Frequently Asked Questions about room 206
- Is my son or daughter expected to read and write every night?
- If my child is to write every night, where do they get their ideas?
- What should my student do over the summer to be ready for 5th grade?
- What is the best way to reach me?
Is my son or daughter expected to read and write every night?
Yes! In 5th grade each student is expected to read for 30 minutes and write
for 20 minutes every night - including weekends!
If my child is to write every night, where do they get their ideas?
In the back of every notebook there is a page labeled "seed ideas." This is a
list of possible story
topics that your student selected. They can turn back to this page to select a
new topic at any time.
They also have a list in their English binder of places they can go to get
ideas when they get stuck.
Some of these places are: other books, friends, people we know, overheard
snippets of conversation,
looking out the window, describing an object, memories, wonderings, drawing a
picture & then
writing about it, looking at artwork, describing what someone is doing, making
a list and then
choosing one topic, photographs, found objects (like a feather or candy
And any new ways of finding topics that you can think of - we spend the first
few months of school crerating lists and lists of ideas.
What should my student do over the summer to be ready for 5th grade?
1. Read "No Talking", by Andrew Clements and answer the questions under
"Summer Reading Questions"
2. Read atleast 3 other books (see the book recommendation list).
3. Learn your multiplication and division facts! We begin in Septemberr with
What is the best way to reach me?
The best way is via email. Phone messages can get lost in-between papers too
I can be reached via email at my school email address. Unfortunately I can't
always get to my email
right away. But I promise that I will respond as soon as I am able.
Thank you for your understanding!
A note in the agenda will also work, but e-mail is the most reliable.