Five extra minutes of recess!!! The whole school got five extra minutes of recess today! “Why?” you may ask. “Because the whole school is brilliant!” I would answer. In last year’s ENLACE exams, BAI came in sixth in our district. Hurrah! And if there are any old students (when I say old I mean students who left last year) reading, take this opportunity to pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself. Also, feel free to go see your new principal and ask for an extra five minutes of recess. You never know.
A great start to the day which, as is the way with these things, was followed by a bad start to the day. The SMARTboard wouldn’t boot up. Boo! Instead I had to use chalk and a green board. It was like I was working way, way back in time, almost as far back as…last week? However, we didn’t need a SMARTboard for the first lesson because it was Science, and we were doing an experiment! Before we started, like good scientists, we had to learnt the five steps that every scientist must take, in order to complete a successful experiment. Once we had worked that out, it was on to the actual experiment. Do vascular plants have “tubes”? This involved a certain amount of celery, fresh water, food colouring, and (of course) one control celery. By the end of the lesson, with the experiment totally set up we were ready to move on to maths. It would take a certain amount of time before we would see if our experiment was successful.
Maths was successful. The homework was done well and everyone had a good understanding of Mean, Median, and Mode. Some need to take care when adding up the totals before dividing, and some need to remember to put the numbers in order before finding the median. Although, I’m not convinced that anyone understood Alejandro’s method of: front, back, back, front, front, front, back, back, back, front, back, top, top, bottom, bottom, bottom, top, top, something. I might have got that wrong. You should probably ask him to explain.
Art (some pictures in the usual place) was followed by English, and the new spelling list. Unfortunately, I don’t continue the story of Secret Agent 003½ during the introduction of the spelling list. Which means that some students were desperate for the spelling quiz now! But it was not to be, and instead we went out for recess.
Another science lesson after recess. First we had to finish off last week’s (actually two week’s ago) work on cells. This led to a discussion about “cracking bones”, which occurred just as Miss Lilian joined the lesson. Hopefully the talk of knees wearing out didn’t upset her too much – as she now has bionic knees! And then we were joined by Mr. Apac, carrying a computer under his arm. As the lesson turned to a discussion about diffusion and osmosis, he worked away on the SMARTboard. With 30 minutes of the day left, and as the lesson arrived at the point where we could check out the results of the experiment, Mr. Apac fixed the SMARTboard – Houston we have NO problem! The experiment was a total success. All the celery (except for the control) had changed colour. And it was possible, after cracking the celery, to see the lines of colour running up the “tubes”. Yes, vascular plants transfer water via tubes!
Today I will end on an apology. Sorry. I took in the Reading Log numbers, I recorded the numbers on my chart in school, but I failed to make a note of them for when I come home. I will not be able to publish The Wall of Fame today. Sorry. Oh, and while I’m at it (apologising that is), I’d like to say sorry to Miss Marcela (Miss Tere B) for forgetting her yesterday. Miss Marcela reads every day, and comments often. Thank you.
- Maths: Practice 1-10 Nos: 9, 10
- Spelling: pages: 10, 11
- Reading: you should be reading for 20 mins every night.