Monday, February 13, 2012

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb

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BOY, DO WE NEED A VACATION!! Last week, 1/3 of the 6th grade class was sick! This week, though many have returned (some had to go home again. . .), many kids just aren't feeling well.
This week in both Language Arts and Social Studies classes, we're compiling Explorers Notebooks. Throughout the Explorers unit, students have been reminded to complete work "neatly and completely" since they would be creating "Notebooks" with all the material. With all the activities going on this week, it's a good time to tie up loose ends and create "Presentation Quality" final products. (It's also one last chance to complete late work or correct errors. I've provided ALL materials upon request--and my unit notebook with all materials remains on the back table.) Your child's notebook will be created using a specific set of directions. (Lots of opportunities for being creative, here!) It will count as a final test grade. Ask to see your child's Guide to Creating Explorers Notebooks. There is more than enough time to glue individual activities onto construction paper (and add those finishing touches) before the end of the week. I have all the supplies here, so no one has to make a last-minute run to the store. I want ALL notebooks in my hands on Friday so that I can assess them over the holiday using an Explorers Notebook Rubric. Your child has a copy to further guide them.

Everyone should be finishing up their books for Reading groups as well. Their summaries, short responses, and projects should be turned in by Friday. Independent reading books (only one for February) should be completed, too. We'll do a quick book project tomorrow and get that out of the way.

In Digital Wish, everyone is creating Stop Frame Animation projects. Backdrops are being completed for Thursday's class. During class time, students will create figures out of clay and other materials to demonstrate one of the laws of motion. These should be fun!

Even though this is a week of "finishing up," we sure seem to be busy. For those students who were out, we're helping them to get caught up, too. We'll all start fresh after the holiday.

Be well--