Scholastic Book Fair
October 6-10, 2014
Teen Read Week
October 12-18, 2014
"Turn Dreams Into Reality"
York County Library Book Sale
October 16-18, 2014
See me for details!
Lovecraft Middle School Series
About the Series: http://www.lovecraftmiddleschool.com/
Classroom Discussion Guide: http://lovecraftmiddleschool.com/extra-credit/classroom-discussion.html
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0sYsb46INo
Need Help Maintaining Your Classroom Library?
- Booksource is free! You can add new titles, a class roster, run assessment reports on student and/or title activity, and allow the students to check in/check out books. Looks pretty cool, but of course, you will need to import all the titles and students to get it set up. http://classroom.booksource.com/
- If you are not super keen on setting up an electronic classroom library checkout system, then maybe something simpler would do? Using your iPad or iPhone, simply snap a picture of the student with the book he or she is taking home and then delete the image when it is returned. If you have a function where it allows you to add a date so you know how long it has been out, even better!
- Last idea is even simpler - how about a paper and pencil checkout sheet? Have the students fill out the form with the title and date the book left. You can glance it is periodically to see who still has a book out and make sure that when it is returned, you initial. Better yet - put a student in charge as a classroom job! For the week, they are in charge of sitting and checking books as the "classroom librarian."
From The Organized Classroom Blog by Charity Preston
Trading Card Creator
App Store: Students should search for "Trading Cards"
The interactive activities require students to do more than memorize the rules of grammar. They also require students to read sentences and identify errors. In some of the activities students have to correct errors in a sentence. Each interactive activity is accompanied by a handout on which students can record their scores and measure their progress.
http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm (no need to register)
Math in Real Life Series
- How does math guide our ships at sea?
- Why do competitors open their stores next to each other?
- Pixar: The Math Behind the Movies
Each video lesson has a quiz, discussion questions, and additional resources to explore.
Mission U.S. (iPad App)
Why We Crave Sugar (and How Much We Consume)
This is the perfect opportunity to examine our own personal sugar consumption habits. Sugar Stacks is a good website for understanding how much sugar is in the food and beverages that we consume. Sugar Stacks lists popular food and beverage items in ten categories. Every item is pictured with a stack of sugar cubes. Each sugar cube represents four grams of sugar. This is a great way to see just how much sugar you really consume in your favorite snack or beverage. http://www.sugarstacks.com/
15 Signs You're Teaching in 2015
1. You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.
2. You google before you even try to remember.
3. You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.
4. You’re in bad shape if the internet goes down during a lesson.
5. YouTube makes more sense than television.
6. You forgot what chalk does to your skin.
7. Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a response to misbehavior.
8. You’re sure Vine is rotting your middle schooler’s brain.
9. You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.
10. You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
11. Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.
12. Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.
13. You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on twitter, it may not have happened.
14. You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10th grade Math teacher down the hall.
15. You’re energized–and absolutely fatigued–by the rate of change in your craft as an educator early in the 21st century.
By TeachThought Staff (http://www.teachthought.com) - condensed