Sunday, March 27

Today is Sunday of Week 9. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'll be updating the stack once or twice today as people turn in their projects, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Extra Credit. Last week some more people finished up in both classes: congratulations! That was because they were doing extra credit every week... and it's not too late to start doing some extra credit if you want to finish early too. There are lots of extra credit options to choose from!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Yodify Your Language. Inverted the word order is!

 Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is GEOLOGY, from Gaia, the Greek Earth goddess. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Legends of Fire. Deep in the woods is a tavern, and sitting around a table in that tavern are four wild-looking men: dragon-hunters! Listen to the stories of what happened when they confronted mighty dragons all over the world, from Scotland to Turkey to India.

Free Book Online: Legends of Gods and Ghosts by W. D. Westervelt. This blog post provides additional information about the Hawaiian legends in this book.

India Featured Book: Indian Fables and Folklore by Shovona Devi. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics: you will find all kinds of folktales and legends here! The author, Shovona Devi, was a niece of the famed Indian author, Rabindranath Tagore.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is good for chickens and other things that take time to hatch.

Today's Video: Wah Jhi Le Yihm. This is a song by Ulali from the Smoke Signals soundtrack; and if you have not seen the wonderful film based on Sherman Alexie's stories, I highly recommend it!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing her brain: Picture your brain forming new connections. Details at the blog.

Easter Sunday. Today is Easter Sunday, and I wanted to share the legend of the dogwood, especially since the dogwoods are now in bloom. The legend says that the dogwood tree was once as tall and strong as an oak, and the wood of the mighty dogwood tree was used for the cross of Jesus. The dogwood grieved to be used for such a purpose, so Jesus took pity on the dogwood. From then on, the dogwood tree became short and twisted so that its wood could never again be used to make a cross, and the dogwood flowers represent the Crucifixion, with the four white petals in the shape of a cross. You can read more about this Easter legend at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image:

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