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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: www.readwritethink.org

 

Comic Strip Activity:

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/

 

Personality Traits List:

http://ideonomy.mit.edu/essays/traits.html

 

Character Traits List:

 AListofCharacterTraits.pdf 

 

Literary Essay Graphic Organizer:

We will use this each time we read a novel. 

 LiteraryEssayGraphicOrganizer.pdf 

 

 

Quick, safe spots to send your students for research:

  1. Search Engine Site http://www.kidtopia.info/
  2. All-around research site libraryspot.com
  3. Dictionary www.dictionary.com
  4. Edutainment site—requires subscription www.brainpop.com/
  5. General info research www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html
  6. Internet research sites for kids http://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html
  7. Kids search engine for the internet kids.yahoo.com
  8. Math, reading, arcade edutainment www.funbrain.com
  9. National Geographic for kids kids.nationalgeographic.com/
  10. Nova video programs www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs.html
  11. Research for kids www.factmonster.com/
  12. Research—by grade level www.iknowthat.com/com/L3?Area=LabelMaps
  13. Research—chapters on subjects http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/
  14. Research—history http://www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html
  15. School Tube—learning videos from YouTube. Organized by topics http://sqooltube.com/
  16. Thesaurus—a great one www.thesaurus.com
  17. World Book Online (subscription required) www.worldbookonline.com/kid