School Begins Wednesday!

photoWelcome sixth graders to your class blog! Please take a look around and get a feel for what posting comments to a blog will be like. Understand that many of the videos you see on the first few pages were posted over the summer for our international audience and for those attending school during our summer break. While I may post videos for you to view, there will always be writing attached.

The most recent blog post is always the first post at the top, so you will need to scroll down the page to view other posts until you get to the bottom where you can go on to more pages via the arrow. To read comments, just click on the comment link under the post title. The word tags on the left hand side of the blog are actually links to seven years of student posting…so there may be something there that interests you.

Be prepared to tell me some things you learned that you didn’t know before.

Sixth grade English students will begin posting to the blog the week of September 1st. Check back then as we begin new conversations as we write out loud.

The World’s Tallest Water Ride ~ How Brave Are You?

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The Verr├╝ckt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, is officially open for business. Before park visitors go down the slide, they’ll have to go up: 264 stairs to a platform higher than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. The slide, with a name that means “insane” in German, was officially declared the world’s tallest in April.

The initial opening date was in May, but the park delayed opening it three times before Thursday. In order to prepare for the opening, the slide needed some adjustments. The rafts, which were originally intended to hold four people, now hold three. The slope of the hill was changed to a “more gentle” 22 degrees, but was heightened by 11 feet. The structure is 168 feet tall. (Jessica Plautz, Mashable)