Last week was Thanksgiving, and I hope you enjoyed some time with family and friends. To continue that idea of “togetherness,” this week’s topic is community. What type of communities or groups do you have either in school, outside of school, or both?
These communities might include…
school activities and clubs (ie. Garden Club, Safety Patrol, Cooking Club, Robotics, Student Council, etc)
outside activities (ie. Boy Scouts, volunteering, music)
groups with your family (neighborhood, church)
Think about some of these questions. You may want to include some of these as you describe your post.
What is your “part” in your community group?
What do you like about your group? Dislike?
What group might you want to be part of later in life?
Last week we read the poem “Casey at the Bat” and worked through the author’s word choice and analyzed the plot & mood of the story. However, we were struck by how the poem ends so abruptly! What happens to Casey next? How is he feeling? How is his team feeling? Is this the end of his career?
This week, your challenge is to write more to the ending and post it to your blog. You have two options:
Come up with another rhyming stanza to add on to the ending. It should be in the same poetic form as the original (aabb = first two lines rhyme, second two line rhyme)
Write a minimum of 2 paragraphs narrating what happens to Casey after he loses the game and “struck out.” Include Casey dialogue with another character.
Class…now that you have been keeping track of your independent reading books through your Reading Logs for the last two quarters, I thought you’d like to see what others are reading. If you look on the sidebar, there is a new widget that shows all the books our class has collectively read since July! Great job everyone! So when you are stuck trying to find a new book…look to what your peers are reading. You might get inspired. Don’t see anything you like? Check out this website – GoodReads – or download the app to get reviews on all sorts of choices. Ask your parents to sign up for GoodReads, and you can create your own bookshelf, even give ratings to books, and post comments to groups reading the same as you.
The holidays are fast approaching! PTA is set the return of Winter Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 2nd. Each class has been asked to prepare a silent auction themed basket for the night. Mrs. Hughes ‘class will be having a “Science Experiments” basket. I DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP! We ONLY have THREE ITEMS (thank you so far to Gabe, Viviana, & Alyson). If you are able to donate items to make the basket EXPLODE, then please visit this link to sign up right away:
This week we don’t have an Edublog Challenge, Week #4. Instead, let’s look at Pax and make connections to what we may know about war. There are different kinds of “war.” There’s the physical, global wars that need soldiers to fight. Then there are closer “wars” like what we face in our communities: war on drugs, war on crime, wars on bullying. You task this week…
Vola tells Peter: “People should tell the truth about what war cost.” Choose ONE type of literal or metaphoric “war” you have some experience with. Similar to Vola’s character, describe the physical and emotional costs people may feel when going to “war” or “fighting” to make something better. What you warn someone about getting into this war. This is a great time to make a connection to Red Ribbon Week since this ongoing war has affects so many people today.
This week, we are learning about how to give credit where credit it due! I will admit, that I have hard time with this myself. Using photos in class for lessons is one thing. However, when you publish something online, the whole world can see it. We are very comfortable finding photos in web searches, and throwing them on our page. However, to be fair, we REALLY need to give that person credit. Yes, that person whose photo we are using may have stolen it from someone else as well. Yet, the right thing to do, it give the photo attribution. So, your assignment for this week…
Write a separate post including 1-2 images about yourself. These can be your interests, favorite places, or photos of your family (given permission, of course). It’s up to you. When you explain each picture, include the caption with attribution. The compfight plugin is also helpful for this.
(Copied & edited from this Student Edublog Challenge post)
Visit 4 other class/student blogs on the blogroll of our class website. Leave a quality comment on one post on each blog. Then to prove you visited them…
Write a SEPARATE post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button. You can also do one at a time, “save” your draft, and come back to add another copy/pasted comment as you visit each site.Here are some examples from previous students in the challenge: Allegra but try to include a link to the actual post you left a comment on, Meghanawho has linked to both the student’s blog and their blog post where she left the comment.
Last week, our class came back from a two-week Fall Break vacation. Now that we are back, we are jumping right into the Student Edublog Challenge presented by Miss Wyatt (or Miss W online). If you are visiting our page for the first time, welcome! Our class actually had a head-start introducing ourselves way back in July/August when our new school year began. Please feel free to visit the student blogroll to read about our 6th grade students. We are excited to share our stories and connect through comments. If you are a student commenting, please remember to include your web address in the comment post. That way, we can visit your page, too.
To extend our global connections, we are also reading Pax, by Sara Pennypacker as part of the Global Read Aloud. It’s not too late to join in, and students may be posting their thoughts on the book here, as well.
Camarena’s 6th Grade will be having it’s fundraiser with Project Pie on Wednesday, Sept 14th! Please see the attached flyer for more details and pick up a pizza to support our students. Money raised will be going towards our 6th Grade account to help pay for field trip busses to 6th Grade Camp and more. Thanks for your support!!