Sunday, May 24, 2020

Episode 70: The Cloud, Chapter 9

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020

Hi All,

Just a reminder that we are recording a novella that Mr. Chris and I wrote. The story, about kids solving a mystery using their technology skills,  has twenty-five chapters.  
Last week we brought you Chapter 8, where the four friends organized their efforts and solved Mr. Brisbane's riddle, and due to their resourcefulness on the internet, he dubbed them "The Cloud". Check out the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 and http://www.nightlightstories.net for a link to be part of the class! 

This week, we have chapter 9. Our sponsor, Texthelp, will be featured before and after chapter 9. Texthelp, the makers of Fluency Tutor are offering it for free through the end of the school year. Try it today, by visiting: text.help/nightlightstories



VORACIOUS VOCABULARY

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story 
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.

GrooveEstablish routine or habit.

Engaging- Occupy, attract, or involve.

Dwindling- Gradually diminishing in amount.

Relapse-  Suffer deterioration after a period of improvement.

Entice- Attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage.
Navigate- Find its way, especially over a long distance.
   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing 
after hearing the story.

1. Learn about the different types of clouds in the below videos.





2. Help The Cloud! Check out some of the weather experiments at this link. Conduct as many of these as you want. Don't forget to take pictures and send them to us at nightlightstories@gmail.com or post them on our Facebook Page.


COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

After listening to the story, can you recall the 
details to answer these questions?

1. Who came up with the idea for code names for The Cloud cluster?

2. What were the science project ideas that The Cloud talked through with each other?

3. When was the last time Garrett saw the members of the Garden Club?

4. Where could The Cloud take readings for their project?

5. Why do you think Bethie Crowley had a relapse?


GLOWING GRADUATION WISHES! 


WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

Kiki M.
Erika E.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Episode 69: The Cloud, Chapter 8

Monday, May 18, 2020



Hi All,
Just a reminder that we are recording a novella that Mr. Chris and I wrote. The story, about kids solving a mystery using their technology skills,  has twenty-five chapters.  

Last week we brought you Chapter 7, where the four friends organized their efforts by dividing up the clues to research and creating a shared word processing doc to keep themselves in sync.  The whole class worked in their somewhat chosen pods in order to breakdown the visuals and audio clues given. They also worked to create unique and individualized name tags.  You, too, can follow the clues and help them out by utilizing some technology tools! Check out the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 and also the Clues Corner on the blog http://www.nightlightstories.net for a link to be part of the class! 

This week, we have chapter 8. Our sponsor, Texthelp, will be featured before and after Chapter 8. Texthelp, the makers of Fluency Tutor are offering it for free through the end of the school year. Try it today, by visiting: text.help/nightlightstories



VORACIOUS VOCABULARY

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story 
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.


Balked- To stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to do something specified.


Chuckled- To laugh softly or bemusedly, usually with satisfaction.

Chimed- To say something while someone else is talking.

Grimace- A facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.

Hemisphere- Half of the terrestrial globe or celestial sphere, especially one of the halves into which the earth is divided.

Straggled- To spread or be spread in a scattered fashion or at irregular intervals.

Winced- To draw back or tense the body, as from pain or from a blow

   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing 
after hearing the story.

1. Choose one scene that is your favorite from chapters one through eight and create a comic of it. You can draw it or use this free comic creator. Email us your finished product at nightlightstories@gmail.com and have it featured on the blog!

2. There are many different ways to communicate, including speech. Take a listen to some accents and see which one catches your ear. Can you imitate it? 




CLUES CORNER

Each week, we'll post the clues that have been given in the chapter.
 Take a look at the clues and see if you can solve the 
mystery along with Mr. Brisbane's students.

Website: Brisbane Grade 4 





COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

After listening to the story, can you recall the 
details to answer these questions?

1. Who coughed loudly and had to take a drink of water?
2. What triggered Garrett to the final clue to help him solve the mystery?
3. When was the mystery solved?
4. Where do other students think the mountain is from?
5. Why could Mr. Brisbane's name be confusing to him while he was growing up?


GLOWING GRADUATION WISHES! 



WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Morgan Poss 
Faith Savannah 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

LIGHTING THE WAY WITH WORDS

Alien Pursuit (11:12)
A family has to figure out how to lose the alien ships hot on their tail on
 their ride home from the grocery store.
Free audio download: Alien Pursuit
Blog with activities: Alien Pursuit


Whether it's a hike, a run, a bike ride, a walk or a fun wrestling match 
while getting your pajamas on, or going down to the basement, it's 
important to get your heart rate to accelerate throughout the day. 
What's your favorite way to get your heart and body to accelerate? 

