Monthly Archives: February 2014

Comic Strip Book Club Project



i-love-books-books-to-read-18694968-500-445For our Book-Club Project this upcoming week, You will have the opportunity to design and create comic strips.  You will use an online tool to create a six-panel comic highlighting six key scenes in the book that you are currently reading for AR.  You will use critical thinking skills to distill the significant points in your book in a few short scenes.  Here are the tools for this week’s Book-Club project:

Enjoy the process, Sixth-Grade Readers and Creative Communicators!

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life





imagesThis week, we begin reading Dragonwings, an award-winning historical fiction novel by Laurence Yep.

Here are resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this historical fiction novel.

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Discover the major milestones in aviation with this aviation timeline.

See footage of San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906.

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Just for fun, here are instructions on how to make your own kite.

About This Book

Moon Shadow is eight when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco’s Chinatown and works in a laundry. Moon Shadow has never seen him.

Moon Shadow soon loves and respects this father, a man of genius, a man with a fabulous dream. With Moon Shadow’s help, Windrider is willing to endure the mockery of the other Chinese, the poverty, and longing for his own country to make his dream come true.

Inspired by the account of a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909, Laurence Yep’s historical novel beautifully portrays the rich traditions of the Chinese community as it made its way in a hostile new world.

Praise for Dragonwings

“[A]n unusual historical novel, unique in its perspective of the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th century San Francisco, including the Earthquake, from an immigrant’s viewpoint.” — School Library Journal

1976 Newbery Honor Book
ALA Notable Children’s Books of 1971-1975
1976 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book
The New York Times
 Outstanding Children’s Books 1975
School Library Journal Best of the Best 1966-1978

Interest Level  Grades 6 – 8

Reading Level  Grade level Equivalent: 6.1

Type of Book  Chapter Book

Genre  Historical Fiction

Themes/Subjects  1) Changes and New Experiences, 2) Immigration, 3) Chinese and Chinese American


Exploring the Indus Valley


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This week, we  dig deeper into our research about Ancient India.  At the BBC Primary History Indus Valley website, you will  select an area to explore, research your topic, take notes, analyze pictures, graphics, videos, and timelines, test your knowledge with quizzes, and share key concepts in our comment section of this blog post.

Here is your Primary History – Indus Valley Note-Taking Paper for the research project.

Have fun, sixth-grade scholars / historians!