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Leif and Me: Iceland Part I


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Leif Erikson and me at his farmstead in Eiríksstaðir. “Leif the Lucky” was born in Iceland over 1000 years ago!

This summer, my husband and I visited Iceland,
a country with sprawling glaciers and spurting geysers.

Icelandair Airlines Airplane Flying

One of the most spectacular sites was Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon–
formed from the meltwaters of  Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier.
As the glacier shrinks, the lagoon grows.

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Zooming through the Glacier Lagoon in a zodiac.

 We  sped past icebergs that have split off from the melting glacier.
This ice is over 1000 years old!

Melting glacials mean waterfalls–and they are abundant!

People at Gullfoss Waterfall, Hvítá river, Golden Circle, Icel
Gullfoss or “Golden Waterfall”
Rainbow and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Seljalands River, Iceland
The Seljalandsfoss rainbow appears on sunny days.

You can walk behind Seljalandsfoss, but be ready to get wet.

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Trail behind Seljalandsfoss

Gljufrabui Waterfall or “canyon dweller’ is a short walk from Seljalandsfoss. We found it hidden in a cave. But first we had to navigate a path of slippery rocks.

Person Under Gljufrabui Waterfall, Gljúfurá River, Hamragarða
Celebrating the splendor of Gljufrabui Waterfall

One drizzly day, we visited Faxi Waterfall.
The purple Lupine decorating its banks is a member of the pea family.

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There are more than 700 geothermal areas in Iceland.
Beautifully colored bacteria live in hot springs,
where underground heat brings the water to its boiling point.
We bought some geothermal apple bread that had been baked in the warm ground.

Algal Runoff and Hot Spring, Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Golden
Steamy hot spring at Haukadalur Geothermal Area

Geothermal energy provides more than 80%
of Iceland’s heat and hot water.
In Reykjavík, sidewalks stay snow-free–
heated by underground hot springs.

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In a few weeks I will post Part II of our Icelandic adventure.

Meanwhile, I look forward to the new school year
and to meeting you in the classroom.
Keep reading and writing!

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Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

 

 

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Persuasive Writing in Action


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In Mrs. Braham’s classroom, writing lessons are not packed away like their chromebooks at the end of class.  These students have lifted their writing out of the classroom and lofted it into the wider world. Using persuasive writing, the third graders convinced the principal and the PTO to create a plastic bottle recycling program! What a “persuasive” lesson on the power of words.

I was excited to be with Ms. Braham’s students to help kick off their informational writing unit. Now I am looking forward to returning to see what they are up to next! @mrsbraham3 

Recycle Beat Proof Trash Cans, Yosemite National Park, Californi

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

 

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