Thursday, April 25, 2013

Roller Coaster Persuasion Mania!

We have been working on being presenters as part of our Persuasion Unit. You guys and gals have been doing better and better at presenting an idea and "selling" that product to potential buyers (classmates). I am so impressed with the amount of details and persuasion tactics you incorporate into your PowerPoints and models.

Remember that the way things LOOK is very important. You must add details that will bring your work to life and create emotions in your audience. AND most importantly, the work you present should always be what someone in your grade level should be doing-effort!

Take a look at your classmates roller coaster models. Totally awesome!

mrsgarciascorner's Roller Coasters album on Photobucket

This is Daniela's PowerPoint.

This is Norma;s PowerPoint.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Placita Olvera Trip

What a trip!
Once upon a 18 decided that we would go downtown to Olvera Street to immerse ourselves in the scenery, music, food, and overall atmosphere. Being the mighty 5th graders that we are, we decided that it would be a walking trip. According to Google Maps, the distance is 1.4 miles one way. Were we crazy?! That is a total of 2.8 miles round trip, and that does not include the walking we did there.

Walking there was not bad at all. The downhill route made it smooth and easy. Of course our excitement added to the ease. Once there, we were fortunate enough to visit the oldest church in the City of Angels and the Chinese American Museum. The Chinese American Museum had many beautiful artifacts and interesting information on the early life of Chinese immigrants and their contributions to the City of Angels.

From there, we were all quite famished, and it was time to chow down on our (or mine) favorite taquitos de guacamole. Yum! Yum! After munching down on our food, it was time to head on out to do some shopping. The confetti eggs were truly a big hit with many of you! It was now time to head on over to the main plaza to watch the Aztec dancers do their traditional dances. I enjoyed the musician on the panpipes. It is very soothing music.

After a little more shopping of sugar (Icee's and ice cream), it was time to head on back. Whoa! Now the trip back was not as smooth or easy as the way there.  Some of you were complaining, but most of you were true troopers and made it back. I do not know about you, but my feet were killing me later that day.

mrsgarciascorner's Olvera Street Trip album on Photobucket

I had lots of fun and am looking forward to our trip to California State University later this week. Let the walking begin!  

Happy Earth Day!

I truly believe every day should be Earth Day! It is so important to take care of our environment--We only have one planet. Since our precious planet is all we have, we must learn to share and care for it. There are a plethora of amazing organisms--like my all time favorite: red-eye tree frogs.
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Stop and take a look around you. You may be wonderfully surprised at what is happening right in your backyard. From the birds that bring you lovely music every morning, to the ladybugs and spiders that provide protection to our gardens, form the bees that help with pollination, to the flowers that bring beautiful rainbow colors to our eyes, to the sunrise that greets us every day and to the sunset that tucks us in at night...the list goes on and on.                         

From high above our atmosphere, Commander Chris Hadfield, sent down an Earth Day greeting from the International Space Station. "Good Morning, World, and Happy Earth Day from orbit!" he wrote from his Twitter account (@Cmdr_Hadfield) on Monday. "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
He has unbelievably beautiful and amazing views from space every day (not to mention an awesome job!). He loves taking pictures of our planet. I would love to catch a view from above...maybe some day.
This is one of many pictures he has taken.

So as you go about your day, remember that our planet is precious and definitely one of a kind. Let's all try to Reduce! Reuse! and  Recycle!

CST Celebration!

Whew! CST is finally over. I am so proud of how you all remained so focused and tried your best.  We decided to celebrate with our friends in a "cool" way. The ice cream sundaes were absolutely delicious! They went perfectly with our warm weather. Going to the park to have our lunch was also lots of fun. It is nice to be able to sit back and relax with friends. Watching you all play together reminds me of what good friends you all are to each other. As you move on in your educational endeavor, remember that Bridge provided you with many 'sweet" memories.

mrsgarciascorner's CST Celebration album on Photobucket

Monday, April 8, 2013

Inventors of the Future!

I was totally blown away at the detailed PowerPoints, creative Live commercials, and your inventions. You guys and gals went out of your way to be persuasive, engaging, entertaining, and thorough. Considering this was your first try at creating an invention that would be both practical and purposeful, you all did an extraordinary job. I can't wait to see your roller coasters of the future.

I also included Fernanda's PowerPoint as a great example at providing thorough information.

Here is Daniela's really cool commercial.

mrsgarciascorner's Invention Commercial album on Photobucket

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