y husband and my oldest daughter are Star Wars fanatics. I must admit, I have seen most of the movies and I like a good Star Wars reference, but I'm not a Super Fan. Well after visiting "Galaxy's Edge" at Disney World, I can say that I'm ready to learn more about the whole Star Wars story. In fact, my youngest daughter has decided that we need to watch ALL of the movies.
I do remember going to the movie theater with my family when I was growing up in the 1970's to see the original movies. I always liked Princess Leia and Yoda. When the Ewoks showed up in The Return of the Jedi, I wanted them to be real and to have one come and live with me.
So this afternoon I was thinking about Star Wars and all of the famous lines we have gotten from those movies. I started Googling the lessons we learned from Star Wars and came across the neatest blog post. It's called "10 Things We Learned From Star Wars" and I'll put a link to it HERE. The lessons the writer shared fit perfectly with our Growth Mindset. It is all about everything from being brave to being a good friend. These are my three favorite lessons from that article ...
1) Be Loyal to Your Friends - now more than ever we realize how important our friends are. Sometimes when we see them every day, we take them for granted. It is also important to be a good friend to others. Everyone needs a friend that they can count on.
2) It's Never Too Late to Make a Change - I like this because it also goes with admitting if you make a mistake. We are in charge of our decisions and if we make a bad decision, we have the chance to fix it. Along with that goes the idea that if someone we know tries to fix something then we need to be understanding and give them a second chance. It's not good to stay mad at someone forever.
3) Never Say "I Have a Bad Feeling About This" - At first this made me laugh because in every movie, especially scary movies, when a character says those words, we know something bad is going to happen. On the other hand, I like how the article said that if something gives us that "bad feeling" then we need to trust our instincts. That's true for all of you. If something doesn't seem right - when you are out in public, when you are online, when you are with friends, etc. - you need to trust your feelings.
So to go with my blog today, I have a question and a fun activity. I hope that you make the time to comment because I'm excited to hear what you have to say.
What lesson have you learned from star wars or do you have a different movie that has taught you a lesson about life?
It was so nice to see some of you at school. I must admit ... it was kind of sad to go to school on a Monday and not see all of you in your seats. We are a community and we will support each other as we change to school at home. Hopefully we will use this blog to stay in touch with each other.
So are you ready for something cool? On Tuesday you will need to go to your Google Classroom and find the newest post in Math. It is called What Do You Do With a Problem? I have made my first YouTube video EVER!! I must confess, I was a little nervous and I think my voice sounds weird, but it was fun. I have a lot to learn to be a real YouTube genius but I figure that some of you will comment on the video and give me some tips.
When you get to Google Classroom, watch the intro video first. Then go and watch my YouTube video. Then ... here comes the fun ... you get to make a FlipGrid video. I have put an announcement under the YouTube assignment with a link to get to the FlipGrid prompt. To log into FlipGrid you will need to use your Google log-in. If anyone has trouble, you can e-mail me or send me a Remind message and I'll help you out.
So all of this talk about making videos and YouTube has me wondering. Do any of you have a favorite YouTube person or channel? I like watching the Tim Tracker because they are always doing videos about Walt Disney World. This would be a great time to share some of your favorites. Two ground rules though! It must be an appropriate channel for 4th graders. It also needs to not be a channel that uses inappropriate language or cussing. We wouldn't want to share something that uses bad language.
Have any of you had any experience being a YouTuber? Feel free to share your channel and your experiences down below too.
I hope that you all have a good Tuesday. Keep working on your Blizzard Bags. Make sure that you come back to our blog on Wednesday. You never know what will happen with all of you Fabulous Fourth Graders!
Welcome to our class Blog!
The many teachers and students in Ohio are now in a new time. We have never had to cancel school for weeks before. Of course we have Snow Days once in awhile, but this is completely different. I am just as new at this as you are so we will work together to make the best of our situation. Please know that I am planning some interesting activities and I have even started a YouTube channel to help with teaching. You will need to visit two places each school day to make sure that you are up to date: 1) This blog 2) Your Google Classroom
Now I know that you have 2 different Google Classrooms, one for math and one for science. Please visit both each day. That is where you will find assignments and important links. This blog will be where we will share ideas and try and have a little fun. I will leave the comment section open so that we can talk to each other. This isn't a place to just "chat" like in phone texts though. It will be used as a way to check in and share our thoughts. We will figure out what works best as we go along.
The school will be open on Monday from 9 am until 7 pm if you want to come over and get some books and paper copies of your Blizzard Bags. I am sending home your Stepping Stones workbooks on Monday also. We will be using those during Week Two. If you can't make it to Pickaway on Monday, let me know and I will make arrangements to get your stuff to you this week.
For Week One you assignment is to complete Blizzard Bags #1, #2, and #3. I also want you to check this Blog and your Google Classroom on Tuesday so that I know who has access and get things ready for next week. There will be a short assignment on Google Classroom to do that I think you will like. Again, if you or your parents have any questions ... e-mail me or send a message on Remind.
Author - Mrs. McKibben
Mrs. McKibben is a math and science teacher at Pickaway Elementary School in Ohio. She loves teaching and Disney. She is especially excited to start this blog with her students. "Some say fate is beyond our command, but I know better. Our destiny is within us. You just have to be brave enough to see it." - Merida from Brave