* “Skywalkers”

Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City” is not about Luke or other sci fi characters.  It’s a terrific nonfiction read on the role of the Mohawk people in building our country’s skyscrapers- and much more.  Written for middle to high school plus, this book is a surprising page-turner.  The author, David Weitzman, takes us from the early culture of the Mohawk people to their present day role as ironworkers and bridge builders.

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This book is fascinating, with marvelous photographs dating back to the 1800s.  Weitzman’s use of primary source info, such as interviews and written commentaries, bring each chapter to life.  For kiddos who are curious about construction, native peoples, bridge disasters, and more, this book is riveting (pun intended)!  The author explores myths and legends about the famous Mohawk ironworkers, including the sobering realities of building our cities.  You will be amazed at the skills, the sacrifices, and the grit of these people.  While this book has a social studies emphasis, it also presents the complex math of construction and the role of engineers and architects.  “Skywalkers” will forever change the way you view our city skylines.

In case you’re wondering how I found this gem, it was recommended reading for Camp Wonderopolis 2017.  You can check out that site for other books with a STEM focus.

* Sharing my world

I always look forward to Cee’s Share Your World blogging challenge.  Sadly, I’ve been an erratic blogger for a while….  OK, I will put that behind me and wordpress on!

I want to learn more about… so many things!  I love information of all sorts, which is why I am enjoying the Skelgill detective series so much.  It’s also why I love teaching; the field of research keeps expanding and instruction becomes integrally tied to what we know about neuroscience.

On a vacation, what you would require in any place that you sleep?  No roaches!  We spent a week at a beach resort years ago and as we were getting ready for bed, I saw this GIGANTIC roach on the wall above the bed.  My dearest widower mounted an energetic but futile attack.  (Did you know they can flip upside down and hang onto ledges like acrobats?)  My widower assured me it was gone for good but I whined, “What if it comes back and gets on my face?”  Once I had settled down, we fell asleep.  I awoke to a gentle touch of something crawling across my lips!  As it moved up my forehead, I shrieked and jumped up and down on the bed, trying to knock it off me.  My dearest widower quickly mounted a renewed assault and the bloody roach was smashed.  I can still feel it on my lips.  Such trauma!

What is your greatest extravagance?  Oh, that’s easy!  Yesterday I ate an entire giant Caramello bar in less than 5 minutes.  Yum!

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.   I teach a medically fragile student who endures more than any of us could possibly imagine.  (I do plan to share a LOT more about him pretty soon.)  This kiddo is courageous, determined, and gifted.  He can hardly speak, can’t use his limbs, and has multiple disorders.  I am inspired by his incredible effort, his empathy for others, and his wild sense of humor.  I am blessed to teach this youngster!

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His family enjoyed a Hard Hat Day as we worked on “construction” at Camp Wonderopolis!

* Picture thankfulness

I decide to post my Ten Things of Thankful in photos this week.  Thanks, Josie, for hosting this blogging challenge!roof work

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“O, what tangled webs we mortals weave when first we practise to deceive!”  I’m grateful to be hand-in-hand with a dear family who faces a spinning web of lies.

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My dear sister-in-law Eva Marie Everson, is an author and more!  She took this photo and created WOW!

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A much-needed sign for Google hangouts when tutoring!

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What a miracle!  A friend walked away from this.  Her car was totalled….

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Thankfully, no one on Pinterest will ever see this wonky Wonderopolis project!

 

Murder in School

Thankfully, this is fiction.  A review will follow!

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A student has worked hard at Camp Wonderopolis and enjoyed every minute of it!

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Had fun with a friend and her daughter.

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Just in case hurricane Irma takes aim at NC, our roof and underlying wood are now secure, thanks to some wonderful folks!

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Finally, how pleased I am to share this blurry photo of one of our “twins,” taken from my car, as this one and its partner rest in a neighbor’s yard- not ours!

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* Camp Wonderopolis 2017- WOW!

Camp Wonderopolis 2017 is the BEST ever!   This STEM-based set of activities is divided into six tracks, with 7 excellent lessons for each.  New this year: Each track also includes a Maker Activity, a hands-on, fun way to extend the primary concept of each track.  A helpful video also accompanies each Activity.  The creators of this Wonderful camp have added a slew of additional resources for each lesson, access to a Wonder Wall for posting comments, and a cool representation of progress (such as completion of a graphic power plant) in addition to the previous representations of completion.  Kids still earn those awesome Wonder Cards by taking a 6-question quiz related to the basic concepts and vocabulary of the lesson.

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Kids with reading struggles are not neglected.  Each lesson features an audio track, so those smart kids who can’t wade through paragraphs of unfamiliar words won’t have to!  Kids on the autism spectrum or those with language/ auditory processing problems may also benefit from the audio and video features, as well as time spent on “Spin a Wonder Wheel,” which reviews key vocabulary.

So here’s my Wonder question:  How do they keep making Camp Wonderopolis better each year?