Thursday, October 11, 2018

Independent Project Brainstorm List

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

1-Period Writing Assignment: 8th Grade

Now that we've finished the Temple Grandin movie, think about what you saw and reflect with an in-class writing assignment.
  • Choose one of the following selections.  
  • Brainstorm/outline for 5 minutes.  
    • What is your thesis statement?
  • Write for 15-20 minutes.  Use elaborated communication.  Give evidence to support your claim/thesis.
  • Check over your work for 5 minutes.  
    • Do you have a conclusion?
    • Did you make any noticeable comma errors?
  • Hand in.

  1. Temple Grandin is not a quitter.  How did this personality trait help her in her life?  How can it help you?  What other personality traits do you have that can help you succeed?
  2. Everyone needs a support system.  Who made up Temple Grandin's support system, and how did they help her?  Who supports you?
  3. Everyone learns in different ways.  How did Temple Grandin's way of learning and seeing the world both help her and challenge her?  How do your ways of learning both help and challenge you?
  4. Temple Grandin had to advocate for herself to be successful.  How and when did she do this, and what were the outcomes?  How can advocating for yourself help you to be successful?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Deep Thinking Friday: 9/28

Watch the following TED talk.  Think how the towns this speaker visited are similar to where you live and different from where you live.  Jot down a few things you'd like to discuss as a whole group when finished.  If you're done before everyone else, you can work on your Letter About Literature, read, or go to any site on Idleness Prevention Society.

Sports and Games Around the World

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.  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:

Friday, September 21, 2018

Deep Thinking Friday 9/21

What worries you?  Constant worry can lead to stress.

We'll see what stress does to the brain in this TedEd video:

Stress can cause insomnia:

So, what can you do about worries and stress?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Deep Thinking Friday 9/14


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.