- Why do some people honk their horns and others do not?
- Is it safe to stand beside a busy street distracting drivers?
- Would professional signs be more or less effective in delivering this positive message? Why?
- Why did such a little effort capture the attention of newspapers and television stations?
- What kind of message would you put on a sign to hold up for strangers? For more familiar people? Members of your own family?
- Does this video encourage you to do something positive?
- Is there a similar project that our class could do to encourage the school? Parents? Our community?
Little things make a difference. Here's one guy, standing with a sign, who made a difference.
Take five minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
Here's a fun game that gets people talking. Apples to Apples is a game of words, causing the players to compare items (red cards) and choose the best match for the adjective (green card) that is drawn from the pile. This is one game where it really doesn't matter who wins - it's more fun just to play it.
Here's another reminder for parent conferences on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15. I hope to talk to everyone. It shouldn't take very long, and I'll make it as painless as possible. The report cards have been freshly printed and are waiting for your arrival. I also have some little notes to give you, and we can discuss conduct and expectations for the fourth quarter (Yes, we are already in the final weeks of the year.).
Sports, these days, could really use an example of good sportsmanship! I've often thought it ironic that sports were expected to show kids how to work as a team and how to treat one another. Perhaps, at one time, they did that, but it doesn't take a long time watching ESPN to see a story of the opposite: infidelity, suicide, assault, vulgarity, bullying, and threats. In fact, the big stories of success, sportsmanship, unselfishness, humility, and growth are so few and far between that, when they do occur, movies are made about them.
Good sportsmanship is more than just a hand slap with the opponent, while mumbling "Good game," after the game. Good sportsmanship, when it happens naturally, is a beautiful thing.
Take three minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
What does it mean when we ask, "From what point of view is the reading passage written?" We might even give three choices for answers:
I describe it in simplest terms:
A teacher supervises fourth graders on the playground. Three students approach the teacher.
The FIRST kid tells the teacher, "I was walking across the playground when a ball hit me in the head."
The SECOND kid says, "That's not what happened! You weren't walking across the playground; you fell off the slide because you were walking up the slide instead of sliding down."
The THIRD kid witnessed the whole event. He explains, "Sam was walking across the playground when Scott threw the ball directly at his face. He was laughing when Sam got hit."
Each child tells the story from a different point of view. The first boy is the main character in his own statement; the second talks to the first, using the pronoun you as the main character; and the third kid narrates the story, in which he is not a character, but an observer.
Perhaps that makes point of view easier to understand.
Over 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark were charged by their president with the task of documenting the plant and animal life in the west. Likewise, our class was charged by its teacher to investigate owl pellets and discover what the owl had eaten.
Owl pellets are the coughed up contents of the owl's stomach that could not be digested. Students discovered that the owls primarily eat rodents called voles - little field mice that need the owls to help control their population. While they were intrigued, they were also a little leery of the idea that they would be handling regurgitated hair and bones. These pellets were harvested and subsequently treated for any harmful substances (bugs, bacteria, and the like), so they are completely safe to handle. After a few minutes, the class became quite comfortable with using their tools of discovery - toothpicks, magnifying glasses, brains, and the power of communication - to discover the hair-wrapped bones, including skulls, of the voles.
Our class' first visit to the annual Book Fair will be Monday morning, to browse and create wish lists. Be sure to visit the Book Fair and make a purchase to support our school and our classroom. Many of the finalists for the 2013/4 Mark Twain and Show-Me Awards can be found on the shelves of this year's fair, which is conveniently located on the stage. The PTA does a fine job in setting up, managing, and packing up the Book Fair, each year, so be sure to thank them when you see them.
The photos above were taken during Tuesday's investigation of 12 "mystery boxes". Students had to use their battery powered light as a "tester" to discover which numbers were connected on the inside of each box by a wire. After testing and recording their findings, groups were allowed to peek inside to confirm whether or not they were correct.
Photo Credit: NewsTalk KZRG
On Monday, the school board and other sponsors honored Joplin Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff. Dr. Huff was a finalist for the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year. With all of the superintendents in all the districts in all 50 states, this honor is a source of pride Joplin. In an interview with the NewsTalk KZRG radio station, Monday afternoon, Dr. Huff humbly gave credit for the honor to his "team" at the school and to the community in general.
When we had our Video Discussion, Learning from Failure, the class showed appreciation for the music that was used in the background. I was surprised, since the music was You Raise Me Up, sung by operatic tenor Josh Groban.
At first, I heard, "That music is so sad." Then we considered the music a little more closely.
Take four minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
After your conference, enjoy a wonderful Spring Break!
Today, we made a filament like the wire in a light bulb. Would it do anything when attached to an electrical circuit? Would it light up? Would it get hot? This discovery is a quick bit of awesome, and our next exploration will have a bit of mystery.
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