Lego WeDo

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First, look at your tools. You might want to have 1 computer for displaying the instructions and 1 computer just for the Scratch program. Each 2 children will share 1 computer to begin with. We are using Scratch 1.4 

(You can download and install Scratch 2.0 at home if you like. Both are free.)

  1. Look at your tools: http://wiki.scratch.mit.edu/wiki/LEGO_Education_WeDo_Robotics_Kit
  2. Motors (same page as above).
  3. Sensors: The values for LEGO Education WeDo Robotics Kits:
    • Its tilt
    • Its distance

Now, here are the programs:

Getting started with scratch for Legos2



Research: Where should I start?

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A good place to start is in an Encyclopedia or a Non-Fiction book at your reading level.

You have to be able to understand what you’re reading or the book is of NO USE to you.

Is the book too hard?

TEST: If you can read a sentence and then explain that sentence to your friend (with the book closed) then it’s not too hard.

After you’ve done research in books, the internet is another place you can find information.

Here are some places to start:

  1. http://www.encyclopedia.com/
  2. http://www.kids.net.au/
  3. http://www.loc.gov/families/
  4. http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  5. http://academickids.com/
  6. http://www.squirrelnet.com/search/Google_SafeSearch.asp

Brainpop and Biographies

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So you want to research a famous person?

Well, you’re going to have to read or view a biography.

If you’re making a scratch presentation it might be a good idea to view a short video so you can see what  a video biography looks like.

1. View an example on Brainpop. You’ll probably need a password. Ask your teacher.

Resources on biographies:

  1. http://www.libraryspot.com/biographies/
  2. http://www.biography.com/search

World Cup and Sports Research!

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A good place to start with your World Cup Soccer research is Time For Kids. Here are some quick facts.

  1. Which countries have a team in the World Cup tournament for 2014?
  2. Know any good books about soccer?
  3. Where is this year’s World Cup being played? Hint: It’s the largest country in South America.
  4. Which countries are expected to field strong teams in this year’s cup?
  5. What do children collect and trade at the world cup?
  6. Which 8 countries made it into the sem-final as of July 8th?
  7. What do their flags look like?
    1. http://flags.nationmaster.com/
    2. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/pictures/flags.html
  8. Other search engines:
    1. Google is great, but so are these:
    2. http://www.sweetsearch.com/
    3. http://4me.sweetsearch.com/
  9. Other useful websites:
    1. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz
    2. Fact Monster

Want to know more about soccer? Here:

1. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Sports/Soccer.html

Besides Soccer, what other sports do you want to learn about?

  1. Here’s a list to start with at Fact Monster.
  2. PBS has a game, but also good facts. Watch Maya and Miguel talk. You can make a similar video using scratch.





The Buddy Bench

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Here’s an idea that a second grader came up with for recess.

” Second-grader Christian Bucks noticed that some of his friends didn’t have anyone to play with on the playground at Roundtown Elementary School. He decided to take action to help foster friendships at his school, setting forth to acquire a buddy bench for his peers.”



Buddy Bench

Down by the Riverside

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This song has been around for nearly 100 years.
This version is performed by Pete Seeger.

Many of the Eagle’s Nest children attended the annual Heart of the Beast May Day Parade. It is the tradition to sing this song every year as part of the parade.

What is this song about?

“Down by the Riverside” (also known as “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More” and “Gonna lay down my burden”) is a gospel song. It was first published in “Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-Songs of the Southland”, Chicago, the Rodeheaver Company, 1918.[1] Alternative titles: “Ain’ go’n’ to study war no mo’”, “Ain’t gonna grieve my Lord no more”, “Ain’t Gwine to Study War No More”, “Down by de Ribberside”, “Going to Pull My War-Clothes” and “Study war no more”. The song is first recorded by the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1920 (published by Columbia in 1922). and there are at least 14 black gospel recordings before World War II.[2]

This Land Was Made For You And Me By Woody Guthrie

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This Land Was Made For You And Me By Woody Guthrie



This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

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