Friday, March 1, 2013

Weekly Update 3/1/13

This Week's Bloggers are posing for the camera with their beautiful faces!
Lorie, Kayce, Patrycja, Claire, Carol, Cecelia, Emma, and Emilia

LA:  Maniac Magee Response to Literature
For our final essay about the book Maniac Magee we are writing about things that change or stay the same about Maniac's character.  Kayce is writing about how brave he is from the beginning to the end. Claire is writing about how Maniac was helpful throughout the whole story.  We are also working on writing interesting leads for our introductions and reflecting in our conclusions.  So far our essays are going really well.

Jackie and Ben are writing about the same topic, how Maniac changes from lonely to having a loving home, so they worked together to discuss their responses.

Kraft Project Prototypes and Commercials
In our Kraft research we are making our very own commercials for our new Kraft packaging products! We are going to present our Kraft prototype and commercial to Kraft engineers in April.  Mrs. Ziegenfuss and Mr. Aho provided our different materials, and so far we are great engineers!  The string cheese group is shooting a very funny commercial, too!  Check back soon to see pictures of our finished prototypes.

SS: Ancient China's Emperor Qin 
In social studies, we wrote creative RAFTs on Emperor Qin.  We had four choices of Role, Audience, Focus, and Topic to choose from.  We could 1. Pretend to be the Great Wall of China and write "Graffiti" on it and say why it was a necessity. 2. Act like a Terra Cotta warrior guarding Qin's tomb and write about how we should remember Emperor Qin. 3. Make a scroll and write 5 lessons from the Confucian Book that Qin should learn from to be a good leader. 4. Write a job review for Emperor Qin pretending to be one of his supervisors.  Our RAFTs turned out really creative and will help us study for our China unit test on Monday.  
Here are some examples chosen by our bloggers:

Claire used a tea bag to make her Confucian scroll look old.

Isabel wrote about the Great Wall on a real stone.  

Annie wrote Qin's job review in English and in Chinese.  He didn't get a very good review from this government official!

Alex Y. wrote his information about the importance of the Great Wall on a photo of it.

Morgan created a Confucian scroll using branches

Sean did a really good job of explaining to Emperor Qin why he should follow the teachings of Confucius.

∑igma Celebrations!

Another stop-action video from Charlie for science in the news, this one about how ice cream is made.  Thanks to Michael P. for editing!
Today is Justin Bieber's 19th birthday, so at lunch during blog time we had a Justin Bieber dance party.

Sing along with us!

Happy Birthday, Justin!
Photo chose by Lorie:)


  1. hahahaha we are SUPER good singers ;-)I like this blog a lot :-) ~Patrycja

  2. I like all of the creative examples of the china RAFT.
    -Alex s

  3. Great job on those China projects. They look great! Happy 19th birthday Justin Bieber :)

  4. Wow that all looks great Charlies video was cut off though which makes me :(. Othern than that looks good (I don't like the j****n B****r picture

  5. I like it you guys! You always have something going on and the activities are always so amusing. Thanks! and ill see you guys soon!

  6. I liked the ideas for the China project and I really hope that you guy keep the good work up
    ~Emilia G

  7. I agree with Colin M. Otherwise, this was a very entertaining blog. Nice job charlie on your vid and too bad it was cut off. I wish I could've saw the complete thing.


  8. I really enjoyed working on the Qin RAFTS because I learned a lot of new things about the Emperor Qin.

  9. They posts keep getting better and better Keatyn

  10. I agree with Keatyn ^
    I loved the post and the stop motion move, Charlie, but I'm not the biggest fan of Bieber.