Sunday, October 25, 2009

Design your own Jack-o-Lantern

Want to do a fun Halloween craft and spruce up your room? Print out some of these pumpkin templates to decorate.

tall pumpkin template

short pumpkin template

Haunted Philadelphia

Halloween Discussion Questions

  • Describe your scariest childhood Halloween memory.
  • Describe the best Halloween costume made yourself or that you helped to make.
  • Describe the best way for children to celebrate Halloween.
  • How would you like to celebrate Halloween differently?
  • What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
  • What is your favorite Halloween candy?

History of Halloween

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Current Events: swine flu

Click the picture above to watch a short video, “Watch Out, Swine Flu!”, in which Ariel Kaminer, the Times’s City Critic, gauges New Yorkers’ reactions to her H1N1 flu prevention garb.

Discuss this "social experiment".

Current Events: opinion

Did you follow the story yesterday about the boy who was thought to be aloft in a balloon for two hours, only to be found hiding at home? What questions does it raise for you?

Click the picture to read the full story.

Digital Citizenship: Brainpop topics

Click to explore more videos and quizzes in brainpop's digital citizenship highlights. Learn about blogs, computer viruses, copyright, cyberbullying, email & im, information privacy, online safety, online sources, plagiaism, and social networking.

Advisors...use these topics to spark conversations about "netiquette" or being appropriate using technology, which includes cell phones, video, and anything on the computer. This is a real character education that you can relate to their own lives and the real world.

Digital Citizenship: Etiquette Quizzes

After you watch the movie, click to take these quizzes to test how much you know about digital etiquette.

Digital Citizenship: Etiquette

Click to watch the movie about digital etiquette.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Digital Citizenship: Downloading Music

Click here for a FAQ about everything you ever wanted to know about downloading music!

Some answers you will find:
“I’m only downloading a few songs. How does that hurt anyone?”

“What’s the worse that can happen if I’m caught?”

“Why do my parents have to pay for what I did?”

Digital Citizenship: Creative What??

Check how much your advisees really know about what is legal on the internet regarding everything from videos to music. Click here for a printable quiz. The answers can be found here. This should prompt a great conversation with your students. If you need some conversation starters, try these:

What is intellectual property and creative content?
Why are creative rights important?
Are all citizens protected equally by
copyright law?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Conversation: One word answers do not create conversation!

How was your day?


How was school?


How was your test?


Anything you want to tell me?


Let's try to have some real conversations in advisory this week...the only rule?? There are no one word answers. Use these questions as a guide, but feel free to make up your own!

1. If you had to give every human being one quality, what would it be and why?

2. Do you have any recurring dreams? Describe them?

3. What is the meanest thing someone could say to you?

4. If you could be a famous athlete, actor, writer or musician which would you choose and why? (It is fun to guess what the other people in the group will say before divulging answers)!

5. If you were invisible where would you go and what would you do?

6. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you? why?

7. If you could invent one thing what would it be?

8. What is the greatest song ever written?

9. Do you believe in heaven? What does yours look like? Is it different for everyone?

10. What is the most important quality for a boss to have?

11. If you could know one thing about the future, what would it be?

12. How do you choose your friends?

13. What is the first thing you notice about a person?

14. What do you think is the biggest problem in the United States and Why?

15. Describe the most beautiful thing you have ever seen.

16. What would the cover of your autobiography look like if it could not be a picture of you or your family?

17. If you could trade places with anyone in the world who would it be and why? How about someone in your family?

18. Do you ever talk to yourself? When and what do you say?

Current Events: worldpress

Click here to read news and views from around the world. Our version of the news is not necessarily THE version of the news. Always double check to see what people around the world are saying about a specific "hot topic".

Current Events: worldbook online

Did you know that you have access through our school to The student section has current events, quizzes, research sources, and most popular articles. If you want to learn more about what is going on in the world, I've sent the username and password to your email!

Current Events: online news hour extra

Check out the online newshour extra for news specifically written for kids!


Want to learn something new? Check out the image on every day and you'll find out things you never knew about!