I have noticed the moon for several nights; it is so big and so bright. When you lie in bed at night, it looks like someone has switched on a light outside. As I drove to work early this morning, I could still see the moon and it was huge and round. I can’t remember seeing it look so big. ‘“Supermoons” happen when a full Moon is closest to the Earth, appearing bigger and brighter than normal.’ – CBBC, January 3rd 2018.
Have you heard the saying, “Once in a blue moon”? I just found out what it means – it means you have a supermoon twice in one month. The second supermoon of the month is called the blue moon. It doesn’t happen often, which is what the saying means. This month however we’re going to have a Super Bluemoon which is a supermoon and a bluemoon. Wow!
Every year humans discard their trash which winds up in waterways around the world. Here is a video on one such “floating trash island” in the Caribbean Sea. What else can we learn about floating trash islands? Take a few moments to help the class crowdsource Internet resources to understand this “water catastrophe” (according to Evie).
Recently we have been writing poetry. We considered thoughtful descriptions, figurative language, line breaks and punctuation. It has been fun sharing our poems; listening to each others’ has inspired even more poems to be written.
with deep shadow.
Glimpses of sunlit boughs
as the wind
stirs your branches;
tickling your leaves
you tremble with great majesty.
Sometimes when we give to others, we receive even more in return. Watch this video. Try not to cry, then think of a time when you did a good deed or made a sacrifice for the benefit of someone else. Briefly write about this time. Try not to cry.
Mochi is a Japanese delicacy made with a special grain of rice. It takes a highly skilled person to make mochi. This video introduces the audience to the traditional art and craft of making mochi. Watch as the master explains his lightning quick techniques for turning rice into a classic Japanese treat. After watching, use the Reply space below to answer this: How do you think someone becomes a master or an expert at anything?
Blogging is a new style of writing for me. I joined a large group of Scarsdale teachers for a ‘blogging workshop’ today. We looked at how digital literacy is different from traditional literacy and our goal is to introduce students to blogging so that they have a place of their own to share their writing and their thoughts. We also looked at some fabulous examples of Scarsdale elementary student blogs – children who posted photos of their field trips and wrote about them, others who wrote about books they’d read, and others who wrote about science experiments they had conducted, amongst others. The work was impressive.
The bonus of blogging is the automatic audience that can provide feedback. I think this will excite the writers in my class.
I am looking forward to starting this style of writing with my students and am aware I have to practice myself…this is my first blog!