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  2. Opinion
  3. Fact
  4. Opinion
  5. Fact
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  8. Fact
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  10. Opinion
Here are some observations from your Forms.
 
  1. Many found flower examples of all colors (pink, lavender, yellow, white, red).  A few only found one color; I'm guessing they were in a small area?
  2. Trumpet-shaped flowers were toughest for most.  Think lilies or fuschias?  There is actually a plant called Angel's Trumpets, which really looks like a trumpet!
  3. Furry and fuzzy or waxy leaves were toughest.  Waxy - think ice plant, certain ivy, succulents (native plants).  The waxiness helps keep water in, so these plants do well in areas with little rain.  Fuzzy - find a geranium.
  4. Glad most of you were able to find pollen.  I hope you watched the video on pine cones, since many of you had difficulty finding male and female cones.  Needles, too.  When you have a chance to do so safely, take a walk to VG.
  5. Very few found a jacaranda tree, but I bet you can find one now.  They're in bloom, and I saw several just starting when I drove down Golden Meadow earlier this week.  Look for tall trees with small lavender flowers shaped like, ummm, trumpets!  If you walk under one, you'll find the flowers all around your feet, too.  They blow off the trees easily.
  6. Spores was also a tough find.  I hope you watched my recording on spores.
  7. Almost everyone found roses and fruit trees.
  8. If you completed the Form, you received full credit, regardless of what you found.
  1. I'll post the Fact and Opinion answers so that you can correct yesterday's assignment.
  2. Next week, I don't plan to post anything on Edlio, as it's the last week of school. Typically, the last week is reserved for spending time with your friends, clearing your possessions, returning borrowed items, and getting ready for summer.  I might see you on Monday, when you return those items, and I hope to see you on Thursday, when you drive through the parking lot to celebrate your transition to middle school.  
  3. I hope that you'll use part of your summer to focus on science.  Read books, investigate some of the websites I've posted or you've found, maybe do some experiments.  When the different museums and centers open, please take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities Los Angeles has to learn about science firsthand.  The more you do all of this, the easier science in school becomes and the more prepared you will be for middle school.
  4. Today's "thank you" is Inuktitut - nakurmiik.
  1. C, Georgia
  2. A, Texas
  3. True
  4. Midwest and California
    1. Since the problem asked for a description, I gave partial credit to those just listing the states.  I gave full credit if the description you used made it clear that you were looking at the Midwest.  That's the name of the region.  Think social studies lessons!
  5. California has lost 75% of its wetlands.
    1. Your state is California.  Don't think social studies project in this case!
    2. The question asked for percentage, so I did not accept "very high" or other descriptive words.
    3. You were supposed to explain surprise or lack of surprise.  This answer can vary, but you should have shown some understanding of the reason for the loss of wetlands, which is development of cities and towns.  Del Amo shopping center?  Used to be wetlands. 
  6. Speaking of Del Amo, here's the website for Madrona Marsh, the remnants of what used to be.  https://friendsofmadronamarsh.com/
  1. I made good progress on report cards yesterday.  I'll check emails after posting on all 4 pages.  If any issues arose regarding science assignments that everyone needs to know, I'll post information later.
  2. I will post answers to today's assignment tomorrow, so that you can correct your work.  Answers to Vanishing Wetlands will be posted today.  I graded that earlier in the week.  Please review your answers and email me if you have questions.
  3. Today's "thank you" is Mohawk - Nia:wen.
  4. Interesting information for summer.  I haven't researched the actual activities, since we have Super Science magazine, but Monterey Bay is one of the best aquariums for research and knowledge.  https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/for-educators/learning-at-home
  1. I've posted scores for the rest of the Microsoft Forms assigned in science and commented on a few in the post below.  
  2. Tomorrow is my other report card day, so I will not be posting on Edlio or checking emails.  I don't anticipate issues with tomorrow's assignment, but if your internet or computer should cause problems, you can do the assignment on Thursday.
  3. Today's "thank you" is in Navajo - ahehee.
I've posted the scores for Grand Canyon, Shoo, Sharks, and Cyberbullying. 
  • I was surprised by some low scores on the Grand Canyon form.  I'm not sure if some people simply hurried through the form or the article (some of you only took a few minutes to complete the form), or if people forgot to actually read the article before taking the Form.  Please check your score.  If you received 5 or less, you should definitely read the article again and find the correct answers.
  • Most did much better on the Sharks Form.
  • Cyberbullying Form:  #2:   This is not cyberbullying, but it is mean.  Eric is texting privately and it's one time.  If it were to continue or be posted on social media, it becomes bullying.  Posting mean things on social media is often a way of embarrassing someone.  What Eric did is still mean, though, so it would be okay to tell him so and make it clear that it should not happen again.  
It's been a long, emotional weekend, brought on by a horrific event that won't and shouldn't leave my brain.  If you and your loving adults have also been witness to the news, I hope that you have had the opportunity to talk and ask questions.  I also hope you have been able to focus on the reason for the protests with empathy.  I wish I knew what else to say.  
  1. I've posted this week's lesson plans to the right.  The links you need are on the plans, but I'll also post them underneath the plans, if that's easier for you.
  2. Today's "thank you" is in Swahili, the official language of Kenya and Tanzania.  Asante.
  3. Books have always been an important part of my life, and they sometimes act as a security blanket for me.  So, when I'm upset or feeling insecure or discouraged, I turn to books.  Last night, I searched for book ideas to help children develop empathy towards people who experience police brutality.  Here's a link to a book list.  I've read Ghost Boys, and I highly recommend it to 5th and 6th graders, although you 4th graders might wait a few months?  I've ordered A Good Kind of Trouble for the classroom, but it doesn't come out in paperback until later this month. https://feministbooksforkids.com/police-brutality-books/
  1. The Microsoft Form for the Grand Canyon article is posted to the right, at the top of the column.  
  2. Did you remember to have BrainPop send me your Salt score yesterday?
  3. I wasn't able to post anything about the Plant Scavenger Hunt yesterday, as I had one short meeting and one long meeting.  I'll do this today.
  4. I did get about half way through grading American Museum of Natural History, so some of you have scores posted.  If you don't, you will be the end of the day.  You'll notice a few questions marked wrong but with full credit.  It's just that your answer didn't exactly match the answer I gave the computer.  By the way, it "rotunda" with a "d".
  5. Today's "thank you" is in Cherokee - wado.
  6. The marine layer is rather thick today!  Here's some information about why we have a marine layer.  Let me know if you find any good videos to explain this.  https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/marine
You may have noticed that you have "wrong" answers that are actually correct.  For short answers, Microsoft marks anything wrong if it's not EXACTLY like the answer I've posted.  So, if someone writes a complete sentence, adds a period that I didn't put, or misspells something, it is marked wrong. That's why I don't release scores until I've reviewed.  I check the answer and fix the points, if necessary.  I don't know how to get rid of the red and the X, though.  Look at each one marked "wrong".  You'll notice that you received all the points for that question.  That was me adding the points back. Also look at your total score.  It should reflect the points you actually earned after I reviewed.
 
