Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Any summer projects to share?

Has your school assigned your child an excessively complex, open-ended, off-topic, and/or demanding of time and/or "creativity"? If so, please share it here as a comment. Having excerpted my own children's summer project assignments here and here, I'm hoping to post an anthology of additional summer project assignments in a later entry.


lgm said...

K-4 does a summer packet -->
-6 paragraph responses to a prompt
-5 half hour or more physical activities plus resting & active heart rate determination
- 4 math pages (all below grade lvl)
- read half hour a day/5 days a week for 8 weeks
- record 10 titles of books read over the summer

5 is asked to read

6&up get a book list from the English teachers. Generally they need to read 2 books and will be given a homework essay assignment in mid-Sept. The honors sections have their essay question for each book on the book list, reg. ed. does not. It is all incredibly light until AP and IB classes begin. We have less than 5% that score as a '4' on the NYState ELA Gr. 5-8 with this approach.

lgm said...

Oh, I forgot
K-4 also has to define 40 new words they encountered in their summer reading

lefty said...

Thanks for this, lgm! i'd never heard of a summer phys ed assignment before. Wow.

How far below grade level is the k-4 math assignment. Is it drawn from a particular curriculum?

I'm also curious what sorts of books are on the 6 grade + book list?

lgm said...

The whole thing is optional for K-5. The packet has suggestions for art and music too - mainly area galleries and classical music concerts (most free at West Point).

Math is usually one year below the Regent's definition of the grade level objectives - consistent with the work that the inclusion classes get to. Nothing fancy,all computational exercises that anyone could make up off the top of their head.

The math text is Houghton Mifflin for Gr. 2-5., with an older text and other supplements used as needed. It's not a fuzzy math text. Gr. K-1 and 6-8 do not use texts except 6-8 teachers who occasionally use the texts for h.w. exercises.

Gr. 6 up gets a list of typical YA authors for reg. ed., however Twain, Shakespeare, and Bradbury are on there for the advanced readers who weren't chosen for honors.

Gr. 7 Honors - Read at least one: Treasure Island, A Day No Pigs Would Day, Summer of My German Soldier, The Witch in Blackbird
Pond, The Mozart Season.
Gr. 8 Honors - Read at least one:
The Miracle Worker, the Old Man and the Sea, Kiss the Dust, Friedrich
(sorry no time to list the rest right now)
The children do not have the history background to understand the context of any of these except Witch in Blackbird Pond, which is a funny choice because this books was the grade 5 high group's lit circle book until the school went to no grouping for reading in the elementary.

I tend to have my children read the classics since the school doesn't bother and they love lit anyway since they excellent elementary teachers who read quality lit to the class.