The great news is that within just an HOUR, my project was fully funded! I was overwhelmed with happiness at the kindness of others. We had just 3 donors fund the project, and I already received an email today from DonorsChoose.org saying our clocks have been purchased and should arrive at our school within the next 4 weeks! Holy cow! Thank you to Mrs. Kari Petre (the teacher I student taught for in college), Mrs. Pam Warren (Nina's mom), and the National Education Association for making this all happen. We love you!
In different news, today was our first day back after a nice, long winter break. Our writing block is a workshop format but I also need to know that students can pre-write and draft a 3-paragraph narrative within a reasonable amount of time. I modeled for students my own quick pre-writing and drafting from my plan to give them a visual of my expectations.
Then it was the kids' turn to show me their pre-writing and drafting skills. Our room was silent as can be as the kids drifted off into planning 3 main ideas regarding their winter break and extending them into full paragraphs.
At the end of the day, we had the Geography Bee! There were 16 fourth- and fifth-grade finalists. Here they all are just before the Bee got started. Inside their folders was a sheet with five questions that were part of the first round. Eleven of these kids advanced to the second round.
These 3 kids advanced to the third round - including Olivia from our room!