Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Fun 2011

Here are a couple sites you might enjoying visiting for Halloween. The first site is online pumpkin carving. What kind of face does your pumpkin need? The second site is Zap-A-Ghost. How many ghosts can you click on? The last site is Hidden Spirits. Can you lead a scientific investigation to debunk a haunted hotel?

Online Pumpkin Carving


Hidden Spirits

Ben and Jerry's Halloween Fun

Transylmania 2

M&M's Dark Chocolate Game

Here is a Scariest Places on Earth Show you may enjoy watching.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Create a Drawing in Paint

Marissa's Picture
Today you will be creating a picture for your creative writing story using Paint. While paint can be hard to use, the possibility to do something very interesting is there.Don't believe me, look at Marissa's picture above. When you are finished, save it to the computer pictures folder on the student shared drive.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tuesday's Lesson Plan

Here is the lesson plan for today. Listen carefully to it. Remember, criticism does not mean being mean. Criticism is supposed to address both good and bad parts of the story so make sure that when you give your criticism the purpose is to help make the story better. 

If you do not have your first draft finished, read what you have. Do not work on your story while someone else is reading theirs. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Why I Write

The National Day on Writing is October 20 and we have been asked to submit an answer to the writing prompt "Why I Write". If you look carefully at the rules you will see that you can use any writing form you choose from a play to a haiku.

You will publish the answer on your blog and then on the "Why I Write" site. Your story may be selected to be added to an anthology eBook that will be created later this fall!

Friday, October 14, 2011


"Poptropica is a massively multiplayer online game and virtual world, targeted at children ages 6 to 15, where players can travel, play games, compete in head-to-head competition, and communicate safely with each other. There is a role-playing component as players are encouraged to finish "island missions and get medallions."

If you have finished this weeks assignments, check it out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Storytelling: A Couple Scary? Stories

Here are a couple stories I recorded. I toned down the scare for the setting and audience. Junior High students can't handle something really scary ;)

The Yellow Lady of Big Rock by Mr. C's Sounds

The hook by Mr. C's Sounds

Friday, October 07, 2011

Isle of Tune

It is about time I find an interesting music game/sim. Isle of Tune allows you to create music by creating roads, lining them with musical items, and then sending cars down the street. It is hard to explain, but it is very cool watch/listen.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Comments4Kids Wednesday

Today you will be commenting on blog posts. First you will choose three of your fellow 8th grade students here to leave a comment on. You will choose from the other two classes.

After you have finished those comments, you will choose two posts from the links in the widget below to leave comments. Remember to follow the commenting rules we have already established:
  1. Relevant
  2. Positive
  3. Good Conventions (spelling, punctuation, etc.)
  4. If you don't have anything to say, don't leave a comment. No Drive-By Comments!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Lakin's LineTime Review

Lakin made a video review of the app LineTime and posted it on her blog. Click here to watch her review.

Your Science Lesson

Today I would like you to write about the science lesson you are teaching. Be sure to answer the following questions:

  1. What are you teaching the students?
  2. Where did you find your resources/information?
  3. What activity are you having the class do?
  4. What vocabulary are you introducing to the class?
On Thursday you will be writing a reflection on the lesson you have taught.