Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kaiden's Reading Shifting Sands


Shifting Sands
Where does the beach get all of the sand?
Does it come from the sea or down from the land?
Does the tide bring it in, or does it float out?
Does it ride on a wave that shifts it about?
Well, sand is made up of small pieces of rock
That's been rained on and frozen and rolled and rocked.
It arrives on the beach from mountains and rivers,
When it takes it out, it's all grains, bits, and slivers.

Jeannie's Reading Making Waves

Jeannie.mp3
Making Waves
I like the beach when a strong wind is blowing,
For the wind blows the waves, which keep growing and growing.
The wind moves the water at the top of the sea,
Bringing high jumping waves to the beach just for me.
Sometimes I wish that the wind would blow faster,
But not hard enough to cause a disaster.
For big storms and high winds, like a hurricane's force
Will create an impossible obstacle course.

Aiyana's Reading Shifting Sands


Shifting Sands
Where does the beach get all of the sand?
Does it come from the sea or down from the land?
Does the tide bring it in, or does it float out?
Does it ride on a wave that shifts it about?
Well, sand is made up of small pieces of rock
That's been rained on and frozen and rolled and rocked.
It arrives on the beach from mountains and rivers,
When it takes it out, it's all grains, bits, and slivers.

Marvin's Reading Pollution

Pollution
When things pollute our lovely seas
Do turtles shudder? Do dolphins sneeze?
Do whales blow harder when they find
An oil spill creeping close behind?
When plastic wraps a small starfish,
Does it twirl and swirl and flail and swish?
And when those factories dump their waste
Do lobsters really like the taste?
Do sea snakes wonder as they roam
Why people still pollute their home?

Haley's Reading Is the Sea Really Blue?


Is the Sea Really Blue?
Is the water in the ocean really blue,
Or is it the way that the sea looks to you?
To understand blue, wwe must think of the light
That shines from the sun from morning till night.
The light from the sun is made up of shades
That shine on the sea like rainbow parades.
All colors but blue pass through the watery sea.
But blue bounces back at a greater degee.
So the color you see is part of the light
That shines from the sun from morning till night.

©  Reading a-z

Timothy's Reading Tsunamis


Tsunamis (Also called Tidal Waves)
A tsunami's a series of huge vicious waves,
That can cause great destruction when the sea misbehaves.
They're not caused by wind, as other waves are.
How these monsters begin is much more bizarre.
A very strong earthquake happens under the seas,
Which can send out long waves past the beach and the trees.
The wave carries on, taking things in its path.
Then returns to the sea filled with muscle and wrath.

Kylie's Reading The Hurricane


The Hurricane
A hurricane without the sea would be a tiny storm,
For hurricanes can't gather strength without a sea that's warm.
This storm is strange. It's backward spin is very hard to enter,
But if you do, you'll find an eye that's peaceful at the center.
To be called a proper hurricane, the wind must spin and blow
At 74 miles an hour. Sometimes this storm can grow
Into a mighty monster with fierce torrential rains
That rips the trees and cracks the sky and breaks the windowpanes.
©  Reading a-z

Alexis is Reading Coral Reefs

Alexis.mp3
Coral Reefs
Under warm waves where children are swimming
A magnificent structure is growing and brimming.
Reef sharks and sponges and crabs call it home.
It's the place where some sea snakes and shrimp like to roam.

A reef is a shelter where sea creatures connect.
It took millions and millions of years to erect.
Tiny creatures called corals, live together, entwined.
When they die they leave hard, stony limestone behind.
Living corals latch on and the reef grows and grows.
It's a glorious home for the creatures below.

A reef is a rainforest under the sea,
Where groupers and turtles and clams like to be.
But coral is fragile. We must treat it with care.
Don't pollute it or touch it when you're swimming down there.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ewa's Reading On the Move

On the Move
Why do whales travel far?
Aren't they happy where they are?
I guess in winter when it's cold
They migrate south, or so I'm told.
I think the hungry whales conclude
That in warm waters there's more food.
I know another crucial reason
Why whales go south to spend the season.
Southern seas are warm and nice,
And better for their calves than ice.

Cade's Reading Tsunamis

Tsunamis (Also called Tidal Waves)
A tsunami's a series of huge vicious waves,
That can cause great destruction when the sea misbehaves.
They're not caused by wind, as other waves are.
How these monsters begin is much more bizarre.
A very strong earthquake happens under the seas,
Which can send out long waves past the beach and the trees.
The wave carries on, taking things in its path.
Then returns to the sea filled with muscle and wrath.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rock Skipping

Rock Skipping
by Jay
My favorite place is anywhere because all the beaches have flat rocks. But sometimes nobody could find any. I might ask my Dad if he could take me out the road, so he could teach me how to make throw it hard. So I could make it farther then my whole class.

