Monday, November 2, 2009

November 2 -- "If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease." ~Robert Ingersoll

Well, two students were absent this morning, and by 9:00 or so, three more went home. Sounds like we have a tissue issue, here... I hope a couple of restful days at home will have everyone feeling better.

By now the kids should be winding down on their American Indian projects. I am reminding everyone of "presentation quality"--making sure that not only the content is accurate, but the overall appearance is visually appealing and draws the reader in. Several projects have come in already, and they are fantastic! Thank you, thank you, thank you parents for supporting your child at home; they're so proud of their accomplishments. Remember, reports should be in first person (and present tense since "you" are talking about yourself and your tribe). Mr. Wright will begin working on podcasts when students are ready.

This morning, students created a recording sheet for their spelling/vocabulary grades. We went over (again) the reasons why some people were under-performing (not following directions, hurrying through, not completing everything before turning in...) and they were able to calculate the effects of those practices. A significant eye-opener, and a valuable life-lesson learned.

The fifth grade didn't have Social Studies (although they should be plugging away on their American Indian information). In Language Arts, they started a packet (I just staple the week's work together to make it easier to keep track of) on capitalization. They completed pages 8 & 9 in that packet. Also, they completed(or need to complete by tomorrow) the Sensory Writing: Taste and Smell packet by writing a paragraph about a special memory related to a smell. I'm looking for details, details, details. The year's focus is ELABORATION.

Time for me to head home, I guess. Try to stay well...