First, I shared my Desk Elf No Homework Pass last year. In case you didn't see him, here he is for 2013:
On a totally different note, are your kids into sharks? I'm obsessed, as are my students. This fall, I kept Non-Fiction alive during our Character Unit via "Non-Fiction Fridays". The bulk of our work was an inquiry around sharks, based upon the work of the most amazing organization, OCEARCH. My kids were in HEAVEN, and the fact that we ended with a Skype session with the organization's director was truly icing on the cake.
When I have five minutes to breathe over break, I will delineate exactly what we did, but, in the interim, please visit their site and check out the Shark Tracker and the videos that document their Cape Cod Expedition this past summer. Seriously, if this video doesn't make you want to learn more, you don't have a pulse:
I will explain everything we did after the holiday festivities. In the meantime, cruise around the site, and shoot me an email if you want info before the break. OCEARCH has a very clear mission--protecting the Great White, the most misunderstood and maligned apex predator of all. You are in for a treat if you're willing to get a little messy and roll your sleeves up to learn from/with these incredible scientists, researchers and activists.
Enjoy this hectic week!