Stormy Weekend on the Lituya

Stormy Gray Wet Weekend
by Cade
I went out there. Then I had to ride the Lituya to Ketchikan in the storm at 1:30 today. And it looked foggy today and very wet. So I have to ride the ferry in this storm today. I was going by the nose (bow) of the boat. Up and down . We are wabbling in the boat. It feels like it's going to tip over on the boat.

How to Delay your Bedtime

How to Delay your Bedtime inspired by Bruce Lansky
by Haley
Mom: Bedtime.
Child: Do I have to?
Big sister: Mom said Bed time.
Child: You guys always get to stay up late!
Mom Fine, clean your room.
Child: I'm too tired to clean my room.
Dad: I'm home!
Mom: Hi honey, "Could take care of our children?"
Child: I want to watch T.V..
Dad: Sorry honey, It's bedtime.
Big Sister: Sorry, it's your your bedtime.
Mom: Upstairs, it's betime
Child: I'm too tired to walk up stairs.
Dad: Fine, then I'll carry you.
Child: I want a story!
Dad: O.K.
Child: What happened next?
Dad: The Leprechaun died.
Child: Now, I'm to scared to go to bed!
Mom: Go to bed or your grounded!
Dad: Sleep tight.
Child: Good night.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sea Week ~ Adventure ~ Investigations ~ Exploring ~ Discovering

video
Gathering beach water.
The adventure begins in the tide pool!


Catching minnows!
We began our investigation at Point Davis. Our beach turn out was magnificent! Eighteen family members helped us on our beach adventure. They brought food, made a fire, provided sticks for roasting, and chaperoned kids. Plus, we had great weather.

Our Schedule:
  • Explored beach with a partner
  • Snack (Lunch from the school)
  • Sharing time
  • Community Lunch (Hot dogs, chips, and carrots)
  • S'mores
  • Free time 
  • Clean up

Sharing
Sharing Time ~ this is what we found on the beach . . .

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sea Week ~ Discovery on the Beach

We arrived at the beach (Dry). Then hiked to the point behind us.
 
We hiked around the point (behind us).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tayen's Reading The Hurricane

Tayen's Recite.mp3


The Hurricane
A hurricane without the sea would be a tiny storm,
For hurricanes can't gather strength without a sea that's warm.
This storm is strange. It's backward spin is very hard to enter,
But if you do, you'll find an eye that's peaceful at the center.
To be called a proper hurricane, the wind must spin and blow
At 74 miles an hour. Sometimes this storm can grow
Into a mighty monster with fierce torrential rains
That rips the trees and cracks the sky and breaks the windowpanes.
©  Reading a-z

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jay's Reading Why Salt?

Why Salt?
As water flows in rivers, it swirls and twirls and vaults.
'Round riverbeds and boulders, it gathers bits of salt.
The slightly salty rivers flow to the sea below,
And there the salty water waits, moving to and fro.
The hot sun shines. Aha, a caper!
It steals the water, turns it to vapor.
But salt is heavy, and it remains.
And that's the salt the sea contains.

Frieda's Reading Is the Sea Really Blue?

Friedas.mp3


Is the Sea Really Blue?
Is the water in the ocean really blue,
Or is it the way that the sea looks to you?
To understand blue, wwe must think of the light
That shines from the sun from morning till night.
The light from the sun is made up of shades
That shine on the sea like rainbow parades.
All colors but blue pass through the watery sea.
But blue bounces back at a greater degee.
So the color you see is part of the light
That shines from the sun from morning till night.

©  Reading a-z

Ava's Reading The Hurricane

Avas Hurricane.mp3

The Hurricane
A hurricane without the sea would be a tiny storm,
For hurricanes can't gather strength without a sea that's warm.
This storm is strange. It's backward spin is very hard to enter,
But if you do, you'll find an eye that's peaceful at the center.
To be called a proper hurricane, the wind must spin and blow
At 74 miles an hour. Sometimes this storm can grow
Into a mighty monster with fierce torrential rains
That rips the trees and cracks the sky and breaks the windowpanes.
©  Reading a-z

Monday, May 9, 2011

Megan's Reading Whale Songs

Poetry, 1,455 words, Level U (Grade 4)
Listen to Megan recite Megans Whale Song.mp3

Whale Songs
The humpback whale sings lovely songs,
From six to fifteen minutes log.
Some songs are roaring. Some are groans.
Some are trills, or chirps, or moans.
Each song has phrases that repeat,
Whale patterns sent out to greet.
Groups of phrases form a theme,
A message sent out like a beam.
But here's the strangest thing of all,
When groups of humpback songs sing and call,
Somehow each one just seems to know
Exactly how each phrase should go.
©  Reading a-z