Giveaway Entry Directions

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  • #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

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  • #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

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  • #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.

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    • #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!

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