January 23, 2017

Geography - Today, we continued to look at the types of industries: primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary. As we discussed each of the types of industries and their attributes, we used jobs that we were most familiar with to understand their classification.  We looked at the percentage of people working in each industry in addition to who the people are in terms of demographics!

We completed a slideshow note and students were given a handout to complete based on the information they took down. For some questions, they had to infer the fill in the blank answer. Take a look here!

Language - Students continued their write up on "The Lottery," by Shirely Jackson and created a SEEC paragraph on: "In the Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, did the townspeople participate in a collective act of murder? Is tradition a sufficient reason to kill?" I am putting together the package and will have it linked here shortly!

Grade 4/5 Health - The kids were introduced to smoking through a youtube clip which prompted a classroom discussion on the effects of smoking. Youtube Clip

Gym - We played a game of dodgeball which was slightly different from the traditional way. Each team sent one member over to the opposite side to stand in the middle of a hula hoop. The student in the hula hoop could now attack that team just as long as they caught the ball within the hula hoop itself!

January 20, 2017

P.A. Day

Today, was a P.A. Day which meant a day to work on report cards and individual education plans. I have often struggled with creating/generating learning skill comments - mostly because sometimes, you just want to come right out and be brutally honest! I found this great program called "Student Evaluator," which takes me through a series of multiple choice questions for Self Regulation, Initiative, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration. Once I answer the questions it generates some great thoughtful comments; however, I tweak them a bit to be a bit more personal with some examples from the classroom!

Check it out...it's really saved me a lot of time! Well spent $30 bucks or so...

January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

Today, we talked about natural resources and how they are vital to the quality of life individuals and families. We focused on fishing and talked about the difference between inshore and offshore fishing. The students inferred the importance of fishing to rural communities in addition to how the fishing industry supports people in major cities!

Here is the slideshow presentation with a worksheet for students to fill out as you walk them through it.


We have started our short story unit and began with "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. A great text written post World War II which highlights the themes of conformity, mob mentality and scapegoating. As a class we read the text and answered questions. I'm in the midst of putting together my unit so please check back shortly...Until then, heres a copy of the text with questions found online:  https://sites.middlebury.edu/individualandthesociety/files/2010/09/jackson_lottery.pdf