Friday, April 21, 2017

Environmental Impact of Printing

What do you think is the impact of printing our information books?

-Good feedback will move us improve as authors
-Sense of accomplishment
-Sharing useful information
-We could save lives
-Share our learning with others

-Uses paper which causes trees to get cut down
--> Animal habitats may be destroyed
-Uses energy: computers, printer --> energy comes from burning coal, water dams
-Uses ink: color uses up more ink than we need

Other thoughts:
-Gifs need to be screenshot-ed

We need to be aware of the negative impacts and try to lessen them.

You ever stop to think about the impact you make on the environment when you hit the print button?  Most folks focus on the amount of paper used in printing, but few stop to think about what goes into the ink and toner cartridges in their printer.
To find out, I’ve researched the environmental impact of printing and what I’ve found is quite shocking.  Here are some facts about the shadier side of ink and toner:

  • Each year, more than 350 million ink and toner cartridges are thrown out in the United States alone (and this number increases every year!)
  • Ink cartridges in landfills can take up to a millennium to decompose, as they contain resin
  • Toner cartridges contain toxic ingredients such as volatile organic compounds in the form of solvents
  • It takes almost a gallon of oil to make a single laser ink cartridge
  • Manufacturing a single toner cartridge releases 4.8 Kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

What can we do?

1) Minimize the amount of color in our books 
 - backgrounds need to be white, text needs to be black
2) Minimize the amount of printing
 - two-sided
 - ask myself do I really need to print this?
3) Choose not to print, create a PDF and post to our blogs
4) Eliminate unnecessary slides

Monday, January 16, 2017

Flipped Classroom

4HR is learning about different geometric shapes and attributes. To help us get comfortable using the new vocabulary in class, let's practice independently.

For each concept, choose one way of finding out. Then, on Friday, we will share your Way to Show Your Learning.

All About Geometry
Watch BrainPop video
Glorious Geometry on Big Universe

Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Watch BrainPop video
Stone Age Geometry: Lines on Big Universe

Line segment, Lines, Rays, and Points
Khan Academy tutorial
Lines Segments, Rays, and Angles on Big Universe

Angles: Acute, Obtuse, Right
Lines Segments, Rays, and Angles on Big Universe
Stone Age Geometry: Squares on Big Universe

Big Universe Log-in Information
Username: student panther apps

Password: student panther apps

Group Username: libiskl

Ways to Show Your Learning
1) Draw a piece of Art: In your beautiful drawing, include the following geometric attributes (parallel & perpendicular lines; acute, right and obtuse angles; lines, line segments, rays, and points). Make sure to label all the attributes.

2) Make a YouTube Editor movie that demonstrates your learning about the following geometric attributes (parallel & perpendicular lines; acute, right and obtuse angles; lines, line segments, rays, and points). Make sure to label all the attributes.

3) Brain Pop shape sorter: Sort the shapes. Take a screen shot or print final results to bring in on Friday.

4) Your choice: Talk to Ms. Heather before Wednesday to have your choice approved.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Measurement Unit Tuning In

Today we tuned into our Measurement unit today. Our first step was to record everything we knew about our central idea:

The metric system aligns with our base ten number system

Kilometres, decametres, metres, centimetres and millimetres are all in the metric system.
The metric system and base ten number system connect with x10.
ex. metre x 10 = 10 metres
10 metres x 10 = 100 metres
100 metres x 10 = 1,000 metres
1,000 metres = 1 kilometre
Metric system has something to do with base ten because the examples have 10 or 100 or 1,000.

Does it have anything to do with measurement? - Yes!
What is the metric system? - Measurement based on Celsius, degrees, metres, litres, grams
Does the metric system use base ten blocks to find answers?
Does align mean connect? - arrange things, join
Is this about base ten in another way?
How many types of measurement are inside the metric system?

Through the process of reading books about the metric system and interacting with tools (scales, measuring cups, metre sticks), we began our discovery. Our next step is to figure out how the metric system aligns with the base ten number system.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Finding inspiration

4HR is beginning our journey as Realistic Fiction authors. The first step is to find ideas that make us passionate about writing. Ideas that we are called to write! Today we are looking at how other authors, like Kate DiCamillo, get their ideas and organize (or don't organize their ideas!).

Let's watch this video where Kate DiCamillo is honest about mistakes, rejection, and where she gets her ideas. In your writer's notebook, write down 3 - 2 - 1

3 Thoughts or ideas
2 Questions (for Kate DiCamillo or authors)
1 Piece of advice for you as an author

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nonfiction Reading Strategies

Grade 4 has been working on developing our Nonfiction Reading Strategies. Our big foci have been word attack skills, interpreting visual information, determining main idea and detail, and merging information through synthesizing. 

We have been collecting ThinkMarks aligned with this rubric throughout our Nonfiction reading unit. Now we are going to create a video explaining our thinking about Nonfiction texts and our great strategies with the world.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hugo Cabret Visualizing

In Hugo's dark dark house, with Isabelle, they were glancing at the automaton. Their gaze was filled with excitement and shock. The automaton is leaning over the desk, with its pen, hovering over the piece of paper, in its hand. The automaton looks lifeless because its mask has no expression. It looks blank and has black eyes. The automaton looks so fragile and delicate.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Intercultural Humor

Many times comedy or humor plays on how cultural universals look differently from culture to culture.

Here are the cultural universals we are learning about:

    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Communication
    • Celebrations
    • Beliefs
    • Religion
    • Customs and Traditions
    • Shelter/Architecture
    • Family Structure
    • Art/Music/Entertainment/Sports

We are going to watch three videos that show cultural diversity (differences in cultures). Your job is to hunt for the differences in the cultural universals. Hint: It is what makes the videos very funny!

Now you have a quick skit! Come up with a quick skit that shows how cultural universals are different.