Sunday, November 29, 2009
This Year's StudentCam Topic:
Students are asked to create a 5-8 minute documentary on:
A) One of our country's greatest strengths;
B) A challenge the country is facing.
Choose one, grab a camera, and get started on your documentary today!
This could be a great advisor activity that could last the entire month of December!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
20 Little Things To Treasure in Autumn
- Quiet dinners by the fire
- Reading mystery novels in darkened rooms
- Flannel sheets at the end of a long day
- Candles Flickering
- Smelling cinnamon, oranges & cloves
- Roasts, Potatoes & Carrots
- Fluffy feather beds on a cold night
- Watching movies snuggled in soft blankets
- Cozy socks
- Pie in the oven
- Warm crackling wood stoves
- Squash with buttered brown sugar
- Chili and corn bread smothered in honey
- Wind blowing through leaves
- Glow of lamps through windows
- Laughter filling a room
- Scrabble and popcorn
- Caramel apples
Use this printable sheet and copy it onto fall colored paper. Have students create thankful leaves by writing directly on the leaves. You can choose to do this activity in a general way or have students focus on what they are thankful for from each other as we did with the bucket drops.
Additional leaf shapes can be found here:
Students are often asked at this time of year to recall all for which they are thankful. It may involve one lesson or a week's worth of lessons and/or a culminating activity on the last day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead of making Thanksgiving break the stopping point for thankfulness, why not make it the starting point? Students can start a gratitude journal over Thanksgiving break and maintain it until winter break. This way, middle school students can truly see the many people, places, and things for which they should give thanks.
There are also photos that are tagged into categories such as "culture". The photos are stunning and offer a great springboard for discussions as well as an incredible source for writing prompts.
Included are interviews with people that are making a difference in that part of the world. These interviews will encourage discussion about what the challenges are in trying to make a difference.
Another great feature is the question of the month. This month's question is: What is the key to a happy life?
This site has it all...high interest video, beautiful photography, and connections to people. Students will love to explore explore.org! Teachers will love to use this educational site as a guide to exploring the world with their students!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
- What do you remember most about Sesame Street?
- Who was your favorite character?
- What is timeless about Sesame Street?
- What changes have happened in the world over the past 40 years?
- If you were to make an updated version of Sesame Street, what would it be like? What characters would you include? Where would it take place?
- How do you define the term "hero?"
- What adjectives would you use to describe heroes?
- Who are some individuals whom you would classify as heroes? Explain why you would assign that label to each person you listed.
- How would you define the term "celebrity?" What are the differences and/or similarities between heroes and celebrities? Can celebrities be heroes? Explain.
- Do you think that it is important that we have heroes? Why or why not?
- How do you think that we should choose our heroes? What criteria should we use?
- Do you think that heroes are born or made? Explain.
- Do you believe that one person can make a difference in the world? State your rationale.
- Who is your hero? How has this person made a difference for the better? Is there a specific event or turning point that motivated your hero to take action?
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes towards a subject. Which pair of words best describes the tone of this cartoon?
Sunday, November 1, 2009
CNN Student News has a video news clip from each day that is about 10 minutes long. There are discussion questions and quizzes for each video. I would preview the clip before showing it since it is based on real-world news. This is an outstanding current events resource!
Agoraphobia—the fear being in open spaces
Coulrophobia—the fear of clowns
Glossophobia—the fear of speaking in public
Nosophobia—the fear of catching a disease
Acrophobia—the fear of heights
Phasmophobia—the fear of ghosts
Some people are afraid of things that seem very unusual.
Triskaidekaphobia—the fear of the number 13
Zoophobia—the fear of animals
Amathophobia—the fear of dust
Macrophobia—the fear of long waits
Chromophobia—the fear of colors
Do you have any phobias?