Science: In class activities

Monday: March 2:

Tuesday: March 3:

Wednesday: March 4: ,

Thursday: March 5: \

Friday: March 6: \



Language Arts




Social Studies






  • Order of pages-in cover
  1. Title page: contains title, your name, grade, due date, and a picture neatly arranged
  2. Introduction page
  3. Location Page
  4. Geography
  5. Natural resources
  6. plants
  7. Animals
  8. Conclusion page: summary of why you thought it was an ideal environment
  9. Bibliography page
  10. Blank page—for me to write comments on—but so that you can remove it before you share it with others besides your parents.

Monday December 1: WS 32

Tuesday December 2:  WS 36

Wednesday: December 3: REPORTS DUE THURSDAY DECEMBER 4 WS 38& 40 (in class)

Thursday: December 4: WS WS 43 & 45

Friday: December 5   Chapter review p. 208-9  (Test  next Wednesday)




Monday, Sept. 17: Ws. 8


Tuesday, Sept. 18: Ws.9


Wednesday, Sept. 19: Brochure: Due Friday


Thursday, Sept.20: Chapter quiz on Friday


Friday, Sept. 21:



Grade 7 & 8 Summer Reading                                                                                 June, 2012


Read one of the following novels:


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements


The Giver by Lois Lowry


The Messenger by Lois Lowry


Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry


Then write a report which does two things. First, include a brief summary of the plot. Next, explain the theme of the book. Write a one to two paragraph essay about the plot of the novel. The plot is the major events of the story. Write a three to four paragraph essay about the theme of the novel. The theme is the main ideas in a work of literature; the idea or message the writer wishes to convey. There may be more than one theme in a work of literature. The theme is not often stated directly by the author.


Here are some examples of themes:


  1. Creativity can set you free.
  2. One person can make a difference.
  3. First impressions are not always true.
  4. Knowledge is good and powerful.
  5. If you know and understand the past, you will not repeat mistakes from the past.
  6. In life, friends are very important.


In your essay be sure to include details from the novel to support the theme and plot. You will need a good introductory paragraph and concluding one. The final essay is typed. It is due the second day of school.




5th & 6th Grade Students-Summer Reading,




                Greetings!!! Though it is not yet known who will be the 5th or 6th grade reading teachers, it is important to keep your reading skills fresh and active. Therefore the assignment that we have used for the past couple of years will again be assigned.


For this assignment, go on line and select two (2) books recommended for your grade or above. Just type in “recommended reading for grade _____” and pick from there.


When you have completed each book, select one different book report form from the list for each choice and prepare it. There are lots of choices so pick one that you like and amaze your new reading teacher with your amazing talents!!!!


Plan to present it in class during the first week of school in September.


Relax and enjoy what you read..




Wishing you the best summer possible!!!










The summer reading assignment for the 5th/6th grade includes TWO book reports. You need to select 2 books of your choice, each of a different genre, (such as fiction and autobiography, or history and science fiction) which are at your grade level or higher. Then select a different book report form for each of them. This is a list of possible book reports---certainly you can find 2 you might enjoy doing!!!!!!!!!


  1. Create life-sized models of two of your favorite characters and dress them as they are dressed in the book. Crouch down behind your character and describe yourself as the character. Tell what your role is in the book and how you relate to the other character you have made.
  2. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
  3. Interview a character from your book. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
  4. Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
  5. Prepare an oral report of 5 minutes. Give a brief summary of the plotand describe the personality of one of the main characters. Be prepared for questions from the class.
  6. Give a sales talk, pretending the students in the class are clerks in a bookstore and you want them to push this book.
  7. Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
  8. Make several sketches of some of the scenes in the book and label them.
  9. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
  10. Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterization.
  11. Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles. YOU MAY ONLY USE BOOKS WHICH HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN MADE INTO MOVIES.
  12. Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper. ( Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
  13. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene.
  14. Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.
  15. Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion. This must be done in the correct letter format.
  16. If the story of your book takes place in another country, prepare a travel brochure using pictures you have found or drawn.
  17. Write a FULL (physical, emotional, relational) description of three of the characters in the book. Draw a portrait to accompany each description.
  18. After reading a book of history or historical fiction, make an illustrated timeline showing events of the story and draw a map showing the location(s) where the story took place.
  19. Read a book that has been made into a movie. (Caution: it must hve been a book FIRST. Books written from screenplays are not acceptable.) Write an essay comparing the movie version with the book.
  20. Create a mini-comic book relating a chapter of the book.
  21. Design costumes for dolls and dress them as characters from the book. Explain who these characters are and how they fit in the story.
  22. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".
  23. Design a book jacket for the book. I STRONGLY suggest that you look at an actual book jacket before you attempt this.
  24. Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and a collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story.
  25. Do a collage/poster showing pictures or 3-d items that related to the book, and then write a sentence or two beside each one to show its significance.
  26. Do a book talk. Talk to the class about your book by saying a little about the author, explain who the characters are and explain enough about the beginning of the story so that everyone will understand what they are about to read. Finally, read an exciting, interesting, or amusing passage from your book. Stop reading at a moment that leaves the audience hanging and add "If you want to know more you'll have to read the book." If the book talk is well done almost all the students want to read the book.
  27. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
  28. Draw a comic strip of your favourite scene.
  29. Make a model of something in the story. (This must be a quality job!)
  30. Use magazine photos to make a collage about the story
  31. Make a mobile about the story.
  32. Make a mini-book about the story.
  33. Retell the story in your own words to the class.
  34. Write about what you learned from the story. (3 paragraph minimum)
  35. Write a different ending for your story.
  36. Write a different beginning.
  37. Write a letter to a character in the book.
  38. Write a letter to the author of the book.
  39. Make a community journal.
  40. Compare and contrast two characters in the story.
  41. Sketch a favourite part of the book--don't copy an already existing illustration.
  42. Make a time line of all the events in the book.
  43. Make a flow chart of all the events in the book.
  44. Show the events as a cycle.
  45. Make a map of where the events in the book take place.
  46. Do character mapping, showing how characters reacted to events and changed.
  47. Make a list of character traits each person has.
  48. Make a graphic representation of an event or character in the story.
  49. Make a Venn diagram of the people, events or settings in your story.
  50. Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.