Sunday, July 26, 2020

CATCH UP ON THE CLOUD - Chapters 1-16


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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!

Monday, July 6, 2020

LIGHTING THE WAY WITH WORDS


Dale: (14:32)
The adventure of a little gray fox as he searches for a place to call home
 after his den is cleared away by construction.
Free audio download: Dale
Blog with activities: Dale


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Episode 73: The Cloud, Chapter 12

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 11, where 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.

What type of weather is happening in your neck of the woods? Take a picture and upload it to our group folder. 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 12. Our sponsor, Texthelp, will be featured before and after this week's episode. 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.

Lounge - To pass time idly and indolently.

Application - A computer program used for a particular type of job or problem.

Genuinely - Possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real.

Definitively - Serving to define, fix, or specify definitely.

Artifacts - Any feature that is not naturally present but is a product of an extrinsic agent, method, or the like.

   JUST ADD IMAGINATION! 

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

1. Share your coolest weather pictures in this folder!

2. What do YOU think is making people sick in the school? Add your theory to the Padlet

3. Continue to help The Cloud by adding your own suggestions to help fight illness in the school to the Cleanliness Catalog. 

                         COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE

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

1. Who hypothesized that Melvin was causing everyone to get sick?

2. What channels did Todd watch?

3. When were Val and Garrett walking to the office?

4. Where did The Cloud take pictures?

5. Why does The Cloud suspect someone is helping them?



Auntie Kerry of Massachusetts
John Kane of Texas

WE HOPE YOUR DAYS SPARKLED!