Saturday, February 4

Today is Saturday of Week 3. Have a great weekend, everybody!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Weekend schedule. I don't check email as often over the weekends, but please contact me with any questions you have. If it's something urgent, I'll get back to you as soon as I'm online; if it's not urgent, I'll get back to you on Monday.

Project Stack. I managed to read all the assignments in the stack as of Friday at 5PM, and I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend, so you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn your project in today if you can, and it will be at the top of the stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Storytelling. Here's another one from the great Tom Gauld: The Three Little Scientists and the Big Bad Wolf.

Spelling. Because you can never have too much spelling humor: Cloths v. Clothes.

Words from India. This is another word that comes from Sanskrit via Arabic: CANDY.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Epic Brothers. At the end of his long reign, Rama gathers up the brothers who have survived — Sampati, Sugriva, and Vibhishana — in order to share stories and make one last journey together.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Tales of the Persian Genii retold by Francis Jenkins Olcott. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The illustrations are by Willy Pogany, one of my favorite illustrators:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Little by little grow the bananas (a Congolese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And day by day goes the semester!

Video: The video for today is a collaboration between Mithoon and Maati Baani . I've shared some Maati Baani videos before, and you can find out more at their YouTube channel. This is a great storytelling experiment in video form:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is planning a semester project: Thinking is part of doing. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Galileo's Torch tonight at 7:30PM with a panel discussion afterwards; the tickets are free but you need to call 405-325-4104 to reserve your free tickets (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 4: Sri Lanka National Day. On this day in 1948, the island nation of Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule. (India had gained its independence about six months earlier, in August of 1947.) You can read more about Sri Lanka in this Wikipedia article, and the image below shows a mountain, Sri Pada, commonly called "Adam's Peak" in English, which supposedly holds the footprint of the Buddha (according to Buddhist tradition), the footprint of Shiva (in Hindu tradition) or the footprint of Adam (in Islamic tradition):

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.