Monday, January 25, 2010


I've created an online quiz for you to use to practice before the China test on Tuesday.
Take a look and give it a try!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Help for Haiti 1/19/10

A week ago the country of Haiti suffered a massive earthquake killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving even more homeless.
We are safe in our homes in Colorado Springs, thousands of miles away. You may be having an urge to help the Haitian people in their desperate time.
I came across this, Shelter Box USA.
I thought we could have a "Hats for Haiti' Day to raise money to send a Shelter Box to Haiti. The cost to fill a box is $1,000. We could easily raise this money during 1 hat day. What do you think? Can we rise to the challenge???

Sunday, January 10, 2010

1/10/10 Nicknames

There is a river in China, the Yellow River, it is nicknamed China's Sorrow. Do you know why?

When I was really young I acquired a nickname, it was Cass. Short for Cathi. When you are young sometimes it is difficult to pronounce the 'th' sound in words, so I called myself Cass. I don't think anyone outside of my family ever called me Cass because we moved so much and I never had the same friends for very long.

Do you have a nickname? How did you earn it?
Try to answer the question: why do the Chinese call the Yellow River, China's Sorrow?

1/10/10 Inventions

The Chinese are credited with creating many devices that we still use today such as the wheelbarrow, firecrackers, moldboard plow

If I could invent a special pillow that would not mess up your hair so that when you took a shower at night my hair would not be all messy when I woke up in the morning and I would not have to wash it again, ladies, I know you understand what I am going through. Boys have it easy!

If you could invent something that would make your life easier describe what it would be.
Click on this link to watch a short video about a Chinese invention:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1/6/10 I have always wanted to...

I have finally taken the leap and created a blog to use with my students.
I will use this site as an extension of my classroom. Sometimes you can't get to everything in 50 minutes. This blog will be a safe place to share ideas and ask questions. This blog is also a place to find out information about what is going on in my class.

Now that I have shared something I have always wanted to do, it's your turn.
Tell me something you have always wanted to do or maybe at your age, what you hope to do one day.

1/6/10 New Year, Exciting Opportunities

Half-way through the school year, whew, that went fast.
This is the time of year that peole usually make a resolution-a way to better themselves.

I have not finalized my new year's resolution but I have a few in mind...

  • eat healthier

  • have more patience

  • use my time more efficiently

I do have a goal, different from a resolution, it involves my resolution ideas... I want to place in the top 5 in my age group at Ironman St. George. This event takes place on the first Saturday in May. Wish me luck!

Share with me a resolution you may be thinking about. This resolution does not have to be school related. Remember don't post anything that is private, your classmates will see anything you write.

Chinese New Year

2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which is also known by its formal name of Geng Yin.
Why should you care? China is our next unit of study.
The Chinese New Year begins on January 26th, corresponding with the new lunar calendar.

Watch the following videos to learn more about the Chinese New Year

Describe any New Year's traditions that exist in your family.