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Here is an online research planner you can use and save to keep your research focused and in one place you can return to over and over again. Try it! http://elementary.oslis.org/learn-to-research/plan/Researchplanner
This Thursday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss's birthday and the start of the annual Read Across America month long event encouraging adults to read to children! Our school traditionally celebrates with Dr. Seuss stories read in our pjs, brown paper grocery bags decorated by all our students with Dr. Seuss characters and delivered to Trade Winds that day for the first sixty shoppers with the famous poem . Plus we enjoy a big birthday cake decorated for the author's birthday and shared with everyone at lunchtime.
Friday, March 3rd, we will have a special event for grades 4-8 in the afternoon. Professor Eva Szillery will be here from noon to 3:00 pm showing our students how math and fun go together with Modular Origami. Many of our students have been interested in origami and Dr. Szillery's program provides more than a project to take home. She shows how paper folding relates to math. Her Modular Origami website says it best: "Teachers have discovered that Origami is an activity that fits ideally into interdisciplinary and multi-cultural programs. Paper folding combines the advantages of being instructive and attractive. It appeals to the creative, inventive and constructive abilities of children. To the unsuspecting child, the transformation of the flat sheet of paper into a three dimensional form, using only two hands, seems almost magical.
In this learning by doing activity, (in which co-ordination and motor control play an important part), there is a continuous interaction of the action and thought process. Children watch how each fold leads to a more advanced one and how together they all progress to create a life-like pliable material, which they, the children, duplicate or, use their creativity to form a new one on their own. In that aspect, Origami is a method of “active research”. There is a gradual progression, a sequential order, research into new relationships of folds, and creative possibilities which encourage the advancement of new ideas."
"Eva Szillery is the founder of the Maine Origami Society. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics in Hungary at the prestigious Eotvos Lorand University. In 2005, she received the University of Maine Educator Recognition Award for Programming Excellence for her work with MJETS and the Maine Mathematics, Science and Engineering Talent Search Programs.
She has been folding modular origami for 14 years. She became involved in the art form as a way to teach mathematics to her students in a fun and exciting new way. She has been teaching teachers and students for modular origami in Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Presque Isle, Camden, Bath, Brunswick, Boothbay and has presented modular origami exhibits at sites across Maine, including Lewiston, Presque Isle, Bangor, Orono Portland and Gotham."http://www.mmsets.org/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=54
You can find out more about Modular Origami at the above website.
This block gets right to reading when they come to the library on Wednesdays. At their request they have 15-20 minutes to read a book of choice silently before moving on to a group book read aloud (currently The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Philip Hoose) or library-related activities. In March they'll be able to select FREE ebooks and audiobooks through the school library's subscription to an online service.
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RESOURCES FOR ARCHITECTURE AND MONUMENTS BEFORE 500 AD FROM MARVEL (www.maine.gov/marvel)
GRADES 4-8 SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES
Here are examples of architecture and monuments built before 500 AD around the world and links to resources (videos, images, articles, etc.) about them.
What architecture is and examples lower on page (look for dates): http://school.eb.com.ursus-proxy 10.ursus.maine.edu/levels/middle/article/272939
Great Wall of China http://school.eb.com.ursus-proxy-10.ursus.maine.edu/levels/middle/article/272682
Egypt (again, skim for dates) http://school.eb.com.ursus-proxy10.ursus.maine.edu/levels/middle/article/274132#200005.toc
FOR MORE: Go to MARVEL (www.maine.gov/marvel) Choose "Teen Resources". Choose Britannica Online School Edition K-12. Choose the option you want (Elementary, Middle, or High). Type the name of the country you are reporting on in the search bar. Scan the options and article with your eyes to find the item or date you need. Read, watch videos, click on images to gather your information.
I wasn't happy with the book selection in the younger categories and asked Scholastic for some additional books. They arrived today and include a few picture books including "A Christmas Wish for Corduroy", "The Most Perfect Snowman" and beginning chapter books for younger readers and animal records books, "I Survived" series of historical fiction, and a few others for older readers.
I will be here until 3:30 tomorrow (Thursday, 12/1) if you want to see the new books and/or purchase any. If you come early on Friday (12/2) while I'm packing the unsold books, you could still buy any not yet packed for a 20% discount. ;)
Thanks to all who have supported the book fair to help children own their own books and encourage reading at home. If we reach over $799.00 in sales, we get 50% of that to buy extra books for our library, birthday books, and books for teachers' classroom collections.
Today was Preview Day! All classes looked at books and made a Wish List to take home to discuss with parents. Sales start tomorrow!
Last year we sold over $900 worth of items 50% of which went to buying books for the Brooklin School Library and birthday books.
We are hoping to raise that amount by
MORE INFO RE BOOK FAIR:
Go to our Scholastic Book Fair Homepage at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/brooklinschool to find out more information.
Remember you can order from a larger variety of books on the online Book Fair site: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/brooklinschool
or go to Scholastic Book Fairs and search for Brooklin School, pay with a credit card and your total will go to our school total. Online Book Fair lasts until 12/2/16. SALE EXTENDED ONE DAY, but online sale is over 12/1/2016.