1. # Water Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

• Humans need eight cups of water each day.

• When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty.

# Show, Don’t Tell

The Show, Don’t Tell method of writing is when the writer is able to create a picture in the reader’s mind.

## Details

One key element of this method is the use of details.

Example

## Narrative Writing ~ A Review – 10 Things to Remember When Writing a Narrative

Below I have included highlights from a PowerPoint Presentation on Narrative Writing, I presented to a group of 5th graders. The text reads as if giving instructions to students. Below the article are links to the PowerPoint and a printable handout for students to use in assessing their narrative writing.

# Number 1 – Strong Beginning

Your story needs a strong beginning. You can achieve this using one of the following methods:

# 1. Description

Our sun is 4.59 billion years old. It is a Yellow Dwarf with a diameter of 1,392,684 kilometers. The surface temperature is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5500 degrees Celsius), and its core is around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (13,600,000 degrees Celsius).

# 2. Size

The sun is 960,000 times bigger than Earth. It makes up around 99.86% of the Solar System’s mass. Jupiter takes up most of the final mass. If you flatten out Earth, it would take 11,990 of them to cover the surface of the Sun.

# Introducing the Lesson

Writing persuasive essays can be both fun and challenging for students. I usually begin my persuasive essay unit with brainstorming ways people are persuaded. This almost always leads to advertising. I usually select half a dozen or so current commercials to show in class. These encourage students to think creatively. Students especially enjoy Super Bowl commercials.

These links take you to a series of four blog posts going over different persuasive techniques. Each post provides a definition. Some contain a list of “Questions to Think About.” Embedded in each post, you will find a series of commercials that illustrate the device.

# Black Tuesday

On October 29, 1929, the stock market lost \$14 billion. During the week of Black Tuesday, the stock market lost \$30 billion. This would be equivalent to \$377,587,032,770.41 today.

# Photos

 Dorothea Lange’s photo of Florence Thompson with several of her children has become a moving symbol of the Great Depression. In the photo, Florence Thompson was age 32 years old. She had seven children. Florence was a migrant pea picker in California. This photo was taken in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California.

## Unemployment Rate

Average Rate of Unemployment during the Great Depression

1929: 3.2%
1930: 8.9%
1931: 16.3%
1932: 24.1%
1933: 24.9%
1934: 21.7%
1935: 20.1%
1936: 16.9%
1937: 14.3%
1938: 19.0%
1939: 17.2%

1. # Monopoly

The board game Monopoly became a big success when it first went on the market in 1935. Players could pretend to be rich. This was a nice break from the reality of the depression.