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April - June 2018

posted Mar 29, 2018, 10:46 PM by Deborah Young   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 5:16 PM ]
The Civil Rights Movement had its roots in the Civil War. How can you "free" people without giving them the same rights as the other people around them? This movement was strong in 1950s and 1960s when people were fed up with the way they were being treated by the American government. The 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution were of little help when the social reality for most people of color was still about inequality

Chief Joseph (1840-1940) became chief of the Nez Perce tribe in 1871. His father negotiated a treaty with the governor of Washington in 1855 to keep all their land. Done in good faith to keep the whites happy, the treaty identified a range of land (or reservation) for the tribe. With the gold rush of 1860s, the government however wanted the Nez Perce tribe's land. And, whites settled on Nez Perce land. In 1863, the government renegotiated and made the territory even smaller. Map of reservation lands. (share 6/7/18)

First Aid - Focus on interpreting text and apply information to specific situations; explain expository texts to others; & read difficult first aid terms fluently (smoothly)

This video has an ASL sign interpreter with powerpoint. (1:15:31)

We are starting today with a segment about bleeding. What are the types of wounds? What do you do to treat a bleeding wound? (2:09) Three major things to remember to stop bleeding: pressure, elevate, and wait. (share 5/1/18)

We are focusing on wounds. Did you know that there are two major types of wounds? What do you think they are? Open wounds, by the way, has four major variations. Read the Red Cross's First Aid Manual and answer the questions on the Wounds worksheet.May18.pdf attached to the bottom of this file. 

We all get burned at some point in our lives. Perhaps, the most common burn in the kitchen is from heat - touching a hot pan, the inside of the oven, or the burner. Other burns may be from splattering grease or boiling water. What are the categories of burns? What are the causes of the burns? Once we identify the category of the burn and the cause of the burn, what do we do about them? How do you treat burns? (share 6/18/18)

Art Appreciation - Focus on using higher levels of questions to seek information, write expository text (either as final product or as script for final product), & generate public document to share with others (video, audio, print, or combination)

Drawing can be used to help you remember what we read. Graham Shaw says the most of us however say we can't draw anything. In his Ted Talk, he proves to us that we really at least draw figures. Try it out yourself. (15:03) We'll watch only the first 8:29 minutes, but you may watch the entire video on your own. (share 5/2/18)

Drawing warm up for 5/9/18: Sketch what you "see" from/about the poem "The Swing," by Robert Louis StevensonGraham Shaw's Ted Talk, Why People Believe They Can't Draw  (15:03), takes us on an adventure. He engages us in drawing to prove his point - we all can draw. Today, we'll follow his lead, then try something on our own. (share 5/9/18)

Let's learn a bit about one specific artist - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Like most artists, he explored and grew, going through several different periods throughout his career. According to the website devoted to his work, he produced 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, and 34,000 illustrations during his 78 years.  (https://www.pablopicasso.org/ accessed 5/1/18) We will look at one of his masterpieces and the story behind this piece of work: Guernica. (share 5/9/18)

Our next artist is Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). According to www.biography.com, he completede over 2100 works of which 860 were oil paintings. The rest were watercolors, drawings, and sketches. (https://www.biography.com/people/vincent-van-gogh-9515695 accessed 5/16/18) We will look at one of his masterpieces and the story behind this piece of work: The Starry Night.  Like last week, we'll divide into pairs. Each pair will take on one question - find answers, then present findings to the whole group. Enjoy! (shared 5/16/18)

A sonnet has three specific features: always 14 lines, always 10 syllables on each line, and different lines rhyme. Sonnets are poems with 14 lines. Each line in the poem has 10 syllables. The rhythm of the syllables are iamb in sonnets follow the iamb pattern - unstressed syllable then stressed syllable - meaning that you put emphasis on every second syllable. For example, in Elizabeth Barrett Brownings' sonnet "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" you read every second syllable with more energy. (Read the bolded syllables a little louder.) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Click here to read the rest of this poem. (shared 4/19/18)

Hanging Fire is a short poem that packs a lot of emotion. The focus is on a young girl and her feelings about herself and her place in the world. Audre Lorde (1934-1992) tells reporters that when she was a young teen she would answer people with memorized poems. She stated that within that poem would be a line or two that expressed what she wanted you to know. You had to be quick enough to understand. This same report talks a lot about her anger towards the world. In a more biographical piece about her life, you can read more about the content of her works and what led her to write. 

