Monday, October 6, 2014

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” ― Albert Einstein

History's Oldest Murder Mystery
"Otzi the Ice Man"

Welcome to another amazing week, Elders.  Get ready for some interesting activities, videos, readings, and  another daring QUEST -- Oh, and a BHT or two. It promises to be an activity-packed week so get ready to learn something AMAZING!


  • Tuesday:  Test on Prehistory reading assignments. (Remember last week?)
  • Thursday:October is the perfect time to pursue a great murder mystery. Based on what you learn in this WebQuest  you and your fellow classmates are going to embark on a fascinating study of the world's oldest mummy and the mysterious events leading up to his death. 

In Focus video about "The Iceman":


  • Monday:  pgs. 42-43
  • Tuesday:  pgs. 44-45
  • Wednesday:  pgs. 46-47
  • Thursday:  pgs. 48-49
  • Friday:  corrections and BHT


  • Monday: Create first draft of "Center Square" -- Recipe of a personal experience and the mood it evoked. Independent work: begin planning/writing your first Bingo choice for this month.
  • Tuesday: Share recipe with a classmate. Use feedback to revise your writing. Edit in preparation for putting in your Writer's Notebook.
  • Wednesday:  Plan what you wish your page to look like (illustrations, border) Transfer your recipe onto the left-hand page of your Writer's Notebook. (Print neatly!) Illustrate and turn in.
  • Thursday:  Finish up Book Projects that we didn't get to last week. We'll present in Reading class.
  • Friday: See below.

(Mood:  the feeling or "vibe" you get from literature, art, video, or music. It is closely linked with everyday feelings; does it make you feel  happy, light-hearted, carefree, peaceful, surprised, depressed, angry, fearful. . . ?  Mood can be created through such things as sound, lighting, movement, timing, setting, rhythm, contrast, conflict and more.) 

So let's talk about MOOD!  The perfect topic for October, right?  

Create a T-Chart and label the Left-hand column "Mary Poppins" and the second side, "Scary-Mary Poppins."  While you watch the first trailer, think of words that describe the mood.  

  1. Jot down the mood you think it is creating and provide specific examples/evidence that create it.  Look at the visuals and listen to the music.  Watch for colors, fonts, and the way the characters interact.
  2. Discuss it -- What is the general mood of the trailer? (Provide examples.)
Then watch the second video. (You may want to watch it more than once!)This is a video where someone took actual footage from Mary Poppins and added captions, scary music, and lighting effects to make a very creepy and haunting version of the once jolly world of Mary Poppins.
  1. Repeat the same process of describing the mood (visuals, music, colors, character interaction) and discuss it -- citing specific things that created the mood.
  2. Discuss it -- What is the general mood of this trailer?  (Provide examples.)
Assignment (Use QuEEC to answer first two questions; include T-Chart, and turn in!)
  • Why was it so easy to detect the mood in these two video clips?  What strategies did you use?
  • How do we figure out the mood of a story, book, or poem when there is no music, no characters to watch, no special lighting to see?
  • Complete a final draft of your T-Chart based on your notes and class discussions. 

Mary Poppins trailer @

Scary-Mary trailer@


  • Monday: pgs. 28, 29
  • Tuesday: pg. 13 & worksheet 1.6
  • Wednesday:  pgs. 30-31
  • Thursday: pg. 32 & 1.7
  • Friday:  Corrections & pg. 33


Correct Web Quests

2-Day Review:

Tectonic Plates, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes

According to theory of plate tectonics, Earth is an active planet — its surface is composed of many individual plates that move and interact, constantly changing and reshaping Earth's outer layer. Volcanoes and earthquakes both result from the movement of tectonic plates. In this interactive activity produced for Teachers' Domain with images from NASA, see the relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes and the boundaries of tectonic plates.

Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker

The theory of plate tectonics has come a long way since Alfred Wegener first proposed his theory of continental drift. Geologists now have strong evidence to show not only that tectonic plates have moved and are continuing to move, but also to describe what happens when they meet. This interactive activity adapted from A Science Odyssey Web site illustrates what happens at the three types of boundaries where plates meet.

Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory

Some of the most influential theories began as seemingly implausible notions. This is not to say that the scientific community embraces every new idea that comes along. Alfred Wegener, the scientist who first proposed the theory of continental drift, learned that the hard way. This video segment adapted from A Science Odyssey chronicles the unveiling of Wegener's theory and shows how compelling evidence is sometimes dismissed when it supports new or incomplete theories.

  1. Why was Wegener's original idea about continental drift referred to as intuition and not science?
  2. What did Wegener find that he believed was evidence to support his theory?
  3. Why didn't others think that his findings constituted evidence?

Plate Tectonics: Further Evidence

Early evidence showing striking similarities between regions on opposite sides of vast oceans suggested that in Earth's distant past what are now separate continents may once have been connected. However, this evidence said nothing about how the continents could have moved to their present positions. This video segment from adapted A Science Odyssey describes the search for evidence of a mechanism and forces that could propel tectonic plates across Earth's surface.

  Bill Nye Talks About Sea-Floor Spreading, Too. . .

Plate Tectonics: Lake Mead, Nevada

Contrary to what most geologists thought less than 100 years ago, we live on a dynamic planet. Earth's surface has changed in countless ways during the 4.6 billion years since it formed, and it continues to change today. This video segment adapted from Discovering Women looks at some of the geologic processes that have shaped the landscape near Lake Mead, Nevada, and suggests that these processes may be causing North America to slowly break apart.

  1. How did the new information about the ocean floor support Wegener's theory?
  2. How do the rocks at Lake Mead support the theory of plate tectonics?
  3. What other evidence would help convince you that the theory of plate tectonics was real?

Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries

Continents were once thought to be static — locked tight in their positions in Earth's crust. Similarities between distant coastlines, such as those on opposite sides of the Atlantic, were thought to be the work of a scientist's overactive imagination, or, if real, the result of erosion on a massive scale. This interactive activity adapted from NASA shows the position of Earth's continents on 11 massive tectonic plates and illustrates the motion of these plates relative to one another.

Which direction are the plates moving at the different types of boundaries? 
What geologic features can be seen at each boundary?

Plate Tectonics: The Hawaiian Archipelago

Given that all of the Hawaiian Islands were created by volcanic activity, it is somewhat surprising that only one of the islands possesses any active volcanoes. Why did the volcanoes that built the other islands stop erupting and why are those on the big island still active? This video segment adapted from NOVA describes the role of a relatively rare phenomenon, known as a hot spot, in the formation of these majestic islands.


We're being pretty MOOD-y this week! In this week's Readers' Workshop, we're going to discuss Setting & Mood.  Here's the website for "Setting & Mood" just in case you lose the paperwork I provide to you.  Questions are also written out for your convenience.  Please answer in complete sentences using QuEEC.  

Wonderful WebQuest from:
Wonderful Plate Tectonics information from:
Wonderful Bill Nye video