Irene and Tara’s GATE Project

April 25, 2010
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I am excited to show you Irene and Tara’s GATE project. Irene and Tara have been hard at work creating TIMAL (Tara Irene Math And Language). TIMAL is a website full of links, videos, and more. I am impressed with this project and know you will be too!  Check it out at:

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Etymology: The Study of Words

January 4, 2010

Today I introduced our Word Study projects that students will be working on over the next few months. Each student has two different word roots (a prefix and/or a suffix). They will make a slideshow about each word root and present this slideshow to the class. Look for a more detailed post about this project […]

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Making Salt Dough Video

December 7, 2009

Here is my latest video for those of you who want to see “Chef C.” in action. If you make some at home (like Nicole Q), please let me know!

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Word Root (Word Stem) Presentations

April 1, 2009

Students have been assigned word roots (prefixes and suffixes) and are responsible for making a small slideshow to teach the class about their root word. Here is a list of students and their word root. Here is a more detailed explanation about the presentations.

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Science Project Worktime

February 9, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009 Dear Parents, As you know our Science Projects will be due next Friday, February 20. In an effort to support our students in completing high quality projects on time, I am allowing the students to stay until 4pm on this Wednesday (February 11) and Thursday (February 12). During this project time, […]

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Photosynthesis Poster

February 5, 2009

Here is a “Velcro Poster” that I made as an example of what I expect the students to make. I call this a “velcro poster” because all the pieces of the poster are attached with velcro. This makes a great teaching and learning tool. Our “teachers” will “build”” the poster in front of their students […]

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Science Project Calendar and Q & A

February 4, 2009

Part of the learning that accompanies the Science Project students are working on is: Learning how to work on a big project by breaking it into smaller chunks and, Learning how to meet a deadline that is a ways off in the future (with a big project you can’t just put it off until the […]

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Student Projects Due in February

January 28, 2009

In addition, students are expected to create an audio version of a picture book. This new recording will be placed with the book in the Media Center for all Pioneer students to enjoy. This recording is due Friday, February 27.   Students are  working on creating a page or two for our class “Living Things” […]

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“Living Things” Science Projects

January 28, 2009

In class we are on week two of a large project.   Last week the students were divided into groups of 5 or 6 and given a series of products they need to create.  Some of these products involve computers and video cameras, some involve music, art, drama or photography.  All the projects involve many, […]

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How to Search for Pictures

January 27, 2009

One great site for pictures is has a way to search for pictures that photographers allow you to use for your work as long as you give them credit.  This is called a Creative Commons Attribution License. When you go to, make sure you do an advanced search.  In the Advanced Search, […]

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