"If you can dream it, you can do it"
-Walt Disney

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Make music while you write!
Try this new website that I just learned about –Typeatone!! It comes from the makers of Patatap.  In Patatap, you are able to create visual fireworks by typing on a keyboard. Each key corresponds to a shape and sound.  Typeatone is similar, but it allows you to create music with a sentence! The website is free to use.  Try writing poetry or sentences with figurative language to see how it sounds.  How cool would it be to have you next spelling test administered this way? Students  would need to listen to the sounds of different letters, and then guess what word was spelled.

To visit Patatap, go to http://www.patatap.com
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

From 'Dracula' fish to snub-nosed monkeys: New species found in Himalayas

Can you believe that scientists are STILL discovering new species of plants and animals?  The idea that there are organisms out there that we don't even yet know EXIST is fascinating!  
Click on the link below to see the latest discoveries from the Eastern Himalayas. 
 Here is a map of where these new species were discovered:

Some 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird and one mammal have been discovered over the past 6 years in the Eastern Himalayas," the report says.
The region stretches from northern India, through Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet along with a sliver of Myanmar's far north.
The area is one of the biologically richest on earth, but an increasing number of its species are becoming more and more vulnerable.   
"The natural landscape of the region is currently facing a wide range of threats and pressures, with climate change assessed as by far the most serious, followed by mining, oil and gas projects, road construction and construction of new dams," the report warns.
"Invasive species, impact of tourism, water pollution, and illegal hunting, fishing, dams and logging are also among the most serious current issues," it says.
WWF is using its colorful report to call for "significant additional conservation measures to be introduced and implemented to preserve the habitats and extraordinary biodiversity of the region."

Monday, September 21, 2015

GOOGLE Everywhere!

Using great digital resources you can go on amazing field trips without ever leaving the classroom.
  • Google Street View – Oceans: 71% of Earth’s surface is ocean, and there’s a ton to learn about the vast ecosystems in the oceans across the globe. Go walk on the ocean floor and try to identify as many ocean plants and animals as you can.Google Oceanshttps://www.google.com/maps/streetview/
  • Google Sky: Google uses amazing images from observatories and from the Hubble Space Telescope for you to visit space. Explore the magnitude of space and be inspired by this vast universe.Google Skyhttp://www.google.com/sky/
  • GeoGuessr: After one session you will be addicted to this fun world-wide guessing game. When you visit GeoGuessr, you’re set down at a random spot in Google’s Street View. Walk around and check out surroundings, until you’re ready to make a guess as to where you are. Select the spot you think you’re at on the map, and see how close you were. Let’s put your geography skills to the test. Where is…? is another good game that presents you with a city and players have to click the map to guess where the city is located. TRY IT!https://geoguessr.com/
  • Google’s Street View imagery takes you to Kenya where we can virtually walk along with elephants. In the new imagery you can see elephants, zebras, lions, leopards, and more. Visit anywhere in the world and record your findings.http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2015/09/walk-alongside-elephants-of-samburu.html

Friday, September 18, 2015

It's Here!!!!



It’s time to start sketching, because this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest begins soon. For the first time ever, students are invited to use any materials they want to express themselves in a doodle of the Google logo. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage.

Please stop by and see Mrs. Luzon or Mrs. Taylor for more information.
Visit the link below for more information about the contest:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome Back to School!

Here is a link to a popular website.  This has some of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place! 
Choose from fun, educational, interactive games and simulations for math, English language arts, science, social studies, brainteasers, music, art, holidays and more! Comment on your favorite activity you explored.  http://interactivesites.weebly.com/index.html