Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gunsmoke_Audio Stories

Gunsmoke Lesson 1
The main character, Matt Dillon Other regular characters were Chester Proudfoot, Kitty, and Doc Adams.
Listen to the Round-UP #39 GUNSMOKE01
You can hear many levels of sound that really helps transport the listener back to the old west.
1. What were some of the sheriff’s responsibilities?
Students shared: Patrol for safety, protect, walk around town caring his pistol in his holster.
2. How did you feel when listening to the story?
"I liked listening to the story more than reading it, because I could actually picture the people moving." Buster.
"It kind of felt like watching it." Tim.
"I felt relaxed."Jay. 
3. Could you imagine it?’ Does the play make my imagination work?
 "Yes, because it felt like I was there in the story, just watching while it was reading out loud" Buster.
"Yes, because of all the different sound fx & voices" Tim. 
"Yes, because of the different voices and characters, and sound fx."Jay. 
4. How were they able to make you believe it?’
 "I think all of the sound effects put all together make you believe in it." Buster.
"They were able to make me believe because of all the realistic fx in the background, and all the different characters in the audio." Tim.
"Because of the sound fx and the sound fx sounded realistic, the audio also made me believe it." Jay.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What if Story_by Regina J. Williams


What if I can soar through the sky with a bald eagle,
The eagle would take me to my dreams,
    As I was in my dreams it was peacefully quiet, 
    like a small goldfish swimming in the water.
                                                by Sam

What If a mouse ran in front of me,
What if I could catch the mouse,
While walking back from the store,
After awhile it climbed into my bag, 
Then it ate all my food.
                                        By Tyanna 

What if Jellybeans ate you if you smoked,
They would eat anyone who smoked,
After, whoever smoked they would get eaten 
As long as you say, "I wouldn't smoke anymore."
                                        By CoolKing

What if a butterfly could sing and dance,
And was human size, 
Then the butterfly flew into my room, 
And started singing and dancing. 
By Kiana 

What if pencils started to poke you with their sharp tops,
Even though erasers started to erase you,
Then you would be invisible,  
In the future, you could scare people. Boo!
By Lyv



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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Kevin Durant _Clayton Geoffreys

 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant-Book  An 8th grade group selected this book to read. 10-14-15 (Previous group began reading  9-9-15) Durant's Official NBA Site  

 Forward: Kevin Durant Read the Forward on pages 3-4   Do you agree with the Forward? What would you add?

Introduction: Then read the “Introduction” How did the author describe Durant? Record the page and the author's words.

Author’s Description
p. 7
“reserved, quiet, and shy

Chapter 1: Childhood and Early Life

  1. What the text tells me before I read
  2. Who is the author?
  3. What do I know about this author?
  4. When was it written? Is that important?
  5. What is the title? What does that suggest?
  6. Are their chapter titles?
  7. Is there vocabulary I need to know before I read? 
"The Real MVP"
Durant's early years 

Read Chapter 2: High School Years pages 21-29.
Coach Brown noticed that Durant had something may kids dd not have: Read to find out what that was . . .

1. Draw a basketball and record Durant's high school career on the lines of the basketball. NA read together and discussed the author's motives.
2. You will use these notes and text to write a Weekly Summary (hard copy) 
 Previous group began reading  9-9-15 

Kevin Durant: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Small Forwards

Here is a preview of what is inside this book:
  • Early Life and Childhood
  • High School Years
  • College Years at the University of Texas
  • Kevin’s NBA Career
  • Kevin Durant’s Personal Life
  • Duran’ts Impact on Basketball and Beyond
  • Kevin Durant’s Legacy and Future

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stephen Curry _Clayton Geoffreys

Stephen Curry Amazon
Here is a preview of what is inside this book:
  • Early Life and Childhood
  • High School Years
  • College Years at the Davidson
  • Stephens’s NBA Career
  • Curry’s Personal Life
  • Impact on Basketball and Beyond
  • Stephen Curry's  Legacy and Future
Chapter 1: Childhood and Early Life
First, While you were reading today, describe what you pictured in your mind about the story? (visualization)
Then, watch Stephen Curry's in Depth Childhood: "I was always the smallest kid on my team In Depth with Stephen Curry Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry recalls how his small size limited him, but also helped by forcing him to play smarter."
Chapter 2: High School Years
My thoughts and questions as I read
What parts are confusing?
What parts remind me of another text or something in my own life?
What parts surprised me?
What questions do I have?
1. What was the most shocking incident that occurred after his success in high school?
2. Then read the link below. Read to find out what drew Davidson his longtime coach to the undersized guard. Curry’s body grew slowly, but his game grew rapidly. He was drawn to him because _______________________.
Chapter D: College Years at Davidson
What was his average points per game?
Stephen's StatsAbout Stephen Curry30

What does Stephen Curry do to give back? Stephen-curry-launches

Alaskans_Were Impacted the Oho Hurricane

 Tropical Storm Oho Hurricane

“As this occurs, storm force winds will be possible over the southern marine waters, as well as gusts in excess of 60 mph from Hydaburg to Ketchikan,” forecasters wrote.

Students traveled to Prince of Whales for a Basketball Tournament. They took the ferry Vessel_Lituya
from Annette Island then caught the IFA Interislandferry  to Prince of Whales. The IFA personal shared, "The waves were 11 feet."

Soon to appear: Students are writing their adventures!
Video & Photo taken by Mrs. Brooks

Friday, October 9, 2015

Things That Go Bump in the Night_Patrick Carman

315stories.com                                                    1) Watch and listen to the video introduction online.
2) Read the story.
3) Then, watch the conclusion of the story online.
http://315stories.com/video  Lift pdf   


Welcome, foolish mortals. Haunted music and monsters are just the beginning--as we get closer to Halloween, look here for more spooky resources. Things-that-go-bump

Class- Videos found on-line

Swimming with Sharks

Do you think it's a good idea for people to swim with the fish at the aquarium?
Students read the article : Swimming with Giants from Achieve3,000

Students researched the other fish species recording facts on a notecard. Creatures such as zebra sharks and cownose rays can be seen. Visitors can view hammerhead sharks, enormous grouper, and countless others.

Georgia Aquarium Experience
Experience it!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

If I Were to Change the World by Judith Viorst

Read the Poem:  Write an Instant Poem
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If I were in charge of the world
I'd cancel oatmeal,
Monday mornings,
Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.

If I were in charge of the world
There'd be brighter nights lights,
Healthier hamsters, and
Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower.

If I were in charge of the world
You wouldn't have lonely.
You wouldn't have clean.
You wouldn't have bedtimes.
Or "Don't punch your sister."
You wouldn't even have sisters.

If I were in charge of the world
A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable
All 007 movies would be G,
And a person who sometimes forgot to brush,
And sometimes forgot to flush,
Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.

Then write your own version using the template below.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015