Let Us Hear from You…….. about Castles

We know there are special castles out there so let us hear from you about one.   Even if you are in the United States tell us about a different one.  We can look them up on the internet but we think it’s a lot more fun to have someone write on our blog about the castle and what makes it special to them.

You can’t add your own pictures in a comment but send Mrs. Todd a picture and she will add it to the site so everyone can see your castles.

 

Do you know the parts of a castle?  Have you read about different castles in books you’ve been reading?  You can even tell us about one of these if you don’t have a real one to write about.

 

 

Middleham Castle (A Room with a View)

Mrs. Monaghan had commented about the castle outside their classroom (A Room with a View) and mentioned their blog site and the picture of their castle.  Below are pictures taken from that site. See the original post about Castles Around the World to see her answers to our inquiry questions about castles.

They are located 2 hours from Scotland and 3 hours from London.

They are located 2 hours from Scotland and 3 hours from London.

 

Picture used from A Room with a View (blog site) of Middleham Castle.

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Castles, Castles Do you have one?

We decided to do some inquiry learning and investigate castles around the world.  We need your help to learn about special castles in your area.   Please help us out by answering some of our questions.

  1. Where is your special castle located?  Continent/Country/City
  2. When was it built?  How old is it?
  3. Why was it built?
  4. Who lived in the castle?   Does anyone still live there?
  5. Is it used for other purposes now?
  6. Do you have more than one castle within 25 miles of your school/home? or even 50, 75, 100 miles away.  Tell us about that one also.
  7. How many rooms in your castle?   Where there unusual rooms in the castle?
  8. What is your castle built with?  Describe the outside of the castle.
  9. Does your castle have a drawbridge?  
  10. Is the castle built in the city, a small town or rural area?   Why do you think this was a good spot for the castle?  Tell us about the land features around the castle.
  11. Describe the inside of the castle.   
  12. Does it cost to visit the castle if it’s open for public viewing?

 

North Carolina is one of the 50 states in the USA.  Asheville NC is in the blue NC is green.

North Carolina is one of the 50 states in the USA. Asheville NC is in the blue NC is green.

North Carolina-  Asheville   35° 32′ 22.74″ N, 82° 33′ 3.42″ W     35.53965, -82.55095

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Winter at the Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Mountains

Winter at the Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

 

Biltmore Estates Asheville, North Carolina

Biltmore Estates Asheville, North Carolina

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Biltmore Estate is a large private estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina.  Tourist pay to go see it throughout the year.  It was built between 1889 and 1895 in a Chateauesque-style. It is the largest privately owned home and is owned by a descendant of the Vanderbilt’s.  It is 178,926 square feet of floor space and 135,280 square feet of living area.  It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and is on the US National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks. Richard Morris Hunt was the building architect and Frederick Law Olmsted was the landscape architect. Vanderbilt’s estate was modeled after two other impressive houses. One of these was a manor in Buckinghamshire, England called the Waddesdon Manor. The other was Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley in France.

Vanderbilt wanted his home to follow the traditional agrarian model, which included a main manor house with tenant farms, a small town, a church, and a school. He put so much work into the building process because he wanted the estate to be self-sustaining and produce its own income.   It had its own herds of sheep, swine, poultry, dairy herd,  gardens, and nurseries.  An on-site kiln produced up to 32,000 bricks daily, and a woodworking factory supplied oak and walnut for the house’s floors and walls.  Indiana limestone, Italian marble and other supplies were shipped into Asheville by rail. Inside, the house is distinctively English. The country estates of Knole, Hatfield House and Haddon Hall provided guidance for the design of the interiors while they found inspiration for the house’s exterior in the 16th-century chateaux of Loire Valley, France. The stair tower and steeply pitched roof line were inspired by three specific chateaux: Blois, Chenonceau and Chambord.

