Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wonderful Winter Solstice, 2011!

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter is the coldest season of the year. 
It begins about December 21 and lasts until about March 21. Around December 21 or 22, 
the sun's rays fall directly over the farthest point south of the equator - marking the first day of winter. 

Winter days have fewer hours of daylight because of the path the earth takes as it revolves around the sun. The earth completely revolves around the sun during 365 days. The earth's axis always tips about 23 1/2 degrees from a line perpendicular to its path. 

In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins in June.
Different regions have longer winters than others. For example, in the polar regions, winter takes up half the year. In the Temperate Zones winter takes up about one quarter of the year. 

In regions where there is cold weather, it causes many changes in the environment. Water may freeze and become ice, snow, sleet or icicles. Most plants and animals become dormant and rest. 
Some animals hibernate. The only plants that grow and remain green are evergreens. 
People protect themselves from the cold climate with winter clothing when they go outdoors. They enjoy a variety of indoor activities or outdoor winter sports such as skiing, skating, or sledding. 


We started off our winter break with a wonderful party where we decorated delicious cookies, crafted genuine gingerbread men, tried our luck at the dreidel game,
and even dressed each other up as snowmen!

A Little Holiday Magic! on PhotoPeach


What do you enjoy most about winter?

How will you be celebrating the holidays?

What activities will you be participating in this winter break?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Geographical Comparisons!

Recently while studying comparative suffixes (-er and -est),

Mrs. Ranney's students had the opportunity

to combine this skill with their studies of 

landforms and bodies of water!


Some super researchers used internet search engines 
and found out the following:

Francesca discovered that the Nile River is the 
longest river in the world!

Nicole learned that it is colder at the South Pole 
than at the North Pole! 

Gregory and Vanessa found out that the  
tallest mountain 
in the world is Mt. Everest!

Eve read that the Pacific Ocean is bigger than the Atlantic!


What geographical comparisons can you make?

Use the Online World Book Encyclopedia to research some facts about 
landforms or bodies of water.
Share those facts in your comments!
Goldie, the Garibaldi, our research mascot, says, "Be sure that you put the facts you find in your own words! Do not just copy from the encyclopedia. That is called plagiarism, and it is not allowed!"


Saturday, December 3, 2011

15,000 Visitors!

Over the weekend, it happened!

Our Blog reached...

Study the six ClustrMaps below. 
What do you notice about our visitors?

North America

South America




Australia (Oceania)


Please share some of your observations about our visitors! 

Do we have more coastal visitors or are they more inland?Are any of our visitors from urban centers? 

Check out the  Current Country Totals in the 
Clustrmap feature in our sidebar!  

What states of the U. S. A. or countries of the world 
have visited the most? the least?

Which are most interesting to you?

What do you about blogging?

 Frogger, the Blogger, says, "Be sure to write at least 3 sentences, and 
try to include at least one compound sentence! 
How about trying out some html code too?"