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Monday, March 14, 2011
Reported by Ethan #6

Hi, I’m Ethan #6, and I’m going to be the Roving Reporter for today.  I got to school at 8:00 in the morning, and I went to the Student Council table and started selling grams until the bell rang.  I ran to class, got in line, and waited for the cloudy, nice day to start.

Since I’m in GATE on Wednesdays and Mondays, I do Read About.  Read About is a program on the computer where you read from three to five pages on a topic and have about three stories on each topic.  For each story you have five vocabulary words and one skill.  My topic was the Civil War.  It talked about how the Civil War started, and how the slaves got freed by war when the North won.

Next, we had DMA.  DMA stands for Daily Morning Activities.  Each Monday and Wednesday we do two language questions, two analogies, and one geography question.  Today’s geography question was: “What state lies due south of Kentucky?”  What’s your answer?  Right now take a break from reading this article, and look at a map, guess, or look up the question on the internet.  If your answer is Tennessee, you are right.  For the language questions we were still talking about the famous Ellis Island.  Overall I got minus one.

I did the Morning Business. Morning Business is when we get out our homework slips (if we had it), write down tonight’s homework, and get the flyers and tests out of your mailbox.  Today there was the regular black and white States and Capitals map worksheet that comes on the first day of the week, and the States and Capitals quiz that we have to get signed, and some flyers (I didn’t even have to do that because I’m Roving Reporter, but I did it in class anyway).

After that we dove into States and Capitals.  In States and Capitals, we made new flash cards for the six new states.  Our states were Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.  We also sang and listened to the States and Capitals rap song by the Hip-Hop Professor. The new thing was the States and Capitals cards.  If you’ve ever read another article by someone else in Mr. Coley’s math class, chances are they did Math Cards.  It is the same thing, but with states and capitals.

Next we had Reading.  In Reading we had nine new vocabulary words. They were fierce, arming, drilling, just, peered, skirmish, rebels, skittish, and kin.  Can you guess what our story will be about?  If you guessed the Revolutionary War, you were right.

After Reading we had Science.  In Science we were still talking about predicting weather.  We talked about the jet stream, and how it can move fronts and affect planes.  The jet stream is a global wind that gets up to 150 MPH and goes west to east.  If a plane is flying from Sacramento, California, to New York City, New York, the jet stream will help it.  If a plane is flying from Orlando, Florida, to Denver, Colorado, it will go against it and slow it down.  We also learned that a High Pressure System is dry, clear, and fair weather, and that a Low Pressure System is warm, humid, and stormy weather.  The last thing we learned in Science is that scientists use weather balloons, weather satellites, and Doppler satellites.  At the end of Science, Mr. Coley left and we’d have Mrs. Coley the rest of the day.

It was then time for recess.  I ate a pack of fruit snacks when I was heading off to go play basketball with my friends.  I was picked on Myles’s team, and I think we lost, but we didn’t keep score.  It was super close so we called it a tie.

After the break, we had “Meet the Masters.” Our artist of the assembly was Georgia O’Keeffe.  She was born in Virginia and moved to New York when she was five.  She married photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and still lived in New York.  In her middle age, she moved to New Mexico.  She loved to paint bones, flowers, and mountains. 

Next was Read Aloud, which was called When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  It is a Newberry Medal winner, and so far it is fantastic.  It is about Miranda, and her mom is a contestant for the $20,000 Pyramid game show.  Her friend, Sal, got punched and now doesn’t talk to her.  She also just got a note from a mysterious man saying, “I’m going to save your friend’s life, and mine.”  We’re all so excited to see what happens next.

Then we had lunch.  I ate quickly so I could talk to my friends.  When Mr. Eddie released us, we ran off to play basketball again.  This time we didn’t really play, we were just shooting for fun.

Finally, the bell rang, we stood up, and I ran out the Room 34 door.  Mrs. Coley said, “Bye, everybody,” and I was off.  Once again, I’m Ethan #6 and I was your Roving Reporter today.

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