By Audrey and Cayden
Almost everyday for the last 2 weeks we have been practicing for a gathering (we are doing a play) . We are working on this with Room 13 because we held our exhibition with them at the bakery and cafe, Con Pane.
The theme of our play is poems vs portraits. As I mentioned before, This is inspired by the exhibition we did together. We (in Room 15) drew self portraits and wrote biographies whereas Room 13 wrote poems about themselves. Our gathering is based on that event but contains lots of information that didn't really happen. However, it does have an important message: we should think about what unites us, not what divides us.
Today it is Friday and in an hour we will perform the play. We are SO, SO, SO excited for the play today! We have practiced a lot. It’s an ensemble play (that means almost everyone has equal parts). We had to learn and memorize our words by Wednesday. Today and yesterday we practiced without our scripts. Today we did it where the “teachers" and "Mr. Seal” wore masks. It was really funny because they had no teeth. Also because you are used to seeing someone else but you instead your see a child's body with Mr. Seal or your teacher's face.
As we've said, today we do the gathering. We are little nervous, also a little excited. It will start at 2:30pm, at Explorer Elementary, on Friday, November 7, 2013. We hope you come. We have had the best, greatest and awesomest time doing this play.
By Audrey and Cayden
This week my class had library. First our librarian, Ms. Megan, read the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book in the series. Next she gave us our book markers so we could check out our books.
The first thing I noticed about the library was there was a giant poster advertising Jeff Kinney's new book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book is called Hard Luck.
I forgot to bring my books so I spent the time looking for new books and reading the back covers of Goose Bumps books. Some of them REALLY freaked me out! When it was time to go every one lined up with there new books.
On Thursday 11/7/13, Room 15 went to Yellow Book Road bookshop to get their Diary of a Wimpy Kid books signed by the author, Jeff Kinney.
In the morning at Explorer we had art first thing in the morning then we went back to the class to sit on the rug so Ms. Chown could tell us just what to do. Ms Chown explained that we needed to line up line order so we did then she went over our number and she just said our number and we just said 'here' so she knew if we were here. This is because one of our class rules that we made up says that we need to make sure the teacher knows where you are at all times.
Then, when we knew we had everybody, we walked down the hall to go outside. We were so exited to meet Jeff Kinney for the first time. When we were almost there we saw a giant lime green bus with the cover of Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. When we got in Yellow Book Road we sat down and asked Jeff Kinney some questions about how he writes his books.
By Garrett, Grady and Tanner
Before we can tell you about our trip to see Jeff Kinney, we have to tell you more about him. Jeff Kinney is the author and illustrator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid which has sold over 75 million copies.
Before we left, we grabbed our books with excitement. We were off to the Yellow Book Road. Once we got there we felt confused, we could not see him anywhere. Then, out of the blue, this man tried to get through the crowd of children. As he was stumbling through the crowd we thought 'could that be him?'. THe man sat down at the desk in front of us. "It is him!" we cried in our minds. We felt great!
Well he did a talk about his career and his childhood and more. We finaly got in line. We felt sooooooooooooo good. When it was our turn to get our books signed we were so EXCITED! We even got a photo with him.
When we all got our books we started to walk back to school and right in front of us there was a bright lime GREEN BUS right there and he is travling in that bus going to book stores every day for kids.
By Katherine and Eleri
On Monday we had Ms. Chown birthday. We call it English day because our teacher, Ms. Chown, is from England. It fun because we got to have tea and Marmite.
You might be asking what type of tea? Or what is Marmite? Well, we will answer that. Marmite is a spread that looks like chocolate but IT IS NOT. It looks like chocolate so don't let that fool you it is really salty. More than you think.
The tea is the beast tea that I (Sophia) have ever had but some people don't like it (for instance Sara, the person who is writing this blog with me was not as excited about it). The tea is black tea.
How would you feel if your teacher was having a birthday? It feels really nice to see someone who helps you be happy. Each person gave Ms. Chown a gift. Some people gave Ms. Chown flowers, cards, food, hugs and more. After that Ms. Chown taught us how to make tea. It was really fun. Throughout the day, Ms. Chown felt really good (although she connected with Thaison and said it was strange hearing appreciations being said to her).
At the end of the day we had cake. It was so fun Grady's mom and Sara's mom helped serve cake, napkins and forks. Everyone had cake, even Ms. Chown.
By Sara and Sophia
English Day is Ms.Chowns birthday, it is on November the 4th. We got to give Ms. Chown presents. Delaine got a mixture of colorful flowers. Thaison got a box filled with caramel chocolates,and other people gave hugs,fruits, birthday cards, gift-cards and more.
Then we learned maths which is short for mathematics. English people don't say math, they say maths. Ms. Chown thinks that this makes more sense!
In maths we got to learn english money, which is called pounds and pence and learn how to add them up.
Then Audrey, our great friend got us some delicious tangerines from her backyard. After recess, we had a cup of tea with milk and we sampled bread with marmite and irish butter. Delanie thought the sample of marmite was divine,mouthwatering,and well-flavorful. Thaison thought the marmite was unappetizing, fishy, tasteless,over-salted, and flat.
