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pirates! September 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kw75900 @ 11:35 am

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.

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So much depends on poems September 11, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kw75900 @ 11:40 am

My ipod

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.

My clock

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — kw75900 @ 8:11 pm

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

Filed under: Writer's Notebook — kw75900 @ 11:24 pm

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.

 

Poems

Filed under: Uncategorized — kw75900 @ 2:24 am

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.