The children did a great job raising money for Mr. Garrick's Blind Baseball Team - the Eclipse. The class was able to raise $179.40 through the sales of their homemade Dog Treats. Great Job!!!
If you would like more information on the league for visually impaired, please check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Atlanta-Beep-Baseball.
We recently read the book HOW TO HEAL A BROKEN WING by Bob Graham. He's both the author and the illustrator. The kids adored it because it's about a boy who helps an injured bird. They had so many questions and comments about the book that they decided to write a letter to the author. Mr. Graham answered their questions and also sent copies of the pages of sketches he did while the book was just an idea. Here is the correspondence and photos of the illustrations.
Mr. Garrick G. Scott, president of the National Federation of the Blind, paid a special visit to the class a few weeks ago to talk about what it is like to be blind. The children were completely enthralled with him and were so excited to ask questions about his life.
Mr. Garrick G. Scott is originally from Warner Robins, Ga and attended Northside High School and the Georgia Academy for the Blind. He studied Communication at Gardner-Webb University and now serves as the President for The National Federation of the Blind. He resides in Atlanta, GA.
Check out this video by Mrs. Laurent! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ICOMwaA_XA&sns=em
Visit Mr. Scott on his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/garrick.g.scott
Our Hasiet's mother is a geologist. During our rock study the kids wanted her to answer the attached questions. She answered and the kids were THRILLED that a famous geologist helped them with their inquiry!!
How do people make rocks if they are not from a volcano?
Rocks occur naturally in the environment and they are formed through the natural process of
What suit does Geologist wear?
Most of the time Geologist wear outfits that would make them comfortable and safe for the
outdoor surroundings for example,
Cargo pants, hiking pants with pocket to carry cameras, compass, pencils, pocketknife,
rocks, hand lenses
Field vest ….
Backpack to carry rocks, field notes, water, rock hammer, GPS…
Hat for hot weather
What are rocks?
Rocks are solid materials which are made of two or more minerals.
Minerals are made of chemicals.
What did the lake look like?
Beseka lake is located in the Ethiopian rift valley. It is a salty lake and you can find crocodiles,
fishes and birds there.
Have you ever seen a volcano erupt?
There is active volcano going on
Depression. It is a volcano with basalt
Did you know that rocks can be anywhere?
Yes, we can find rocks anywhere
How do you make rocks big +how do you make them medium
Rocks can be made into smaller size either
- By natural processes through weathering and erosion OR
- By manmade ways ….by using explosives
What do you do to be a Geologist?
To be a Geologist, I had to finish university
Why did you want to be a Geolog
I decided to be a Geologist as I was very curious about rock
from one form to another through
in Ethiopia since 1967 until present time in a place called Afar
even underneath buildings, roads,
education and earned my degrees.
rocks formation and how they change
time (for example how limestone changes to marble
I loved going to the field, explore nature and make new discoveries, meet new people and learn
their way of lives. It was a lot of fun.
How do you know all this stuff about rocks?
I went to the university and took courses on different kinds of rocks, minerals, use of rocks and
how to explore and mine them.
Did you find lots of rocks near the river you told us about?
Yes, there were many volcanic rocks around the lake. Some of the rocks had some fractures to
hold water and the water is called groundwater.
What color could be a rock?
Rocks can have different colors, mainly depends on the color of the minerals they are made of
and how much they have changed through time.
When did you find different kind of rocks?
I found various kinds of rocks when I was working in the mine. It was a Gold mine and I found
cool rocks there.
What type of rocks are they that you found?
I found basalt, granite, ignimbrite, obsidian, sandstone, pumice limestone, mudstone, shale,
slate, marble, schist, quartzite, scoria……
When did you discover the lake?
I saw the lake for the first time in 2005 when I was in the area for another field work.
Do you know the biggest rock in the world?
Uluru is the largest rock in the world and it is located in Australia and made of sandstone.
What places do you go to find different rocks?
I went to many places to discover and study rocks especially outside cities where I can find rock
Did you know that diamonds are the hardest rock of all?
Yes, diamond is the hardest mineral on earth.
Did you know that glass is made out of rocks?
Yes, glass is made from sand which contains the mineral called Quartz.
