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Students take diaries on the road

June 5, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Middle School seventh graders took their projects on the road Monday as they visited Poland Union Elementary School. It was part of a language arts project that ended with a public presentation.

PMS language arts teacher Lori Moncilovich explained the project. She said both her class and Pam Angelilli's class were working on a diary project for the semester. The two teachers also teamed up with the school's librarian, Angela Zedaker.

''It's a nine-week research project based on the book ''Diary of a Worm,'' Moncilovich said.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Middle School seventh-grader Sophia Thompson shows her diary on anteaters that included some fur which made the book a big hit for Poland Union students on Monday.

The students had to research everything about their selected animal, and then put it into book form. It included everything from the animal's characteristics to what they eat, where they live, and what they do every day of their lives.

Last week, the diaries were completed, and the students entered the next phase of the course, which was giving a public presentation. To accomplish that segment, the students made a trip to each elementary school in the district and read their diaries to third and fourth graders. On Monday morning, they were at Poland Union Elementary.

At the school, the seventh graders were paired up with fourth graders on a 3 to 1 ration. Some went to one corner of the classroom, while others sat in the hallway to listen to the diary. The students switched off several times, and the fourth graders got to hear about a lot of different animals.

One diary that made a big hit was Sophia Thompson's on an anteater. The last page of the diary included a square of fur that had students asking, ''Is that real?''

''I could have said the fur is from a real anteater, but it actually came from Pat Catans,'' she said.

At the end of the day, the seventh graders fulfilled their public presentation, and the fourth graders got a look into the world of different animals. Union Elementary principal Mike Masucci said it was a big win for everyone.



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