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No Talking by Andrew Clements (2007)

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Dave wants to be like Gandhi and be silent to see if it'll really clear his mind as it did to Gandhi, But he mistakenly battles the 5th grade girls to a contest with no talking. Ground rules are made and the competition is in full effect. In the midst teachers start to notice and where some don’t seem to be bothered by it others are. Later down the line, they are trying to make it where neither team loses or win. The boys and girls showed an recognizable amount of change during the book. They no longer cared about the competition because they like each other. I think students should be more quiet as they did in the book but rather at the correct time. I liked the maturity they gained throughout the whole book. It went to boys and girls arguing to them basically giving up the comp. I didn’t too much like the book, but it was really decent and taught a great lesson. ( )
  lasmith7 | Sep 17, 2016 |
No Talking covers an entire 5th grade's boy vs. girl contest on the ability to keep quiet for 48 hours. Dave and Lynsey set up the contest after one is inspired by history. Teachers soon catch on and are torn between allowing the hi-jinx to continue or end them. Clements writes the story in a way that the narrator is both omniscient as well as limited, as well as exposing the challenges that comes with limited communication. We have to be mindful with our words, respectful of our children, understanding that speech is not always necessary. I loved this book, the changing point of views made it interesting and different, the premise is incredibly realistic and relateable. ( )
  rparks | Sep 15, 2016 |
This book is about a no talking contest between the boys and the girls in the class. Each team had a captain who could only say a certain amount of words for their team. Some of the teachers do not agree with it and some teachers love the idea. At the end they made it even and they had fun doing it even though they had a lot of conflict. This book is good to teach children to work through their problems and be fair to each other. ( )
  knbenson6584 | Sep 15, 2016 |
No Talking is about a little boy named, Dave, who challenges the girls in his fifth grade class to a competition of not talking.
Dave read about Gandhi's practice of maintaining silence to "bring his mind to order" and thought that he could do the same. Soon enough, Dave and Lynsey spread the word to their other fifth grade friends and everyone in their class begins to do it. If the teacher asked a question or made a comment the children would either smile and nod or not exceed three words in a sentence.This book is very funny and witty. What really drew me into this book was the narration. It felt like someone was giving me a tour of this funny little guy, Dave. I recommend this book for students to read because it is entertaining, teaches a great lesson, and shows that kids can have self-discipline. ( )
  Neshia.Rowe | Sep 15, 2016 |
"No Talking" is about Dave, a boy who has started an experiment inspired by Ghandi of not talking for a whole day. As he tries this out, he eventually gets interrupted by Lynsey, a girl in the same grade level as him. They start arguing about who could stay silent the longest: boys or girls. With this argument, it starts a competition between the 5th grade boys and girls to see who can be the most quiet for 48 hours. All of the students had their own individual issues and approaches to how to complete this challenge, which was very interesting to see. The teachers' thoughts on this experiment were also shown, which was an interesting perspective to see from as well. Overall, this book is a great read for children. It teaches how communication and silence are very important in many different ways and how both can bring people closer together. This book also teaches lessons on kindness and to not to judge a book from its cover. I would want to read this with my own class one day to introduce all of these important lessons. ( )
  goreyes | Sep 15, 2016 |
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From the dust jacket: "The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don't get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That's why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot.
Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth bumps into an idea - a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burgess, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls.

How do teachers react to the silence? What Happens when the principal feels she's losing control? And will Dave and Lynsey plunge the whole school into chaos?

This funny and surprising book is about language and thought, about words unspoken, words spoken in anger, and especially about the power of words spoken in kindness... with or without a bullhorn."
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The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

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