Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What the Future May Hold for Books

Watch this short "Ted Talk" video and see what books may look like in the future. Ask yourself these questions...

  • Would I read more books if they looked like this?  Why or why not?
  • Would I learn more from books that looked like this?  Why or why not?
  • Would I want my text books to look like this?  Why or why not?
  • Would I want to write a book that looks like this?  Why or why not?

Share your answers with you class.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fantastic Farm Cam

This is a fantastic Farm Cam. Kids can even feed the chickens every 10 minutes via their computer.
Watch the chickens and goats in the farm yard. Make sure you turn up your volume. But watch out it can get pretty noisy in the chicken yard.

Click on the picture above to go to the live Farm Cam.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our Live African Safari Question Answered

     A few Near North students asked me the same question when I told them about the Live African Safari that can be viewed from any computer. Their question was, "Has an animal ever jumped in the safari vehicle while on a safari?" 
     Well, I was watching the safari late Friday night and decided to ask the Ranger Mark the question. I emailed the question to the base and guess what? He answered the students' question! How exciting!!!
Watch the video below to hear us mentioned and the answer to the student's question. 
***Before you view the video make a prediction on what you think Ranger Mark's answer will be.

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If you have a question while you are watching the safari just email your question to questions@wildearthsafari.tv

Friday, May 13, 2011

Go on a LIVE African Safari!

      Do you want to view African animals in the wild? All you need to do is visit WildEarth.  Live Safaris take place twice a day. Make sure you share with others what you see.


Don't Miss This!

Time Schedule
  1. Illinois 8:00am - 11:00am   Africa 3:00pm -6:00pm (this one gets dark because it is almost winter there) (This one can be viewed at school)
  2. Illinois 11:30pm - 2:30am   Africa 6:30am - 9:30am (we've seen a lot on this one)
"WildEarth Safari broadcasts LIVE Safaris daily from the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. The safari consists of a Presenter/Expert Ranger who drives around the reserve looking for animals both big and small. A camera person sits on the back of the safari vehicle and their camera is your eyes. This gives a fantastic feeling of actually being on the back of the vehicle as it bumps through the splendid African bush. 
If you want to ask a question of the Ranger in real time, you can email the question through to questions@wildearthsafari.tv and the director may forward your question through to the ranger.
 It is often possible to see the big five in one drive. That is lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant."  WildEarth Website

Aborigine Dot Art

Room 101 has been studying Australia for International Day. They made some awesome Aborigine Dot Art for their display. Check out their terrific work below.

Cars by Curtis

Curtis, Room 104, made these two cars for his International Day presentation on France. Check out his short video.

International Day Car Exhibit by Curtis from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

How to Wrap a Gift

Watch this tutorial from Jerome and Camila, Room104. They will teach you how to wrap a gift.

How to Wrap a Gift by Jerome and Camila from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Room 110 Studies England

Room 110 is studying England for International Day. Today they made shields in art.

Would you like to make your own Coat of Arms? Click on any picture below to get started.

Comics for Kids

Thursday, May 5, 2011

International Day is Coming!

These are the countries (people) that have visited our blog. Has anyone from the country you are studying for International Day visited?  Click on the map for a larger view.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to All Teachers and Staff!

Here is a book that Near North students wrote earlier in the school year. We would like to share it with our readers.

  The book has a very special message that teachers will love.

Contributing Writers
Remiko, Atiqua, Enrique,
Tonisha, Sergio , Danny,
Tony, Jaudon, Destiny
and Ms. Bolotin

Egyptian Mummies

     Room 105 is studying Egypt for International Day. Today they made Sarcophagus', coffins for Egyptians.

Click on the book above to learn more about the mummies of Egypt.

Click on the video to learn about the Egyptian Sphinx.

Live Eagle Cam

Just thought I would share the live eagle cam that we have been viewing. It is located in Decorah, Iowa and is part of the Raptor Project. There are three eaglets in the nest and they are really growing up fast.

Streaming Video by Ustream.TV

Learn about Boomerangs!

Today Room 101 will be making Boomerangs. They are studying Australia for International Day.
Click on the picture below to see how Kendall Davis makes boomerangs. He is a wonderful Boomerang maker from Illinois.

We are making our boomerangs out of card stock. If you would like to make a boomerang out of card stock like us click here for a pattern.

Click here for instructions on how to throw and catch your boomerang.

Watch this video to learn more about boomerangs.

Poetry Collection

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Whirlygigs: Old fashioned fun!

     Near North students enjoyed creating whirlygigs this week. A whirlygig is an old fashioned toy that has been around for hundreds of years. It makes a neat whistling sound when it spins really fast. They were fun to create and play with. 

Check out the video below to see whirlygigs created by Rooms 204 and 207.
Whirlygigs: A lot of old-fashioned fun! from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

Click on the picture above to get instructions on how you can make your own whirlygig.