Thursday, May 21, 2015

7th GOAL: Stop Motion Reflection

Now that you've finished making your stop-motion animated movies, write a reflection on the process.  In paragraph form, answer the following:

  • Describe your movie
  • Describe the process of making the movie
  • What was the hardest part, and why?
  • What are you most proud of, and why?
  • During this unit, what did you learn about the process and/or skill of animation?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

6th Grade Westward Expansion Projects

You will be creating a VoiceThread project to share your facts.  If you don't have an account already, use your school username and password to create an account for yourself.

For this project, you will need to find AT LEAST 5 pictures relating to your topic.  The pictures will be what the audience looks at while they listen to your comments.  Then, they'll be able to comment on your project and talk about connections they can make between their topic and yours.

Over the course of showing your pictures, your comments need to include the following information:
  1. Introduce yourself and the topic you researched.
  2. Give at least 5 interesting facts you learned.
  3. Explain why your topic was important to the idea of Westward Expansion. 
  4. Share at least two questions that you didn't find the answers for or that your research made you wonder.
  5. After doing your specific research, do you think Westward Expansion in the United States was a good idea?  Why or why not?  What were the pros and cons?  Explain.
When your Voice Thread is done, click the menu icon for your project on the VoiceThread dashboard page.  Create a post on your blog and share the link.  

As your classmates finish, go into their projects and listen to their comments.  Make comments of your own, at least one comment on each person's project (it's not necessary to comment on each individual slide unless you want to).  Use the following sentence starters to make connections with your own project and to add to the information provided:
  • This reminds me of...
  • This is similar to...
  • I wonder...
  • This made me realize...
  • I noticed...
  • You can relate this to...
  • I'd like to know...
  • I'm surprised that...
  • If _____, then _____...
  • If I were..., I would _____...
An example of a VoiceThread project:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

5th Grade GOAL: Blogs & Fibonacci Numbers

Complete the following items:

  1. Finish your blog post reflecting on Independent Projects.
  2. Comment on at least 3 other students' Independent Project blog posts.
  3. Set up your Goodreads account.
  4. Using widgets, attach your Goodreads account to your blog.
  5. Add books you're currently reading to Goodreads, and/or update your progress on those books (MAKE SURE TO LOG OUT WHEN YOU'RE DONE).
  6. Watch the following videos:

Finally, start a blog post (you don't need to publish it yet) on what you think about Fibonacci numbers at this point.  For some of you, this is the first time you've ever heard of such a thing.  What are your thoughts?  What are your questions?  What are your observations?  What did you learn so far?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

6th & 7th Grade GOAL: Be Inspired and Inspire Others!

  1. Go to the TED site or the TED Ed site.
  2. Browse all the different TED talks available.
  3. Watch a TED talk of your choice.
  4. Write a blog post about the TED talk including the following information: what it was called, what it was about, who you would recommend it to and why, and how you would rate it on a scale of 1-5 stars and why.
  5. Include the link or embed the talk into your blog post.
  6. If you have time, repeat steps 1-6.

8th Grade GOAL: Intro to Documentary Films

Today in class, you are going to be investigating different aspects of documentary filmmaking.  Watch and read as much as you can this period.  If you're already in a documentary film group, divide and conquer so all the links get covered by someone in your group.  You're not required to take notes, but feel free to write down anything you'd like to remember for the process.

About Documentaries
Ken Burns on Story
How to Create a Digital Story
The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling
What is Digital Storytelling?
Documentary Filmmaking Resources
Digital Storytelling Resources
What is a Documentary Film?

Filmmaking Tips
Shoot Like a Pro: Interview Basics
How to Film and Interview
Composition + Framing: Storytelling with Cinematography
How to Write a Documentary Script
Rock Your World: Producing Documentaries
Documentary Storytelling Techniques

Documentary Examples
Ken Burns: Frank Lloyd Wright
Mad Hot Ballroom
Ken Burns: Baseball
Supersize Me
Ken Burns: Jazz
The Awful Truth

Monday, April 6, 2015

Project Reflections!

Third quarter was full of projects... Independent Projects, History Day Projects, Images of Greatness Projects... LOTS of projects.  On your blogs, complete the following reflection in paragraph form.  If there is a way to include a picture or to embed your project, please include it in your blog post.

1.  Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the format in which you presented.

2.  What do/did you like most about your project?  Explain.

3.  What are two of the most interesting things you learned about your topic during your research?  Why did they interest you?

4.  What was the hardest part of this project, and why?

5.  How did you improve as a learner or as a student during the process of this project?  Explain.

6.  If you could do the whole thing over again, what would you change and/or improve?  Why?

7.  What are you most proud of when it comes to the whole experience of this project?  Explain.

8.  If you have any genuine suggestions about how to improve this project or how to make this project more meaningful to future students, please include them at the end.

When you finish your blog post, you may go to any site on Idleness Prevention Society.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Deep Thinking Friday

Two videos to blow your mind...

Why There Are 360 Degrees In A Circle by 9pops

You Can't Touch Anything by VSauce

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fiddler Costumes

Here are some pictures to help you envision the costume suggestions handed out in rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.  Ask Mrs. Edlin if you have any questions!  Costumes need to be at school on Friday, February 20.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quarter 2 Self-Evaluation

Please send Mrs. Edlin an e-mail with answers to the following questions (answer in complete sentences, self-editing to submit your best work):

1.  How many books did you read this quarter (November 1-January 22)?  Did you make your goal?  Explain why or why not.

2.  List the books you read this quarter.

3.  Is your Goodreads account updated?  Make sure you've labeled every book with the 2015 school year and with the book's genre.

4.  What went well with your reading contract this quarter?

5.  How can you improve your reading contract next quarter?

6.  Do you have any questions or concerns about other GOAL assignments?  Explain.

7.  Is there anything Mrs. Edlin can do to help you be more successful in GOAL?  Explain.

We're halfway done with the school year, folks!  Let's make the last half GREAT!