I loved the article on pirates. I really liked how it was laid out and gives you specific examples of what you can do. It also gives you details about a book and what grade you can use it in. For example a pirate’s diary. That is a 4th grade book and it tells a little bit about the book. I loved the ideas of having the media in the classroom with this unit. It reminds me of when i did a pirate unit last semester. We had media, a interactive treasure map online, kwl, and we also were dressed up and gave our students materials to dress up as well. We even came up with pirate names. I am really really really excited about doing this pirate unit. I love learning things about pirates and doing projects or lessons revolved around pirates. What i really liked about the reading was the hand outs in the back. I liked that hand outs included some pirate definitions, and a make up of a wanted poster. With that you can have your kids make their own “wanted poster” and have them dress up like a pirate and put them as the “wanted person”. I love little things like that. I really think kids enjoy being involved in the unit. The books that were mentioned in the unit are engaging for the students. You can base so many lessons off of these books and have them explore and learn more about pirates through these books. I am really excited about doing this pirate unit. Hopefully one day i will get to do a big pirate unit and especially incorporate it with, “Talk like a pirate day” which is on September 19.
So much depends on poems September 11, 2008
So much depends upon my ipod.
It contains my favorite music
that can cheer me up.
My ipod (revised)
So much depends upon my ipod.
It’s pink coloring
shimmers in the light.
It contains my favorite music
which, can cheer me up anytime.
So much depends upon my clock.
This device keep me on track
with it’s loud beeps waking me up.
My clock (revised)
So much depends upon my clock.
It’s green numbers light up my room.
This helps keeps me on time.
When it is time to get up,
It never fails
With it’s loud obnoxious beeps.
My name September 3, 2008
My first name is Karen and you can find it in the Danish, Norwegian, German, and English cultures. Karen is short for Katherine in Danish. Ever since the 1940s it has become a popular name in English. It really intrigues me because most of my mom and dad’s sides of the family came from Germany. My parents told me they picked my first name just because they liked it. I also found out that my name is the 36th most popular name.
My last name is Wolski and it is over Polish descent. The rest of my dad’s family that didn’t come from Germany came from Poland. My grandparents told me that when my ancestor’s arrived in America that they shortened my last name to Wolski. They can’t remember what it originally was from, but that it had been shortened. You can tell when someone comes from Poland though or have had ancestor’s from Poland because of the ski at the end of the name. Some people might spell it differently like cki, but if you hear a “ski” sound at the end of a last name more than likely they have had family come from Poland or around that area.
I also did find out that there are 5 other people in the United States with the name Karen Wolski. This is odd to me. I know Wolski isn’t a very common last name, so I was surprised when I found out that they had put the two names together for 5 other people.
Notebook pgs. 15-34 September 2, 2008
I really liked how the author was telling the children to write lists about the 10 best things and worst things they have been through. Even though that can be hard for some children, I think she came up with some good ideas to help them with telling about their names. When I was younger, I was like Rex. I was never sure what to put. I was scared that I was going to put something that wasn’t right and the teacher would tell me I was wrong and make it a bad experience for me.
Also, in the article I liked when the author talks about how writer’s go back and want to rewrite or read things that they have already written. I can agree with that. That is what I do when I am writing stories or songs. I either add stuff to a story after reading part of it or change words around. That is especially true when I am writing songs. I go back and change lyrics around all the time. First it might sound good, but when you go back and look at the lyrics it might not make much sense and you move it or delete it.
I really enjoyed some of the poems. I think my favorite one was barefoot. I liked that one, because I can relate to it the most. I am just like that when I go outside and when I am inside. As soon as I get home and I am wearing socks, I take them off. I just love the feel of the carpet. Outside I like to walk barefoot too, but I have to be careful when I do this at my parents’ house because of my dog’s messes. I enjoy not wearing socks. I just hate the lines I get around my ankles if the sock is too tight. I also don’t like if my sock falls down in my shoe, it is the most uncomfortable thing.
Notebook Know-how August 29, 2008
I really like this book so far. I think it gives a different side of writing that you wouldn’t think of. I always hated writing because all we did was grammar and write sentences. It was never stuff that we wanted to write about or learn, so I never really enjoyed writing. Now that I am older though I am starting to enjoy writing a lot. I love writing stories and songs. Writing helps me get out what is going on with me that day or how I am feeling that day.
