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What causes the seasons on Earth?

February 4, 2011 · Comments Off on What causes the seasons on Earth?

We have four seasons because our planet is tilted at an angle. The season depends on whether we are tilted toward or away from the Sun. (Seasons have nothing to do with how close Earth is to the Sun. During summer, Earth is not closer to the Sun. In fact, it is farther away.)

Read more here: http://www.knowmag.ca/knowitalls/index.php?id=3

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Sun, Moon, & Earth

January 21, 2011 · Comments Off on Sun, Moon, & Earth

from World Book Online

Where in the universe are we? We began an exploration of sun, moon, and earth using World Book Online and recording information on our wiki pages. As we move through the unit, there are many questions we hope to answer through our research.

Here are some of the questions:

  • How often does earth revolve around the sun?
  • How is a year on earth calculated?
  • How often does earth rotate on its axis?
  • How is the length of a day on earth determined?
  • Why do we have day and night, sunrise and sunset?
  • What causes the seasons on Earth?
  • Why does the shape of the moon change when we look at it from the Earth?
  • What are the phases of the moon?
  • What causes a solar eclipse?
  • What causes a lunar eclipse?

and the big ideas!

  • Is the earth the only planet capable of supporting life?
  • How are the sun, moon, and Earth related to support life?


3.3.3.B1:Relate the rotation of the earth and day/night, to the apparent movement of the sun, moon, and stars across the sky.

Describe the changes that occur in the observable shape of the moon over the course of a month.

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Verb Poem

January 14, 2011 · 3 Comments

click, type, surf
watch, read, think
Computers are fun!

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Fun with Poetry

January 14, 2011 · Comments Off on Fun with Poetry

Did you know that a poem can tell a story? Today we will learn more about a part of speech called Verbs (Standard 1.5.3.D). A verb expresses action. After watching a video about verbs and brainstorming some verbs, we will each create a verb poem using a neat poetry buildings website! This activity should be a lot of fun since you get to select your very own topic.

Click here for the website.

Scroll down on the left and look for verb verse.

Once your poem is complete, copy the text and then paste it into a new blog post on your blog.

Category: Writing

Tags: poetry or poem (or both), verbs, 1.3.3.B, 1.5.3.D as tags

Standard: 1.3.3.BSubject Area: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening -Recognize and identify different types of genres such as poetry, drama, and fiction

Standard: 1.5.3.DSubject Area: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and ListeningWrite, developing an awareness of style, using a variety of sentence structures, adjectives, precise nouns, and action verbs.

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Story Mapping

January 6, 2011 · Comments Off on Story Mapping

Today we will complete work on our story map and share the map on the blog site. Once we have a picture of the story map posted to the blog, we will write 1-3 sentences explaining how working with the story map helped to make writing a story easier. Then we will write the story!

Directions: Open your story map in Kidspiration. Then click File>Export. When the box pops up choose jpeg and then click the Save button.

Make sure you save the picture into YOUR files. We will be looking for it later!

We will tag this post with Standard 1.5.3.A and  1.5.3.B. Both of these standards are under the topic Quality of Writing. Hmmm, maybe that is helpful to think about when you write how the story map helped you plan to write a story.

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What’s Your Story?

December 8, 2010 · Comments Off on What’s Your Story?

Awhile ago, we worked on writing a story on our blogs. It’s time to get back to that activity! To get going again, we will map out our story ahead of time using a graphic organizer and the Kidspiration program. 

Directions: Click here to download the template and we will get started. Choose Save from the pop up box and save the file to your files. Then we will open the file with Kidspiration.

Once we have the organizer filled in, we will get continue the story writing! The standard (tag) for today’s work is: 1.4.3.A- which means you Write poems and stories.

Another fun site to work on story writing is StoryJumper!

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Our Veteran’s Day Wordles

November 17, 2010 · Comments Off on Our Veteran’s Day Wordles

We are so thankful and appreciative of those who have fought for our freedom and to those that continue the fights to keep us safe! Click here to see our posters!

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November 17, 2010 · Comments Off on Standards!

What is a Standard? Why do we need Standards?

Standards provide clear statements about what students should know and be able to do.

We will be adding standards as tags for our future blog posts. For today we will learn what standards apply to the posts we have already done and then add them as tags using Quick Edit from the dashboard.

  • Health – Body Systems (10.1.3.B: Identify and know the location and function of the major body organs and systems)
  • Story Structure – (1.4.3.A: Write poems and stories.)

Why do you think Standards are important?!

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Veteran’s Made a Difference!

November 11, 2010 · Comments Off on Veteran’s Made a Difference!

November 11th is a special day in the United States! While watching the video about Veteran’s Day, pay attention for some words that describe veterans and what they mean for us today.

We will brainstorm a list and use those words to create posters using Wordle.

Learn more about Wordle on the Activity Links page of the wiki.

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Story Starting!

November 3, 2010 · Comments Off on Story Starting!

We will be using the blog to write a group story. Each person will write their own part and we will link the parts together into a click-able story. We need to identify the story structure to get started!




The story make take twists and turns and even have the chance to choose your own ending! What an adventure this will be!

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