Forms does something similar with multiple choice.  If there's more than one possible answer, it will either give you full credit, even if you did not find all of the answers, or give you no credit because you didn't find all of the answers.  That's why I review and fix your score.
  1. If you did not finish your lessons and Forms yesterday or the day before, please do so today.  The school year is drawing to a close, and I'm working on report cards.
  2. I corrected and posted Golf Ball Cleanup, so you can check your score by opening the Forms link that is still on this page.  If you open the link and are able to take the quiz, then you didn't complete it in the first place and need to complete it.  Except for a few of you who accidentally complete the Forms while signed in to a sibling's account.  
  3. Check back later for notes about the Plant Scavenger Hunt.  I'm not able to share scores with you because of the format of the Form, but I will share some observations.  
  4. The last week of school is when you will be picking up your desk supplies and pre-closure work.  At that time, you will also return school items.  An email will go out explaining this, but for now, could you please start gathering any books that you borrowed from me for general reading or nonfiction reading in science?  Perhaps you can peruse your bookshelves for any that were accidentally returned there instead of to room 4.  I try to write or stamp my name on the inside cover, and many also have a lexile sticker or the last initial of the author on the spine.
  5. Today's thank you is Finnish - kiitos.
  6. Fun tidbit for today:  Today, in 1966, It's a Small World opened at Disneyland.  It's one of my favorite attractions! Here's a fun video to commemorate the date.  https://video.disney.com/watch/it-s-a-small-world-virtual-ride-through-video-5a26d085bd466ebd6b4f2a72
I've posted scores for the Microsoft Forms Acne and Understanding the New Virus, if you would like to check your score.  If you received a D or lower, I suggest you review your answers using the article.
  1. I hope everyone had a safe, but enjoyable Memorial Day.  Although I definitely missed the Hermosa Beach Street Fair, I was able to watch the Memorial Day National Concert, the ceremony at the National Cemetery in Westwood, and the flyover of World War II historic planes.
  2. If you are in 4th grade, stop reading and go to the 4th grade Science page.  You have a different assignment for today, so you need to download 4th grade science plans.  If you want to do both 4th and 5th lessons today, you may, but the 4th grade lesson is required.
  3. Today, you need 3 links!!  I've posted all three BELOW your lesson plans for the week in the order you will need them.  There is a slide show, a story, and a Microsoft Form. Open the links in a new tab, just like you do with the Forms.
  4. If you haven't filled out the Microsoft Form for the Growth and Development book, please do so.
  5. Tomorrow is one of my report card days, when I'll be grading work, working on grades, and starting to record trimester grades on report cards.  I will not be posting on Edlio or checking emails tomorrow, as that typically takes the entire morning. I have posted the Microsoft Form that you will need below today's links, so there should be no issues tomorrow.  If there is an unforeseen issue, don't stress.  It's fine to complete Wednesday's work on Thursday.
  6. Today's "thank you" is Latvian - paldies.
  7. Fun tip of the day:  In case you missed the flyover! https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/05/25/memorial-day-flyover-to-honor-vets-healthcare-heroes-across-southland-low-slow-and-loud/
If you have not already filled out the Microsoft Form for the Growth and Development book, please do so today or this weekend.  I've moved the link to the top of the column on the right, so it's easier to find.
  1. So, I figured something out about BrainPop, thanks to a few students who gave me some clues in their emails.  If you're on BrainPop via the portal, you can't email me your results.  Instead, you "submit" them to me.  This allows them to show up on my dashboard on my portal.  Since we've never used the portal to do BrainPops together in class, I didn't realize this was even a thing.
    1. Unfortunately, using the portal takes me about 3-4 times as long to check BrainPop completion, as there are 7 possible classes where your BrainPop scores could be and I have to check each one.  Checking any assignment on the computer takes a long time, as I have to open emails, open documents, correct and record 1 paper, then repeat the process for the next student.  It's just not as fast as having a pile of papers to correct. 
    2. If you could follow my directions, I would appreciate it.  This means that you need to go on to the BrainPop website, rather than the portal. If you've been going on to the portal to do BrainPop, you might want to email me, so that I know to check for your scores. I'll make my way through the BrainPop dashboard maze a little at a time, but if I know to check for you specifically, it might be a little faster.
    3. Most of you have been doing BrainPop the way we've done it in class all year, so this isn't an issue with most kids.  Just keep doing what you're doing.  If you can "email" me your scores, I'm getting them.  Well, as long as you spell my name correctly.  Hmmm.
  2. Today's "thank you" is Lebanese - choukrane.
  3. Fun tip of the day:  Perhaps you could start reading Magnus Chase! https://lacountylibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/ActivityIdea_Kids_Ages8-12_NorseMythology.pdf
  4. Have an interesting, creative Memorial Day weekend!  I'll post lesson plans on Tuesday.
  5. If you are interested in watching the National Memorial Day Concert, I posted the link for information on my social studies page.  It's on PBS on Sunday, and it's always an impressive concert.  Social distancing this year has forced them to not have the actual viewers on the lawn, but we don't live in D.C. anyway!
  1. Today, one of your activities is Animal Spotting. 
    1. There are 2 skill sheets among your May Super Science skill sheets that you will need:  Animal Spotting and My Fieldwork Journal. 
    2. I've also created and posted 3 recordings that you should watch.  You'll find them on the Videos page.
      1. Part 1 explains the materials.
      2. Part 2 helps you set up and start your observation.
      3. Part 3 shows you what I expect for "notes" and "sketches" sections.
    3. I've posted 3 links on the Links page for South Coast Botanic Garden, Rolling Hills Estates Parks, and Rancho Palos Verdes Parks, in case you are able to go someplace else to observe.  Also, PV schools just announced that the fields are officially open for recreation, as long as you're following safety rules, so you may go to Vista Grande for this activity.  Safety rules include staying 6 feet away from anyone not living with you and wearing a face mask.
    4. Rather than choosing a type of animal, I'd rather you observe animals in general.  (Step 1)
    5. If you are not able to go to 2 spots, that's fine.  (step 5)
    6. This is not a webcam or pet experience.  Please go outside and observe and listen.  You live on a giant hill with lots of nature around!  I know you can find insects, birds, and spiders, maybe even some small mammals. Since the closest wetland is Madrona Marsh, I don't expect you to observe a wetland.
    7. Please send me the Fieldwork Journal page only.
    8. It's fine to complete this activity this weekend, if that's more convenient.
  2. Did you send me your Vanishing Wetlands skill sheet yesterday?  I'll create a recording next week, so that you can correct your work.  I wait for a few days, so that kids who need more time are able to finish their work.
  3. Today's "thank you" is Welsh - diolch.  (Welsh is the name of people from Whales)
  4. Fun tidbit of the day:  For those who play Animal Crossing, my kids said this was a fun idea.  No, I don't have a Switch, so I don't play!  http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-to-build-an-art-museum-in-animal-crossing/
  1. If you happen to look at the Videos page today, you'll notice 3 "Animal Spotting" videos posted.  Those are for tomorrow's assignment.  It's important that you watch the videos in order (part 1, 2, & 3).  I'll post links to South Coast Botanic Gardens and your local parks (Rolling Hills Estates & Rancho Palos Verdes), in case you're able to complete this assignment someplace other than your back or front yard.  Also, look for details and tips later on today here on Edlio.
  2. Today's activity is self-explanatory, so be sure to read your lesson plan.  Remember that your skill sheets are available to the right to download and print.  May issue.
  3. I posted the Seed Saver grades yesterday.  I thought I'd posted them earlier, but apparently not.  Please check out your score.
  4. Reminder about Gmail vs. Outlook emails.  Most of you know this, but a few are still having difficulties remembering.  My Gmail address is only for sending BrainPop scores.  It's [email protected].  BrainPop (usually) gives you the option to send your teacher scores.  When you enter this email, BrainPop sends the score and quiz directly to me. Only your name shows, and it's find to put your first name and last initial.  HOWEVER, I do not check this email on a regular basis, so do not send ANYTHING else to this email.  Some of you have received missing work emails, and this might be the problem.  Yesterday, when checking off BrainPops, I discovered several other assignments.  I'll grade them, of course, but I am not responding to emails sent to Gmail.  Send all other work and any questions you have to [email protected].  I check that email every day.
  5. Today's "thank you" is Thai - kop khun.
  6. Fun tidbit of the day: Dapper Dans have another song out!  https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/05/voicesfromhome-dapper-dans-harmonize-to-grim-grinning-ghosts/
  1. The video about coronavirus is posted to the right.  It's on YouTube.
  2. Did you send me your form yesterday?  I heard from a few people that BrainPop was being difficult about sending scores.  If you had issues, please send me your results another way. Several kids took pictures of the end screen and sent that.
  3. Today's "thank you" is in Hebrew - todah.
  4. Fun tidbit of the day!  https://news.disney.com/magicmoments/video/celebrate-asian-pacific-heritage-month-with-disney-junior-mira-royal-detective
  • Yes, I know what day it is, and I haven't deleted events from my calendar, but I honestly don't know what to say to make it any better.
  • I hope you did something interesting or different this weekend.  I spent some time at South Coast Botanic Garden yesterday, enjoying the sunshine and spring flowers while doing the science activity that you'll do this week.  I also cleaned some windows and created lesson plans for the week.  I try to vary my activities during the weekend, so that I don't get burned out on one activity.
  • Today's "thank you" is Bosnian and Slovenian - hvala.
  • I've posted your lesson plans for the week to the right.  Please be sure to follow them daily, as well as check here for any updates, reminders, and details.  I'll post more details for this week's science activity here, since my tips just got too long for the lesson plans.
  • I've also posted the Super Science skill sheets for the May/June issue to the right.  You'll need some of the skill sheets for required assignments.  You have the option to complete the others.
  • I've posted the link to the Microsoft Form for today's assignment.  Whew!  Lots of "posted" comments!
  • Did you remember to send me your shield on Friday?  
  • I have posted grades for 2 Microsoft Forms for science: Animal Observations and Seed Savers.  In order to see your score and graded form, open the original link in a new tab.  Your completed form will be displayed.  If you did not complete the form, I've opened up the forms, so you can do them today.  Refer to the previous lesson plans for details.  (Animal Ob 4/28, Seed 5/4)
  • Fun tidbit for the day: https://news.disney.com/magicmoments/video/at-home-with-olaf
  • Today, you’ll be starting the new Super Science magazine (May/June issue). I know you all know this already, but here’s how to find the issue and articles, in case you haven’t bookmarked the website.
    •  Scholastic.com/superscience
      • Log in as a student
        • Password is Voyagers4
        • The May/June issue is on display when you log in. It’s the one with the frog.
          • You don’t have to print out the actual articles. You can read them online.
          • On the Home Page, click on the issue picture or “Explore Issue” button. This will bring up the actual issue with all of your article choices.
          • There are 2 ways to view each article.
            • The first is to click on “Open Presentation View”, which will then bring up the magazine in the format you see with the physical magazine.
            • The second is to scroll down to the article you want. This is also how you can easily find videos and games.  (I think I like this way best.)
  • The skill sheets are posted to the right.  I've posted all skill sheets, in case you want to do the optional ones.  You only have to print out the required sheets and any others you plan to complete.
4th graders, if you're looking at this page, you're on the wrong page!  You have your own page (4th Grade Science), where I post your lesson plans and updates every week and day.  Please be sure you are checking it.  You may have some missing 4th grade work this week!
  1. Today's "thank you" is Lithuanian - aciu.  It's pronounced ah-choo, which is easy to remember!
  2. Please be sure to send me your shield activity.  It was posted yesterday morning, to the right, and is labeled "Shield directions".
  3. BrainPop, too!  Be sure to check your lesson plans daily.  I really hope you've been doing 5th grade lesson plans this week.  They were posted here on Monday and are labeled "5th Science Plans".  If you somehow worked on 4th grade science plans (posted on the 4th grade page), you will need to complete the 5th grade lessons this weekend.  It's not the worst mistake in the world, more like a hassle!
  1. Today's "thank you" is Icelandic - takk
  2. You'll find Stripes in the video section.
    1. Middle school is a time when many people feel the importance of fitting in, like Camilla.  They might start dressing like others, buying the popular brand name items, joining clubs and activities that "everyone else" joins, or befriending people because "everyone else" likes them.
    2. It's fine to try new activities and go along with what your friends like at times.  There are such things as compromise and exploration!  The danger lies is going along with everyone else and squashing your true self, like Camilla did.  Hiding your favorite outfit in the back of your closet, pretending to dislike those activities (or food) that bring you joy, or ignoring friends because they are different than others can cause you to forget who you are.  What a waste!  
    3. Be yourself!  Do those activities and wear those clothes that bring you joy and confidence.  Find friends who accept you as you are.  Set goals that are important to you and look towards them.  
  3. I'll post the Shield directions after I finish updating all 4 Edlio pages.  It will be posted to the right by 10:00.
  4. Did you complete the Microsoft Form yesterday?
  1. You should be reading your nonfiction book on the Growth and Development.  Directions were posted on 4/27 lesson plans.  There is a Microsoft Form to fill out when you have finished.  The book is due 5/21.
  2. The Microsoft Form link is posted to the right for today's lesson.  The link to the website is also posted.  AAD Skin Care.  AAD stand for American Academy of Dermatology, by the way.
  3. Today's "thank you" is in Afrikaan - dankie.
  1. Today, you're going to watch my recording of Parts.  You'll find it in the video section.  Here's why I like to read it to fifth graders. Please read this before or :
    1. The little boy in the story is at an age where he's noticing and thinking about his body, but he doesn't know much about what normally happens to his body.  Children are supposed to lose their baby teeth.  In fact, you're still losing them and might not lose your molars until you're in high school.  Our outer skin cells are always dying and flaking off, usually when we're in the shower or tub.  When your skin is dry, more skin will flake off, so it's more noticeable.  Ear wax and mucus in the nose is important to your health.  They both kill microbes that could cause infections and trap microbes and dust, keeping them out of your inner body.  You don't want too much of either, so your body makes sure both are able to exit the body.  Hair is always falling out, to the chagrin of my vacuum cleaner, and new hair is always coming in.  All of these events are supposed to happen!
    2. What's not supposed to happen is the boy's reaction.  Notice that he gets more and more anxious as he notices more things about his body.  His imagination starts to take control of his brain, and he starts to panic.  This panic results in a funny, but unnecessary conclusion.  The point is, his emotional distress caused a lot of bad stress and anxiety, which is not healthy for anyone.  This didn't have to happen!  His loving adults, even though they may be beginners, were there for him the entire time, waiting in the wings to help him.  They just didn't know he needed help.  When they knew, they immediately explained what was happening and reassured him.  His emotional anxiety went away, and his brain was able to relax and come down from emergency status.  
    3. As you get older, you're going to notice changes in your body and brain.  The point of reading this book to you is to remind you that you don't have to figure everything out on your own. Many changes that you will experience are supposed to happen and, if you ask your loving adults questions, you don't have to experience the emotional distress that your lack of knowledge and vivid imagination can create!  Changes often can't be prevented, but anxiety and stress over them can be reduced or calmed by talking to loving adults.  So please talk to them - now, next month, next year, and even when you're in high school! 
    4. Loving adults include your medical caretaker.  As you get older, you will be more responsible for your health.  Your mc (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, etc.) is there for you.  You have a right to ask them questions, and they will answer you because they care about you.  Of course, you can always ask another loving adult to ask for you, if you still feel awkward talking to your mc.  It's good to practice asking questions, though.
  2. Today's "thank you" is in Hawaiian - Mahalo.
  3. Did you have BrainPop send me 2 quiz scores yesterday?  Please be sure to spell my name correctly on the email, or the scores will be lost in cyberspace.
 
