Sunday, November 30, 2014

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Happy Holidays!

Wow, I certainly enjoyed the time off. My family and I spent the days catching up on quality time. Glad to see the rain is upon us. 

The final 3 weeks will be fast-paced, challenging, and very collaborative. December is my favorite time of the year! You'll see why. On Monday and Tuesday, you'll have plenty of opportunity to work on the Explorer's report(see Public Speaking), Memoir Writing, and Reading. The Secret Fireball gift exchange begins now. Each student is to create something from scratch and wrap it up as a gift for one of their classmates. The idea should be original. The cost of materials to make the gift shouldn't exceed $10. All gifts should be brought into the classroom by December 19th. Camp W lowered its fee price to $650. The camp is adrenalized to begin the Frederick's Follies journey in January. 

Get ready for an exciting, wet, and wonderful December!






  • to the Fireballs for handling the conferences quite well. Thank you parents for attending. 
  • to the Fireballs for doing a better job with their post-its especially in class.






Curriculum menu for week 14 and 15


Students will work on stirring their empathy through personal response
  • Students will work on letting the text revise their image of the character


  • Students will continue to work on Memoir writing.
  • Students write a reflective piece on a life's experience.
  • Students will use a graphic organizer
  • Students will generate several drafts
  • Students will work on grammar, punctuation, and spelling





  • Students will explore Unit 2's big essential question: HOW DID THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AFFECT THE NEW WORLD?
  • Students will answer these guiding questions: why did explorers come to the new world? who were the explorers and what did they find? what explorations were made by land? where in the Americas did Europeans claim land?
  • The unit test will be on December 12th. 










  • Students will work on Explorer report with their partner








Read Aloud - Blood on the River By Elisa Carbone


  • Lesson 8: Review of Lesson 5, 6, and 7







Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
Girls practice "their" song.
Boys practice "their" song.



  • Camera Obscura "The Blizzard"
  • The Pretenders "2,000 Miles"
  • Coldplay "Christmas Lights"
  • Ben Kweller "Rock of Ages"
  • Pink Martini "Ocho Kandelikas"
  • Auld Lang Syne "Pink Martini"

Monday, November 24, 2014

What's your character?

After today's less than stellar Lockdown drill, I want to know just what the Fireballs are truly made of? Where's your moral fiber? Where's your character? Where's your focus? Where and what are your priorities?

Directions

  • Answer this very deep question in 8-10 sentences. 
  • Give examples to support your comments or reasons. 
  • PLEASE YOUR OWN WORDS. BE YOURSELF AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE DISCUSSION. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shake it out in this Mad World


Tonight you're asked to really examine a very serious subject matter through the lens of empathy. Children suffering at the hands of unfortunate events. Children in need. I strongly encourage for each student to work with a guardian on this exercise. 

Directions
  • Watch both of these complete different yet inspiring YT clips
  • Answer the questions below




  • What does empathy mean?
  • Can you and a guardian think of how children might be suffering globally?
  • Can you and a guardian think of how children on the Peninsula might be suffering?
  • What are some ways to show empathy for children in need?
  • What are some ways children or adults cope with suffering?
  • Can you and a guardian find a children's charity online that interests you?
  • How do you know that charitable organization is respectable and worthy?
  • Is there an organization that the Frederick's Fireballs could support?
  • How can we show our support and empathy during and after the holidays? In other words, how can we take our "thoughts, care, and ideas--put them into action?"


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blood on the River + Winter Holiday Party


Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on Blood on the River questions.

Chapter Two

1. Each chapter opens with a quotation from a primary source.
a. What is the value of primary sources in learning about history? 
b. Do you think journals and diaries are important for people to keep today?

2.  In this chapter Reverend Hunt speaks about making decisions based on love, not on anger. Anger is a problem for Samuel. He is angry “with the world.”

a. What do you know about him so far that would explain why he is so angry? 
b. Can someone so angry follow Reverend Hunt’s message to “make decisions based on love when there is no one left to love?” 

