So we did Flat Stanley projects with our grade level. The assignment was given out over 6 weeks ago and we had our Spring Break within that time so they could work on it then as well. They were supposed to decorate their template, send it to someone in another city, state or country. They were told we were going to measure to see who got the farthest away and the goal was to learn about some different communities around the world. I also told them that I have relatives in New York, Seattle, Boston, even Israel who love doing stuff like that for me if they needed me to send it out, give them the pics back and then they could do the research/project part. I was so disappointed in what was turned in. 4 kids didn't do it at all-one parent said they didn't know anything about it (reminders have been on every weekly newsletter and on the class website since the assignment went out). The other 3 just said their parents wouldn't let them do it-none of those parents have spoken to me. 6 kids did the city we live in. One turned in a booklet that she drew of herself at the park. The rest were very interesting and about all different places from the Vietnam to Florida to the Grand Canyon-I don't think it would be fair to minimize their efforts. So my question is....how would you grade the 11 that were not completed correctly? Projects are a tradition at our school. There are certain ones certain grade levels do every year. I want to make sure that the families realize it did not meet expectations because they will have to do future projects, but I don't know how to tactfully do that. And I especially don't know how to handle the ones who didn't turn it in at all, because that's honestly never happened to me before. It's not like they can start it now and turn it in next week, that it would just be late. But I can't just give them a zero either-it would destroy their Social Studies averages.