Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Getting Techie

After all the Back-to-School Breakfast stuff yesterday, today seemed quite subdued! But that’s not a bad thing, at least as far as teachers are concerned.

We focused in the morning on the “Kid Reporters” story from Treasures. In their journals, I asked the students to imagine interviewing a famous person. They wrote down the questions they would like to ask that person and the answers they thought he or she would give. There were a number of clever entries, but this one was truly amazing:

An Interview with Aaron Levie

N:  Aaron, what is the name of the company you own?

A:  I own Box, a cloud computing company.

N: What does your company do?

A:  My company lets people save things on our website.

N:  Who can use your web site?

A:  Anybody!  Businesses, single people, other web sites, and a lot of other things.

N:  What can you save on your web site?

A:  Anything! You can save personal things or things for business.

N:  Where is your office located?

A:  My main office is located in Palo Alto, but we have other offices as far away as London.

N:  Thank you for coming.

A:  You are welcome.

After we shared our journals, we read the main story. It dealt with two young people who covered stories related to people or groups trying to improve the lives of children in the developing world. In contrast, they also read about problems with child labor in the nineteenth century and in parts of the Third World today.

Mr. Riko was gracious enough to give us a make up time as we missed Tech Center yesterday because of the breakfast. The students continued to develop their skills in Microsoft Word, particularly learning how to place pictures and format text. I bet there are a lot of grownups who can do that nearly as well as our students did!


Homework:  (1) Do spelling words 11-15. Write each word ten times and write a sentence for each. (2) Do the spelling crossword. (3) Do pages 35 and 38 in the Practice book. (4) Do the Kid Reporters study guide. This will prepare the students quite well for the quiz on Friday. (5) Do the multiplication practice sheet. (6) Do pages 62-63 in the math book.

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