Pa

      • #2341
        betholson72
        Participant

        Definitely want to see more normalization of lgbtq families.

      • #2354
        MelanieHOlson
        Participant

        I agree that all students need to see characters that not only reflect themselves, but their family structure as well!

    • #2340
      rchallway
      Participant

      Topic: Loss or grief. Family strife (parental fighting, etc)

      Corey Hall

      @rchallway

      5-8 Librarian
      Manheim, Pa

    • #2344
      betholson72
      Participant

      Bethany Olson
      8th Grade ELA
      Spencer County, Kentucky
      @bmolson72
      Bethany.Olson@spencer.kyschools.us

      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.

      • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by betholson72.
      • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by betholson72.
      • #2355
        MelanieHOlson
        Participant

        I love that you are actively having conversations with students about evolving for the better throughout the school hear by becoming better people.

      • #2367
        lnrussell
        Participant

        I love your call to action, be a more enlightened person. When you know more do more.

    • #2347
      jenwatscribbles
      Participant

      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
      Thank you!

    • #2352
      ann
      Keymaster

      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!

    • #2356
      MelanieHOlson
      Participant

      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.
      Melanie Olson
      Grades 2,3 Multi-age
      Buffalo, MN
      @M_Olson_
      #MNGifted

    • #2357
      Shelly
      Participant

      Shelly Seaman
      6th Grade ELA
      Providence Middle School
      Richmond, VA
      @weteachva
      I have taught 3-5 grades for 15 years and finally taking the step to 6th grade!

    • #2365
      jenniferow16
      Participant

      Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to Title 1 school’s.
      Jennifer Smith
      4th grade gifted teacher
      Norris Elementary
      1861 Harrison Rd SE
      Thomson, GA 30813
      Smithj@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

    • #2368
      lnrussell
      Participant

      Nicole Russell
      DPAC Middle School
      Las Vegas, NV
      @LNicoleRussell

    • #2374
      gzus333@yahoo.com
      Participant

      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.

      Topics:
      Partner with another class
      Share ideas
      Questions
      Announcements

      Kimberly Clarke
      5th grade
      CA
      @kimmmburly

    • #2377
      pbarry
      Participant

      Patricia Lang Barry
      Principal Stevens High School
      Claremont, NH 03743
      pbarry@sau6.org
      @patricialbarry3

    • #2378
      lfeinstein
      Participant

      Lisa Feinstein, Literacy Teacher Coach, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Thank you for this book and this opportunity! Twitter: @FeinsteinMrs or email: lfein316@gmail.com

    • #2387
      ktlewis14
      Participant

      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!

    • #2397
      jdepler2
      Participant

      Jackie Epler
      5th Grade – Title 1
      Bragg Intermediate School, Chester, New Jersey

      @jdepler2

      (Fingers crossed!)

    • #2398
      swilcox
      Participant

      Sara Wilcox
      6th Grade ELA and SS in a K-6 school
      Luther Conant Elementary School
      Acton, MA
      @EducatorWilcox

    • #2407
      Aakerr
      Participant

      Hello!
      Alesa Kerr
      6th Grade in a preK-6 school
      Ruby Drive Elementary
      Placentia, CA
      @AlesaKerr

    • #2408
      wquillen
      Participant

      Crockett Middle School, Irving, TX
      Advanced Tech, Entrepreneurship, College and Career Readiness (CTE)
      Boys and Girls Athletics
      6th, 7th, 8th

      Twitter: @CoachQSays or @CougarCTE

    • #2423
      jerrenp
      Participant

      Jerren Pittaluga, 8th grade science teacher
      Clinton Middle School
      600 E Clinton St.
      Clinton, MO 64735
      Twitter: @sciencepittstop

      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!

Viewing 31 reply threads

You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Click here to login