Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quote of the Week -- October 19, 2014


If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension.  And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it. ~ George Burns

Have a good week,


Friday, October 17, 2014

Point of View Graphic Organizer & Giveaway



I created this graphic organizer to be used with any book.  I want my students to consider how different characters in the story respond to the same event.  I have a space for them to list the evidence that supports their ideas.


This lesson aligns with CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
 
I will use it as an anchor chart with books I read aloud or part of a student's reading notebook for independent and partner work.
 
How might you use this organizer?
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin


I mentioned in a previous post how much I enjoyed reading Steve Sheinkin's history books this summer.  He focuses on the personalities and the narrative of the events and makes it interesting.  Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon reads like a spy thriller. 

Sheinkin does not assume his readers know all about World War II, but he shares enough background information to make the development of the atomic bomb relevant.  He doesn't lecture his students, but presents the urgency that the scientists felt.
Every year I have students who are interested in World War II.  I know they will enjoy this book.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Amusement Park Lines without the Fun


Since last spring I have spent so much time in doctor's waiting rooms, I started creating a rubric to rate them. (Only a teacher would think this way.) No one had anything life-threatening, so I've had a little time to observe the medical system.

It reminds me of those amusement park lines that go through a maze of fences for hours to get to the ride.  You have to follow the maze regardless the size of the crowd.  It is designed to keep large groups of people in order for long periods of time.

My husband was hurt at work and he has to go through a bureaucracy regardless of how he responds to the check list of treatment some administrator in an office somewhere has prescribed. 

My mom told me that her last appointment was a checklist for Medicare.  If she had a question that wasn't on the list, she had to make another appointment.

Just as the efficiency is designed for the system not for the patients,  the education system seems to serve the system not the students and their families.

It's just so frustrating.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quote of the Week -- October 12, 2014


Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.  Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.  Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. ~ Pope John XXIII

Have a good week,



Friday, October 10, 2014

The Case of the Missing Goldfish

I came home from school today and my goldfish had disappeared.  Above is a photo of the crime scene. 

What happened here?  What clues in this photo lead you to believe that?

Click here for a free printable police report form to write up this incident.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ungifted by Gordon Korman


Ungifted by Gordon Korman is about a student who ends up in the district gifted program by mistake.  Donovan Curtis just avoids getting in trouble in his previous school so he looks forward to hiding out in the new school.

I was looking forward to reading this book because of the school where I teach.  We have both a highly capable program and a program for the students in the neighborhood in the elementary school where I teach.  In each unit, there are different classrooms for each program.  Students share lunch and recess times.

I didn't find the book completely realistic, but I don't think it was intended to be.  (There is a whole sequence of events where the students study a pregnancy to get health credit, for example.) What I did find realistic was how regardless of how the students performed on a test, they formed relationships and alliances to help each other out.



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