No: 226

Will the Real Martian

Please Stand UP?


Hello Everyone,
Welcome back to the second term. A bright and sunny day - beautiful Autumn weather. I have been watching old Twilight Zone Episodes and loving them. They are remarkably well written and performed and are contained within a 22min commercial half hour.

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. Studying the Twilight Zone serves several masters - visual literacy, TV history and narrative structure. I love the idea behind them......

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man ... a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.”

Take a look at the lesson outline and have fun with the TWILIGHT ZONE. You' enjoy daDUM heart beat lessons as well. Try them out and let me know how your go.

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Mind Candy

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.
Jeremy Irons, actor (b. 19 Sep 1948)

There is no material with which human beings work which has so much potential energy as words.
Earnest Calkins

Back in the 60's Rod Serling - presenter and creator of the Twilight Zone - dealt with many issues still relevant today. Try these discussion starters:

There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on.
Rod Serling

Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.
Rod Serling

We're developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think.
Rod Serling

Will the Real Martian Please Stand UP?

22minutes of Amazing Story Telling
A black and white masterpiece ideal for studying narrative storytelling.
Here are some great questions to get you started:
What are the settings?
Name the characters and provide a brief description.
What is the problem?
What things increase the tension?
What is the climax?
(stop the tape at 17mins in and ask.....)
Who is the Martian?
What do you predict will happen?
What is the resolution?
What did you think of the story?
CHALLENGE: Write a Twilight Zone story.
Use the headings above to make a story map.
You might like to start with the opening narration:

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only
of sight and sound but of mind.

A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of
imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the
Twilight Zone!

10 Great End of Day Review Questions??

I love to review the day.
In that last 15-20 minutes a quiet reflective writing activity is a great way to end the day. Here are 10 questions to get the ball rolling:-
1. What was a highlight from today?
2. What did you learn today?
3. What made you smile today
4. What is something you achieved recently?
6. Who or what inspires you? Why?
7. Who would you like to thank? What would you say?
8. What do you love about your friends?
9. What book do you love reading and explain why?
10. What made you laugh today?

What's Wrong with Our Food System?

At a TEDx event, 11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food — far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.
What makes this your man's presentation compelling and entertaining?
Do you agree with his opinions? Can YOU back up your opinions?
Could you design a presentation based on research from your local area?

Study Ladder - FREE

Study Ladder is FREE for standard access and a great resource. They have just released some NAPLAN resources. These that are printable and interactive. The Maths interactives can be marked online automatically - students can print these out or save a screen shot of the final last page. Or if they are logged in these can be reviewed online later.
These are also good for a whole class EWB lesson.
Download Images for City Backdrops - All images from Pixabayhnology is a scaffolding that extends our thoughts, reach, and vision."C


After our success with
"What makes your Pulse Race?" From Newsletter 224 we moved onto IAMBIC PENTAMETER Of Course!
We had a lot of fun.
WATCH the video - learning iambic pentameter...the fun way! Just a short section of this from .30secs to 1.59secs.
THEN you can use the feet model from the attached pdf.
SEE how many sentences you fit to the Iambic Petameter pattern.
MAKE up some sentences of your own.
TRY it out using your spelling words. Where are the stresses and unstressed syllables?
WHO was famous for using this
rhythmic pattern?
WHAT is a rhythmic pattern with three
Iambic units called?

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Hey Cathy,

My name is John and I wanted to make an additional suggestion for your page here:

To help parents protect their kids on the Internet (just like you've done here), I recently co-published an article titled: "20 Ways to Protect Your Kids Online".

It's pretty straightforward and actionable:

Since you've already mentioned the "Internet Safety Tips for Kids" Guide by, I thought I'd suggest ours, too. If you find it useful, feel free to mention it as an additional resource.

Let's keep the Internet a "less dangerous" place ;)

Best regards,
John Mason

Thanks for this John a straight forward site. You might also like to check out my links on this topic as well

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