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Old 10-07-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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I have a student that will be going to Hawaii for one week. Does anyone have any ideas for an assignment that I could give for her to do while there that would show she is having an educational experience? Thanks so much.


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A daily journal
Old 10-07-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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I had two students leave mid marking period for vacation because of the parents work schedule and seasonality. I bought each a $1 daily journal and talked with the parents about having their child write about the days events before they went to bed and the parent initialed it to make sure it was done.
We as a class learned many cultural, traditional, geographical, and historical facts from each student. The trips gave all of us a broader look at our world, with first hand experiences.
Each student brought back items they found, or bought to extend the experience.
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educational experience?
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She's not having an educational experience, she's having a holiday.

After the experience (several times) of setting up a week of assignments and having books left behind or lost, work not done, and feeling all my prep was wasted, I now simply tell them to keep a journal and write in it every night, buy their own math book from a drugstore to work on the plane, and have a good time.

When they return from their holiday they can share their journal, and they will have a week to complete any essential work they missed, at home. There is no way to replace experiments, observations, field trips, hands on activities etc that they miss, but there is also no way to replace a week with your family in Hawaii. So my advice is not to do anything, wish them a good time, and take the stress of yourself too.
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I like that advise. Don't stress about it. I would recommend journal writing daily. You can make the journal prompts more related to what you are doing in the class. For instance if you are working on comparing and contrasting, have her compare and contrast Hawaii with where you live or another place. Have her write descriptively about somebody she meets...
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I agree with all above!!
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A journal is the way to go! I have done the "copy a weeks worth of word" before and for what?? Took an enormous amount of time and a simple spiral notebook would have been much better.

Perhaps the student could compare/contrast Hawaii to their state.


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I agree with all the above, too. There is also a great Junie B. Jones book about her going to Hawaii and having to write a journal. You could encourage her to read it .
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Vactaion Log
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Here is the log I send with the kids. Parents seem to like it, kids like it, and I like it because I don't have to copy worksheets which aren't really meaningful.

Also, I explain to the parents that there are many things the child will miss that can't be made up because they are 'classroom experiences'.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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I have done the same thing. Write daily, read daily, and I'll send some math sheets. I always emphasize to parents that most of what we do does not involve worksheets and cannot really be made up.

I have a lot of vacationing families in my school. I don't stress about it.
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