  1. Today's "thank you" is German - Danke.
  2. We finished Super Science April issue last week, so you're going to learn a little health this week.
  3. We'll start Super Science May issue next week.
  4. Did you finish your Scavenger Hunt Form last week?  The Form expires at 5 today.
  5. Lesson plans for the week are posted to the right.
  6. I'll post the link you need for today to the right after posting lesson plans for all 4 classes.  The link is on the lesson plans, too.
Several students have asked for suggestions regarding Growth and Development books.  I've posted a list of a few that I found online.  Please excuse the font differences; I didn't take the time to make everything perfect.  
 
As always, please talk to your loving adult at home before deciding on a book.  They may have some suggestions or boundaries regarding what you choose.  While I have your attention, please also talk to this loving adult about growing up.  Today, tomorrow, next month, next year, and when you're in high school!!  Remember, your loving adult has gone through this growing up stuff!
 
The books I found are ones that I have in my classroom or ones that I would buy for the classroom, so they are all appropriate for your age level.  If you don't find one that interests you, I would suggest doing your own search, using words like "puberty" and "adolescence", then making sure the book is for upper elementary or middle school.  There are adult books on adolescence written for parents, teachers, and medical personnel that you wouldn't find interesting.  There are ones written for high school level that are above your level.
 
It's doubtful that you will find an ebook on adolescence, although I did find an interesting one on the brain changes on Epic.  This is why I am allowing other science topics, so please read my directions on Edlio.
  1. Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  (Think Handel's Messiah!)  The Flower Parts video actually uploaded and processed.  Only took about 5 tries, 3 days, and 12-15 hours of waiting and hoping at the end for it to actually work.  So, you need to watch it today.  I expect to see 90 views on my video!  I cut something in half.  You'll have to watch to find out what.
  2. You should have already watched the other 2 videos - Spores and Pine Cones.  If you didn't realize this, these 3 videos are the "scavenger hunt video" that was on your lesson plans on Wednesday.
  3. I'm posting the link to the Rock the Park video to the right.  
  4. Today's "thank you" is Filipino - Salamat.  I'll do German next week, if you checked this around 8:30.
  5. Check back later for a possible list of suggested Growth and Development books.  I'm going to look online today.
Investigating - Our sites will be unavailable briefly while we perform emergency maintenance. We're on it, and should be back up soon! Thank you for your patience.
 
