What do you do to make people feel welcome?

May 25, 2007


This is an awesome video with a great message. Basically, the short video describes how kids can feel bullied and left out in school. Here are a few of the lyrics (words) from the song:

You don’t know what it’s like to be hurt, to feel lost, to be left out in the dark. To be on the edge of breaking down and no one’s there to save you. No you don’t know what it’s like… welcome to my life.

I think that the writers of the song (Simple Plan) hit home on the fact that there are a lot of kids and adults in this world who don’t feel included, feel bullied, and have no one to talk to about their problems.  The video mentions that 100,000 (that’s right, I said 100,000!!!) kids drop out of school every year because they DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN SCHOOL!

My question to you (and if you’re in my class, you know that I always have a question) is what do you do to make people in your school feel included? What about on the athletic field? Do you work as a team? Is there someone that you think might not feel included while at school? What are YOU going to do about this?


More Greenfield Village Footage

May 19, 2007

I was really impressed when I looked at your district folders today. It seemed as if everyone used the time in class wisely and produced a lot of good information for your digital story. In an effort to bring you more information about Greenfield Village, I have posted another video from Youtube. This video is shot by a gentleman who loves planes, trains, and automobiles (John Candy and Steve Martin not included… not that you guys would know who they are, but maybe your parents are looking at this too).

This video is cool because the director has used Microsoft Moviemaker (Spencer, this is similar to the software you guys use in broadcasting). Essentially the director is combining movie, sound, pictures, and text in order to tell you his story about Greenfield Village. This is similar to what you guys will be doing with your photostory. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think!

Air Has Pressure!

May 14, 2007

Recently in science we have been talking about our atmosphere. We learned that our atmosphere is made up of Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Trace gases, which include water vapor (water in a gas form). 

We then learned that the water vapor can condense to form liquid water (this is what happens on the side of your McDonald’s pop).

Today we talked about the fact that air has pressure. The video below shows what happens when air pressure is not equal on the outside and inside of a can.  

Steve Spangler’s Science Website puts it like this: Here’s the real scoop on the science of the imploding can: Before heating, the can was filled with water and air. By boiling the water, it changed states from a liquid to a gas. This gas is called water vapor. The water vapor pushed the air that was originally inside the can out into the atmosphere. When the can was turned upside down and placed in the water, the water vapor condensed and turned back into the water. Water molecules in the liquid state are many, many times closer together than molecules in the gas state. All of the water vapor that filled up the inside of the can turned into only a drop or two of liquid, which took up much less space. This small amount of water cannot exert much pressure on the inside walls of the can, so the pressure of the air pushing from the outside of the can is great enough to crush it. The sudden collapsing of an object toward its center is called an implosion. Hey, air pressure is powerful!

Digital Storybooks

May 5, 2007

As we discussed yesterday, we are going to make our own digital story based on our Greenfield Village trip. One problem that I am having is that I am not sure you guys (my class) recognize the possibilities this type of story offers when compared to a regular story.

Personally, I think it’s amazing that you will be able to integrate (or put together) your pictures, words, and voice into a story about an awesome field trip. What do you think about this project? Can you think of any other projects that would be better with a digital storybook?

Greenfield Village Field Trip

May 3, 2007


At the end of the month, the fifth grade will travel to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Click here and be whisked away to Greenfield Village’s website. While you’re there take a look at the different districts we will be visiting. We plan to create a digital storybook of our trip when we get back. As you look at the Village’s website, what places do you think we should include in our storybook?  

The video above is of an actual steam locomotive at Greenfield Village. The train is leaving a station in the “Working Farms” district of the park. In the background you can see a blue building; this is the Soybean Experimental Laboratory.