Friday, April 27, 2007


You watched the video and went through the experiment. Click here for a pdf review of what you did.

Was the mixture you created homogeneous or heterogeneous? Explain your answer.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What Would You Take?

The success or failure of a party depended most heavily on their choice of equipment and supplies for the journey. Every emigrant insisted on taking along some luxuries and items of sentimental value. Chamber pots, lanterns, mirrors, Bibles, school books, clocks, and furniture were crammed into odd spaces in almost every wagon. Emigrants were advised not to overload their wagons, but many underestimated the magnitude of the trek they were setting out on and were later forced to discard nonessential cargo. Hard stretches of the Trail became littered with such castoffs as emigrants lightened the load for their weary animals.

Certain accessories and tools for making emergency repairs to a wagon were necessary to bring along. These included rope, brake chains, a wagon jack, extra axles and tongues, wheel parts, axes, saws, hammers, knives, and a sturdy shovel. Cooking utensils were also required -- few overlanders were without a Dutch oven and a good iron skillet -- and the trip was simply not possible without a water barrel to get the party and their animals through dry stretches of the Trail. Weapons and kits for casting bullets were essential, as well, though they were far more commonly used for hunting than for fighting Indians.

However, most of the space in the emigrants' wagons was reserved for food.

Excerpt from the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

After reading the selection, what three things would you take as a 11-12 year old boy or girl in the 1850's? Make sure they are appropriate for the time period, no video games, tv's, cell phones, etc.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Compare and Contrast

After watching The King and I and Uncle Tom's Cabin you should be able to identify some similarities and differences. Comment on one way the movies are alike and one way they are different.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Adding Fractions with Different Denominators

After watching the video, answer these 4 problems.

1. 1/2 + 1/3
2. 1/4 + 1/3
3. 1/5 + 1/4
4. 2/3 + 1/2

Animal Behavior

What behavior does this video show? Do you think it is inborn or learned?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Paul Revere is not a Horse

Paul Revere was made famous for his "Midnight Ride". Read the poem then you can go to his Wikipedia page to learn more about him. After you read about him, check out this video. Then read this excerpt from:


By Charles Gettemy

"Most men like Revere--- somewhat above the average of the mass, but not possessing the usual elements of enduring fame-- pass out of life eulogized by their fellow-citizens; remembered by a circle of admiring and respecting friends until they also pass away; and are ultimately forgotten, finding no place upon the pages of written history.Â

"Paul Revere was rescued from this fate by an accident-- the witchery of a poet's Imagination. His famous ride on the night of the 18th of April, 1775, remained unsung, if not unhonored, for eighty-eight years, or until Longfellow in 1863 made it the text for his Landlord's Tale in the Wayside Inn.

"It is to Longfellow's simple and tuneful ballad that most persons undoubtedly owe their knowledge of the fact that a man of the name of Revere really did something on the eve of the historic skirmish at Lexington which is worth remembering."

Does our society honor Paul Revere as the great hero, or does our society honor the real Paul Revere who simply did his job? Explain your opinion.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tulsa Time Capsule

If you remember, I found an article in the Joplin Globe about the excavation of a time capsule that contains a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. Here is a link to a slide show of the capsule. The capsule will be opened in June for the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood.

If I Say It, It's and Opinion, If Somebody Else Says It, It's a Movement

Learning isn’t about being productive or being able to compete in today’s world or even being entrepreneurial. It is about making choices for yourself, being in control of your own destiny, about leading a good life, being the best you can be, however you define ‘good’ and ‘best’ to be.

Stephen Downes

Sounds like me, don't you think? The ability to make choices comes from education. Those without an education have few choices. Those with an education have many more. Will you be one of the 25% or one of the 75%?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Can I Subtract a Larger Number from a Smaller Number?

Can I Subtract a Larger Number from a Smaller Number?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Mr. Lett asks a Question

Listen to Mr. Lett's question, then post your answer.

The Power of Erosion-Mud Slides

Maybe you should think about where you buy your next house!

Did You Know the Earth had 24 Different Time Zones

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Follow the Drinking Gourd

What was the Drinking Gourd?Post your guess on the comments page, then use this NASA link to find out more about the song. Comment again on whether you were right or wrong.

Where Did Zero Come From?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

How Long is a Meter?

How Long is a Meter?

History Dude Winner!

Dylan's explanation of his pick for favorite historic figure you learned about so far sealed the deal. Click here for more information on the winner!

M.C. Escher's Tessellations

M.C. Escher was a famous artist. In art you will create tessellations using his technique. Click on his website here. Click on the picture gallery link on the left side and then click on the symmetry link on the page to see some of his tessellations. Then click here to see how he did it.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Why Do We Need Fractions?

Why do we need fractions?

MLK I Have A Dream Speech

This video is almost 18 minutes long. You may want to watch small parts of it at a time. After you watch it, leave a comment about the speech.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Make the Connection

This petition for Women's Suffrage was signed by Frederick Douglass. Why would Frederick Douglass understand the need for Women's Suffrage?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The World isn't Flat, It's Uphill All the Way

Watch the video and leave your thoughts, you don't need the audio to read the information. If this doesn't make you want to study, then prepare to pluck chickens. (If they don't invent a machine to do it first!)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Cotton Gin

What were the effects of the cotton gin. Watch the video and then comment.

Wind Erosion

Watch the video. It shows dust storms from the 1930's. We know that overfarming contributed to what we now call the Dust Bowl. If you had been living then, what advice would you give the government to help stop the wind erosion? There is no sound for this video.