Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
By Madden and Masah
Our first project in Minecraft was to build Native American longhouses. Before we could start building, we had to read about the Native Americans that lived in Michigan. We read about the there fires - the Ojibway, the Ottawa, and the Potowatomi.
We had to use math to make our Longhouses. We built them to scale, which means that they had to be 200 feet long and 25 feet wide. Since we couldn't make them that long, we had to figure out what we could do. We calculated that if each block in Minecraft was five feet, then we would need 40 blocks for the length and the width of the longhouses had to be 5 blocks.
Inside we had to make sure the longhouses were like they really were back then. We had a rubric that helped us with that. The longhouse had to be divided for different families. Each section had to have a fire, and there had to be an opening above the fire for smoke. They also had to have a raised sleeping platform and storage. It was a really fun project!
Friday, January 9, 2015
We work together in writing teams to edit our writing. We work in teams of two or three. For this project we were editing research papers on endangered animals that we wrote. We researched animals like the Arctic Fox and different kinds of Leopards. I think we all did pretty well. It was something we wanted to do again and were so sad when we were finished.
Writing takes hard work and many different processes. First you have to get the paper and start writing your ideas down. Then you have to organize your ideas into sentences and paragraphs. Then you show the teacher so she can help you. Next you have to edit it with your team. Finally you can publish it!