It's not you!  It's them!  Check in a little while or this afternoon.  They're usually pretty good about fixing the problems quickly.  There are probably many new users all using at once.
  1. Today's "thank you" is Persian-Farsi.  Moteshakeram.  Moteshakeram to those who are sending me "thank you" in their languages!
  2. Did you have BrainPop send me your score from Seed Plants yesterday?
  3. This is more of a reminder for your loving adults, but I've seen several news stories lately reminding people to get their regular immunizations.  I doubt many of you jump for joy when you know you need an immunization, but there are a few important ones for your age, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus among them.  I've posted the CDC link to the right, if you want to find out what you need at ages 11 & 12.  I'm not sure how medical facilities are handling immunizations, so you may have to wait for summer, but it's something to think about. 
  1. Today's "thank you" is Polish - Dziekuje Ci, with several symbols that we don't have in English!
  2. Some of you have already seen this, but I posted several videos last night.  Please view the video page to watch them.
    1. The Back to the Source video goes over the skill sheet and allows you to check your work.
    2. The spore and pine cone videos will give you some information about some of the items you may have found yesterday on your scavenger hunt.  If you didn't find them, perhaps the videos will inspire you to go find some today!
    3. The flower parts video doesn't appear to be loading correctly.  I've tried several times and am finally to the "processing" part.  No picture has shown up, however, so something may be wrong on the HoverCam recording side.  I'll try to figure this out today.  Someone let me know if the video works for you!  I hope I can get it to work because I was able to cut open a rose hip, and I think the insides are interesting!
    4. Sorry about the closed caption mistakes.  Just recording the videos and uploading them to Edlio takes an entire afternoon (and sometimes evening), depending on internet strength and Edlio usage, so closed caption must suffer.
  3. I've posted your Animal Observation scores from last week's activity.  You should be able to see them if you go back onto your form.  Use the same link that I posted last week, which is still to the right in the column.  Reviewing your forms was an interesting and frustrating experience!  Interesting because I enjoyed reading about what animals you chose to observe, and frustrating because Forms (or my computer?) decided to only save two-thirds of my scores, so I had to redo a bunch!  Everything just takes longer on old technology, but please know that I'm trying!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Finally, my husband turned off the news, so I can concentrate!  Yes, teachers have many distractions and hurdles at home, too, and the news isn't exactly uplifting lately.  I'm pretty good at tuning distractions out most of the time, but some days are more difficult than others.
  1. Today's "Thank you" is in Mayan.  I've already used Spanish, and there are over 800,00 people in Mexico who speak Mayan.  More speak Nahuatl, but the English way of saying "thank you" in Nahuatl is way too long!  In Mayan, Dios bo'otik means "thank you".
  2. I'm posting 2 items to the right this morning for today's scavenger hunt.  The first is the actual scavenger hunt list.  The second is the Microsoft Form to use for reporting your success.  I hope you have fun with this assignment.  I enjoyed walking around the neighborhood to get ideas!
  3. It's important to use the list to go on the scavenger hunt.  When you finish, then you fill out the Form.
  4. I'll post the Back to the Source video later today.  I have to create it first.
  5. I'm also going to try to share the results or scores for your Animal Observation.  Stay tuned!
The form is posted to the right, above the lesson plans for the day.
 
A memory:  When reading this article and looking at the pronunciation of hau kuahiwi, I thought of my grandmother. She was half Hawaiian and grew up on Hawaii and Oahu.  Every time we talked about Hawaii, she drilled it into my head that it's pronounced Huh - vai - ee, with a v sound, not a w!  I'm sure she still cringes when I forget that.
May the 4th be with you!  Yes, I'm wearing my Princess Leia t-shirt, "READ - It's our only hope".  If you are a Star Wars fan, I'll post a link on the Link page for Star Wars Day activities.  Also, Disney+ has all the Star Wars movies on the site.  Don't watch them all at once!
  1. Lesson plans are posted to the right, at the top of the column.
  2. Today's "thank you" is in Turkish:  tesekkur ederim.
  3. If you have not turned in the Back to the Source skill sheet, please get that done today.  I plan to record and post corrections tomorrow.  Once corrections are posted, I will not accept skill sheets.
  4. The Microsoft Form for today will be posted to the right later this morning.  If you don't see it, check back after 10 or refresh your screen.
  5. If you haven't started this month's book, please be sure to get a book and start reading.  The Microsoft Form is posted already, but the book isn't due until 5/21.  The topic is growth and development, but see April 27 lesson plans for details.
I've posted the link and the form to the right. To get to the field trip, right click on the link titled "Field Trip to the American Museum of Natural History" and select "Open link in new window".  The Microsoft Form is the link posted below.  Do the same to open the form.
  1. The recording of Spring After Spring is on my media page.  This time, after 4 tries, uploading to the media page worked.  Uploading to this page did not work!  You don't have to download anything.  Just click on the book and it will play.
  2. Did you have BrainPop send me your quiz score yesterday?
  3. Tomorrow, I will be in a grade level district meeting at 8 am, so I won't be able to post updates.  I'll post the Microsoft Form about the museum field trip later today.  It will be to the right.
  4. Today's thank you is Slovakian:  Dakujem.  There's supposed to be a little v symbol above the D.
  1. Helpful hints: 
    1. Before getting frustrated because you can't find something you need that day, refresh your screen.  If I've posted something new, it might not show up until you refresh the site.
    2. Check the time.  If it's earlier than 9:30, wait a bit and refresh Edlio.  I start updating Edlio around 8, but updates sometimes take a while.  I'm updating 4 different pages every day and uploading different forms, recordings, and activities.  I can only do one of these actions at once, so some things don't appear until 9-9:30. 
    3. Review past directions and lesson plans.  Did you forget that all April Super Science skill sheets were posted at once, at the beginning of the unit?
    4. Tried all of the above?  Then email me!  I can help!
  2. Did you fill out the Microsoft Form about your animal observations?  It's posted to the right, and links are on the Link page, if you haven't completed yesterday's assignment.
  3. Today's thank you is Korean: gomawoyo or gamsahabnida.  I'll start with gomawoyo, since the internet says that's informal and good for everyday.
  4. Do you know how to say "thank you" in a language that I have yet to use?  Email me!  Tomorrow is Slovak, but then I'm off to the internet for ideas, unless you email me.
  5. A warning for yesterday:  You are supposed to listen to a book that I've recorded.  I'm unable to upload a recording for social studies today, despite several attempts.  So check Edlio tomorrow morning for an update on your assignment for science!
I've added links to several sites that have webcams or livecams:  Clearwater Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium of the Pacific, and San Diego Zoo.   I couldn't find actual Webcams on the Los Angeles Zoo or Disney's Animal Kingdom site, so I didn't post them.  It seems as if both sites would have them, though.
  1. Don't forget to practice your music and get exercise.  Both Mrs. Shannon and Mrs. Lansing-Weller have Edlio pages, so check them weekly for details.
  2. Today's thank you is in Portuguese.  Obrigado for being such dedicated, creative students!
  3. I've posted the Microsoft Form for your animal observations to the right. You'll have until 5/4 at 5 pm to fill this out. 
  4. I'll post some links to good webcams after I've posted updates.
  1. Lesson plans for the week are posted to the right.
  2. Did you turn in your Floating Along investigation on Friday?  You should have submitted three pages.  If you haven't completed the investigation and need guidance, please view my 4 videos (parts 1-4) for help.
  3. Today's thank you is Russian!  Spasiba.  
  4. I'll post the Microsoft Form for your science book to the right.
The 4 videos are in the video section.  You'll find that section to the right, in the blue rectangle part, below "Homeroom 4".  You should be able to click on them, and they'll play on Edlio.  
  1. Today you'll be doing your science investigation, "Floating Along?".  Remember that I've posted all of your Super Science skill sheets to the right. (April)  The investigation skill sheet is 2 pages; be sure to download and print both.
    1. I have recorded 4 short videos walking you through the investigation.  I will post them after I've posted updates, but they may take a while to upload.  The videos guide you through the materials, observation and prediction, setting up and starting the experiment, and the results and conclusion.  
    2. Assuming that you are able to do the activity at home, you'll watch parts 1, 2, and 3 and follow guidelines, then do the activity, then watch part 4.  Don't watch part 4 until you've done the activity. It's sort of like looking at the answers before you attempt the problem!
    3. If you are unable to do the activity at home, you can still complete the investigation by watching parts 1-4, pausing after each part to complete that part on your skill sheet, then continuing on.  I actually do the activity in part 4, so you'll use my results.
    4. You need to send me both skill sheets and your conclusion questions.  Sending these all in one email makes it easier for me to grade your entire investigation.
  2. Here are the answers to the April No-Sweat Bubble Test.  1) B  2)  C  3) A  4)  C  5)  C  6)  B      7)  A  8)  A  9) C  10)  B
  3. Thanks for sending me some "thank yous".  Today's thank you is Mandarin Chinese:  Xiexie.  There are supposed to be accents above the "e".
  4. Did you send me your BrainPop score yesterday?
I was not happy yesterday afternoon!  I recorded a couple of short movies for you, but something was being ornery and refusing to cooperate.  I'm not sure if it was the internet (several teachers were saying their computers were being very slow), Edlio, or my computer.  I gave up in frustration after an hour, but I tried again this morning. Optimistic??  And the videos actually uploaded!  They took a while, but they uploaded!  Now, if I can just get my book video uploaded onto social studies...
  1. Watch the videos from Dusty and me to the right. 
  2. If you've emailed me in the past 2 days, you may have noticed me responding with gracias or merci.  I'm trying thank you in a different language each day.  Gracias is Spanish and Merci is French.  Today is Arigato gozaimasu.  (Japanese)  If you know thank you in another language, send me the way to say/spell it and the language!
  3. Be sure to send me your BrainPop score today.
  4. I'll post the April No Sweat Bubble Test answers tomorrow, so get that in today, if you didn't turn it in earlier.  I won't give you credit after answers are posted.
  5. California Science Center is posting a science activity each day, if you're interested.  I put the website information on my Link page.  They're calling the section "Stuck at Home".
I completely forgot to remind you that your book was due yesterday!  Please send me evidence that you read a book on Earth (volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals).  You should include the name of the book, the author, and loving adult signature (or other way to verify they know you've read the book).
 