We got to read our English story book called Varjak Paw. It was a relaxing, fun English day for everyone!
by Delanie and Thaison
On Monday, we celebrated “English Day” because it was Ms. Chown’s birthday. We got bread with Marmite on it. The Marmite tasted really good, well to me it tasted really good. Not everybody liked it, but everybody tried it. We got to drink tea. The tea tasted good to me. Ms. Chown puts lots of milk in the tea. Some people tried the tea and some people liked the tea. Some thought it was just alright.
Then we watched “Horrible Histories.” It was bad history. It was gross. We learned how the Incas cleaned their hair. It was disgusting. I prefer shampoo. We also learned that the Inca's put their kids in a hole. Why would they want to do that? I guess they wanted to keep them safe in the hole, but it did not seem safe to me. It would not be good if it rained. The kids would get wet and dirty in the mud. Gross. Other than “Horrible Histories,” I thought English Day was fun. Happy Birthday, Ms. Chown!
Well one day Ms. Chown showed us this show she likes
called Horrible Histories! This is a show that English children watch in the afternoons when they come home from school.
At first when I watched it, I did not get it but when it got more into the show I got it. Man that show was so funny, I could not stop laughing. If you watched it, you would be laughing too. It is too funny and I hope we can we watch it again. I really enjoyed it!
This week we had science. Two weeks ago, we put a carved pumpkin in the science room. When we came back last week it was hairy. Although, when we came back this week it started turning BLACK!!! Most everyone was disgusted [especially me].
Another thing we did in science was research the arctic tundra, and then write a summary of all our notes to make one big paragraph of information on the arctic tundra. The first thing we did was get a sheet of paper and a packet all about the arctic tundra. Then you picked a partner to research with. After that you read and highlight your piece of research. But before you have free time, you have to have at least THREE facts in your journal. Then you come to the rug and summarize!
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First we had a sketchbook that we had to draw our creature in. My table created a unicorn and Sergio’s table created a socktown. It was fun creating a unicorn and a socktown!
Next week we will create our creatures. We are looking forward to this.
by Allan and Sergio
Every week we have complement club. It’s usually on friday but sometimes, if we are busy, compliment club is on a different day. This is how it works:
1. First Ms.Chown comes around the circle gives us a name and she makes it so nobody else sees who you got.
2. When you get your person, you see Ms.Lancaster and she writes down who you got. This helps us remember who our person is. If it gets to the end of the day and we don't have a compliment, we can check and see if the person who left early was the one who was writing a compliment for you.
3. You watch the person you got throughout the day and notice what they did that was respectful or kind.
4. Last but not least at the end of the day we all get a paper note card and write down what we noticed about your person on the card. When everybody finished writing down their complement we all go to the rug and Ms. Chown passes them out. We do this every friday because we want to send everybody home for the weekend with a smile on the face.
This week we started to rehearse our play. The play is about us so Ms. Chown (played by Sophia) and Ms. Lancaster (played by Katherine) are actually in our play. In fact, there are many many more people are in this play!
The play is about Room 13 and Room 15 fighting about who is going to be better in the exhibition they our holding together. The moral to this story is that we need to look for what brings us together, rather than what divides us.
When we first started this play, we were just getting the hang of acting. Right now, well we are typing and we are trying to rehearse the best we can. This means that we can all work on the blog and Ms. Chown can rehearse with different actors.
We interviewed some people in our class to find out what they thought about our play. One person said that they have mixed emotions (both happy and nervous), another is very excited, another feels good and accomplished. However, this is unlike another person in our class who feels like the play needs some more words. However, we understand that gatherings are only 15 minutes long so it is not possible to write a play with more lines for everyone and only make it last 15 minutes. When Ms. Chown was a teenager, she was in a play and she only had two words to say.
So, we hope you come and see our gathering on November 8th. We won't tell you any more because if you want to learn more then come and see the play for yourself!
By Sophia & Katherine
Every thursday we have art. This week in art we made stick day figures of day of the dead. Some people made the person holding their head. Some people made a plain skeleton some with a guitar or a top hat. Some people made Jack Skellington, random dude, and more!!! WOW!!! We used tissue paper, construction paper, clay, and string to make these skinny people.
I made a sliver, headless ghost. Some people asked "Why are we making day of the dead figures? It's Halloween." Well, San Diego is very close to Mexico and in Mexico people celebrate Dia de los Muertos at around this time of year. This is a time to celebrate the lives of people we know who have died and remember them.
Also in art there is a big chalk wall and everybody can write on it. You can also do origami (if you know how to do it) out of a book. That was what happened at art this week.
By Troy Major
This week we had a Halloween party. One of the activities was pumpkins. We got to put nails, feathers, scarfs, screws, bolts, nails and nuts to decorate our pumpkins. How we decorated it was our own choice, so we could do whatever we wanted to do to our pumpkins.
Another of the station was the cookie station at the cookie station you get to decorate your own cookies with all sorts of things like orange sprinkles, purple sprinkles, bat sprinkles, pumpkin sprinkles and black sprinkles.
There was also chocolate frosting and there was also vanilla frosting. The shape of the cookie was a ghost!
The last station was a pencil decorating. So what you did was you first go get a pencil to decorate then you choose what you want to decorate your pencil with things like cotton balls, pipe cleaners and much more.
I bet you wanted to go to that party because it sure sounds fun. Doesn't it sound good?
Garrett and Delanie