The Washington "Fish"

Global Read Aloud beginning Oct. 6, 2014

The photos above were taken during our GOOGLE HANGOUT Nov. 12, 2014 with Mrs. Young's grade 5 class in FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA.

Mrs. Young's KidBlog (our North Dakota grade 5 friends)

For Week 1 (chapters 1-5), we made predictions based on the front and back covers of The Fourteenth Goldfish. We read the first few chapters all together in the Student Center and had a surprise guest appearance by one of our Vth Form science students! He confirmed what we saw in the youtube video "How to Live Forever: Be a Jellyfish." We also looked at another class' blog:

Week 2 reading (chapters 6 - 10):

"Afterward [after Ellie's formal fifth grade graduation ceremony], my dad, my mom, her boyfriend, Ben, and I went out for dinner at my favorite Mexican place, a hole-in-the-wall where they give free refills of chips" (Holm 30).

We discussed what "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants are. Please share your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It can be any place that you've been to in the world. After commenting here, add your place to the Google map:

Ch. 7: Here's a link to a blog about whether or not students would want to live forever:
Blog: If you could live forever

In chapter 9, Ellie and her grandfather have a conversation at lunch. Then later, Ellie tells her grandfather she liked the conversation.

"'About science. But how do you start?'"
He looks up from his tea. 'What do you mean?'
'In a puzzle, I [Ellie] always begin with a straight-edge piece. If you wanted to cure polio or anything, where would you even start?'
'With your eyes, of course,' he says.
'Eyes?'" (51).

I had the pleasure of hearing some incredible speakers yesterday (10/20/14) at the CECA CASL conference. One was a teenager, JACK ANDRAKA. He found an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. In his TED talk, (link below) he explains how and why he started on this quest and walks us through his scientific process.

A wonderful prompt about MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE:

WEEK 3 reading (chapters 11 - 15):

After we finish chapter 11, let's THOUGHTFULLY respond to another class' kidblog. Mrs. Barker posted the following on an Edmodo post: "Hey everyone…we are having a great discussion on our class blog and would love to start having students from around the world chime in. We are expecting focused, thoughtful, and appropriate comments only. Comments like, "You're cool." and "hi, what's your name" will not be allowed. Digital Citizenship is imperative." We often talk about this type of communication in LIL! Let's look at their prompt for ch. 11 and send them some thoughtful responses.

"'Chemistry? What does that have to do with anything?'"
He looks at me. 'Cooking is science.'
'It is?' It has always seemed so arty to me.
'It's all basic chemistry,' he says. 'In fact, science has its fingerprints all over the kitchen'"
(Holm 86).

"The Chemistry of Cookies" TED Ed talk by Stephanie Warren

On the embed link below, you can access the video to the soccer team that learned to play on a tiny "field" on water in southern Thailand.

WEEK 4 (Chapters 16 - 20)

Coincidentally, it was the anniversary of Jonas Salk's 100th Birthday this week. Here's the link to an article about it in The Washington Post:
Washington Post's Article about Jonas Salk

The characters Ellie and Grandpa Melvin have been posting to our Edmodo groups!!

Here's a link to a video about Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth:
The History Channel's video about the Fountain of Youth

Check out The Fourteenth Goldfish fashion page on this blog:
Fashion Page (Drawings done from textual clues)

Oct. 26, 2014 The New York Times Magazine is the Health Issue! Check out the stories/photos in "Old Masters" and information about the Fountain of Youth:
"Old Masters: After 80, some people don't retire. They reign"
"Searching for the Fountain of Youth"

WEEK 5 (Chapters 21 - 25)
Blog post about creating quality comments on blogs

WEEK 6 (Chapters 26 - end)
Author Jennifer Holm reading ch. 29 (the last chapter); video is 7 minutes

Let's explore the online resources from this grade 5 website

Believe in the imPOSSIBLE! Great site about the first ever landing on a comet (Nov. 12, 2014!)

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