Eighth grade English- Students are working in partners on a paper titled “Analyzing Figurative Language.” The teacher says to two students trying to understand metaphors, “You wouldn’t want to compare a run to a race; they’re too similar.” On the other side of the room, partner #1 says, “What did you have for #6?” Partner #2 says, “ I had ‘extended metaphor’.” Partner #1 responds, “Oh, yeah, I forgot about that one!”
Across the hall in math class, the sixth graders are beginning a quiz. Item #3 is
x + 4 = 5. Item #12 is, “Pennsylvania is 280 miles from east to west. This is 120 miles more than the length of the state from north to south. Write and solve an addtion equation to find the length of Pennsylvania from north to south.”
Upstairs in music class, the seventh graders are researching “swing era” jazz artists, including Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Morton, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Eugene Krupa, Art Tatum, Jr., and Coleman Hawkins. The students are making “trading cards” for their artists.
Your intrepid reporter also noticed that a new middle school business has sprung up. MSB (the Middle School Bank) has opened and is taking deposits of MSMs (Middle School Money) with an interest rate of 5%. Pretty good return!