Thursday, March 16, 2017

Moral Dilemma Literature Circles

To reflect on your recent literature circles experience, please write a blog post in paragraph form answering the following:

  • What is a moral dilemma?
  • What was the moral dilemma in your book/books?  Which characters were involved? Be sure to include title(s) and authors' names.
  • How was the dilemma solved?
  • Would you have done things differently if you were in the character's shoes?  Why or why not?
Proofread your post and then publish.  Please comment on the posts of at least three other students to make connections.




Images of Greatness Resources

As you 8th grade GOAL students are choosing your topics for Images of Greatness this spring, consider the following sites for reference:

Famous Biographies (Many categories)
Influential Americans
Honor Roll of Notable Women
100 Greatest Men of All Time
Time's 100 Most Significant Figures in History
100 Scientists Who Shaped World History
Great Artists in History
Spotlight: Inventors
A&E's 100 Most Influential People of the Millennium
The Most Important Leaders in World History






Wednesday, March 15, 2017

History Day Reflection

On your blogs, complete the following reflection in paragraph form.  If there is a way to include a picture or to embed your project, please include it in your blog post.

1.  Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the category.   Attach your project with a picture, a link, or embedding a Google doc of a script or a paper.

2.  What do/did you like most about your project?  Explain.

3.  What are two of the most interesting things you learned about your topic during your research?  Why did they interest you?

4.  What was the hardest part of this project, and why?

5.  How did you improve as a learner or as a student during the process of this project?  Explain.

6.  Between now and History Day, what do you want to improve on your project?  Explain.

7.  What are you most proud of when it comes to the whole experience of this project?  Explain.

8.  How does your topic relate to this year's History Day theme?

9.  If you have any genuine suggestions about how to improve this project or how to make this project more meaningful to future students, please include them at the end.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Invent Iowa Reflection/Self-Assessment

Now that we've had our Invention Convention, it's time to reflect.  Complete the following:


  1. Using your rubric, mark where you think you scored in each section and add up your totals.  Make sure your name is on it, and hand it in to Mrs. Edlin on your way out today.
  2. Start a new blog post called "Invent Iowa."
  3. Upload the picture of your invention that Mrs. Edlin will be sending you to your blog post.
  4. Answer each of these questions with a short paragraph on your blog post.
    1. What is your invention called?  Give a brief description.
    2. What problem were you trying to solve?
    3. How does your invention solve that problem?
    4. What are you most proud of with this project?  Explain.
    5. What were the challenges you faced during this project?  How did you face those challenges?
    6. What would you do to improve your project or make it better for the next level of competition, if you were to go?
  5. Publish your post!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday

Watch the following video:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/class-divided/

We'll discuss when you're finished.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

History Day Category Examples

Go to this link to see examples of all the possible category entries for History Day.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Coding

While you're waiting for your papers to be edited and returned to you, start building your own coding independent study course.  You may use any of the following options:

https://code.org/ (drag and drop/block coding... this is the beginner level for those who haven't tried coding before)

https://scratch.mit.edu/ (more block coding... this site lets you use your imagination to create more than to solve puzzles like on code.org)

https://www.madewithcode.com/ (several coding activities... I don't know much about this one... maybe you could become our expert on this site!)

https://www.codeschool.com/learn (this is where you can learn different computer programming languages like HTML, JavaScript, and iOS)

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing (a variety of computer programming experiences in the Khan Academy course platform)

https://www.codecademy.com/ (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!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fibonacci Numbers

Happy Fibonacci Day Eve!  Enjoy the following videos all connected to the Fibonacci number sequence!