For the last 6 years I have been teaching the novel Lily’s Crossing by Patricia R. Giff as a whole class read. I decided that my paperbacks have had enough and that I would make the book a summer reading requirement. I feel it is time for a change. This doesn’t mean I won’t have my students read it again in years to come. I just want something fresh. I am going to switch to Walk Two Moonsby Sharon Creech for next year. I hate to let Lily go as a class read, but I am burnt out. When the teacher is burnt out, then you know it’s time for a change.
Today I decided that my rising 6th graders will choose from 4 books. Since my last post, I was having trouble deciding so I decided why not have them choose from a list. I decided on the following books:
- Crispin:The Cross of Lead by Avi
- True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
- Lily’s Crossing by Patricia R. Giff
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
I love all of these books and I think it’s a good mixture of girl vs boy reads. Next week I will talk to the rising 6th graders and tell them about their summer reading requirements.
Summer Reading April 22, 2008
Each year my school requires summer reading. Last year my sixth grade students read Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi. I am thinking about having my students read that and possibly True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which is also by Avi. I can’t decide. In the past my students also read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Do you have any suggestions for summer reading for sixth graders?
Poetry Read-A-Thon April 11, 2008
Starting Monday, my classes will begin our first poetry read a thon. I got the idea from poets.org. I introduced it on Wednesday to my classes and how I would like them to go about doing the poetry read a thon. My students and I are excited.
Here’s how it works:
My students sign up for a day to read a poem to the class.I have a sign up sheet in the room so that everyone will have a chance to read a poem. The student reads the poem they have selected to the class on their designated day. The students then paste the poems into their writers’ notebooks and then respond to the poems in paragraph form using the criteria given to them.
Click below for the handout I gave my students.
Happy Anniversary April 9, 2008
Today is our 3 year anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. Tony is such a good husband. I am so glad that I met him in 2004 and got to know him. We have had some good times together. He is not only my hubby, but my best friend too! It’s kind of funny how when we first met we would go out to dinner and a movie and stay up. Tonight, we went to dinner, shopped for more flowers at Lowe’s, and vegged out on the couch in our pjs watching our favorite Wednesday night shows.
Licking the Beaters April 8, 2008
Tonight I followed the recipe for making cookie cake. I could anticipate the end result–the batter. I am still like a kid when it comes to baking. I like to lick the beaters just like when I was a kid. My mom would let my brother and I lick them when she was finished. Well, that’s what I did tonight and boy was it good! I just hope the cookie cake tastes as good as the batter. Tomorrow we’ll have cookie cake for dessert at our slice of life pizza party. I can’t wait!
Spring Fever April 5, 2008
Every spring my husband and I get the green thumb. Today we spent 2 1/2 hours at Lowe’s choosing the perfect flowering shrubs for our backyard. We decided on a variety of azaleas, gardenias, rhododendrons, and preliuses. We also bought two rose bushes that smell delightful. I can’t wait to plant them tomorrow.
SOL Success! April 2, 2008
Today I read and graded my students’ slices of life. In order to get a 100% they were to write at least 21 half page entries. To get extra credit they had to write 25 entries and to win the pizza party they had to write 31 entries. Out of 71 students 21 students had 31 entries! I was impressed. I have planned the pizza party next week. A lot of my students enjoyed writing the slices of life. Some want to continue. Tomorrow I am going to give them a reflection sheet on slices of life and their writers’ notebooks in general. I want to see what they like and don’t like so I can revamp for next year.
Slice of Life Pile Ups April 1, 2008
Today I collected my 6th and 7th graders slices of lifes. I have four piles on the floor reminding me that I need to grade them. I am looking forward to reading them. The students who wrote 31 half page entries will receive a pizza party and a homework pass. Each semester we get a small stipend and I am going to use that to pay for the party. After grading them, I am going to have each student choose their favorite slice. Then I am going to have them type it and I will display in the hall and in the classroom.