Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kidnapped by a Pirate - by Adriel

Silently moving through the night's fog, a dark shadow came closer and closer. It was a pirate ship! You could hear the sound of nothing but small waves slapping against the sides of the boat. Then out of nowhere came an angry voice. It was coming from the ship captain who had a problem. She was furious because she had no treasure. It wasn't long before daylight had come again and the irate ship had reached an island in the middle of the pacific ocean. The captain was excited because now she could hopefully steal treasure from the people. She came up with a cruel and cunning plan. The pirates were sent off to steal valuable items from houses. One nasty pirate was told to kidnap a child to hold ransom. When their arms were full and they could carry no more, the pirates boarded the ship. The child was weeping and wailing for her family. The pirate told her to shush........

This is the start of a story that Adriel has written after looking at a picture that her teacher gave her. The picture was of a pirate ship sailing at night through the fog. Adriel spent time thinking about what a narrative needs to have....a beginning, middle, and end. She thought about vocabulary words and details as well as different ways to begin her sentences. Her teacher thinks that she has done a fabulous job creating mood and taking her audience on an adventure.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Edible Insects

Listen as John summarizes a news article that we read at Kids News about the health benefits of eating insects. Check out the link to read the full article.  We've also included a recipe for anyone who is interested in doing some baking!!

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Chocolate Chirp Cookies, makes a dozen or so cookies.
  • 2 ¼ cups cricket flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 12-ounce pkg. chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dry-roasted chopped crickets
Preheat oven to 375 deg F.
In saucepan heat 1 12-ounce pkg. chocolate chips until melted. Or melt in small bowl in microwave.
Dip dry-roasted crickets into mixture and lay flat on drying pan or plate.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy.
Beat in eggs.
Gradually add cricket flour mixture and mix well.
Stir in chocolate covered crickets.
Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.