Tuesday, December 6, 2011

LEGO League Information

Dear Lego Parents

The competition is at:

Saturday Dec. 17, 2011
Location: Sanford Middle School
3524 42nd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

You can find more links to maps and other information below.

Doors open at 7:30. We want to check in by 8:00. The competition is open to the public and all parents and siblings are welcome. We will need some parents to help out during the day. Each team needs to supply a volunteer to help with check in, etc. for about 2 hours sometime during the day.

Please call me this week to RSVP 763-783-5392 (cell 763-242-8144)

If parents are willing to car pool, we will need someone to coordinate it. If you are willing to help arrange this let me know and I can pass along your contact information to other team parents

Students should pack a lunch and snacks as the food at the tournament tends to be expensive and not the best choice.

Daniel Kretchmar

Here is a link to information about the Tournament on Saturday, December 17 2011

Sanford Middle School
3524 42nd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Map Link to Sandford Middle School:

Link to more information about the local Tournament:

Link to more information about the FIRST Lego League

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Below is the review sheet that we are handing out to the students today and tomorrow!
Rocks and Minerals Test Review
1. Minerals can be described as: inorganic, formed in nature, and having a crystalline structure.
2. A mineral deposit that is large and pure enough to be mined is called .
3. Which mineral is the most resistant to scratching?
4. Which mineral is the least resistant to scratching?
5. A solid whose atoms, ions, or molecules are arranged in a definite pattern is called a crystal.
6. What part of the appearance of a mineral can vary according to the impurities in that mineral?
7.What do you call the splitting of a mineral along smooth, flat surfaces?
8. What is the name for the measure of the ability of a mineral to resist scratching?
9. What are the characteristics called that are particular to only a few types of minerals
10. What is the colored powder of a mineral called?
11. What is the name for the way in which a mineral reflects light.
12. What is the breaking of a mineral along either curved or irregular surfaces called?
13. What is the smallest part of an element?
14. What is a solid whose atoms, ions, or molecules are arranged in a pattern?
15. What is a substance that cannot be broken down into simpler substances?
16. The sizes, shapes, and positions of the grains that make up a rock is call texture
Words you should know
streak luster atom cleavage ore reclamation
density surface-mines Subsurface Mines crystallizes mineral
metallic metamorphism hardness fracture special-properties
metallic submetallic nonmetallic Mohs-Scale texture
conductivity grain

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Moose Report: #3

What has been your most successful lesson where you have integrated technology so far? What made it successful? How would you modify it for the next time you use it?What are some other ways you are planning on integrating technology this year?

My most successful lesson using the smart board was for teaching dissection. I used several pictures from Google Image Search to put together a series of pictures which follow the section of the dissection packet that the children fill out as they do the dissection. By using the smart board to move between the pictures, I could highlight certain section, magnify different organs, turn it around and look at if from different view. I also used a jeopardy template to study for the Virus/Bacteria test. The students were definitely more focused during the review, but I did not see any significant change in their grades on the test.

The Moose Report: #2

Knowing you are one of many teachers a student like this will have in their educational career:How connected are you? Are you a 21st Century learner, teacher or both? What role do you play in supporting the 21st Century student?

I am constantly learning new ways of accessing information and disseminating it to my students. As fast at the Internet reinvents itself, there are news ways to communicate every few weeks. The advertisements on the television tell of the “apps” that will help you do everything from planning a dinner party to vetting a new health care directive from your doctor. I have students who come to me with the latest website that they went to that taught them the latest “thing”. I try to support my students by teaching them the best way “I know” to access, vet, share, and present information. I used to teach a class for teachers on how to search the Internet. I wish we has more time to teach a course called “Navigating the Internet”.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Spider Crab Video

I downloaded a video of spider crabs to my computer and linked to the video through notebook while discussing arthropods