Thursday, September 21, 2017

All Things New – Book Review

I recently read All Things New by Lauren Miller. I read a review copy compliments of Netgalley. I am not being paid to give this review.

This story is about a high school girl who has a car accident and the traumatic experience changes her life and how she perceives herself.  She already has a panic disorder that was brought on earlier in her life at the time her parents divorced. Now things are worse and she goes to live with her dad. It is hard starting over with new friends though. This story is a great book to read to open discussions about panic disorders, physical appearances and perceptions, relationships, prescription medicine abuse, obsessions, and attitudes.

I think this book would be great in a high school library and I think many students would enjoy reading it. In fact, there may be many who could relate to some of the characters in the story and not feel so all alone. Maybe by reading this book, many can get comfort and possibly be willing to seek help if they aren’t already getting it.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal Equinox is September 22. On the two equinoxes, every year the Sun shines directly on the Equator and the length of day and night is almost equal.

I was thinking of some activities you could do for the fall and these were ideas I came up with.

Science: Have students research researching different seasons. Have each group present explanations and constellation or solar maps about their season.

Math: Gather leaves and trace them on graph paper. Plot coordinates that approximate the shape of the leaf. Swap coordinates with other students and have them draw the leaf from them.

Writing: Work with a partner and prepare interview questions for Mother Nature and come up with the answers to the questions. Record a video of the interview.

Make acorns on brown construction paper. Cut out white writing paper the shape of the acorn but a little smaller. Have students write about why they like or dislike autumn on the white paper and then glue it to the brown acorn. Post these on the bulletin board.

Trace leaf shapes and write poems in them. Color them fall colors.  
Hammering leaves -. Fresh leaves are needed to achieve this because the pigments contained in the sap of the plant are transferred onto white paper.  Use watercolor paper that is more suitable for this method. Position the leaf on the paper. Cover them with a sheet of paper towels and hammer them with evenly taping the leaves that are underneath. The impression obtained can be fixed by applying a transparent acrylic spray.

What are your favorite activities for the fall? Please share.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10 Year Blogiversary!!

I posted my first blog post on September 16, 2007.

It has made an impact on my life by helping me clarify my thoughts, share my expertise, journal about our travels, and connected me with new friends.

I never would have dreamed that I would continue doing this for this long. I told myself that when it stopped being fun, I would quit doing it. Well, I guess I’m still having fun!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #76 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

All Prepared

Ronnie was all set for any disaster – natural or man-made. He built a large bunker in his backyard that could withstand any kind of nuclear blast. It was full of supplies for up to three years for his family of four. Solar panels would keep the electricity running and an underground well to an aquifer would supply their water. A composting system would handle all their waste. But his secret supply were the cases of unicorn meat that he had bought. He didn’t tell his wife Cindy about the $50,000 cost because she was already not happy with his spending all this money. In fact, Ronnie wasn’t sure she was happy with the idea of preparing for the disaster or the creation of the bunker. Hopefully she will be happy to have the unicorn meat. Will Cindy explode before the disaster hits or be glad of his preparations? Read on.