Dear Parents and Friends,
Thank you to those who were able to attend the DARE graduation last night! I know the students had a great time, and they represented our class well! Yesterday we also had our school Winter Party. I think everyone had a blast!
Progress reports for third quarter are coming home in Friday Folders today. If your child has a 'D' or an 'F,' it must be signed by a parent and returned to school on Monday. Thank you for your assistance in this!
Reader's Workshop is structured a little differently this semester. Rather than have the students write a letter about a book to me each week, I have given three choices for larger book report projects. Here are the choices:
1) A minimum 2 page (single spaced) letter detailing all the story elements, a summary, main idea and supporting details, and their opinion on the book.
2) A Burger Book Report-students create a burger with toppings and on each layer a different requirement to explain. For example, the burger patty has them explain the main idea and details, the tomato requires information on the setting. This should be a big enough burger to fit 1-2 full paragraphs on each layer. I have an example and template for the students to use, and will be uploading it to the website soon.
3) A Book in a Box project-students will collect a minimum of 10 objects that relate to their book and place the objects inside a shoebox. A paragraph description about each object should be included that explains why it was chosen and how it relates. The box itself can also be decorated. There is an explanation and rubric of this already on the website.
The first round of these projects is due on February 4th. That gives students two weekends and 10 days to complete this project. The students have known about this project since the beginning of the semester.
I teach fifth grade at Mill Creek. I sponsor the Homework Club and the Swimming Club. This is my third year at Mill Creek and I'm looking forward to another exciting year!