“We are reading books together in book clubs,” said Heidi Scholz, fifth-grade teacher. “This lets us share our thoughts and predictions after each assigned reading. We also develop quiz questions that can help us determine the difference between important and unimportant information. After we have finished each book the student comes up with his or her own book club project. Students have many options to choose from: model, calendar, sequel, puppet show or a report on a subject from the book.”
Karra Wester, another fifth-grade teacher, said: “Fifth grade has been very busy this month. We are currently preparing for the city-wide science fair, which takes place on March 27. We are tackling fractions in math class and learning about the Constitution in social studies. We will soon learn about the conflicts between the North and South that led us to the Civil War. We created president reports in February.