Monday, April 28, 2008

How Far is It

Today in science class we created scale models of how far it is from the Earth to the Moon. The kids predicted that the moon would be no more than 2-3 meters away on our scale model. When they actually created the model they were amazed at how far away it was. (It is 10x the circumference of the earth or 240,000 miles away.) In our model the moon (a baseball) was about halway down the hall from the earth (a globe).

Monday, April 21, 2008

Where the Red Fern Grows

Today we started reading my favorite book of all time, Where the Red Fern Grows. For this in class project we will be reading the book both together and independently. Students will then respond to questions that are posted on the Red Fern Book Blog. For these questions, I really want the kids to bring in their own personal experience. Some of the answers I have seen on this project in the past have been touching, funny, and unbelievably thoughtful.

I would love for anyone interested to join us on our journey through the Red Fern. Don’t worry, I won’t grade anyone but the students. If you are in need of a copy of the book, let me know and I will be glad to loan you one. I have 5 copies left. First come first served. If you want to answer the questions with us, you can log in as anonymous and answer the questions. The only thing that I ask is that you put your name on the post so I know who it is coming from. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Room 42 Daily Featured in Cable in the Classroom Magazine

Yes, you read correctly. This blog is featured in this month’s edition of Cable in the Classroom Magazine. There is a great article about how I use the blog to communicate and there are some great pictures there also. Click on the link below and then click on the Homeroom to Home link.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Adopted Soldier

Okay, so I’ve been really slacking lately and not getting updates on here. I will attempt to rectify that in the future.

Today we got a special surprise. Several Months ago we “adopted” a soldier who was stationed in Iraq. He is the future brother in law of one of our kids. We sent him a big batch of letters and a small care package. I found out last week that he was in town on a two week leave and wanted to come by and thank the kids for sending the stuff over. Today Kerry stopped by and the kids were completely surprised. We had a great talk about what it was like in Iraq (we learned about the food, bed times, body armor, and the kids). We also sent home with him one of the flags that went on the weightless flight. Check out the pictures below!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Exchange City Pictures

Finally, I have found an extra minute to post the pictures from Exchange City, sorry for the delay.