Greek And Latin Are Taking Root!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

In Freckle Word Study, many students were introduced to Greek and Latin roots. If you know some Greek and Latin roots, it can help you “unlock” what an unknown word might mean.

For example, uni means one. The unicorn has one horn and unison means you speak in one voice.  Bi means two, so a bicycle has two wheels, and a bifocal has two lenses. Photo means light, so photography (fo • tog • ru • fee)  uses light to make pictures and photosynthesis (fo • to • sin • thu • sis) means light is used by plants to make food.

We worked collaboratively (collab means together) to create an informative slideshow.

Enjoy and learn! We are adding slides daily, so check back often.

 

 Leave us a spectacular (that means one that LOOKS good) comment using one of the words that have a Greek or Latin root!

My Visitors!

Hello, chaps! My blog has had many visitors! Some of them are from the United States of America, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, Turkey, Canada, Romania and the county that I am comparing today, the United Kingdom.

 

The United States and the United Kingdom have some differences and some similarities. First off, Queen Elizabeth is the UK’s executive branch sovereign and in the United States of America, we have a president instead.

The land area of the United States is 3,677,679 square miles and the United Kingdom’s land area is 93, 628 square miles.  The US’s landmass is about triple the land mass of the United Kingdom.  Both the UK and the US speak mostly the same language, English. When I went to London I did not have a problem with the language because we both speak English!

Did you know that the currency is different in the two countries as the UK uses pounds and the US uses dollars?

A similarity of the US  and UK is that they have the same colors on their flag, red, white, and blue that is also a similarity that France shares.

 

 Do you know the countries capitals?

 Do you know the populations of the US or the UK?

Do you know who is the president of the US is?

Marvelous Memorial Day!

Here is a post I wrote with my fellow Girl Scouts.

We are a Girl Scout troop, and in honor of Memorial Day, we taught a lesson about our American flag. We used information from our camping and day trips. On each of the trips, we learned a little bit about the flag. We have even done a flag ceremony at City Hall!

We taught the class how to fold the flag. We were very careful of the flag. We did not want it touching the ground because if the flag touches the ground then we would have to burn the flag.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

When the flag is raised on a pole it has its signals. One signal is when the flag is half raised it means that an important American has died. On Memorial Day, we raise the flag half way for all the soldiers that sacrificed their lives. Halfway into the day, they raise the flag fully to recognize the soldiers that are still alive. They raise the flag fully at the White House when the president is there.

Photo from Pixabay

There are 13 stripes on the flag because of the 13 colonies and 50 stars because of the 50 states. America has grown over the decades. One event that changed America was the Louisiana Purchase. It doubled the size of America (Thank you, Thomas Jefferson, for purchasing if from the French!) America was part of Britain living under their laws. But, we fought the Revolutionary War and we won. We the people govern the land!

When you fold the flag, there are many steps. First, you hold it parallel to the ground.

After two folds, you have a long narrow flag with the blue field on top.  Next, begin making triangular folds.

Finally, you tuck in the end and you have folded the flag respectfully!

Here is a link to a Flag Retirement ceremony that Mrs. Yollis attended in 2010.

What did you learn about flag etiquette?  (Etiquette is a fancy word that means “how you behave around something”.)

What are some fact you can add about Memorial Day?

Woman’s History Month!

You may ask “What is Woman’s History Month and when does it take place?” Well, the answers to those questions are that Woman’s History Month starts is held for the entire month of March.  Woman’s History Month celebrates courageous and kind women like Justice Ruth Bader and Anne Frank Ginsburg. Here are some facts about them:

 

Photo from https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx

Justice Ginsburg is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. She wears numerous collars including a lacey or sparkly collar over her silky black robe called a jabot.

Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who kept a diary during World War II while hiding from Nazis with her family. Anne and her family were victims of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a German campaign to destroy all Jews.

These are just two of many courageous and kind women.

Who are some women you admire?

Do you know anything about Anne or RBG?

Let’s Visit the Statue of Liberty!

Today we “visited” the Statue of Liberty with virtual reality using some virtual reality viewers! It was very fun and almost felt like we really were there with our tour guide, Mrs. Yollis. But you couldn’t see your OWN FEET!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

How it worked is you had some goggles and a partner, and you were either on the chairs or on the rug. You couldn’t sit on an ottoman or a high chair where you could fall off.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

When we got off the “bus” to get on the ferry.  We saw Liberty island in the distance and soon,  we were there.  The rangers said that the Statute of Liberty was made of copper, gifted by France and Gustave Eiffel the man who made the Eiffel tower also made the statue of liberty.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Look up here there are seven points on her crown that stand for the seven continents and seas.

Photo by Sarah gold

The Statute of Liberty herself is 46 meters tall, but with her vast pedestal, she is 93 meters tall.

Sadly we had to go “back” to school after the fun “trip”.

 

Have you ever experienced virtual reality, If so, where did you go?

Have you ACTUALLY gone to the Statute of Liberty?

 

 

Spring Bloom!

Spring is here and my peach tree is blossoming with small pink flowers. There are many varieties of peach trees, and one of them is the Georgia peach. The Georgia peach is the type of peach tree that I have in my backyard alongside my pool.

 You have probably heard of a Georgia peach because the state of Georgia is nicknamed the peach state, Empire of the South and natives of Georgia are called “Georgia peaches” or a “Georgia peach”.  My mom is a Georgia peach!

 

Spring is the season of growth and the time that we celebrate  Arbor Day and Earth Day. You’ve probably heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers, ” but in some places, it is ONLY rainy in spring or ONLY warm in spring.

If you are in the southern hemisphere, you might think I’m crazy because you are getting your warm clothing out but in the northern hemisphere, we are going into spring on March 20th, at 2:58 P.M. We are in  Pacific time.

 

 

In spring, the days are longer and warmer than winter the days are shorter in spring and they have more sunlight. Spring days are usually cooler than summer days.

 

Is it spring where you live?

What do you notice about my pictures?

Do you grow fruits and/or vegetables?

What other facts do you know about peaches or Georgia?

 

Butterflies Migrating

Have you seen those butterflies migrating north? I have! Did you know that those butterflies are painted lady butterflies that are commonly confused with monarch butterflies?

Photo by Mrs. Ranney.

Photo by Lucas

The painted lady butterflies travel north because they have done well in the southern area of the US and Mexico.

The super bloom of wildflowers from all of the rains we recently had attracted swarms of butterflies. The last super bloom was in 2005, and the scientific name of the butterfly is Vanessa cardui. The painted lady is a species of butterfly in the brush-footed butterfly family that has broad wings span of four to five centimeter (1.5 to 2 inches). They have very elaborate patterns of pink, brown, reddish orange, white and blue scales.

 

What do you know about Vanessa cardui?

What other animals migrate?