My goal this year is to help your child grow exponentially as a writer.


In order to grow as a writer, students must READ good writing. Doing your part by reading every night with your child will help them to achieve this goal.


You can facilitate their writing habits by encouraging them to write at home. Good writers don't just write stories - a writer writes lists, poems, notes, and even doodles to help the process along. Encourage your child to make "memory pages" of special places they've been or special events by putting objects in a Writer's Notebook such as ticket stubs, photographs, or brochures of the places and events they've experienced.


If you need more suggestions or help in facilitating the writing process for your child, you can visit this website:


Comic Strip Activity:


Personality Traits List:


Character Traits List:



Literary Essay Graphic Organizer:

We will use this each time we read a novel. 




Quick, safe spots to send your students for research:

  1. Search Engine Site
  2. All-around research site
  3. Dictionary
  4. Edutainment site—requires subscription
  5. General info research
  6. Internet research sites for kids
  7. Kids search engine for the internet
  8. Math, reading, arcade edutainment
  9. National Geographic for kids
  10. Nova video programs
  11. Research for kids
  12. Research—by grade level
  13. Research—chapters on subjects
  14. Research—history
  15. School Tube—learning videos from YouTube. Organized by topics
  16. Thesaurus—a great one
  17. World Book Online (subscription required)