Sunday, May 31, 2015

EL DEAFO (Newbery Honor Book 2015) - BOOK TRAILER

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Open the above links and explore.

"With a commitment of $50 million over three years, Google is partnering with
MIT Media Lab, Chelsea Clinton, Mindy Kaling, CodecademyKhan Academy, the Girl Scouts, and other organizations to extend the program into schools and communities. Read more about the initiative here, and learn more about why coding is a big deal."
                                                                             The Kids Should See This website
1. Watch the above Erica Kochi video.  How is Kochi using computer code to make the world a better place?  
2. Open - "Why coding is a big deal" - Do you agree? Post your response.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds

Open the above link and watch the video.
Earlier in the year you wrote opinion pieces on bees and the use of neonicotinoids. I hope some of you are continuing to research and get updated information on the "plight of the bee".  Photographer Anand Varma worked with National Geographic and The University of California Davis' Bee Lab to raise bees in his backyard.  He created this interesting time lapse video which shows the first 21 days in the life of a bee.

Monday, May 18, 2015


How does this video connect to what you already know about the properties of air and

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Happy Mother's Day MOM!

Mock Trial

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Congratulations Katie!

Being in a Gifted Class: What Makes It Great!

Engineering & Design Activity Challenge

Your Task:
In your group -
1.  Design a boat that propels forward in water without being pushed or pulled.  (Your boat must travel a minimum of 20 cm.)  Make sure you label your design and include an explanation. (Point form is fine!)
2.  Do some research to see if your idea is plausible.
3.  Stick with your original idea/modify/or completely change your design.
4.  Assemble all materials and test your design.
Note:  Keep track of all your thoughts and ideas as you prepare your final design. I like to see your thinking! (Diagrams/pictures/words...)

Design Squad
Engineering For Kids
The Tech - Museum of Innovation

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Where in the World?

Eggstravaganza Presentations

Electricity - by Xavier & Noah

Digital/Photo Scavenger Hunt - Tuesday, May 5th 10:00 to 10:40

Don't forget to bring in your camera, iPad, or smartphone for our Photo Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday. The goals for this scavenger hunt are: to be active, think, and have fun!

"I myself truly believe that when used well, photo scavenger hunts can be an engaging way to get students out of their seats while providing opportunities for higher-order thinking."       
                                                     Richard Byrne - Edublogs

Something with parallel lines.                      Something that symbolizes peace.

Friday, May 1, 2015