Monthly Archives: January 2016

Out of the Dust Independent Study

As we read, there are many different options to study subjects and people that will deepen your understanding of Out of the DustUse the table below to guide your study. Entries marked in bold are required.

Learn more about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life here. Read more about what led up to the Great Depression in the United States by reading here. Learn about what drought does to an area. Find out what’s happening in the California drought. Be sure to read the captions on the photos. You can also see a graphic representation of the drought here.
Many photographers were hired and assigned to document life during the Great Depression. See some of Dorothea Lange’s work by clicking here. You can also find more of her work (and others) by clicking here. The story of Dionne Quintuplets is sweet and sad at the same time. Read their story here, and watch a film that was made about them here. The hobo life was an interesting one. Complete a worksheet with an activity related to hobo culture. (Ask Mrs. Levin)hobo-glyphs-code
Hear and read stories of people who lived during the Great Depression, and how they got by during hard times. Click this link to view and share sites that help you in your research! Find out more about Shirley Temple here. Watch a video of one of her most famous movie scenes here.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt worked incredibly hard to build back the confidence of the American people during the great depression. He accomplished this feat by communicating regularly and plainly with the citizens, passing laws and executive orders, and creating organizations to support building the economy. Choose at least one of these options below to learn more about.
The Tennessee Valley Authority put people to work by building power plants and other important things in the rural south. Read about the history, and watch a video about the TVA. The Civilian Conservation Corps, or the CCC, gave thousands of people – especially young men with no other opportunities – work through various projects throughout the country. While the CCC aimed for projects out in nature, the Works Progress Administration employed people by giving them work on an even bigger scale. Read about it here. (And check out their posters here!)
The FDIC, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, gave citizens the confidence they needed to begin putting their money back into banks. FDR stayed in regular communication with the American people through his “fireside chats.” You can read and listen here.

Wrinkle in Time Independent Projects

During our Wrinkle in Time novel study, students pursued topics of independent study related to themes and events in the book. Many students, inspired by their knowledge, completed optional projects to demonstrate their learning. All I can say is WOW.

This work is a product of passion, persistence, and just plain cleverness. If you have a comment or a compliment, please leave a comment below. Thank you!

Learn from Tyler and Rishi about how the United States and former Soviet Union competed with one another during the Cold War in what came to be known as the Space Race. View the time line here.

For a double dose of laughter and learning, watch Ellie, Ben and Anna’s Game Show: “Jeoparda Vinci:” It’s all about the life and times of Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. (link coming soon)

For a look into the science behind the way Madeleine L’Engle explains time travel, check out Kyle and Rohan’s work on explaining the dimensions

Dig deeper into scientific discovery, and get ready for some mind-blowing ideas with Kalen and Elan’s look at black holes and wormholes.

Sammy found inspiration in connecting the concept of multidimensionality to the story of A Wrinkle in Time. You can listen to his screencast here. (link coming soon)

Yoonsol found her inspiration in learning more about Carl Sagan, the astronomer and philosopher who made the cosmos and the universe understandable to all.

Want to connect with your inner (or outer) science geek, or just get in touch with your sense of wonder? Look no further than Caroline and Fiona’s collection of Neil DeGrasse Tyson quotes.

Tommy Edison is an advocate for the blind, educator of the seeing, and all-around funny guy. Abby was inspired by his videos. See a couple of photos of her “blind art.”

Wonder if we are alone in the universe? So does NASA. Check out Rishi’s exploration of the search for extra-terrestrial life.