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Kidsday: 'The Fabled Fifth Graders'

Awesome! Have you ever read a book that's hilarious, and something you can relate to? Well, if you haven't, "The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School" by Candace Fleming (Random House Kids) is it!

This book includes many interesting, weird facts and secrets. Also, this book has many lessons. Well, of course it does; this is a book of fables.

A fable is a short story that has a moral or lesson to it that usually uses animals as characters.

There are many main characters in this book including Mr. Jupiter, Mrs. Turner and Mr. Jupiter's class. Many teachers say Mr. Jupiter is a weird but fun teacher who loves to travel to different parts of the world. Mrs. Turner is an energetic, talkative person. Mr. Jupiter's class is very silly, and they love history, except for one child. If you would like to know more details and facts . . . pick up the book!

A great club to start the day? Go figure

Did you ever wake up early in the morning to do math? Did you ever go to school at 7:30 a.m. and actually want to be there? Did you ever have to do eighth-grade math in fifth grade? Do you know you can become smarter than the average fifth-grader by becoming a club member?

We go to Math Olympiad and we start at 7:30 a.m. We learn math and brain teasers that are really hard. Our teacher is Victoria DeLuise. Math Olympiad is all over the United States. If kids do well on the Math Olympiad test, they get a trophy with their name on it. We think it is a great opportunity to be in the Math Olympiad. Don't give up on the first day because you got all the answers wrong. The questions and answers don't affect your grade. The harder you try, the more you will learn. We get a lot of questions wrong, but we are still in the club and can't wait for the next meeting.

Here, try this: You have 3 minutes. Suppose it is now 4 p.m. What time will it be in 245 hours?

(Answer: 9 p.m.)

-- Kidsday Reporters Giuseppe D'Ambrosio and Joseph Pisano

Now that's funny

Why do witches fly on brooms?

Because vacuums are too heavy.

--Gabriella Rodriguez

Why was the scarecrow afraid of the crows?

Because he didn't have the "guts" to scare them away.

--Paulie Martino

Why did everyone call the kid in a ghost costume a cop?

Because he was working "under cover."

--Will Casale

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Susan Stanco's fifth-grade class, CONNOLLY SCHOOL, Glen Cove

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