Eaton’s elementary students read the story “The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane Derolf.
They discussed being unique, tolerant, and working as a team.
Each student made their own crayon to create a bulletin board.
Mrs. Giacchino’s eleventh grade students are reading The Scarlet Letter and were required to complete a project. They had to research an individual in society (past to present) who sinned and is/was involved in a scandal like Hester. They had to find a picture of the person and write three paragraphs that consisted of a brief biography of the individual, the sin or scandal in which he/she was involved, and how the situation relates to Hester Prynne’s. Students assigned their person a scarlet letter of their own that related to the sin they committed and decorated it. They enjoyed this project as they were able to do some research and be creative in assigning their person a scarlet letter for the sin they committed.
Mrs. Giacchino’s English classes discussed leap day and leap year and then created a leap day time capsule.
After February 29, 2016, the next leap day will not happen again until 2020! Imagine how much you will have changed and grown by then. A fun way to track your changes over the next four years is to create a leap year time capsule. To create the perfect time capsule, students gathered a few things—a small sturdy box (or a big manila envelope), several pieces of paper, a pen, markers, and a few of their favorite items that could fit inside the box or envelope. They made a time capsule to open February 29, 2020. On a piece of paper, they wrote their name and that day’s date. They included the following information:
1. A picture of them and their family
2. Who is your favorite character from a book and why?
3. What are you most thankful for?
4. What is your favorite thing to do for fun?
5. Who is your best friend?
6. What is your favorite animal?
7. What is your favorite food?
8. What is the last book you read?
9. What is your favorite type of music?
10. What are four goals you have for your future?
11. Where do you see yourself living when you are grown up?
12. What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
13. Write a letter to your future self about where you hope to be in four years?
14. What is one piece of advice you want to give to your future self?
After students finished filling their box or envelope, they sealed it with a kiss and wrote a note on the surface saying, “Do NOT open until 2/29/2020.” They have to find a really good place to hide the box or envelope and make sure it’s in a place they won’t visit often so they do not get tempted to open it too soon. In four years, they are to open the box and read what they wrote. It will be interesting to see how much they have changed during that time!
Mrs. Giacchino’s Film Studies class started second semester by talking about sequels and prequels–what this semester will be all about. Students created movie posters for their favorite movie series, presented them to the class, and explained why they like the movies so much. The students enjoyed creating the posters and thinking about their favorite movies as well as sharing their projects with their classmates to get us all excited about watching movies this semester.
Back in December, Ms. Ammendola and Mrs. Romero’s classes had a Grinch-filled week. They made Grinch Dust and dissolved Grinch rocks made of baking soda and water in vinegar to find the Grinch’s heart. In addition they wrote about and illustrated their favorite part of the book, compared and contrasted the book and movie, identified the similes and metaphors in the Grinch song, and then illustrated them.
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!