Biography Glogsters!

Benefits Glogster provides to us!

  1. A fun learning experience
  2. A new way to express creativity
  3. Private, secure, safe virtual classroom monitored by teachers
  4. Drives new interest levels around subjects that may have been seen as “boring” before
  5. Adds needed audiovisual aspects to traditionally text-oriented subjects
  6. Fosters teamwork and collaboration with classmates
  7. Increases drive to be independently creative
  8. Unlimited shelf life
  9. Improves student-teacher relationships by allowing both to explore Web 2.0 & learning concepts together
  10. Keeps teachers and students up to date with modern technology


Here are our biography glogs for you to check out!


Annie Oakley

Harriett Tubman


Benjamin Franklin

Amelia Earhart

The Beatles

Daniel Boone

Ferdiand Magellen

Leonardo DaVinci



Anne Frank

Mark Twain

Helen Keller

Albert Einstein

King Tut

Louis Armstrong

William Shakespear

Thomas Edison

Ronald Reagan

Open House and Tech Night!

Welcome to our Open House and Tech Night!

The class and I hope you enjoy the evening looking around the school at some of the things we’ve produced this year! Many of the items might look familiar because we’ve shared them on our blog or website!

If you’re reading this at open house, please leave us a comment about the night! We love to have feedback from our families!

-Mr. Lund & Class

History Podcasts!

We’ve been busy “jumping” through history this week in 5LN! The class divided two chapters in our history book into smaller sections. These sections cover the history between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Once they had a section, the students read it several times looking for the main idea and important supporting details. With this information, they created scripts which they practiced and finally recorded on the classroom Mac.

History Podcast Articles of Confederation

History Podcast Convention

History Podcast Compromises

History Podcast Constitution

History Podcast Bill of Rights

History Podcast Nation Moving West

History Podcast Lewis Clark

History Podcast War 1812

Biking Directions On Google Maps

Read the Google Blog at This post announces a great new feature!

Whenever I meet someone who finds out that I work on the directions team for Google Maps, the first question I’m asked is often “So when’s Google Maps going to add biking directions?” We’re big biking fans too, so we’ve been itching to give you a concrete answer. I don’t want to keep the good news a secret any longer, so the answer is: right now!

Today we’ve added biking directions and extensive bike trail data to Google Maps for the U.S. My team has been keeping close tabs on all the public support for biking directions that’s been steadily coming in, but we knew that when we added the feature, we wanted to do it right: we wanted to include as much bike trail data as possible, provide efficient routes, allow riders to customize their trip, make use of bike lanes, calculate rider-friendly routes that avoid big hills and customize the look of the map for cycling to encourage folks to hop on their bikes. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Let’s say you want to bike to work, or maybe you want to drive less and spend more time outdoors. Biking directions can help you find a convenient and efficient route that makes use of dedicated bike trails or lanes and avoids hills whenever possible. To find biking directions, select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu when you do a directions search:

So, how does it work? Well, I’m based in Seattle, along with the rest of the biking directions team. The city is notoriously hilly, but also has some great trails and a strong cycling community. Let’s say I’m trying to get from Golden Gardens to a friend’s house in Montlake:

This route avoids hills (phew!) and puts me on the Burke-Gilman trail for most of the journey. When I need to get off the trail to cross town, biking directions makes sure to keep me on bike-friendly roads and avoid some of the city’s busiest intersections. The time estimate for the route is based on a complex set of variables accounting for the type of road, terrain and turns over the course of my ride. If I decide that I want to stop at Woodland Park Zoo along the way, I can click on the blue path and drag it to my desired route — just like with driving directions — and we’ll still customize the journey for cycling suitability. Over on the Lat Long Blog, you can read more about all the unique tweaks and calculations factored into our routing algorithm.

We’ve also added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly onto the map. This can help you get a better sense of your route, or let you find trails nearby for a recreational ride. When you’re zoomed into a city, click on the “More” button at the top of the map to turn on the “Bicycling” layer. You’ll see three types of lines appear on the map:

  • Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail;
  • Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road;
  • Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanes

Thanks primarily to our partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we now have more than 12,000 miles of trails included in biking directions and outlined directly on the map. We also have data on bike lanes and recommended streets for 150 cities across the country. We’ll continue to add new trail information and encourage riders to send feedback (biking directions is in beta, after all) and route information for inclusion via the “Report a Problem” tool. When Map Maker is available in the U.S., all riders will be able to directly contribute their local knowledge about trails, bike lanes and suggested routes.

We know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting this feature, so head over to to try it for yourself and then hop on your bike!

Posted by Shannon Guymon, Product Manager

Can You Solve This Math Question? Mr. Fletcher is Running!

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Starting on January 1, 2010, Mr. Fletcher has been running five miles each day.  He is very proud of this physical fitness feat! 

In fact, he told me that his total distance thus far would take him to a Indianapolis!    That got Mr. Fletcher and I wondering about his total distance by the time school ends. 

Assuming Mr. Fletcher continues to run 5 miles everyday, what will his total distance be by June 1, 2010?  What fraction of the circumference of the Earth will Mr. Fletcher have run by June 1, 201o?

Good Luck!  (Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Lund’s class)

-Mr. Lund

Look What I Found!

I was using my camera today and I found many photos on my camera that I haven’t shared with the class! The photos are from a few of the recent activities – winter party, spelling bee, poetry activity with Mrs. Moore’s class, working with clay in art class, and an ET lesson! There are about 50 photos in the slide show for you to enjoy!

– Mr. Lund