Tomorrow is an event few people remember, nor will see again in their lifetime. August 21st is the total eclipse of the sun, when our world (at least in our locality) will go dark during mid-day. Even though it is an unusual, but predicted, scientific event, it has grown into a marketing / tourism event. There is great money to made by the locals as tourists and Americans from outside our area arrive. Motels are full and many are renting out their homes for profit. We are advised to make sure that our cars are full of gas and groceries are bought prior to tomorrow. We are told that first responders will be on duty in case of an accident due to the heavy traffic and dangers of loaded highways.
We are also missing an important aspect of this event. It has been predicted for a long time because our universe operates mathematically by design.
On January 25, 2017, Pleasanton Third Grades connected to Denise Brennan-Nelson, author of “Leopold the Lion” and nineteen other books. Ms. Nelson inspired the third grade class to develop strong reading skills for the future. She also inspired them to be creative writers, using their imaginations to tell a story. This interactive distance learning connection allowed students to ask questions directly to Ms. Nelson. In addition to Pleasanton students, schools from Michigan and Wisconsin were also included in the connection. This even was scheduled through the CAPSpace Clearninghouse distance learning office in Michigan.
Pleasanton fourth graders connected with Laurie Keller, author of “Scattered States of America”, on January 24, 2017. The virtual field trip was completely student driven, with students asking questions directly to Ms. Keller. The interactive face to face distance learning connection was organized through the CAPSpace Clearninghouse in Michigan. The purpose of this author connection is to inspire students to be lifetime readers and creative writers.
Mr. Chad Johnson, Education Specialist from the Nebraska Public Power District, shared a wealth of information and activities with Pleasanton students on January 24, 2017. The schedule included:
8:15-9:00 a.m. – Nuclear Energy with the high school physics class
9:00-9:45 a.m. – Robotics with Fifth Graders
9:45-10:30 a.m. – Science of Energy with Third Graders
10:42-11:30 a.m. – Renewable Energy with Eighth Graders
12:30-1:00 p.m. – Robotics with Second Graders
1:00-1:50 p.m. – Electricity with Ninth Graders
2:00-2:45 p.m. – Robotics with Sixth Graders
2:45-3:30 p.m. – Robotics with Fourth Graders
Pleasanton 5th and 6th Graders connected via a Virtual Field Trip to Park Ranger Diane Ellenstein at the George Washington Carver National Park on January 18, 2017. Students discussed a letter written by George Washington Carver to a graduating class of seniors, emphasizing eight cardinal virtues that Mr. Carver hoped to teach and model to others.
Pleasanton 2nd and 10th Graders are working together in a mentoring project, Tweeting to 3rd Graders in Egypt.