Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fact and Opinion

This week we have been working on distinguishing between facts and opinions. Whoa!!! Didn’t realize it would be that difficult! I used a 2 page article from the WONDERFUL site of Wonderopolis about the Appalachian Trail. (I have ONCE AGAIN changed our reading structure-don’t laugh- but will write more about that in a later post!). We have also been talking about our schema this week.

We read the article on Monday after MUCH schema (background) building. We partner read it on Tuesday and each group had to pick out facts and opinions from the article. We also GREATLY discussed some pertinent(important)(I’m trying to become a word wizard!) vocabulary.

Today each group had to pick either a fact or opinion (I told them which one) and write it on a sentence strip and put it on the board under that category. We read each one, decided if we agreed with its placement, and then talked about how we would prove or disprove the facts. Boy, are they having a difficult time with this! But the good news is: we will be focusing on it again next week! (That’s the change I mentioned earlier, but you’ll have to check back for that complete post!). 🙂


What people think teachers do

I came across this on twitter. A picture of what people think teachers do to what teachers actually do! LOL! We all need a laugh sometimes!


Valentine Jumping Jack Challenge

We had our jumping jack challenge today and here is what it looked like.





Before we started.

1st round.





2nd round.



3rd round.




4th round.




5th and LAST round.









Sebastian, Austin, Brian, CJ, Kevin, Destiny, and Tanner!! Congratulations for doing 725 TOTAL jumping jacks!!!!


Avoxes anyone?

Those of you who have read The Hunger Games will know what I’m talking about. The avoxes have been silenced (permanently) by The Capitol.

Well, I now have 2 lovely 6th graders who have “become” avoxes. Seriously. They pledged to act like an avox all day today, and do you think I ever heard them say a word? Nope. 🙂

I asked them if I could make that mandatory for the rest of the 6th grade class???????? LOL!

I LOVE it when a student REALLY gets into a book!

Weekly Testing

We take our weekly tests every Friday, but this week we moved them up to Thursday because of a special surprise we have planned for Friday.

We go to the computer lab to take our 2 reading tests and out of 25 computers we have about 16 that work. Maybe. And they are not all the same each time. Ugghh! 🙂

So now we are using some of the laptops that our school has. It was warm yesterday so I let the ones that had the laptops sit outside the computer lab to take their tests. It was a cool sight to see

them stretched out comfortably and so focused. Check out their improvising to be able to see the computer screen! 🙂