Tuesday, June 3, 2014

End of the Year Evaluation & Blog Posts

6th grade: After embedding your projects, answer the following questions:

1.  Give an overview of what you learned in your research.
2.  Tell your most interesting fact.
3.  What was your favorite part of the field trip, and why?
4.  How could the field trip be improved for next year?  Explain.
5.  How did your project and the trip tie together?  Explain.

8th grade:  Answer the following questions in a blog post about our overnight Images of Greatness trip.  We made the following stops:  Des Moines Art Center, Drake University, State Historical Museum, Iowa Hall of Pride, Des Moines Science Center (if you need a refresher).

1.  What was your favorite part of the trip, and why?
2.  At the art museum, you had to find 4 things: favorite, best example of "art," Why is it ART?, and celebrity award.  Try to remember as many of these categories as you can.  Write about them and include pictures if you'd like.
3.  What was the most educational part of the trip, and why?
4.  What was the most fun part of the trip, and why?
5.  If you could improve the trip in any way for the group next year, what would you change?  Explain.

When you're done with your blog posts,  please go to this link to complete Miss Nelson's End of the Year Evaluation. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hannibal Reflections

Please write a blog post to respond to the following questions:

1.  Give a summary of the field trip for anyone who might not know about our Mark Twain unit or might not have ever been to Hannibal, Missouri.

2.  What was your favorite part of the trip and why?

3.  What was the most fun part of the trip and why?

4.  What part of the trip would you improve for next year's class if you could?  Explain.

5.  How did your Mark Twain research help prepare you for your trip to Hannibal?  Explain.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Movies Galore!

Last Thursday, the 7th & 8th grade GOAL classes presented their movie projects.  7th graders presented stop-motion animation movies, and 8th graders presented documentary films.  They are all embedded here.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

7th Grade GOAL Webquest

Please click for the Mark Twain Webquest.  Follow the directions with your group.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird Reflection

8th Grade GOAL:  Today, you will blog about To Kill a Mockingbird.  You are basically writing a short piece on what the experience of the the story meant to you.  Some possible topics to discuss include:

* Favorite Characters
* Favorite Moments
* Lessons the Story Teaches
* Compare/Contrast the Book to the Movie
* Questions You Still Have
* Would You Recommend It and Why
* Analysis of Harper Lee's Writing Style
* Racism and How It Relates to the Story
* The Setting of the Story
* Comparing the Text to Yourself
* Comparing the Text to the World
* Comparing the Text to Other Texts

Refer back to the class wiki if you need refreshers.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Letters About Literature

6th and 7th grade GOAL students are participating in the Letters About Literature Contest.

For any writers needing some inspiration, here are the links to winning letters from the past:  http://www.read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2013/.  Maybe those will help inspire you to think of how your favorite books have affected you.

Rules and guidelines for the contest can be found here:  http://www.read.gov/letters/

Friday, November 1, 2013

Deep Thinking Friday

Questions Without Answers


 Is your mind blown? :) Discuss.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Update... It's Been WAY Longer Than a Week!

This teacher/blogger has been naughty!  It's been far too long since I updated this blog, but I'm back on the bandwagon.  Here's what's been happening in room 101 up to and during this last week of the first quarter:

English 8:  Students are busy finishing their Prezis on important women in history.  They're due Friday, and then students will have a chance to share the inspiring information they've learned.

5th GOAL:  5th graders started the quarter learning about cricket: all the rules, all the equipment, all the fun!  They practiced for a few days, and then Mr. Edlin came to umpire their big match.  They kept score and had a great time.  Now, they're finishing up research on a sport or game from another country.  They'll be creating projects to share their knowledge and to teach the class how to play the sport of game they researched.

6th GOAL:  6th graders are loving their read aloud book Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt.  They have been discussing the book on their class wiki.  They have also been busy with their Models and Design unit.  They have been creating physical models of the Humdinger, a mechanical device that hums when you pull a string and then dings when you let the string go.  They have been collaborating in groups and making models that will recreate what the Humdinger does.

7th GOAL:  7th graders' read aloud is The Cardturner by Louis Sachar.  They have been learning a little bridge while listening to the tale of Alton & his Uncle Trapp.  Online discussions have taken place on the wiki.  Students finished a unit on Big Science.  The debates were great between whether biotechnology or an environmental car should be what the government backs as its next big science project.  In the end, students presented their own personal opinions in the form of a campaign poster, complete with unique slogan.

8th GOAL:  8th graders are in the middle of hearing To Kill a Mockingbird as their read aloud.  Tom Robinson's trial has just started, and we're all engrossed!  Students have discussed the book in an online wiki.  They're also in the middle of a unit on Mandarin Chinese.  We've learned some basic vocabulary, and now students are writing skits to perform to show what they've learned.

Deep Thinking Fridays:  Deep Thinking Fridays started with a simple question: "Is Google knowledge?"  The video sparked such fantastic discussion that a 6th grader suggested we have a Deep Thinking Friday EVERY Friday.  What a great idea!  Since that first time, we've discussed many topics including: What is consciousness?, Just how small is an atom?, littering and pollution (video and image), and Is your red the same as my red?  Deep Thinking Fridays allow students to think outside the box and ponder big, mind-blowing questions and issues.  One student reported that Deep Thinking Fridays gave him a headache, but he liked it!  By pondering life's mysteries and dilemmas, students engage creativity and imagination.  They think about their place in the world, and they debate the possibilities and explanations.  The discussions have been amazing.  Stop into room 101 on some Friday, and see for yourself... Join the deep thinking FUN!

Friday, September 6, 2013