The 2015 Iditarod begins this year with its ceremonial start on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, and the restart this year on Monday, March 9, in Fairbanks. Parts of the traditional odd-year trail got hardly an snow, and as we know from last year's similar conditions, they can be detrimental to the success of mushers and their teams.
Memorial Middle School technology classes will be following the Iditarod and have already begun conducting research and exploring various Iditarod resources. Some great sites to check out are the Iditarod homepage, 2015 Musher Profiles, and the documentary available on Amazon Prime titled "Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod." Stay tuned as we follow this testament of bravery, endurance, and will. Students will be updating their blogs in the Blogroll and publishing work to the 'Our Work' page of this website.
1. Go to http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/topics/geostories/?ar_a=1
2. Choose a GeoStory to check out and browse through.
3. Think about the following questions as you go through the GeoStory. Use a critical eye to examine the tours and resources.
Before you start your presentation, it's important to think about two things: audience and purpose. With those two things in mind, what do you think makes a really great presentation?
I know, I know - it's what you've been asking for since Day 1!! We're going to go through a training activity first before we tackle a 'big' project, just so I know where we stand as far as how to do 'stuff.' After each activity, check in with Mrs. Hurlbert so I know you're on the right track and ready for the next step. If you have a grownup's permission, you can download SketchUp at home for free here.
1. Watch Google SketchUp Video Tutorials Part 1
2. Complete the Design Exercise 1 and save it to your desktop. Then drag it into Google Drive. Share it with me.
3. Watch Google SketchUp Video Tutorials Part 2
4. Create a design based on an interest or a hobby of yours. It can be an indoor or outdoor space. You may add ONE COMPONENT THAT MUST SUPPORT your design, not BE the design. Save it to your desktop and drag it into Google Drive when you are finished. Then share it with me. It should include the following elements:
5. Ready for a bigger challenge? Try this one: SketchUp Circle Project
6. Choose one design (or more) and write a Blog Reflection for each one in Blogger.
Check out some of these presentations - aren't they cool?
Start here: Click on the Blogroll on the page below to see some of the 6th graders' work.
Then check out some of the other presentations on the Our Work page.
Some of your choices for your presentations are:
Now that you've had some time to think about it and you've seen some examples, it's time to decide! Respond to this blog post with what kind of presentation tool you will use to make a presentation about your environmental issue. Good Work!
Go to Diigo and check to make sure you have 3 places that were important on the Underground Railroad. (If you don’t, go to this link to finish up: Aboard the Underground Railroad: List of Sites) Create a Placemarker for each important place in Google Earth.
These links may be useful:
Everyone has an opinion - we might also call it a bias - as to what the biggest environmental problems are facing our country and world in 2014. We may not agree with them all, but how cool that we can share them when we want to? Here are some links I'd like you to explore (warning: they have bias!). Spend some time scanning through them, watching the videos, looking at the photos. Then post a response below as to which problem YOU think is the biggest. Did the website convince you? How did you choose?
Top 10 Environmental Problems by Planet Earth Herald
Top 5 Environmental Concerns Facing Today's Society by alyssagoesgreen hosted on HubPages
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