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Sixth Grade Class Recreates Book Cover on Campus

Roz Robot

Mrs. Willig's sixth grade BEAR team ELA class places Roz. Students: (in alphabetical order) Owen Ames, Dylan Bliss, Sarah Blount, Gavin Denlinger, Justin Gouger, Ryan Heiser, Ashley Hess, Connor Hudson, Jack Kelly, Emma Landis, Lauren Livengood, Kelsey McTaggert, Peter Mecouch, Audrey O'Neil, Katelyn Pope, Elisabeth Reinhart, Luke Richardson, Logan Rineer, Luke Smith, Hagen Supeck, Sarah Vollmar, Ethan Weaver, Bennett Wehibe, Jack Weller, Matthew Westcott, and Sarah Zeigler

“A deserted island, an abandoned robot, and much much more...As our own wild robot, Roz, endures the wilderness and tries to make animal friends that could not be any more different, she learns valuable life lessons that no human ever could. She even adopts her own gosling, Brightbill, and raises him like her own, proving to all the other animals that not all who are different are bad. This book provokes feeling, interest and in our opinion is one of the best books ever written, as Roz has taken up a special place in our class.”

-The Wild Robot summary by Lauren Livengood and Elisabeth Reinhart

As Mrs. Willig’s sixth grade English/Language Arts class read the Peter Brown’s novel The Wild Robot, they couldn’t help but notice that the view from the classroom window looked a lot like the book’s cover. This was the inspiration for the class (the 6Rs) to construct their very own robot at the top of the hill behind Martin Meylin Middle School. With the help of technology education teacher Mr. Neumann, students cut, sanded, and painted an eight foot replica of the book’s main character, Roz. Last week Roz was ceremoniously anchored in place to watch over Martin Meylin and the middle and high school bus loop.

L-S students won’t be the only ones to enjoy Roz. The 6Rs are partnering with a fifth grade class at Clarence E. Culver School in Illinois through the Global Read Aloud program. The two classes meet through Skype each week to read (aloud, of course) and discuss chapters of The Wild Robot. It looks like the Martin Meylin class has a big surprise in store for their faraway friends.

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