This year we will continue working in our Language! program and it is my goal to incorporate reading and writing projects. Our first writing project of this year was a story of the student's choice, this was followed by a letter writing assignment to the University of Idaho Men's Basketball team. We are currently working on our first reading project. The 6th grade Language group read Slime Time and they are now in the process of creating a movie poster. I thought this creation would be something out of the "norm" of A.R. tests and paper/pencil type reports. The 5th grade Language group is reading The Legend of Red Horse Cavern. Once they we finish our book we will also be creating a movie poster, as the 6th graders are doing.
One of the best resources to keep our students learning over the summer is the Potlatch library's summer reading program. Click the picture on the left to be taken to the Potlatch library's webpage, this page is run through the Latah County Library District.
The AR BookFinder page is a great resource that allows teachers, parents, and students to check their book titles. When you check a book on this site it tells you what the books reading level is. Most children in our school have a reading level. Sometimes the reading level range seems to be very large. Getting books at the lower end may end up being too easy, books from the upper end might be too hard but, books from the middle might be just right.
Read Write Think is a great site that is full of many resources for parents and teachers. If you click the Read Write Think picture on the left you will be taken to their website. In the upper right hand corner there is a link titled "Parent and Afterschool Resources." This page has a lot of great ideas for lessons, activities, projects, printouts, and even games!