Category Archives: Research

Geography: How to Research A Place


Geography = Geo (world) + graph (to write) or “writing down the world.”

Your Mission:

  1. Listen to Mr. Avirom read “P is Passport”
  2.  Choose a place you want to learn more about.
    1. Mr. Avirom will model with Minnesota State and Japan
  3. Write down a few questions. Use “Passport” as inspiration.
    1. Homes? Where do people live?
    2. Food? What do they eat?
    3. School? What do they learn in school?
    4. Famous People? Who lives there?
    5. Language? How do they say hello?
  4. Resources:
    1. Epic: Mr. Avirom has shared many collections with you. Check in your “mailbox”
    2. Ducksters :
    3. Mr. Nussbaum: “Landmarks or geography is a good place to start”
    4. PebbleGo!
  5. Take notes on your Geography sheet.
  6. Use the top frame to draw pictures, take notes, and record what you learn!
  7. We’ll share what we learn at the end of the day. You can even make a poster or picolage!

Clock of Eras


Our classroom books comes from:

Overview of all:



Archean Eon:








For Teachers:

  1. Slide show:
  2. Slideshow:

Science Biographies

General Search engines:

  2. Interactive timeline:
  3. Famous Biologists:

Specific Scientists:

Sue Hendrickson, who discovered a dinosaur!

Mary Anning





Weekly Computer Time

Choices for all:

1. Explore Biographies! You have to choose a book to read over Spring break. Here are some of your choices for topics: Biographies

Why not watch a Schoolhouse rock video?

2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

How about Conjunction Junction:


ALPHA: Here are the choices for Alphas:

Your teacher’s name: eteacher35

Your teacher will tell you your password.

BETA: Here are the choices for Betas:

The above choices and….



Click on a topic on the right. This would be a good time to continue your arthropod or other biology research.

Also, why not make a poem?

GAMMA: Here are the choices for Gammas:

The above choices and….

Math (via Golden Gophers)

Some recommendations:



geometry vocabulary

Remember the story of Marigold? Why not try some Area?


Click on a topic on the right. This would be a good time to continue your early humans or other research.

Happy Holidays !!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

My wife and I are feeling really grateful to be able to travel this holiday season. One of our most recent adventures was to the Kuala Lumpur bird park in Malaysia back in 2012. All of our classroom study of tropical rainforest animals reminded me of the beautiful and exotic birds we saw there. Here’s a picture:

KL Birds

Here are the answers to my family survey, but first a quiz for you:

Mr. Peter and his wife are traveling to one of the 50 states of the United States of America.

Can you guess which one?

1. It is home to many pueblos, or permanent settlements of Native Americans: the Hopi, Zuni, Apache, Navajo, Anasazi, and the Pueblo ‘Indians’.

2. It has many petroglyphs from ancient civilizations.

3. It’s home to the Rio Grande Gorge and River.

4. Famous people associated with this state: Georgia O’Keefe is a famous artist who fell in love with the beauty of this place and made her home there. Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, researched his rockets there. Billy the Kid and many cowboys lived there too!

If you can figure out the answer by the first week of school, I will give you a handshake (Eagle’s Nest Secret), a hug, or a sticker. You choose!

Answers to my family survey:

Survey for Eagle’s Nest Families: Please return by Wednesday, December 17

  1. What holidays does your family celebrate during this time of year? Christmas? Hanukah? Kwanzaa? Something else? What are some of the important holidays for your family throughout the year?

My family is Jewish so I grew up celebrating Hanukah, Passover, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah. Kristin’s family is Christian so now we celebrate all the holidays. We often travel to New York City to see my Mom, Dad, and Sister over Thanksgiving or other times of year.

  1. Your child is studying history. We begin with his/her personal history. Please list the members of your family (however you define it) and their respective years of age.

Here is my example from when I was about your child’s age:

Peter, 5
Father: Jon, 40

Mother, Marcia, 33

Sister, Cassie, 9

Grandmother, Nanny Kevitz, 65

Grandmother, Nany Goldie, 70

  1. Where is your family from? What cultures does your child come from? Does your child have relatives in other U.S. states or foreign countries?

My mother and father’s grandparents were immigrants from Russia and Poland and both sides of my family are Jewish going back as far as I can track. My ancestors came from Israel and , like many jews, my family has made it a point to visit there. I grew up in New York City. I moved to the Twin Cities when I was 18. I have an uncle and his family in Canada. My uncle and his wife live on an Indian Reservation in Peace River, Canada. Most of my wife’s family is in Minnesota. 

  1. What are your family traditions? Does your family do something special on Sunday or the weekend that you’d like to share?

When I was growing up Sunday mornings would be about eating bagels and lox from the local deli and my mom and dad would both read and watch the news. My Dad would read three different New York Newspapers as we watched Meet the Press on Sunday morning.

  1. Do you have any pets? What kind? What is the child’s favorite season?

We have no children and no pets but hope to have both soon. I grew up having a dog or two at all times until I moved to Minnesota. Kristin had many cats before me met. 

  1. What kinds of books, magazines, stories does your child like to read? What do you, the adult(s), like to read ? What kinds of things do you read everyday every week? (shopping lists, websites, books for work, newspapers count)

The first book I ever read was Ten Apples Up on Top when I was 5 or 6 years old. I read a lot of comic books when I was in 1st-3rd grade. And by 4th grade I read a lot of Science fiction. Nowadays I still love reading those books but I also read a lot of children’s chapter books and children’s non-fiction. I love children’s literature and hope to write more children’s stories soon. I wrote and published a few children’s stories when we lived in Taiwan from 2010-2012.

I will also be filling out the survey and sharing with and the children. Anything else about your family that YOU or your child wants me to know?

I’m a kid at heart and I make it a point to know about the books, games, jokes, etc. that are popular with the children in my classroom.