Monday, December 27, 2010

Experiment Week: Get Connected!

Good morning and hello. This is experiment week here at Water for Sixth Grade. With Christmas over, we find ourselves on Monday morning with an entire week off from school. You may be thinking to yourselves: "What am I going to do all week?" Well, the answer is simple. Blog. Not just blog, but blog with a purpose. Let me explain. I purposely did NOT tell anybody about this blog post before vacation started. The reason is simple. I want to do an experiment on Water for Sixth Grade, and based on today's unbelievable technology and "connectedness," I am very interested to find out what happens. Okay, let me explain. The experiment is this: I want to see how "connected" we are in the sixth grade. To do that, we will use Water for Sixth Grade. Post a comment to this blog post so I know you were here. Just tell me Hi, or tell me what you have been up to, it doesn't matter. Just post anything so I know you were on WSG. Now, here's the experiment part. I want to see how many students I can get to blog this week. Again, this was a secret blog experiment, so now we must work together. If you are reading this now, that means you have visited the blog during vacation. Good Job. Post a comment. Now, you must tell your friends to visit the blog as well and take part in the experiment. Call them. Email them. Text them. Post a message on Facebook. Anything, but you need to let them know what is going on so they can be a part of the experiment. My goal is to get at least 50% of my students to post a comment during this week. Here's how it will work: You read this, post a comment, then text three (or four or ten or however many you want) friends to visit WSG and post a comment for the experiment, then those three friends each text three people and let them know, then it just keeps spreading, like wildfire. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of people could know about this. If you are here, right now, you must spread the word. It is up to you! I know I can count on you. Just how social are we? Just how "connected" are we? Let's find out....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ancient China Review

Ancient China Review by danklumper on Ediscio.

Dynasties of China: Review Prezi

Need to review the first four dynasties of China? Here you go, a Prezi just for you. Click the arrow pointing to the right and the Prezi will take you through the major aspects of the first four dynasties of China that you need to know. Use this. It will help you.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blog Challenge. First 10 Wins!

Students, what is this word? Translate this chinese word into English and post the answer in a comment. First 10 CORRECT comments wins! Good Luck.

Use this website to help you translate this word: Chinese Translation Site

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ask an Expert: Mr. Sturgeon

On December 10th, 2010, we will have an awesome opportunity to listen to a China expert tell us all about the wonders of the country. Mr. Sturgeon, renowned world traveler and English teacher, will be joining us to tell us all about his trip to China and his stay there for 3 weeks. These types of opportunities do not come along every day, so we need to make sure we are prepared and take advantage of this great thing. Mr. Sturgeon will be telling us all about the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warriors, Daily Life/What its like there, food, entertainment, and many other things. For this blog post, you need to get prepared for this visit. To get prepared, we are going to start thinking about questions we might want to ask Mr. Sturgeon when he visits. Be thinking about something you want to know about or something you have been wondering about in relation to China, past or present. I will publish these comments a few days before his visit, so he will have a chance to look them over and see what he knows the answers too. Depending on how many questions get posted, he might not be able to get to all of them, but I am sure he will try to answer as many as possible.

Task: Prepare for Mr. Sturgeon's visit by posting questions you have about China for him to answer.

DUE: Please try to have a question posted by December 8th, 2010. Thank you.

**Ask serious questions, things you are legitimately wondering about or want to know about.

**You may want to look some of the above topics up on the Internet and see what they are, which might get you thinking about something you want to know about.