It's fine that it's late!  There's a lot to remember and learn nowadays.
Happy Earth Day!  Go outside for a while and enjoy the cleaner air.  Stay 6 feet away from others, though.
When I am logged on to my page, I see a different view than you do.  For exampIe, for "VG Misses You" on the right, I see the title in bold print and an arrow pointing down.  Underneath, I see a paper icon with the picture label.  I also have a bunch of dots that allow me to move posts to different spots.  If I click on the label, I get a bunch of stuff that allows me to edit the post. 
       If I go on Edlio as a "student" and look at the same post, I only see the bold print "VG Misses You" and an arrow to the right that points away from the heading.  When I click on that arrow, it points down, and the document I want to open is revealed.
   So, in order to read my messages to you or to download a document, you have to click on the arrow.  Then you should see more to read or do!
  And don't forget to refresh Edlio!  When I posted this message and checked as a student, it took 30 seconds to a minute to appear.  I had to refresh to see my new post.
Thank you for sending me your work!  I've been trying to respond quickly to everyone, so that you know I did receive your email.  Then, I'm dragging the emails into labeled folders, so that I can review the work later.  I'm getting a little tired of the word "thanks", so don't be surprised if you get a response in another language!  (Well, at least one word in another language!)
  1. Please be sure to read and follow the lesson plans I posted yesterday and check here for updates and more information. I know this page is getting long, which is why I'm posting new posts at the top of the page.
  2. If you didn't already do so, don't forget to complete your form for Golf Ball.  It was posted yesterday to the right.
Hi everyone!  I hope you did something creative and fun at home this weekend.  Yesterday marked the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, which is celebrated as Patriots' Day in Massachusetts every year.  Today would have been the Boston Marathon, which is always held on Patriots' Day (or the Monday ofter, if PD is on Sunday), but they had to postpone it until September.  Boston is staying at home, too!  They have vans with loudspeakers driving through the streets reminding everyone to stay home!  
 
So, I've posted lesson plans for the week to the right.  As in the past, you'll find them at the top of the postings.  I posted lesson plans first this week, but I may not have posted everything else you need.  Wait for a bit, then email me if I haven't posted something by 9:30 (if you need it for Monday's lessons).
  1. This week, you'll continue to work from the April issue of Super Science.  It's now under "Recent Issues", since they've posted the May/June issue on the website.
  2. I'll post the Microsoft Form link for Golf Ball Cleanup to the right.  It's under the lesson plans.  Be sure to read the article first!
Here are the answers to the Newsblast Form that you completed on Monday.  
  1. Germany
  2. People are concerned about animal welfare
  3. bounces away from the surface (Yes, some light is absorbed, but not if it's reflecting)
  4. Globe Mallow bees (no one was fooled by Meshach!!)
  5. They don't have hives
  6. Their antennae droop
  7. A mistake.  
 
Here's an idea if you have some free time and want to get out of the house.  Some kids in the neighborhood have started writing encouraging messages around the neighborhood, in addition to drawing on their driveway or the sidewalk.  The messages are on the side part of the curbs, so that people can read them as they walk past.  I have chalk at home, if anyone needs some and we can figure out a safe way to get it to you!
  1. Please be sure to send me your April No-Sweat Bubble Test skill sheet today.
  2. Please watch the video I posted yesterday and correct your Women in STEM sheet.
  3. I'll post Newsblast answers later this morning, so be on the lookout.
  4. Have a creative weekend!
Heads up!  The May Super Science issue has been released, so it will be the first issue you see when you go on to the website.  DO NOT read this issue.  It has nothing to do with your lessons.  Please read Monday's lesson for instructions.
Okay, the recording worked (finally) and I've uploaded it.  It's on the right.  Be sure to have your Women in STEM worksheet with you when you watch the video.
  1. I will attempt to post the corrections to Women in STEM today.  Yesterday, when I tried to record this lesson review, my Chromebook or HoverCam app decided to be ornery.  What worked last week did not work this week, and the recording wouldn't sync to my computer.  The third time I tried, it looked like it was syncing, but then the internet went down.  If I can get the recording uploaded onto Edlio today, I will.  Check back later!
  2. I'll post answers to the Newsblast Form tomorrow, so please be sure to complete your form before then.  I'm still learning about Forms.  I didn't realize that I should have created a "Quiz" rather than a "Form".  That way, I can share answers or scores with you. I'll do that next time.
  3. If you're not finding new information on Edlio, try refreshing your page.  A student mentioned that this worked for her.  If you're not closing your tab or refreshing, you might not be seeing new items as they're posted.
  4. Here are the answers to you MARCH No-Sweat Bubble Test.  This is the one you turned in on 3/27.  1) D  2)  C  3)  C  4) D  5)  A  6)  C  7)  D  8)  C  9)  B  10)  A
I thought you might want to know a little about my day during our "distance learning" experience.
  • 8 a.m.: I start my teaching day by updating and posting on Edlio.  I have a notebook where I jot down items I want to post, which helps me stay organized.
  • After posting on Edlio, I start checking and responding to emails.  Depending on the day, this might not take too long, or it might take the rest of the morning.
  • The rest of the day depends on what projects or activities are foremost in my mind.  I might create lesson plans for the next week, grade papers that you have submitted, record items that I want you to watch, research online programs or activities for you, or have "meetings" with your other teachers.
    • Correcting papers when they're all on the computer and submitted in different ways is definitely unusual.  It takes longer than a stack of physical papers, as does the actual collection time.  I have a folder on my Outlook for each assignment that's due.
    • I have never been on the computer this much in my life!  I'd much rather be teaching you in person! 
    • I'm learning, too, so there are different professional development opportunities online.  I have now learned how to use antimicrobial wipes in the classroom.  I actually have a certificate from the Department of Pesticide Regulation.  (Look it up - it's a real department.)
  • Around 2, I try to check emails again (if I haven't been checking throughout the day).  If there is a staff meeting or professional development planned for that time, I try to check earlier, rather than later.  
Apparently, the bears in Yosemite are quite happy about the Stay at Home orders.  I didn't assign Yosemite for today, but for extra activity, you might want to go on to the Yosemite site and learn more about the bears.  There are 2 videos (Yosemite Nature Notes 30 & 26) about bears. They're also on YouTube.  I thought the news also said the rangers were posting pictures, but I couldn't find them.  Maybe you'll have more luck.
  1. Yesterday, you should have sent me your scores for 2 BrainPops.
  2. Remember to download the lesson plans every week; they include daily assignments and needed details.  I'll put extra information and updates here, so check daily.
  3. Please be sure to submit your Women in STEM skill sheet, if you haven't already done so.  It was due last Monday (4/6).  I plan to record the corrections this afternoon, and I'll post them on Edlio tomorrow.  So, if you're running late, you have until the end of the day to send me your work.
  4. I'm going to also try to record corrections to your March Think It Through, so that you can see how you did.
  5. As you can see, I posted April Skill Sheets.  Not all of the activities are required, so you might want to wait until weekly lesson plans before forging ahead with everything!  Or forge ahead.  I don't think extra learning has ever hurt anyone!
I've posted the skill sheets you'll need for the April issue to the right. I will not assign all of them; some will be optional.
  1. Yesterday, you should have completed the Microsoft Form.  I posted the link on Edlio yesterday morning.  I know my lesson plans say I'd share with you on Office 365.  At the time, I thought, by clicking "share", Forms would automatically share with you.  Actually, when I click "share", Forms provides me with a link to copy onto the spot of my choice.  Since I'm posting everything else on Edlio, I decided to post the Newsblast form on Edlio only.  I'm hoping this creates a "one-spot lesson area" for you, which is easier.
  2. Today, I expect to get many BrainPop scores on my Gmail account!
  3. I'm going to post your April Super Science documents onto Edlio today or tomorrow.  You don't need any of them until Friday.  I'll post mandatory and optional ones, in case you would like more activities.
Here's the link for the Microsoft Form that you'll complete after reading the Newsblast articles.  There are 3 articles.  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=alG_LzE4eUS6iIMJfbVyea2SbpdAVF5AoB5Bklw4QUVUMU5DOTI1VzlMNDRWQkRXT09LSlQyN1QxOC4u
 
