Monday, April 23, 2012

Volcanoes and Earth Science

1) Check out these interesting VOLCANO FACTS.

Write down 3 interesting facts you learned. 

2) EXPLORE a volcano with your partner.

3) Watch this VOLCANO VIDEO

Write down 3 interesting facts you learned. 

4) Learn more about POMPEII


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Hi class! This week we are going to learn about photography. You are going to learn some basic skills and then get to take some pictures of your own! I love photography and even studied it at BYU.

Below are a few examples from my photography portfolio.

Sandwiched Negative

Nature-Antelope Canyon


There are a few basic skills you will need to learn before we take pictures as a class.

Go to this SITE to learn 10 tips for better pictures. Write down three of the ten tips. Click on each tip as you choose to learn more about it and tell me what you found. 

Learn about picking the best VIEW POINT. What will you do to make your pictures more interesting? Write your ideas down.

Look at this picture of the camera below. What are some things you notice? Name at least three parts. 

Look through the photos HERE. Pick a favorite and explain in your own words why you like it. 

My example:

I like this photo by Paul Parent because it has an interesting view point or angle of the tulip. The colors are pretty. I also like how the front is in focus and the back is blurry. 

When you are done, you may take a few photos in PHOTO BOOTH.

I will be calling you out a few students at a time to practice taking a few pictures. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eye of God Craft

The " Ojo de Dios" or God's Eye is an ancient symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia. 

In Mexico, The central eye was made when a child was born. Each year, a bit of yarn was added until the child turned five at which point the Ojo was complete. 

In Bolivia, "God's Eyes" were made to be placed on an altar so that the gods could watch over the praying people and protect them. 

God's Eye Directions

Video Tutorial

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Amazing Magnets

-magnet (from Greek μαγνήτις λίθος magnḗtis líthos, "Magnesian stone") is a material or object that produces a magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is responsible for the most notable property of a magnet: a force that pulls on otherferromagnetic materials, such as iron, and attracts or repels other magnets.

We will be exploring the amazing world of magnets, but first let's explore the science behind this interesting principle. 

Read the facts found at the link below. Write down 3 new interesting facts you and your partner learned.
Magnet Facts

Learn about magnets & springs as you combine the two to complete various magnetic challenges in this fun science activity for kids. Find out what objects magnets are attracted to and more. Will the magnet pick up plastic objects? How about aluminum cans? Experiment and find out how magnets and springs work. How does the distance you pull back the spring affect how far the magnet will travel? Try rotating the magnet or changing to a big or small size, how does this affect the magnetic strength? Enjoy these challenges and more with this cool, interactive game.
Magnets & Springs

When you have completed the above activities, use the site below to learn more:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sound & Music

This week we will make our very own musical instruments, but first let's explore the science behind sound and play some fun musical games!

Read the facts found at the link below. Write down 3 new interesting facts you and your partner learned.
Sound Facts

Use the link below to explore different instruments. Use the arrow buttons at the top to take you through the activities. Drag a new instrument on the screen to explore each instrument. Write down one new thing you learned about each instrument-one new fact for the guitar, one new fact for the drum, etc.

For example. Does the pitch get higher or lower when you tighten the guitar string? What happens to the sound when there is more water in the bottle?

When you are finished with the above activity, click Sort Sounds in the right corner to complete this new activity with your partner.
Changing Sounds

When you have completed the above activities, use the site below to create and save your own music.
Toon Beats

Monday, January 23, 2012