Every month, the class is assigned a book to read from a special genre and asked to do a project on it for homework. Kids will always receive written directions about the assignment at the beginning of the month, and these directions will also be posted on our website. These projects will always be due on the last day of the school each month. At school, we will be reading, writing and interacting with this type of literature in a variety of ways throughout the month. Long-term assignments such as these are hard for most kids at this level. They easily fall in to that old trap of putting things off until the last minute. As adults, we know how important it is to plan for projects such as these. Here are some suggestions on how you can help your child throughout the month: Help them DEVELOP A PLAN for completing this project on time. This should be kept simple. Set smaller, intermediate goals throughout the month. For example, "read one chapter a day" or "read 45 pages a week". We will be talking about this in class as well and asking them to give us written copies of their plans. CHECK THEIR PROGRESS REGULARLY. Please ask your child often how they are doing and see if they are meeting their goals. GIVE ASSISTANCE WHERE NEEDED. Does your child need help remembering to bring their book home? Do they need you to read with them for a short time each night? Do they need special materials to do the project? REVISE THE PLAN IF NECESSARY. Is this book too hard? Too easy? We try to encourage the kids to choose that are "just right", but with so many kids, we may miss the mark at times. Tell your child to let us know right away is he/she needs to pick a new book.
Remember, we will send home a copy of every month's book project so you will know exactly what's expected. If you don't get one after a day or two, ask for a new copy or check out website!Together, we should be able to help all our children succeed! Thanks for all your help!
May Book Project: Science Fiction/Fantasy
This month, we will be reading Science Fiction and Fantasy books. For the project, pretend you are making a movie of your book. Design a movie poster to advertise your movie. Some things you might want to include: Who will be starring in your movie? Who is directing it? Will you include a review of your movie? What is it rated? Your goal is to make your poster eye-catching so people will want to come see your movie. Check out the internet or the movie theater for real movie posters.
Happy Reading! THIS PROJECT IS DUE FRIDAY, MAY 31st!
This month, we will be learning how to do something new and then teaching it to a small group. You will learn how to do something you don’t already know how to do. You can find books about how to do new things, YouTube videos, directions on the internet, the resources are limitless! Once you have picked your activity, please check with Ko or Jason.
YOUR CHANCE TO BE THE TEACHER
For your project this month, you will use what you have learned to teach a short lesson to a small group of kids. Think of it as your own mini-Focus Study! You may ask a parent or another student to help you with your project. We also encourage you to make your lesson “hands-on” (give the kids something to do or make). We can help you with basic school-type supplies, but you will need to supply the rest. Keep this in mind as you plan your project. Your lesson should be between 15-45 minutes long.
This project will be due May 28, 29, 30 or 31. You will be asked to sign up for your actual presentation date, but everyone should be prepared to go any day of the week.