Biltmore has four acres of floor space and a total of 250 rooms in the house including 33 bedrooms for family and guests, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces and three kitchens.  There are four floors and a basement area that had a swimming pool, gym and bowling alley.  At Christmas they decorate with around 15,000 strings of lights and 41 decorated trees for visitors.  During spring they have the Festival of Flowers when the gardens are blooming with over 100,000 different colors of tulips.  During summer many roses and other plants bloom. The Biltmore house is the largest home on the property but there are other buildings on the Estate. There are 125,000 acres around the estate area.

The name Biltmore comes from Holland and England not their names.  “Bilt” is a region that belongs to the Vanderbilt family in Holland and “more” refers to the countryside that is quite hilly in Old English terms.  The area of Asheville is in the mountains of North Carolina and the Biltmore Estate is hilly.

The Vanderbilt’s wanted to help others so in 1889 the Vanderbilt’s took considerable pleasure in founding the Biltmore Forest School, the first institute for scientific forestry in America. George and Edith also founded Biltmore Estate Industries in 1901, for the purpose of creating an apprenticeship program to teach traditional crafts such as weaving and woodworking. Students enjoyed creating many things, including reproductions of furnishings within the mansion and were encouraged to sell their works for income.

George and Edith’s only child, Cornelia (1900-1976) was married at the All Soul’s Church in Biltmore Village in 1924 to the honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890-1954). Cecil was a descendant of Lord Burghley, the Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I.

Biltmore Estates Asheville, North Carolina

Biltmore Estates Asheville, North Carolina

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What do you know about China?

Have you ever wondered about other places and wanted to travel there but didn’t have the time or money? Children may not have the opportunity to visit another country to learn more about the people and their culture but are very curious and excited to learn. Students took an in house field trip to China when The World in Our Backyard came to Rocky River. The experience provided a very hands on learning adventure into the Asian country of China for pre-k through fifth grade students.

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Students in Mrs. Jones fourth grade class made a poster about what they learned.

  • “The dragon is made from several animals including the snake, fish scales, tiger, eagle, camel, water buffalo and deer ears.”
  • “The money has a hole in the middle and they put it on a string and wear around their neck or if it’s a lot on a belt.”
  • “They use symbols that stand for words and write from right to left not left to right.”
  • “China is the size of the US but with a lot more people.”
  • “They drink tea with every meal and eat rice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. They use chopsticks to eat with and set at a round table.”
  • “The dragon Neo was scared of noise and the color red. The people scared him with noises makers and wore red. “

First grade students in Mrs. Brown and Ms. Murphy/Takac created a group PowerPoint and these are things they learned ….

  • The biggest McDonald’s in the world is in China. They don’t serve rice just hamburgers. They eat the hamburgers in small cut up pieces so they can use their chopsticks. They learned about the 2 hump camels, Bengal tiger (white), panda, birds and water buffalo (used in rice fields). Outside activities are ping pong (table tennis), haircuts (no barber shops), Tai Chi and Chinese Checkers. They learned about the kings and that the first was 7 when he was on the throne and the youngest was 3.

They were able to experience the way people read and write using a pen and how different the writing is with symbols for each word. Students learned how the Chinese invented things like paper, umbrella (paper one to keep sun off of you), chop sticks (that they carried with them), and silk. Some students experienced how they would carry baskets on a bamboo pole to the market with their babies in the basket and how it was different in the city and the country because of space. They learned bamboo is used to make many things. The older students were fascinated with the Great Wall of China model and the story of the Terracotta Soldiers/Army.
Students participated in a lion dance and scared the dragons away with noise makers. They learned some basic Tai Chi movements that are done each day before school starts. Chinese New Year is each year when there is a new moon and is held in January or February. This year is the year of the sheep and will be on the first lunar month with the new moon (February 19, 2015).

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Students Learn about Scotland

Second grade students in Mrs. Harlow’s class had a special visitor on Friday, November 7 from another continent.  As a VIF teacher, Mrs. Harlow is lucky enough to meet people from all over the world. The special visitor, Mr. Lannagan is from Scotland which borders the country England where Mrs. Harlow was born and raised.   The two countries, along with Wales, make up Great Britain. Mr. Lannagan shared many interesting facts with the boys and girls.

