ShowMe of the Week: Paper Mache Fish

ShowMe of the Week
Paper Mache Fish

This week let’s try to make a Paper Mache fish.

Did you know that regardless its french name Papier-mâché (literally- chewed paper) has originated from China, where archaeologists have found old Chinese armors and helmets belonging to Han Dynasty(202 BC to 220 AD). In those days, Paper Mache armors were the most technologically advanced defense equipments: they stood the hit of an arrow and the sweeping blow of a sword. Along with good strength due to multi layer varnish coating, paper armor is very little weighed, allowing the soldier to move quickly in battle. Nowadays traditional Paper Mache coating paste is made of flour water and salt. Take a look at a series of ShowMes explaining how one can easily make a Paper Mache Fish and try it on your own. Good luck!

Step 1. Preparing the bottle

Step 2: Masking Tape Layer

Step 3: Begin Layers Of Paper Mache

Step 4: The White Layer Of Paper Mache

ShowMe of the Week: Fall of The Roman Empire

We suggest revising the Fall of Roman Empire this week. No doubt, you remember that the Roman Empire was a government headed by emperors occupying a territory around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia. The Roman Empire left an imperishable trace in all European lands, wherever the victorious roman legions stepped in while the stone ligature of Roman architecture survived to this day.

In 285CE Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered to divide the Roman Empire in two halves: Western Empire and the Eastern Empire or Byzantium.  But what made the emperor to make such a decision and what brought to the Fall of Roman Empire in 476CE? An analysis of political, social, economic and military reasons of the Fall of Roman Empire by Kristin Glaeser – world history teacher at a middle/high school in Charlotte, will help you to gain a deeper insight into the history of the word’s greatest superpower.

ShowMe of the Week: The Brain

The human brain is an amazing organ responsible for the functions of the body and interpreting information from the outside world.  Receiving information through touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight human brain governs our emotions, creativity and intelligence. In this way brain controls our thoughts, memory, speech and movements.

Enclosed in the scull, the brain is composed of tree parts: cerebrum, cerebellum and brainstem. This week’s ShowMe will help you to better understand the anatomy of the brain and it’s functions. Check out a ShowMe by Dale Ledford, Assistant Professor of Biology at Northeast State Community College explaining the brain anatomy.

If you are interested in anatomy, check out Dale Ledford’s page for descriptive ShowMes about different parts of human body.

In addition, here are 5 interesting facts about human brain that you might not be aware of:

  1. One can not tickle himself. The fact is that the human brain is tuned to percept the external stimuli, so not to miss important signals in the flow of sensations caused by his own actions.
  2. Yawning helps the brain to wake up.Yawning is often associated with lack of sleep and boredom, but in fact it helps a person to wake up. During yawning, the throat expands, which makes it easy to get more oxygen, which then moves into the blood, making us more cheerful.
  3. The size of the brain does not affect the intellectual abilities of man. According to researchers, the intelligence depends on synapses – contacts between neurons. The number of synapses grows in the childhood and adolescence of a person’s life and affects the intellect. The most rapid development of the brain occurs at the age of 2 to 11 years.
  4. The human brain uses less energy than the light bulb in the refrigerator. Messages between the brain cells are transmitted by electrical signals. At the same time, 12 watts of energy is used – less than for a bulb in a refrigerator.
  5. The brain is like muscles, the more you train it, the more it grows. Moreover, the more educated a person is, the less is the likelihood for brain diseases. Intellectual activity causes the production of additional tissues that compensates the ailing ones.

ShowMe of the Week: Origami Snowflake

ShowMe of the Week
Origami Snowflake
Feeling frosty? Grab some paper and let’s get crafty!  

3D Snowflake by Angie Golden, is an easy and cheap way to spruce up any boring space!

Angie has many ways to be creative in the classroom (or just for fun! Check out her page.) For this small, yet beautiful project, you only need 7 pieces of paper and a little glue.  This quick craft takes around 10 minutes to complete and is beautiful all winter long. Students of any age will love making these to decorate the room and you will appreciate all the skills making them supports (cutting, geometry, not to mention – following directions!)  You don’t even have to model it (or answer the same questions over and over) with this how-to step-by-step ShowMe.  

A great idea is to have this link somewhere students can access it individually, to watch or rewatch at their own pace as they create the snowflake.  Or just enjoy making one yourself!

Comment with any of your other favorite winter craft ideas!

ShowMe of the Week: 5 Facts About Space

      ShowMe of the Week

5 Facts about Space

Do you know how fast Earth travels through space?

This ShowMe by elementary student, Angel Davidson, who shares some fun facts about space!

This creative Michigan resident loves making ShowMes on just about anything for other kids her age. She simply researches something that interests her or explains a general concept elementary students may encounter. Here at ShowMe, we love to see community members (of all ages) who are excited to share what they know with the world. Be sure to like her work and show your support!

Featured Applications: Student-Made ShowMes

Students are the Expert!
Looking for a new way to engage your students?  Let them be the teacher!  In this Student-Made ShowMe, Adam from Mrs. Giannandrea’s math class, teaches us how to use expanded form to subtract two-digit numbers.  Not only does he show his thinking to his teacher, but she tweets about it in case any other students need help during their nightly homework.  What a great way to get all the students excited!  A new student is the “expert” for each new concept.  It also provides a great way for parents to see what their child is doing in class.  ShowMe is like having your own personal teacher anywhere you go, and what better teacher than your own students.

Share Presentations!
Want an easier way to share presentations than the long day of listening to every student talk in the front of the room?  ShowMe to the rescue!  In this Cereal Box Student-Made ShowMe, 2nd grader, Emma, is excited to share her Media Literacy project.  Her teacher Ms. Brooks sends them out to parents and features them in the class twitter page (the students were very excited to see ShowMe retweet their great work!) Students can watch each other’s ShowMes and share their hard work with each other.  

Valuable assessment!
In this Middle School Math class, different students explain concepts from different chapters. A girl is explaining how to solve an equation using order of operations in a personally created ShowMe. Her teacher can use this assessment information, send it to her family to show her understanding, or use it as an aid for other students in her class.  You can hear as her teacher supports her in one of the problems, modeling for anyone watching (parents or students) how to solve a challenging problem.

No matter how you use student-made ShowMes, explaining and capturing thinking is a strong tool.  Share them with family, collect them as formative assessment, create presentations, and of have students become the experts!  

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