Halloween

We were happy to be invited to the Elementary classroom for Riddle Day presentations.  Our students’ skit was successful and enjoyed by all.  We tried to incorporate “scary” topics into each of our lessons for the day.  

The highlights were a discussion of candy and sugar consumption and the associated health risks, a sentence imitation based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and ghost story creation.  We are looking forward to a productive day tomorrow working on our micro-economy projects in preparation for Grandparent’s Day. 

Devoutly, devoted we work.

Back to work. The class divided this morning to review important math lessons. We reviewed basic algebra, geometry terminology, slope, and functions. The older students presented a lesson on functions to the 6th years using the popular function machine. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Oval Portrait was an appropriate choice for our literature seminar with Halloween coming up.  Poe is a master at depicting a dark and mysterious setting.  Many of the students had difficulty interpreting the text because of the vocabulary chosen by the author.  They will review the text again tonight to define words they did not know.  In the afternoon, we discussed part II of George Orwell’s 1984.  The Party’s tactics are an important part of every discussion we have about the novel.  To reflect on contemporary media’s influence on us, the students were asked to choose an event in history to research. Their assignment is to identify written sources to prove that the event actually happened.  The class is excited for Riddle Day tomorrow.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in costume and character. 

Best Camping Trip Ever!

First, we crossed the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers on a ferry to get to Pere Marquette State Park, we nearly hit two juvenile bald eagles that flew right next to Mr. Mike’s car. Second, we set up camp and ate lunch. On our hike we were attacked by lady bugs. The views from the top were beautiful. We went to the lodge after our hike to locate trilobites and learn the history of the building. Our hunt for trilobites in the limestone blocks of the Great Hall was unsuccessful, so we decided we should walk to a cemetery nearby. There is a lot of history in a cementery. Ms. Jenna’s brilliant idea was to come back to the cemetery later in the evening to celebrate Halloween.  At camp, we built a fire, had chili, and ate smores. We went back to the cemetery at night, where Ms. Jenna thought she was sinking into the ground. Our final activity for the night, was an intense chess game between Jordan and Steven. In the morning, we received a tour of the park’s water plant to go along with our water study.  We headed home when the rain began. The class and the teachers had fun on the camping trip. Steven especially had fun.-Elizabeth, Steven, Mr. Mike, and Ms. Jenna