Below is the letter that I sent home today, Nov. 26th, for parents to be informed of our next social studies project. Parents, please sign the letter from your child so I know you have received this information. Thanks. Ms. Rozelle
Today I sent home a letter to parents regarding the mission project that is due by the end of January 2009. I am giving plenty of time because I want students to have the opportunity, if they wish, and if parents are willing, to go to one of the missions close by us during their Thanksgiving or winter breaks.
Also I want students to begin researching their missions and taking notes with books from our Camino Grove library AND the Arcadia Library before books are picked over. This is a busy time for mission research, so I want to help my students get a jump start with their choices of books and materials. I will help students know what to take notes on and how to do this.
Students are required next week, after our break, to choose a mission that they want to research. Students need to have a mission chosen AND at least one book on that mission by Monday, December 8th. Students will then research and take notes on their mission from our textbook, library books, and the internet. In class I will model how to take notes from text that we’ve read as a class. Also I will provide students with appropriate websites in which to find information. Students may also take notes in their social studies journals.They must choose one project below to complete and will be given time in class to work on the project; however, much of the project must be completed at home as a “book report” would be. Here are the choices:
1.Mission Report – typewritten report placed in a ½” 3 ring binder
Models of missions are NOT required, however many students enjoy making a model of the mission they are studying. Models must be original creations, not ones made from a kit. Also not required, but beneficial, is a trip to a nearby mission during the Thanksgiving or winter holiday. The San Gabriel Mission is the closest to us. San Juan Capistrano, San Diego, and Santa Barbara are also missions that are no more than 2 hours away if your family has time to enjoy.
I hope that this research project is a positive and fun experience for your child. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Students will receive short term researching and writing assignments, breaking up their research into parts, which they will eventually put all together for a final product. Again, please know that although some of the work will be done in class, much of it will need to be completed at home as homework as a “book report.”