Book Box Project for Mr. Thompson’s EI


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, January 29th, students in Mr. Thompson’s EI Reading Group will start a Book Box project.  This project will last two weeks (presentations will start on February 12th) and will require students to read a chapter book of their choice.  Students will have time to read in class and work on their project, but they will also be required to read at home.  Suggested titles for students are The Magic Treehouse, Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, I Survived, or other grade level appropriate books. All books must be approved by a teacher before your student can begin the project.

The Book Box is created after finishing the book.  It is made from a shoe box or box of similar dimensions. It is a two part process: first covering the outside of the box and second filling the inside of the box.

For the outside of the box, students decorate it to resemble their book.  They must include the author’s name, the book title, and their own name on the top of the box.  The entire box (except the bottom) must be decorated, including the lid.  Many times students choose scenes from the book to depict on the outside of their boxes, or make the boxes look like the cover art of their books.

The inside of the box must include their book report paper (provided by Mr. Thompson) and three artifacts that represent their book.  For example, if their book was Mummies in the Morning, by Mary Pope Osborne, artifacts might include a book of the dead (student made); a black cat figurine; a pyramid; an Anubis scepter; hieroglyphs; a boat; or much more.   Students must be able to explain the importance of each artifact and why they chose it.

Finally, students will present their Book Boxes to classmates and give a review of their book.  They are allowed to read from their book reports or use notecards.

If you have extra shoe boxes, please send them to school as they would be greatly appreciated.


Mr. Thompson

Science: States of Matter

We finished up our states of matter science unit by performing a series of experiments.

Gas – Elephant toothpaste and the chemical change to a gas

Elephant toothpaste with yellow food dye Elephant toothpaste in lab beaker Students performing experiment Students performing experiment

Solid – Oobleck and changing from a liquid to a solid

Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties. Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties. Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties.  Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties.  Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties.


Liquid- Density through layering different liquidsLiquid layers density experiment.Liquid layers density experiment.

Week of 1/8/18 – 1/12/18

Due to the school closings the previous week, we will have the same spelling words this week.  If students need a new list I made them available today, 1/8/2018.

Also, we will still be focusing on the same story in ELA, “Rainforest Babies”.  The study guide is available in last week’s post.


Monday – Day A: Gym/Art

Tuesday: Day B: Art/Gym

Wednesday: Day C: Music/Applied Engineering

Thursday: Day D: Applied Engineering/Music

Friday: Day A: Gym/Art

Early Dismissal Today, 1/8/2018

Penn Manor will have an early dismissal today, 1/8/18, due to inclement weather. Secondary will be dismissed at 11:00 and Elementary will dismissed at 12.   Please be safe and feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

2018 Resolutions

Today we wrote our resolutions for 2018!

We put them on marshmallows that float on top of our hot chocolate.  The marshmallows help remind us to put our resolution on top of our priority list, and then we can enjoy the sweetness of achieving our goals in the new year.

Door decorated with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows.  The marshmallows have New Year's resolutions written on them.

Welcome Back from Winter Break!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and joyous winter break.  This week we will get back in to the swing of things at school.  We will have a spelling test on Friday, focused on r-controlled words.

Here is the study guide for Rainforest Babies, that goes with Lesson 14.



Math this week will focus on adding three digit numbers.

Tuesday – Book Exchange