Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reformation Lesson 3 - Spread of Protestantism

Here is the link for the video of me reading The Reformation Lesson 3 - The Spread of Protestantism from the Social Studies textbook. Students have already pasted the four questions into their notebooks.

There are two questions that rely on reading comprehension. Question 3 asks for an opinion. Question 4 requires students to take each side of Henry VIII's decision to establish an independent Anglican Church.

In case someone does not have the questions, they are:
1. a. What did Ulrich Zwingli and Martin Luther agree about?
    b. What things was Zwingli against that he thought was not supported by Scripture?
2. In which countries did Protestantism grow and displace the Roman Catholic Church?
3. Do you think King Henry VIII of England was right to break with the Catholic Church and make his own church because his wife did not provide him with an heir?
4. Debate: give a reason why King Henry VIII was right to start the Anglican Church and wrong to start the Anglican Church.

Monday, February 6, 2017

3rd Quarter Memory Verses

There are new Bible memory verses to learn in the 3rd quarter as we study the unit, The Last Days of Judah. The verses are from Jeremiah 17:7-10 and Psalm 103:8-12, both are from the New International Reader's Version (NIRV).

Memory Verse #1
7 “But I will bless anyone who trusts in me.
   I will do good things for the person who depends on me.
8 They will be like a tree planted near water.
   It sends out its roots beside a stream.
It is not afraid when heat comes.
   Its leaves are always green.
It does not worry when there is no rain.
   It always bears fruit.”
9 A human heart is more dishonest than anything else.
   It can’t be healed.
   Who can understand it?
10 The Lord says, “I look deep down inside human hearts.
   I see what is in people’s minds.
I reward each person in keeping with their conduct.
   I bless them based on what they have done.” Jeremiah 17:7-10 (NIRV)
Memory Verse #2

8 The Lord is tender and kind. He is gracious.
   He is slow to get angry. He is full of love.
9 He won’t keep bringing charges against us.
   He won’t stay angry with us forever.
10 He doesn’t punish us for our sins as much as we should be punished.
   He doesn’t pay us back in keeping with the evil things we’ve done.
11 He loves those who have respect for him.
   His love is as high as the heavens are above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins from us.
   He has removed them as far as the east is from the west.

Psalm 103:8–12 (NIRV) 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Biome Project

Biome Project

We are working on a group project to learn more about the different biomes in our world. I have linked resources for each of the different biomes we are studying. Some of the educational sites may require a login. Please get parental permission before signing up for anything online. In the attachments below, there are the details of the project. Remember to stay focused and on top of each section so your project is turned in on time. Remember to be neat, organized, and creative in your presentation.
Biomes: Groups
Review: Brain Pop Video Land Biomes
                                        Food Chain

Biomes of the World: Information on ALL of them

Brain Pop Video: Tundra
Definition of Tundra
Blue Planet Tundra Biome information (map, plants, animals, climate)
National Geographic Tundra Information
Tundra Animal Printouts (information of tundra animals)
Wikipedia: Tundra
Tundra biome information
Taiga and Tundra Video from NeoK12


Brain Pop Video: Taiga
Definition of Taiga
Taiga Blue Planet Biome Information (map, plants, animals, climate)
Wikipedia: Taiga
Taiga Information
Taiga Images
Taiga Animal Printouts (information of taiga animals)
Taiga NatureWorks 
Taiga and Tundra Video from NeoK12 

Tropical Rainforest (Jungle)

Brain Pop Video: Tropical Rainforest
Definition of Rainforest
Wikipedia:  Rainforest
Rainforest Blue Planet Biome Information (map, plants, animals, climate)
Rainforest Facts
What is a Rainforest?
Rainforest Animals
Enchanged Learning: All About Rainforests
Tropical Rainforests for kids
Tropical Rainforest Video from NeoK12
Life in the Tropical Rainforest Video from NeoK12

Temperate Forest/Deciduous Forest

Definition of Temperate Forest
Temperate Forests Glossopedia
Wikipedia: Temperate Forest
Deciduous Forest Blue Planet Biome Information (maps, plants, animals, climate)
Enchanted Learning: Temperate Deciduous Forest  Animal Printout
Temperate/Deciduous Forest Information
Kids Do Ecology: Temperate Forest
Temperate Deciduous Forest Topic Information 
Land Biomes: Temperate Forest
Images for Temperate Forest
Temperate Forest Video from NeoK12
Temperate/Deciduous Forest Video from NeoK12


Brain Pop Video: Desert
Definition of Desert
Wikipedia: Desert
Desert Blue Planet Biome Information (maps, plants, animals, climate)
Enchanted Learning: Desert Biome Animal Printouts
Desert Animals and Wildlife
Desert Images
Desert Biome Information
Desert Topics
Sahara Desert Video from NeoK12
Desert Wildlife Video from NeoK12
Desert Cacti Video from NeoK12
Desert Plants and Cactus Video from Neo K12
Desert Biome Video from Neo K12
Plant Growth of Tropical Flowers in the desert Video from NeoK12
How desert insects, scorpions and snakes survive Video from NeoK12

Grasslands (Savanna)

Brain Pop Video: Savanna
Definition of Savanna
Wikipedia: Savanna
Savanna Blue Planet Biome Information (map, plants, animals, climate)
Enchanted Learning: Savanna Animal Printouts
Savanna Biome Information
Grassland Biome Information
Savanna Images
Savanna Video from NeoK12
Grassland Video from NeoK12

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Japanese Prefectures (and American States, too)

We have been learning a little about the Japanese prefectures in anticipation of our unit study of Feudal Japan and the trip to Kansai in May.

The students seemed pretty amazed that I have memorized all of the prefectures and asked me how I did it. One was to buy a bath wall poster from a 100-yen shop to put up above the tub.

But the main way was using an app which I have also shown to the students. It has a map of Japan and a menu of prefectures that players need to drag and drop to the correct location, with varying levels of difficulty. It's published by a company called Digital Gene. They have also published apps for several other countries, including USA, UK, and Indonesia. There is even a World app and a Feudal Japan app. Try them all!

These are free downloads from the Google Play store or the Apple store.

My record on the iPhone Expert level is 58"45. Can you beat it?

There is also an app for learning the towns in Okinawa (and the rest of Japan). In Japanese only.

Thank you for coming to the conference!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to the conference with me on Thursday. I really appreciate you making time and I was very happy to meet some of you for the first time.

Thank you for your support in the first quarter. It was very satisfying to speak with you regarding your child's progress. There is a lot of growth that the students need to accomplish to be ready for next year but we still have a long time and good progress has already been made.

With support at school and home, I am hopeful that the students can all feel comfortable and ready to move to the middle school next year!

Best regards,

Bradford Carpenter

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bible Gateway

There are a couple of new links at the top of the site. One is to bible which is a great site  with thousands of translations of the Bible in many different languages. It's a fantastic resource at any time but is especially useful for Ocean Class students in Bible class and with studying for the memory verses.

The next memory verse quiz will be on 1 Peter 5:6,7!

Elementary Camp at Nakijin

Camp has finished and I hope you have heard a lot of stories about it from your kids (though I know that isn't always the case.)! It definitely seemed like the kids had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed their time. I heard a lot of comments such as, "I wish we could stay longer", and "Let's stay at camp forever!" I was happy to have the chance to get to know the students in a different capacity. It will be a bit of a shock to return to school. I hope everyone is able to quickly get back to the daily routine! In the meantime, Miss Sorley has graciously shared an album of photos that she took while at camp. Please enjoy this look into camp life!