I have all the autobiographies now. (I came in to school to print several that were in the classroom folder.) I can grade those today and tomorrow and make those part of the writing grade, as I intended.
However, people have sent me one-pagers electronically, and that's just not working. When I print them out, they are too tiny to read. So the rest of the one-pagers are due THE DAY YOU GET BACK IN THE DOOR OF THE SCHOOL. By the way, you can come in any day the school is open and ask someone to stick your one pager in my box. You don't have to wait until April.
The district has given us Monday and Tuesday to work on grades and report cards. I hope to get mostly done today.
Meanwhile, here are some THINGS TO DO while you are home (adapted from CNN):
- Read. Create a virtual book club and video call each other to discuss.
- Take a virtual museum tour. Check out the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum or Google Arts & Culture.
- Learn a language -- or at least a few phrases. Don't know Spanish, Japanese or Swahili yet? Get to studying.
- Bolster your vocabulary. Flip through a thesaurus or take online quizzes to test your vocabulary.
- Start birdwatching. Find out what species nest near you, dust off your binoculars if you've got 'em and download a birdwatching map. Sit in your backyard or near a window. You'll be surprised by how many you notice when you really look.
- Try cooking something new. It's time to make that difficult dessert or that day-long roast. You have all weekend to master and devour it.
- Find new recipes. Read your parents' cookbooks and look at culinary sites on the internet. See if you can find a new family favorite or two.
- Video chat. A lot. If you are alone, you don't need to feel alone. Video call the people you love.
- Meditate. Life is slowing down for a bit. Relax. Try yoga.
- Bring out the board games. Clue. The Game of Life. Scrabble. Get competitive.
- Tackle a ginormous puzzle. It's gotta be challenging enough to keep you occupied, but not so challenging that it threatens to drive you mad.
- Make art. Whether it's a page out of a coloring book or a knitted scarf or a piece of pottery, creating will ease your mind and keep your fingers nimble.
- Do the tough stuff. If you have the tendency to put off that dreaded homework, do it first and get it over with. Sorry!
For the week of March 16
Parents, if you haven't turned in your IslandWood paperwork yet, you can turn it in at the office and ask someone to put it in my box.
Daily Dictionary words for this week are:
I will resume giving and grading vocab tests when we get back, I will start with the test that is listed on the calendar for the week we return. That means, if our last day out is April 24, I will give list 26 on April 28. Make sense?
Remember to follow the RACE guidelines!
For both 6th and 7th here is a video of how to do nets for 3-D shapes. Everyone will need to have paper and pencil and some 3-D shapes. Blocks would be ideal, but spice boxes and bottles would work. Keep the work from today to help with tomorrow's assignment!
Both have lessons on surface area. I hope to post a video again.
6th has lesson 8-7, odds
7th has lesson 9-6, odds
Both will do Extended Practice, odds, for their chapter.
6th will do the quiz on p 378, all.
7th will do the quiz on p 392, all
Parents, I will email to you the answers to the quiz. Students are to correct their quiz until they get 100%.
Both groups do the chapter review for their chapter, odds.
Both groups will do the chapter review, evens.
My plan is to finish this chapter at least.
It will be easier than Skype. All I have to do is email a link to everyone (and post the link here), and you can all join the event.
We will keep doing a chapter every two weeks.