To begin with he read a story called, “The Gruffalo” written by a popular British author, Julia Donaldson. The children knew the story written in English but Mr. Lannagan brought along the Scottish version and although they speak English in Scotland their dialect is very different. The children had a blast trying to figure out the meaning of some of the words as he shared the story with them. Did you know “mucked” is a Scottish word for “big”?  This surprised everyone!

Mr. Lannagan shared the Scottish flag and talked about how it is a part in the British flag. The children asked questions about life in school in Scotland and what the country looks like.

The children were very excited the minute they saw Mr. Lannagan because of his special clothes. He wore a kilt and his sporran (used like a wallet where a kilt has no pockets). He shared with us the special times he would wear this and the traditions involved.

We love to learn about other cultures at Rocky River and this was a great experience for children and staff!

This is the second time that students at Rocky River have had a chance to hear Julia Donaldson’s stories.  A few years ago we did a study of her books and compared our favorites with A Room with a View in Middleham.  What are your favorites?   Do you know of other authors that children love around the world?

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International Travelers- Monarch Butterflies- 2nd Grade Reporters

International Travelers- Monarch Butterflies

Have you ever wondered about the tiny eggs on leaves in the spring and fall?  What mysteries do they hold?  Do you wonder how they know which way to go when they travel south for the winter?  Why do they go to Mexico and how long does it take these tiny creatures to get there.   Our second grade reporters took time out of their busy day to tell me some things they have learned about these International Travelers.   They have been busy observing, reading and writing in their science notebook about the life cycle of these tiny little eggs that become beautiful International Travelers each year.

Mrs. McNeill- Pedro

Day  One—- My caterpillar needs food, water and air.  Caterpillars eat mallow.  My caterpillar’s names are Sharky and Fast.

Day Three—I think my caterpillar is eating a lot.  I noticed they are eating a lot.

Day Four—My caterpillars are eating mallow and they are fat.  I predict they will be bigger. Butterflies can be camouflaged.  Butterflies can protect themselves.

Day Six— I think it is going to make his J.  I predict it is going to make the chrysalis.  I noticed it is almost going to make a chrysalis.  I think it is cool.  I predict it is really big.

All insects have three body parts-  abdomen, thorax, and head.  They can smell and hear.  All insects have 6 legs.  Spiders have two body parts and eight legs.  Butterflies can lay 100’s of eggs on one leaf.  It drinks more nectar.

 

Mrs. Harlow- Jasmine and Chance

The caterpillar sheds its skin 5 times before it goes into a chrysalis.  They have a back antenna.  They have front antennae.  When the caterpillar eats it gets bigger.  It takes 2 weeks until they go into their chrysalis.  When the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis their wings are wet.  It takes 10-75 days before they hatch out from their egg.  They can make silk with their legs.  They make a J shape when they start making their chrysalis.  They start out as larvae and eat and grow into adult butterflies.  They are black, orange and grey.  Monarch Butterfly can fly as high as a skyscraper.  Some butterflies can be as small as a small button.  And some can be as big as a black bird.  They are going outside to travel the world.

Mrs. Fincher- Reagan and Avery

Butterflies can lay more than 2000 eggs.  Caterpillars don’t spin a cocoon that’s a moth so caterpillars make a chrysalis instead.  Some caterpillars don’t survive because ants eat their eggs.   Butterflies have sensitive wings because if they break they can’t fly.  When they go into a J shape that means they are forming a chrysalis.  Some butterflies have bright colors to show they are poisonous.  When the caterpillars are in the chrysalis they go through metamorphosis.  That means they can turn into a butterfly and some have different metamorphosis.