Did you find diamonds?
No, I haven’t found diamond so far. But I used to work in the Gold mine and found many kilo of
gold and silver.
Do you know the softest rock in the world?
Talc is the softest mineral on earth. It is so soft, you can even scratch it with your finger nail.
How many types of rocks are there in the world?
There are three types of rocks:
1. Volcanic rocks : example basalt
2. Sedimentary rocks: example limestone
3. Metamorphic rocks : example marble
Did you know that sand is made of rocks?
Yes, when rocks break down into smaller & smaller pieces, they turn into sand.
Did Jesus invent rocks or did somebody else invent them?
Rocks occur naturally in our environment like water, air, sun, moon, stars and I believe all
natural things are created in an amazing way by our creator, God
We are studying maps. Our little cartographers are learning the different parts of maps and their importance. They are enjoying it tremendously! Enjoy…
“What is a map?” Mrs. Laurent
“Something that you use to find different places.” Maggie
“Where you can find places, like, if you wanna go to a different state.” Hayden
“Something like if you, um, um, you wanna go on a trip and you don’t know where it is.” Elin
“Where you can learn about the world.” Scott
“Where you can find different places of the whole world.” Sam
“It can help you because, um, if you wanted to know what that country was you could look at the map.” Tait
“It shows the different states.” Addie Gray
“It helps you find the whole world without even, without even driving. Well, you just have to fly a plane and then you’re there.” Miles
“Where you wanna go somewhere, and you have the, then you use the map.” Addyson
“Like, where you wanna see different kind of places that you never been to.” Tehya
Like, if, if you don’t know, um, what all the places are called you can just look at your map and then it’ll tell you.” Elin
“Um, if you look at a map then you know where you’re going.” Olivia
“It can help you where you’re going.” Cole
“WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE DIDN’T HAVE MAPS?” Laurent
“You wouldn’t know where you are going.” Addie Gray
“Um, then you could get lost because if you were going to the airport, then you could get lost because you don’t know where it is.” Olivia
“You can’t find the place.” Sam
“Um, you couldn’t see the world ‘cause you can’t go to outer space.” Tait
“You can’t find where to go, where you want to. You can find the airport.” Hayden
“You was going to the store, and you will, and then you will get lost.” Addyson
HOW DOES THE MAP KEY HELP US?” Laurent
“It’s for, that you can see, you can see what do you wanna go, like if you want to recycle. ”(The map we used had a recycling company on it) Tehya
“To tell you what it is. So if you’re not sure what something is it can tell you” Tait
“It shows you what is over there, and if you didn’t have one you wouldn’t know it’s over there.” Addie Gray
“If you didn’t have a map key then,
It helps you by, um, going places. Like telling you where to go and how to do it.” Maggie
“If you didn’t have a map key then you would not, um, know where places are and then you couldn’t get to there.” Olivia
“WHAT IS A COMPASS ROSE?” Laurent
“It helps you go west, and it helps you go north, and it helps you go east and it helps you go south.” Hayden
“It helps you go different places. If you look at south, north, east, and west then, and you know where those places are then you can go to the place that you wanna go.” Maggie
“Um, if you look at north, south, east, and west, it helps you go places.” Tait
“You see a sign on every road and it helps you, and that road, then if you make a turn on the right, then you go east.” Miles
“Um, you can go somewhere else, instead of just staying home (the kids had to figure out alternate routes) all the time.” Addie Gray
“You can go different places.” Sam
“Um, you can, um, go to the store and buy toys by the compass rose.” Tehya
The class watched as these 2 readers decoded the words and then offered the following compliments:
“I liked how they sound tapped.” Hayden
“I like how they did it together.” Elin
“I like how they said it loud and proud.” Jack
“I liked how they talked loud and say all the letters.” Tehya
“I liked how they sounded out.” Tait
“I like that they knew the words so quickly.” Maggie
“I like how they work together.” Nariyah
“I like that when I was sound tapping with Olivia.” Stella
“I liked that we did the best that we can.” Olivia
The children we so excited to have real firemen come to their classroom. Please show them where smoke detectors are located in your house and ask them what they learned from the firemen!