Blog Awards 2014

Dear students,

Thursday, we will be voting on the Blog Awards for 2014! There are three categories:

PBA 2014

Professional Blog Award: This blog is zen, has beautiful images and text that is grammatically correct and the content reflects what the post is about. All posts are categorized. The widgets on the side bar are not distracting, but interesting and add to the blog.

Layout Award

Layout Award: This blog has beautiful images, all of the html has been fixed so that it fits within the theme. They have included all sorts of media, including embedded videos, images, and interactive pictures. The widgets on the sidebar are interesting but not distracting.

Content

Content Award: This blogger is a writing genius! The writing accurately describes what the post is about, is detailed, interesting, and grammatically correct.

Good luck!

Ms. Gabbert

 

A good reflective blog post

Dear friends,

I created this slide show in order to show parents and students what the fifth grade Cat Tien trip was like. I tried to include examples of what the rooms looked like, where we would eat our meals, and examples of the activities that we would do when we were there. I think my slide show did a pretty good job of showing what the facilities and activities were like.

If I were to do this blog post again, I would have students help create the presentation with their own pictures and schedules. I think this would allow parents and future students to see the trip from a student’s perspective, and that would be awesome.

We had tons of fun on the Cat Tien trip. We learned SO much about ecosystems and endangered species in Vietnam. I’m excited to go again next year.

Things I included:

  • What I did
  • What I would do differently if I did it again
  • What I enjoyed or was proud of.

Minecraft Math Challenge

Build a house in creative mode.

Make a house with wood blocks, stone blocks, and glass panes, and blocks of your choice.
Your house needs to be:

  • 1/3 stone blocks
  • 3/8 glass panes
  • 1/12 wood blocks
  • 5/24 blocks of your choice

Tell me how many total blocks you used to build your house. (Make a sign with this information)

Tell me how many of each block you used to make your house. Tell me the fraction (Make a sign of this in front of your house)

To present it, take screen shots of your house and the signs. Then, make a Google Presentation about what your project was and how you worked to solve it.

Your presentation will be assessed on creativity and accuracy.

Good Luck!

 

Scavenger Hunt Slide Show!

Congrats on finishing your ThingLink! Hopefully you’ve made it public and embedded it into your blog.

Now, you can begin your scavenger hunt presentation!

Here are the guidelines:

Make a slide for each scavenger hunt item. Then, make a small caption to describe why it meets the scavenger hunt description.

Here is a fantastic example of a slide show from Ms. Heather’s Class:

For some questions, there is more than one answer. For example, one question asks you about all the organisms around the big tree. Maybe put two organisms per slide to make sure your presentation stays ZEN.

When you finish, embed the presentation into your blog. Make sure you’ve shared it “public on the web.”

I can’t wait to see the presentations!

Ms. Gabbert

PS, if you can’t find pictures your group took, then use an example someone else found. Look through our SSIS Flickr Cat Tien Set to find a picture that meets the item. Be sure you can explain why it meets the question.

Ecosystems Challenge

An example of a community at SSIS (Children, grass, trees)

Today, you are nature show hosts who are going to teach people about the ecosystems, communities, and populations.

You will use iMovie and the iPads. You will work in pairs, selected by the teacher.

Here are the requirements:

  • No longer than 3:00 minutes long
  • Must define the words ecosystem, community, and population
  • Must show examples from the SSIS playground area

Remember, you are the hosts! Try to get your audience excited about the diverse wildlife at SSIS!

 

Motion and Design Reflection

Dear Friends,

Our Motion and Design unit has come to an end. I’d like you to think back on all the work you did this semester. Answer the questions in a blog post and use pictures to help answer each question.

First, tell your readers what you did during the unit. What was the motion and design unit? What did you learn about?

Then, answer these questions:

  1. What was your favorite car to build? Why?
  2. Which car seemed to have the most kinetic energy? How do you know?
  3. What were you most proud of from this unit?
  4. If you could do anything again, what would you do?
  5. Share with us a video you made or was taken of you during this unit.

Make sure to include at least 5+ pictures in your post from Flickr.

I am looking forward to reading these posts!

Ms. Gabbert

Manga High

Dear friends,

Today, our free trial of Manga High ends. That means, after today, we will no longer have our Manga High accounts unless we buy a subscription.

Mr. Sullivan has asked the fifth grade teachers whether we think we should buy accounts for the students. What do you think?

Please write a persuasive blog post about whether or not SSIS should spend money to buy Manga High accounts for fifth graders.

  • If you think yes, give reasons and evidence why it’s good for us to have in class.
  • If you think no, give reasons why you think we don’t need to buy the accounts.

Remember, your audience is Mr. Sullivan, and possibly Mr. Woodford.

Good luck!

Ms. Gabbert