Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel Language Arts Curriculum Guide
- A machine is a device designed to reduce the effort to perform a task. What’s a task that you do on a regular basis? Design a machine to help you reduce the effort needed to complete your task. Write about your machine and draw a picture of it.
“I close my eyes and picture
The emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle
To the shores of Dundee
I miss the river Shannon
and the folks at Skipperdee
The moorlands and the meadows
With their forty shades of green.”
(From “Forty Shades of Green” by Johnny Cash)
- Write a poem describing a place that you love - maybe a place you go on vacation, your home, or another special place in your life. Begin with “I close my eyes and picture… ”
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