Damascus Middle School Students “Read Across America”
Almost every Damascus Middle School student remembers reading at least one book by Dr. Seuss at some point in his/her reading experience, so when Dr. Seuss’s birthday arrives on March 2, it is fitting that we celebrate him with Read Across America! Each year, Mrs. Lisa Blackburn presents her seventh-grade English students with a wonderful opportunity to go beyond a celebration of reading and become a children’s book author and illustrator themselves. After looking carefully at how children’s books are constructed, Mrs. Blackburn gives each student a blank book for writing his/her own children’s book. The writing must be the student’s original creation; however, he/she may receive help with the illustrations. When finished, the students traveled to Rhea Valley Elementary School to share their books with kindergarten students! In addition to reading to students at RVES, Ashton K. shared her book The Missing Cookies with DMS on the morning announcements!
Sixth-grade students also celebrated Read Across America (as well as National Agriculture Literacy Week) as Mrs. Donna Musick read Oh Say Can You Seed? to each science class. With the help of Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2, the book describes the germination of seeds, seed parts, and flowering plants and also talks about photosynthesis and why plants are important to people. Afterward, each student chose sweet pepper or cabbage seeds to plant in an indoor mini greenhouse. The plants will be transplanted to the raised garden located beside DMS at a later date. The students look forward to watching their little seeds become plants.