Wednesday, October 29, 2008

You Can Vote However You Like

Love this video. It's like a more musical version of my classroom any time the subject comes up...

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Hope everyone had a good break, and once again I'm sorry for the length of time between now and my last post. It was good to talk with everyone during parent/teacher conferences. Thank you to everyone for showing up.

This week we're going to have to practice up for the big Veteran's Day program. I'm hoping to get everyone involved in this one, and the kids have already done a nice job with helping to write parts of the presentation. We're having to get a head start on this one, because we don't have a lot of time between now and then with the Camp Tecumseh trip in the middle there.

More later!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Read All About It

I just threw some links up on the left for Current Events. We don't have CE this week, but I thought I'd give the kids some suggestions about where they can find some good ones. I'm particularly taken with Happy News, because it's always positive. NPR and BBC will give us more of a world view, and CNN would be for your domestic news.

These aren't the only places kids can pull their current events from by any means, this is just to give them some more places that are easily accessible.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Better Late Than Never

It is with great shame that I update this post after a week and a half without posting anything.

We have been really busy in 5-1. We've started reading a new book called The Kid Who Ran for President by Dan Gutman. I told the kids we were going to have to take a sabbatical from Time Stops because of poor planning and timing on my part. I really wanted to read Kid for obvious reasons before the election in November. I may throw in another book before we pick back up in Time Stops, also.

Also, I've been meeting with guided reading groups, and those have been pretty fun for me to meet with smaller groups of kids.

In Science, we've started doing a unit called Newton's Toybox. We're applying Newton's Laws of Physics in experiments. These are a lot of fun, and the kids are pretty good about not getting all silly with them.

This class continues to get better and better. I hate to jinx anything, so I won't go on any more, but honestly, every day is fun with these guys.

Thanks to those of you who came to the camp meeting last night. I'm sending information home today for those who weren't there yesterday.

I'll be sending home a Carter Current tomorrow with more information and details, but I wanted to throw an update on here just so you didn't think we'd gone idle.