Check out the student writing contest.  They are currently holding the 5th Annual Dear America Student Writing Contest.  You can win a 4-day guided tour for two along the New England Coastline and an autographed class set of "Dear America: Like the Willow Tree."  Check out the scholastic link for details!
Take a look at this digital book report site and let Mrs. de Vries know if you're interested in creating a "book report" with a chance to win up to $20,000 in prizes.  There's a ton of information there and it's a lot to understand, but we can do it if there's enough motivation.  Also, take a look at the book reports kids did in sixth grade last year to get some ideas.
Write a story!  Be an author!  Get published!
There's a really cool website you should check out called  It's a free site with interactive games, coloring sheets, videos, and activities.  There are lots of stories to listen to, each of which has read along options so you can see the words.  The website has received The National Parenting Center 2009 Seal of Approval and the American Library Association distinction of "Great Website for Kids."
To help encourage kids to create their own stories, Mrs. P holds an  annual writing contest, which is open to submissions until October 15, 2010.  The winners will have their stories read by Mrs. P on her website for all the world to hear.  They will also receive a bound and illustrated copy of their entry – the child’s own story made into a real book!  The details of the contest can be found at
You can follow Mrs. P on twitter at