3.  Who paid for the building of Jamestown?
4.  What was Jamestown?
5.  Where did they build the settlement? 
6.  When?
7.  Why?

Holiday Party Event
1. How did planning go with your group today?
2. What did you accomplish today?
3. What's your next big task to accomplish?


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blood on the River



Tonight you'll get the opportunity to think more about Blood on the River and your holiday party. Please answer these questions.

BOTR Discussion:
1. What is the definition of prophecy? 
2. Discuss the prophecy that begins chapter 1.  
3. Do you think the prophecy will turn out to be accurate? Why or why not?
4. Do you have a journal or diary at home that you write your personal thoughts in?
5. The boy's locket is very important to him. Is there an item that you own that is deeply personal? Why is it personal?

Holiday Party:
1. What group are you part of for the party?
2. How will you as an individual contribute to the success of your group's work?
3. What are you looking forward to during the planning process?

Monday, November 17, 2014

What will you pick?

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on a story. Choose from one of the prompts. Write a beginning, middle, and end.

  • You went on an archaeological dig with a team from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. What did you find that was super important?
  • "Mr. Frederick, I can't take the Social Studies test because..." 
  • Describe what happened to you on the day that the new zookeeper left the gates open and all of the animals escaped. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Time is moving fast. We have a full menu this week and plenty to do before Thanksgiving break. The Unit 2 Social Studies Assessment has been put on hold until a further date. I'll keep you posted. 

Conferences - they're going to be fast. Be ready and on time. I will quickly go over a few goals for your child to work on from now until end of January. I'll hand back some work. Each conference will begin with, "What's are some celebrations you'd like to share regarding the 5th grade year?" All members of the conference will answer this question. ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE. ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR READING, WRITING, MATH, AND SCIENCE JOURNALS TO MR. FREDERICK'S CONFERENCE. 

SOUND OF MUSIC - Time to start learning the soundtrack to the film. You can find it on Itunes, Spotify, YouTube, or other music media sites. On December 18 and 19, we'll have SOM sing-a-long in class. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character, but certainly not obligated. 




  • to the Fireballs doing fantastic job on their performance Friday morning
  • to the Fireballs for finishing up our read aloud, Wonder
  • to the Fireballs and the parents for a really nice Personal Narrative publishing day. 































Work in progress
  • all students still need to Blog 3 out of the 4 nights
  • all students need to keep their reading and writing journals organized

Curriculum menu for week 13. 









  • Students will work on stirring their empathy through personal response
  • Students will work on letting the text revise their image of the character







  • We begin Memoir Writing 





  • Students will explore Unit 2's big essential question: HOW DID THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AFFECT THE NEW WORLD?
  • Students will answer these guiding questions: why did explorers come to the new world? who were the explorers and what did they find? what explorations were made by land? where in the Americas did Europeans claim land?
  • We'll continue to role play and focus on the guiding questions. 



  • BEGIN EXPLORERS REPORT. SEE PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR MORE INFORMATION.











  • Students will work on unit 7,
  • inactive, insignificant, semiannual, semicolon
  • Students will try to incorporate the words into their daily writing
  • Students will continue to learn the proper parts of speech for each word



Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
"??? song" B 
"??? song" G
Learn your gender song as soon as possible






  • "Let the mystery be" - 10,000 Maniacs
  • "Moonlight becomes you" - Frank Sinatra
  • "Under Pressure" - Queen w/ David Bowie





Inspirational Quotes: Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
             ~Buddha






Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family Blogger Night - Get to know you, get to know Mr. Frederick



Tonight, you'll get the opportunity to share a little about you and your guardian. In addition, you'll get a chance to ask Mr. Frederick a question or two. You may not write a question that someone else has written. Please make sure your question is appropriate.


OFF YOU SHARE!

1. Creatively describe 2 activities you and a guardian like to do together.
a.
b.


2. Identify 1 spot in your home where they could be a beautiful mess. Don't give us the answer. Give us creative clues in 5 words or less. We'll have to guess.
a.

