Published on May 18th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Middle school students write books for elementary students
Pictured: Several of Ms. Haire’s Irmo Middle students post with Leaphart Elementary’s Ms. O’Neal’s Kindergarten class after reading their books to the class.
COLUMBIA – Middle school students at one Lexington-Richland School District Five School used a class assignment to give back to students within the district.
Seventh and eighth grade students at Irmo Middle School decided to take a class project to the next level. Students in Ms. Haire’s Gateway to Technology class were given an assignment to demonstrate skills learned in the class. Several students chose to work together to write and illustrate books that they would then donate to one elementary school in the district.
Ms. Haire explained to start with she brought in local author Frances F. Jones, author of the book series “Cricket Curls Adventures.” Jones spoke to the students about being an author and shared how the editing process worked. The students then looked through children’s books in order to understand the reading level of elementary students and to get ideas on how to lay out their books. As they dove into the project they learned about Leaphart Elementary’s Engineering Magnet program and decided to donate two of the books “Engineering Fun” and “Fun with Technology” to the school.
Haire was excited to see her students so engaged in the project and couldn’t wait to see them present them to the elementary students. She said, “When I gave them the assignment several groups decided they wanted to do a book so younger kids in the area could learn and grow too. I’m just so excited to see them take so much initiative in this experience and to see it come to fruition makes me so proud. They were so excited to come and share their books with these Leaphart Elementary students.”
Eighth grade student Kyle Dudley shared why his team chose to do a book for their project and just how challenging it was. He said, “We chose to do a book for our project because we wanted to provide a fun way to educate younger students. Writing and designing the book was a challenging, but fun process. We first had to come up with an idea and then produce a rough draft. We had never written a book before so it was a long process and difficult at times, but it was a lot of fun to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when we were reading the books to them.
Six of Ms. Haire’s students made the trip to Leaphart Elementary to read their books to Ms. O’Neal’s Kindergarten class. The books were then donated to Leaphart’s library for all their students to enjoy.