Online Journal of
"The Looneys Love Regional Literature" (1998)
project based at the Joseph Lee Elementary School in Boston, Massachusetts
Visit the itinerary and titles for read alouds to Looney Larry, Looney Lester, and Looney Lisa."
February 9 - 13, 1998 - - Buffalo Grove, IL
Prairie Elementary School - Buffalo Grove, IL
Jeanette Saltzberg's 4th graders
Illinois titles suggested for read alouds.
Friday, 6 February 1998 14:47:08 -0600
Looney Lester has arrived in Buffalo Grove, Illinois! He's cute, adorable,cuddly, fuzzy and cool!
Your ideas are very creative - - like putting your pictures on the box and in a picture album.
Here's a hinck pink for you (two words that rhyme and answer a riddle). An example would be: What does a rabbit sit on? [Answer: a hare chair]
Another: What would you call Looney's scarlet colored face? [Scroll down for the
A red head
Mrs. Saltzberg's Fourth Grade Class
Tuesday, 10 February 1998 13:51:37 -0600 -0600
Looney Lester Lobster
Looney Lester came home with me on Friday. My friend Eric came home on the
bus that day. It was a long ride, but with Lester it felt like it was short. Looney Lester and I went to Friday night services on February 6.
That night Looney Lester slept with my lobster Beanie Baby, Pinchers. The
next day Lester went with me to my sister's friend's birthday party.
On Sunday, Looney Lester went to Sunday school with me. When we came home
Looney Lester went snowboarding with me. It was a lot of fun. Later that
day Looney Lester went to my basketball game. He was tired so he slept in
my coat. It was a fun weekend.
Wednesday, 11 February 1998 10:49:24 -0600 -0600
Looney Loves Literature
Dear Ms. Duby's class,
We are reading "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" too, and working on the song with our music teacher. Most of us only know one verse but now we know it can be the chorus and not the whole song.
Did you know that this year Mrs. O'Leary's cow was "vindicated?" It was decided that the cow may not have set the fire. Mrs. O'Leary's family went to the city council about the legend and the cow is no longer held responsible...but...we still like the song!
We'll be thinking of you and your media event program and can't wait to hear about it!
Mrs. Saltberg's class
Wednesday, 11 February 1998 10:50:25 -0600-0600-0600
Looney watched the U.S.A. win its first Olympic medal. He slept with my Beanie Baby lobster, Pinchers. They slept on a blanket right next to my backpack so I wouldn't forget Lester in the morning. He's back at school and reading "Little House on the Prairie." He'll keep his claws crossed for us while we take a social studies test, just like he did during the Olympic skiing.
Tuesday, 10 February 1998 14:18:31 -0600-0600
Things we do
Looney Lester Lobster will be going home with different people at night. He spends the day with our class doing everything we do. The last couple of days have been busy. We're doing reports on mysteries of the universe. We are learning about the stock market. We have Katie's mom here right now doing Art Awareness.
We are also working on a new webpage. It's going to be all about literature because of Looney and because we love literature too. We might even call it "We Love Literature" and talk about Looney Lester. We're telling jokes, and writing hinck pinks, and poems, and book reviews so far. We are writing raps about our class and our school. We are going to put them together to be one rap.
We are starting to learn more about the Midwest and are reading "Little House on the Prairie" as part of our study. We'll learn a lot about Illinois.
We made Valentine decorations with our partner class and sent them to the senior center. We're excited about Valentine's Day even though it's Friday the 13th.
Tuesday, 17 February 1998 14:18:31 -0600-0600-0600
Looney Lester's last day in our classroom was Friday. We did something on the overhead to get ready for IGAP tests. It helps us know what the test
will be like. Looney didn't get it very much. It was too hard for him. He's lucky he doesn't have to take the test in March. He liked the subject, though, because it was about water.
We cleaned desks. Two extra claws came in handy. We did "Little House" groups with the class next to ours. Looney felt bad because he didn't have anything to present. He had his own music book in music class. He liked that! We did our usual spelling work
and silent reading, but Looney wasn't very silent. He was talking to me when he was under my desk. We made our Valentine's Day boxes. He liked the red paper. He matched perfectly for Valentine's Day. He was camouflaged! We ended the day with a party. Looney was very unhappy that he didn't get any Valentines but he didn't send any either!
Lester was camouflaged again with the red punch. He didn't drink very much because he didn't want to spill.
Looney went home with Mrs. Saltzberg after waving goodbye to the mobiles. Her sons wanted to meet him since Looney Lobster was lost in Louisiana last year and they hung out with Looney Lincoln and Looney Lisa in his absence. The family took Looney over to the mayor's house to get a photo of his license plate. He was busy campaigning to become our state representative so Looney didn't get to meet him. Lester's really looking forward to hearing about Ms. Duby's class spending time with the mayor of Boston. Looney decided not to go to the Bulls game with Mrs. Saltzberg's family but
he did get to cuddle up with the Benny the Bull Bean Bag Buddies that were
"game give aways."
Thanks for the great experience of being involved in your wonderful project!
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