Ms. Dunleavy- Camila and Kayla

It starts really little then a little bigger then a little larger, it gets much larger, and then when it is in its J shape it gets smaller and curled up.  A butterfly lays eggs on a leaf and it will hatch in 5 days then it will eat its entire eggshell because it’s very hungry.  The life cycle is eggs, larvae, caterpillar, J shape, pupa, and butterfly.  It sheds its skin and grows a bigger one sometimes darker sometimes lighter.   Butterfly eggs are really small you can barely see them.  When it is a pupa they grow wings.  Butterfly wings are very wet when it emerges and wings are really fragile.  Some butterflies have different patterns.  When the butterfly wings are closed you can’t see what color it will be.  If their wings are broken some still will try to fly.  We are going to let them go in the butterfly garden when they are ready.  In reading we learned that some butterflies fly all the way across the ocean.  Monarch butterflies go to Mexico in the forest because it’s safe there.

Mr. Pascarella-Jasmine P. and Avery C.

My caterpillar has turned into a pupa and is about to turn into a butterfly.  I learned moth spin cocoons and caterpillar’s spin chrysalis.  The caterpillars start small and grow bigger and bigger because they make a butterfly at the end.  Butterflies and moths can be colorful and some moths are tricky because they are really colorful.  They can spin a web in the little containers on the top and around it.  Butterflies have different life cycles than moths.  Ants eat the eggs sometimes.  Caterpillars need quiet and to be safe.    So after we release them in the garden they can lay more eggs and the life cycle will start all over again.

Mrs. Zarger- Ethan and Jasmine T.

When the caterpillar turns into a chrysalis is has a silver button that it hangs from.   It starts as a tiny egg and turns into a caterpillar (tiny, tiny) and then it starts eating and grows bigger.  It hangs upside down as a chrysalis and when it starts moving it’s about to become a beautiful butterfly.  Some butterflies are camouflaged like the trees or the ground.   When it starts to get cold and winter they go to a warmer place.   Monarch butterflies might fly to Mexico where it’s warmer.   They go to the forest.  They have antenna to find their food and drink from flowers to get nectar.   They are different colors and patterns on the adult butterfly.  They can fly 3000 miles from places like Canada and the USA.

Mrs. Lukjanczuk-  Cici and Andy

Caterpillars start in egg and then turn into caterpillar then into a chrysalis and hatch into a butterfly.  The biggest butterfly is as big as a black bird.  The smallest is as small as a little button or about the size of a pencil top eraser.  Caterpillars eat leaves.  Monarch butterflies fly as high as a skyscraper.  Monarch butterflies are poisonous.   A mama butterfly lays the eggs on a leaf and they might get eaten by ants.  Some fly over the ocean.  So they use the wind to help them fly so they can rest their wings.  They might land on a boat.  The butterflies might scare little animals because some have what looks like eyes on their wings.  They fly really fast if you try to catch them.  You have to be gentle with them and not rub their wings.

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International Literacy Day

Students at Rocky River Elementary were invited to design a bookmark about their favorite book in support of International Literacy Day on September 8th. This day was created by the United Nations to support the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies around the world. Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. Winners of the contest had the opportunity to pick a book to continue their journey of becoming a lifelong reader.

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Celebrating International Literacy with our favorite books.

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The heart of basic education for all is with literacy, and is essential for reducing poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.

Literacy is the basis for lifelong learning.

Education is a basic human right, and one that remains unfilled for many children around the world. Accessing and resourcing schools is most challenging in the developing world. Plan on joining the world wide effort to support literacy with all children and families no matter where they may live.
We encourage each student and family at RYRES to shoot for the stars by building a literacy habit which takes just a little time each day. Take time each and every day to include literacy in your life.
Several students did just that over their summer break when they kept reading in their summer plans by joining the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Mrs. Shulman and 30 students who read the most minutes during the summer challenge celebrated their accomplishments with a pizza party on Monday September 22.
What will your goals be each week that include literacy in your life and for others around the world and in our community?

Not enough information?

