Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

April 1, 2009

Bon Poisson D’avril!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrweis @ 8:25 pm

poisson_avril

Happy April Fools Day, or as it is known in France and several other French speaking countries, April Fish Day!  (People there surreptitiously put paper fish on the back’s of others as a joke.)

We had a very busy day today that included watching a performance of Ohlone folk tales by the third grade, fitness testing, Cesar Chavez presentations, and Mathematics review work and presentations.  We also did a little reading today about the history of April Fool’s day.  Here is a link to a website with a very thorough explanation about the possible origins of April Fools.  The most widely accepted theory on the origin of the holiday takes into account that, in Europe, New Year’s used to fall on the Vernal Equinox near the end of March.  When the Gregorian calendar was instituted in the late 1500s, New Year’s Day changed to occur when many of us celebrate it today on January 1st.  In subsequent years, people who continued to celebrate in near the Vernal Equinox became known as fools.  However, there has been limited evidence to support this theory, so in all the resources I checked, it was still only listed as the most probable.

Thanks to those who came out to Math Family Games Night and the PTA meeting.  I prepared packets with game directions and game cards for seven different games and made some extra copies that I will send home with students who did not attend.

In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, I’d like to share several videos of hoaxes (a vocabulary word of the day) that I find pretty amusing.  The first is from an actual BBC broadcast about the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest from 1957.  Show it to your kids and see if they know where Spaghetti really comes from.

Here is another clip from the BBC about some rather amusing penguins.

I’m hoping that this link stays up, but here is my favorite hoax that I saw this year.  It comes to you from Qualcomm.

First, watch the video:

Then, check out the website here. As much as I don’t really advocate playing into April Fool’s Day while at school, I really appreciate the humor and creativity in the above clips and links.

In other classroom news, the students finished up preparations for their math concept presentations and we began filming them.  I’ll be putting up links to the videos soon, and we will be using them not only to study, but also as evidence for students to critique their own mathematical explanations and oral presentation skills.

In Science the students worked on correcting missed problems from the Body Systems test they took in the beginning of the week.

Homework:

  1. Language Arts:  Work on projects if they are not completed (Cesar Chavez, Lit. Circles)
  2. Mathematics: Study Links: pages 191, 193 – Review and study for the test on Friday.
  3. Other: Continue work on Play plot graphic organizer and Weekly Vocab packet.
  4. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.

Note:  If your child is going to be absent on Friday, please make sure they have all work completed and turned in on Thursday.

Mr. Weis

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