Right click on the link, and open a new tab to complete the form.
 
**  I've been told that it's important to put your first and last name on top of the form.  I guess names are important with computer forms, too!
 
**  There is no number 7!  My mouse pad tends to decide to mess with me when I'm typing, and I accidentally created an #7.  Then I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it.  It was my first attempt at Forms!
I hope everyone had an interesting weekend.  I went to Easter service on my couch and sang along with my choir director as he attempted to sing Hallelujah Chorus with just a baritone soloist.  I also checked my earthquake supply kit.  This is a really good time to make sure everything is still in good shape.
  1. I've posted science plans for the week to the right.  The document is two pages long.  If you can't download them, please email me.  I'm trying not to post them here, since that makes for very long posts.  I'm just posting reminders, updates, and extra information here.
  2. We're starting the April issue of Super Science today.  I've put the directions for finding the issue in your  plans.  I'll also post them BELOW this post.
  3. Today, you're going to do two short activities, including a Microsoft Form.  I haven't posted this form yet, so hang tight!  I'll share it with you this morning. If something doesn't work, check back here for further information.  This is the first time I've actually used Forms.
  • Today, you’ll be starting the new Super Science magazine (April issue). I know you all know this already, but here’s how to find the issue and articles, in case you haven’t bookmarked the website.
    •  Scholastic.com/superscience
      • Log in as a student
        • Password is Voyagers4
        • The April issue is on display when you log in. It’s the one with the children marching for the planet.
          • If, at any time, they start displaying the May issue, the April issue will be found under “Recent Issues”. Just scroll down the page.
          • You don’t have to print out the actual articles. You can read them online.
          • On the Home Page, click on the issue picture or “View Issue” button. This will bring up the actual issue with all of your article choices.
          • There are 2 ways to view each article.
            • The first is to click on “Open Presentation View”, which will then bring up the magazine in the format you see with the physical magazine.
            • The second is to scroll down to the article you want. This is also how you can easily find videos and games.  (I think I like this way best.)
Observation:  Dandelion flowers close up in the rain, which makes them difficult to collect for tortoises. Hibiscus flowers get soggy and slimy.
 
  1. Please be sure to send your Insect BrainPop score to my Gmail address.
  2. I think I forgot to load the corona worksheet answers yesterday, so they are posted today. Please correct your work.
  3. In March, we were going to try 2 coding challenges in class.  We didn't have a chance to do either before closing, so I've posted the skill sheets to the right.  They're not required, but some of you might enjoy trying them with a loved one.  A partner is required.
  4. Have a safe, healthy weekend!  
Ah yes, walking the dogs in the rain!  What a lovely experience.  Fortunately, we're all waterproof (or water resistant?), so we dry off easily. I guess today's not a good day to introduce my scavenger hunt idea, so that will wait until a sunnier day.
  1. Yesterday, I succeeded in actually recording a short lesson that I'm hoping you will all be able to watch.  It's about 10 minutes, and I've posted it to the right.  It's labeled Wheeling Around.  I go over the skill sheet you completed before Stay at Home.  I know you don't have your papers, as you turned them in about a week before we closed, but I think it would be beneficial to many of you to review the skill sheet with me.  
  2. Yesterday, you should have sent me your BrainPop score for the Smoking quiz. If you haven't finished that, please be sure to read the directions on the lesson plans!
  3. There's nothing to actually turn in today, although there are activities to do!
  4. I'm posting the answers to the coronavirus worksheet you completed before Spring Break.  Please check your answers to see how you did.  You have your worksheet, since you scanned it to me.
  5. If you want something extra, go on to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and explore the different food guides from around the world. Compare a few and see what the all have in common.  Many guidelines are similar around the world, but each country includes their own food culture.  Can you find the food guides shaped like a spinning top, pagoda, goatskin drum, seashell, and Beninese round home?http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-dietary-guidelines/en 
  6. I've found a LINK section, so I will try to put different links in that section so that they're easier to find.  On my main page, the section should be at the bottom of my list of pages, on the right side of the page.
  7.  
One more reminder, that I think most of you already know.  You're supposed to download the actual lesson plans that I post on Edlio every Monday.  They're found on the right!  Don't just go by my reminders.  They are simply that - reminders - and do not list everything assigned for the day.  Nor do they include directions.
Well, I achieved my goal yesterday.  I successfully set up the document camera and figured out how to record something without my voice sounding like I was using an unintelligible voice disguiser.  Of course, this took the rest of the day...  Today's goal is to try to record something that I might actually want you to view without laughing your heads off.  Although, given that you're all stuck at home, you might need a bit of laughter!
 
Reminders: 
  1. Did you send me your Newton BrainPop score yesterday?  I'm not responding to BrainPops, since they're sent by BrainPop to Gmail, but if you're following my directions, I am receiving them.  I am responding to other activities that you are sending to my Outlook (district) email.  Sorry that they're not long responses; I'm sending a lot of responses on a slow computer.
  2. Don't forget to send me your Smoking BrainPop score.  It's important that you read my directions on the lesson plans for this BrainPop!
  3. Here's the science site I mentioned yesterday.  It's free if you get an LA City library card, since it's on their site.  I think you can also get your own membership (free trial?)  https://www.scholastic.com/digital/scienceflix.htm If you need more to do, there are at-home science experiments to try.
  4. I'll be posting the answers to the coronavirus worksheet tomorrow.  If you did not complete this before Spring Break, today is your final day to complete this and send it to me.  Tomorrow will be everyone's opportunity to correct their work.
  1. Yesterday, you should have downloaded your lesson plans for the week.
  2. You should have turned in the Women in STEM skill sheet.
  3. Today, be sure to send me your BrainPop score for Newton's Laws of Motion.  The directions for sending to Gmail are posted on this page, so scroll down if you need them.
    1. Some students are reporting that they don't have the option to send that I see when I try the BrainPop quiz.  If that's the case, find another way to send me your score.  Be sure that your method includes the score and the title of the BrainPop movie.
  4. I'm working on ideas for reviewing or correcting some assignments with you, but this takes time.  My first goal every morning is to update Edlio and check e-mails.  Then on to learning new techniques, grading and recording assignments, and creating new lesson plans.  Yesterday, I started this plan at 8 am, but I didn't finish checking and responding to emails until 2:30!  That was an unusual day because it was after Spring Break.  So today's goal (after emails) is to set up the document camera that somehow traveled to my house over Spring Break!  Wish me luck!
 
