“If the Shoe Fits“, is a story about Rigo, his family, and the brand-new-shoes he got for his birthday. While working with this text, we were able to infer character traits from Rigo and his uncle Celso. We also discussed how the events of the story can affect characters’ feelings and actions. So, for this post I want to think about the specific event where Rigo was being bullied by Angel.
1-How did this particular event change Rigo’s feelings and actions?
2- What could have been different about this event? Did Rigo do the right thing by ignoring Angel?
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them because other kids in the school don’t like them. And Camilla is extremely worried about what other people think about her. While reading this book, we were able to determine character traits by combining evidence from the text with your own inferring. So in this post, you will answer the following:
1) How did Camilla change from the beginning to the end of the story?
2) Provide at least three quotes from the story and the character traits that you infer from them.
Today, Malala turned 16, and she celebrated it by delivering an absolutely moving speech at the United Nations. While many girls her age dream about a “sweet 16″ lavish gathering, -she instead- stood stronger and prouder than ever as she asked for the right to an education for every single child. What a great example for so many teenagers! She’s an amazing leader and I’m totally convinced that she will have a bright future.
Happy Birthday Malala!
“I speak not for myself but for those without voice … those who have fought for their rights — their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”
Beatrice’s Goat is a true story about an Ugandan girl who was able to fulfill her dream thanks to a goat. Beatrice eventually was able to receive an education in Uganda and was able to earn a Master’s degree here in U.S.A. While reading the story, we were able to compare and contrast this text with A Chair for my Mother.
1-What differences and similarities were you able to point out across the two texts?
“A Chair For My Mother” is a wonderful story about a girl, her mom, her grandma and a jar full of coins. The girl lives with her mom, a waitress, and her grandma in a small apartment. One day, on their way back to their apartment, they discovered it had caught on fire and they have lost everything they had. They moved to a new aparment, but since they had no furniture at all, they start saving up money to buy a new chair.
After reading the book, we discussed what it would feel like to lose everything you had. So, for this post you will think about the following: 1-What lesson do we learn from the characters in the story? 2- What context clues did you use to understand the expression ” There’s no good place for me to take a load off my feet”? 3-If you lost everything you had, what would you miss the most?
As the end of the year is soon approaching, testing is even closer! After reading about what the test will look like in the future, we have compared and contrast current questions with future ones.
Based on that, do you think the changes to the tests are an improvement or not? Why?
This week, we have been reading and analyzing the UCLA research report about American kids and their abundance of toys. The researchers went into 32 American homes and obtained the numbers behind the stuff. We interpreted the data, we identified main reasons the researchers listed for this problem, and we looked at other countries and their consumption habits. After processing all this information, we concluded that all this stuff does not necessarily make a person happier.
So, after evaluating all the interesting facts we learned, which one was the most interesting to you and why?
How do you compare yourself to the average family in this study?
Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Media Response | Posted on 04/26/2013
Next week, people around the country will be celebrating “Screen-Free Week“. During this week, we are encouraged to “unplug” from digital devices to spend more time with others, or alone, and to find other sources of entertainment. So… Are you ready to turn off your tv, video games, and tablets? Are you ready to look for ways to spend more time with family and friends and to enjoy nature?