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Video to make you think, be inspired, and laugh.

This one comes from Mr. Altamirano.

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

Who wants to be an artist? How about and ocularist?

The Ocularist: Restoring Windows to the Soul from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

This guy obviously listened to Steve Jobs’s speech:

I want to be this guy…

A Modern Day Warrior: Mastering Mounted Archery from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

This one is just for a little fun.

Voltige from Léo Brunel on Vimeo.


FUEL from JALABERT Camille on Vimeo.

2016 Summer Movies


The Secret Life of Pets

Captain America: Civil War

Angry Birds

The Seven Chairs


7 chairs made from the most majestic of wood

All together under one roof

Until one day they were sold

Split up for good


The first chair was found by a guy that’s  jerky

Stuck in the red clay banks

Of the mighty rio grande

Just outside of Albuquerque


The second chair now owned by a fish man

Sits at the helm of his trawler

On it he sits like a king

While fishing the waters of Japan


The third chair is claimed by a herder of llamas

It’s set at a table

Surrounded by Aqua blue waters

On permanent vacation in the Bahamas


The fourth chair is under a fellow that plays the tuba

Each night stuck fighting his massive weight

Hanging with the band

On the vibrant streets of Cuba


The fifth chair belongs to a nun whose passion is dance

She prays and then sambas

Waltzes and cha chas through the streets of Paris

The fifth chair ended up in France


The sixth chair was a gift for a man home from battle

A present from his wife and kids

Now placed at the head of the table

He eats and cheers on the Seahawks in Seattle


The seventh chair ended up cool

Splattered, painted, and sharpied

All part of a class

A class at Daly Elementary School


All around the world, the 7 chairs are scattered

Some are happy with their new places

Some are upset because they are still under a sitter

But now that have a big job that matters

For my Minecraft #Nerds

Video…… Wow, Just Wow!

SOAR: An Animated Short from Alyce Tzue on Vimeo.

The Chase


Room 231 watching the premier of “The Chase”.

Some of my awesome students wrote, performed, and edited a silent movie.  They read the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and watched the silent movies mentioned in the book.  The book is written as a silent movie, a detail I kept hidden from them until the end of the book.  The book follows Hugo through a train station in Paris as he tries to rebuild an automaton that his father was working on at the time of his death.  Hugo, an orphan, is forced to steal the parts he needs from a toy shop owner that turns out to be the famous (and real) filmmaker George Melies.  During the book my students came across the names of some of the earliest silent movies.  I had my students watch the movies that were mentioned in the story to gain background knowledge about the time period in which this story was set.  The movies are quite different from the movies that they see now.

The best find this year was the video about Buster Keaton.  The video highlights his career in silent movies.  He was definitely the master of the “gag”.  My students’s final video was definitely influenced by how Buster Keaton made movies.   I have included the videos that we watched while reading the book below.

I always try to end the novels we read with a creative challenge.  For Hugo, I challenged my students to create a silent movie that told a story in the style of the movies that we watched and the book we read.   Below is their final product.  Enjoy THE CHASE!

The Chase from Frank Fitzpatrick on Vimeo.

Video about Buster Keaton:
Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.The Train Arrives:

A Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon from Dr. Meeuf on Vimeo.

Safety Last:

Bikes + Video = Awesome

Check this one out. Be patient and watch it all the way through. Think about planning this out! Thoughts?

Bicycle from Dana Sink on Vimeo.

Force, Motion, and Roller Coasters

The 5th graders at Daly studied force, motion, friction, gravity, and the relationships between these terms. They also went through the RFP (Request For Proposal) process. Their goal was to sell an original roller coaster to Daly Elementary. This roller coaster needed to be powered by an alternative energy source. The video below shows some of the activities we did during this process.

2015 Coasters from Frank Fitzpatrick on Vimeo.

Gut Reaction?

Ok, I found this video online today at lunch.  I’m not lying when I say I watched it 4 times in a row. Even on the 4th view, I still found something new.  It makes me wonder what else I’m missing.  I know this is a video, but it all started out with a idea.  Someone took that and wrote out the story.  These are the same steps we should be using with our writing.  So….. I want you to watch the video, maybe even watch it twice.  I don’t want you to discuss it with anyone in the class.  I want you to leave a comment below on just your gut reaction, your first thoughts on watching the video.  Once your classmates start to post, then you can discuss on their comments.



INPUT/OUTPUT from Terri Timely on Vimeo.

Charlie 4 Icon Challenge

Fitz Charlie 4 Icon Challenge (1)

Another 4 Icon Challenge….

This is my interpretation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 4 icons.  I chose the shack to represent the home Charlie shared with his 4 grandparents and parents. I chose the golden ticket to represent the 5 golden tickets that Mr. Wonka. spread around the world as invitations to his factory.  The 3rd icon is meant to show Wonka giving the golden ticket holders a tour of his factory.  The chocolate is there to represent the pile of chocolate that Charlie will get to eat everyday now that he is in control of the factory.

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