Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

How to Make a Good Comment

6th Grade GOAL Survey

Students, please take the survey at this link.  Make sure you are logged out of Google when you're finished. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday 9/15/17

Grab some headphones and watch the following video.
Get ready for some great discussion after.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday

For your first DTF, grab a pair of headphones, and watch this video.  We'll discuss after.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Images of Greatness... THE BIG REFLECTION!

This quarter has been all about Images of Greatness.  Using elaborated communication, reflect and respond on a new blog post to the following:

  1. Upload an image of you with your display board.  Mrs. Edlin will send it to you through e-mail.
  2. Who was your Image of Greatness?  Why are they great, and what about them do you admire?
  3. What part of the unit makes you most proud?
  4. What part of the unit was the most challenging?
  5. How did you grow as a student/learner/person because of this unit?
  6. How could you improve your work on this unit?  What would you do differently?
  7. What was the best part of the actual Images of Greatness Celebration?
Now, think of our Images of Greatness field trip.  Upload a picture or two... ask for Mrs. Edlin or a friend to send you some if you don't have any of your own.
  1. What was your favorite educational part the field trip?  Explain.
  2. In which part of the field trip did you learn the most?  Explain.
  3. What about the trip surprised you?  Explain.
  4. Discuss one of the categories you listed on your paper from the art museum.
  5. Did you break out of your Escape Chamber?  Why or why not?
  6. What part of the trip was the most fun?  Explain.
Now, think of your four years (or less) in GOAL.  
  1. What's the best part of GOAL?
  2. What advice would you give students for how to succeed in GOAL?
  3. What would you warn them about?
  4. What should they be excited about?
  5. What will you miss?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7th Grade: Mark Twain Webquest

You will find the Mark Twain Webquest here:

Your groups are made up of people from your GOAL class.  You will find your groups in the Google Doc shared with you through your e-mail.  You will be combining your answers together to make a Google Presentation.  Start at the "Welcome" tab, and then continue down the line with the following tabs.  They explain how to complete the project.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nauvoo Field Trip Reflection

Reflect on your field trip to Nauvoo this week.  Write a new blog post, and answer the following:

  1. What was your favorite part of the trip, and why?
  2. What is something new that you learned about how pioneers lived in the 1840's?  Explain.
  3. What is something you learned about why the Mormons moved west in the 1840's?  Explain.
  4. If you had to choose one thing you saw or heard in Nauvoo to research and learn more about, what would you choose?  Why?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

History Day Reflection

Review the judges' form about your project for National History Day.  
On your blogs, complete the following reflection in paragraph form.  

1.  Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the category.   

2.  Do you agree with what the judges said about your project?  Why or why not?

3.  What is the most interesting thing you learned about your topic during your research?  Describe.

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.  How could you improve your project?  Explain.

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

8.  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.

When you finish your blog posts, you may continue your research for your next project.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday 4/7/17

For today's Deep Thinking Friday, go to the following link: 182 Questions to Write or Talk About.

Look over the list and pick out 3 questions you'd like to discuss with your class (a first choice and two backups if your first choice gets taken).  Some of these questions are from previous years, so adjust dates as necessary.

Whoever has the closest birthday to today gets to first.  Ask your question to the class.  Everyone should participate in the discussion... after all, that's what Deep Thinking Friday is all about!  Feel free to get a computer from the cart to look up any needed facts to back up your opinions.  When the discussion reaches a natural stopping point, the asker can choose the next person to go.


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, 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:

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.