Last week, the first graders read "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown. It's a story of how three soldiers, returning home from a war, convince a town to feed them.
The second graders read "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury, a very sad story about the last house left standing in a city after an atomic explosion.
The third graders read "Rock Garden" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. This is a very interesting story about a Japanese girl living in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WWII. It's partly based on the real-life experiences of the author, who was herself an internee at the Manzanar Relocation Camp in California during the war.
Here are some pictures:
Here are a couple of first graders giving a presentation. They did a great job!
Here, the students are doing Self-Access Grammar.
Here, the students are taking a quiz.
Here are some pictures of the students during reading time.
Here, the first graders are playing a review game to get ready for their final exams.
Here's a picture of the third grade class.
Here are the third grade students during conversation time. Their topic was: If you were a boy, what would be different about your life? We did a number of variations on the theme, and the student responses were hilarious!
Here are the high school first grade students practicing for the debate.
And finally, here's a picture of me and ... a picture of ME! At least my junior high school first grade students THINK it's me.
This week, all grades did debates.
The first grade topic was "We should have an ice cream machine at Seishin."
The second grade topic was "We shouldn't keep animals in zoos."
The third grade topic was "We should have more elective classes at Seishin."
Next week, we'll begin with our B readings for this section.
The first grade will read "How Does It Feel", an article about a young man who disappeared from his honeymoon and was found later with amnesia. We'll also discuss the case of Benjaman Kyle, a man who was found in an alley in 2004, and who still has amnesia. What's sad is that nobody has come forward to say that they know who he is, so he remains anonymous. Benjaman Kyle is a name HE chose, in part for the initials BK, since he was originally known as John Doe, BK. John Doe is a name given to people who can't be identified, and BK is for Burger King, the restaurant behind which he was found.
The second graders will read "Quenched Fire Found in Greenland Ice" about the explosion of MountMazama, which created Crater Lake in Oregon.
The third graders will read "Look at Your Fish" by Samuel Scudder. In it, the author talks about an unusual experience he had while applying to study with icthyologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz.