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4th grade Science - Food Web

Yesterday, I substitute taught 4th grade and they were AMAZING. Not a single bad attitude kid or direction rebel or anything. Everything rolled along smoothly - I didn't have to remind them to be quiet or to do their work or stop messing around. Had fun with them - helped them out on their homework (primarily math, but some of their grammar). The worst subject BY FAR that day was social studies. I never thought that Social Studies was particularly hard, but considering by how much I was bombarded by questions and then getting the "So... what was the answer?" after explaining it to them, it made sense. Social Studies is hard because it requires a lot of critical thinking and the answers are not clearly right or wrong.

Anyway, the all had this food web/food chain project due tomorrow (in class project from Monday) where they all had to cut out one-inch clip art of animals, color them, and set them up in a food chain on one side and a food web on the other. Well, some of the kids didn't understand what a web was so...

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I'm not much of an artist (I take a long time to draw and I draw on paper, but I haven't done that in months), but somehow, the adrenaline kicked in and I got that as a result in 15 minutes. The animals are based on looking at those tiny one inch clip art on a piece of paper. *is very proud* Although the sheep and squirrel (and arguably the spider) leave very much to be desired and look rather wonky.

And lastly, they had music class that day so I walked them down to the HS Music Room (I've known that school's band director since 8th grade) and he was like "You guys are in luck today! Your substitute teacher also happens to be a very great trombone player!" Yes, I played the 96% of the university's fight song I remembered from not having to play it in a year and a half. Yes, it was out of tune and a bit rough on articulation because the trombone he gave me had a slide that didn't move easily and the mouthpiece was too small for me. However, the students thought it was super sweet and that's all that matters :)


( 8 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )
Oct. 26th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
That's awesome sensei! XD
And yay for food webs and good students!
Oct. 26th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks much gakusei!! XD

"Do coyotes eat bears?" - most commonly asked question.
"Large meat predators rarely eat each other." - answer
"Oh? So do bears eat coyotes?" - typical response

"Can anything eat an eagle?"
"Leave the eagle be. They're endangered."
"Can anything eat an owl?"
"I highly doubt it. They're the rulers of night."
"Can anything eat a blue jay?"
"You know... that's a legit question..."

Also, they could draw their animals if they wanted. Yes, there was an alligator eating a coyote. It was too early to slap some social studies - geography on them about climates and locations. That happened at the end of the day XD
Oct. 26th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
sounds like you had a really fun and great day. that's awesome. :)
that's why i've always liked social studies and the social sciences. there's nothing set in stone for anything and you have to think way outside the box. but, then again, i have a BA in Justice Studies and was three classes away from a minor in sociology, so i'm a little biased. ;)
Oct. 26th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks - definitely my favorite day of subbing!

I was always good at social studies (especially geography and history) cause I remember facts and visual images very easily and critical thinking was never hard. However, I never really had a passion for it outside of memorizing the capitals of Europe and being able to name all 42 countries of Europe. And at one point knowing the capitals for middle eastern Europe. *hates government, economics, and all things related to political science*

I am one of those that need to have a clear-cut right or wrong answer (hooray for math and science!). I enjoy logical sequences and figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. When it comes to music, I express myself so much better if I'm playing sheet music (either on the stand or memorized)... I cannot freely create or improv comfortably at all because I am not seeing clear-cut structure. Even my writing reflects that - even though it is creative (or at least, I hope it is!), it is structured, logically progressing in plot, and most things are pre-determined by an outline. My characters rarely take off away from the main plot.

The only thing that is my most "out-of-the-box" thinking is what I make people for gifts. Especially my college marching band director XD
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
it really sounds like it.
i love history. if i'd known i was going to get so sick, i would have majored in it rather than JS. *sighs* oh well, i can use it in my writing.
and that's why i fail at math and science. my mind just doesn't work that way. oddly enough, however, only my sister and i are like this, the rest of the family is science and math. means we have fun together. she calls us twins born 20s something years apart.
Oct. 26th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a fun and rewarding day! :D

Playing music for the class? What a treat for the kids to have a substitute who can play music right off the bat. XD;
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Sounds like it was a very fun day :-) *hugs you*

And that pig, rocks!
Oct. 26th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
That is like a million times better than what I would have come up with in that amount of time, you rock honey! And yay for fun days with good kids! *hugs*
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