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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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Episode 76: The Cloud, Chapter 16

 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 15, where Garrett and Todd gave their health recommendations to a very distracted Mrs. Young. Their suggestions were easy to accomplish, but her distraction left them wondering if they would even see them implemented by the end of the year.


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!  


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR, TEXTHELP!

                                 
                                                                 Photo credit: Texthelp

This week, we bring you Chapter 16. Texthelp, the makers of WriQ, is establishing a new revolution for student writing achievement. Join a growing community of students and teachers and try WriQ for free today. Visit: text.help/stories.




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.

Reassuringly - To restore to assurance or confidence

Snippets - A small bit, scrap, or fragment

Tally - To count or reckon up

Twinge - To pinch; tweak; twitch

Wagered - Something risked or staked on an uncertain event; bet


   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. Watch this video about the scientific method and track each step of it through Chapter 16 as you listen. What is your hypothesis about what is making people in the school sick?



2. Ladybugs are interesting insects. Learn more about them here. Then, take the word puzzle challenge online at Puzzel.org

3. Create your own puzzle at http://puzzel.org.

4. Click this link to learn the life cycle of the ladybug by moving around the pieces to the puzzle until they are in the right order. 



                         
                                    COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who found a ladybug on the door handle?

2. What did Todd use to make the short video snippets?

3. When did Mr. Brisbane inquire about the experiment?

4. Where did Erika Elias find two ladybugs?

5. Why Did Todd stick his head in the bag of ladybugs?



Dede of Pennsylvania
Bethie of Massachusetts
Brian of Massachusetts

WE HOPE YOUR DAYS SPARKLED!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Episode 75: The Cloud, Chapter 15


 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 13 and 14, where Val questioned Melvin, hoping to find out who was putting the extra files in their project. The Cloud came to the assumption that Mr. Brisbane was helping them.

Wait, or was it you? Did you add to their files? Did you know that you can? 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!   

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR, TEXTHELP!

                                 
                                                                 Photo credit: Texthelp

This week, we bring you Chapter 15. Texthelp, the makers of WriQ, is establishing a new revolution for student writing achievement. Join a growing community of students and teachers and try WriQ for free today. Visit: text.help/stories.




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.


Disheveled - untidy or disarranged

Diminishing - to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.

Engrossed - to occupy completely, as the mind or attention

Pondering - to consider something deeply and thoroughly

 Typical - characteristic or distinctive


   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. If you could have a class pet like Delbert, what would it be? This article from PetMD.com shares the 5 best classroom pets. Choose one and then research how to take care of it!

2. Make a list! Who do YOU think could be helping The Cloud by adding to their science fair folders and data? Write the character names you suspect and three reasons using evidence from the story to support your hypothesis. 


                         
                                    COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who helped Todd and Garrett in the beginning of the chapter?

2. What is the master password?

3. When did Mrs. Young have a meeting?

4. Where were Todd and Garrett going to send the recommendations?

5. Why is Mrs. Young working so hard?



Tucker of Virginia
Brady of Virginia
Brayden of New York
Suzy NP of Virginia

WE HOPE YOUR DAYS SPARKLED!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

CATCH UP ON THE CLOUD - Chapters 1-16


The Cloud Book Cover2-01.jpg

We met four friends who were utilizing a video conferencing tool on their computers to meet up at the end of summer. Together, they share their excitement and anticipation for the start of a new school year and to discuss a mysterious new addition to the staff.

Four friends come to school on the first day to see who is in their class
and finally be introduced to their new teacher.

We last saw our four friends being introduced to their new teacher in the gymnasium. They also found out who was, in fact, in their class. As they all followed their new teacher, Mr. Brisbane, to their classroom, there were many rumors floating through the line about Mr. Brisbane's past.
Who is this mysterious new teacher?

The students head into their new classroom with their new teacher as he shares directions in a very unique way. In order to get their teacher to talk, they will need to follow a series of clues.

The students were 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.

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. 

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! 

The Cloud decided their nicknames and learned about the school's upcoming science fair. Mr. Brisbane incentivized entering the science fair by giving no homework while the students prepared their projects! The class clusters were all abuzz about options for the projects they could do.

The Cloud discussed how they would divide the work for the science fair among themselves, and also thou
ght up ideas to help Jamie make a swift recovery.

Val and Garrett went to turn in attendance in the office, when they found the principal, Mr. Wolff, was feeling sick. Mr. Wolff tasked them both with drafting health rules for the school, and ended with him and Jamie going home sick.

The Cloud found extra resource links, pictures and videos in the digital folders for their science project. They began to hypothesize who could have access to their folders. They made a plan to quietly ask around the classroom to figure out if someone was trying to help their chances of winning.

Val questioned Melvin, hoping to find out who was putting the extra files in their project. The Cloud came to the assumption that Mr. Brisbane was helping them.

Garrett and Todd gave their health recommendations to a very distracted Mrs. Young. Their suggestions were easy to accomplish, but her distraction left them wondering if they would even see them implemented by the end of the year.

The Cloud enlisted the class' help in gathering ladybugs from around the classroom and school. They wanted to conduct an experiment where Todd would breathe in the air from the ladybug container to see if that 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.


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Episode 74: The Cloud, Chapter 13 and 14

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 12, where The Cloud found extra resource links, pictures and videos in the digital folders for their science project. They began to hypothesize who could have access to their folders. They made a plan to quietly ask around the classroom to figure out if someone was trying to help their chances of winning.

Was it you? Did you add to their files? Did you know that you can? 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!   

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR, TEXTHELP!

                                 
                                                                 Photo credit: Texthelp

This week, we bring you Chapter 13 and 14 combined. Texthelp, the makers of WriQ, is establishing a new revolution for student writing achievement. Join a growing community of students and teachers and try WriQ for free today. Visit: text.help/stories.




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.

Fluorescent - the visible or invisible radiation emitted by certain substances as a result of incident radiation of a shorter wavelength such as X-rays or ultraviolet light.

Affectionately - in a way that displays fondness or tenderness.

Antagonize act as an antagonist

Beamedexpress an emotion with a radiant smile.

Rapidly - very quickly; at a great rate.

   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. If you could have a class pet like Delbert, what would it be? Research how to take care of it!

2. Make a prediction! Who could be helping The Cloud by adding to their science fair folders and data?

                         COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who fed Delbert the Salamander?

2. What was the logo for the science fair?

3. When did Val place the note on Melvin's desk?

4. Where did Val ask Melvin to meet her?

5. Why does Melvin think that Mr. Brisbane wants him to win?



Nana fo New York
Meme of Massachusetts

WE HOPE YOUR DAYS SPARKLED!