Aquarium Fun

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First I’d like to mention this post and the video tour included were entirely made using my wife’s iPod touch. The video was recorded, edited and posted using a tiny handheld device. I am totally freaked out by this fact.

Next, one of our favorite stops at Myrtle Beach just got better when we learned that teachers get in free. Here’s the video of our tour.

Landform Wordles

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Here are some Wordles on our next science unit. Analyze these word clouds to evaluate what will be important to learn as we go forward with our new unit. Make a K-W-L Chart to prepare yourself.

Natural Processes

Ocean Floor
Compare Landforms
Ocean Shore Zone
Waves, Tides & Currents


More on PF

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Things have been hoping at my school these past two weeks as we have
been putting together our final preparations for a Palmetto's Finest
visit tomorrow. Our school has been working hard so that the visitors
get a chance to see some of all the great things we do to make Pontiac
a great school.

My room hardly ever looks this good, but with company coming it is
time to put things together. I was proud of our school and students
today as I looked around at the great work teachers have put on
display. While the displays look nicer than usual, the teaching and
learning shown by the students work is not unusual.

In my room, our recent Geometry HW projects are up and hanging. They
look awesome. The Symmetry Nature Collections, Scientific Rotations
Research and Tile Pattern Drawings really came out nice. In the hall
our Ecosystem Projects from a few weeks ago, show off how students
have been learning to conduct inquiry through research and independent
reading. And to top it all off I've set up a laptop with the Organisms
Movies we made last week on a running loop.

To be honest, I'm both impressed and proud! Way to go Pontiac! I hope
for the best with tomorrow's visit, but we don't need the award to
make our school a great place. I believe we have done that already!

Ready for Palmetto’s Finest

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Animoto – organisms

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Animoto – jeffs video

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Animoto – Ecosystem Unit Kamryn

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More on Immigration Day

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Today we celebrated our diverse cultures as we looked at the different
countries that our families came from in immigrating to the US.
Students took part in an Ellis Island simulation where we followed the
path of an immigrant through the different phases of becoming a US
citizen during the 1920s.

In our make believe journey, students looked at how crowded a steerage
ticket would be and how much nicer traveling 2nd or 1st class is. We
looked at how difficult it may have been to pass an interview to come
into the country, especially if it was in a strange new language.
Thanks to Mr. King for our language help! Students were able to
experience the joys, fears and worries of standing in line and waiting
and hoping to pass a medical test to gain one more step towards
becoming a citizen. Students were able to read and write about the
journeys into a new country to experience the real feelings of leaving
family in hopes of a better life. We had a special speaker, Maya
Spicer, share her story of her recent immigration to the US from
Russia, so we could compare and contrast immigration changes over the
past 100 years. And finally… Students got a chance to feel the
anxiety of taking a "real" Citizenship Test as our final stage before
leaving Ellis Island behind. Students made poster today representing
the different activities and these will be shared with the school.

Immigration Day

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FallFest Teachers Dance

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