Archive for December, 2006
Monday, December 18th, 2006
1. Your literature log assignment is due on Friday.
2. Your story and your zine should be done by Friday. (These are for first and third period classes).
Thursday notes: I think my hearing might be coming back, after our raucous party. Thanks to our awesome room parents for helping us with games, food, and megafun. Today in first period, we learned about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a woman who believed that the pen was mightier than the sword. In second period, we had a fascinating chat about literacy and what “good reading” looks like. Third period is almost done with their stories! Anyone remember what our G vocab word was? See you tomorrow, peeps.
Wednesday notes: Today in first and second period classes, we talked about Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. We worked on zines today and stories. Second period got quite a lot of lit. log time. Hope those are coming along well. I had a good day today being your teacher. Tomorrow, we will celebrate winter. Yay!
Tuesday notes: The zines and stories are coming along famously. In second period we were surprised to learn that 2 of our plays were winners in the mini-play festival competition. Congrats, K.H., J.L., and C.H.! Do you think you would want to be in Sounds of South some day? How are the lit. logs coming along????
Monday notes: The second graders gave a great performance for us today. I think we have Sounds of South tomorrow. In first period we read Ida B and got our new lit. logs. In second period, we read about the YHBA criteria and we also read an article about declining reading scores. We also read Silent to the Bone. In third period we worked on our stories and our new lit. logs too. We also read Al Capone Does My Shirts. I like that book a lot. How do you like the read aloud books right now? What’s your lit. book?
Friday, December 15th, 2006
We got our new lit. books today and you should have your reading assignment done by next Friday. What book are you reading? I’m excited about the weekend. I want to be outside as much as possible. Remember to bring baby food and hygiene products next week for the food drive. 5 more days until winter break. Yay!
Monday, December 11th, 2006
Letter to Ms. H. @ the unit we just finished up. Due Friday.
If you can bring in any protein items or mittens this week, that would be terrific. I have brought in 6 items this week. 4 more to meet my goal…
Wednesday notes: We’re picking out new literature books. I should have the list ready by tomorrow. Great job with notebook entries today. Some of those entries could be turned into some great plays, stories, and zines, for our next unit, so keep that in mind. I reviewed Dave At Night. Has anyone read it already? Later, gators!
Monday notes: Today we learned more about the word, “fabricate.” We also reviewed a book called Son-Girl. Did that look interesting to anyone. We read an article about Second Harvest in New York City. What do you think of the use of the term “food security” versus the use of the word “hunger?” I’m off to Bloomington Playwright’s Project with the wonderful plays of second period peeps. Congrats!
Sunday, December 10th, 2006
6th grade — 115 items today (TOTAL 385) ( )
5th grade — 18 items today (TOTAL 110)
4th grade — 12 items today (TOTAL 119)
3rd grade — 91 items today (TOTAL 280)
2nd grade — 70 items today (TOTAL 241)
1st grade — 11 items today (TOTAL 165)
Kindergarten — 34 items today (TOTAL 142)
Preschool — 0 items today (TOTAL 19 )
TOTAL collected as of 12/ 8 /06: 1461
Monday, December 4th, 2006
Final drafts of plays due MONDAY, Second period. I have to drive those over to the Bloomington Playwright’s Project Monday afternoon.
Bring in a protein item for the food drive next week, if you are able. Peanut butter would be my personal favorite.
Mitten drive is off to a good start. We have quite a few items in our box. If you can bring one or two pairs of mittens, some cold kid would really appreciate it!
Friday notes: Sometimes I wish the computer lab were our classroom. Everyone was working away in there and it appeared that progress was being made. I’ll be mailing off your letters about literature to the contest folks this afternoon. So many teachers have commented on how grateful they’ve been to have you all come in and read to their kids this week. THANKS, 400′s! Have fun this weekend!
Thursday notes: We read to several younger grades today, books about respect. The letters about literature are coming in. Have you brought any carbs in for the food drive? Have some fun this afternoon…
Wednesday notes: We spent quite a lot of time in the computer lab, working on our letters today. They are coming along quite well. How are you doing with your zines, plays and stories? Final drafts are due Monday. Good luck! Please attend to my revision suggestions! Sad news! I got a paper cut in third period. It really hurt.
Tuesday notes: Another whirlwind day at Childs. First period fifth graders listened to a presentation by Officer Graff. Sixth graders worked on their letters. Second period read books about respect to Ms. Powers’ class. And third period worked in the computer lab. Yeah! Who are you writing your letter to? I’m writing to Julius Lester, author of From Slave Ship to Freedom Road.
Monday notes: The book brochures were absolutely awesome! I was so impressed!!!! Tell your parents some of the books on your “shopping list!”