3. One thing my guardian and I will be excited to do over the Thanksgiving holiday. Don't give us the answer. Give us the clues in 15 words or less.
a.

4.  Write down 1 goal you and your guardian would like to work on together.
Name the SPECIFIC goal:
How will you measure the goal?
When would you like to accomplish the goal by?
How realistic is your goal?
How will you know when you've achieved this goal?

5. Ask Mr. Frederick 2

appropriate and thoughtful questions.
a.
b.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Publishing Day Reflection

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to reflect on PD. I can't wait to read your thoughts.

Please answer these questions.

a. What was the real point of having PD?

b. What did you appreciate about PD?

c. If we were to have another PD, what would it look like in terms of scheduling, planning, and presenting?

d. What would you have done differently to prepare for PD?

e. Any other comments you'd like to share?

Monday, November 10, 2014

A LETTER

Dear Frederick's Fireballs community,
“About half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the nonsuccessful ones is pure perseverance.” S. Jobs

Over the past weekend, I reflected deeply about the Camp W sign up situation.  Please take a few short minutes to read my honest thoughts regarding the winds of change for the program. I hope this letter sheds some light on the decision-making process and answers a few pressing questions.

Won't you accept my apology?
I apologize for not disclosing the Frederick's Follies information any sooner as it seems it caught the parent and student community off guard. I was waiting for some old doors to shut and new ones to open. Unfortunately, it took a little longer than expected. When the announcement was made a couple of weeks ago, I knew it would be received with some unhappy feelings--for good reason. I was, and still am, prepared to hear critical feedback. I want you to hear your voice. I value it.

How special were those days?
Frederick's Follies lived and breathed in my classroom for the past 13 years. I was eternally grateful for such an amazing opportunity. I felt so honored to host such a wonderful event due to the generosity of the parents, teachers, and administration. Those moments of building up the program were some of the greatest days and nights of my life, even if it sprouted a few silver hairs. The relationships built within the PV community will always rest in my heart with such profound respect and care.

How careful was I?
It was an arduous and carefully considered decision to make Frederick's Follies a new member of Camp W. I carefully reviewed it under a clear mental microscope, and discussed the new idea attentively with family members, friends, and the PV administration. Ongoing discussion regarding the potential change were constant. Making alterations to the program was done with tremendous regard.

Why was it difficult?
Pulling it away from the homeroom experience was difficult for several reasons. Asking people to pay, when it was offered for "free" for so long, was a tough pill to swallow. Also, not allowing just my homeroom students to experience the show themselves created some inner conflict. No longer would it be just sacred to my own brave students.

What is the purpose of Camp W and Frederick's Follies?
After countless hours of discussion and personal debate, creating a performing arts camp for young students, 4th-8th grade, seemed like a prudent idea for me to reach out deeper and wider to the community.  Camp W, particularly FF, serves many purposes.

1.  It allows for students and myself to grow without the constraints of local, state, and national academic requirements. Cutting into academic time to meet the needs of the FF program was starting to occur a little too often. Reconstructing and threading standards each year became exhausting and time consuming.

2. I witnessed first hand the toll that the demanding program had on my students, parent community, family, and me during school hours. Hopefully, by pushing it to an after school event it will undoubtedly ease that stress load for all the involved participants.

3.  The heavy interest from the general public in wanting to participate in Frederick's Follies grew exponentially. I decided it was time to unlock the door for those interested in wanting to be a part of the enriching experience.  Allowing 4th-8th graders to participate seemed like the next obvious step to take.  In addition, when I had non-homeroom students tapping at my door or emailing me asking to be a participant of FF, it was sometimes devastating to gently squash their aspirations simply because they weren't enrolled as one of my students.  

4. I was becoming more aware of the imposition it was putting on teachers and administration. Changes had to occur. I'm happy that those changes are underway.

Why the high cost?
Anyone that owns a business can you tell you that it requires hours of planning and financial data observation and execution. Calculating the Frederick's Follies expenses was done with careful dollar amount precision. Factored into the costs include renting facilities usage and equipment, insurance, advertising and marketing of materials, merchandise, snacks, printing, after-show party, etc. Camp W is in it for the long run, so I'm always willing to crunch numbers and make the financial adjustments for future Camp W sessions.

