June 9, 2020 Day# 172 Distance Learning

June 9, 2020 Day #172

Today is a day of fun provided by the Specialists! You are welcome to play BINGO today!  We are also celebrating our friend, Humphrey the Hamster (and Og) today with some fun, fun, fun activities.






8:30-9:00 Morning Message (Video)

Materials Needed:  Ocean Log, pencil box



Dolphin Sharing Corner

Maggie’s writing and art!

Look at what James did!

It was great to visit with you this week first graders!


9:00-9:30 Writing with Humphrey the Hamster

Writing Tips For Young Writers by Betty Birney (author of Humphrey books)
1.     Write something you’d enjoy reading. Have fun with your writing.

2.     The more you write the better you’ll get. It takes practice, so try to write on a regular basis.

3.     The more you read, the better your writing will be. Read a lot of different kinds of books, too.

4.     When you’re writing a story, you shouldn’t think about what other people will think of it or whether it will get published. You should only think about making it the best story you can possibly write. That’s all that counts.


6.     Try to get inside your characters’ heads. When I’m writing a Humphrey book, for instance, I feel just like a small hamster. I’ve learned to think, feel, act and write like a hamster.

7.     Once the story is down on paper, then you can go back and edit for various things. Sometimes I’ll go through and just look at dialogue. Does everybody talk exactly the same? Or do they have distinct and different voices? Have I repeated information or words?

8.     It’s helpful if you can put you story away for a few days (or a few weeks) before editing. You probably won’t have that much time. But if you put it aside for a little while and come back to it and read it, you’ll see things that need changing. (At least I hope so!)

9.     Go through it separately to check for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

10.  I always go through once and check for overused words. The most common are: “but,” “very,” “suddenly,” “really,” “also,”… etc.

11.  I also check for repeated words. You don’t want words repeated in one paragraph and then the next – unless you mean to. (I only say that because in the Humphrey books, Humphrey repeats things on purpose – for emphasis- that’s part of the way he talks.)

12.  And of course, you want to check for logic. Does the story make sense? Does one thing lead to another?

13.  Do you have dialogue? Or do you just say “this happened and that happened and then that happened.” A common problem in children’s writing is a lack of dialogue. But dialogue makes your characters come alive. It helps define them.

14.  Read your story out loud. You’ll catch a lot more mistakes that way.
That’s at least a beginning … and an idea of how much editing a writer does!

Now take a blank page and write in tiny letters like Humphrey! Pretend you are him and write what is happening at home or in your neighborhood. Does Humphrey get out of his cage? What happens?



Dance break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYr9cmnu764

(It’s 10 minutes long so you can stop it any time!)



Break:  Go outside, exercise, or dance!


10:00-10:30 Humphrey Activities



Choose one or all!

Humphrey Maze


Humphrey Crossword puzzle


Humphrey Board Game


Word Train





10:30-11:00  OG THE FROG


Mad Libs with Og



Prayer time:  Find a quiet place, turn off lights, and play the song, “I Will Follow”



11:00-12:00 Lunch and Break


12:00-12:30 Quiet Time

You can rest, draw a picture, write in a journal, do a puzzle, or read quietly


Snack, Story time, and Break

It’s Humphrey Time!


LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL BINGO TIME (This is for today AND tomorrow!)

Primary - Last Week Bingo