It’s official, the magazine is done and was shipped off to the printers last night! We should have them in our hands sometime next week. I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised with the end product, and I thank you again to those whose donations made it a reality. If you would like an electronic PDF version, contact me next week via email and I can send you one. The file is 10MB in size so your inbox must be able to accept large file sizes.
I’ve already sent you a note via Class Dojo messaging but a local group of student teachers are going to Tanzania to help a small community there “rebuild”. They are looking for new or used soccer gear for the local children. Gently used shin pads, soccer balls, and clothing can be brought in by Tuesday of next week. We as a class, however, have decided to pay it forward by making small donations to buy some new equipment. Students are asked, if it’s possible, to bring in a $2 donation, the proceeds of which will go toward this new equipment. Donations can be greater but we agreed that $2 was manageable for buying at least one ball and perhaps a pair of goalie gloves. Donations are due Monday so that I can buy the goods that evening. We’ll include a short note and a photo of our class with the new soccer gear. Thank you in advance for your support. The kids are learning a real life lesson about giving back to the rest of the world.
In math, we’ve shifted over to probability. Earlier in the week, we put Tim Horton’s to the test with their Roll up the Rim contest. They claim that contestants have a 1 in 6 chance of winning, so for the third straight year, I brought in six hot chocolates. We talked about odds and why contest organizers reduce fractions to make it look like your chances are better. And, for the third straight year, one of the six cups was indeed a winner! Emma was the big winner of the day with a free beverage, and some bonus auction points on a cup I had randomly marked.
Although homework is getting lighter these days, students can lighten their in-class workload by doing some research on their own time. For their cereal box project, students are free to look up some information about their author, which is one of the content pieces of their project. In social studies, students have chosen two words about Ancient Rome to study. Class time for researching is now done, as the activity will be completed in class on Monday. Some students still need to finish finding their information and write rough drafts for the project.
Speaking of research, five groups of four each are looking at various aspects of Switzerland, the country our class is representing for next Thursday’s Multicultural Day. People/culture, foods, geography, symbols and trivial facts are all a part of the research. Next week the groups will be putting their findings together to share with other visiting classes.
Finally, students will begin composing their children’s stories next week. Just like with the memoirs, I will be sending home revised copies of the story with a similar checklist and a request for feedback. Accompanying the checklist is a request for $3, the cost of the hardcover blank book that will be used for publishing (this is slightly less than what I paid for them). Keep your eyes open for the checklist next week.