Faith's Weekly Update 1-6-12

posted Jan 6, 2012, 9:50 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Happy New Year and welcome back! It’s great to be back in class working with the students and seeing so many eager to engage. We look forward to a fabulous new year!

Exploration in the New Year
We are launching the new year with exploration of early American history (late 1700’s). Using the Core Knowledge Series for a Liberal Education, students are reading, writing, and discussing important questions: What is a colony? What are reasons that the American colonies wanted to break away from British rule? What did the Declaration of Independence proclaim for America? Explain what Thomas Paine means when he said of the early months of the Revolutionary War, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

We look forward to reading the Declaration of Independence in the coming week, discussing its meaning, and shedding light on its relevance to our lives today.

Daily Reading
Your child’s homework is to read 30 or more minutes per day; please support him/her in completing the weekly reading log to return to school every Monday. A goal for the new year is for your child to read one of the books below at home by Feb. 13. You may read aloud to your child, he/she may read independently, or the parent and child may read aloud to each other. Children of all ages can benefit from listening to books that are read aloud, as it enlivens the imagination, develops critical thinking, and expands ones listening capacity.

Book List from the National Endowment for Humanities (
Upper Elementary
Alexander, Lloyd. Chronicles of Prydain.
Andersen, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales.
Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting.
Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Boston, L.M. The Children of Green Knowe.
Brink, Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn.
Brooks, Gwendolyn. Bronzeville Boys and Girls.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.
Byars, Betsy. The Summer of the Swans.
Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising Sequence.
Dodge, Mary Mapes. Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates.
Eager, Edward. Half Magic.
Edmonds, Walter D. The Matchlock Gun.
Enright, Elizabeth. Thimble Summer.
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats.
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion.
Field, Rachel. Hitty: Her First Hundred Years.
Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy.
George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain.
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Hänsel and Gretel, Rapunzel, etc.).
Hamilton, Virginia. The House of Dies Drear.
Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague.
Howe, Deborah. Bunnicula.
Hughes, Langston. The Dream Keeper and Other Poems.
Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.
Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth.
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book.
Knight, Eric. Lassie Come Home.
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Lamb, Charles and Mary. Tales from Shakespeare.
Lawson, Robert. Ben and Me.
Lenski, Lois. Strawberry Girl.
Lester, Julius. To Be a Slave.
Lewis, C.S. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia.
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking.
Lofting, Hugh. Doctor Dolittle.
Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy-Tacy.
Macaulay, David. Castle.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah Plain and Tall.
McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price.
Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War.
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables.
Nesbit, E. The Railway Children.
North, Sterling. Rascal.
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers.
O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia.
Pearce, Philippa. Tom’s Midnight Garden.
Perrault, Charles. The Complete Fairy Tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc.).
Sawyer, Ruth. Roller Skates.
Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty.
Sharp, Margery. The Rescuers.
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.
Travers, P. L. Mary Poppins.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie.
Wyss, Johann David. Swiss Family Robinson.
Middle School
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women.
Bagnold, Enid. National Velvet.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451.
Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress.
Christopher, John. The White Mountains.
Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans.
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol.
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo.
Eckert, Allan W. Incident At Hawk’s Hill.
Engdahl, Sylvia Louise. Enchantress From the Stars.
Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain.
Forester, C.S. The Horatio Hornblower Series.
Frank, Anne. Diary of a Young Girl.
Frost, Robert. Poems.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves.
Hautzig, Esther. The Endless Steppe.
Hilton, James. Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders.
Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils.
Hunter, Mollie. A Stranger Came Ashore.
Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Keith, Harold. Rifles for Watie.
Keller, Helen. Story of My Life.
Kipling, Rudyard. Kim.
LeGuin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea.
L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
London, Jack. Call of the Wild.
Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte d’Arthur.
Mazer, Harry. The Last Mission.
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong.
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins.
O’Hara, Mary. My Friend Flicka.
Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved.
Peck, Richard. The Ghost Belonged To Me.
Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die.
Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling.
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows.
Reiss, Johanna. The Upstairs Room.
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de. The Little Prince.
Schaefer, Jack. Shane.
Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
Sperry, Armstrong. Call It Courage.
Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
Twain, Mark. Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz.
Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Webster, Jean. Daddy-Long-Legs.
Wells, H.G. War of the Worlds.
Wilder, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings.
Zindel, Paul. The Pigman.

Oregon Battle of the Books
Ridgeline upper elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity called Oregon Battle of the Books. Students across the state will compete against each other to answer questions about the books below in a contest the first week of March. Ridgeline has the opportunity to form both an upper elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th year) and middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th year) team coached by a parent volunteer after school; students will meet on a weekly basis (day to be determined). The books below will be divided among the students to read for the competition. Please let me know by Monday, Jan 9 if your child wants to participate. The books your child reads for the competition can be in lieu of a book from the list above.
Oregon Battle of the Books Reading List
3-5 Grade List

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
o Fantasy
Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
o Science Fiction
Becoming Naomi Leon
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
o Realistic Fiction
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet
by Graham Salisbury
o Realistic Fiction
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
o Fantasy
Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
o Mystery
Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret
o Realistic Fiction
How Oliver Olson Changed the World
by Claudia Mills
o Realistic Fiction
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
by Bruce Coville
o Fantasy
The Last Newspaper Boy in America
by Sue Corbett
o Realistic Fiction/Mystery
The Magical Ms. Plum
by Bonny Becker
o Fantasy
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
o Fantasy
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
o Historical Fiction
On the Wings of Heroes
by Richard Peck
o Historical Fiction
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
o Fantasy
Who Were the Beatles? by Geoff Edgers
o Biography

6-8 Grade List
All the Broken Pieces
by Ann E. Burg
o Historical Fiction
The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez
o Historical Fiction
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
o Historical Fiction
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
o Realistic Fiction
Football Genius by Tim Green
o Realistic Fiction
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
o Realistic Fiction
The Kingdom Keepers
by Ridley Pearson
o Fantasy
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
o Fantasy
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
o Science Fiction
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
by Michael Buckley
o Fantasy
Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
o Realistic Fiction
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
o Realistic Fiction
Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
o Mystery
Tiger by Jeff Stone
o Fantasy
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Science Fiction
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
o Fantasy
It’s awesome to see the enthusiasm among the Ridgeline community for the read-a-thon! Remember to tally your reading minutes and collect pledges due Jan. 13. Thank you!

Ridgeline Reader
Please view our student writings in the January Ridgeline Reader with more student works to come in February!

Wishing you a blessed week!
Faith & Donna