Tomorrow I greet my class for the first time in two weeks. I feel refreshed and ready for the last 10-11 weeks of school. Over my vacation I signed my class up for an online reading blog where they can post reviews and I can keep track of their independent reading. Five out of fifteen students have made new avatars for themselves on the Biblionasium website and one of my students wrote a review! I will require all of them to post a review of a book they read over vacation. I will also post a review of the books I read as well.
I am excited to begin my poetry unit and I already have a 5th grade class to share poetry with over Skype. I just have to make sure a few of my kids have written and edited a poem they would like to read by the end of April. Wish me luck!
Finally, we will begin to study the Great Rift Valley in Africa for our Africa Study. I plan to use a Skype Swahili lesson to add to my study of Africa. I also am looking for a class in either Kenya or Tanzania to share introductory handshake videos to introduce my students and per haps for the other students to reply to us. Let’s hope I can do all of this in 10 weeks!