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 and also the Clues Corner on the blog 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:


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


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 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? 


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 


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?



Morgan Poss 
Faith Savannah 

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