Oh where oh where has Mrs. Kassenbrock gone…


This was really supposed to be posted yesterday September 12, 2012. I guess better late than never.

Yes, I have been out of the classroom for two days at meetings to learn strategies to make our classroom even better. Even though I haven’t been there the students have been very busy. They were given a task sheet on Tuesday with the assignments and expectations for both days. The sub that was covering reported that all of the classes were WONDERFUL! His only complaint was that several students abused the priviledge of using their Netbooks. Maybe we need to go over the protocal for using these in this classroom? The following is the task sheet the students received and as you can see they certainly had a full plate of things to do.

We will be talking about all of this tomorrow and clarifying anything the students have questions on.

Also, this week the classes have been learning about 9/11 with the information being used to complete a Text-to-Text Literary Response.  They listened to a picture book I read to them with lots of facts that I had never considered before. Yesterday they read aloud in their groups from the book Through Their Eyes which is composed of views from people who were near Ground Zero but not actually in the building. Today they watched video clips about the tragedy itself.

The mastery of Search Terms will conclude at the end of this week with the last A Google A Day’s sent to me and the Smart Keyword Searching exercise. Next week I predict there will be a lot of “I Can” statements being highlighted showing mastery. That is when the kids will see that all of their hard work is paying off.

Here are today’s Thoughts For the Day from the students:

Ra’Deja Johnson –

Did you know…

A crocodile can’t stick its tongue out.

A shrimp’s heart is inside its head.

People say”bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a mili-second.

Wearing earphones for a hour will triple the amount of bacteria in your ear.


A duck’s quack doesn’t echo.

Everyone’s tongue print is different.

Giraffes clean their ears with their tongues.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Most dust particles in your house are made of dead skin.

Honey is easy to digest because it has already been digested by a bee.

Harley Miles –

I would like to talk about 9/11. 9/11 is coming up and it will be the 11th anniversary of the Twin Towers going down. There were 2,996 people who died durning 9/11. This includes 246 people on the planes (no survivors), 2,606 in the Twin Towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon (55 were military men). More than 90% of the people included in this died. The 1,355 people who were either at or above the impact got stuck and died. The hijackers/suicice bombers were from al-Qaeda. All 19 of them died. The frist attack was at 8:46A.M. and the last was at 10:03A.M. Civilians from more than 90 different countries died. World Trade Center 7 collapsed at 5:20 P.M. but this was not because of a plane crash.

Bailey Shorter –

Sunday, August 15, Kyndell Ethridge and I had a big job to do. Us girls went to Franklin, Tennessee to try out for a softball team. This coach taught and coached at a D1 college. We had to really give it my all. My dad said, “Be sure to throw the ball hard when you pitch and field, and bust the ball to the outfield.”  He gave us a pep talk on the way there. When we got there we were the only 13 year old. The rest were 15,16, & 18. We were really nervous, but we couldn’t get that get the hold of us, and it didn’t! 2 weeks ago my mom got a phone call. It was Jose calling! He said said that he would love to have Kyndell and I on the team! I was so excited, Kyndell was too. There was an 18U team but our parents said no because they were too advanced for us. But instead we made the 16U team a 13 year old! We were so surprised but I thank God because if it weren’t for him we wouldn’t have this wonderful opportunity.

Girls this is great!



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