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(it’s not his birthday) Thursday

Posted by willkay on February 25, 2010

Eeeek! In a moment of madness, yesterday I forgot to mention it was Heriberto’s birthday. Sorry. Happy (belated) Birthday.

A misty/foggy start to the day. And no, it was nothing like England! I realise that Hollywood/television would have you believe that London is a city shrouded in fog, but in reality, it isn’t. At the beginning of the 20th Century London was “foggy” because of smog. It sits in a basin, and with every house having (several) fireplaces and chimneys (see Mary Poppins for an accurate portrayal of a the life of a Cockney chimney-sweep), London was shrouded in smog rather than fog. True, London probably has more foggy days than Tijuana – the River Thames is slightly fuller than the Rio Tijuana, the air is more humid – however, there are only about 10-15 foggy days a year. Either way, morning line up was long enough to sing Happy Birthday to Miss Irene, but short enough to get everyone into classrooms quickly.

The sixth grade went to computer class and I went to the fifth grade. The sixth grade continued work on their projects about leaders, while I spent time working through percentage increase and decrease. Spanish followed by maths. Homework checked and a quick reminder how to work out if a line is vertical or horizontal. Twenty four questions, answered quickly and successfully, meant that we moved straight on to an English lesson. The homework was checked quickly, and then we worked through pronouns and antecedents. Basically this means making sure that the pronoun you are using, agrees with the noun that preceded it. Checking that the pronoun is the correct singular/plural, male/female/it when compared with the noun. This, the students assured me, was easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

Recess. Not sure exactly what was happening during recess, but I did notice that at one point the sixth grade managed to fit 18 students into the “small house” on the playground.

Science: what is the difference between a mixture and a compound? How to separate a mixture of sand, salt, and iron filings.

Geography: what is communism? What was The Cold War? And how Mikhail Gorbachev changed Russia, and world politics.

Attendance: All present.

Signed Homework Notebooks: 20 out of 23

Memos signed and returned: 15 out of 21


  • Maths: Practice 10-1
  • English: Grammar Workbook Pages: 67,68
  • Story: Biography (in tomorrow)
  • Reading Log: It would be nice to get all the reading logs in.
  • Reading: This is not an option. You should be reading 20 minutes every night.

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