Gayle Carpenter’s fifth grade English classes at George E. Jack have been reading “Because of Winn-Dixie,” and have made a Tree of Goals/Achievements that is quite unique.

In order for the students to be ready for the Maine Education Association test in reading for 5th grade, the novel was used to teach good character traits.

There is a tree called Gloria Dump’s Tree in the book. In Gloria’s case, her tree reminded her of her days as an alcoholic and stood as a reminder of the sadness in her life. The fifth grade’s tree took a completely opposite approach and their tree celebrates student goals and achievements.

In the picture, the poems on the wall behind the tree were done on each student by another student in the room about their character traits. In the bottles on the tree are student drawings of their goals and on the other side, their accomplishments.


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