Share it with us in the comments, on our Facebook page or Twitter.

As always, we look forward to watching the glow grow brighter
with the many words we can share together.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Episode 68: The Cloud, Chapter 7

SaturDAY, MAY 9, 2020


Hi All,
Just a reminder that we are recording a novella that Mr. Chris and I wrote. The story, about kids solving a mystery using their technology skills,  has twenty-five chapters.  
Last week we brought you Chapter 5 and 6, where the students worked on solving the clues that their new 4th grade teacher, Mr. Brisbane had given them in multiple different formats. They were presented with pictures, audio directions from the computer, clues on a class website and search engines for research. In order to get Mr. Brisbane to talk they have to solve his puzzle. You, too, can follow the clues and help them out by utilizing some technology tools! Check out the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 and also the Clues Corner on the blog for a link to be part of the class! 

This week, we have chapter 7. Our new sponsor, Texthelp, will be featured before and after Chapter 7. Texthelp, the makers of Fluency Tutor are offering it for free through the end of the school year. Try it today, by visiting: text.help/nightlightstories



VORACIOUS VOCABULARY

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story 
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.


Paraphernalia- Miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity.

Professional- Engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.

Theories- Ideas intended to explain something.

   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing 
after hearing the story.


1. Design your own name tag! Try this website to create your very own!



2. Watch the following video to learn the basics of Rugby!






CLUES CORNER

Each week, we'll post the clues that have been given in the chapter.
 Take a look at the clues and see if you can solve the 
mystery along with Mr. Brisbane's students.

Website: Brisbane Grade 4 





COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

After listening to the story, can you recall the 
details to answer these questions?


1. Who called Mr. Brisbane over to see their name tag?
2. What was Jamie's theory about what the pictures meant?

3. When did Garrett say they would continue to work on the project?

4. Where were the two rugby teams from in Mr. Brisbane's picture?
5. Why does Val walk over to Mr. Brisbane?


We wanted to send out 
BRIGHT BIRTHDAY WISHES 
to all of our May birthdays. 
We hope your days sparkled!


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Episode 67: The Cloud, Chapter 5 and 6

sunday, MAY 3, 2020



Hi All,
Just a reminder that we are recording a novella that Mr. Chris and I wrote. The story, about kids solving a mystery using their technology skills,  has twenty-five chapters.  
Last week we brought you Chapter 4, where the students were introduced to their fourth grade teacher in a very unique way. In order to get their teacher to talk, they will need to follow a series of clues. You, too, can follow the clues! Be sure to visit the website mentioned in the episode and check out the Clues Corner on the blog for a link to be part of the class! 
This week, we have two chapters, 5 AND 6, in this episode. Our new sponsor, Texthelp, will be featured before Chapter 5 and before Chapter 6. Texthelp, the makers of Fluency Tutor are offering it for free through the end of the school year. Try it today, by visiting: text.help/nightlightstories





VORACIOUS VOCABULARY

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story 
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.


Demonstrating- to manifest or exhibit.

Relate-to have reference.
Surveyed-a formal or official examination of the particulars of something, made in order to ascertain condition, character, etc.

Manila- a strong fiber of a Philippine plant, used for rope, matting, paper, etc.

Avid-  showing a keen interest/enthusiasm for something.
Oblong- being an elongated shape, such as a rectangle or an oval.
   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing 
after hearing the story.


1. Todd loves to learn by watching documentaries! Research a documentary about a subject that interests you and watch it (always best to do with popcorn). Here's a list of kid friendly documentaries to get you started!
2. Find a riddle or create your own and see if you can stump a family member or a friend. Then, send it to us at nightlightstories@gmail.com. We will feature the most creative riddle on the next episode!

3. Help us Up in The Cloud! On our community padlet, share your predictions, favorite part of the book so far, your favorite quote, your favorite character and/or any positive and constructive advice you have for a character. We can't wait to hear what you think!

CLUES CORNER

Each week, we'll post the clues that have been given in the chapter.
 Take a look at the clues and see if you can solve the 
mystery along with Mr. Brisbane's students.

Website: Brisbane Grade 4


COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

After listening to the story, can you recall the 
details to answer these questions?

1. Who was the boy folding his manilla folder hot dog style?

2. What does Mr. Brisbane pick off the projector and place on his shoulder?
3. When were the students supposed to give the answer to the riddle?
4. Where did Todd hear about the Kiwi bird?
5. Why does Garrett want to wait to go over to the computers?


We wanted to send out 
BRIGHT BIRTHDAY WISHES 
to all of our May birthdays. 
We hope your days sparkled!