Student News: January 13, 2006

written by the Scholars of Room 208

We don't have a Podcast this week because we started working on a project and it didn't get done in time so we couldn't make a podcast. The project we are working on is: "What should a classroom look like in the Year 2015?" We are working on "2015" because David Warlick interviewed teachers and we wanted to do it too. David Warlick is an Education Podcaster. He used to be a teacher. He is a . He's an awesome podcaster.

This Monday, January 16, 2006 most schools will be empty or let go early for a special event: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a very special day because he was the person who led the Civil Rights Movement which happened in the mid-1960s. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead the March on Washington. The March on Washington was in Washington, D.C. The date that the March happened was on August 28, 1963. It was for jobs and freedom. 250,000 people march[ed]. It was the largest march ever seen in the nation's capital. Later, in 1964, [Martin Luther King] was awarded a prize called the Nobel Peace Prize which was very important to him. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray who spent the rest of his life behind bars.

Also, this week in music the Thirds started recorders. They got their recorders and they got their music books. The notes they learned are B, A, and G. They're really enjoying the recorders. While the Thirds were doing that, the Fourths were learning songs for Starz for Broadway. Some of the songs they learned were: They're Playing My Song, Green Eggs and Ham, There's No Business Like Show Business and Be Our Guest. We have many more songs but our music teacher hasn't taught us the rest yet. We really hope you come to the show in June so we can perform for you. We really enjoy doing this.

This week in Science we were learning about Biomes . Biomes are big areas. The are unique for their different weather and plants. They have many habitats inside of them. For example some of the biomes are: Chaparral, Deserts, Rain Forests, and Grasslands. Elizabeth asked if water could be a biome. From reading a book, we found out it actually is a biome. There are two different water biomes. The two different water biomes are Freshwater and Marine. Mr. Sprankle gave us a piece of paper to write our top favorite biomes. He gave us this paper so we can go with a partner that got a similar biome. With our partner we are going to study those biomes. That is what we're doing in Science.

Also, on Saturday, [January] 7th, 2006, David Warlick recorded a conference for his podcast. During the conference he played our "Wicked Wikipedia" podcast. After the podcast, a man said that he did not think we wrote the piece. He said that it sounded like Mr. S wrote it and we read it. Some of us took it as a compliment, others thought it was a "dis". Some thought it was a compliment because he said it sounded like an adult wrote it. Other think it was a "dis" because he might think we can't do that good of a job. You can listen to the conversation we had on Mr. S's Bit by Bit Podcast. We also though of making a movie showing us working on the podcast to prove that we do our [own] work and that is what happened.

Posted: Sat - January 14, 2006 at 05:19 PM