Sunday, March 25, 2012

Slowly, But Surely...

ccrrrraaawwwwlllliiinngggg toward Spring Break. Oy.

And I'm having the Sunday blues. Double Oy.

Had a pretty eventful weekend! Went to bed early on Friday night & was a bum all day today, so I guess the eventfulness pretty much took place on Saturday. Went down to the Outlets with the boy, went out to lunch, saw Hunger Games, and bought a new bathing suit top and cover up for Jamaica.

I agree with the majority of reviews I've heard about the movie. [I don't want to be a "I read the book" snob, but I've read & finished the trilogy.] I really enjoyed the movie, but there are a few things I would have changed!

  1. More character development! I feel like we only scratched the surface of everyone. I'm obviously not a movie maker, and it must be hard to cram everything into a movie. As a viewer, I wanted to be "in Katniss's head" more than I was.
  2. Shaky camera. I was prepared for this, so I sat all the way in the back. But lord. During a few scenes, especially the tracker-jacker scene, I had to close my eyes because of the craziness of the camera!
  3. A few little things, too. Gale looks old. I liked how she got the pin better in the book. What happened to the hovercraft getting the bodies in the arena? And a few other things. Nothing that really threw off the movie, though!
So, all in all, I really enjoyed the movie. My boyfriend, who didn't read any of the books, needed clarification on a lot of things, so if you haven't seen it yet, just read the first book! It's quick and easy, and it will make the experience much more enjoyable!

I have been so fortunate to receive this award from a few fellow bloggers!

So thank you to the following ladies!

WILD About First Grade!

and Courtney @ Teaching in Paradise!

We're plowing through our persuasive writing pieces. I'v conferenced with all my friends and led them toward the topic that would make the best argument! Now we're starting our graphic organizers. I was inspired by a graphic organizer that came from Fulton County Schools. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to link to it! So if you'd like to see it, google "persuasive graphic organizer" and it will be one of the results that opens as a .doc.

Here is my spruced up version. No fancy clip art, we needed as much room for writing as possible! Just added writing lines & a cuter font. Grab the freebie if you'd like it!

Persuasive Essay Graph Org

I have eight teaching days and one PD day until Spring Break.

I think I can...
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  1. Love this organizer!! Thanks for sharing.

    I will send you positive thoughts for your break. We just started ours and I haven't been out of yoga pants since Friday- yahoo!

    Hang in there :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  2. Just saw The Hunger Games and I completely agree with you! I thought the movie was very well done, but I will always enjoy the written version over the movie version of any book. I missed being in Katniss' head as well. That helped me feel more connected to her.

    And shaky camera - oh my goodness! We got to the theater late and ended up in the front row. I thought I was going to have to close my eyes throughout the whole movie, but it got better - phew!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. I love the layout of your graphic organizer! Thanks!!! I just found your blog and became your newest follower!!

    One Teacher's Take

  4. I saw The Hunger Games this past weekend. I LOVED the book.. I am obsessed with it! I think we should have heard Katniss thinking. There are ways to do that with movie magic. : ) I also wished they had developed the relationships better.. esp Cinna & Rue. I was hoping there was more cave scenes b/c in the book it shows how Katniss begins to care for Peeta & how their relationship develops.