In chapter 5 of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Father William answers his son's questions. Read the poem to see if you agree with the father's responses. Lewis Carroll, by the way, was a penname. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898). This book began as a tale he would tell Alice, a friend's daughter. She urged him to write the story down. First published in 1865, by 1898 this book was one of the most popular in England. By 1932,  Alice in Wonderland may have been one of the most popular children's books in the world. (share 5/3/18)

President Lincoln was a self-made man who learned to be a lawyer by reading and studying on his own. He continually pushed that other people do the same. During his day, many people did not have the money to go to college. Most often people would apprentice under a licensed lawyer. Whenever people tried to study with him, he'd tell them to study on their own - they could be ready for their licensing exam faster. In spite of his self-taught style, President Lincoln was a writer. At this site, you can read many of his letters and speeches. Pick one that is interesting to you.  We'll examine one of his writings in class. Which one should we explore together? (share 5/3/18)

Flick Webb is a character created by John Updike (1932-2009) in his poem "Ex-Basketball Player." He liked to write about absurd, silly things happening in our everyday life. Updike is best known for his sequels to Rabbit, Run (1960), which brought him two Pulitzer Prizes for Literature. (share 5/8/18)

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was the first Black author to win a Pulitzer Prize. Critics say Ms. Brooks's poems focused on poor Black people living in the city. Critics also praise her for writing in a style that makes the language in her poetry accessible to many people. Here are two of her poems: "The Life of Lincoln West" and "A Song in the Front Yard." 

The Scarlett Ibis, written by James Hurst (1922-2013), is about a young boy who is disappointed in what baby brothers really look like when they are born. Brothers dream of having brothers they can play with, but when a baby brother is six years younger then what do you do. (share 5/17/18)

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman (1926-present) tells the tale of two people from different cultures. They each have different ways of eating. Which way should they teach their children to eat - chopsticks or forks? (share 5/21/18)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) wrote "Sympathy." This poem was published ten years after high school, where he was the class president, class poet, and only black person. Which lines of this poem make you think about freedom or oppression? Find out his connection to his classmate Orville Wright, who later invented airplanes. (share 5/29/18)

Anna Quindlen (1953-present) wrote an essay "Homeless" about her observations of life. (share 6/14/18)

Aeschylus (524-456 BC) was a Greek playwright. He won awards. His work is the earliest European plays that have survived through history. Only seven of the 70-90 plays have survived. (share 6/13/18)

Sophocles (496-406 BC) was a Greek playwright. His father was wealthy from making armor. Sophocles won awards, too. He wrote over 123 dramas, with four for each festival. (share 6/14/18)

Nutrition - Focus on reading for information & linking information between texts.

During Obama's administration, USDA changed the way we look at the food groups from a pyramid format to a plate. We will be studying nutrition on Monday mornings. Our first look at the "plate" will be on Monday, 4/16/18. Here are web pages that you can use to explore your plate and the 5 food groups: Fruits, VegetablesGrains, Proteins, & Dairy. These web pages are from USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov. These pages include lots of wonderful material for you to explore, including food group quizzes (if you are ready for the challenge). (shared 4/16/18)

Handwashing is a simple act that can save many lives. Myriam Sidibe tells us why we should wash our hands with soap to save lives (11:41). (share 4/30/18)

