Sunday, October 31, 2010

Unusual Classroom Visitors

We had some unusual visitors that showed up in the classroom on Thursday. Oh wait, that’s right, this week was Halloween! In spite of it all, we somehow managed to survive the Halloween party and learn something.
I took some great pictures of kids in costumes and will post them all. However, before I do that, I want to remind students that Friday of this week is our geography end-of-the-unit test. Students will receive a study guide that we will go over together in class, and then on Thursday we will play a review game to help prepare.
Finally, four students told me they saw my blog last week or left comments and so received five extra credit points. However, the extra credit points for that blog ended today. If you missed out on the extra credit, don’t worry. I plan on doing it sometime again. 

Our unusual visitors.  (Sorry, but you will have to scroll through them.)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The First Term is Almost Over!

Parent teacher conferences went very well, and it was a pleasure to get to know students and their families.  As teachers we were able to see about two-thirds of all our students. I found the conference days to be fun and rewarding. Hopefully you did too.
It is hard to believe, but the end of the first term is just around the corner.  November 9th marks the last day of the term. We will be finishing this first term with a unit test scheduled for the 5th of November. That is just about two weeks away. I always try to review with the children the week before their test by going through a study guide and then playing a review game. Combined with some earnest studying, most students are able to do well.
This week students will be working to complete a large map of the world. They will be showing their knowledge of continents, oceans, important latitude/longitude lines, as well as important geographic features such as mountains, rivers, and deserts. It is a challenging assignment, but I provide some class time, and most students enjoy showing what they know about world geography.
Also, this week 6th graders will experience their first school party. It will be Thursday afternoon, during 7th period, to celebrate Halloween. Excitement always runs high, and it will be hard for students to focus. However, it is fun to watch this first rite of passage.  
Oh, by the way I am going to post just some random pictures of conferences and class shots. That way I can post more pictures of the kids.
Finally, I want to see how many students are actually looking at my blog. I will give 5 points extra credit to those students who post a comment or quietly come up and tell me they saw this blog post. :)

Happy conference faces. 

Random classroom shots.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Parent/Teacher Conferences This Week

This is a brief reminder for everyone that parent/teacher conferences are this week: Wed., Oct. 20th from 5-8 p.m., and Thur. Oct. 21st from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please sign up for a time with your child’s Hawk Time teacher.
Since this week will be short, I thought I would post more pictures of the students, and include a story or two that the children produced in the computer lab. Actually, the stories were an assignment that Mrs. Pattison had the children do, and we just typed them up to learn correct formatting.
Below are pictures of students in class looking up land features and some of students typing up their stories.
Blue Block

Red Block

Green Block

Thanks to AB and NK for allowing me to post the following stories:
Story 1 by AB
My Friend
            I heard the moving trucks as I glanced out the window. Then, I saw a nice family, and a girl about my age with dirty blonde hair. I went with my family to greet them. She was shy, like me and very nice. She was going to be in my preschool class with me! “ Hi, my name is Ashley,” she stated. We went over to each other’s houses a lot since they were across the street. Together we liked to play outside. We soon became best friends. We were even in a lot of the same classes together. Ashley is still my best friend now, and we always go to each other’s houses. We like to play the game sorry, do art projects, climb our favorite tree, and make berry smoothies. I still remember seeing the moving trucks and meeting my best friend.

Story 2 by NK
            I remember it like it was yesterday. Getting my dog of course. His name is Travis. I got him  when I was in third grade when he was only 18 months old, around Christmas. We got him at a breeder’s house in Washington State. I was so exited! We had already bought him a bed, some food, and some toys a week ago.
            When he was a puppy his paws and ears were humongous! They made him look so cute! Now though, he is very tall, and is extremely goofy. He’s got this little “bone- bump” on his head.  His very own dino bone! (:
            Getting him in the car was the easy part. He almost got carsick because he had never ridden in a car before. He fell asleep on me finally. As soon as we got home we took him outside in the backyard.
            Travis is bigger now and likes to give hugs. He eats, sleeps, and plays a lot. He slept for about a week after we went camping! I love my dog!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Finishing the Five Themes and Typing Our Stories

We are continuing to work with our keyboarding skills.  Students typed up stories they wrote for Mrs. Pattison. I had hoped to print them out last week, but we ran out of time. Instead we will be printing them out this week.
This week we will finish learning the five themes of geography.  Monday we will learn about Regions, the 5th Theme of Geography. Students will apply this theme by working with a homework assignment about time zones.
I just want to remind parents that next week we have parent/teacher conferences. Please return your chosen appointment time to your student’s Hawk Time teacher so it can be placed onto the master schedule.  Conferences will be Wednesday evening, Oct. 20th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 21st, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Google Earth! It's a Hit!

Students really enjoyed experimenting and learning with Google Earth. After completing each day’s assignment, they would look up places they knew. Of course the first place they wanted to see was their own home. Most of them now can at least get into the program and know the difference between Layers or Places. Google Earth is a wonderful way to see the world.
Our first real big assignment was also completed this week: Landforms Match-Up Dictionary. Almost every child turned in the assignment. Please check eSIS to see if your student completed his dictionary because the grades have been posted.
This next week we will be learning about the third and fourth themes of geography, and students will have a reading assignment with questions they will need to complete for Thursday. Please feel free to help them with it, just don’t do it for them.
Finally, I was wondering if parents/readers of this blog could make some comments so I can know if anyone is viewing.  I would like to get a feeling for how many people are tuning in to see what is going on in the classroom.