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Bullying Counselors

You were asked to consult with the school in Shredderman about how to solve these problems.  Post what you suggest below.

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Post Three: A Good Idea?

To be completed after you have read chapters 6, 7, and 8

Early on in the book, Nolan comes up with a plan on secretly videotaping Bubba in action.  He then creates a web site and lots of links to “give Bubba Bixby a little trouble.”  Knowing what you do about Digital Citizenship, do you think Nolan should be posting all of the links like “Bubba Caught in the Act” and “Bubba’s Big Butt”?  What is the difference between standing up for yourself and exacting revenge?  Do you think Nolan is correct by doing this to Bubba?

Cloud Catchers

Take a look outside — what’s the sky look like today?  Clouds can help us predict what type of weather we will be experiencing.  On a hot summer day, you might to start to see big puffy clouds extending high up into the sky.  If you see those, you might need to keep an eye on the sky as they are cumulonimbus clouds, that often mean a thunderstorm is developing.   Or maybe, you see wispy looking clouds, like the swish of a paint brush high in the sky.   These cirrus clouds usually indicate nice weather.

For this blog post, you are to dig deeper into what are clouds. how are clouds grouped according to heights that they are found at and special types of clouds.  Use the following websites to do some exploring. (these are also posted on our Curriculum Links page)

Weather Wiz for Kids

Web Weather for Kids (some cool cloud games here)

After you have explored these sites, you are to select five of the 14 different types of clouds listed on the Weather Wiz site and write a fantasy story about your trip to the clouds.  Make sure you use great descriptive words (adjectives and power verbs) to describe what you see at each stop.  You need to make sure you use the name of the cloud, at what height it is found,  a description of the cloud and what type of weather that it indicates.  Please check your spelling, grammar, capitialization and punctuation.  Coach is looking for great writers and editors in this piece!

This post is due on Thursday.

My Life as a Water Drop

This week, your job is to become a water drop and travel throughout the Water Cycle.

Your first job is to go on the following three websites and explore.

1.  USGS Water Drop Through the Water Cycle

2.  EPA Interactive Water Cycle

3.  Scholastic Water Cycle:  watch the video and do the vocabulary section

Take a look at this diagram: (you can click on it to make it larger).

For Thursday, you need to write a creative story about your life as a water drop.  You need to include the following terms in your story:  evaporation, condensation, precipitation, groundwater storage, transpiration.  Make sure you accurately describe what each of these terms are.  Be creative and have fun!  On Thursday in school, you will have an opportunity to create either a picture book or some other type of product about your “life as a water drop.”

A Confucian School

“Study hard and never feel contented, and never be tired of teaching others.”

“I was not born with knowledge, but being fond of studying about history, I was eager to seek it through diligence.”

“To be fond of knowledge is better than to merely acquire it; to take delight in it is still better than merely to be fond of it.”

“If others succeed by making one ounce of effort, I will make 100 times as much effort.”

“Young people have great potential for achievements.  Who can say that they will not be our equals in the future?”


Imagine that you have the opportunity to create a school based on the words of Confucius.  Based on his words, answer the following questions about your school: (make sure you use complete sentences!)

  1. What is the relationship between between students and teachers, teachers and principal?  What do the students wear to school?
  2. What is the school’s mission?  Design a logo to hand in on Friday and a statement signifying the school’s core values.
  3. What are the 6 most important rules?  Tell why you chose each rule.
  4. How will the school be designed physically?   Please draw a floor plan and bring that to school on Friday as well.  What subjects will be offered and why?

This blog entry will be due on Friday, January 28th.

Under Pressure

This week, you will have the opportunity to learn all about air pressure.  At home, you will be doing some reading about air pressure as well as conducting some experiments.  Here’s the list of activities for you to do to learn all about pressure:

1.  Go on to the National Weather Service Jet Stream On-Line Weather for School site.  Read the entire site and then select two out of the first four “Learning Lessons” to do.  Keep notes on what you find out.

2.  Go onto Weather.com and click on maps and a current weather map.  Take a look at the fronts and the high and low pressure areas.  What types of weather is currently taking place around those fronts?  Write down your thoughts on your notes sheet.

3.  Go onto Weatherbug Achieve.

  • Enter the classroom
  • Enter your zip code:  01742 (submit)
  • Select your school name Alcott (submit)
  • Select your grade:  4 (submit)
  • Click on Exploration Zone (in the left column)
  • Select Measuring and Forecasting Weather, Grades 4, 5
  • Select the Air Pressure interactive lesson.

4.  Now for some tasty fun!

You are receiving two marshmallows to take home to experiment with.  Please follow the below instructions:

1)  Cut one of the marshmallows in half and write observations on your note sheet about the inside of the marshmallow.

2)  Write a hypothesis for what you think will happen when you heat up the marshmallow in a microwave oven.  Remember that your hypothesis should include what you think will happen and why you think that.

3)  Place the whole marshmallow on a MICROWAVE SAFE PLATE.

4)  Place the plate in the microwave oven with ADULT SUPERVISION.

5) Heat at MEDIUM for 45 seconds, watching the marshmallow as it heats.

6)  Write down observations on your notes sheet.

7)  Now take the marshmallow out of the oven being very careful not to burn yourself, the marshmallow will be very hot.

8)  Discuss your results on your notes sheet.  Why do you think this happened to the marshmallow?

9)  Eat and enjoy both marshmallows!

5.  By Friday, you will need to respond to the following questions on the blog:

a.  What is air pressure?  Describe how air pressure works.  What did you specifically learn by doing some of the experiments?

b.  What are high and low pressure areas?  What types of weather are they associated with?

c.  How is air pressure measured?  What can you tell from these readings?

Blanding’s Turtles — How Can We Get Them Off of the Threatened Species List?

We’ve had Yertle and Bowser in our room over the past few months.  You’ve all enjoyed watching them grow and interact with one another.  We know they are getting larger and longer every week and are eating more and more.

But not all Blanding’s turtles are as lucky.  Please skim through these articles to find out why Blanding’s turtles are threatened.  Then answer the following questions for Friday:

1.  What are the major threats to the Blanding’s turtles?

2.  What do you think can be done to get the Blanding’s turtle off the Threatened Species list?

Blanding’s Turtles Trek for Life

Head Start for Turtles

Illinois Turtles Race Against Extinction

Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

Conservation of Endangered Species in Canada:  Blanding’s Turtle Endangered Species Profile – Nature Canada