Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Energy Games – Try out the “Watt’s That?” quiz game, or have a go at wordfinds, crossword puzzles, connect the dots, and other great games that are all about energy.
Questacon Virtual Roller Coaster - Try your hand at building your own roller coaster. Watch out though, or you might be in for a crash landing!
Funderstanding Roller Coaster - You can control hill height, sped, loop size, and even gravity in this fun interactive.
Physics Life - explore the physics around you by exploring the Physics Life City.
You have until December 18th to finish this blog assignment.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, December 4, 2009
This month's character word is honesty. The definition of honesty is to tell the truth, to be fair and straightforward, and to lead a life of honor and dignity. Please read the story below of the Emperor's Seed.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Ben's surgery went very well and I have so much to be thankful for in my own life right now. Thanksgiving means different things to different people, but the American tradition of Thanksgiving is a family celebration where we gather and reflect on what we are most thankful for in our own lives. Your assignment this week is to reflect upon your own life and share at least two things you are most thankful for. As always, answer in complete sentences and I look forward to reading your responses.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving break!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Global Warming and Earth Processes - This site provides movies that explain global warming, the water cycle, and the carbon cycle. After you watch each movie, you can take a quiz to test your knowledge of global warming and earth processes. This site is ideal for grades 3-8.
Animal Adaptations - All animals live in habitats. Habitats provide food, water, and shelter which animals need to survive, but there is more to survival than just the habitat. Animals also depend on their physical features to help them obtain food, keep safe, build homes, withstand weather, and attract mates. On this site, learn about how an animal's physical features, called physical adaptations, develop over many generations to help the animal survive in its habitat.
Animal Defense - Many animals have developed remarkable defenses to keep from being eaten.For example, some animals use chemicals which they spray from various parts of their bodies to deter predators. A few animals rely on trickery and copy the defenses of other animals to protect themselves. In this activity, you can sample various Internet sites and complete the activities for each one to learn more about the adaptations that animals have made to protect themselves.
Chain Reaction - This interactive site teaches you about the food chain and allows you to try your hand and creating your own food chain.
Biomes of the World – Visit each biome and learn about the plants and animals that inhabit each biome. Students can also learn about Freshwater Ecosystems and Marine Ecosystems.
Your assignment is to visit at least two of these websites and explore. Leave a comment below with information that you learned or what you thought was the most interesting link from these choices. Please answer in complete sentences and be sure to include your name in your comment. This needs to be completed by Friday, November 20th.
Friday, November 6, 2009
November's character education word of the month is caring. Caring can mean a lot of different things to different people. The most common definition is: To be interested and concerned about others, and to treat them with understanding and compassion.
Read the story below and write a comment about what caring means to you.
The Acorn Planter
In the 1930s, while a young traveler was exploring the
French Alps, he came upon a vast stretch of barren land. It
was desolate. It was forbidding. It was ugly. It was the
kind of place you hurry away from.
Suddenly, the young traveler stopped in his tracks. In the
middle of this wasteland was a bent-over old man. On his
back was a sack of acorns. In his hand was a four-foot
length of iron pipe. The man was using the iron pipe to
punch holes in the ground. Then, from the sack he would
take an acorn and put it in the hole.
The traveler stopped the old man to ask him what he was
doing. "I've planted over 100,000 acorns here, but perhaps
only a tenth of them will grow," he said. The old man's
wife and son had died, and this was how he chose to
spend his final years. "I want to do something useful with
my life," he told the traveler.
Twenty-five years later, the now-not-as-young traveler
returned to the same desolate area. What he saw amazed
him. He could not believe his own eyes. The land was
covered with a beautiful forest two miles wide and five
miles long. Birds were singing, animals were playing, and
wild flowers perfumed the air. The traveler stood there
recalling the desolation that once was; a beautiful oak
forest stood there now - all because someone cared.
Adapted from The Sower’s Seeds
just ignoring it. Being aware of others’ achievements and celebrating their success. Please leave a comment by November 6th.
Friday, October 30, 2009
What is one way your family celebrates in the fall? Please post your comment below.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
After watching this video, I would like for you to leave a comment including one fact about the Revolutionary War. Once again, you can't list a fact that anyone else has mentioned, so the sooner the better. Your facts may be from the video, from class discussions, or from your own research.
The due date for this assignment is Friday, October 23rd.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
This month's character education word is Respect. We have all discussed what respect means, but I thought I would post this video about respect, written by a school counselor at another school.
I know it's pretty silly, but I thought it might make you laugh. Your assignment for the week is to tell me two ways you can be respectful this week while at school. You can't list anything that anyone else has posted above you, so the sooner the better!
Have a great week!
- Mrs. Garrett
Friday, September 11, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Your assignment this week is to research Andrew Clements and post facts about him below. The challenge of this assignment, is to post at least two facts that no one else has mentioned. You have until Friday, September 11th to complete this assignment. Good luck!
- Mrs. Garrett
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hi! My name is Mrs. Garrett and I’m going to be your teacher for the upcoming school year. I am thrilled about all of the units and activities I have planned for the first trimester. We will begin the year studying electricity and magnetism.
I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grades over the past six years, and I am eager to begin the school year with all of the fourth and fifth grade students at the Summit. I am married to Josh Garrett, and we have a six month old son named Ben. We live on a farm in Sparta with two miniature donkeys, 35 chickens, two ducks and two dogs. Part of our farm is pasture and part is woods, and we love to walk the trails we have made through the woods and pick berries. I also love to spend time in the garden. I can’t wait to find out more about you!
In our classroom we will form a community of learners. I hope to learn as much from you as you learn from our class. We will have many hands on activities and we will use computers to research all of the major units of the school year and to write papers and presentations. We will also have plenty of guest speakers and visitors throughout the year. I can’t wait for us to get started and I will meet you all soon!