Monday, November 22, 2010

Animal Poems based on William Blake's "The Tyger"

Using William Blake's classic poem. "The Tyger" as inspiration, the class has been writing their own animal poems. Again, we use animoto to turn our poems into animated musical videos. Teachers, If you are looking for a book that teaches how to teach poetry using great poems, then check out this post I made a couple of years ago on the book, "Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?"

Note: Kayla thinks that if William Blake can spell tiger as "tyger", then she can spell shark as "sharc". After all she was inspired by William Blake!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mayan Projects

A packet was sent home today so that students can choose a Mayan project. Please turn in  your 3 top choices as soon as possible. Here is a video of last year's class and their Mayan projects.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Exploring Tessellations

Today's math lesson involved the fascination world of tessellations.

Here is a site that will let you quickly create a tessellation.

Here is another Tessellation Creator.

Find "enter this site" on Totally Tessellated to explore the history and essentials of tessellations. You will learn how to modify and create tessellations. You will learn about the Dutch artist M. C. Escher and his famous tessellated designs and you can also explore advanced design, art, and other mathematical topics related to tesselations.

Have fun!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Tyger

I created this animoto video to introduce my class to one of the great poems of the English language: William Blake's "The Tyger". We're going to be talking to the animals by writing our own poems based on "The Tyger".