Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
Believe in the Possible!

 On August 26, Author Jennifer Holm's newest book, The Fourteenth Goldfish, will be released.  I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy, thanks to netgallery.com.  This book will be one of the books featured this year for the Global Read Aloud which begins in October.
I found The Fourteenth Goldfish to be a very engaging book filled with likeable characters.  I particularly loved the science connections.  Just as the main character, Ellie, has a fascination with all things scientific, you too will want to learn more about all the scientists mentioned in the book.  The story is filled with humor, as well as thought provoking questions about the power of science.
I look forward to the beginning of Global Read Aloud when students will be sharing their thoughts about this charming book. 

 
"Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility?"  Amazon Review
 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Blogging

 Summer Blog
 
Dear Students,
During the summer your Kidblog page will be kept active.
You will be able to log in to your new Class in July.  How exciting!
We are so excited that you will to be sharing your reading and writing with others.
 
*Reading Challenge:
 
Write a detailed summary of a book you read this summer, but be sure not to give the ending away. Make the reader of your blog want to read this book and leave you a comment.
 
Title your post with the The Title  (underlined and capital letters)
The One and Only Ivan
Include the author and genre in your post.
 
Your post needs to be self-edited and will be submitted for review when completed. Remember that if you have too many errors, your post will not be published.
 
Use this link for a list of Newbery Award Books if you are looking for suggestions.
 
*Writing:
 
Your blog may also continue your personal writing by posting original stories and poems.
You may include a Summer Destination writing piece by describing a place you have visited.
 
*Comments:
All comments on the blog should be written in a friendly letter format and be sure not to reveal any personal information.  Remember to add new information and get a conversation going.
 
Student Blogs can be found on Mrs. Klipfel’s Blog on the Blog Tab
and on the Proctor School website:
 
Questions? Contact Mrs. Klipfel   pklipfel@topsfieldps.org
Have a fun summer!
 
**In order to make this a fun summer experience; we will be giving prizes in the fall for all students with posted entries. 
 
 
 
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Groups of Fifth Graders have been working on Book Trailers using the app iMovie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

American Revolution

After a field trip to The Battles of Lexington and Concord, the fifth grade students in Mrs. Lantz's class decided to create their own short videos.  Students began by researching and writing original scipts, then using the app Green Screen by Doink they enlisted the acting talents of classmates to help in the final production. 
Props always help create the scene. Listen as the news reporters report the NEWS!
 
5.39. Learning Standards: The Revolution and the Formation of a Federal Government under the Constitution, 1775-1789: Describe the major battles of the Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and British defeat (Lexington and Concord (1775); Bunker Hill (1775); Saratoga (1777); Valley Forge (1777-1778); Yorktown (1781)). (H) 18
Suggested Titles for
Massachusetts Social Studies State Standard 5.39.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Talking Animals

Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Class have been researching animals.  Each student wrote a detailed report and included many facts.  Using the FREE app ChatterPixKids they brought these animals to life.  Do you know all these facts?
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Grade 6 Book Trailers

iMovie has a wonderful feature on the iPad that the sixth grade students have been exploring.  The Movie Trailers are easy to use and allow students to be very creative.  Sixth graders have been working in small groups to create Book Trailers for literature they have read this year.
Here are 2 examples:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Caribbean Islands

Students in Ms Mehlin's Fourth Grade Class have been researching the Caribbean Islands.  Using the app Book Creator students worked collaboratively and cooperatively in small groups to write their own books.  Book Creator allows students to begin the process on their individual iPad and when the group is ready they can combine books to finish the process.


 
 
In grade 4, students study the geography and people of the United States today. Students learn geography by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. In addition, they learn about the geography and people of contemporary Mexico and Canada. Teachers may choose to teach the standards on the geography and social characteristics of the nations in Central America and the Caribbean Islands.
 
The  links below open on an iPad or iPhone using the app iBooks or Book Creator.
Be sure to check out the added features when you see the sound icon.
Click the link and click on Download.
Open in iBooks or Book Creator to hear all the Extras



Trinidad
Barbados
Cuba 
Dominican Republic
Grenada 
Haiti 
Jamaica
Puerto Rico
 
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