Mid Year Motivation

Hi Everyone,

Last week we watched a very inspiration video and read the lyrics to the song ” I lived” by One Republic.

I brought the students to the carpet and we discussed what drives, motivates, and inspires us. We talked about what it looks like to work hard and how we can give 100% each day. We talked about being good people and kind to one another.

I passed out the lyrics to “I lived” by One Republic. We closely read the lyrics and discussed what they meant. We then watched the music video which was extremely powerful. The video is a touching tribute to one teenage fan, Byran Warnecke, and his stugglles of living with cystic fibrosis.

In the clip we see Warnecke making the most of his life — bicycling, skateboarding and playing hockey — intercut with footage of his youth, as he explains what it’s like living with the hereditary disease. Meanwhile, One Republic sings along with performance footage. “It feels like I’m breathing through a straw,” says Warnecke, whose life expectancy is 36, according to the video. “Whenever I try to breath hard it hurts. I want to make the most out of my life and have as much fun as I possibly can and my biggest fear is not being able to do that.”

I wanted students to realize how lucky they are and to live each day to its fullest potential. To never take anything for granted and always work hard. But most importantly, be good people. We then colored some inspirational quotes which will be hung around the classroom for reminders on this lesson.

Please see the lyrics, video, and quotes that we used today.

Thanks for checking in and enjoy your weekend!

Ms. Gray

“I Lived”

[Verse 1]
Hope when you take that jump
You don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises
You build a wallHope when the crowd screams out
They’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stayHope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
Is give it all you haveAnd I hope that you don’t suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes
You’ll say…

[Chorus]
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

[Verse 2]
Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup

I wish that I could witness
All your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes
I’ll say…

[Chorus]
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

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Invention Convention

Invention Convention at Springdale is getting closer and closer! The official date for Springdale’s convention is March 10th. However, this  Wednesday, February 15th, we will be having an “invention convention prep” day. We are asking that all students bring in their invention log binders. The goal is have these as complete as can be by the end of the day tomorrow. We also have the tri-fold boards here in the classroom. Our hope is to get many of those started tomorrow. Please feel free to bring in any markers, colored pencils, paper that you may want or need for your poster. We have a printer here at school but it does not print in color. Feel free to print out any colored photos that you may need at home.

Please see the video below of last years Invention Convention at Springdale! I cannot wait to see what our students bring to the table this year.

-Ms. Gray

 

 

Colonial Times.

We have started our colonial times unit in social studies. We first started with learning about WHY people migrated to this new land. We studied the lyrics to the flocabulary song “Migration.” Please check them out below.

We will be using the text below to help us understand the New England Colonies.

 

Flocabulary Lyrics

Migration is the movement of people. It happens today, and it’s been happening for hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, no matter where you live, your ancestors took a journey to get you where you are right now. Flocabulary. Let’s go.

Migration is the movement of people,
From one place to another
.
Many come to America, look at Marie,
Her parents came when she was just three.
They were pulled by money and opportunity,
And pushed by a lack of jobs that led to poverty.
When people migrate it can be,
Permanently or temporarily.
Push factors are forces
That drive people away
— I don’t mean like Porsches.
War, famine, bad economy,
Natural disasters and poverty.
Pull factors do it backwards,
They make a new place more attractive
,
Jobs, freedom of religion or politics,
Or maybe you’re sick of the metropolis.
Immigration is when you move into,
Emigration is when you exit.
So you might be an immigrant from one place,
But you were an emigrant when you left it
.

Left home for a new place, I plan to be here for a long time,
They call it migration, some people are forced, I chose with my own mind.
Push factors, push people away from the place where they stay,
Pull factors, pull people into a new place, we hope for a new day
.

Voluntary migration means he or she chose,
And nobody forces where he or she goes.
Like in California, when they hit gold,
Some people moved to the West Coast.
William left his Irish community,
For the US and more opportunity.
Even if it’s voluntary, it can be
That a place’s push factors make you want to leave
.
Like when Ireland was really low on food,
The famine forced William to move.
But some are made to move, forced migration,
Like Africans made to be slaves in our nation.
Or Native Americans who didn’t plan
To move, ’til settlers took their land
.
Imagine if your family was forced to go,
Along the Trail of Tears, far from home.

Left home for a new place, I plan to be here for a long time,
They call it migration, some people are forced, I chose with my own mind.
Push factors, push people away from the place where they stay,
Pull factors, pull people into a new place, we hope for a new day
.

Migration can be seasonal,
Moving each year when there’s a reason to.
For work or due to climate conditions,
Mat’s family follows crop harvests, listen.
Sometimes immigrants can be refugees,
Who fear persecution that I hope you never see
.
They live outside their country of origin,
Due to their race, politics or religion.
Shira left Russia said, “I have to do this,”
‘Cause she was persecuted for being Jewish.
Her family made a difficult trek,
Through Europe and then further west.
To a land with freedom of religion,
She could feel a whole new life beginning.
On Ellis Island, yeah, that’s why,
She saw the Statue of Liberty, she had tears in her eyes.

Left home for a new place, I plan to be here for a long time,
They call it migration, some people are forced, I chose with my own mind.
Push factors, push people away from the place where they stay,
Pull factors, pull people into a new place, we hope for a new day
.