I think the purpose of the writer’s notebook is to get children to write. I think it helps us learn how to write, but in a fun way. I think the writer’s notebook also let’s you express yourself without feeling stupid or ashamed. The writer’s notebook is you and your personality. No one is telling you what you have to write about, it is all you.
My goal as a teacher of writing is to let my student’s express themselves without being scared too. This how they can talk about experiences and how they are feeling today, without being told that is wrong you can’t write that. I want my student’s to feel comfortable about writing as well.
I really liked how the author launched the notebook in the class. I really liked that she was telling her students’ that she was writing in her notebook stories about them. This intrigued the students to want to share their stories and since they didn’t have time to tell their own, they could write it down in the notebook.
The organization of the notebook I think needs to be how the child can understand it and find things. Yes, you might want to read some entries from their notebook, but you don’t need to be the one to organize the book. I think the child should do that, so they can find their favorite entries on their own. If you wanted to help the students with the organization, you could do what the author did by telling them to use paper clips or post it notes.
Me Map August 28, 2008
My name is Karen Wolski. I was born on September 10, 1986. I was born in Saratoga Springs, NY. My whole family is from the North and we moved down to South Carolina when I was 4 because my dad was in the Navy. When he got out of the navy we moved to Hickory, NC and have lived there ever since. I have a younger sister, Nicole, who is 19. I have two dogs named Odie and Snoopy. Odie is my dog and is 1 1/2 years old. He is a tri-color Australian shepherd/Basset Hound mix. Snoopy is my parents’ dog. He is a brown and black beagle mix and is 5 years old. In my free time I love hanging out with my friends and family.
What I like:
I like sports. My favorite sport is Football. My favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers and Appalachian State Mountaineers. I like sports because I get to spend time with my dad and we watch the games together.
I love to travel. I love traveling because every summer when I was growing up my grandparents would take my sister and I for 2 weeks with our cousins and we would get to explore different places. Each summer we would go somewhere new like Canada, Hawaii, North and South Dakota. I still love to travel to new places. Hopefully one day I can go to Europe and Australia.
I like reading. My favorite books are the Harry Potter books. I have read all 7 of them and I have seen all the movies that have come out so far. I like Harry Potter because it really opens a child’s imagination and can take you places you could only imagine.
I love music. I love just singing and dancing it puts me in a good mood.
I love snow. I love snow because I get to go sledding and school is usually out for the snow. I love building a snowman and catching snowflakes on my tongue. I love snowball fights with my friends. I also like watching the snowfall from the sky, while drinking hot chocolate because it is cold outside.
What I dislike:
I hate bananas. I don’t like bananas because I think they smell funny and the texture of a banana just taste really funny to me. Sometimes they can be really mushy and I really don’t like that.
I hate spiders. I don’t like them because they are really tiny and can crawl on you with out you knowing about it. They scare me.
I don’t like when it is icy outside. I don’t like it because I am clumsy and I fall a lot on the ice and I can get hurt.
I don’t like when my food touches. If my food touches and it doesn’t go together I won’t eat it.
I don’t like clowns.
What I look like:
I have brown hair.
I have green eyes, with brown around the center. When I was little though until very recently I had brown eyes. I can describe my eyes as being day and night. One minute they will be green with brown and the when my mood changes they can be a light green with red
I am 5’7 with an average build.
How I act (personality):
Clumsy- I am very clumsy. I walk into walls, tables, and trip over mats. I don’t mean too. It just happens.
Imaginative- I say that because I write stories. I use my imagination a lot when thinking of new ideas.
Reserved- I am kind of quiet and I keep to myself when you first meet me. After I open up though I am very energetic and crazy.
Energetic- I have a lot of energy and I get excited over the littlest things.
What you should know about me:
I love my family and friends. With out them in my life I would not know what to do.
I love board games and puzzles.
I am very hopeful. I like having a lot of hope in things, even though it seems like hope is lost.
I am a very loyal person. I will always be there for my friends no matter what. I am not the type of person to turn my back on my friends and people I know.