Extra Credit Opportunities!!!
Want to earn an extra A???

Happiness Project Keep a reading journal For one month, keep a journal about things that you read by answering questions like: - what do you think will happen next? - who is your favorite character and why? - what are your favorite quotes from your reading? - how would you summarize your reading using only 3 sentences? Be sure to include the book title, the date, and pages you read! Listen to Someone's Story One of our 7 Habits is to "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood". We will be starting a unique, special and ongoing project this week that will help us with this habit. The project's title will be Curiosity Instead of Judgement. In our day and age it is so important to have understanding and compassion for others and one of the best ways to do this is by listening to others' stories. What kinds of events made them who they are today? Why do they think the way they do? Your child will be creating a notebook of people's stories they have collected. I don't mean to encourage your child to go against any "don't talk to strangers" instructions that you have given them, but in their weekly lives they may come across someone at school they do not know well or someone while they are out with you that would benefit just from being listened to. One of the coolest things I have ever done with my daughter is to ride the city bus around town and listen to stories from people we did not know and would normally not know about. It would be awesome if this even became a family project! I have linked a form we will use for this as well as a real example from my weekend. Please let me know if you have any questions. (EVERY 3RD NEW ENTRY WILL EARN AN EXTRA CREDIT GRADE!)

Project sheet:


Example of completed project sheet:


Word of the Week

Create a poster (any size) showing:

  • The word

  • The definition of the word

  • A visual that shows what the word means

  • Optional: a sentence to go with the word

Expert Poster

Choose one thing you consider yourself REALLY good at.  Make a poster showing:

  • Pictures of the topic (even pictures of you doing it!)

  • An explanation of the topic

  • Anything else that is important for understanding the topic

Happy Notebook
Create a binder where you will keep positive things.  Notes from friends or adults, happy photos, etc.  Anything that makes you feel good!
Book Talk
Fill out a sheet about a book you are reading and I will schedule you to present it to the class.
Character Dress Up
Come to school dressed as one of the characters from your book.  Act out a part of the book for the class.  Include a written script with this paper of the part you will act out.  You must first turn this in to your teacher so your presentation can be scheduled.  Do not come to school dressed up without getting a presentation date!
Movie Book
Read a book that has been made into a movie.  Write an essay comparing the movie version to the book.
Book Drawing
Make a drawing of a favorite part of your book.  Include on your drawing: the title of the book, the author's name.  Present your drawing to the class and tell us what the picture means.   
Research Project 
Choose a topic to research, display facts, pictures, etc. on a poster board and present it to the class.
Pop-Up Book
Use the instructions provided to create a pop-up book for a story of your choice.