A few students asked how to get a book for their science book-of-the-month assignment.  There are several ebook companies that are offering free ebooks to children during this Stay at Home time.  You can google to find them.  I know Kindle is one of them.  However, you can also download a book from many libraries in the country by getting a digital library card! You already have (or should have) a library card to the PV library.  Here are the links to LA County and LA City Libraries, in case you need more variety.
 
https://lacountylibrary.org/  (LA County Library)  I use this all the time for audiobooks, since they have an extensive selection!
 
https://www.lapl.org/  (LA City Public Library)  I discovered a great science site that's open to all card holders.  
Welcome back, all amazing students and loving adults.  I hope you had an isolated, safe Spring Break, have figured out how to make your own face masks, and found plenty of entertainment at home.  You know, you could always clean your room!  And to all of you loving adults who are in the medical field.  Thank you for everything you're doing right now, and please let us know if there's anything we can do to help, besides staying at home, keeping 6 feet away from others if we have to go out for essentials or exercise, and wearing face masks when we go out.
 
I've posted this week's science lessons to the right.  A few things to note:
  1. I figured out how to get the most current assignments and messages to the top of this page, so start looking at the top of the page for updates.  If you feel that there should be an update, check the bottom of the page, in case I forgot to drag the message to the top.  It's a bit of a hassle, but Edlio is what it is!
  2. Before Spring Break, I posted all related emails onto a new page on this site, labeled "Emails from shut down".  This way, you don't have to search through your emails.
  3. All directions for getting on to sites should be posted on this page.  Now that I've learned how to title a message, I'll try to go back and label some with that information.  That will need to be a task after I post lessons and check emails, so be patient.
  4. This week, you'll be finishing up activities from the March Super Science magazine.  If you can't find the skill sheets that you printed up, remember that they are all posted to the right.
  5. Keep checking Edlio.  I'm learning new material, too, and as I learn, I might try different methods and ideas.
 
3/26 (more!):  You should have sent me the panda BrainPop quiz results on Gmail yesterday.  If not, please do so today.  Today, you should turn in:
 
  1. The brainpop score on faces
  2. The brainpop score on sun protection
  3. Your animal book form or information.  (You've known about this for about a month!)
    1. Some of you may have turned this in early.  If you KNOW you did, don't worry.  If you're not sure, or if you'll worry anyway, just send me the information again.
Remember, I'm just posting what needs to be turned in here.  Look on your daily schedule for assignments.
3/25:  By now, you should have turned in the following assignments:
  1. BrainPop on coronavirus (sent to Gmail account)  Follow the directions on Monday.
  2. The coronavirus skill sheet (sent to PVPUSD account)  People are scanning via printer or phone, taking a picture, writing out the answers in an email.  All seem to be working!
This is just what you should have turned in.  Remember to follow the lesson plans on a daily basis, since there are some activities that will be completed, but not turned in right now.
The district posted a COVID19 resource page for students and parents.  It has the links to the help desk!  https://www.pvpusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1708046&type=d&pREC_ID=1872187

Science Plans for March 23-27

 

Monday

  • Complete the Brainpop on Coronavirus
    • I held off on assigning this until I could watch it. It’s informative, except things are moving fast, so there’s nothing about “Stay at Home”.
    • Room 5, I know you watched it in class, but it won’t hurt to watch it again. You still need to take the quiz and send me the answers.
    • I’m trying something new for all BrainPops: I’d like you to continue watching the movie and taking the graded quiz as usual, but I’d also like you to email me your results.  This is easy to do.  Here are the directions: (I’ll post them on Edlio, too)
      • After taking the GRADED quiz, you’ll find the “email results” button on the bottom left of the score page.
      • When you click on that, BrainPop will ask you for your full name and my email.
      • It’s okay to put your first name (the one you use with me) and just a last initial. I tried it that way, and it worked fine.
      • I’ve created an email just for BrainPops. This way, your score won’t get lost in spam!  The email is [email protected].
      • Please do not use this email for anything else, unless I tell you to do so!
    • There is an article on Super Science website about the coronavirus. Please read it. 
      • You can find the article by searching coronavirus on the website. The article is called “Breaking Down the Outbreak”.
      • If you would like someone else to read it to you, you can click “text to speech” on the left, and the computer will read it and highlight the words as they’re being read.
      • You can also choose another lexile, if you want a slightly easier version, or if you want to share with a younger sibling.
    • When you’ve finished reading the article, please download and complete the worksheet I posted on Edlio.
      • Please send me your completed worksheet by
        • Scanning and emailing it to me.
        • Taking a picture and emailing it to me.
        • Use the regular email.

 

Tuesday

  • Read Colorless Creatures (10-13)
    • It would be a good idea to read this with someone.
    • You can also use text to speech
  • Complete Think It Through
    • Download and print. I’ve posted it on Edlio.
    • If, for some reason, you cannot print at home:
      • Write the questions and answers on lined paper. Be sure to put the title on the top of your paper.
      • Perhaps have a friend print you a copy? Practice social distancing if you do!  This is no time for a playdate.
      • If you have another acceptable way to solve your problem, that would be fine, too.
    • If you have finished your Animal book, the next book-of-the-month is “Earth”. It won’t be due until April 21, but you’re welcome to start this week.
      • Earth topic may include rocks & minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate tectonics, erosion & weathering, and saving the earth.

 

Wednesday

  • Do the BrainPop on pandas
  • View and take notes in your science notebook on the slideshow on other animals with albinism.
    • Label your notes “Albinism”
    • You’ll find the slideshow when you scroll down to Colorless Creatures on the website.

 

Thursday

  • Do the BrainPops on faces and sun protection
    • Send me the results.
  • Watch the video: 60 Seconds Docs on Super Science website.
  • Your animal book is due today.
    • You may either scan and send me the completed form or
    • Email me the name of your book, the author, and have loving adults put a sentence on about knowing that you read the book.
    • [email protected]

 

Friday

  • Read Speed Racer (14-15)
    • It’s a good idea to read with someone or discuss after reading.
    • You can also use text to speech.
  • Do the No-Sweat Bubble Test (posted on Edlio)
3/23:  Good morning, amazing students and loving adults!  I hope you had an interesting weekend at home.  I was able to go for a walk and get some sunshine before the rain started again.  
 
I've posted your lessons for the week to the right.  I'll also copy and paste them below, although that doesn't seem to work as well, with the bullet points.  I'm trying something new this week, so that you can start showing me how you're progressing with your lessons.  
  • For BrainPops only, I've created a Gmail account.  It's [email protected].  You can (and should) email me your score quizzes, and the emails won't create havoc with my regular email.  That many emails coming in makes it difficult to find other emails.
  • After taking the graded quiz, click the email button on the bottom left of the score page.  You'll be asked for your full name and my email.  It's okay to put just your first name and last initial, but be sure to put the name you use in class.  Press send, and you're finished!  I'll receive an email from you with your score and your actual answers.
  • You do not have to worry about sending me last week's quizzes!!
  • ALSO, I'd like you to send me some of your completed work.  I think the easiest way to do this is to scan and email (to my regular email address:  [email protected]) since scanner apps are easy to get on most phones and a lot of printers come with scanning capabilities.  If scanning is not possible, just take a picture and email that.  I'm going to attempt to grade some work this way, so please make sure the picture is clear and includes your name.
  • There's nothing to scan from last week, but today you'll need to send me a BrainPop quiz and a skill sheet.  
  • On Friday, you'll need to scan the No-Sweat Bubble Test.  I forgot to say that on the plans, so I'm just telling you now.
3/20:  Hope everything is going smoothly, as we come to the end of the first week of this unusual adventure!  For your BrainPops, the GW Carver one is George Washington Carver.  Sorry, I forgot that not everyone would know that!  I've been to his National Historical Park.
 
