Sixth graders delve into reading project
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Sixth graders at Chase County Schools had the opportunity to really delve into a book of their choosing at a Reading Fair held in the two classrooms.
On Monday, teachers announced the top three place-winners after judging was held last Friday.
Winners were Mason Nordhausen, first; Lindsey Mendenhall, second; and Ryley Vrbas, third.
Nordhausen’s chosen novel was “Holes,” by Louis Sachar. Mendenhall chose “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” by Scott O’Dell, while Vrbas’ story board described “The Great Wall of Lucy Wu” by Wendy Wan-Long Shang.
The Reading Fair began when students chose a novel from a suggested list, read it at school and home, took an Accelerated Reading (AR) test, then created a story board.
On the board was a synopsis of their novel, the author’s name and other pictures or information on the book. Students worked on their board both at school and home.
According to teachers, most of the students read books they usually walked past in the library. Now they are exchanging books and hurrying to read them before school is out for the summer.
In announcing the award winners Monday, sixth grade teacher Sherryl Clevenger said the judges had several story boards that received the maximum 100 percent ranking, so they had to go back to that group of story boards and review them again.
In their second review, judges looked closer at areas such as type font chosen, grammar and overall appearance.
Detail mattered, she said.
The three top place-winners received ribbons with gold dollars embedded in them and certificates.
Clevenger told students gathered in the entryway Monday, “you really stepped up.”
“You are all winners,” she said.
The PTO organization provided the story boards for students.
The display boards remained up this week in the school’s entryway where other students and concert attendees could view them.