We did further investigation and can tell you that we didn’t give enough information as to our location.  With so many Rocky River schools we decided you would need to know the county since they all were in different counties.  We are located in Union County.  Warning…… Be careful though there is an Union County, North Carolina and South Carolina.

We  are located in one of the 100 counties in North Carolina.  Virginia is to the north, Tennessee is to the west and South Carolina is to the south.  Georgia is the fourth state that borders us to the southwest.

More about our location..  Locate us on google maps.  Hints…… Look for Monroe, North  Carolina, Union County or Rocky River Elementary School

  •  Did you find us?
  •  What can you tell us about the area we live in from google maps?
  •  Is it rural, suburban or urban?  What do you see nearby?
  • Are we close to the ocean?

There are 3 regions  Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plains.  We are learning about the mountain region now.  Can you find the answers to these questions?  If so let us know.

  • How does our mountain region compare to other places in the world?  
  • What can you do there?
  • What places can you see?
  • What are the names of our oldest river, highest mountain, and  highest waterfall? 
  • Why did the early settlers settle in the mountain region?
  • Where did they come from originally?
  • What makes the mountains of NC a tourist destination for world travelers?
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Where Are You?`

We started our year off learning about where we fit into the world.  Think about your relative location in the world, country or state and tell us how to locate you.   First we started small

This is where we were at the moment….

  1. In global studies in the computer lab/room.lab (1)

But there was a problem with telling that to others.

They wouldn’t be able to find us just from this answer.

So we decided to think a little bigger.  We decided that we were…….

2.   At Rocky River Elementary School           RockyRiverMisc_2011089

Can  you find us yet?

We decided to do a google search for Rocky River Elementary School.

Once again there was a problem.  We found several Rocky River Schools.  3 of them were elementary schools and one high school so were decided to mark the high school one off.  We started looking at addressess of each of the schools.

10505 Clear Creek Commerce Dr
Charlotte, NC

500 N Rocky River Rd
Monroe, NC

5454 Rocky River Rd
Concord, NC

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Rocky River Elementary School
483 Rocky River Rd
Mooresville, NC  28115 (Iredell County)

We decided this wouldn’t help you know where we are.

What would help you figure out which one we are?

Where Are WE?

On Monday, August 18, teachers report to their classrooms to set up and have meetings before the students arrive the following Monday, August 25th.   Check back with us soon to see where out learning takes us this school year!

  • Do you know where North Carolina is?
  • Do you know what country it is in?
  • What continent it is on?
  • What two oceans border the country it is in?
  • How did the early explorers and settlers use the 7 habits as they came to NC?  

Join us as we explore our home state NC the first few weeks of school before we take off on our global journeys of the year.  These images will help you figure our the 3 regions.

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Independence Day- July 4, 2014

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Fireworks, Sparkle, Boom, Loud Red, White and Blue Stars and Stripes Music/patriotic songs/ loud noises celebrations. parades, speeches,  cookouts hot dogs/hamburgers. potato salad. macaroni salad, chips,picnictreeboys (1) Soda/soft drinks/lemonade/tea watermelons/blueberries, lakes, boats ocean/seas/hurricane Arthur wind and rain/waves crashing over the islands ants/bugs. playing chase fireflies at night. lights in the sky. sparkling in the dark night.

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What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?     fireworks (400x301)

Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark  Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s.  Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.

Travel through the Biomes of the World

Fifth grade students completed their travel brochures to various biomes of the world. Would you prefer the rain forest, tundra, grasslands, deciduous forest, deserts or one of the freshwater or marine Biomes for your next visit? They researched plants, animals, cultures of the area they chose to highlight in their travel brochures. What do you need to bring with you, what kind of weather to expect and how much it might cost you. Do you like lots of trees, do you like wet weather, or hot and dry, do you like it cold and frozen or sunny and clear?

Which would you pick if someone said you could travel where ever you wanted and not worry about the cost? Why would you choose that biome? What do you believe is the best one to visit and what would be your least favorite and why?