Sunday, February 26, 2012

In Appreciation

I would like to thank all the children and others who wrote such wonderful cards expressing sympathy in the death of my brother. My brother passed away during school hours on Feb. 15th after a courageous, short battle with cancer. Students were very sympathetic when I had to leave early, and I believe behaved well for the substitutes who filled in for five days. It can be difficult for children when the regular routine is upset.
We are now studying China, a country whose geography can be described with words like highest, largest, and longest. China can be a difficult topic for the children because they usually have very little background knowledge about this country and almost no knowledge of its history. This next week students will learn about Confucius (Confucianism), Lao Tze (Daoism), and Hanfazei (Legalism). As well, students in periods 2, 4, and 7, will work on a project where they create or find a proverb and translate it into Chinese. This is one of my favorite projects because when the students finish they have a beautiful piece of art.
I didn’t take pictures this week because I didn’t have time when I returned Friday, so I don’t have any pictures to post.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Few Pictures of Kids at School

Sometimes I think it would be enlightening for others to see a few scenes from what happens at school. So on Friday I took a few pictures of students going down the hall because they do get a little crazy. However the scenes of the hallway are really not all that bad because I only caught the end of the rush. Then we had a surprise fire drill on Friday, and I was able to get some shots of kids in “line” and even a video as we all waited for the high sign to go back inside. I thought they were kind of funny. Hope you enjoy them.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Goodbye Egypt, Hello Asia

This next week students will complete their study of Egypt by taking a unit test on Thursday.  As usual, we will go over a study guide (Monday and Tuesday), and then play a review game on Wednesday. Most children do well because of their high interest in the subject and because of the review we do in class. Look for your child to bring home the work they completed about Egypt. Reviewing their papers should help them study for the test.
After we complete our test about Egypt we will be moving on to a study of Asia. Our unit will begin with a quick look at India’s subcontinent and the beginning of Buddhism. After this quick study of India we will examine the geography of Asia and then focus on China and Japan.
This past week we had Maria Copelan, a teacher in the district, put on a presentation about mummification for the whole sixth grade study body. Her reenactment has become a tradition and the students seem to really enjoy it. I took some pictures of the assembly, but they are not the best. So the photos with this blog are some long shots of Thursday’s assembly.