Sunday, December 18, 2011

United States Constitution & Bill of Rights

We are going to start our unit on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights soon.  Do you want to get a head start???  If you do, everyone in class will wonder how you already know all the answers!!!   :)

CLICK HERE to link over to some information about the U.S. Constitution

CLICK HERE to link over to some FUN games to learn more about the U.S. Government.

CLICK HERE to link over to The White House Official Blog and learn all about the U.S. Government.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Linking Verbs Song

Want 10 extra credit points???  All you have to do is memorize and sing the linking verbs song to me!

REMEMBER!  It is sung to the tune of London Bridge :)


am, are, is, was, were, (and) be,

forms of be,

forms of be,

taste, smell, sound, seem, look, feel, say

become, grow, appear, remain.

Factotron

CLICK HERE to play a game to help you brush up on your fractions.  You can't run, you can't hide, you REALLY need to learn your fractions!  So, just do it!  :)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Length X Width X Height = Volume

There is a  song for EVERYTHING!  I LOVE music!  What a fun way to learn :)  Watch the video to help you remember how to calculate volume.




Now CLICK HERE to take a quiz on how to find the volume of a prism.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PEMDAS

Do you remember the Order of Operations?  Remember Aunt Sally?  Did you excuse her?  Well, if you did, you remember at least SOME of PEMDAS.  Watch the video to learn even more!





After watching the video, CLICK HERE to play the Order of Operations Millionare Game! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Helping Verbs

Do you remember ALL of the helping verbs?  Do you remember how many helping verbs there are?  Here is the song from class to help you remember :)


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fun with Magnetism!

I hope you are all reading and learning all you can about magnets and magnetism!  Each of you will do a class presentation this week to help all of us learn even more about magnets.

Magnets are SUPER FUN to play with, so I thought I would link up another fun site with some online magnet games.  CLICK HERE to link over to the magnet games. 

The rule of magnetism- "Like poles repel. Unlike poles attract."

It is believed that the earth's magnet power comes from a current in the liquid center of the Earth causing it to become a gigantic electromagnet!

Here are some FUN FACTS about magnets:
  • -the earth's magnetic field is like a bar magnet at the center
  • -usually made of iron or steel-iron, nickel, cobalt
  • -can be any shape
  • -a magnets pull is strongest at two points-north and south poles
  • -the first magnets were stones called Iodestones. The word lode means lead. The stone magnetized compass needles and helped bring sailors home.
  • -the earth is a giant magnet
  • -earth magnets are powerful and made from rare elements
  • -some vets use magnets to retrieve wire and metal from animals stomachs
  • -there are different types of magnets: permanent/hard, temporary/soft, electromagnets
  • -the compass was used hundreds of years ago by Chinese sailors
  • -superconductors are the strongest magnets-made from coils of wire
  • -magnet is made up of crystals
So, you may wonder how magnets were discovered. Well, there are legends that tell of a sheperd named Magnes some 4,000 year ago got his foot stuck to a rock because of the nails in his shoes. They called the rock magnetite.

The legend and folklore grew about magnetite and it was thought to have magical powers. It was thought to heal and frighten evil spirits. It was also thought to attract and dissolve ships made of iron! It was discovered that it attracted objects made of iron.  When it was discovered that it always pointed in a north-south direction it became a primitive compass and they called it a "leading stone."

Magnetite is a magnetic molecular structure found in the earth on the oceans floor. It is anywhere from 2 to 55 million years old!  Earth magnets can be 20 times more powerful than a fridge magnet! These types of magnets have led to deaths and injuries in children from toys. The children eat them!

These are some fun facts about magnets. It seems the earth is one big magnet in itself which is odd. Magnets are definitely useful in our world as long as they are not ingested!

Now CLICK HERE for some Science "Snacks" about magnetism :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Video Killed the Radio Star

Dear Class,

Here is the song/video that your SPECTACULAR teacher started singing during our spelling test today.   Why did I start singing it during our spelling test?  Well, because VIDEO and RADIO were two of our spelling words this week :)  I hope you enjoy the song. 

Before you do, how about a brief history lesson???

FACTS:
  • The song was released on September 7, 1979. 
  • This song was the VERY FIRST song EVER played on MTV in the United States. 
  • It aired at 12:01 AM on 08/01/1981. 

Now sit back and enjoy the video!


Thursday, December 1, 2011