Saturday, June 18, 2011

Explore Chicago and beyond!

Wikihood is  a great way to explore Chicago. It is a Google Map and Wikipedia  mash-up. That means that it is a combination of both. You can find places you are interested in and also read about them. Click below to begin.
Have fun searching for other destinations around the world too!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friv4School just added!

     Several students asked me to add Friv4School to our blog.  Well I thought about it and the answer is YES! least for the summer.  Have fun and have a wonderful summer. I'll try to add some neat things in the summer. So check back here every once in a while.

Ms. Bolotin

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Preparing for 2011 graduation

This year our graduates have chosen to sing "We are the World" at their graduation on the 14th.
Below are some things to help them practice! Good Luck Grads!!!

U.S.A. For Africa - WE ARE THE WORLD

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Tyler Ward-We Are The World - Tyler Ward and Crew ReMake

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Below you will find the lyrics to "We are the World", written by Michael Jackson, and Lionell Ritchie. You can easily print them out.

We are the World

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lawn Mower Grand-Prix

Printable Memory Book

Below is a School Memory Book that I created for Near North Students. You can print it out and create your own. You can then add your memories to the book. Add stickers, drawings, pictures and anything else you like.

School Memory Book

Friday, June 3, 2011

National Donut Day

Today is National Donut Day. 

Create a "Virtual Donut" and then make your readers' mouths water by describing it!

Click on the picture to create your own "Virtual Donut".

Get a Free Donut! 
Read the details here.
     To celebrate this festive occasion, participating Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donut locations will be giving away free donuts nationwide. In order to get a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts a beverage purchase of any size is required, but no purchase is necessary at Krispy Kreme locations.

History of Donut Day...with a fantastic Chicago connection!

National Donut Day has been the first Friday in June for the past 73 years. National Donut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for the Chicago Salvation Army to provide for the needy during the Great Depression and to honor the Salvation Army “Lassies” of the First World War.  In 1917, after the US entered World War 1, the Salvation Army established places for service men to momentarily escape war and get a little bit of home in abandoned building on the front lines called ”huts”. These huts would provide baked goods, supplies for letters home and clothing mending services to enlisted men by female volunteers of the Salvation Army known as Lassies.”  via Examiner

Recycled Magazine Bowl

Recycled magazine Bowl by Justin, Room 101

     The past two weeks many Near North students have been working on recycled magazine bowls. This has been a fun project and we are working on tutorials so our readers can make some too.

Today Martez and Maurice, Room 105, took videos of each other explaining step 3 of the project.

Tips and Tricks from Martez from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

Tips and Tricks by Maurice from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

Room 101 took this quick video of their bowls.

Recycled Magazine Bowls by Room 101 from Ms. Bolotin on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Crayola Art Fun

   Click on the picture for some fun art games.

  I though some of you might want to have a little art fun this weekend. Or maybe ask your teacher when you finish all of your work.

Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Peregrine Falcons Nest at the Evanston Library

Ms. Slay, Room 110, just clued me in on this one.

Nona and Squawker, PeregrineFalcons, have been coming back each spring to nest at the Evanston Library for the past four years. As many of you know Evanston is located just to the north of Chicago.
What's even more exciting is that they have four hatchlings. View the cam and read more about them below.

Stream videos at Ustream

From the City of Evanston  Below you can read about the names of the new baby Falcons.
Wilbur – named after Wilbur, the runt pig in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. The runt of the litter, Wilbur is saved from a terrible fate by his friend Charlotte the spider.
Lincoln – named after Abraham Lincoln, born in Illinois and our 16th president. He led the nation through Civil War and brought an end to slavery in the United States.

Dewey – named after Melvil Dewey, American librarian and reformer. Dewey established the Dewey decimal system of classifying books and played a prominent role in developing professional institutions for librarians.

Rosalind – the central character of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Some critics call Rosalind one of the most complex, fully realized Shakespearean characters. As an added bonus, there is a falcon reference in As You Like It (Act 3, Scene 3 - Touchstone: “As the ox hath his bow, sir, the horse his curb and the falcon her bells, so man hath his desires; and as pigeons bill, so wedlock would be nibbling”)."
You can read more about them here.  Thanks Ms. Slay!