Will performing arts leave the classroom?
No, I still get the opportunity to inject Performing Arts into the classroom to help navigate the curriculum in a fun, manageable, and exciting manner. This includes trips to Robert's Market, Microsoft, end of year banquets, and many other exciting activities. Performing Arts will always be the vehicle that drives my instruction.

Am I willing to learn from my strengths and weaknesses?
You betcha. I am willing to travel on new terrain no matter how rugged. I am eager to learn more about entrepreneurial skills such as etiquette, publicity strategies, social media, and management.

How about one more ?
Will you enter through these new doors and be a part of a small growing business that provides an enriching experience and top notch customer service for all? 

Come on in.

~Mr. William Frederick

Age of Exploration + Personal Narrative

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on two things. No reading tonight.

1. Answer the SS questions

a. What did Europeans hope to gain from the New World?
b. How did the search for the Northwest Passage and Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe change Europeans' understanding of the world?
c. Who conquered the Aztec and Inca empires?
d. Name some cities founded by the lovely Dutch people.
e. Where were most trading posts and towns located. Why?

2. Work on your personal narrative book. Here's your checklist. Have fun!

Personal Narrative Checklist
  1. FANCY COVER PAGE: IMAGE, AUTHOR’S NAME TITLE OF STORY - MAKE IT SHINE INCLUDING TEXT. COMPUTER OR HAND DRAWN

  1. QUICK SUMMARY OF STORY PAGE - 4-6 sentences

  1. DEDICATION PAGE + IMAGE - COMPUTER OR HAND DRAWN

  1. OPENING IMAGE - COMPUTER OR HAND DRAWN

  1. PERSONAL NARRATIVE - Your story

  1. CLOSING IMAGE - COMPUTER OR HAND DRAWN

  1. PARAGRAPH ABOUT THE AUTHOR SHEET. IMAGE + 4-6 SENTENCES

  1. REFLECTION - HOW DID YOU GROW AS A WRITER?

  1. REVISIONS- 1ST DRAFT - FINAL DRAFT

NEWS ON THE MARCH




  • to the Fireballs for trying hard to sustain points 
  • to the Fireballs for participating in the pumpkin contest. You put in a valiant effort
  • to the Fireballs for posting some wonderful comments regarding WONDER QUESTIONS
  • to the Fireballs for presenting their Genius Hour presentations. I appreciated all of the diverse projects


Work in progress
  • all students still need to work on reading every night while filling out their 2 post-its. THIS IS IMPERATIVE
  • all students need to work on reading faster, stronger, and better
  • all students need to work on elaborating their ideas with stronger details

Curriculum menu for week 12. 









  • Students will work on stirring their empathy through personal response
  • Students will work on letting the text revise their image of the character


  • Students will complete their personal narratives. Students must follow the PN checklist
  • Students will share their PN on Wednesday
  • Students should dress for success





  • Students will explore Unit 2's big essential question: HOW DID THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AFFECT THE NEW WORLD?
  • Students will answer these guiding questions: why did explorers come to the new world? who were the explorers and what did they find? what explorations were made by land? where in the Americas did Europeans claim land?






  • Students will practice using good eye contact 
  • Students will practice using varied expression
  • Each delivery will be a minimum of 90 seconds
  • Some  ACAPELLA PERFORMANCES on MONDAY AND TUESDAY


  • Students will work on unit 6,
  • telegraph, telescope, telemarketing, astronomy
  • Students will try to incorporate the words into their daily writing
  • Students will continue to learn the proper parts of speech for each word



Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
"Say you Love Me" G
"Detlef Schrempt" B




  • God Help the Girl - Down and Dusky Blonde
  • 10,000 Maniacs - Let the Mystery Be
  • Big Audio Dynamite - Bottom Line










Memorable Quotes: Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
             ~Buddha