The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

Last Day Before Spring Break

Spring Break has officially started!

But before the students went home today, they had a lot of work to do!

The students spent the morning watching a video about Colonial Williamsburg called, simple enough, Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot. After watching the movie, which follows the story of John Fry, a fictional composite character from the colonial period, they completed a Venn diagram comparing John Fry with Johnny Tremain. After identifying their differences, we worked to identify what they had in common. Some of the similarities the students identified included really simple things like they were both men and they were both named John. After working on identifying the similarities, they had to write a one or two sentence conclusion. One of the conclusions suggested was that although Johnny Tremain and John Fry led different lives, they were both committed to fighting against the British.

After the film and Venn diagram, we had a penny basketball tournament. Just before lunch, I called my mum during her lunch break and wished her a happy birthday. Then the students sang Happy Birthday to her, which was pretty awesome.

The day got wrapped up with a special visit from members the University of Illinois Quench Foundation. They came to talk about the need for clean drinking water in developing nations, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. They also showed the students how to create a water filtration system using sand, gravel, and rocks. The class really enjoyed the presentation, especially the filters!






Having successfully completed the last week of the third quarter, we now get a week off for Spring Break before we get back to work on March 26. Enjoy the break, everyone! I may post during the break, but no guarantees.


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