Friday, January 25, 2013

Genius Files: a Book Discussion

Wednesday night we hosted out 4+5ers Book Club, which was super fun.

Our icebreaker question: Which soda do you prefer - Coke or Pepsi

Our Trivia Questions:
1. What object stopped the golf cart? Frisbee grenade
2. What must Mrs. McDonald see with her own eyes? Biggest ball of twine
3. How would the government identify genius kids? Standardize tests
4. What book did Coke read?  Catcher in the Rye
5. Who saved the twins from the fire? Bones (the Janitor)
6. What does Coke want his nickname to be? Ace Fist
7. What did Mr. McDonald do at the salt flats? Drove really fast
8. What did the twins insist upon seeing? Biggest ball of twine/ House on the Rocks
9. What type of building is the House on the Rock? An inn
10. What's the twins' birthday tradition? Cupcakes before breakfast.
Bonus: In what room do the twins need to be at 1pm on their birthday? Infinity Room

Discussion Questions:
We normally have a bunch and choose to see what would be fit our groups' mood that night.

We always ask if readers finished the book, if they liked the book, and if it's part of a series, if they plan to continue reading the series.

1. Would you have jumped off the cliff?
2. What city would you most like to fly over in the suits that Coke and Pepsi used?
3. What was your favorite museum they visited?
4. Have you ever been on a road trip with your family?
5. Would you like to be a spy?
6. Would you like to be like Coke and remember everything that you've read?
7. Do you prefer photos or illustrations in books?
8. Do you like it when the author talks to you? Or do you like the author to just write the story?
9. Would you like to be a twin?
10. Did anyone look up the places mentioned by the author?

Activity 1:
Plotting the road trip taken with Google Maps

Activity 2:
State Game
Needed: Paper with lines and number to 50, pencils, and timer
For 1 minute have each student write down as many states as they can remember
Share the number they got.
Have them work in pairs for the next minute.
Share the number they got
Have them work in groups of 4
Share the number they got. 

Activity 3: 
Needed: Blank map of USA
Directions: Take 3-5 minutes and label all the states that you can in groups of 4.

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of plotting the road trip on google maps! Very inventive. :)