Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hits like a girl

Sixth graders are rough and rowdy. 
They travel in unruly packs. 
They push and shove and hit. 
A lot of my management involves curbing this behavior. 
One of my boys came in from recess the other day rubbing his upper arm. 
He said "Man, 'K' hits like a guy!"  
I said " 'K', keep your hands to yourself." 
And to the boy I said "No, she hits like a girl." 

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

My English classes are enjoying a novel study of "The Tale of Despereaux". It is such a sweet story and because they all have prior knowledge of the book, we are really able to dig deep into the literary elements. 

Roscuro stealing the cape.

I decided to enhance the unit by having them create a diorama of a scene from the novel. They really did an amazing job!

Despereaux with his needle-sword

This one is Noodle's. I love it!

Despereaux in the library reading the fairytale.
This boy made all the little books and the bookcases.

"A rat in my soup!"
The queen dies because a rat lands in her soup!

While we were oohing and ahhing over dioramas at the upper elementary school, the high school AP English classes were oohing and ahhing down at the Renaissance Faire in Norman. 

Older daughter actually let someone touch her locks while she was there. I love it!