Project Information


Welcome to Spice It up a Notch with Nutmeg! , a collaborative, authentic, engaging, book project for students in grades 4 through 8. In this project, students read and discuss the Nutmeg Book Award nominees online and contribute to an online encyclopedia (wiki) for each individual book. Students participate in the experience of collaborate writing. They edit, enhance and revise each other’s content, contributing to a published online resource for anyone to read and use.

Project Activities

Students:

  • Read, respond to and discuss the Nutmeg Book Award nominees in their classroom.
  • Participate in online discussions about the books.
  • Contribute to the Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! WikiProject.

2009 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees

Intermediate (4-6)
Teen (7-8)

Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
Close Encounters of the Third World Kind by Jennifer Stewart
Eager by Helen Fox
Free Baseball by Sue Corbett
Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
MVP by Douglas Evans
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Three Good Deeds by Vivian Van Velde

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Day of Tears by Julius Lester
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Heat by Mike Lupica
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver


This project:

 

How to Join!

Although the Nutmeg Book Award is a Connecticut book award program, classrooms from anywhere in the world can participate!

Join the project at any time by sending an email to sblc@eastconn.org with the following information:

  • Your name
  • e-mail address
  • School name and town
  • Grade Level

You will receive a confirmation e-mail with additional participation information.

Project Timeline
You can join the project at any time!
This timeline is meant to serve as a guide. All activities are optional. Pick and choose to best meet your teaching objectives.

 
In the Classroom
On the Computer

Prepare for the Project

Begin to obtain multiple copies of the Nutmeg Book Award nominees.

2009 Intermediate Nominees
2009 Teen Nominees

Register for the Project. Send an email to sblc@eastconn.org with the following information:

  • Your name
  • e-mail address
  • School name and town
  • Grade Level

You will receive a confirmation e-mail with additional participation information.

 

Read and Respond to the Nutmeg Book Award Nominees

 

 Read and discuss the books.

You may want to use some of the following activities to help students deepen their comprehension, prepare for book discussions, and organize their thinking before contributing to the wiki.

Literature Circles
Story Elements Layered Look Book
Journal Response Three Quarter Book
Interest Book

Discuss the books using the discussion boards on the wiki.

Collaborate on the WikiProject

 

 

 


Research interests related to the Nutmeg books.

Create Book Trailers

Write about the story elements of the books on the WikiProject book pages.

Participate in the wiki's Features Pages:
Character Yearbook
Favorite First LInes
Who Said It?
MyCharacterSpace
Book Reviews

Use your research to create links to information on the WikiProject book pages.

Embed your Book Trailers in the wiki.

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