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Al Gore’s, “An Inconvenient Truth” Listening Exercise

Hurricanes, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, tsunami warnings, all in one week!  What’s next?

Is all this severe weather coincidental?  What do the expert meteorologists say? The politicians and others debate the validity of Gore’s findings.  Watch the trailer of Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.”  What do you believe?

After you watch the trailer,  fill in the words that are missing from the script on the Google Docs form.

Don’t forget to follow up this exercise by watching the entire movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and discussing it with your family and friends.  What do you believe the truth is?  What do you base your beliefs on?

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Thanks to Teach Me An English Lesson for getting me started
on this exercise!

Today’s Twitterific Tweet

@ransomtech ✜ Stephen Ransom

Incredible live webcam feed of 2 bald eagles and their young. Dead bird, rabbit, and fish in the nest. So cool. http://bit.ly/gfiCjU
I thought I could sit and watch this all day…until one of the parent eagles brought the other something (dead) to eat.  But, then the food was shared with the new eaglets.   I’m glad I didn’t leave the site.  I would have missed something beautiful including what looks like the third egg starting to hatch.
Have I mentioned how much I appreciate technology?!

Our 1st Paperless Earth Day

This year was the first year my ESL department promised to do something to recognize the importance of Earth Day. What did we do?  Several of us used computer technology instead of printed material, several of us used books already printed instead of asking students to use up any new paper, and some did classroom activities either using the overhead or whiteboard.  So, as is often the case, some of us relied on “old” technology and some on “new.”  Whichever was the case, we did not use up or waste any new paper, and it was a great start.  So, while Earth Day actually celebrated its 40th anniversary around the world, our department started a new tradition of acknowledging Earth Day and encouraging ourselves, each other, and our students to think of the earth’s needs as well as our own.  Next year perhaps we can put something even more special and unique together, but this year we took our first step, and I congratulate all involved. 

From Hugh, the cartoonist:

A Tribute To Earth Day.

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanic Eruptions, She may not be happy right now, but she’s all we’ve got.  Let’s take care of her.

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Tornado Awareness and Safety Tips Prezi

Tornado in Oakfield, Wisconsin on July 18th, 1996

The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Services (NWSWFS) states that last year, Wisconsin had 16 documented tornadoes which did not result in any fatalities or injuries. Last year was a good year. Since 1844, there have been a total of 1,410 tornadoes in Wisconsin of varying degrees of severity.  Normally, Wisconsin averages twenty-one tornadoes yearly.  In 2005, there were sixty-five tornadoes in Wisconsin. Here are a few more tornado statistics from the NWSWFS:

…WISCONSIN`S WORST TORNADO…
NEW RICHMOND /ST. CROIX COUNTY/ TORNADO ON JUNE 12 1899…
KILLING 117…INJURING 125…AND DESTROYING OVER 300 BUILDINGS.

…OTHER COSTLY WISCONSIN TORNADOES INCLUDE…
OAKFIELD /FOND DU LAC COUNTY/ TORNADO ON JULY 18 1996…INJURING
ONLY 12 WITH DAMAGE PEGGED AT 40.4 MILLION DOLLARS /1996
DOLLARS/. IT BECAME A F5 TORNADO EAST OF OAKFIELD.

BARNEVELD/IOWA COUNTY/ TORNADO ON JUNE 8 1984…KILLED 9 AND
INJURING 200 WITH WITH DAMAGED PEGGED AT 40 MILLION DOLLARS
/1984 DOLLARS/. THIS WAS AN F5 TORNADO.

THE U.S. NATIONAL AVERAGES FOR THE PERIOD 1982-2009…
…1114 TORNADOES PER YEAR
…57 DEATHS PER YEAR
…21 KILLER TORNADOES PER YEAR

The NWSWFS shows the highest number of tornadoes occur between April and September.  So, this week being Tornado Safety Awareness Week in Wisconsin, I thought it a perfect time to practice my Prezi skills by putting together a presentation on Tornado Awareness and Safety for my students. It is generic, not relating solely to Wisconsin, and has embedded YouTube videos that contain actual tornado footage from around the Midwest. Additionally there are two videos that present critical storm vocabulary and safety pointers for “weathering” a tornado safely. The Prezi terminates with a Discovery Channel quiz. There is a PollEverywhere Power Point included that I used for my students, but I learned that Prezi has not yet worked out a format for allowing users to embed Power Point presentations. It’s coming, but they aren’t quite there yet much to my dismay. So, if you use the Prezi, you’ll want to skip right over that. (However, if you can share with me a way to incorporate it for others to use, I would really appreciate it!)

One pointer before you get started, do not use Autoplay when showing the presentation since it will not allow for sufficient time to view the videos.  Here is the link:   Tornado Awareness.
I hope this will help you and your students to stay safe this tornado season.

Birds on the Wires, Music’s all Around!

While we know music is all around, in the cool breezes whistling through the leaves, in the buzz of the bees, and in the song of the birds, through this creative interpretation, we are able to hear the music of birds at rest. Could the birds have known what melody they were creating? Through the eyes and ears and technology of Jarbas Agnelli, the birds share their music with us in a different way. Enjoy!

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