Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Book circles, the Globe, the Globe Theatre, Eggs

What struck me today in a trip around the school, was the sense of purpose! These photos show some of it.

Lara and another student in 2-3 are reading Little House in the Big Woods. A book circle with seven students has chosen Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Another is working on Because of Winn Dixie.

I came across Pre K students finding where they live on a globe. They were in the midst of negotiating how to take turns.

Shakespeare has started! Sean Fagan, our artist-in-residence, will be here for 8 intense days, working with every class on an aspect of performance that is some way related to Shakespeare. Here, eighth graders are blocking Macbeth, (the condensed version!) In 2-3, they are taking a wordless book, The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard and in five groups, divided by scene, writing a script. They will choose parts, block, read through, practice lines, find costumes - and be ready to perform by next Thursday!

On the board by the science room, I saw this announcement:
Tuesday, January 15
It's a new day!
2-3 - static electricity!
8th grade math - percent of change
1:30 to 2:30 6-7 science in library -
Surface area: volume
Cell organelles worksheet

It was 1:45 so I went to 6-7 science in the library. Eggs again! They were choosing from a supply of straws, balloons, paper, cotton balls, and tape. Working in pairs, they were building contraptions to protect a raw egg from a fall. I wonder if anyone used one of the rubbery eggs from 2-3? I wonder why they had raw eggs in the library?!

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