Sunday, April 24, 2016

"The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth." ~Marlee Matlin

“We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.  At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 
Henry David Thoreau

April 22, 2016


Tuesday:  Lesson 6:  Solar and Lunar Eclipses.  Prezis, videos, notes and information. . . COOL STUFF!

Last year something cool happened:
On March 20, 2015, people from all over the world flocked to Svalbard, Norway, an archipelago about 500 miles north of the mainland, and the remote Faroe Islands, about 186 miles north of Scotland and 370 miles west of Norway, to witness something extraordinary -- a "supermoon total eclipse," which coincided with the spring equinox -- a rare occurrence that wouldn't happen again until 2034. 
Want to see??
Before viewing the video below, read this 
 so that you'll know a few things to look for: 
  1. As the moon's irregular shape nearly covers the sun, look for something called the "The 'Baily's Beads Effect' at positions of around 9 and 11 o'clock. These look like dots of light around the disc of the moon's shadow.  They are simply  "beads" of brilliant sunlight shining through in some places and not in others
A really spectacular visual phenomenon that occurs during a total solar eclipse is called "The 'Diamond Ring Effect'.  It's part of Baily's Beads. When only one “bead” is visible, you'll briefly see something that resembles a diamond ring. This is caused by the sun's corona layer (creating the ring part) and a dazzling dot of its photoshpere shining at the edge.

Now, this will amaze you! Out of the total blackness of the eclipse, the sun's Corona -- the outer atmosphere of the Sun -- will become visible. Normally we can't  see the corona because of the brilliance of the sun. A total eclipse, when the moon's shadow completely covers the sun's surface, provides us with a brief, rare glimpse of the solar atmosphere.  Watch for an amazing display once the eclipse is total (around 1.24).

Now that you know what to look for,
Be Ready to be Amazed!

Wednesday:  Lesson 7: Galaxies, Other Objects, and the Universe notetaking activity.

Thursday:  Bill Nye: Video & Worksheet:


Friday:  TBA

For this week: tying up loose ends from last week.  
(Go back for directions if you didn't finish.)
  1. How Athens Got Its Name summary/art project
  2. How Rome Got Its Name summary/art project
Have you completed? (Just asking. . .)
  1. Greek Alphabet chart
  2. Roman Numerals chart

Once that is done, on to your very own Roman Mosaic!

Great Links:

Make a Marvelous Mosaic directions 
Printable Mosaics to color
Design a Mosaic Online 
Make Your Own Mosaic Pattern

Ancient Greece--Ancient Olympics  -- Quiz and word search--show me for credit
Greek Myths and Legends Podcasts

Language Arts

Little bits of me that escape to my page. . .

Monday: You received a particularly awesome packet today with everything you need to know and do for this Exhibition Project. This is an important part of this trimester's grade, so be your amazingly creative selves and do your best work!
Today's assignment:  Vocabulary (14 words, typed and tidy!)

Tuesday:  Find a poem to analyze. (Search through my books or some from home.)
You will need to find a poem to recite to the class.  Choose wisely and practice, practice, practice.  You will be assessed on your presentation.

Wednesday:  Type and illustrate the poem you chose to analyze.  Using the template I provide, write your [brief] analysis of this poem. It will all become page 2 in your book.

Thursday: Complete poem analysis & illustration and turn in.

Friday: First poem! TBA 

Monday:  8.5 (Review) Model and Solve Multiplication Equations.  Practice and Homework, pgs.449-450
Essential Question:  How can you use models to solve multipliction equations?


8.6 Solve Multiplication and Division Equations.  Share & Show, pg. 453. Practice & Homework, pgs. 455-456.
Essential Question:  How do you solve multiplication and Division Equations?
Monday, Review 8.5

Monday 8.6

Tuesday:  8.7  Problem-Solving * Equations with Fractions.  Share & Show, pgs. 459-460.  Practice & Homework, pgs. 461-462.
Essential Question:  How can you use the strategy solve a simpler problem to solve equations using fractions?

Tuesday 8.7

A little more help. . .

Wednesday:  Mid-Chapter Checkpoint, pgs. 463-464  Correct & fix.

Thursday:  8.8  Solutions of Inequalities.  Share & Show, pgs. 467-468.  Practice & Homework, pgs. 469-470.
Essential Question:  How do you determine if a number is a solution or an inequality?
Thursday 8.8

Friday:  TBA

Lesson 12
Test Friday!


Monday: Hope your book is done.  This is the month we write a formal Response to Literature

Tuesday: Using the template for the Response to Literature provided, begin your draft.

Wednesday: Work on your Response to Literature  (Remember those direct quotes!)

Thursday: Begin typing your Response to Literature

Friday: Edit and revise your Response to Literature

The beauty of nature watercolor    Earth Day  Science gif   S.S. banner  boy creating mosaic image   Mosaic image   Dancing Penguin gif   Poetry gif  Math gif  response to lit. gif  typing computer gif  spelling gif  awesome sign