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Friday, May 3, 2013 12:56 PM

Summer Movies

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Hello students! Can you believe there are only 17 more days of school!!!  Summer is around the corner.  Follow the link below to check out the movies coming out this summer.  Respond to this post telling me which one you would like to see the most and why you chose that movie! 



Miss Leftin 

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Friday, April 12, 2013 9:06 AM

Give Rover the Remote

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Fetch the remote, Fido! There’s a new channel just for dogs. “Unlike any other TV channel, every picture and sound on DOGTV is designed 100 percent for dogs,” says Bonnie Vieira of the TV station.

Some DOGTV shows have relaxing sounds to help dogs that get nervous when they’re home alone. Others have scenes of dogs playing with balls, people, and other dogs. The shows are filmed from a dog’s point of view, using colors dogs are able to see.

All TV shows are made of a series of still pictures called frames that are shown so quickly that they appear to be moving. The term flicker frequency rate is used to describe the number of frames flashed per second on a TV so that the frames appear to be moving. Each species needs a specific flicker frequency rate to see smooth motion. Humans need a flicker frequency rate of at least 55, but dogs need more—at least 75.

Would you want your dog to watch DOGTV? Why or why not?

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Friday, March 22, 2013 1:43 PM

2013 March Madness

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Kids - 

It's one of my favorite times of the year... March Madness!  If you're a fan of college basketball at all, then you know about March Madness.

I want you to watch these videos then respond by simply telling me your thoughts about them.  The first is President Obama filling out his bracket last year, the second President Obama this year, and the last is Kid President doing his bracket. 


Miss Leftin

Obama last year:


Obama this year:


Kid President this year:



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Friday, March 1, 2013 1:31 PM

Freedom Center

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Dear Students,

          Tell me about your experience at the Freedom Center.  Tell me what you liked, what you didn't like, and what your favorite part was.  Then read what your friends wrote and reply to at least one of them.


Miss Leftin

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Monday, May 24, 2010 7:45 AM

Final Thoughts!

Final Thoughts! imageDear Students -

It has been a fantastic year filled with so many great moments that I can't even begin to name them all.   I would like you to recall some of your favorite moments from second grade.  What were some things you really enjoyed? What field trips did you like?  What things in class were your favorites? What games did you enjoy?  
After you think back on our year, what advice do you have for next year's class?  What do you want to tell the current first graders about second grade?

Love, Miss Leftin

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Sunday, May 16, 2010 8:20 PM

Obama Makes His Choice for the Supreme Court

Obama Makes His Choice for the Supreme Court imageDear Students -
On Monday, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the seat now held by Justice John Paul Stevens on the nation's highest court. Justice Stevens will retire this summer. 

Kagan is already one of the most powerful lawyers in the U.S. government. She serves as Solicitor General, representing the government in certain cases that come before the Supreme Court. Kagan is the first woman to hold this position.

Now that Obama has selected Kagan for the Supreme Court, she must prepare for Senate confirmation hearings.

All nominees for the Supreme Court must be confirmed by the Senate. During hearings this summer, Senators will ask Kagan questions about her legal views, her career, and even her personal life.

Kagan has spent her entire career practicing or teaching law. But she has never served as a judge—a fact some Senators may use against her in the confirmation hearings.

If she is confirmed, she will be the only Justice on the current Supreme Court who has no experience deciding legal cases. This is unusual, but not unheard of. For example, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who served from 1972 to 2005, was not a judge before he served on the high court.

Do you think Elena Kagan should be confirmed by the senate and become the next Supreme Court Justice?  Why or why not.  Use the information I have given you to make your decision.  Remember to use complete sentences with capitals and ending marks... you are only 9 days away from being a third grader!

Love, Miss Leftin

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Monday, May 10, 2010 8:06 AM

Gulf Coast Oil-Spill Disaster

Gulf Coast Oil-Spill Disaster imageA massive oil slick from an offshore oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has made its way to the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Workers on land and in the water are working to contain the rust-colored oil that is harming wildlife and the economy of the area.

The oil is coming from a badly damaged oil rig, a large, offshore platform where workers drill oil wells in the ocean floor. The rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 people. It overturned and sank into the ocean two days later. More than 200,000 gallons of oil a day have been gushing from its underwater pipelines since the explosion. So far, efforts to stop the oil spill at its source have failed. 

The oil-polluted waters are already affecting area wildlife. More and more oil-soaked birds are being seen. Lifeless sea turtles and other water-dwellers have started to wash up on area beaches.

The U.S. government has ordered all fishing stopped for at least 10 days because the fish caught in the polluted waters may not be safe to eat. Forty percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. comes from the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing is a very important industry in the area—many people make their living on boats.

Experts think the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf will have effects on wildlife, the environment, and the economy for years to come. It is hard to tell exactly how bad the damage will be in the long term, as the first waves of the slick are just now reaching land.

President Obama says the government is committed to dealing with the oil spill on all fronts.

"Every American affected by this spill should know this: Your government will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to stop this crisis," he said on Sunday. "That's a commitment I'm making as President of the United States."

