Sunday, November 30, 2014

What minerals are in granite?

We have studied a number of minerals, and you have been very successful in identifying them. The challenge you have most recently had is to identify the minerals in pink granite. You have applied your learning well, and now it is time to report your findings.

We will use Today's Meet once again to discuss the findings of our eight geology teams. You will need to use the link below to go to our meeting room. Once there, sign in with your team members' names. Then, post your thoughts about what minerals are in granite. You need to be sure to state your proof as well. Anything worth reporting requires proof.

As ideas begin to come into the room, be sure that your team reads them and comments on them. If you agree with another team, be sure to tell that team and tell why you agree. If you find something about which you don't agree, then be sure you tell them that too, and then explain why you disagree. Remember, this is an online debate, and our goal is to get the correct answer. Have an open mind and think carefully about what each team says.

The link to the meeting room is:

The room is closed. Thank you for your ideas!

Good luck!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Field Trip to Coloma!

Now that you’ve had a tour of Coloma, what do you think? Give a review of the field trip. You may discuss any part of the trip or just a single part. A good review will state a big idea about what you think and then have several details to support that big idea. If you have more than one big idea, then you would create more than one paragraph. 

Think of all the things we did on the trip:

  • the tour of the mill, the original mill site and the discovery site

  • the museum and outside exhibits

  • the hike to the monument where we saw Marshall’s cabin, the cemetery and the place where Marshall is buried

  • the gold panning

  • the tour of the Pioneer Cemetery where we saw the plot of the Monroe-Gooch family and a soldier from the Mexican War

Is there a part that you like best that you’d like to write about?

Was there a part that you didn’t like that you’d like to write about?

Do you want to give an overview of the entire trip? 

Did you learn something good that you’d like to share with the world?

Those are just some ideas; you may write about any portion of the trip. This is the final blog of this trimester, so make it your best one yet! Be sure that you check your spelling and conventions and be certain that you have said exactly what you want to tell the world. 

As always, please comment on each other’s work. Everyone likes a nice comment!