Apr 27
Monarch Butterfly Webquest Posted by Laura Iriarte

Just for FUN!

Web Scavenger Hunt

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly


English: Monarch Butterfly Cocoon         Caterpillar       Monarch male showing its wings to attract a mate

Essential Question:

  1. What are the three stages of a butterflies metamorphasis?

Subsidiary Questions:

  1. What’s another word for a caterpillar?
  2. What do butterflies eat?
  3. What do caterpillars eat?
  4. What don’t caterpillars eat?
  5. What do butterflies use to eat, that is like a straw?
  6. What do monarch caterpillars like to eat?
  7. How much does a Monarch Butterfly weigh?
  8. What is it called when Monarchs gather on trees?
  9. What is something special that Monarch butterflies do?

Use the following web links to answer the questions:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4HI7q38VmQ
2. http://www.thebutterflysite.com/what-butterflies-eat.shtml
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVqHnw0W-Q
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIFB9reAkwU
5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LawHWsIqa5s


If you’re a teacher, you’ll like this next part!

Subject Matter: Science – Environment, English Language Arts

Grade Level: 2

Lesson Objective:

Learners will demonstrate knowledge of/understanding of/ability to: Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution. (1, 3, 4)

Subject Matter Content Standard:
S2L1. Students will investigate the life cycles of different living organisms.
a. Determine the sequence of the life cycle of common animals in your area: a mammal such as a cat or dog or classroom pet, a bird such as a chicken, an amphibian such as a frog, and an insect such as a butterfly.
Reading Standards for Informational Text K–5: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Technology Standard: NETS for Students:

3. Research and information fluency. Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

Assessment: In what ways did the use of the Internet promote student learning? How will you assess student learning with this assignment?

Using the internet provided the students with different resources that speak to multiple intelligences, including: verbal linguistic (video), bodily-kinesthetic (mouse), and visual-spatial (diagrams, multi-media), and musical-rhythmic (video song).
Types of multi-media included: text, graphics, sound, song, video, and animation.

To assess the student learning check that they are able to answer the essential and subsidiary questions correctly.

The first winner gets a personal note from me, and all entries that are bloggers, get a comment from me on your last blog post! Woohoo! LOL! :)



Dec 30
Minted – Paper-y Loveliness Posted by Laura Iriarte

December 29, 2013 – Have you heard of Minted.com? I seriously just spent the last HOUR on Minted! Everything is just lovely! I love their unique fresh artsy designs that are made by independent designers!

Two of our family friends, Stella and Erika, are brides-to-be, so I checked out their wedding section!

They’ve got darling Save-The-Date cards. You can even have them as magnets or minibooks!

Once everyone has saved that date, they also have a full suite of gorgeous wedding invitation designs, including the Letterpress embossed styles that I think are just stunning.

They even give you 5 free samples so that you can actually see and touch them before you order – which I would certainly want to do!

Yes, I also got a little lost in the art section…well…you know me!

I liked these abstract peonies(even thought I’m generally not an abstract girl…)

Minted also features papery business cards(I’m about to order some!), stationary(if you’re feeling retro!), holiday cards, baby announcements, gifts, etc – basically…anything you might want to have printed on paper…

What are YOUR favorite things on Minted?

December 12, 2013- Trendy Lime celebrated its 5th Annual Holiday party attracting 300 fabulous guests dressed to the nines and photoshoot-ready. With Santa on site, the guests had a chance to give him their Christmas wish list. True to its innovative nature, Trendy Lime put together an awards ceremony, “The Trendies” to celebrate the most fabulous, worldly, sociable members of their community.

The winners of “Mr. & Ms. Trendy” were awarded to Jason A.Martineau and Maryna Petrenko, a lovely couple who have been together for one year. The second place award went to Khan Kanga & Martina Culjak who were unable to attend due to their jet setting lifestyle.

The “Wordly Jetsetter” award went to Zak Holdsworth. Zak is originally from New Zealand and has visited 57 countries. The second place award went to Alexandre Teplitxky, who has visited 54 countries. “The Most Chic Geek” award went to Anna Anisin, a tech entrepreneur and owner of the most impressive shoe collection we’ve ever seen. The second place was awarded to Lona Alia Duncan, the founder of the fashion forward startup, Stylend.

Other winners were as follows: “The King/Queen of Rock”: Anna Makovchik and Kiwi Time and Ivan Martinetti, “The Classic Heartbreaker”: Cyril Brignone and Sophie Laplagne, “The Supermodel”: Ksenia Shabelsky, Michelle Grey, and Jason Yecny, “The Owner of the Dancefloor”: Tetyana Kletskova and Lina E Gutkina, “The Social Networker”: Kwasi Asare, Roger Royse and Lesya Pishevskaya “The Best Dressed Lime”: Lona Duncan.

The lucky guests that arrived early had the opportunity to enjoy the hosted cocktails by Chambord and Herradura, as well as a surprise mini fashion show featuring Sudar’s new  luxury underwear line. Other sponsors included Solz, Gilt, and Daniel Sudar.

To relive the event, please see the fun shots by Pixilated Photo Booth here.

Party Recap: http://trendylime.com/blog/5th-annual-holiday-party-recap

As a little “thank you” for attending the party, Trendy Lime is offering free admission to their next fabulous soiree “Winter Wonderland” that will take place on January 23 at Circa. To qualify for free admission, please register at http://winterwonderland2014.eventbrite.com using the code “holidayz” and make sure to “like” Trendy Lime on Facebook http://facebook.com/trendylime (the lists will be checked at the door)


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