Friday, May 29th

Loving Kindness Meditation on Cold Planet Blue

Put both hands on your heart and send supercharged kind wishes to others and to yourself:

May you be safe

May you be healthy

May you be happy

May you be at peace

The power of wishes and thoughts

Good News/Bad News


Sharing of Mrs Gorf drawings

Chapter 2: Mrs Jewls


What were the children afraid of?



What was Mrs. Jewls’ afraid of?



What was Mrs. Jewls’ reaction when she walked into the 30th floor classroom?



Who convinced Mrs. Jewls’ that the children weren’t monkeys?



What did she say the children had to do after realizing they weren’t monkeys?



How would you react if your teacher came in and insisted you were a monkey and not a child?


Homework for next Friday, June 5th: 

Read Chapter 3: “Joe”,  of Sideways Stories

Draw a picture of Mrs Jewls and of Joe

Monday, May 25th


Review: what is mindfulness?

Good News/Bad News


Please copy these questions down and leave some space for the responses:

Sideways Stories at Wayside School: Chapter 1 Questions


A) What does Mrs. Gorf threaten to do to the children if they are “bad” or get a question wrong?




B) How does she do this to them?











C) Why did Joe cheat? What happened to him?



D) What did each of the children below do wrong to get turned into apples?















The 3 Erics-




E) Why did Louis, the yard teacher, think everything was fine?



F) How did Jenny save them?


G) What happened to Mrs. Gorf at the end of the chapter?



H) If you had a mean teacher like Mrs. Gorf what would you do?



Listen to story

Answer questions


Finish your questions on Chapter 1 + draw a picture of Mrs Gorf in her classroom. Take a picture of your answers/picture and send them to Miss Carpenzano’s email

News + Intro to Mindfulness

  1. Good news/bad news!

My good news is that at home, I was able to do some painting, music, and baking:

My bad news is that sometimes I felt scared and anxious, so I tried to do some meditation to feel better.

What is your good and bad news?


2. How did you enjoy Flora and Ulysses? What did was your favorite part?


3. Introduction to Mindfulness

So, when I feel nervous or anxious, I try to be MINDFUL

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you’re doing.

Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you’re mindful, you’re taking your time. You’re focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

Why Do People Need Mindfulness?

Being mindful helps you:

      • pay attention better
      • be less distractible
      • learn more
      • stay calm under stress
      • slow down instead of rush
      • listen better to others
      • be more patient
      • feel happier and enjoy things more

Let’s try a small meditation that helps us to learn how to LISTEN with mindfulness.

In this video, you’ll use your superpower of focus to find a little peace and calm as you mindfully listen to different sounds. Try playing this mindful game when you feel restless or nervous to help soothe and calm your nerves. You can also try playing this mindful game when you already feel calm, strengthening your curiosity and ability to focus and listen.

To play this mindful game, imagine that you are a rabbit hanging out in a beautiful forest. The sun is out, the breeze is blowing, and you can hear all kinds of sounds in the forest. Some sounds are quiet, and some sounds are loud. Some sounds are short, and some sounds are long. As you listen for different sounds, you will be prompted to place your hand on your heart, head, orshoulder when the sound fades away and you can no longer hear it. Some sounds you might hear include a bell, a rainstick, and wooden clap sticks. The trick to this mindful game is to listen closely to how the sounds change and fade away, and only place your hand on your heart, your head, or your shoulder when you can no longer hear the sound. Happy listening