Friday, April 29, 2011

Beautiful Beaded Prints

Today Room 205 will be making these beaded prints.

Created by Georgia

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Origami Tutorials

     Today Room 104 learned how to create Origami Dogs. They had a lot of fun folding and then adding some character to their dogs by adding a face. Mrs. Joiner made a super cute dog that gave the kids a big smile. 
     First the kids learned from a direction sheet with Mercedes reading and Ms. Bolotin demonstrating. Next they had to make one on their own or with the help of a friend. Guess what? They were FANTASTIC! Eddie said he was going to take one home for his mom. Boy is she lucky!
     Joseph did a terrific job, really focusing on his project. Ms. Bolotin really liked the way that everyone helped each other.
     We also learned that Mercedes has done Origami before and she is really good at it. Curtis remembered that he learned to make a cup last year and wanted to show everyone how to do it.

Below is a video of Mercedes and Curtis that will teach you how to make an Origami Heart and Cup. Great job you two!

     I think next week Nicole wants to make a video and show everyone how to make the Origami Dog she learned how to make today. Can't wait Nicole. :-) 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

School is Cool by Zorran

Zorran has had 2 comments from Vonsild School in Denmark. How exciting! Here is a map to show you where the school is.

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Haikus by Room 200

Haikus by Room 200
Click on book to view.

     If you remember Chris was are highest scoring bowler during "Poetry and the Wii" Week.
Fantastic Haikus were created in their classroom with the help of Ms. Dean and Mr. McClure.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Poetry and the Wii Week Results

     Near North classes had a lot of fun playing the Wii this week. Students brought their original poems to art to be posted on our blog and then got to play Wii bowling. Some of the staff played with students also. Everyone got along and had a great time.

CONGRATULATIONS to Christopher C. from Room 200. Chris was our top bowler with 214 pts.

Below is a Qwiki on Bowling. Listen and read along to learn about this favorite American sport.

View Bowling and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki.

Several students were curious about how the pins were set when bowling first began. Listen and read along with this Qwiki to find out.

View Bowling and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki.

You are in my Heart by Casimir

Untitled from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cool Creature

Joshua, Room105, made this really neat creature using tools from the Spore Creature Creator.
You can make one too! Go to the Websites for Kids on the top right of this blog. Click on Art: Create your own. Then look for the Spore Creature Creator image and click.

Earth Day 2011

Room 202 is working on some fabulous Earth Day projects.  Ms. Sulentic's class is creating posters to celebrate the big day. They are doing a fantastic job. I hear that they are really helping each other out. Many student's have asked Jose to draw something for them. As many of you know Jose loves to draw. I hope to show you more of their work soon.

Below is a "Glog" created by Justin. Justin's glog will take you to some great websites so that you can learn more about what you can do to "Save the Universe".

Here is a Glog created by Karina.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Staying Safe Online

Online safety is very important. Click on the picture above and take an online safety quiz with Dongle.

Remember, never give out any personal information to anyone online. You never know who is really on the other end.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cranes for Japan

Don't you just love when students learn from each other?
     Jonathan in Room 105 has folded the most origami "Cranes for Japan" at Near North. First he learned how from Alexis, who taught Jonathan's entire room how to do it. Next he took home a direction sheet and began folding. Now Jonathan can fold the crane by memory just like Alexis and I'm sure could teach others to do it!
     The short video below is just a small sample of what Jonathan has folded!
     If you see Jonathan please thank him for his efforts to help the people of Japan. $2.00 for every crane folded goes to Japan through "Students Rebuild".

Origami Cranes for Japan by Jonathan - Room 105 from Karen Bolotin on Vimeo.

To learn more about the "Cranes for Japan" project and to view a super nice video tutorial by Alexis please click here.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Reading is Everywhere!

...or if you would like to try it on your own go ahead and click on the picture. It's fun!
No need to login or create an account. When you're done just print it out. 

Here's another one you may want to try. Just click on the picture.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Home Sweet Home...Chicago!

  Take a trip around our great city.

   Here is a  great site to learn more about Chicago.

     Next stop by the Museum of Science and Industry (online of course) and try this fun game to learn about simple machines!

     Then hop on over to the Art Institute and create some fabulous Art or listen to a story.

     Now If you're not to tired from your travels why don't you stop by The Shedd Aquarium for a little relaxation with the fish. 

Hungry?  Why not stop and make yourself a Chicago Style Hot Dog?

Finally, why don't you try some of these Chicago Jigsaw Puzzles. Can you identify any of the places in the puzzles? I bet you can.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Origami Frog Tutorial

Room 101 just learned to make this cute origami frog. Click on the frog so you can make one too!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Barn Owl Slide show


Dear Visitors,
     We have been following several live animal cams. One of our favorites has been Sydney and Mel and their six owlets. We have been watching them since the owlets were born. Here are pictures (screenshots) we have taken and put into a slide show. It's amazing how fast the owlets are growing.
  If you have any questions for us please leave a comment and we will post the answer on our blog.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy our slide show!

Near North Students

If you would also like to see the cams (eagles, hummingbirds, Africa, black bear den etc.) we are watching click on the eagle.


Poetry Corner

Here are some great sites that may inspire you to write poetry.
Think about how a poem makes you feel as you listen to it.
Share your feeling with your class.

Poetry and the Wii Week

April is National Poetry Month

     Near North Students you have Tyshawn (Room 105) to thank for this one. Every time he comes to art he asks me..."Ms. Bolotin, When are you going to bring your Wii?  
     Well Tyshawn (and all Near North Students) I am bringing my Wii next week...and everyone who writes a poem to be published on our blog will get to bowl during Poetry and the Wii Week.
     *If you would like to read and record your poem just let me know. All poems will be published on our blog. Remember, we have many readers, so do your best. If you would like to add some art to your poem, go for it!

Wii Bowling will begin April 11, 2011.

Rules to participate in Wii Bowling 
  1. Students must write an original poem and turn in to Ms. Bolotin.
  2. Students must use appropriate behavior and language.
Try using some of these websites to create your own poems.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Eagle Puzzle

This puzzle was created from a screenshot taken by a Near North student. Isn't this eagle beautiful?

provided by

Friday, April 1, 2011

A song to make you smile!

Listen to Atiqua sing here.
Atiqua loves to sing and has a beautiful voice. She also loves to listen to music and dance. Her favorite singers include Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce.