We all enjoyed our time spent with Bill Merical, the author of The Journey of Fallen Rock. There were many interesting points that Bill touched on throughout his hour long visit. Here are some highlights:
- Bill encouraged the students to think about Fallen Rock and think how you can be a better person when they see the sign.
- The sequel to The Journey of Fallen Rock was started; however, Bill mentioned that he never finished the book as he wants the second book to be up to the students. Many of the students had great ideas as to what should be included in the possibility of a second book.
- Many students asked how came up with the tasks. Bill mentioned that these are places he has been to in his life. He has journeyed across the United States and has had the opportunity to see many beautiful sights.
- Bill encouraged the students to live out their lives in a similar way Fallen Rock and his family lived out their lives.
- The website for the book is http://journeyoffallenrock.com/ Bill encouraged the students to use this website as a resource and as a way to access his email if they have any further questions.
Finalizing Inquiry Projects
Reading rotations this week have been focused on giving students time to finalize their Living Green inquiry projects. We will present on Friday in front of the class. The students will have an opportunity tomorrow to practice their presentation before their present in front of the class. I am very impressed with all the students have researched and the projects they have put together.
Writing Christmas Cards to Soldiers and Children of Soldiers
We will begin writing letters to soldiers and children of soldiers who are serving away from their family this Christmas season. We will write the letters this week and complete the project next week by making festive cards. If you would like to make some cards at home, please have them returned before December 3rd.
Celebrating Montana's History
Happy Belated Birthday Montana! Montana became a state November 8, 1889. We celebrated Montana's 126th birthday by decorating Montana shaped cookies with all of the major geographical features of our great state. The students then learned about the bordering states of Montana and identified the major rivers and mountains in our state. We will have a quiz next Friday on the bordering states and the major rivers and mountains. The students have been told to take home their MT History books so they can study. I will be providing a word bank for the students on the test. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one landform they decorated on their MT cookie. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!