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By Bo Lebo, posted 4/21/16 4:46 PM

  Everything went wrong yesterday. We couldn't bring up the teacher's equipment, the old fashioned thermometers were only props, my jetpack was too slow and then they had to leave, but I wanted to comment from a STEM/STEAM perspective, not a disappointment p.o.v. but from the mouths of my students working with big ideas for 4th graders. 1) They loved the cloud chart and had no idea that the atmosphere had highs and lows like the octaves we've been working towards. 2) They stopped confusing Arabic with Persian writing. (Arabic is one of the 6 UN languages that Globe uses.) ...


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By Bo Lebo, posted 4/20/16 10:42 PM

The kids learned to assess a problem for solutions today when the Thermometer did work  Then the log in didn't work and they still told me where to go to resolve this. https://www.wunderground.com/us/ca/lake-balboa   °F Overcast Boston, MA 51.3 °F Partly Cloudy Houston, TX 84.8 °F Partly Cloudy San Francisco, CA 70.5 °F Partly Cloudy   Lake Balboa, CA 3:43 PM PDT on April 20, 2016 (GMT -0700) South Northridge | Report | Change Station Report Station You are about to report this weather station for bad data. Please...


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By Bo Lebo, posted 3/29/16 8:46 PM

Tomorrow I will bridge to the LA Zoo at least by using their handouts with data capture on our campus. I am setting up by research teams by tables by teacher classroom.  They love their recorders and soon will add taking the room temperature into their own research area collected by investigative team/table 1-5.  They will be exploring predictions, measurements, fractions, parts, wholes and sums or averages, maps, map making and breathing like the lungs of the planet while we learn words like canopy, bionome, humus, serpentine to describe maps and reading symbols, signs, and...


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In Second Grade, we've used Music Edventures in the Classroom with sturdy songs, dance, and "Scotland's Burning".  After a hand drawn map of Ireland and Scotland, the second time I brought a visitor from Northern Ireland Mr. Pauraig Seosamh Mhuire Ui Dhubhshlain.  Pauraig played his fiddle in Mrs. Davis's class at Liggett Elementary and Ms. Vallens, the Principal also participated. He played The Christmas Eve Reel from Pint of Irish.org. They began to understand another kind of listening, another kind of measurement, a new understanding of the Earth and all while learning a...


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