Friday, January 8, 2016

Deep Thinking Friday, 1/8/16

After working on the Mock Trial unit with 6th grade GOAL students, some questions have been circulating in my mind about the American Judicial System.  Watch the following TED Talk (start at 5:36 because it's a little long for a TED talk... feel free to watch the rest at your leisure).


After watching, reflect on and be prepared to discuss the following concepts: injustice, fairness, punishment, equality.  How does the American Judicial System fit in with these concepts?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Independent Project Introduction

It's time to start thinking about independent projects.  Take some time to browse the idea list sent to you in your e-mail.  Take some notes, and make a list of topics you'd like to explore, adding any of your own that you think of, as well.

Next, take a look at the rubric also e-mailed to you to see how the project will be graded.

Finally, take your priority list, and use it to answer the following questions on a sheet of paper to be approved by Mrs. Edlin:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Stock Market Game

7th grade GOAL students:

Create a Google Doc for your Stock Market Game team.  Share it with each member and with Mrs. Edlin.  Make a list of stocks of interest.  Look for companies and parent companies of products you already know, use, buy, value, and respect.  Compare their prices and their histories.  Explore all the outside links on The Stock Market Game site, and use the other resources below.  We'll start trading next week!

More Resource Links for The Stock Market Game:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Stock Market Introductions

Give yourself some background knowledge in the Stock Market.  Watch the following videos, and jot down any questions they lead you to have.
This Warren Buffett video is a long one... you won't have time to see it all, but it's great stuff to think about if you want to watch the rest on your own sometime...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Deep Thinking Friday

When you get done with your posttest AND with looking at everyone else's comics projects AND commenting on at least 5 of them from all grade levels, choose one of the following videos to watch.  Leave any thoughts or impressions in the comments.  Be sure to specify which video you watched!

The Great Math Mystery
How We Can Make the World a Better Place by 2030
Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear

Thursday, October 15, 2015

After your Comics Project Posting & Posttest...

Watch the following video... these kids are little, but their information about commenting is SPOT ON!

Now it's your turn.  Look at all the comics projects from all the other classes in all the other grades, and leave productive, positive comments.  Follow all the guidelines in the video.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels Final Project

Go to the following link: Comics Projects

  • Find your pictures and download them to your desktop.
  • In "Preview," rotate pictures as needed and save.
  • Upload them to a new blog post called "Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels Final Project."
  • Give any necessary background information to viewers of your project.

For the second part of your assignment, you will complete your Elaborated Communication Posttest.  Remember what is expected in a proficient example of Elaborated Communication.  Skip a couple of lines and then answer the following question:

Thoroughly explain how your project shows what you learned in the unit on comics, cartoons, and graphic novels.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sports and Games Around the World

5th grade GOAL Students

Go to the following link:

The link will take you to a Google Doc.  Check out the sites on that Google Doc and read about sports and games around the world that Americans don't know much about.  By the end of class, choose one that you will research and teach the class.  Once you have a topic, start your own Google Doc with facts about your sport or game.  Don't forget to document your sources so you can make a bibliography as part of the project.