Class activities for Friday, March 8

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences of seven or more words each are due on Fridays.

Reading: We rehearsed our class play today.

Writing: Students worked on drafting for their fiction novel project today. During this project, each student has a daily word goal of 150-300 words. The novel is due Tuesday, March 26. See below for more details. Students should be drafting at this point. See below for more details.

Novel Writing Project 2013

The final piece of the 3rd Marking Period will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write and publish a novel. Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,500-3,500 words, based on their reading level (each student’s minimum writing goal is equal to their reading level multiplied by 500). The novels will be written in Google Docs ( to make use of the word count feature. Final novels will be uploaded to and published as paperback books, which can be purchased for reasonable prices. So yes, students will actually write and publish their own novels. This project is based on the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers program. Here are more details:

  • Here are some novels written by former students:
  • We will start this project in class on February 27 and it will be due on March 26; however, students can begin early.
  • This is our final fiction project; the novel can be any type of fiction story (mystery, science fiction, fantasy, realistic, historical, etc.)
  • We will be working in the computer lab most days, using to type the novel. Students can also work on this from any internet-connected computer outside of school.
  • Students might want to start thinking now about how they will use a computer after school if they need to, and if they will go to the library, use a home computer, or use a friend or family member’s computer.
  • If friends and family would like to order a paperback version of the book, we will upload the final texts to Most books will cost between $5 and $10.
  • Half of this grade will be if students complete their own, personal word count goal.

Math: None on Fridays.

Science: We learned about qualitative and quanitative data today. Qualitative data is about qualities (fast, slow, tall, red, big). Quantitative data is about quantities (5 years, 12 inches, 90 beats per minute). Homework is to finish analysis questions 1-3 on p. 35.

Social Studies: We leared about the triangular trade between Europe, Africa and the Americans that was fueled by the slave trade.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 2
  • Orange magnets0
  • Red magnets0
  • STAR Awards6
  • Magnets moved this week (goal: 8): 9

Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade online to see if your student moved their magnet.


Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

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