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13 June, 2011

With best regards

Greetings everyone!

An end to the academic year brings an end to this blog...

The year 2010 - 11 has been simply fantabulous!! This batch of students has really made me grow as teacher... it was a challenge for me to challenge them!! The classroom memories that we all have had will be cherished forever.

As I bid good bye to the academic year, I want to thank one and all for all the support and appreciation. Authentic feedback is always helpful to improvize oneself.

I wish all the students the best of luck for the coming year.. may all your hard work pay off! However, always remember that wherever you may go, you carry a name with you: "INDUS". Along with practicing the core values of love, empathy, discipline and respect, be focussed at all times - this will for sure never let you digress from your goal in life! Reach for the sky....

Next will be an entirely new experience for all the students. The middle school program is much different from the primary years. There will be text books, subject teachers and EXAMS!! However, have no fear as the curriculum taught in grade 5 was much more than that required for grade 6 - specially in math and English. In the vacation, students may revisit the topics taught this year. The below mentioned websites can be used for further practice during the vacation:

Here is a list of reading:
Grade 6

Picture books

Author -Title

Allan Baillie- Rebel

Libby Hathorn - Way Home

Patricia Polacco - Pink and Say

David Shannon - A bad case of stripes

Chris Van Allsburg - The sweetest fig


Author - Title

Janet S. Anderson - Going Through the Gate

Avi - Nothing but the Truth

Avi - The Barn

Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting

T. A. Barron - Heartlight

Marion Bauer - On my Honor

Nancy Bond. - Truth to Tell

Bruce Brooks - Midnight Hour Encores

Robert Burch - Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain

Betsy Byars- Keeper of the Doves

Betsy Byars - The Pinballs

Barbara Cohen - Thank You, Jackie Robinson

Carolyn Coman - What Jamie Saw

Pam Conrad - My Daniel

Pam Conrad- Prairie Songs

Christopher Paul Bud Curtis - Not buddy

Christopher Paul Watsons Curtis - Go to Birmingham – 1963

Lois Lowry - Number the Stars

Lois Lowry - The Giver

Janet Lunn - Shadow in Hawthorn Bay

Scott O’Dell - Island of the blue dolphins

Katherine Paterson - Come Sing, Jimmy JO

Gary Paulsen - Popcorn Days and buttermilk nights

Gary Paulsen - The Haymeadow

Rodman Philbrick - Freak the Mighty

Carolyn Reeder - Shades of Gray

Marilyn Sachs - At the Sound of the Beep

Jane Denitz Smith- Mary by Myself

Elizabeth George Speare- The Sign of the Beaver

Jerry Spinelli - Maniac Magee

James Stevenson - The Bones in the Cliff

Caroline Stevermer - When the King Comes

Frances Temple - Ramsay Scallop

Cynthia Voigt- Homecoming

Elizabeth Winthrop- Castle in the attic

Patricia Wrightson - Balyet
Popular Series

A series of unfortunate events (Grade 4-7)

A to z mysteries (Grade 3 – 5)

The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids (Grade 2-5)

Amazing days of Abby Hayes (Grade 4-6)

Babe the Gallant Pig (Series) (Grade 3-6)

The Bartimaeus Trilogy (5 – up)

The Bryant, Bonnie. Saddle Club (Grade 4-6)

Captain Underpants (Grade 2-4)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Grade 4-8)

Circle of Magic (Grade 5-8)

Dark is rising, The (Grade 5-8)

Dear Canada, Series (Grade 4-8)

Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Grade 4-8)

Harry Potter (Grade 4 – up)

His dark materials (Grade 5-8)

The Junie B. Jones series (Grade 2-5)

Keys to the Kingdom (Grade 5-8)

Lizzie McGuire, Series (Grade 4-6)

The Lost years of Merlin (Grade 6-8)

Magic shop books (Grade 4-7)

Magic Tree House (Grade 2 -5)

Mary-Kate and Ashley (Grade 4-6)

Matt Christopher (Grade 3-7)

Our Canadian Girl (Grade 2-6)

The Princess School (Grade 4-6)

The Prydain chronicles (Grade 4-8)

Random House All About books (Grade 4 and up)

Redwall (Grade 4-8)

Saga of Darren Shan (Grade 5-8)

The Screech Owls Series (Grade 3-6)

Shrek Tales, Series (Grade 2-7)

So Little Time (Grade 4-6)

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Grade 3 – 7)

Sweet Valley Kids (Grade 2-7)

Sweet Valley Twins (Grade 2-7)

Two of a Kind (grade 4-6)

The Young wizards series (Grade 4-8)


1. Blackwood: The Shakespeare Stealer c1998 historical fiction, mystery

2. Funke: Inkheart c2003 fantasy

3. Hesse: Music of the Dolphins c1996 realistic fiction

The thoughts of a young girl, who was raised by dolphins from 4 years old after a plane crash, are recorded by a scientist as she is reintroduced to a civilized way of life.

4. Levine: Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story c2002 biography

5. Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures c2007 adventure, mystery

Students can write book reviews, etc. for the ones they reas. They should also do some amount of creative writing on a regular basis. Writing prompts are found very easily on the web. Tip: Use 'Six traits for writing' - Google it.. extremely good!
That's it folks.. Keep in touch.. Good bye and Good luck!