Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Animal Research Homework

Rainforest Animal Research

Dear Parents,
We have begun our much-anticipated unit about tropical rainforests. We will be studying many aspects of this fascinating ecosystem in the classroom, in the library, in art, and at home. The children will learn about the layers of the rainforest and the life that is sustained in each layer. Our study will also include animal classifications, life cycles, and ecology.
To gain a deeper understanding of all these concepts, each child has selected a rainforest animal to study. Your child’s only homework this week will be to research and gather notes about his/her animal. Please have your child answer using bullet points (not complete sentences), and help your child use his/her own words. We will be using the information your child gathers for several projects at school.
Students can find information on the Internet or from books. The Edna Maguire Library page also has great research links (go to the Classroom Links page), or you can use the links below
                This assignment is due back on May, 17th
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are hoping that this will be an enjoyable, enlightening experience for your child.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Speech Directions and Sample

Speech Topic: You’ve Got Talent!!

Everyone has something that he or she is good at!
Perhaps you are good at sewing, drawing, cooking, collecting something, building something, or playing a sport. Maybe you have a talent for finding things that are lost, solving hard math problems, or taking care of dogs. You might be a particularly good big brother or sister, or an expert at washing dishes.

Choose something that you’re good at and prepare a one minute speech to tell us all about it.

Here are some guidelines for preparing your speech:
·  Have a strong opening. (See Speech Helper Sheet for ideas.)
·  Share details.
Tell us what it is you are good at and explain it well.
If possible, DEMONSTRATE your talent. If not possible, show a picture or provide a sample.
For example: I am pretty good at juggling because I have been doing it since I was 10 years old. I taught myself how to do it during a long winter when I was stuck inside because of the snowy weather. I can juggle lots of things. I think it’s fun to juggle eggs, because there is a little bit of a thrill involved if I drop one on the floor and it goes SPLAT!
I’ll demonstrate my talent.
• Provide an excellent ending (closing).

Do this:
1. Think about a topic.
2. Write your speech. Use the ideas above to help you.
2. Practice saying your speech until you know it well.
3. Try to look at the audience as you speak 

Be ready on Friday, May 3rd!

Here's a sample speech:

Strong, Interesting Opening: 
You may not know it, but you're looking at the SHOE TYING champion in Mrs. Weddington's kindergarten class of 1967.

That's right, when I was in kindergarten I could tie my shoelaces faster than any other student in the class. I learned how to tie when I was 4, and I took to it like a duck to water. I wouldn't wear any pair of shoes unless they had laces. No buckles or slip-ons for me - and Velcro hadn't been invented yet.

I learned the old-fashion way: Make a tree- bunny runs around the tree- then goes down the hole.
 Let me demonstrate. (pause for a short demo).

In my kindergarten class, we played a game where everyone would take off his or her shoes and put them in a pile. Then we would walk across the playground and stand on a line. When the teacher blew her whistle, everyone would run to the pile, find his or her shoes, put them on, tie them, and then run back across the line. I won EVERY time. The teacher eventually made me the whistle-blower just to give the other kids a chance.

Excellent Ending (Closing):
Since then, I've learned another lace-tying method (make 2 ears, cross them, send one through the hole), which is easier to learn, but not easier to do (in my opinion).  I have taught many students how to tie using this method and look forward to teaching many others in the future.