Monday, May 17, 2010

SF Write #2: The Predicament

In the next installment of your science fiction writing, your alter ego finds him- or herself in a predicament. You get to decide what that predicament is. Remember, it is THE FUTURE. Also, SF Write #2 should end with a cliffhanger. Will your alter ego get out of the predicament or won't they? This should be suspenseful.

SF Write #2 should be written in the first person, but it doesn't need to take the form of a letter, though it can if you'd like it to.

Also, SF Write #2 must incorporate a cutting-edge technology. You need to research a technology that is currently at the cutting-edge of science. You then need to incorporate this technology into your story set in 2050. In 2050 this technology can be part of the everyday fabric of life. Description of the technology must be at least 4 sentences in length. Please place a purple star next to your technology description.

SF Write #2 should be 2-4 pages in length, 1.5 line-spaced, and use size 13 font.

Due Thursday, May 27.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Geo Quiz #50: Pacific Islands

Independent States: Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, Western Samoa, Palau, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.
American Territories: Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa.
French Territories: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna.
New Zealand Territories: Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Island, Tokelau.

The map pictured is available through Wikimedia Commons here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Geo Quiz #49: Canada Physical Features

Mt. Logan (tallest peak in Canada).
Rivers: Churchill, Fraser (misspelled in Geo book), Mackenzie, Saskatchewan, St. Lawrence.
Lakes: Great Bear, Great Slave, Athabasca, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lake of the Woods.
Baffin Island, Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Islands.
Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Beaufort Sea, Baffin Bay, Davis Strait, Labrador Sea, Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Picture of Mt. Logan courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Desktop Soccer

Here is the video created by Conor M. for his eighth grade project. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Geo Quiz #48: Sri Lanka

Cities: Kandy, Ratnapura, Mannar, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Colombo, Galle, Puttalam.

Mountains: Pidurutalagala, Adams Peak.

Rivers: Mahaweli, Kelani.

Bodies of Water: Laccadive Sea, Gulf of Mannar.

Q: Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam is the birth name of what British-born singer of Sri Lankan descent who scored an international hit single called "Paper Planes"?

A: M.I.A.

SF Write #1

Instructions can be found here.

Due Tuesday, May 18.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Geo Quiz #32: South America Physical Features

Andes Mountains, Mt. Aconcagua, Amazon River, Orinoco River, Rio de la Plata, Parana River, Guiana Highlands, Lake Maracaibo, Lake Titicaca, Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, Atacama Desert.

A blank map of South America can be found here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

It's Mistergacek!

Here is a picture of Mr. Gacek's namesake, Mistergacek!

And here's a picture of Ella with Mistergacek!

Thanks to Mo for the great pictures!

Geo Quiz #47: Africa Cities

Kenya: Nairobi, Mombasa
Somalia: Mogadishu
Djibouti: Djibouti
Eritrea: Asmara
Ethiopia: Addis Ababa
Sudan: Khartoum
Uganda: Kampala
Rwanda: Kigali
Burudi: Bujumbura
Tanzania: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar
Madagascar: Antananarivo
South Africa: Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban
Zimbabwe: Harare
Angola: Luanda
DRC: Kinshasa
Congo: Brazzaville
Gabon: Libreville
Cameroon: Yaounde
CAR: Bangui
Chad: N'Djamena
Malawi: Lilongwe
Zambia: Lusaka
Namibia: Windhoek
Lesotho: Maseru
Swaziland: Mbabane
Botswana: Gaborone
Equatorial Guinea: Malabo
Sao Tome & Principe: Sao Tome
Here is a map of Africa.