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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Haiku Note Taking …

Day 2 of 4 opened with only one absent.

LB’s mom called him in sick today.

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The remaining sixteen 4th graders were great today. All were eager, bright, energetic, enthusiastic, and fun to be with.

The lesson plans for the week consist mostly of “packet work” for math, language arts and science. They plow through these things in half the time allotted so we have lots of “silent reading” time.

I decided to give them a break and dug out my video of "The Seedy Side of Plants". I asked them to write at least five interesting notes from the video.

Being the high group they are, only ONE student wrote five “interesting notes”. All the rest generated 20 to 50 “interesting notes”

I read them all but was intrigued by the somewhat Haiku-ness of one student’s paper:

Ants eating the seed…
Eating ants is only hope…
Plants starting to grow…
When woodpeckers store acorns…
Bats flapping wings…
Bats eating fruit…
Bats hanging upside down…
Bats spitting seeds…
Bats pooing out seeds…
Zebra walking…
Melon plants grow…
Snow falling…
Thick wind…
Damp of hair goes down…

They ALL liked the part about how the Strangler Fig tree propagates its seeds. Sample comments:

  • Bats go potty hanging upside down eating.
  • What bat poop looks like.
  • Bats poop figs and then it falls and it grows a plant.

There’s nothing like good quality subject material to keep the kids interested…

1 comment:

Mr. Lawrence said...

Hmmm ... 4th graders and their poo fascination. Better you than I. :-) But at least the 4th and 5th graders are easier than kindergarten and 1st grade.