Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Fourth Day of School

Ah, welcome to Thursday.  I kinda like Thursdays.
Ok, class begins with the daily journal on the board.  Five minutes of attendance, answering frantic freshman questions and making sure my seating chart is still holding up.  Probably the most stressful part of any day is the first five minutes of every class period.
The daily journal was something along the lines of “Which metric unit would measure …distance?  …mass?  …volume?”
Ya know what?  These kids are getting too comfortable.  Let’s hit them with a quiz.
“Hey Guys!  Quiz in 5 minutes!....wait for outburst.  On what?  Oh?  You want a wordlist?  Ok, here you go.  Quiz in 5 minutes.  Go through what their vocab card system is.
[Vocab System]
Missed words on pre-quiz = flashcard
Vocab section on the test is post-test
[/Vocab System]
Hand out quiz.  Take, trade&grade.  Go through flash cards. 
Give kids 5 minutes of transition time to start on 1-2 flash cards and get my approval “Yes, yes you are doing that right Johnny” “No, you forgot to add the sentence.  Yes you HAVE TO.”  Etc.

Notes 2 – Observations
Go through powerpoint detailing the vocab for this lesson:
Quantitative – hey remember those measurements we took yesterday?  What type of data were they?  Qual or quant?

In Class Practice:  I have a powerpoint I found onlike a few years ago with some visual tricks, mind trick, etc and we practice making observations based on the pictures. I want to add some pictures to it and take about 3 out this year…so I’ll have to do that in the future.
Ok, summary page time.  Write down your best example or memory of each bubble.  Feel free to also add anything else you’d like to remember from today’s lesson. 
                                                                [Side Note]         (1 in 15  add something extra.  The rest try to find the minimum amount of work they can get points for)

HW/Extension Activities:
Throw the kids in back in groups of 3-4 with a globe and have them make the most qualitative and quantitative observations.
I need a good observation/inference game I think.
Worksheet: 20 different statements that need to be classified as one of the vocab we went through (example:  John has 5 apples = quantitative observation.  It is going to storm = inference)

Ok, wrap up day four with whatever I feel like from the HW/Extension activity list…if I have time.  If not, no biggie.  Their homework will be their flash cards. 
Friday is next…Friday should be a lab day.


  1. Uh oh pop quiz on the 4th day of school! What kind of sadist are you? haha j/k

  2. I hated school, I hope you have more fun, as I had, in school!

  3. Post on tuesday about thursday?
    Are you psychic?