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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 127- Brought to you by the letter 'S'

'S' for sick. Or possibly 'C' for cough, or 'F' for fever, or the digraph 'TH' for throw-up.

All of these letters brought our school down to its knees today. The office looked more like a hospital than a place of business and discipline.

30 students were absent (4 were mine), 21 students were sent home early (and those were just the students whose parents we were able to contact- 1 was mine), and 2 teachers had to split their classes and go home as well.

Parent Night was also canceled so that our custodial staff could effectively bleach and Lysol each classroom.

AND WE ARE STILL 3 WEEKS AWAY FROM SPRING BREAK! I don't know if we can make it!

Nevertheless, even with 4 students absent, 3 extra students from Mrs. Cox's class, and my students feeling premature spring fever, we managed to get business taken care of.

We read our story and reviewed our facts for the reading test tomorrow, worked on fluency and vocabulary in our small groups, and practiced making graphs in math.

We might have taken a longer recess than usual, but I attribute that to the fact that the air was fresher outside, and less disease-filled.

In the afternoon, we worked on Similes. You can check out a previous Similes post {HERE}. And {HERE} is a Similes activity, and poem.

As it turns out, Mrs. Godbout's class printed out our simile activity and did it with her kindergarten students! Well, we love Mrs. Godbout, but we can't be shown up by 5 year olds! Here is what we came up with:

As poor as a dog,
As strong as a horse,
As cute as a kitty,
As smart s a 5th grader.

As thin as a pencil,
As white as a tissue,
As fit as a vegetable,
As dumb as a pig.

As bald as a ball,
As neat as a clean shirt,
As proud as a teacher,
As ugly as a zombie.

Use fresh similes when
you speak and you write,
so your friends will think you are
quite clever and bright. 

Wonderful job. Soldiers! I plan on writing the poem on chart paper and putting their illustrations around it. 

Literacy center pictures:

 Simile activity

Here's hoping my students are feeling better tomorrow!

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