Archive for October, 2010

Oct 22 2010

October Break

Published by under Teacher Talk

Dear Gr.5s,

The much-needed holiday has arrived. Some of you are heading off to distant lands, while others are staying close to home where some sleeping in is in order. Wherever you go or whatever you do, have a fantastic week-long holiday! You all deserve it! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures upon your return. As for me, I’m off to Beijing and X’ian. The Great Wall awaits.

Safe travels,

Miss B

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Oct 20 2010

Creative Commons

Published by under Blogging Reminders

Ms. H came into our class again to teach us about what Creative Commons means. She taught us that just because it’s there,doesn’t mean we have the RIGHT to use it.

Check out her most recent blog post about this very issue by clicking on the screen shot below. I’ve also included a youtube video that helps remind us what Creative Commons is.

Check it out!


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Oct 20 2010

Two Tens for a Five

Thanks to Mrs. Melhorn for this funny video clip from the classic  comedians, Abbott & Costello.

It just goes to show you why understanding math is sooooo important!

Happy Wednesday. Enjoy!

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Oct 19 2010

“At Least I Have a Pair of Perfect Legs”

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I was watching a news program last night on T.V. and they were featuring a story on a young man who recently won China’s Got Talent. What made him the winner?

Watch the video below to see why.

It struck a chord with me because so often when something tragic happens to us we think “Why me?” This young man is an example of thinking “Why not me?” He found strength in his disABILITY and pushed forward with his life, rather than witholding his dreams. What a great example for all of us when we are faced with challenge in our own lives.

Thank you, Liu Wei!

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Oct 19 2010

Ms.H to the Rescue!

Published by under Blogging Reminders

So you know that little Avatar problem we’ve been trying to solve? Ms. H and Mr. U put their heads together and solved the mystery! Here is a tutorial that shows you how to ensure your Avatar shows up!

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Oct 18 2010

Visible Thinking!

Published by under Uncategorized

Hi Visitors,
You may (or may not) have heard about Wallwisher. What is it you ask?

Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.

We used it the other day to record our thinking about a chapter we had listened to from our current Read Aloud called Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell.  The Wall Wisher activity embedded below shows you our thinking during or after the read aloud that day. Check it out!

Have you ever used Wall Wisher before?  If so, what for?


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Oct 15 2010

Think Outside the Bottle–Blog Action Day 2010

Published by under Sustainability

Water!

Bottled water…

may be considered an addiction by some. I have chosen to write about this today on Blog Action Day because it is an issue that every one of us has the

power to control.

For example, even if you live in a place where potable drinking water is not available, like in Thailand where I live, having a reusable bottle saves not only money in your pocket, but also does much more than that!

For instance, according to one report, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles that are used in the U.S. each year — and 86 percent of them will

never be recycled.

According to one source,

…consumption of bottled water continues to grow rapidly in most countries.  See the chart below which looks at the top 10 countries between 2002-2007 that consumed the most bottled water. You can see how much their consumption increased over that time period, too.   Is your country on this list?

So, why did I say we have the power to control our consumption of bottled water? Because we are consumers! We are the ones who decide whether or not we purchase the bottled water!

We DO have the power!

We can choose NOT to purchase bottled water and be smartER about our spending.

In my hometown of London, Ontario Canada, in Aug. 2008, there was a vote to ban bottled water in city offices, parks and other recreational facilities. Some schools in Ontario are considering, or have already banned the sale of bottled water.

Has your school done the same? What are YOUR thoughts on this?

At ISB, the price of bottled water has recently jumped from 10 baht to 20 baht. Why do you ask? Probably the most likely reason is to deter buyers and encourage people to fill their own reusable bottles at the large water stations.

Click on the picture below which will take you to the Green Panthers blog at our school. It further explains the decision to increase the cost of bottled water sales at I.S.B. Our school also showed the video called Tapped recently. I’ve included the trailer for the movie below.


Trailer for TAPPED


When it comes to bottled water you have a choice. It might mean being more prepared and remembering your reusable bottle, but it also means giving a little more respect to the environment.

This is me filling my own bottle at our classroom water jug (the water from our taps in Thailand is not drinkable).

And don’t stop there! Tupperware, coffee mugs and so on…How are YOU keeping your trash to a minimum?

Check out any of the individual student blogs on the right to see what each of us say about the topic of water.

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Oct 14 2010

We’re Flipping Out!

Published by under Science

As part of our Science unit on Variables, we are currently doing an investigation called Flippers. Today, we were learning about how different variables that we apply to our Flipper system may affect how far an object (ie. aluminum ball, cork stopper) is launched.

Check out two groups’ recent videos below to see what this looks like!
Then click on individual student blogs to see what they have to say about their learning!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeaGEk26jh0[/youtube]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia3wvAj4-Q4[/youtube]

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Oct 14 2010

Freed At Last

For Monday, I’d like you to write a blog post about the miners that were rescued yesterday from the mine.

Reflect on this question:

Do you think it’s important that the world celebrate their rescue, even though these miners are people we do not know?

Miss B.

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Oct 12 2010

Mike Tompkins

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I’m originally from London, Ontario Canada and thought it was really COOL when I read my hometown’s online newspaper and discovered a guy from my hometown was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show! His name is Mike Tompkins and he is a very gifted man.

Watch the whole video I’ve embedded here to see why then write a comment and tell me what YOU think.

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