Thursday, December 31, 2020

Episode 80: The Cloud, Chapter 20

 

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 episode, we brought you Chapter 19, where The Cloud made a plan to investigate their hypothesis of Melvin making people sick. However, after getting the approval of Mr. Brisbane to clean the classroom, their plan went awry. The Cloud made a judgement error and ended up losing Mr. Brisbane's trust in the process.

Did you know that you can help the Cloud? Simply share a picture of the weather that is happening in your neck of the woods at nightlightstories@gmail.com.  We'll place them on the the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 to help out The Cloud with their science fair data! 




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.

RemainderSomething that remains or is left.

ProperConforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous

ExperimentA test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.

PerkilyJaunty; cheerful; brisk.

Inconsistencies - An inconsistent thing, action, remark.

   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. In this chapter, Jamie was using idioms to describe their situation. An idiom is a common phrase which means something different from its literal meaning but can be understood because of their popular use.  

"I’m saying we’re up the creek without a paddle. Our battery is dying and we don’t have a charger. Our tissues are gone but we’ve still got a runny nose. Shall I go on? How many ways can I say that our goose is cooked?"

Come play with us here and match some common idioms.

2. Make a prediction. What science experiment do you think Garrett is referring to that is ready to go?

                                               COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who had The Cloud cleaning classrooms for a week?

2. What was Mr. Brisbane's lesson in having them go to each classroom and clean?

3. When did The Cloud find the inconsistencies in their data?

4. Where was the picture placed that caught The Cloud's attention?

5. Why does Jamie believe Mr. Brisbane does not want them to win?



Papa of Massachusetts
Uncle Markie of New Jersey
Auntie Heather of Virginia


WE HOPE YOUR DAYS SPARKLED!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Episode 79: The Cloud, Chapter 19

 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 episode, we brought you Chapter 18, where The Cloud had Mr. Brisbane come to the
library to help them with their science project so they could test if he was the cause
of the rampant illness in the school by having other people in another environment around
him. In the end, the foursome found that a sort of sickness captured only one of the library
volunteers, but it was not what The Cloud expected.


Did you know that you can help the Cloud? Simply share a picture of the weather that is happening in your neck of the woods at nightlightstories@gmail.com.  We'll place them on the the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 to help out The Cloud with their science fair data!  


GRATEFUL GLOW

We, at the Night Light Stories Household, are so 
very grateful for all of our listeners!

    CATCH UP ON THE CLOUD
                                             Click here to listen to Chapters 1-18




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.

Distributing - to divide and give out in shares.

Wafted - to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water.

Recognition - the perception of something as existing or true; realization.

Pseudo - not actually but having the appearance of; pretended; false or spurious; sham.

Mopped - to wipe as if with a mop.




   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. The apple The Cloud found was covered in green fuzz. What do you think made 
the mold grow on the apple? Research what conditions make mold grow on food. 

2. Conduct your own experiment for growing mold on a piece of bread or fruit. 
Click here for directions! 

3. Garrett wished he had tried harder to stop what he knew was wrong. 
What characteristics do you often see in a good citizen? Click here to add 
some of those characteristics to our Word Cloud about Citizenship.  

                         
                       COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who had the idea to ask Mr. Brisbane if they could disinfect the classroom?

2. What did Val find in Melvin's desk?

3. When did The Cloud propose that they would clean the classroom? 

4. Where did Melvin say the apple was in his desk?

5. Why did The Cloud want to clean the classroom? Did they ALL have good intentions?




Maggie of The Night Light Stories Household
Jen T of Virginia
Iris of Canada
Wyatt of Virginia
Olive of Virginia


WE HOPE YOUR DAY SPARKLED!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Episode 78: The Cloud, Chapter 18

 

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 episode, we brought you Chapter 17, where The Cloud come up with a plan to test their
newest theory that Mr. Brisbane is making everyone sick. The scientific method was in full effect!

Did you know that you can help the Cloud? Simply share a picture of the weather that is happening in your neck of the woods at nightlightstories@gmail.com.  We'll place them on the the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 to help out The Cloud with their science fair data!  


                                                    CATCH UP ON THE CLOUD!
                                                Click here to listen to Chapters 1-16




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.


Tutoring - To act as a tutor to; teach or instruct, especially privately.

Venue - The scene or locale of any action or event.

Skeptically - Doubtful about a particular thing.

Emphasize - To give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress.

Predecessor - Something succeeded or replaced by something else.



   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. Learn or review the Scientific Method with some interactive activities and videos. Click here.

2. We're creating a Word Cloud for The Cloud! We'd love for you to share a word that you think sums up the story and/or characters. You can add to the word cloud here.




                         
                       COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who was the librarian assistant that Mr. Brisbane helped with her car?

2. What are some ways the Cloud brought the librarians and volunteers around Mr. Brisbane?

3. When did the Cloud decide that it was not Mr. Brisbane who was making people sick?

4. Where did The Cloud decide to sit in the library each day? Why is this an important detail in the experiment?

5. Why could the volunteer not find the book on the cart that Jaime requested?




Teddy of Pennsylvania


WE HOPE YOUR DAY SPARKLED!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Episode 77: The Cloud, Chapter 17

  

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.  

A few weeks ago, we brought you Chapter 16, where The Cloud enlisted the class' help in gathering ladybugs to put in a container so Todd could breathe in the air around the ladybugs to see if they were what was making the school sick. They came to the conclusion that the ladybugs did not cause everyone to get sick, and the experiment was successful.


Did you know that you can help the Cloud? Simply share a picture of the weather that is happening in your neck of the woods at nightlightstories@gmail.com.  We'll place them on the the class website at bit.ly/brisbanegrade4 to help out The Cloud with their science fair data!  


                                                    CATCH UP ON THE CLOUD!
                                                Click here to listen to Chapters 1-16




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.

Immune - Protected from a disease or the like.

Claim - An assertion of something as a fact.

Foreign - Of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native.

Benefactor - A person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.

Gripe -  To complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.



   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. VOTE! Click here to vote if you think The Cloud should stop collecting data for their science fair and use what the anonymous contributor has been placed in their folder 

2. Share your favorite part of the story so far by clicking here!

3. Graph your weather for the week by filling in the boxes on this slide here.


                         
                       COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who skates by the library?

2. What kind of apple was Garrett eating?

3. When did Garrett have flag football?

4. Where did The Cloud want to bring Mr. Brisbane?

5. Why did Todd think that using the anonymous reports was not considered cheating?




Ms. Mel of Virginia
Eric of Pennsylvania
Uncle Steve of New Jersey


WE HOPE YOUR DAYS SPARKLED!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Playing Catch Up

 Hello All,


The Night Light Stories Household is back to school in a Distance Learning environment. We wanted to post some of our quick links for a "one stop shop" type of post. Come catch up with us!


Story Snapshots

Visit this link to view a list of our 62 stories. Here you'll find links to the audio and the blog post with activities.

The Cloud

Visit this link to catch up on our novella, The Cloud. We update this link each week to include all of the chapters that are posted. 

EduWalks 

Visit this link to join us on EduWalks. Mr. Chris and I share resources and strategies to help families, students, educators and admin for the current learning environment! 

Night Light Stories Live

Visit this link to hear our stories LIVE! Join Mr. Chris and I on Sundays at 6PM EST at our Night Light Stories Facebook page where we say hello, catch up on the week, tell jokes, play a game and read our stories. 


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