How do you think this oil spill will affect you? How do you think they can clean up the oil spill?  What other things can you do to help the environment and keep the Earth clean?

Posted By Katie Leftin at 8:06 AM
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Monday, April 26, 2010 7:44 AM

Volcano Blows Its Top in Iceland

Volcano Blows Its Top in Iceland imageA powerful volcanic eruption rocked Iceland last week and this week its effects are still being felt as far away as Hong Kong and Kenya.

Blowing winds spread a cloud of ash from the exploding mountain to skies across much of northern Europe, creating unsafe flying conditions that have wreaked havoc with air traffic in Europe and beyond. 

Icelandic Eruption

The volcano that erupted in Iceland is named Eyjafjallajoekull (pronounced AY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul), and means island-mountain in the Icelandic language. It is located beneath a glacier of the same name. Although it is considered one of Iceland's smaller volcanoes, it still packs a powerful punch. The mountain spewed plumes of ash, smoke, and steam thousands of feet into the air when it erupted on April 14.

Unsafe Skies

Because of the unsafe conditions in the skies, air traffic in the United Kingdom, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and other nearby countries had to be completely shut down for almost a week.

Stopping air traffic in Europe had a ripple effect in airports around the globe. Flights headed to the affected countries were also grounded, leaving millions of travelers stranded. Many airports around the world looked more like campgrounds, as would-be passengers had to sleep in the terminals, unable to get home from their journeys.

What would you do if you were stuck at the airport for days?  Who would you call?  Where would you go (in the airport)?  How could you solve this problem?  Be creative!

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Monday, April 19, 2010 7:46 AM

The Search Is On For A New Supreme Court Justice

The Search Is On For A New Supreme Court Justice image President Barack Obama has another important item on his "to-do list." He must find and nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced that he is retiring. Justice Stevens, who will turn 90 on April 20, is the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court.

The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the nation. Nominating members of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a President. When Supreme Court Justices are appointed, they can remain on the Court for the rest of their lives. They decide for themselves how long they stay.

The Supreme Court is the head of the judicial branch of the U.S. government. It checks the powers of Congress and the President. The Court does this by hearing cases challenging laws passed by Congress and signed by the President. The Court also hears challenges to laws passed on the state level, and has the right to overturn any law that it considers unconstitutional.

This is an incredible responsibility that President Obama has. It will take a lot of thought and time to pick just the right judge for the job. Tell me what you think President Obama needs to think about when picking a new Supreme Court Justice.  What qualities does this person need to have?  Why is this such an important task?  If you could choose anyone, who would you choose?  Tell me your thoughts!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010 9:30 PM

Spring Break

Welcome back students!  I had a wonderful break and I hope you did too!
I didn't go anywhere for vacation, but I still did a lot around here.  I visited and enjoyed spending time with many different friends and family.  I did a lot of shopping and running errands.  I went to the dentist and did a lot of work around my house.  You could call it Spring Cleaning.  I also went to Louisville to a University of Louisville baseball game.  It was a lot of fun!  The weather was perfect and they hit three home runs.  They won the game 7-0!  
I also watched a lot of basketball.  I'm excited that Butler made it to the final game to play Duke.  I would love to see Butler win!
I ended the week celebrating Easter with my family.  
Tell me about your spring break.  Think back through the week... Think about each day... What did you do?  Who did you see?  What was your favorite part?  What was the worst part?  Tell me anything you want to about your break!

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Monday, March 22, 2010 8:27 AM

March Madness

March Madness image The teams are picked, the players are focused, and the fans are ready. This week kicks off the NCAA basketball tournament. For the next three weeks, the top men's and women's college basketball teams will go all-out to win a national championship.

But they get only one chance to be the undisputed number one. This tournament is single elimination, meaning if a team loses, it goes home. 

The intensity of these high stakes games can send passionate fans into a frenzy. They may talk about nothing but Cinderella stories (small schools that pull off upsets), team seeds, bracket busters, and the multitude of reasons they believe their team could win it all. This basketball playoff fever is known as March Madness.

Tell me what you think about March Madness.  Do you like basketball?  Do you like to play or watch basketball?  Who are your favorite teams?  Who do you think will win the entire tournament?  Have you been watching any of the games this weekend?  Have you been checking your brackets?  If so, how are you doing?  Tell me anything you want about the NCAA tournament.

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Monday, March 8, 2010 7:57 AM


Oscars imageUp won two Oscars last night, best animated film and best original score (music).  
Have you seen Up?  If so, tell me about your experience.
What is your favorite movie or movies?  
If you could give an Oscar to any movie, which movie would it be and why would it deserve an Oscar?

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Sunday, February 21, 2010 8:12 PM


Toys imageDear Students-
This week, thousands of toy-makers from all over the world came together in New York City to kick off the 107th American International Toy Fair. This is a chance for companies to show off their hot new products for 2010. What are some of your favorite toys from when you were little?  What are some of your favorite toys now?  If you could be a toy maker, what toy would you invent?  Tell me all about your new toy!
Love,  Miss Leftin 

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