Switches now allow students to break a circuit at will. By connecting the paper clip (pictured below left) to each brad on the index card, students can turn on a light bulb. Swing the paper clip away from the opposite brad, and the light goes off. The back of the switch (pictured below right) shows the Fahnestock clips where the wires are connected and kept out of sight. This should come in handy in the next lesson - making their own flashlights using the knowledge they have gained.
Chasing a dream is harder for some people, but there may be a secret to their success.
Take three minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
I know we just had "Spring" Break
(though we might not have noticed as springtime with all that snow on the ground),
but let's take Friday of this week off, as well.
Have a great weekend with your family!
We need about 20 clear (not green), plastic two-liter bottles for our upcoming Science unit. Please remove the labels and rinse them out before sending them to school, but do not use soap to wash them. Thank you in advance for your contribution to the unit.
Twelve books have been nominated by Missouri school librarians for the 2014 Mark Twain award.
Find the candidates below, each of which has been linked to its author's page.
Students who read at least four of the books from this list are qualified to vote for the award, next year.
I could burden you with the Celine Dion version of this song, or I could post another Barry Manilow video (His version of this song is still the best in my opinion.), but I went back to the original 1968 Elvis Presley presentation instead. When Elvis sang this, Martin Luther King Jr. had assassinated only a couple of months prior. The song even uses some of MLK's words.
Take three and a half minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
Since the 2011 tornado, the word hope has floated around our community with some regularity. It didn't hurt that the Joplin high school sign was left standing with just the letters O and P from the word Joplin remaining. Someone had the creativity to use duct tape to add the letters H and E to the beginning and end of the sign respectively.
In an attempt to streamline the website, I have only included four tabs at the top of the page. Those four tabs have now been arranged in the order, Homeroom, Orientation, Positivity, and Exploration. You may notice the first letters in those words are H, O, P, and E, clearly spelling HOPE. I didn't intend it to spell anything, but it is indicative of the message I want to convey to my students - that no matter how bad things seem, no matter how poor, how weak, or how ignorant we may feel, there is always hope for better. With hard work and respect, hope is something inspirational. Just as the now iconic sign at the high school encouraged the citizens of Joplin to pull themselves out of their basements and yearn for more, I always want to encourage my students to improve.
Even while on Spring Break, I couldn't stay away from school. Pictured below is the "Possum Holler School" which has been relocated to the small museum complex in El Reno, Oklahoma.
I love seeing these old schools, and I would love to see one relocated to our school grounds - something that could be functional for actual lessons of our 21st Century students.
In the meantime, every good thing must come to an end. That is no less true of a good thing like Spring Break, which officially ended at 2:45, Friday. Now, only a weekend separates us from our enlightening classroom and one more quarter of the year in fourth grade.
What is it about different generations that makes it hard to communicate? What is it about fathers and sons that makes it difficult to relate to one another? This video has something to teach us - boys and girls - about relating to our parents and grandparents. It might even say something to the parents and grandparents?
Take five minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
The photos and videos for this year's class, as well as years past, may be found on our Show-and-Tell links, located under the Orientation tab above. Come back and reminisce whenever, and as often as, you would like.
The vocabulary test, formerly scheduled for Friday, has been postponed to Monday.
There is no written homework this week - keep reading 30 minutes each evening!
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I've seen Manilow in concert three times over as many decades, officially making me uncool. I have probably seen him in person for the last time. I was very happy to see him perform this version of my favorite song. I love how he connected this song with his passion for music. His treatment of the song, interwoven with his grandpa's encouragement really is endearing.
The song is I Made It Through the Rain. I connected with the song, in the 1980s, when I heard the first lines, "We dreamers have our ways / of facing rainy days." People often accuse the Hoggatt boys of being dreamers due to our high aspirations and wild ideas.
Take six minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
How 'bout a long-awaited break?
Take all of this week off, but stay safe,
don't forget what you've learned,
and come back rested and ready to improve!
On Saturday, participants in the Cecil Floyd Math League traveled to Carl Junction, Missouri, to compete in the regional contest sponsored by MCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics). KADEN excelled in each of the two areas of competition. In Math Concepts, he scored high enough to take home the ninth place ribbon, and in Problem Solving, KADEN made second place, qualifying to advance to the state competition in the spring.
KADEN will also receive an invitation from Mr. Obert (South Middle School teacher) to visit his backyard, in May, for barbecue ribs and ALL the trimmings, including ice cream sundaes for dessert. Of course, anyone who qualifies for state was promised a pie (or is that pi?) to put in a teacher's face. KADEN now has to choose the recipient of that pie. It's between Mr. Culbertson and Mr. Hoggatt (Don't you agree that he should remember who fills in his grade card? I hear that Mr. Culbertson loves pie anyway.).
As expected, our whole team represented Cecil Floyd and Joplin well. They conducted themselves maturely and were respectful.
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