Curiosity Films

A 5th-grade project based learning class. Sí se puede. Se habla Geo-Inquiry aquí.

Curiosity Films

Jim Bentley

I'm a teacher in the Elk Grove School District, a National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education, and a National Geographic Fellow. I'm passionate about project-based learning, Geo-Inquiry, writing, filmmaking, civic education, and technology integration.

To know? Or not to know?

Life is full of good times and hard times. If my parents were facing a serious problem that did not directly affect me, I’m not sure if I’d want to know about it or not. There are a couple reasons why.   If my mom or dad had a problem that affected them directly but […]

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Quick Write #5: Excuses? Or No Excuses?

“My car ran out of gas! I was attacked by aliens! My sink sprung a leak, and I had to fix it!” Sure, we all mistakes in life, but the question is do we make excuses to cover them up? And if so, do people actually believe them? I’ve made plenty of mistakes in life, […]

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Quick Write #4: Strict or fun?

School is a place to have fun, goof around, and not do any work. And that would be a foolish view of school. If I had to choose between a teacher that was kind of strict (but not mean) and taught me a lot or was very fun (as in didn’t have any rules) and […]

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How could a kid punish their caregiver for being late?

How would you feel if someone promised to take you to the movies at 2:00pm and then they didn’t show up? What if that someone was an adult caregiver and they didn’t even call or text to tell you they were running late? If I was a kid and my parent did that to me, […]

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Quick Write #1: Who’s got it easier? Boys or girls?

Girls and boys. Who has it easier in life? There’s not a simple answer to this, but I think boys have it easier in a few ways. To start, boys sometimes get away with a lot of misbehavior or silliness when adults say “boys will be boys.” Wrestling in the house, breaking stuff, hitting other […]

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Our first sciku

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Homework: Monday, September 16

Science: PLEASE, return media release forms for Thursday filming and permission slips for walking field work on Thursday and Friday. Reading: Read 30 minutes. PLEASE, respond to the FlipGrid Reading Chat.

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Explorer Classroom, September 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

This Wednesday, September 11 starting at 8:00am sharp, we have the chance to talk with National Geographic Explorer Jenna Jambek as part of Explorer Classroom! This is a BIG honor! We are one of 4 classes selected from across the country to have an “on camera” spot for this event. You can see an Explorer […]

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Friday shout-outs!

A big congratulations to Caden who is showing he knows how to be responsible in class. When it’s time to work independently, he’s getting things done and done well…not just done fast! Way to take your work seriously and show what you know!   A big shoutout to Brady who knows how to be kind […]

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Monday shout-outs!

A big shout-out to Joseph and Bennett again for helping clean our table in the cafeteria! You volunteered and helped make a difference. And a huge shout-out to everyone today as they began W.I.N. which stands for “What I need.” This is a time where we can practice skills or concepts we need more practice […]

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