When I was grading the first drafts of the projects last night, I found that many of the students were coping the text out of the book or from a website. I stopped grading after a few papers and realized that this was our first information writing project (we usually do a science project in the fall). Since it is our first informational piece we are stepping back and teaching the basic skills needed to write informational papers. Today we taught the students how to take notes from a text, then had them work on note taking in class. Tomorrow we will work with students on how we write a bibliography and show them how to use www.easybib.com/. This will delay the completion of the project. It will be due Friday January 27th.
A belated thank you for the generous class gift as well as all the wonderful treats. I enjoyed unpacking my treasures, and sharing all the goodies with my loved ones. The gift cards will come in hand helping restock the room on fun stuff like colored paper and some fun math games.
Also, thank you to the parents who planned and attended the class holiday party. The students had a blast participating and it was fun to watch.
We will be having a lunch time book club to discuss the book Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. The students decided it would be nice to include parents. If you are interested you would need to read the novel and join us during our recess/lunch period (12:02-12:47) to discuss the novel. Students who are interested have copies of the novel and I would ask that you share the book with your child. Please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating. We will do this the week before spring break, and I’ll let interested parents determine the date that works best for everyone.
Here is a synopsis of the novel, which I think you will enjoy reading:
“From Saigon to Alabama, Inside Out and Back Again is the story of a year in the life of Hà, a ten-year-old girl who flees Vietnam with her mother and brothers, in hopes of escaping the Vietnam War and building new—and safer—lives for themselves in the United States.
Written as a series of short poems, it is a sparse and honest narrative that follows Hà as she leaves behind the only home she's ever known to travel by boat to America. She may have left war behind, but plenty of difficulty awaits, and Hà and her family struggle to find their footing in the United States. At the end of the year, though—and as the book ends—they're finally getting their bearings, all holding onto hope that life will keep getting better.” http://www.shmoop.com/inside-out-and-back-again/summary.html
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.