Monday, October 29, 2007

Lesson 7: STRANDED!!!!!!

Today, you will begin reading a book called Hatchet.

It is the story of a young boy who is stranded in the Canadian rockies. He must survive with only a limited number of supplies.

Today, to prepare for reading this book, we are going to brainstorm some of the challenges and/or dangers one might face if stranded all alone in the Canadian rockies.

To begin, let's see if we can find the Canadian Rockies using Google Maps. Post your answers to these Google Maps queston as comments on this blog.

1. Lake Louise on Google Maps. How many miles is it from Berea Middle School to Lake Louise Canada? Post your answer as a comment on this blog.

2. Find Jasper National Park in Canada on the Google Maps. How far is it from Salem (where I live) to Jasper National Park? Post your answer as a comment on this blog.

3. Is Lake Louise, Canada closer to Jasper National Park or British Columbia? How do you know? Post your answers as a comment on this blog.



I have put a worksheet for you to complete at this link: You can open this document on your laptop and type your answers. Remember to save it at the begninning so that you won't lose it if your computer freezes! You can upload it to the "Canadian Rockies" folder we made in class last week when you are finished. (Don't forget to do this because it will count as a grade!)

1. Your first task is to come up with four questions about challenges or dangers a person might face in the Canadian rockies. Write the questions on your worksheet.

2. Your second task is to search the questions in Google, using key words - not the entire question. Make notes about the sites you find that give you reliable information on your worksheet. If you need help with how to know if a web site is reliable, there is a link on the right called "Help With Evaluation" that you might want to click for advice.

3. Your third task is to search the same questions on, using the entire question, not just key words. Make notes about the sites you find that give you reliable information.

BONUS: If you use any good strategies while doing this activity, record them as a comment on this blog post. You and your partner will get raffle tickets if you are able to do this.

Email your worksheet as an attachment to and at the end of class. Be sure to save it in your Canadian Rockies folder in your home directory first!


Here is a video that might help you think of some ideas for questions:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lesson Six - Email Attachments

In Lesson Five, Ms. Jackie showed you some things that are very important when using laptops and the Internet at school. Today, we want you to practice some of the things that she taught you.

Here are the things we'd like you to do today:

1. Create a new folder in the English Studies folder in your home directory. Name the folder "Canadian Rockies."

2. Open a new Word document. Save the document as "YOURLASTNAME_CanRockies" in the new folder you just created in your home directory. Don't close the document after you save it; we're going to use it to do the rest of the activies. When you save it in the beginning, Word will save every few minutes for you. This way, if your computer freezes, you won't lose your work.

3. Use the Web sites listed below to find answers to the questions that follow. Type your answers in the Word document you just created. (Helpful hint: The first link has answers to all the questions, so that's a great place to start.)

Question 1: Where is Jasper located?

Question 2: How big is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies?

Question 3: If you were going to get married in the Canadian Rockies, which one of the recommended places would you choose? List at least three reasons why you would choose this location?

Question 4: If you were in the Canadian Rockies, would you rather visit Alberta or British Columbia? List three reasons why you prefer this location?

Question 5: Find a picture from the Banff National Park and paste it into your Word document.

Question 6: Find a picture of Lake Louise and paste it into your Word document.

Question 7: Which one of the tours at this site ( would you want to visit? What do you like about this particular tour?

Save the document one more time, just to be safe.

5. Email the document to Ms. Jackie and Ms. Angie.
Ms. Jackie's email:
Ms. Angie's email:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lesson 3: Evaluation

Today we are going to talk about how to know if Web site is reliable. Sometimes, people can put information online that is just not true. For example, have you ever hear of a walrus that lives in the mountains? If it sounds too strange to be true, that's a good sign that maybe it's just not true... even if the site has a picture!
It is always important to evaluate sites to make sure they are RELIABLE.
Now, we will use the activies at the JOE COOL / JOE FOOL site to help us practice evaluating Web sites. Just click this link to go through some of the practice activities. Raise your hand if you have any questions.
Finally, after you finish the tour and the quiz (for fun) at JOE COOL / JOE FOOL, I'd like you to try leaving me a comment here on my blog about the walrus site. Why is this site not reliable? Give me reasons from teh JOE COOL / JOE FOOL checklist.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lesson 2

Question and Locate Scavenger Hunt

Write the question you want to ask and some possible search terms for each problem. Then, when you get your laptop, try using the search terms in a search engine to see if you can find information that helps me with the problem.

1. I know that there is an old folktale about the jack-o-latern, but I don’t know anything about it.

Question: _________________________________________________________

Key Words: _______________________________________________________

Legend of the jack-o-latern:______________________________________

2. I know that there is a god named Kwoth in African mythology. I don’t know which country in African has Kwoth as part of their mythology. I think he is considered a nice god, but I’m not sure if he helps humans or if he is harmful to humans.

Question(s): _____________________________________________________

Key Words: ______________________________________________________

About Kwoth:_______________________________________________

3. I know that one of Shakespeare's characters was inspired by an Irish or Welsh goddess. Her name was Cordelia. I don't know which play had Cordelia as a character. I also don't know the name of the Irish or Welsh goddess that inspired Shakespeare to create her character.

Question(s): ________________________________________________


Key Words: _________________________________________________


About the play/the goddess: _________________________________________________________