Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day

Describe Your Mom  
Students designed their cards and wrapped the nasturtium plants.
Seeds of Love, wrapped Nasturtium plants
For Mom, pkg contained 3 seeds to grow .
Creative Mother's Day Cards
Seeds for other members of your family
My mother Mae Leask

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weekly Achieve Article: "Getting Ready for Earthquakes". Define the following terms.
Complete the Three Column Notes: Vocabulary
What is detect?
What is an earthquake? 
What is tectonic plates?
Write the Definition and give examples. This will build background knowledge of what is an earthquake prior to reading the article.

Reading Text with Answers

Monday, April 25, 2016

Line Drawing

Students were Map testing this week and we used this time to try line drawing. These skills be used when making props for their story.

Studentartguide line-drawings

H H stands for “hardness”.
B  B stands for “blackness”.
     F stands for “fine or finest”.

Student's are using different line techniques.
  • Light Source
  • Cross Hatching
  • Short dashes

Check out Uranus rings, photo from Hubble

Check out the Interactive Isometric Grid to build cubes 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Stories From Around the World

Posted March 12, 2016 @9:20 PM
Saint George Pdf
Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch. 

Saint George and the Dragon took students back to the Medieval Period. Where dragons and knights fought, and Royalty lived in castles.

First, students made puppets (characters) for their Dragon Story. A knight, princess, castle, and dragon.
First students built Armor, Shields, Knights, and castles.
Then they used Google Docs independently or with a partner. (Sharing in GoogleDocs)

Then, they wrote a Midieval story using some of the characters in the book. They had several writing choices: Use Google Docs, Note cards, or Microsoft Word. 

In the days when monsters and giants and fairy folk lived in England.
Lights . . . Action

Rehearsal Puppet Play

First Run of the Play

Castle as backdrop Castle Template
Puppet Making adding loops Make Shadow Puppets Video 2:11-3:28 portion of video

First Run Scripts: Alfred & Trenton 
Foreshadowing 16:

Some examples include:
1. Dreams
2. Warnings/Curses
3. Confidence
4. Abundant Attention
5. Static characters
6. Prophets, mentors, oracles
Form to Document Your Story
Note: Document your foreshadowing

Students listened to Cowardly Clyde . . . and added

Then wrote a cummulative story. They took turns adding to the story.
World of Tales
Knight and Princess

Another version of Saint George and the Dragon Saint George and the Dragon
Four Dragons a Chinese Tale
Once upon a time, there were no rivers and lakes on earth.

Chinese Book List and Resources
Lon PoPo A Chinese Folk Tale is similar to Little Red Riding Hood
You listened to the story, now visit this site. Abundance of Resources for Lonpopo
  1. Try the LonPopo Hangman Game _____
  2. LonPoPo Quiz _____
  3. LonPoPo Word Search _____
  4.  Now, how a wolf communicates _____
Lon Po Po pdf

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The River_Gary Paulsen

A reading group selected The River by Gary Paulsen from titles like, They Cage Animals at Night, and other Paulsen books. Previously, they read Wood Song by Gary Paulsen. While in 5th grade students had heard the book Hatchet as a read aloud.
The reason for selecting this book was since it was about survival and the outdoors.

Planning his trip using Google Maps

The River Summary & Study Guide
 Check out, Novels+of+Gary+Paulsen Lessons p 1-64

Comprehension Questions for chapters 1-6
1. Who are the three men who visit Brian? Why do they want him to return to the wilderness?

2. In what ways has Brian changed as a result of his experience in the wilderness? 
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Chapter  4 Analyze the difference in the previous books by Gary Paulsen. Survival, how is it represented in Brian's Winter and Hatchet?

Chapter 5 
Brain said, "We're not going to unload." Derek replied, "What are you talking about?" 
Record the story up to chapter 5 Novels+of+Gary+Paulsen.pdf
Chapter 6 Brain had allowed them to have almost no survival gear.
Chapter 7 The Rain, Brian thought"even my soul is wet" "You have to tell me everything, externalize it all for me, so I can write it."shared Derek.
Chapter 8 "If you run into a bear don't look into it's eyes."
Read the responses too,  Alaska professor in intensive care after bear attack

Read chapter 9-12
In the book The River,  the author states, "All Wrong." What does he mean?
6) Why does Brian reach the conclusion that survival cannot be taught and the experiment wasn't working?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Seed Science

What is inside a seed?
Students will be dissecting two seeds and comparing /contrasting them.
Peanuts, they will be drawing the two halves and labeling them.
(Pre-soak the lima beans overnight)
Then they will dissect a lima bean and label the parts.
  • seed coat: the protective covering that surrounds the seed
  • embryo: baby plant
  • food supply (cotyledon): the material that feeds the baby plant
Seed Parts


Can you name some seeds that we eat?

Next, check on your plants