Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Student Cam 2021

“StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. 

This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme, "Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021."” 

• “The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category. For more information, visit our Prizes page. 
• Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members. 
• Documentaries must include clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN video that relate to the chosen topic. 
• Winning StudentCam documentaries will thoroughly explore a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers points of view. We recommend that you interview experts on your chosen subject. 
• Documentaries must be between 5-6 minutes in length. *End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark but are permitted to run longer than the allotted 6-minute time frame. 
• Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list. Students can use whichever format they currently use to cite their sources.” Deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 “The upload and submission deadline for all entries in our 2021 competition. All eligible entries must be received by midnight PST at the end of the day on Wednesday, January 20.”

Monday, September 21, 2020

Hand dyeing Yarn

Recently I tried dyeing variegated yarn using the kettle method.  Here is the procedure that I followed. 

Supplies Needed: 
  • Plastic Tub 
  • Water 
  • Citric Acid 
  • Acid Dyes 
  • Mask 
  • Rubber gloves 
  • Plastic Ties 
  • Measuring spoons (1 T, 1/8 tsp) 
  • Stove 
  • Gentle Soap 
    1. Put plastic ties on each skein of yarn. 
    2. I soaked my yarn (BFLSuperwash Wool 85%/ 25% Nylon) in a tub of warm water with 1 Tablespoon of Citric Acid for 30 minutes. 
    3. I brought a pot of water to a boil and then turned it down to simmer. 
    4. Put on mask and gloves. 
    5. I squeezed out excess water from the yarn. 
    6. Add yarn to the pot and make sure it is covered by the water. 
    7. Using 1/8 tsp. of dye color 1 sprinkled the dye on top. 
    8. Let simmer for 5 min. or until water is clear. 
    9. Pull out the yarn and rotate 45 degrees on the holder. 
    10. Using 1/8 tsp. of dye color 1 sprinkled the dye on top. 
    11. Let simmer for 5 min. or until water is clear. 
    12. Pull out the yarn and rotate 45 degrees on the holder. 
    13. Repeat as many times there are different colors. 
    14. After the last color is completely absorbed, remove yarn into a plastic tub to cool. 
    15. Once cool, gently wash in soap and water. 
    16. Hang to dry. 
Things I Learned: 
  1. I should make mini skeins and try the colors first before I do a full skein of yarn. 
  2. Wet wool stinks. 
  3. The plastic ties really work well. 
  4. I need to get better gloves to handle the heat and the hot wool/water. 
  5. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to try it again. 
  6. I want to buy a different shade of blue, purple, and pink dye for the next time.
Original Photo by Pat Hensley

Friday, September 18, 2020

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 9/18/2020

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

How to Design Posters and Print Them With a Standard Printer – “That alternative is to use Canva to design a poster and Block Posters to print the poster using a standard printer with standard size paper. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using the combination of Canva and Block Posters. I made the following video to illustrate how easy it is to use this combination of tools.” (L:T;SA:A)

Why Do Whales Sing? – a TED-ed lesson; “Communicating underwater is challenging. Light and odors don’t travel well, but sound moves about four times faster in water than in air — which means marine mammals often use sounds to communicate. The most famous of these underwater vocalizations is undoubtedly the whale song. Stephanie Sardelis decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.” (L:G;SA:S)

QuickCite – “Simple and easy attributions for images, quotes, videos, and animations used in projects like slideshows and websites.” (L:G;SA:A)

Owning a Car – “In this personal finance lesson, students will analyze the cost of owning a car and decide what they can afford.” (L:H;SA:C)

Try This – Nat Geo Kids – “Try these fun, wacky, and cool science experiments at home!” (L:E;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, September 17, 2020

It's Your Choice

I recently posted this on Facebook and I wanted to share this with anyone who reads my blog. Even though I didn’t write it, I truly agree with all of it! I hope you do too!

I don’t know who wrote this but someone FINALLY put into words what many of us are thinking. Please. Just be a good human being.

I’m sick of CoVid-19.

I’m sick of blacks vs. whites.

I’m sick of Democrats vs. Republicans.

I’m REALLY sick of the media.

I’m really sick of the wearing a mask debate.

I’m sick of no one being allowed to think what they want & feel how they do without offending someone.

I am sick of the people who are out there jumping on the bandwagon just to spread hatred. And start riots, looting & destroying others properties.

I am sick of blaming the world for the sins of a few.

We’re one race - the human race.

You want to support Trump? You do it! It’s your choice!

You want to support Biden? You do it! It's your choice!

You want to believe in God? You do it! It's your choice.

You want to believe in magical creatures that fly around & sprinkle fairy dust to make life better? Awesome... you do it!!

BUT how about being MATURE enough to be able to deal with the fact that everyone doesn’t have the same exact mind-set as you. Having our own mind-set is what makes us all individuals and beautiful. If you can’t handle that fact....oh well!

I don’t have to agree with everything you believe in & YOU don’t have to agree with me.

It's your choice! It's our own choice!

So be a decent human being.

You don't have to like it or agree. It's your choice! Keep scrolling... It's that easy!!!!

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Oconee State Park

One of our favorite SC state parks we like to camp at is Oconee State Park. It is located in Mountain Rest, SC, and consists of 1165 acres. The southern end of the 85-mile Foothills Trail and the western end of the Oconee Passage of the Palmetto Trail are also located in this park.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) created this park in the 1930s. There are fifteen cabins, the superintendent’s residence, four picnic shelters, a bathhouse, and a swimming lake. You can swim, rent canoes, and fish here.

The campground has 139 sites with water and electric and 15 designated tent sites.

Near the swimming lake is a CCC replica waterwheel plus an eighteen-hole miniature golf course.