Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time-Lapse Earth homage

With footage taken from the International Space Station, NASA fan Bruce W Berry Jr cleaned up and created this Time-Lapse | Earth homage. The location views are listed in order:
1. A Jump over the Terminator
2. Sarychev Volcano
3. From Turkey to Iran*
4. Hurricane Irene Hits the US
5. Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola*
6. Central Great Plains at Night*
7. Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean*
8. Aurora Borealis from Central U.S.*
9. Up the East Coast of North America*
10. Myanmar to Malaysia*
11. Western Europe to Central India
12. Middle East to the South Pacific Ocean
13. Aurora Borealis over Europe*
14. City Lights over Middle East*
15. European City Lights*
16. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
17. Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S.*
18. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (1)
19. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (2)
20. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (3)
21. Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic*
22. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (1)
23. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (2)
Footage Note: The slower video represents a closer resemblance to the true speed of the International Space Station; this footage was shot at one frame per second. Clips are all marked with an *.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Victoria Day!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mock Trial Preparation

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Where In The World....due Fri., May 15th

The rock cave at Massabielle, in Lourdes.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hansel & Gretel - On Trial

Open the above links and watch the movie trailer and a full version of the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel.  In the Mock Trial Hansel and Gretel are charged with a number of offences.  What do you think they might be charged with?  

Inherit the Wind - Defence Lawyer

Who is the lawyer defending? What is the name of the famous lawyer the actor is playing? What is the gist of the lawyer's statements? Post your response.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Our Gifted Class by Mackenzie & Katherine

Ustream Preparation - Remember the Tree Octopus.......

In preparation for the Ustream discussion on water bottles (by St. Raphael's gr. 6 class) on Wednesday please review the link to the current Health Canada page about bottled water.  
Please pay particular attention to the scientific research on  bisphenol A (BPA), which is the subject of ongoing studies and is not present in the small water bottles that are used every day by so many people.  
See the link re. BPA from the Office of Science and Society of McGill University:


"In this article, Dr. Joe Schwartz helps to clear up the fog surrounding BPA. Dr. Schwartz notably points out that while science does not support fears in the popular press about BPA in everyday water bottles, he does believe that plastic water bottles should be “shunned” for other reasons."
                                                                                Joanne Marentette, PhD (Chemistry)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

                                  USTREAM Activity

On Wednesday, May 7th we will be posting questions for a USTREAM by St. Raphael's gr. 6 class.  Their discussion focuses on Global Awareness and "The World's Fresh Water Crisis and the Problem of Water Bottles". Open the link below to join the discussion on Wednesday.
             Circle of Respect # 5
 Topic:  The Fresh Water Crisis 

 1. After watching the videos, which video do you think appears to be more believable
2. After looking at the web site for charity water.org and the links listed relating to the second video, which video do you now think is more based on scientific research 
We talked briefly about the tree octopus and how important it is to verify information. Let's make sure we have some good questions ready for Wednesday (backed up with scientifically sound research).

Where is Sidi now? Update on Catherine Porter's Column - Apr. 26th, 2014

Open the above link and learn about recent events in Sidi's life.

Sidi, in the dark shirt, claps during a performance at a one-day festival in Dakar for talib├ęs — students at unregulated schools who must beg on the streets each day. Sidi doesn't go to school at all. He begs for his family.
We read about Sidi in an earlier column by Catherine Porter, a Toronto Star columnist living with her family in Senegal. Students met in groups and came up with fund raising activities to help send Sidi to school. 

Literature Circle Response - Due Thurs., May 15th

 Mind Muser Your task is to imagine you have the ability to appear as a character in your book. For example, you might be Kino’s brother from The Pearl, charged with helping Kino make it to the city to sell his treasure. Or maybe you’re Juliet’s sister from Romeo & Juliet, providing her with advice and solace. The idea for this activity is to allow yourself to get lost and absorbed in the world of your story and interact with its characters. You will appear as yourself, yet will be linked to a character(s) in a manner in which you see fit. You may also acquire skills or abilities based on the events in the text.

Task: Write a creative vignette (a short, descriptive literary text) using present-action language, engaging description, and lively dialogue where you’re experiencing the events of the reading alongside a character or characters. Flex your creative muscle and have fun. Your literary sketch should be at least 150 words.
(Post your response on Writer's Forum and add a graphic.)

Thursday, May 1, 2014