Tangrams

The tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It is one of the most popular puzzles in the world. Tangrams are an excellent way to increase mental and visual skills.

How to make your own…

Try these tangram puzzles online.

March is Integrity

Green with Integrity!

  • Integrity is the quality of being honest, having strong moral principles and total sincerity.
  • Honesty is often viewed as saying the right thing and integrity is doing the right thing.
  • Oprah Winfrey states, “Real integrity is doing the right thin knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Read and listen to our book of the month, Mr. Peabody’s Apples.

In the story, Tommy realizes the damage he has caused to Mr. Peabody.  He says, “I have a lot of work to do.” Pretend you are Tommy and write an apology to Mr. Peabody which explains how Tommy plans to amend what he has done.

 

Found Poems

A Found Poem is where you borrow, or “rent” an author’s words from a song, poem, or book, and create your own poem.

The awesome thing about found poetry is that there are no rules.  Found poems take existing texts and refashion them and present them as poems.  (Example)

Remember to:

  • Read the excerpt from your chapter.
  • Look for the beautiful language.
  • Think about the message you want to convey about your story.
  • Highlight words or phrases that you might want.
  • Record these words on your Found Poem planning page.
  • Rearrange your words to convey a message in a poem.
  • Add your poem to this blog post.

Compassion is Pink!

“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!

Navajo Code Talker, Alfred Newman

Last week, Alfred K. Newman, one of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers, died in New Mexico at age 94.  Here is his story, Alfred Newman.

About a year ago, President Trump honored Code Talkers at the White House. The Navajo Code Talkers used their native language to invent a secret military code. Their Navajo language was tricky and was not written down. So the US Marines recruited them to help transmit information. They created more than 200 new Navajo words for military terms and committed them to memory. “I studied on my own at night,” Joe Hosteen Kellwood, one of the code talkers, said of his training. “You had to memorize all the words at the time, 211 words. They were long words. I spelled it. I learned.”The code was vital to the US victory in the Pacific in World War II. The Navajo code proved much faster than the encrypting machines being used at the time. You can read more about the Navajo Code Talkers here.

MLK Day

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.

Let’s use a creative form of poetry, Blackout Poetry, to share our own message of hope and perseverance with MLK: An American Leader.  For homework, post your poem to this blog.

Challenges:

  • 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.

Diamante Poems

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

Bike
Shiny, quiet,
Pedaling, spinning, weaving
Whizzing round corners, zooming along roads
Racing, roaring, speeding
Fast, loud,
Car

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.