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BRICK Animation - Option Class for Grade 8's

Learn how to animate LEGO to makes mini-films and movies! Follow the tutorials to learn the basics of what is known as Brick Animation.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Science 8: Topic 4: Oceans

Today we are: learning about the oceans
I will: learn about some of the more interesting locations on in the ocean
I can: locate the french Polynesians
I can: explain waves

1.  Let's look at IO again.
     first contact with land after 30 days
     and now the sharks

2.  Now lets look at waves and surfing.  We will watch parts of "Riding Giants".  Also, here are some clips to watch.
     How is a wave formed?
     How heavy is a wave?
     What is the largest wave ever surfed?
     The movie "Chasing Mavericks"

3.  Now it's your turn.  Work on your topic 3&4 handout.  Also, hand in your topic 1&2 handout.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Science 8: Topic 3: Fresh Water of the World

Today we are: learning about water on our planet
I will: answer as much water trivia as I can in 10 minutes.
I can: use the internet to find my answers.

1.  Let's Quickly Review Glaciers.

2.  Now lets look at freshwater examples here.

3.  Now it's your turn.  Find a river preferably one in Alberta.  If you cannot think of one in Alberta, then you can look for one in Canada.  Include the following as a minimum.

i.  Location, length/size (drainage basin), origin (headwater), destination (outflow)

you can include

ii. history and usage
iii. flora and fauna
iv. recreation
v. map & pictures

4.  Use keynote, google slides or some other presentation software (please approve with Mr. I first)

5.  If you finish, you can start working on your topic 3&4 handout or finish your topic 1&2 handout.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Science 8: Topic 2: Glaciers

Today we are: learning about frozen water.
I will: walk on a pretend glacier
I can: use the terminology for glaciers correctly
I can: describe how to walk on a glacier
I can: describe the terrain around glaciers.

1.  Let's look at some pictures of glaciers.  We will look at pictures from Canada and USA.
Mt. Assiniboine
Bugaboo, Rainier
Mt. Athabasca

2.  Let's see Mr. I describe how to travel on a glacier in this video.

3.  Now lets go walk on a glacier (sort of) :)

4.  We will work on the handout, topics 1&2 now.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Science 8: Topic 1: World of Water

Today we are: learning about water on our planet
I will: answer as much water trivia as I can in 10 minutes.
I can: use the internet to find my answers.

1.  Let's finish our hydraulic claw activity.

2.  Now answer as many of these questions as you can in 10 minutes.

Using your textbook and the Internet try to find the answers to all the questions below.

Bodies of Water

1.             Name the five major oceans.
2.             Name three seas.
3.             Which oceans are found in both the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere?
4.             Name Canada’s five Great Lakes.
5.             Name two major Canadian rivers.
6.             What fraction of Earth’s surface is covered by oceans?
7.             What percentage of all the water on Earth is found in the oceans?
(a)          After the oceans, where is the next largest reserve of water found?
(b)         Does this reserve contain salt water of fresh water?



1.             What percentage of the world is covered by water or ice?
2.             What percentage of the world's water is readily available for human use?
3.             What is the world's driest inhabited continent, has the least runoff and is 70% desert?
4.             What percentage of household water do we drink?
5.             How much water on average, do washing machines use per wash?
6.             How much water is flushed down a household toilet each day?
7.             How much water is wasted per day by a dripping tap?


Random Other

1.      What is the largest lake in the world?
2.      What is the largest lake in South America?
3.      What is the longest river in the world?
4.      In what ocean can Iceland be found?
5.      What country contains the Ural, Yenisei, and Lena rivers?
6.      Into what body of water does the Rio Grande (between the U.S. and Mexico) flow?
7.      What do Lake Powell, Lake Mead, and Lake Nassar all have in common?
8.      What is the highest waterfall in the world?
9.      What is the largest lake completely within the boundaries of the United States?
10.   What ocean contains the deepest trench on Earth?
11.   The largest fresh water lake in the world is?
12.   What is the largest natural lake found in Africa?
13.   What is the highest (above sea level) lake in the world?
14.   What is the largest natural lake located completely within the continental USA?
15.   What ocean has the greatest depth?
16.   What is the largest natural lake located entirely within Canada?
17.   What is the name of the waterfall world famous for its height?
18.   What is the lowest (below sea level) lake in the world?
19.   Which of the Great Lakes is entirely within US territory?


3.  Now lets have a look at our planet of water.
  - first aboard io
  - now bbc

4.  Please complete the first part of the topic 1&2 sheet.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Brick Animation 09: Filming

Today we are: filming!  Yahoo!
I will: start my masterpiece.
I can: setup my set
I can: take a correct picture
I can: setup the correct lighting

Alright.  Now is the time to start filming.  You will need to:

1.  Pick a location where you can keep your set, lighting and LEGO stationary.
2.  Select a backdrop.  You can use a picture, paper from the libary, etc.
3.  Create your set and characters out of LEGO
4.  Setup your lighting.
5.  Start taking pictures!  Try to film as much as you can for a scene in one day.  Remember to use freeze frames for dialog and recycle shots to produce a repetitive motion.
6.  Good Luck!