Monday, April 19, 2010

Status Report

Gateway Exhibition week is now about 7 weeks away, I think. Wow, that's not far at all, is it? Here's an update on the 11 projects--where we stand with each and/or where we're headed:

  • INTEREST PROJECT--Milestone 2 (30 facts written in your own words) is due next Thursday. Continue working on this at home.
  • COLLEGE PROJECT--Essays should be done by now. We'll spend some time typing up the other parts at some point in the next couple of weeks. Posters are due May 20. College Day is May 21.
  • MYTHOLOGY PROJECT--We're in the second week of this. We've been reading, discussing, and summarizing myths. Today's was the story of Daedalus and Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun. We've got about 4 or 5 more to discuss and then we'll begin the culminating projects for these.
  • POETRY BOOK--If students have been keeping up, they should have finished the final poem in this collection last Wednesday. Their next task is to get all their poems typed up and printed so that we can bind them together. I'll provide typing time a couple of days in May.
  • AUTHOR STUDY--Students should be done with all 3 books by now. We'll start discussing the written report portion of this project next week.
  • STOCK MARKET PROJECT--Students have chosen their stocks and will track them for another few weeks. Then they'll begin the problem solving activities that go with this project.
  • SCIENCE PROJECT--We will be planting seeds for this project tomorrow. Literally. They will grow two plants for this experiment.
  • PICTURE BOOK--We'll start this sometime in May.
  • KNOW ALL 50 STATES--They can be working on this in their spare time. It's really something that should be worked on at home during May and the first week of June.
  • POETRY RECITATION--They'll be choosing poems to memorize and recite in a couple weeks.
  • DETROIT POETRY TOUR--Students will write poems about Detroit and these will be included in their poetry book. This involves a field trip on May 14. Permission slips and more info on cost to come in the near future.
Phew! That's a lot, but I knew that when I assigned it all. Amazingly, we're right on schedule. If your child has been following along and doing their work, there's no reason why they shouldn't be able to finish everything. These exhibitions should be quite a show. Please email me if you have any questions.

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