Carnivorous Plants!

Here’s a picture from one of my summer adventures, a grueling backpacking trip with Mr. Hadley to Devil’s Punchbowl, a mountain lake in northern California. This is a rare plant called Darlingtonia. It is also called cobra lily and it grows only in a few places. Don’t worry–it doesn’t bite! It only eats insects!

You can share your summer adventures, too. All you have to do is send me a pic and a short description via Google Docs or email. 

Outdoor Ed (Solo)

Alie was determined to go on the Coast Trip even if the rest of us couldn’t be there. She and her family went to the South Slough and Cape Arago on their own. One would assume that Zoie, having been through all the Outdoor Ed curriculum when she was in fifth grade, did all the teaching! Awesome!  Remember, rotters, I’ll post your vacation adventure pics here. All you have to do is send them in or share them in Docs.  


Lots of New Video & Pics

I’ve kicked off my summer by updating The Daily Platypus with lots of new (er, old) video from the past thirty years. In addition to this year’s baby picture show, you’ll find a newly organized CPETV page, numerous clips on the Vintage Video page, and a bunch of ballet performances from my student-teaching days at Briscoe Elementray in Ashland. (No, not me…the STUDENTS!). I also posted the original Br’er Rabbit musical performed by my third graders in 99-00. And here’s a short little segment from the 2001 SVE 3rd Grade Christmas Bowling Party. Watch carefully…CPE’s own Mr. White is in it!

Congrats to the Class of 2027!

I’m immensely proud of all of you for sticking with your education through the remote instruction period.  You’re awesome. Special congratulations go out to Riley Liles, Meg Van De Weghe, and Kenzie van Griethuysen for being awarded Presidential academic awards, and to Laken Ozaeta, Meg Van De Weghe, and Garrett Viehdorfer for winning fitness medals (Top 35 runners in the 4th/5th grades). Congrats again to Riley for being named Rotary Student-of-the-Year, CPE’s most prestigious honor. Not to put any pressure on you, but we expect big things from this entire 5th grade class as you all move on to middle school.  Finally, if you’re looking for a bunch of big babies, you can find ’em here.

Our Final Week Together!

Hello my lovely gooners! I’ve posted all of this week’s assignments in Classwork except for History. It’s still on the History tab, and you have entries on Monday and Tuesday.

In Classwork, you have two reading assignments from Storyworks–one for Monday and the other for Tuesday. They go with your history entries for those days. Pay close attention to the authors. Speaking of authors, does anyone have a guess as to who wrote last week’s special read aloud, The Horse Show?  If so, send me an email!  

For math we’re messing around with Sudoku puzzles. Check out the video and puzzles in Classwork.  

Please join us for 9 a.m. interactive sessions on Monday and Tuesday. We also have Zoom meetings at 1 p.m. today (Monday) and 9 am on Thursday, at which time we’ll be checking out the baby picture show. Who is that naked baby playing in the toilet? We also have another Red Ribbon banner signing session tomorrow (Tuesday) from 11 to 2.

Final Friday!

Happy birthday, Bostyn!  Thank you to all of you who showed up for the Drug-Free banner signing yesterday. It was AWESOME to see you. The rest of you can still sign it next Tuesday from 11 to 2.

Today in class you have a different version of long division. In my class we’ve always called it the “bank robber” method. You will not be able to do it unless you watch my video.  Your classwork–using the Bank Robber method is Worksheet H, and your homework is Worksheet I. Give it a try. If it doesn’t work for you, you can still use the traditional method.

You also have a history lesson on the Korean War, your last reading/PE log, and two short reading activities. One is about poison dart frogs and the other is about the world’s deadliest tree.

This is our last Friday “together.” That’s a bummer, but let’s make it a good one!

Red Ribbon Day!

Today’s the day to come to CPE between 3 and 6 to sign the Drug Free banner, turn in your “Letter to Myself at Graduation” and say “Hey!”  Also bring your math textbook and any library books/class books you have out. Make sure you bring you mailing address, too! If you can’t come today, I’ll have another session on Tuesday from 11 to 2. Can’t wait to see you!

Apparently only TWO kids, Riley and Zoe, watched the math video yesterday. There’s something special coming for them today! And only THREE kids watched Outdoor Dude: Riley, Ansen, and Gavin. Something special for them too. Wondering what this is about? Best to watch yesterday’s videos.

In class today you have the usual history entry, reading/PE log, and an article called “Monsters of the Deep,” which comes with a reading quiz.  You have a math quiz on long division is in Classwork. I’ve made three videos, and I can tell from YouTube that many of you aren’t watching them. That makes me think you’re probably using a calculator to do your math work, which isn’t doing you any good at all.  So, your quiz is going to be a bit different. If you haven’t actually been doing the work, you might have a hard time with it. Maybe that will motivate you to go back and watch the videos. Your quiz is to be completed on notebook paper and you’ll need to turn it in when you come to the banner signing. You still have a homework assignment, too. 

Whew! I sound cranky, don’t I?  Those of you who’ve worked hard all this trimester, I know who you are and I respect you for your effort!


Wednesday, June 3

Your focus should still be on your “letter to yourself at graduation.” Given that only 18 students completed their bird essays, that many of you won’t complete this simple task and will be terribly disappointed in June of 2027! Let’s hope I’m wrong!  If you scroll down today you’ll see posts about current graduates.  I encourage you to read and explore those posts. That’ll be you some day!  What do you have to do to be one of those award winners in high school? If you’d like to join me in honoring our high school graduates, come down and line the streets around CPE by 6:30. There’s gonna be a parade!

More long division practice in math.  That’s what it takes…practice! Please please please watch the video! Then do Worksheet E for classwork and Worksheet F for homework. If you’re just using a calculator, you’re cheating. Any doofus can punch numbers into a calculator. You’re better than that!

Did you know Silly Putty was invented because of World War 2?  When you read today’s history lesson, you’ll here about a couple other odd results of the war. You also have your reading and PE log, another segment of Outdoor Dude, and a short reading assignment about the history of the television.  Funny, when I was in first grade, I used to watch Gilligan’s Island on the little black and white television in our kitchen. One day the show started with the message, “Now in Living Color!”  I was so excited. I was going to get to see Gilligan’s Island in color. But you know what? It stayed black and white.  What the heck!  Such is the way a first grader’s brain works…  or maybe just mine at the time. Had I gone into the living room, I could have seen it in color, but our kitchen TV was B&W no matter what. Interesting, though, that I was around when color TV finally became the norm. 

Have a great day!