Monday, June 18, 2018

Back of the Book Blurb #104 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)


The Family

Alan didn’t know why he felt like he was being watched but he knew he was. He walked the mile back to his apartment instead of taking the bus so he could figure out who was following him.

Before his parents disappeared when he turned 18, they told him that they had escaped from The Family. Whenever they knew that they had been found, they moved. They felt it would be best if they separated and he changed his name. They promised to keep in touch with him. He never heard from again and that was ten years ago.

When he pulled his keys out of his pocket, he felt something else there. In his pocket was a hundred-dollar bill! He knew that he didn’t have this when he left home this morning. Where had it come from? Was that a message written in tiny letters in the corner? (149 words)






Saturday, June 16, 2018

Heat Survival

I have to admit that it is hotter than Hades here and it is just the beginning of summer. Now, I know I’ve whined about the cold and I’ve whined about the rain but now is time to whine about the heat. I do a lot of praying lately and I’m continuously thanking God for my air conditioning! This had me thinking about how we need to take care of ourselves during this heat. Here are some suggestions when the heat outside gets rough!

Drink a lot of liquids. I wouldn’t just drink water though because this may cause you to get rid of too many minerals. When this happens to me, I start getting muscle cramps, so I drink either Gatorade or Powerade.

Look for shade. If you have to stand outside, find a shady spot. The strength of the sun can be rough without realizing it.

Wear a hat. Keeping your head cooler helps just like it helps in the winter.

If you can’t afford the air conditioning, go to places that have it like the mall or a department store and walk around there during the heat of the day.

Head to the mountains or higher elevations. That is why we like going camping in the mountains. The humidity is lower and the temperatures are cooler.

Wear sunblock! Protect your skin!

If you are going to be out in the sun for long periods, wear a lightweight long sleeve shirt and light nylon pants to protect your skins.

Go to a pool and submerge in the water!

What suggestions would you add to help heat survival? Please share.

Picture courtesy of Pixabay






Friday, June 15, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 6/15/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

World Geography Games -  “Can you point out Sudan on the map? How about the Strait of Hormuz? This website will bring you many entertaining and stimulating map games to improve your geographical knowledge. The quizzes include questions about countries, capitals, flags, regions, bodies of water, mountains, deserts, metropolitan areas and other topics that will test and challenge your brain. For everyone who wants to explore and learn about the world, you've come to the right place!...All 193 members of the United Nations (UN) are included in the quizzes. Added to these UN members are Taiwan (Asia), Kosovo (Europe) and Vatican City (Europe). Not-sovereign territories - e.g. Puerto Rico - are included in our quiz about the Caribbean, but excluded in other quizzes. Russia and Turkey are both added to quizzes about Europe and Asia.” (L:H; SA: SS)

Plum’s Creaturizer – “Go on a nature adventure with Plum's Creaturizer! Kids and families can build wild creatures, then head outdoors to photograph them right in their own backyard. It's part of PLUM LANDING, a PBS KIDS project that helps kids develop a love for this amazing, beautiful, and dramatic planet we call home.The app provides opportunities for kids and their families to interact with nature in a thoughtful way and have fun exploring together.” (L:E;SA:S)

ChatterPix Kids – “Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk -- pets, friends, doodles, and more.  Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE! AGES: 5-12.” (L:E; SA: A)

Tellagami – “Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami.” (L:G; SA: A)

How Your Digestive System Works – A TED-ed lesson; “Constantly churning inside of you, the digestive system performs a daily marvel: it transforms your food into the vital nutrients that sustain your body and ensure your survival. Emma Bryce traces food’s nine-meter-long, 40-hour journey through the remarkable digestive tract.” (L:G;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley