What in the World?

June 9th, 2020

We have been focusing on learning more about the world, but since Eugene is also a great place to visit here are some links to find out what’s going on this summer.  Take some time and look at each of the sites.  Write down five things you would be interested in doing.  Let the fun begin!

Things to do in Eugene’s downtown:


Eugene City site listing things to do and events:


Eugene Cascade and Coast website:


Eugene weekly calendar of events:


Register Guard calendar of events:


June 2nd, 2020

If you want to travel outside of the United States you will need a valid passport.  This requires a complete form with fees and long wait time.

A passport is a travel and identification document that is accepted by governments around the world. You need a passport to enter and return to the United States from most countries, and it’s worth getting, even if you don’t have any upcoming travel planned. It’s usually better to get a passport through the U.S. government, and not a commercial passport application agency; even if you need to get a passport fast, they won’t speed up the process any more than you can.

What You Need to Apply for a Passport

  • Passport application forms
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Proof of your identity
  • Two current photographs
  • Your social security number
  • Applicable fee payment method
If printing, note this advice from the government: “The forms…must be printed in black print on white paper. The paper must be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, with no holes or perforations, at least medium (20 lb.) weight, and with a matte surface. 

Step 2: Once you have the passport application form in hand, start by reading the instructions that are printed on the first and second page. Complete page 3 using this information, and then read page four for further details on filling in the form. 

Step 3: Next, you need to gather proof of your American citizenship, in the form of any one of the following, according to the U.S. Department of State.

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state (not a copy). Call the government of the state in which you were born to get an official version with a notary’s seal. Know that the birth certificate must list the full name(s) of your parent(s). If you don’t have a birth certificate, you can still get a passport.
  • Records of birth abroad if you weren’t born in the United States
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship

Be prepared to prove your identity with any one of these:

  • Previous U.S. passport (altered or damaged passports are not accepted)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Current, valid:
    • Driver’s license
    • Government ID: city, state, or federal
    • Military ID: military and dependents
Step 4: Get two passport photos taken to submit with your application. In your photos, you should make sure to wear your normal, everyday clothes (no uniforms) and nothing on your head. If you usually wear glasses or other items that alter your appearance, wear them. Look straight ahead and don’t smile. You can get your U.S. passport photos taken at the post office—they’ll know the drill and requirements. If you get passport photos taken elsewhere, read up first on passport photo requirements to make sure they’ll qualify.

Step 5: If you don’t have your Social Security number memorized, write it down and add it to the materials you’ve assembled or bring your Social Security Card with you for the passport application.

Step 6: Prepare to pay the application and execution fees; get those dollar amounts online as they change periodically. As of 2019, passport fees are $110 plus $35 for adults (ages 16 and older). Check with the location where you’ll be applying to find what payment methods are accepted, and then gather the money for payment.

Step 7: Get a passport! Find the passport office location nearest you (it might just be the post office). Hand in your completed forms, passport photos, and money for the passport. Provide your departure date for your next trip, and you can then expect to receive your U.S. passport in two weeks to two months. For an additional fee of $60 plus overnight delivery fees, you can rush a U.S. passport application, and you may even be able to get a passport on the same day that you apply.

Step 8: Check your application status. Beginning about a week after you submit your application, you can check your application’s status online to see when your passport might arrive.

Tips and Tricks for Passport Applications

  • The US passport fee is $110 (plus $35 fee) if you are 16 and older, and the U.S. passport is good for ten years.
  • Some countries require that your passport be valid for a six month period after you leave that country for return to the U.S. Make sure you apply for a new one while you have plenty of valid months left on it. 
  • Remember that you need a passport or other WHTI-compliant document to travel back to the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
  • Leave a copy of your passport at home, and email a copy to yourself with other important travel documents. If you lose your passport overseas, having a copy will make getting a temporary or replacement passport far easier.
  • Note: Passport books are different than passport cards.

May 26, 2020

Let’s plan a trip to anywhere you want in the world.

  1. Pick a continent – Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia or South America
  2. Pick a country – look at google Maps https://www.google.com/maps to see your choices
  3. Pick a city – Pick one city to visit or three at the most
  4. Plan your trip using the worksheet below

Taking a Trip

1. Pick a location using the first three steps above and describe it. Why did you choose this location?

2. What time of year will you be visiting and why?

3. How will you get there? And how much will it cost? Look at this site https://www.google.com/flights?hl=en#flt=/m/02mf7..2020-06-11*./m/02mf7.2020-06-15;c:USD;e:1;ls:1w;sd:0;t:h

It’s already set to leave from Eugene Airport, just type in the city you want to go to.  Set the dates of travel and then hit “search”

4. What activities will you be doing? And how much will it cost?  Google your location and find out at least three thing to do while there.





5.  Where will you be staying? And how much will it cost?  Use the site https://www.hotels.com/

Type in your city, your travel dates and see what the choices are.

Happy Traveling!

May 19, 2020

We are going on a virtual field trip to Africa today!  Watch the 40 minutes video below to learn about the animals, people and nature of this beautiful continent. But first look at the google map link to see the the continent.



Please write me a few sentences about your thoughts and send them to quitta@4j.lane.edu

May 12, 2020

Since we are all spending so much time at home I thought we would explore what homes look like around the world.  Our homes in America might look different from each other because of what state we live in or even when neighborhood we are from.  Remember that is also the case with other people around the world. 

Use the link below to get to google earth “This is Home” and click the blue box that says “explore now”

Click on Africa, at first it takes you to Madagascar and be sure to look at the three slides available, then choose the Kenya tab and explore the three slides there. Explore each area and if you are having trouble getting back to the home page just use the link below again.


May 5th, 20220

Today we are going to visit the Smithsonian in Washington DC!  This is an incredible natural history museum and it’s easy to get lost there, but luckily you will be at home the whole time 🙂   Click on the link below and choose at least three different countries or categories and look at the different objects.  In order to receive credit (gift certificate) you need to email Jasmin quitta@4j.lane.edu a list of the three categories you choose and at describe at least three things inside of it.  Tell me why you chose the category and object.


Don’t forget it’s also Cinco De Mayo and we are taking a quick trip to Mexico!  Grab your sombrero and let go to Chichen Itza one of the seven wonders of the world. Click on the link below to join a tour of this amazing ancient Mayan city.

April 28, 2020

School looks different for most students around the world.  Learning is a life long process that doesn’t end and can take place in many ways.  Go to the link below and look at the 8 different school around the world as they were in the recent past.  


How is each school the same or different as in the United States?

April 21 2020

It’s time to go to France!

Click on the following link:


Scroll down through the different sections being sure to read about each slide and look around and explore.  Be sure to click on

  • 10 things you might not know about Van Gogh
  • Spend some time looking at the view from the Eiffel Tower
  • View the lavender field in the 360 degree viewer
  • Explore the Chauvet caves online
  • look around the Palace of Versailles

The news about Covid-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, is everywhere.  Sometimes it’s hard to separate the rumors from the truth.  The facts in the sheet below are there the answer some of the myths that have been shared on the internet. Read the fact sheet from the centers for disease control below and answer the following questions:


 Are there any facts on the sheet that are surprising? If so, what?

Where have you been getting your news from?


Watch this video about the stimulus money being sent to most Americans.  


Will you be getting any money?  If so, how much?


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