Symmetry is everywhere! Click the link below to practice drawing lines of symmetry with geometric shapes.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama
This month at Cottage Lane we are focusing on compassion. At today’s assembly, we discussed the meaning of compassion and how we can show compassion in school, at home and in the world. Our Compassion Cards encourage us to perform random acts of compassion. From the Smile Train Fundraiser to Valentine’s for Veterans, our compassion can make a difference in the lives of others.
Our book of the month, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world. The main character realizes the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if a little compassion was shown toward others.
Remember…Don’t be a wrinkle in someone else’s heart. Instead…make time this month to complete your compassion cards. Together we can fill our hallway heart!
Do you know that if you read for 14.2 minutes per day, you will be exposed to 1,146,000 words per year?
It is time to get those creative juices going again! Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to 4th graders ONLY! Let’s put those problem solving and designing skills to work. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Valentine Challenge.
We can a learn a lot about perseverance from Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 21st we observe his birthday and honor all of his accomplishments. Listen to Kid President’s video on how King taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be.
Remember, things don’t always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them.
- Post your poem to this blog.
- Here is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet scavenger hunt. Information is from the official U.S. Government website on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let’s enjoy some creative writing. A diamante poems is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape.
A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:
Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two describing words about line 1
Line 3: Three doing words about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three doing words about line 7
Line 6: Two describing words about line 7
Line 7: End subject
An example of a diamante poem
Read Write Think is a great resource to help you develop your diamante poem.
Challenge – Go to Mrs. McBride’s website to find out more about the Snowflake Challenge.
This week, we have begun our next reading unit on theme, and have been talking about about themes of songs that we love. Part of your homework was to choose your very own theme song for your life. Journal entries are due tomorrow, but please post the title and performer of your song below!
SOCSD afforded an amazing opportunity for students in grades 5-8. Malala Yousafzai spoke to our students about the importance of education and especially for girls. She has a new book called, We are Displaced. Please read or listen (scroll to the bottom of page) to her biography – Malala Yousafzai. Watch an interview with her below.
“Malala is a symbol of hope and an inspirational role model, particularly for girls. On her 16th birthday, she gave a passionate speech to the United Nations. She was inundated with awards, culminating in the ultimate honor in 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Read more here:
- Kids Rights – Malala
- Biography – Malala
- Time – Malala
- Time for Kids: Heroic Returns
- CBS interview “We are Displaced”
What amazed you most about Malala? Post your comment to this blog.