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Choosing topics about the Winter Olympics
Feb 25th, 2014 by jonmoss

Remember, your three topics must be general enough that they can include much of the relevant, important information that you’d want to share with someone who is unfamiliar with the Winter Olympics.

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Jan 6th, 2014 by jonmoss

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Northeast Research Information
Dec 4th, 2013 by jonmoss

Help with Lesson 37 GL Page
Oct 23rd, 2013 by jonmoss

Here are two videos that guide students through TWO of the problems on tonight’s homework. We started together, and I was so glad to hear how confident many of them felt. Good luck!

Practicing Renaming Numbers
Sep 12th, 2013 by jonmoss

Today’s math lesson was TRICKY!  That’s why you are only doing CERTAIN problems on your worksheet.  As part of your homework, please rewatch the video we saw today in class BEFORE completing tonight’s math problems.

http://learnzillion.com/lessons/515-model-numbers-using-base-ten-blocks

Lesson Links
Jun 19th, 2013 by jonmoss

Aunt Birte Discussions

NTS – Day 3 Discussion Topics
May 8th, 2013 by jonmoss

We had a very thoughtful conversation about the Holocaust this morning.  It was a serious conversation about some very mature topics, and I compliment you for how respectfully and maturely you ALL participated in our discussion.  I know some of you still have questions, and I want you to know that we will definitely continue talking in class, in addition to these online discussion groups.

Today, we are trying something new!  I have posted three different discussion topics for you.  But you have choices about what to do.  All three of these relate to the sleepover that Annemarie and Ellen are going to have.

FIRST, log on to your class website account.  (Step two won’t work unless you log on.  That’s a safety feature.)

SECOND, click HERE to see the different Number the Stars discussion topics.  Today, there are three:  They are called Ellen’s Fears, Conversations, and Ellen’s Parents.

THIRD, choose which two topics interest you the most.  Post your ideas in response to the questions asked in two different topics.  As always, be sure to watch your grammar, and be sure to support your responses well.

If you have any questions, please email me.  I hope you enjoy the new choices you have for tonight’s homework!

NTS – Living during a time of war?
May 7th, 2013 by jonmoss

While Emely was in our class today, you all discussed what it would sound like to grow up during a time of war.  Listening to your cacophony of wartime noises was bone-chilling!  Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up during a time of war?

This evening, you will discuss how your childhood would be different if you lived in a warzone.  What would you not be able to do?  What challenges would you face?  How would life be different for you?  Be specific in your ideas, and be sure to proofread before posting.

When you comment on other people’s messages, be sure to add your own ideas.  (Don’t just say something like “Yeah, I agree.” or “Right!” or “Good job, 24!”

Your assignment is to post ONE original idea and to respond to AT LEAST one other person’s comment.

How will YOU help the earth?
Apr 22nd, 2013 by jonmoss

In class last week, we brainstormed a list of 11 things that fourth graders can do to help the earth.  The ideas are:

  • Pick up litter when you notice it.
  • Recycle whenever possible.
  • Plant plants (and eat them if they are edible).
  • Turn off lights and water when you don’t need them.
  • Turn off unused electronics.  Unplug electronics when you’re not using them in order to stop vampire power!  Don’t let rechargeable devices charge overnight.
  • Reuse water bottles (safely) and plasticware when possible.
  • Carpool or walk more.
  • Layer up instead of turning the heat up.
  • Keep using what you already have instead of rushing to replace it.
  • Conserve water.  (Take shorter showers, turn off the faucet while you brush your “fangs” in the bathroom, etc.)
  • Give away unwanted toys, electronics, or clothes to someone else who might want them.  This saves them money, gives you more space, saves on manufacturing, might save you or your family money, and you might get something in return!

Some of these ideas are year-round options, while some (like layering up) are specific to a time of year.

Monday’s Assignment: Post a comment for this post.  Pick ONE of these 11 strategies that you will COMMIT to trying this week.  In your comment, tell us which of these strategies you are going to try out this week and WHY you picked it.  Use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  Fair warning:  As the week goes on, you’ll need to keep the class up to date on how your efforts are going, so don’t pick something that you won’t be able to stick with!

Wednesday’s Assignment:  Find the comment that you posted on Monday.  Reply to your original comment and tell us how your efforts have been going.  You can tell us:
-Have you been successful so far?
-What has been the hardest part about changing your habits?  What might help you?
-Has your family “followed suit?”  That means, has your family also tried to develop the earth-friendly habits that you are working on?
Remember, use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation!

MWfWW2 Follow-Up
Feb 8th, 2013 by jonmoss

Happy snow day, everyone!  If you would like to write the story that you planned last night, feel free!  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Set a timer for 45 minutes since your goal is to create a story that can be fully developed, from beginning to end, in 45 minutes.
  2. If you tend to type slowly, consider writing it on paper first and then typing it afterwards.  It may be a good idea to type into Microsoft Word first and then to paste your story into the website comment box.

Have a good day!  Be safe in the snow!

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