Here are some resources for learning about your state:
US Census Bureau Quick Facts
For content, follow the guidelines below:
Friendly Face Ads:
Before and After:
We're going to make up an ad for a product. Write in this form what your product will do, what it will be called, and what your advertisement will be like.
Using the Ad template, write up the name of your product, the slogan, and the description. Take a picture of yourself to place in the ad. This might be a happy face, a recommendation, you using the product, or a before and after. Drop your picture in the /Users/Shared/
The ability to summarize what you have read is an essential research skill. When you look for information, you can't just copy and paste what you find into your own work. If you're going to write about a topic, you have to have a clear summary of it in your head first. To build that summary, you start with information. You need to read it, understand it, and be able to express it in your own words. Summarizing is great practice for doing research.
Here is a sample for the class to do together: How did people solve a problem?
Surprise! You're getting a thousand dollars! But you can't keep it: it's your budget for a job you have to do. The job is to set up student hangout room for the school. You're going to need to buy EVERYTHING needed for the room. Here's your shopping list:
Students will research how Easter is celebrated in a specific country and create a web page that describes what they've learned.
How to create footnotes
Here's how to edit the description and add your own haiku:
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This project overlaps with 5th Grade writer's workshop for two weeks. In week 1, we will research Ben Franklin and come up with interesting questions to ask him. In week 2, we will write the answers to these questions as Ben Franklin would have answered them.
We're going to start out by researching Ben Franklin. Follow these instructions to save your information:
Read over this list of question types: http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/dalton.htm
What do you notice is different between the questions at the top of the page and the questions at the bottom? Which do you think would make better interview questions? Consider this as you write your questions. You need to have 10 open-ended questions written out. Do not write questions like "Where were you born?" A better question would be, "how you think your upbringing influenced your life?"
This video will help you think more about good interview questions:
Using the research strategies discussed in class, answer each of the open-ended interview questions you wrote last week. Remember, you will be answering the questions as Ben Franklin!
Write an introduction to your interview. Imagine you are a well-known TV personality who regularly interview important people!
To film your interview, we will first film you asking all of the questions. Then we will film you (dressed as Ben Franklin) giving all the answers.
Split up the clips of your two videos so that it goes back and forth between you as you and you as Ben Franklin! Add news style titles and music to your video.
To publish, share your video to a file and upload it to Google Drive. Be sure to share it with Mr. Dreyfus and Ms. Litzenberger!
- cardboard tray
- water bottle
- milk carton
- plastic utensils
- Useful: must be designed to fill some need
- Usable: easy to use
- Unique: must not copy anyone else's idea or design
- Rugged: must be able to stand up to daily use
- At lunch today, do your best to keep your materials clean. Take them home and spend the weekend brainstorming an idea for an invention. Use the "I Intend to Invent" form to describe it.
- Working with a partner, decide on a final idea for your invention. Partners will design it together in Google Sketchup.
- Mock up your design in Google Sketchup.
- Write a set of instructions for how someone else would build your product.
- Build your final product, taking pictures along the way and adding them to your instructions.
- Name your invention and present it to the class.
- Publish your instructions on the Internet!
Halle & Lucas
Matthew & Julia
Gabby & Reid
Natalie & Carter
Gia & Cameron
Laren M & Lauren D
Kevin & Lindsey
Sophie & Vito
Katie H & Alex
Rachel & Grant D
Grant B & Caroline
Isabella & Maddie K
Wesley & Rebecca
Keoni & Jackie
Laura & Dominic
Abby & Mckenzie
Celeste & Eliana
Katie C & Maddie J
Today we're going to explore the Water Cycle! While we look at some information, fill in this sheet of Water Cycle vocabulary.
First, let's watch this video:
Next, let's get a better picture of how all the water moves around. Check out these animations:http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/kids/flash/flash_watercycle.html
When you've got all the vocabulary words, turn over your paper and write out a story on the back. Imagine that you are a droplet of water. Explain the changes you go through as you travel around and through the water cycle. Be sure to use as much of the vocabulary as you can.
Working in pairs, tell your story while your partner records you. First, decide which picture you'd like to use as your background (see Attachments). When you start recording, introduce yourself and then start telling your story. With your droplet on a stick, show where the water moves on the picture as you tell the story.
As you begin studying the process of INVENTION, we're going to be coming up with our own inventions in Technology class. We'll be designing our inventions using Google Sketchup, a 3D drawing program. To get started with Sketchup, follow the tutorial below to create a house! This will give you a good idea of how to use the various tools within Sketchup.