Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

7th grade GOAL:

Reflect on your day in Ames.  Answer the following questions in a thoughtful paragraph.  Back up your opinions with evidence and/or explanation.

Here's a link to the official track titles, if you need them.
  • Describe your first class.  What did you learn?  What did you do?  
  • Describe your second class.  What did you learn?  What did you do?
  • What was the most educational part of your day?  Explain.
  • What was something you learned about Iowa State University?
  • What was the most fun part of the day?
  • If you could give one piece of advice on how to improve the experience, what would you say?  Explain.
  • What is your biggest "takeaway?"  In other words, why did we do this?  What did you get out of the experience?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thesis Statements

Here's a quick and easy guide to writing thesis statements.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday

Here are some videos to get us thinking about plastic water bottles... why we have them, their impact, and what we can do about the problem of SO MANY of them.  Watch these in any order you'd like.  Comment with your thoughts and ideas.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Computer Science in Education week is coming up.  Let's celebrate a little early!  You will develop your own independent study course for coding.  Come up with a plan about what you want to learn.  You may use any of the following options: (drag and drop/block coding... this is the beginner level for those who haven't tried coding before) (more block coding... this site lets you use your imagination to create more than to solve puzzles like on (several coding activities... I don't know much about this one... maybe you could become our expert on this site!) (this is where you can learn different computer programming languages like HTML, JavaScript, and iOS) (a variety of computer programming experiences in the Khan Academy course platform) (another site to learn different coding languages)

Look through the sites and find an area that interests you.  Decide what you will learn between December 5 and December 25.  You will be submitting your plan & goals next week into Canvas.  Create an account for yourself using your school e-mail and password, and start learning!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sports and Games Around the World Projects

5th grade GOAL Students

The link below 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 (you need at least 3 different sources on your topic) so you can make a bibliography as part of the project.

Go to the following link:

Thursday, October 5, 2017


It's time to learn about cricket!  Watch the following videos, and then we'll discuss in class.  Pay attention to rules, equipment, and the similarities/differences with baseball.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mandarin Chinese

Today you will explore on your own, listening and practicing words made up of the initials and finals we went over in class on Tuesday.  Get some headphones, watch the following videos, and talk out loud when you need to repeat things.  Don't worry... everyone will be talking.  You won't even notice it if you're concentrating on your own learning.  Have fun! 

When you're done, leave a comment here about what you think is difficult about Mandarin Chinese so far and what, if anything, is easy.  Build on the comments of your classmates, and have a conversation.