We examine our own handwashing methods for effectiveness. We will use GLOWGERM to track our own methods. We'll read Dr. Bahti's description about handwashing, then examine the handwashing infographic at globalnews for the most effective guide to handwashing. We'll finish up this lesson with a second handwashing session. Will we all do a better job? For our health's sake, we hope so. (share 5/7/18)

Food hygiene. Now we know how to wash our hands. What do we know about food?
Here are some Facts or Myths. You decide.
1. You must throw out food after the "best before" dateFact or Myth

Vocabulary of Nutrition. Nutrients are substances that provide our bodies with nourishment that is necessary for our continued growth and keeping our bodies in a healthy balance. Here are some key terms you should know so you can best read and understand food labels.  Here's the top 3 nutrients that should be on everyone's plateHere's a list of 6 essential nutrientsHere's a list of 11 essential nutrients. What do the lists have in common? Which list is easier to understand? Why? (share 6/11/18)

Vitamins & Minerals. Which ones do we really need? Where do they come from? How do we get them? When is enough too much? (share 6/18/18)

Exercising/Physical Fitness 
We have changed Thursday afternoon instruction to exercising with reading emphasis on sports and health. Today (4/12/19), because everyone says it's too cold to go outside - they don't like rain and snow, we will do this 5-minute workout video inside. Then we'll prepare to read a news article about racism in soccer. First, let's get out of our chairs and get moving. (shared 4/12/18)

This 5-minute workout by POPSUGAR Fitness is standing only. 
This 6-minute workout by Bowflex works on the ABs with standing only exercises. Notice that the man in this video never does a single exercise. Instead, he directs two women to do the work.
This 5-minute workout by Bowflex focuses on stretching your body.
This 5-minute workout by POPSUGAR Fitness is about reducing belly fat.
This 4-minute no-weight arm toning video is by POPSUGAR Fitness.
This 5-minute workout by POPSUGAR Fitness uses squats to tighten the body. 

Stretches to do after you walk by ExercisesForInjuries.

What is our skin made  of? Can it be replaced? What can technology do to help people who need new skin? Find out with this articleFirst, here's a 5-minute workout with HASFit. Warning: He ends with a push-up. (share 5/17/18)

STEM - Focus on using thinking skills to make sense of information & defining concepts through hands-on exploration

Note taking - Focus on identifying key words and summarizing texts.

This video explains how to take notes with the Cornell Method of note taking. Please remember to take notes about the method. Next week we will use the Cornell Method to take notes of the Lavoie video. (shared 4/10/18)

Our next video is about nonverbal learning disabilities. Take note of the three areas - do you have this disability? (shared 4/17/18)

Some of you have dyslexia and can relate well to the issues. You are not alone. Here are some famous people who also have or had dyslexia. John Stein has a series of dyslexia videos. We'll look at the talents of people with dyslexia. (shared 4/24/18)

We are taking notes from this video that illustrates how some adults with ADHD behave. Do you do any of these actions? (shared 5/8/18)

This doctor says he can stop ADD and ADHD behaviors by changing your diet. His number one claim is to eliminate ________________ from our diets. 

Paul Rabil was diagnosed in sixth grade with an auditory processing disorder and ADHD. He talks about having trouble getting words out of his brain. He is now a professional lacrosse player who has started a foundation to help children with learning and attention issues. Here more about his story (5:11). What notes did you take as you listened to this video? Please share your notes with Deb.  (Here's a 1:57 piece about how lacrosse is played.) (shared 6/28/18)

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Books to Read

BBC created a 6-part documentary that shares information about how we've come to read.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This book takes place in the Ozark Mountains during the 1920s. What's life like there during that time? Watch this Prezi presentation. Take notes on the 3 key pieces of information that help you understand life in the Ozarks during the 1920s. Please share this information after the presentation. (share 6/28/18)

Brain & Learning

After watching this TED Talk, your brain will not be the same. Find out what brain researcher Lara Boyd means by this statement. (14:24)

Deborah Young,
May 15, 2018, 6:06 AM