It’s All Write!

In January, teachers start thinking about those state writing tests you’ll be taking pretty soon. You may notice your teacher getting a little nervous when you forget to add punctuation to your sentences. Forget to capitalize the first letter of a proper noun? You may find yourself doing an entire page out of that dusty old language book just so your teacher knows you won’t make that mistake again!  Is she banging her head on the classroom wall? Well, somebody must have used their, they’re, and there incorrectly AGAIN! By the way, look what I got for Christmas!

(If you don’t understand my new shirt, you need to click on the picture. You’ll go to a site that will help you figure out how to use the words correctly.)

So, I thought it might be helpful (and maybe even FUN!) to give you a little writing practice this week. Let’s start with a review of the four types of writing. Unscramble the letters and match the word to its meaning.

SIXTYPORER         SUPEREVISA             TRIPESCIVED         ANATRIVE                

  • This type of writing creates a vivid picture of a person, place, or thing.
  • This type of writing includes just the facts!
  • This type of writing gives your opinion and tries to make the reader see things your way!
  • This type of writing tells a story!

Click here to see if you’re right!

Now it’s time to write your own story! (I promise you’ll love this site! It really is FUN!) Click on the image below. (The site has absolutely nothing to do with pirates. It just feels like a pirate kind of day!)

Write a really great story and ask your teacher if you can print it out. Create a picture to go with it!


Don’t forget to find something terrific to read! What’s the best book you’ve read lately? Write your answer in the comment section below!

Have a great week!

Charging into the new year!

Happy New Year!

My first blog of 2013 is pretty power-ful and should get you all wired for learning! Ready for me to switch off the electricity puns? But I get such a charge out of them!

 (Do you suppose she’s going to do this for the entire blog?)


Learn some current terms by clicking on the picture below! You’ll see words like conductor, insulator, attract, repel, circuit….(HINT: Study the terms and their definitions before you try the games. Space Race is especially shocking!)

Now that you’re familiar with some of the important vocabulary, let’s check out an important inventor whose electrical know-how lights up our lives every day!

What do you think Edison meant when he said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”?

Time for a little practice with electricity and circuits. This web site has lots of information, activities, and quizzes. Follow the directions you’ll see at the bottom right of each lesson. Click on the picture of the circuit to go to the site.

(Looks like someone is not too happy about the quiz part of this activity!)

Did she say quiz? Who has a quiz on their first blog of the new year? Come on! My brain is still operating on fruit cake and sugar plums! I can’t take a quiz!

The lightbulbs you see in the picture below have been passed down through generations of my family. According to my relatives, these are actual Edison lightbulbs, and are very, very old. How are these bulbs different from the ones we use everyday?

Click on the picture to visit a site that will teach you about energy, current, and lightbulbs!


Now, one more site to visit. Have you ever wondered what protons, neutrons, electrons and magnets have in common?

(Is she kidding? Proton, neutrons, and what -trons? She’s making this up, right? Is there going to be ANOTHER quiz?)

Click on the picture below to learn about electromagnets, in case you’re interested in being an electricity genius like the “Wizard of Menlo Park”! Edison would be proud of you! (If you decide to build an electromagnet, be sure to have an adult help you.)

So, that’s it! My first blog of the year 2013! I hope you weren’t too repelled by all the electricity talk. After all, some famous person once said, “Knowledge is power!” I hope you have a very powerful new year!

And, remember this great quote by Thomas Edison……

Oh, one more thing. Here’s a different way to keep a journal of 2013. I’ve already started my jar. What will you include in yours?