Persuasive Speeches and Reflections

In class, we studied how to write persuasive speeches during our 6 week unit of study.  We gathered brave, bold opinions (thesis statements) to write about problems/solutions and noteworthy people and places.  While we gathered our opinions, we learned how to add examples and evidence to support our claims. The biggest challenge was gathering all the evidence, then organizing and categorizing this information.  This helped us make a plan to gather missing evidence. We also learned the importance to be mindful about who was our audience and how can we  speak directly to our audience to say more. As we tried to convince our audience about our opinions, we explored ways to keep the audience’s thoughts and responses in mind by choosing words that sound right and evoke emotion.

Below are the Playlists.  Watch your own video and possibly others to reflect on your learning process.  Please write a reflection after watching your video.  Please include the following in your write-up.

  • What did you learn about writing a persuasive speech?  What was the most effective writing technique you learned to convince your audience?
  • How did you feel after watching your video? Do you think you persuaded your audience? What could you do differently in the video to convince your audience about your speech?

Lima Beans 3rd Week

We made observations to see how lima beans would grow with water, sunlight, and air as our controlled experiment. We made observations on another baggie of lima beans that had no sunlight as the manipulated variable. Last, we took data to observe a baggie of lima beans with no air as the manipulated variable.  Over the last three weeks, we watched these seeds grow.  Please post on your blog and remember to make paragraphs and add good details.

* (Maybe use a  compare and contrast text structure:)

We had some questions during the experiment.

  • Can the seeds grow without soil?
  • How do the seeds look compared to the controlled experiment (no air, no sunlight)?
  • Why do they look different?
  • What did you notice from your data as the seeds grew into a plant? (give details about the seed coat, embryo, food storage…)
  • Add your media to help us visualize your observations

Photosynthesis

Watch the photosynthesis video to learn more about the way plants make their own food. Then comment on the big ideas on the Padlet link below.

The big ideas are the major points of the process of photosynthesis:

  • What is photosynthesis?
  • What does a plant need to make food?
  • What is the food they make and what do they give off that animals need?
  • Any new/fun information you learned?

Photosynthesis Padlet

 

Third Week of Plants-Seed Pods

For your third blog post please tell me about the progress of your plant(s).

Please use your data from week three to help you.

  • Pollination: What did we do? What was the change in your plant after being pollinated?

 

  • General observations: Describe your controlled plants now.
    • Height
    • Color
    • Stem
    • Leaves
    • Buds
    • Flowers
    • Pods

 

  • What do you think will happen next? Predictions for your plants. What will this week look like for your plants?

 

Research Clubs- KWL Padlet

Click on your group’s padlet and post your information to your padlet. Please organize your work into the 3 columns provided:

  • K – What do I already KNOW about my topic
  • W – What do I WANT to learn
  • L – What did I LEARN in my research (this column will not be completed until the end)

Butterflies

Manatees

Frogs

Polar Bears

Gorillas

 

Before you post please make sure you included:

  • proper capitalization, punctuation and spelling
  • your writing reflects your best work
  • you have included ALL parts you want to include

Reflection of Moon Observations

Congratulations! You have observed the moon for 28 days!

Please go to your student blog page:

  • Write a reflection about what you have learned and noticed about the moon.
  • Can you add any other important information about what you learned from our lessons in class about the positions of the sun, moon, and earth?
  • Please write at least one paragraph
  • Click on 3rd grade and science to help organize your work

Write as much detail as possible. Have fun!

Interactive websites to learn the reasons for seasons

Here are some interactive websites we visited in class to learn more about seasons.

  • Complete the worksheets using these websites.
  • Have fun and explore.
  • Add a post if you have anything interesting to share.

 

https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/psu10phy.sci.seasons/seasons/#.WNhBBmQrJo4

http://www.sepuplhs.org/students/iaes/simulations/SEPUP_Seasons_Interactive.swf

 

http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/007299181x/student_view0/chapter2/seasons_interactive.html