Olivia is in Ms. Eppele's 4th and 5th class in British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Eppele's assigned the class a detailed assignment on a story they were reading. The is titled “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper. This is a story about a little girl named Melody who has a photographic memory and is the smartest kid in her whole school, but no one knows it. A lot of people think she is not capable of learning. Melody cannot talk, walk, or write. While reading this story, they were told a specific website to go to in order to learn more about service dogs. They were asked what types of jobs do dogs do for people? What are some things you can do to help when you see a service dog? They were also asked questioned that relate to the story, such as “How do you think Melody will react to have a new sibling in the house?” and “What themes or big ideas do you think that Sharon Draper is trying to get us to think about as we read these chapters?” For Olivia’s blog, she simply wrote, “I feel bad for melody but i love love love love pups i have one of my own”. I told Melody that I was glad she could relate to the story with the fact that she also loves dogs and has one of her own. I encouraged her to write more details on her next blog and to explain more about what happened in the story. I told her that it would have been good for her to explain why she felt bad for Melody and what kind of situation she was facing.
Week 2, Addie:
Addie is a 4th grader in Mrs. Schroeder’s class. In her most recent blog post, she told all about her week. She had two guest speakers come and talk to her class. One spoke on nutrition and the other spoke on fire safety in the home. They read a book called “Tanya’s Reunion” and took a test on it. They were able to do a fun activity in geometry by going around the school and taking pictures on different angles and lines that they could find. Then they got to make a slide show of all of their pictures. On Monday they did not have school but once they got back on Tuesday, it was test time for her geometry class. After the test was over they got to learn some more fun geometry terms in math and then they learned about run on sentences in Language. I told Addie that it sounded like she had a very busy week full of learning and activities!
Week 3, Alarzea:
Alarzea is a 6th grade student in Mr. Somerville’s class at Pt England School in Auckland, New Zealand. I began by viewing Mr. Somerville’s Class Blog. At the time of his blog, he has links to his class website, math lessons, math problem solving, math talks, movies and photos, and Kent’s teaching. The class website that he provides a link to contains a weekly schedule, links to the blogs, learning activities, and so much more. The “Kent’s Teaching” tab is where Kent (Mr. Somerville) shares how he uses Google Apps to facilitate an individual learning program for his star students. Alarzea hasn’t used her blog too much, but her most recent post was an Animal Questionnaire. She posted 9 specific questions so I tried to answer the ones that I knew.
1.Why do cows sit down when it is raining? I was always told that cows lay down when it rains in order to keep a patch of grass dry to eat later.
2.When is it a good time to farm? I think this depends on where you live and what you are planting. Probably during the warmer weather when there is lots of sunlight to help things grow!
3.Why are animals so important? They provide us food.
4.Who might be the right person to farm? Some one interested in crops and who has the land and time to do it!
5.Which animal is the most important? I suppose this depends on a persons individual needs and what they need from what animal.
6.How do we know when to feed the animals? They are alive just like we are! They like to eat and snack just like us, if not more!
7.Where could a farm be? Anywhere that has the appropriate weather and land with good soil.
8.How long to farm animals live? This depends on the animal and if they animal is going to be used for human's food or not.
9.What kind of animal brings out milk that turns into cheese? My guess would be a cow or goat.
Week 4, Omar:
Omar is in Mrs. Horst's 7th grade Language Arts in Oakville Ontario, Canada. He recently wrote about a football movie that he watched with his mom. He doesn't really enjoy football but he said this movie was great. I told him that he made me curious about this movie and so I had to use Google and do some research about Ernie Davis. I read where he was from New Salem, Pennsylvania and was the first African-American man to win the Heisman Trophy, which you told us! He was also the first black athlete to be chosen first overall in the NFL Draft. Ernie Davis was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia during preparations for the 1962 College All Star Game. Treatment began immediately but the cancer spread. He died on May 18, 1963 and never got to play a professional football game. Today, Ernie Davis is remembered for his great sportsmanship. He had great courage in facing the disease he got and handled the racial struggles of his time. He is a legacy and I’m sure this movie that Omar watched was great! He asked at the end of his blog what movies we liked or could suggest to him. I told him that I enjoyed the movie “Remember the Titans” when it comes to football movies! If Omar hasn’t seen it, I’m positive he would enjoy it!