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Worth Waiting For? by Mrs. Bailey and the 4-B Kids

February 28, 2019
Northern-Sun Print
2019 has definitely been a Write-in-Pencil Year. I can’t be certain, but I think the Hundredth Day of School was originally scheduled for February 4th. Finally, though, we celebrated 100 Days of School on February 19th. Not having the opportunity for the 4-B kids to revise their articles, I will share the activities in 4-B and include some of their comments. As Avery said in her headline, there were “ups and downs on the 100th day.” She especially enjoyed creating a picture from a giant 100. Avery saw in the 100 a pair of eyeglasses. Karson created a race track, Aiden a golf course, Elly giant ‘floaties’ with swimmers, and Jada’s 100 became giant, scary, spying eyes. Many of the drawings were definitely ‘frame-worthy.’ “On the flip side,” Avery said, was the Scavenger Hunt. “It was kinda stressful.” In her article, Ayla said, “It was awesome.” Karson said, “It was fun.” I had written 100 questions on 100 stickies and had posted them in 100 places in the hallway. They 4-b Kids worked in teams to answer math questions, research questions about Presidents and other topics, and to find people in the building who knew what my maiden name is. The 4-B Kids were asked about their favorite things and to write poetry. Joshua wrote about reading, “We read 100 minutes in 10 and 20 minute sessions.” When I told them we would read 100 minutes for the 100th Day of School, loud groans could be heard in Room 10. They found out that they could do it - when we broke 100 minutes into smaller segments. We kept our books handy, and when everyone was ready, I started the timer. As Ayla said, “We read and we read and we read…” The week before, when February 14th was supposed to be shared by Valentine’s Day and the Hundredth Day, pairs of students were given 100 conversation hearts. One of the kids noted that the company had been sold and that these hearts weren’t made any more — so how did I have so many conversation hearts. When I told them the first 4-B Kids to have their hands on these hearts were now in 9th grade, I had no problem with any of the candy hearts getting eaten. The hearts were sorted according to color, and the kids learned how to construct a bar graph. The 4-B Kids have been putting together 100-piece jigsaw puzzles all year.(I’ve had these puzzles for 40+ years; when a snowstorm was forecast, I went to Elvera’s to buy a new puzzle to keep Emily busy.) As a Cooperative Goal Structure activity, the puzzle pieces are scrambled and divided into five bags; the teams know the goal is to have a completed puzzle and that they must follow three rules: no communication of any kind is allowed, you may not take someone’s pieces, you may give pieces to your teammates. The WXYZ teams (their Base Groups), each worked a little over five minutes .. and the Woody Woodpecker puzzle was completed. Elly shared her opinion about the spelling activity: “To me the most boring thing we did was the spelling words. We had to use our spelling lists to see what word would add up to a $1.00. (Each letter was assigned a value.) The two closest words were ‘ambiguous’ for 98 cents & ‘bicyclist’ for $1.02.” We ended the day with an activity I’ve done many times in the past. Kohen wrote, “I liked the 100-stacking-cups activity because it was intense. Will it will fall or stay? Don’t worry - we got a picture.” With their 100 cups, team members worked together to create a stack - the tallest - a great design - the most stable. Kinzee wrote, “In our WXYZ groups we had 100 cups and had to stack them. My group had styrofoam cups, and it was really hard because of static electricity, so we stacked them in layers: 40,30,20,10 worked the best. One group had different sized cups but it still worked. All the groups showed resilience & never gave up.” Resilience - that’s what I loved to see. The saddest thing about the 100th Day of School is that it means we have fewer than 80 days left. We have lots to do and learn. Up next? Celebrate Dr. Seuss! For helping so many children learn to read, Theodor Seuss Geisel received an honorary degree from Princeton University in 1985. Michelle Robinson, a future First Lady, was one of the students there to honor him.

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