Monday, September 12, 2011

Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find. ~Quoted in Time

"Conservation Field Days" is tomorrow! is calling for "partly cloudy skies and windy with a thunderstorm or two possible in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 81F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30%.; low 80's possible."

We'll think positive thoughts, but in case that doesn't work, your children should dress for the conditions. We'll leave school around 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 2:15 p.m.. Everyone will need to bring a lunch, as well as healthy snacks and drinks (water's good; avoid soda). No glass containers, please. Also, bug spray may still be needed. . .

Monday's schedule varied from the norm once again as we had our first Art class (from 8:30--9:45). This will be bi-weekly as it was last year. When the students returned, we celebrated Emily's birthday (Woo, hoo, Emily!) and then, ta-da, were introduced to our new computers. All we had time for was setting them up, but it was wonderful just the same. There will be much to tweak as the days roll on. (One example is that the students couldn't access this blog on their computers-- or at least they couldn't today. As it turns out, a "cyber-nanny" has been installed to protect them from accessing any sites that could potentially be considered inappropriate. My blog contained a 9/11 tribute in the form of a short (very appropriate) You Tube video--and You Tube is a flagged site. That's OK--we'll find a way to transfer videos to something that CAN be accessed on the blog, because I use short video clips a lot in my teaching.)

As for the rest of the day:


  • Social Studies: Students completed their Gates-MacGinitie tests today during what was left of Social Studies time.
  • Spelling packets were handed out and discussed. Pages (days) 1 and 2 were easily completed. We didn't do the associated Grammar for these days. We'll have an extended lesson (review, actually) on Wednesday.

  • I introduced the class to "Mr. Stick"--a drawing that we'll use repeatedly throughout the year to make summary comics, in illustrating poetry, and in a number of other Language Arts and Social Studies assignments. Ask them to show you how simple he is to draw!
  • The assignment was to divide an "Etch-A-Sketch" design that I provided into six boxes. They were asked to create a Mr. Stick drawing depicting three things they did this summer in the three boxes on the left, and in the corresponding boxes, they simply needed to write a detailed sentence describing each activity. Three sentences, total. I want to get a read on their grammar, punctuation, and elaboration skills.
FYI: Fifth grade still needs to complete the map of their bedroom for Thursday if they haven't done so already. (They were due tomorrow, but we don't have class.) The directions for how to do this was provided in last Thursday's blog entry.

That about wraps it up for today! I hope you all have a restful evening. I, on the other hand, have to clean my refrigerator. Sigh.