Today we will be looking at movie logos from Pixar and Dreamworks and we will decide which ones work and which one's don't work as well.  Which one's incorporate themes from the movie and which one's don't? 
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Your turn!
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Here is a quick preview of the video game Bryce, Conor, and Josiah made for the last chapter of A Long Way from Chicago.
 
 
I just created a public Google Map for Map Mastery 4 (pg. 17).  Check it out here.
 
 
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You may have noticed the lackluster response when I took last weeks poll to see how many people were actually reading this blog.  My guess is that most parents would like to take advantage of the connection to our classroom that this blog provides, but they don't because they're busy and checking another website is hard to fit into an already packed schedule.


So I did a quick search and found feedmyinbox.com.  It is a very simple way to get blog posts from this blog sent automatically to your email inbox.  All you do is input this web address (http://swedberg.weebly.com) and your email address.  That's it.  It's very simple, and hopefully will mean more connection between home and school.  


A couple side notes: 1) From the limited testing I've done with feedmyinbox, it doesn't forward videos and some other content so you may need to follow a link to the actual post if you think your missing something.  2)  If you are interested in following more than a couple blogs a better system would be to set up a Google Reader account.  Your kids had a very brief intro to Reader a couple weeks ago, so they may be able to help you set it up.



 
 
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This one might be controversial, but I wanted to share it because I think great conversations and self-awareness can come from it.

Yesterday we started reading a new book called Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  Parents, it is an amazing book on so many levels and I strongly recommend that you read it along with your kids.  

One of the major themes in ROT,HMC is racism, and so to kick things off I wanted to do a little science experiment.  This weekend, the optional assignment for students and parents is to take this implicit association test for race.

Perhaps not surprisingly, after taking this test most Americans show a moderate preference for white people over black people.  Even black people show a moderate preference for white people.  Why do you think this is?  What are your results?  Do you think they are accurate?  What happens if you take the test again?

The rule about taking this test is that students must take it in the presence of their parents.  It asks for some personal information and I only want students to enter it if their parents are present and approving.  If you don't want to enter your child's information, maybe you could enter the information pertaining to the parent.

We'll let people volunteer to talk about their results on Monday if they so chose.

To take the test, click here.

Here is a video to help you navigate to the testing area:
 

Lip Dub Jensen

10/22/2010

 
At the tennis match last night, Conor's mom told me about a lip dub that Sedro-Wooley High School did.  Conor's dad has a pretty major part at the beginning.  Enjoy!
 
 
Hi everyone.  I'm trying to get an idea of how many people actually read this blog so that I can know if it is a good way to get important information out or not.

If you have read this post, whether you're a parent, student, grandparent... whatever, can you please let me know in the comments section attached to this post?

Thanks!
 
 
From chapel today...