This past week my students took part in a long tradition at Pontiac. We had a visit from the school mascot, Scarlet. She spent last week shadowing our class, and this week we helped her write about her experiences in our room. Today, some of our class got to read and share what Scarlet had to say about the ITEC room.

What follows is a copy of writing.

Scarlet’s Week


​In Mrs. Santiago’s Block 1, Scarlet learned the Parts of Speech, when we were going over our Every Day Edit Sheet. We switched to going over our Reading Logs. Scarlet enjoyed listening to us share what we have been reading.

​At recess Scarlet flew to the monkey bars. She swinged on them for a long time. Then she admired the beautiful butterflies flying by her. We went to the long snake, and she had fun bouncing on it. Next she went down the slide. She yelled whoooeeeeee. She loved being at recess.

​In Mr. Swick’s class during Science we did something amazing. We had aluminum cans, and a full tray of ice water. We put water in the cans and boiled it on a little stove. Then we flipped the can over and into the ice and water and it exploded the air out and crushed the can. We turned the gas in the can into liquid. Scarlet learned a lot about the states of matter and was interested.


​On Tuesday morning, Scarlet was learning a lot about first person narrative. She learned the definition of a first person narrative as a story that is told from the point of view of one of the characters in the story. She had a snack later on. After 10:30 She listened to us reading “Number the Stars.” She heard lots of sad things that happened. She heard the Germans were everywhere. The Germans did wrong things to the Jewish. They even forced people to go to bed at a certain time.

​On Tuesday afternoon Scarlet watched us correct our Fantastic Five. Then she flew to recess with us. She had fun flying around the playground. She told us later that she was hungry so we took her to lunch with us. She got a very delicious meatball sandwich. In Mr. Swick’s class later on, we did an experiment with soda cans again. You fill the cans with a little bit of water, heat them up, and when steam comes out you flip the can into ice water to turn the steam back into water. This makes the can crush itself. It was the most exciting experiment ever. It was great seeing it twice.


​On Wednesday, Scarlet learned how to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers in math. She also helped us finish our summary posters in reading class. Later she had a break swinging on the swings. But then she got hungry and had a turkey hotdog. It was a half day, so we ate lunch in our room and got to play some educational games on the computers until dismissal. Scarlet does not like half days though, since she has to go back in her cage when we leave early. She said she gets lonely.


​On Thursday in PE, Scarlet bowled 3 strikes! After PE we switched classes for Block 1. Mr. Swick’s morning class measured using graduated cylinders. The experiment was with combining water and Isopropyl Alcohol to see how atoms in matter can change shape. Scarlet was impatient with Mr. Swick, and wanted to be the first one in her group to pour. In math we worked on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplying and Scarlet got all the problems right.

​Scarlet really got into reading the book “Number the Stars” today. She flew around during recess and ate lunch. In the afternoon, when we came back for math, she worked hard on using her computer in the ITEC room using BlackBoard and Study Island. During Science, we went to Mrs. Walker’s class and learned a little bit about measurement and mixtures by making different layers of cake. Scarlet had a great time seeing Mrs. Walker’s students again. But, Scarlet had a hard time leaving, since the cakes had to cool overnight. She wanted to eat them rather than waiting for Friday.


​ Scarlet’s day was all about the cakes we baked the day before. She was ready to learn more about matter. She was squawking about how the cake would rise and take its shape around the pan and how it would form in the container. Needless to say the highlight of her week was getting to taste test all the different cake recipes. Her favorite was Mr. Swick’s group’s cake. It had cherries in it. She did not even mind that the cake was missing a cup of flour!

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