Monday, April 25, 2016

Enrichment: Landforms

Go to Google Earth or Google Earth Satellite.  We may have to play around with the settings depending on the computer.  Find the McMurdo Station in Antarctica.  Take a screenshot of what you find and then place it on the blog!  For example, this is the picture that I took of the McMurdo Station.

Then find one more landform from this list: mountains, plains, plateaus, mesas, buttes deserts, deltas, islands, peninsulas, basins, canyons, valleys, bays, streams, gulfs, straits, canals, seas, boundaries, cities, highways, roads, and railroads.

For example, I googled canyons, then found  this link and then found this picture of a canyon.

See what you can see/find!  Good luck - write about what you find.  See you at the edge!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Missing Alex While She is in Europe...

Alex is in Europe for the next 2 weeks.  She is writing to us through a google slides journal - pictures, details, questions - awesome! We enjoy reading about her travels, learning about the things that she is learning and seeing her having a great time with her family.

Here is a place for her peers to write.  Alex wants to know what is going on during the day, she doesn't want to miss out on anything.  What can you share with her?  You know that she loves details.  Please keep her up to date with our class.

When you write, please include the date and only your first name!  See you at the edge!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Social Studies Writing: Create Your Own Product

Pretend you are like Willy Wonka - the inventor of many delicious chocolate creations or Evan from Lemonade Wars.  They are producers.  These type of people create new products to help increase the economy as well as employee people in order to increase the standard of living.

Your job, if you choose to accept it, is to create a product to sell.  Be sure to set your price and then persuade Mrs. Belinda to buy your product.  Remember that Mrs Belinda likes vocabulary (especially vocabulary from the Economics Task Cards).  The better the vocabulary the more likely she will be to purchase your product.

Write your persuasive essay on Google Docs.  You may include pictures.  You may use your imagination.  You must have at least 3 paragraphs.  Remember that your customer is Mrs. Belinda.  See you at the edge.

Enrichment: Natural Resources

Natural resources are things from the environment that are useful to people.  Renewable resources can be replaced in a short period of time.  Enjoy reading the acrostics that the 3rd graders created using the letters to describe the word RENEWABLE.

See you at the edge! 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Social Studies: Bean, Egg, or Carrot - You Decide!

John F. Kennedy
by Amanda Perkins

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, MA. He had 8 brothers and sisters. His nickname was Jack.  John was sick as a child. When John was 3 years old, the family moved to a new home. John’s father, Joseph, was a good father. Joseph was a businessman. He fought discrimination because he was Irish Catholic. John’s great-grandfather came to the United States from Ireland. John’s grandfathers had both been politicians..

The family lived a happy life. They had a vacation home in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. John’s family had a nanny to help care for the nine children. John went to Choate, a school for boys. In 1936, John graduated from Choate. He went on to Harvard University. John graduated from Harvard in 1940. After college, he joined the Navy. He fought in World War II.

After returning from war, John’s dad pushed him to run for Congress. He won in 1946. John served a 6 year term in the House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate. As a senator, he married Jacqueline Bouvier. Soon, the couple had a little baby girl, Caroline.

John decided to run for president. At the age of 43, John became the youngest president ever elected on November 8, 1960. He was first Catholic president. John and Jacqueline’s second child was born right before the inauguration.

On January 20, 1961, John became the 35th president. In his speech he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” During his presidency he started the Peace Corps, helped to fund a mission to the moon, and worked to end racial segregation.

President Kennedy worked with Dr. Martin Luther King to help end segregation. On June 11, 1963, Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights bill to Congress. He stated that, “One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free.” Sadly, President Kennedy was shot and killed on November 21,1963 while riding in a parade in Dallas, TX. 

In life, people choose to be a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean.  A carrot seems strong but then falls apart after being boiled.  An egg starts with a moldable center but changes and hardens in the heat of the action.  A coffee bean actually changes in hot water.  When the water gets hot, the coffee bean releases the fragrance and flavor.  The coffee bean, when things are the toughest, makes things better and changes the situation.  

Your mission, if you chose to accept it, is to write an opinion paragraph about and illustrate the following prompt.  In your opinion, was President Kennedy a coffee bean, an egg or a carrot?  Push yourself to the edge!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Enrichment: Our Solar System

Explore  Answer the question: How is the Earth unlike every other planet in the Solar System? A sentence like 'Earth has people on it and other planets don't.' is not acceptable.  Please provide at least 5 facts from the website and write at least 3 paragraphs.  Enjoy learning.  See you at the edge!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Enrichment: Narrative Prompt, January 2016

Please add your narrative below so that we can enjoy your creativity and great writing skills!  We can't wait to see your imagination on the blog.  See you at the edge!