Jenifer Students are Getting Caught in "Charlotte's Web"

LA PLATA, Md. (October 19, 2011)—Jenifer Elementary School will participate in a schoolwide read aloud/challenge program, "Get Caught in Charlotte's Web," Oct. 3 through Nov. 21 to promote reading and reading comprehension.

Tammy Barnes, a reading resource teacher at Jenifer, spearheaded the program along with Jenifer's Reading Work Group. The goal is to provide an opportunity to motivate youth to read, discuss and respond to literature. Each week's activities will include staff members reading aloud designated chapters of "Charlotte's Web" to students in all grade levels, and the students will complete a series of creative activities encompassing all areas such as writing, math and science. Additionally, each week the students will have a word and skill to focus on and incorporate into the discussions. Activities will include comprehensive questions, vocabulary words and other thought-provoking activities.

In primary grades, students are writing a persuasive letter encouraging Mr. Zuckerman to save Wilbur, the pig in the story. In a fourth-grade classroom, students are creating trading cards based on the characters, and their dialogue and actions in the book.

Based on the number of activities each class finishes, students will earn points. Each class's progress will be tracked and posted outside the school library. At the end of the read aloud challenge, one class per grade level will win the challenge and earn a certificate to display.

Source: Charles County Public School System

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