Also, South Coast Botanical Gardens is open and crowded with flowers, not people!  They are allowed to stay open because they're mainly an outdoor park.  It's a beautiful place to walk as a family, it's safe, and there are many benches available for adults and children to enjoy a book, do some classwork, or make your conference calls while your kids wander within sight of you.  The bathrooms are open, too, so you can wash your hands.
 
If you do go to the gardens, there are 3 scavenger hunt activities going on right now.  
     1)  Bugs (through March 29) will teach you about different garden insects.
     2)  Hide and Seek has you finding the 8 works of art scattered about the gardens.
     3)  Blossom Hunt (my favorite) has you searching for the various blossoming trees and plants.  
 
They have brochures for all three of them.  
 
**  Important!  If you do go to the gardens, or any other public place, and you cannot maintain social distancing from other people, leave!  Be responsible, for your own health and for the health of others, including doctors and nurses (and all other medical personnel).
3/18: If you completed your classwork yesterday, download my notes to compare.  (On the right).  It will give you an idea of what I would expect to see in your notes. 
  • Do not peek if you haven't completed Monday's work!  Use your own brain first.
  • I included more than 2 bullet points for each article, just because different kids may have included different notes.  This gives you an idea of what I would put.  Yours does not need to be identical.
  • I did not write in complete sentences, since I keep telling you to limit your notes to the important words.  Notes need to have information, but they don't need to be grammatically correct.
3/17:  I know there are plenty of at-home activities available to keep you busy and entertained, but I thought I'd post a few ideas as they come to me.
     PBS has a number of science related videos that you might enjoy and that are related to oceans and animals.
     If you have Disney+, you may want to watch an episode of Hostile Planet, Imagineering Story, or Brain Games.
     If you have Netflix, Disney Nature Oceans and Our Planet are available.  There's an episode of Our Planet on the ocean (Coastal Sea). 
 
 
3/17:  Since some people might be using Chrome and having a difficult time downloading lesson plans, I'll also post them here.  But first:
  • The skill sheets I posted for download are for both weeks.  So hold on the the ones that you printed but aren't using this week.  There are 2 sheets that will not be on the lesson plans; I noted that they were extra credit.
  • Did I tell you that the Wildfire skill sheet that was due last Friday will be collected when we return?  You might want to set up a file for finished work to be returned.  Better to do this now, rather than scramble later!
  • Also, Home Link 20 is due when we return.  That was the last lesson we completed from Second Step.  

Science plans for March 16-20

 

Monday

  • Read the Newsblast (pgs 2-3)
  • Take notes in your science notebook.
    • Label the page “Newsblast”
    • You should have 2 bullet point notes w/ at least 7 words each for each article.
  • Do the BrainPop on International Space Station.
    • Start a new BrainPop page after Newsblast, just like we always do when starting a new unit. I’ll grade the Puffin science notebook portion when we return.
    • Do the BrainPops the same as we always do. (For loving adults’ benefit: Students watch the movie, then take the graded quiz.  They write the letter answers in their science notebooks, and review answers and correct their quizzes.  I recommend reviewing the movie if they get less than 7 correct)
    • Remember that 4 BrainPops will fit on one page. Don’t forget to label each BrainPop with its name.
  • Read your Animal book. It’s due when we return. 
    • I’m not going to repeat this every day. I believe reading is part of your literature work.  When you have finished the Animal book, you should be reading something else.

 

Tuesday

  • Do the BrainPops on Space Flight and Wrinkle in Time
  • Watch the video on the Super Science website: Let’s Stop Erosion
    • Remember, I had you write the website & password in your science notebook. Are they there??
      • Scholastic.com/superscience
      • Log in as a student
      • Password is Voyagers4
      • Okay! The video is under the Oyster to the Rescue section.

 

Wednesday

  • Read Oysters to the Rescue (4-7)
    • If possible, it’s a good idea to read the articles with someone. If that’s not possible, perhaps discussing the article later would be possible. 
    • Take notes in your science notebook. Label the page “Oysters”.
      • Divide your notes into the following sections: Beginning, Oyster City, Reef Builders, Storm Shields
      • Take down 2-4 detailed notes for each section.
    • Do the BrainPop on Mollusks.

 

Thursday

  • Do the BrainPop on erosion
  • Read Daring to Discover (8-9):
  • Watch the Video: Women in the US Government on the Super Science website.
  • If you have the materials and desire, do the Model a Reef Inquiry on page 7.
    • You may do a write-up in your science notebook for extra credit. Label the page “Reef Model”.  Be sure to make a prediction, record your results, and answer the conclusion questions.

 

Friday

  • Do the BrainPops on Rachel Carson, GW Carver, and eyes

 

Rooms 5 & 6:

  • This is completely optional for you, but if you would like to create a cartoon, I would love to see them!
    • Download the directions and worksheet from Edlio. It will be on my Language site, since it’s required for my homeroom.
3/16 afternoon:  Instructions for getting on to Super Science are found in the lesson plans, that can be downloaded to the right.  You need to download "Science Plans for March 16" and "March Super Science".  
   Here are the directions for Super Science:
       Go to Scholastic.com/superscience (this is the website printed in the magazine)
       Log in as a student (You'll see two options on the log in page)
       The password is Voyagers4
       Go to Recent Issues and click on the Speed Racer (March) issue.  As of this morning, the front cover was showing, so no need to go in the back door.
 
I have received an email from a student using a Chromebook and having issues downloading the lesson plans, but not the skill sheets.  I'll look into this.  I'm using a laptop, and there may be a difference.  For now, if you're using a Chromebook and have the same issue, email me and I'll attach the plans.
 
3/16:  If you downloaded lesson plans last night or earlier this morning, you downloaded both weeks of plans.  A glitch, but not a big deal.  I've now posted only this week's plans.
3/15:  I'm attaching this week's science lesson plans.  I've divided the work into 5 days, so that you can have a daily structure.  If you want to do more one day and less another day, feel free to do so.  I'm also uploading all of the science skill sheets you'll need for the next 2 weeks.  
  • All written work will be due on the day we return.  Plan on that being April 6.
  • Remember that test that you're supposed to take on Wednesday?  The science test on the February Puffin issue?  That has been canceled.  I do not expect you to take a test 3-4 weeks after finishing the unit!
  • I do plan to create a test on the Speed Racer/March issue, however.  That test would most likely be on April 9 or 10.
  • The email that went out on Friday should have all or most links that you'll need for all classes, but if you don't remember how to access something, please email me.  I'll check emails every morning around 8 and in the afternoon around 2.
  • Fortunately, you all have the March issue of Super Science magazine (Speed Racer), but you'll also need to print out skill sheets.  If your printer is not working, could you print them from the library (if it's open), ask a friend for help, or write questions and answers on lined paper?  Oh, and ignore the sheets "All in the Family" and "Built for Speed".  I decided not to include them in the plans, but I scanned everything together.  You are welcome to complete either for extra credit.
  • I tried to create lessons that you would find familiar.  This will make it easier for you to figure out assignments and will limit frustrated loving adults.
  • Remember, the reason we have not school is to help everyone "social distance" themselves from others.  Please avoid unnecessary contact with friends and other people.  We want to slow the growth of this virus and keep you and your loved ones healthy.  So, eat nutritious foods, get some exercise (even if it's running around your backyard or doing jumping jacks in front of the TV), do something every day to lower your stress, and get your 10 hours of sleep!!
3/26:  I learned something interesting this morning while walking around the neighborhood.  City workers were looking at the taller trees in the neighborhood.  They have to monitor the tree growth, to make sure they're not off-balance.  Apparently, the power companies come out periodically to trim the trees and keep them away from the power lines.  These workers don't actually trim the entire tree, just the side that faces the power lines.  This causes the tree to grow heavier on one side.  If the heavy side is facing a house, the house could be in danger during a heavy wind or rain storm.  We've had trees come down during storms and block roads.  I guess the city workers are doing their job well, as I don't think any houses have been damaged!
   As I was thinking about this, I realized it was like the buildings you built earlier this year, when you had to create a high-rise that could withstand a hurricane.  If you put more weight on one side, your building probably toppled over quickly, but if all sides were equal, your building probably withstood the gale winds from my hair dryer!
   So, when you go for a socially distanced walk around your neighborhood today, look up at the trees and see if you see some that are more unbalanced than others.
Looking for lesson plans for 4/6-4/10??  Check up at the top! 
 

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