New Blog!Here we are.....on a blog! I hope to use this to communicate with you better. I will try my best to post. Some days may be long while others are short, but overall, my goal is to keep you in the loop.

Language Arts:
Right now in Language Arts students are learning about how the 6 Writing Traits are like a fantastic ice cream sundae. If you want to know more about this, please ask your student. Period 1 has an ice cream layout due tomorrow. It must be labeled and colored. Period 2 gave book report presentations so they do not have any homework.

Science:
We are on our last week or so of the Solar System. Students are working in groups and preparing to teach our class about their planet. They are working on lesson plans, activities, worksheets, etc. I am very impressed! Period 4 will be starting their presentations tomorrow while Period 5 has one more class period to work on them.

School Update:
*CAN FOOD DRIVE - Bring in those cans of extra food that have been sitting in your cupboard, or even better, if you are a coupon person grab a few extra items and send them to school with your student.
*Next book report is due November 29th. This is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Break. Please help your student plan accordingly.
*Today ID cards were sent home from Lifetouch. Please collect them from your student.
Books, Books, Books.....Students have a second book report due on Tuesday November 29th. They requirements are the same as last time, and information can be found here on the blog (soon hopefully). I look forward to seeing great projects again! Several students and parents have asked to put together a list of great books for readers. I have put together the following list: (Please note, I have read several of these books, however, there are several on this list I am not familiar with, but are recommended by other professionals).

GENERAL FICTION
Out of Site, Out of Mind................Chester, A
A Boy of Tache..............................Blades, Ann
The Place of Lions.........................Campbell, Eric
Flash Fire......................................Cooney, Caroline
The Outsiders...............................SE Hinton (HIGH READER)
Island of the Blue Dolphins...........O'Dell Scott
Call it Courage..............................Sperry, Armstrong (HIGH READER)
More than a Horse........................Alder, CS
Dear Mr. Henshaw........................Cleary, Beverly
Old Yeller....................................Gipson, Fred
Gentle Ben...................................Morey, Walt (HIGH READER)

CLASSICS
Around the World in 80 Days........Verne, Jules (HIGH READER)
The Secret Garden.........................Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Treasure Island.............................Stevenson, Robert Louis (HIGH READER)
Little Women................................Alcott, Louisa May (HIGH READER)

CONTEMPORARY
Hope Was Here............................Bauer, Joan
The Runaways.............................Butcher, Kristin
The Report Card..........................Clements, Andrew
Green Mango Magic....................Hosack, Sylvie
The View From Saturday.............Konigsburg, E.L. (HIGH READER)
Rules..........................................Lord, Cynthia
Bridge to Terabithia....................Paterson, Katherine

FANTASY
The Frog Princess.......................Baker, ED
Tattoo........................................Barnes, Jennifer Lynn
Touch the Moon.........................Bauer, Marion Dane
Harry Potter...............................Rowling, JK
Th Watcher (Series)....................Buffie, Margaret
The Lambkins............................Bunting, Eve
Abner & Me (Series)...................Gutman, Dan
Into the Wild..............................Hunter, Erin
The Lion, The Which and the Wardrobe (Series)............Lewis, CS (HIGH READER)

HUMOR
When the Circus Came to Town...Harvath, Poly
My Life of Crime........................Jennings, Richard
Punished!..................................Lubar, David
Lawn Boy..................................Paulsen, Gary
A Year Down Yonder.................Peck, Richard
Noses are Red..........................Scrimger, Richard
The Library Card......................Spinelli, Jerry
Looking for a book to read?http://www.ci.canby.or.us/Canbylibrary/library.htm

http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/books/?lnkid=stacks/nav/b_and_a/main

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2807.2010_Best_Books_for_Young_Adults_Nominations_

http://www.guysread.com/

www.amazon.com
Erin Ward
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