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Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 128- Don't panic...

Nothing good can come from those words.

Remember yesterday? 30 students absent, 20 sent home? That doesn't touch today.

103 students absent, 30 sent home, 9 teachers out, and only 1 sub showed up. In fact, one class only has 3 students show up!(he offered to take one of the classes with no sub, and his wish was granted!) :)
Not only that, but two of the classrooms were turned into triage rooms for students needing the nurse. (the office was already bombarded at 8am)

So, what do we do? We split classes, band together and make it through the day!

Mr. Evans made sure to come by each room to let teachers know that things were being handled properly; central office contacted, Southern Management contacted (our custodial service), and students were being properly don't panic.Well, I wasn't in panic-mode, but I'm glad Mr. Evans was making sure everyone was OK!

I had 13 of my own students, and 1 extra, so we still had reading groups, but I didn't want to give the math test with 5 students absent. So instead, we did addition practice and math centers.

Everyone got to choose their own place on the floor to complete their addition problems. When they got done they were allowed to pick which center table they wanted.

The centers:

 Time matching game


 Domino Fact Families

 Money Dominoes

Building Numbers- students create numbers using cubes, them draw them on paper

In the afternoon we combined with Ms. Leahy's and Mr. Russell's classes for our science and writing activity. Mr. Russell found us an interesting video from the How It's Made video library. We watched how footballs, marbles, and stereo speakers were made. The kids were entranced! The writing activity had the students write about which object they liked learning about the most, and see if they could remember the steps.

Check out the video for making marbles! (Thank you Youtube and Science Channel!)

I'll never look at a marble the same way again!

I hope everyone gets better by Monday! Don't forget to check back tomorrow morning to see our newest Celebrity Reader! It's going to be a very special edition!

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