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  We'll place them on the the class website at to help out The Cloud with their science fair data!  


                                                                 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:


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


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

3. Create your own puzzle at

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?

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