Make a Difference

27 04 2011

Today your teachers got to wear jeans to school if the donated a few dollars to the STARS program for autistic kids upstairs.  On this morning’s announcements we heard the results of the recycling drive contest and found out that the school had gathered over 50 feet of paper.  About a month ago almost the entire school got together to make birthday cards for my nephew.  We’ve had change drives, canned food drives, and hat/glove/scarf drives here at school this year.

All of these things are because we want to make a difference.  We want to help.  We want to change the world for the better.

BUT… how much difference can one person make?  Can one person change the world?  What exactly is the power of one person?

Tell us how much impact a single person can have on the world around them?  Can they make it a better place?  How?  What could I do?  What could you do?

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The Little Prince 4

20 04 2011

We talked about The Little Prince for nearly two weeks.  While we discussed the story, we decided that we understand the story is about a little boy from a far away planet, two active volcanoes, one extinct volcano (but you never know), baobabs, a flower, a sheep, a king, a fox, a pilot, and a snake.  We also realized that the story is not about boys, planets, volcanoes (extinct or not), trees with funny sounding names, flowers, sheep, kings, foxes, any sort of airplanes, or snakes.

If The Little Prince is about all those things, but isn’t about any of those things… What is The Little Prince about?

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The Little Prince 3

15 04 2011

In The Little Prince, the fox and the prince have a conversation about what makes that one particular boy, or that one particular fox, or that one particular flower special.

In the end, the fox told the prince: “Here is my secret.  It’s quite simple:  One sees clearly only with the heart.  Anything else essential is invisible to the eyes.”

In your own words, what does that quote mean to you?  Apply it to your own life or other pieces of literature if you need to give examples in your explanation.

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Quiz

15 04 2011

Take this online quiz to show us how much you know.  Answer each question very carefully.





The Little Prince 2

12 04 2011

After traveling to several planets and meeting a series of grown-ups that baffled the him, The little prince has finally arrived on Earth.  He’s met a tiny snake that claims to be more powerful than a king, a flower that seems terribly unaware, an echo that confuses the prince, and a whole garden full of roses that make the prince feel ordinary and unworthy of being a prince.

In his short time on Earth, the little prince has already begun to seem like a different person.  He is no longer as optimistic, as happy, or as curious.

Tell me how has Earth, and these creatures he’s met there, changed the little prince?

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Why?

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The Little Prince

8 04 2011

The Little Prince has traveled around to a bunch of small planets.  On each of them he met one strange person, and almost all of those people made him think that grown-ups are pretty strange.  As we talked about in class, the characters in the book may be symbols that represent real people or groups of people in the real world.  The author may be using this story to tell us something about those real people by showing you these ridiculous characters in the book.

In the comments section below, share with the class what you think Antoine de Saint Exupery might be trying to say.  Who do the king, the vain man, the drunkard, the business man, the lamplighter, and the geographer really represent.

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