This past Friday, we culminated our reading lesson on the story, “Rope Burn”, with an hour of treehouse building. All of the students were so creative and used their time wisely to make a unique treehouse.
This week we are reading the story “Rope Burn” in our Storytown series. The story is about a boy, Richard, who overcomes his fear of climbing the rope in gym class with the help of his new friend, James. James helps Richard by using the rope on his tree house to help Richard practice. In addition to discussing the numerous lessons that Richard learns during this story, the students are also discussing the focus skill of conflict and resolution as part of the plot. We will also be looking at a few nonfiction stories and articles about tree houses as well. This is a high interest topic for many fifth graders!
The fifth grade will culminate this story by creating their own imaginative tree houses. We will be doing this activity next Friday, September 16. The students can begin to bring in supplies from home that they can use to create their own tree house. Popsicle sticks, small sticks from the backyard, shoe boxes, cardboard, yarn/string, etc are all good materials to use. Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk will also have a few supplies at school that students can use as well.
The students will be bringing their creations home with them next Friday.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions about this activity.