Every week one student in our class gets to sit out the super quiz and write the weekly update on our class. This week’s update was done by 8th grader Kadyn Jones. Thanks, Kadyn!
This week in Mr. Houck’s class we first learned everyone’s’ names and heard about the most interesting thing they did this summer. Instead of P.E. we did class-building activities. We also did E.Y.E.T.K.A.E.O.B.W.T.A.T.A, which pretty much is an activity where we learn about our classmates’ personalities, details about their life, and other strange things. Mr. Houck has us free write each morning on whatever we want.
Another activity we did was VOCAB. We grabbed a partner and looked up a certain word, that Mr. Houck gave us, in the dictionary. We wrote down the definition, a picture that matches the definition, and its part of speech. We also made skits that had to include the 14 vocab words we learned this week. Some of the topics we had for our skits were ‘stranded on a desert island,’ ‘hunting unicorns,’ and ‘flying a helicopter that is losing fuel very quickly.’
Our writing project for this week was to write a poem based off ‘Where I’m From,’ a great poem by George Ella Lyon. We all wrote a poem that had to be typed up in Times New Roman or Arial. After the week is done we circle up and share what we have written to our classmates.
Other things we do weekly are math and read aloud. At the beginning of the week we took a math placement test, which helped the teachers decide what math book to put us in. Before lunch each day, Mr. Houck reads aloud to us. The first book he is reading to us is Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli. It is a great book so far and I can’t wait to finish it.
At the end of each week we do something called Bricks and Roses. It is where we talk about something nice or something annoying another classmate has done. It gives Mr. Houck a chance to see what is going around in the classroom other than education.
by KADYN JONES