Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wednesday Writing Prompt
October 31
Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouting in the United States, was born on this day in 1860. The Girl Scouts are an organization that helps others.
Explain why it’s important that kids get involved with helping others.
Tuesday Vocab

Fighting over who got to the ball first, the players were set off the field for the trivial argument.

Because of her adulation for the singer, she had to have every CD and music video of the star.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Presented the trip to weightlessness to the school board on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd. It was amazing! How did the Northrup Grumann Weightless Flight of Discovery impact me and what effect did it have on my students?

Hopefully it inspired them to do more, be more, and to reach for the stars. We talked about science and how it works and the experiments that we completed and more will be done later in the year as a follow-up. For me, it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event and I am so honored to be been selected to fly.
Week #7 - Word Understanding Record

TENTATIVE (not final; uncertain). The plan for the party was tentative until it was approved by the parents.

PRECIPICE (steep slope). After reaching the precipice of the mountain, the beginning rock climber glanced below at the distance he had come.

Wednesday Writing:choose one to write about for this week.
Prompts courtesy of

October 23
Brazilian soccer player, Edison Pele, was born on this day in 1940. In order to become such an incredible soccer player, Pele had to practice. What is something that you would like to become better at? Explain what you will need to do in order to improve your skills. (This doesn’t have to be a sport.) PDF

October 24
Today is National Bologna Day. Explain to someone how to make your favorite type of sandwich. PDF.

THURSDAY - Commonplace books.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

HOW AWESOME! Ready for take off on the weightless flight over Long Beach, CA on Monday, Oct. 8th. We flew with Bill Smith, channel 5 reporter in our "Go for the Gold" section of the plane. First, we watched a video to get us prepared for the flight including do's and do not's. Then we finalized all of our experiments and turned in our cameras to our flight coach.

After getting our anti-"motion-sensitivity" medication, we were screened for security and boarded a bus to the Zero-G plane. After a few more photo ops, we ascending through the rear of the plane for our flight.

Regular instructions were given - safety instructions, seat belts, etc.- then we were off. Only real difference? No overhead compartments, no carry on luggage, and we had to give up our shoes. Then, we were up to our section of the plane where we collected our cameras and got positioned for our MARTIAN then our two LUNAR parabolas before the first of 12 weightless parabolas.

To be able to experience the same sensation as the astronauts and to be able to share it with my students to inspire them to reach for the stars was a true blessing. When the first weightless parabolas approached, most of the rules were sort of forgotten. You learned how to deflect people (with a gentle push with the fingertips) and when they say "feet down" they really mean it (landing on your head is not such a fun experience).

At least once or twice you would end up stuck in the middle of the plane and you would not be able to move until someone grabbed you. For an earthbound person who has been around aerospace engineers for over 20 years, it was incredible to be able to see and experience the environment where they work on a daily basis.