Friday, August 28, 2009

Author Study: Andrew Clements

Our first author study is Andrew Clements. We will be reading some of his books in class, but you will need to choose one to read at home. We will be reading No Talking, Frindle, and A Week In the Woods, and The Report Card in class. Please choose a book by Andrew Clements other than those, and one you have not read before. We have several of his books in class that you may borrow. You can also find all of those titles at the Springfield Public Library.

The books available in class are The School Story, The Last Holiday Concert, Lunch Money, and The Landry News.

You will then need to do some kind of project to share with the class about your book. We have discussed some ideas in class, and those include writing a song about the book and performing it for the class, write a newsletter with articles related to the book, dress up as your main character to tell us about your book, act out your favorite part of the book, or just about anything else you can think of that will be a way of sharing your book with the class. Keep in mind, all of this project will be completed at home, but you can bring your book to school to read during free choice reading time.

Follow these links for even more ideas:

Your assignment:
By next Friday (September 4th), I need you to post a comment telling me which book you are going to read and what your project will be. You don't have to include the details, but I would like for you to have a general idea of what you would like to do.

The actual projects are due September 30th. We will all share our projects with our classmates that day. I can't wait to see what creative ways you decide to share your reading with our class!

- Mrs. Garrett

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Learners of Tomorrow

Attention students! That is what so many teachers are working towards every day - getting students' attention. I believe that using technology is a great way to keep kids' attention in the classroom. What do you think?

I would like for all of you to watch this video with your parents sometime this week. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think by August 24th, so we can talk about this in class. If you can't leave a comment, let me know and I will help you.

I am so excited to be starting the school year as your teacher!

- Mrs. Garrett