Book Club and Challenge Newsletter (September 2015)

**Book Club and Challenge Monthly Newsletters are written by Ms. Leslie Rojas**

It has been wonderful getting the year under way. Book Club students and Challenge students are hard at work and September will be an exciting month for us.

Book Club

Kinder students will be working on letter recognition now. This will get them ready to work on their letter sounds in their regular classroom in October!

First grade students are reviewing CVC words with short vowel sounds. They are also practicing their sight words through different games!

Second grade has begun working on reading comprehension, which becomes very important starting this year. They will also review short and long vowels, as well as the ever-important sight words.

Third grade will be focusing strongly on vocabulary this month. We will be using the Powerful Vocabulary series to learn important academic vocabulary.

Fourth grade is reading Chocolate Fever. The misadventures of Henry Green, the little boy who never grows tired of chocolate, will have the students in stitches of laughter! We will use this humorous chapter book to sharpen our comprehension skills.

Fifth and sixth grades will both be reading Because of Winn-Dixie. This is a heartfelt, beautifully written book that will help us learn to interpret figurative language, analyze characters, and study the plot and structure of the story according to each grades’ standards.

Seventh and eighth grades will continue reading Wringer by Jerry Spinelli. This is a gripping book about a young boy who learns to be brave and do the right thing, even when he sees things differently than his fellow townspeople. Once again, each level will read the book to practice the skills appropriate to each grade.

Challenge

Elementary Challenge students are starting on their first Odyssey of the Mind project! They will be creating their own, modern interpretation of an Aesop fable in the form of a play in which the lesson of the fable becomes wildly popular, and even include a character who doesn’t… quite… understand the true meaning of the fable and needs a little extra guidance. More information will be sent home.

Middle school students will have to tap into their creative side to write a short story in the genre of their choice for our Challenge short story collection. (The goal is to have these published privately into keepsake books for the students.)