All posts by Mrs. Hughes

The Best Quest!

Think of quests you know of from an exciting book, movie, TV show, or even our history books. What has been the best quest story you know of? Remember, a quest is a long journey with the purpose of seeking riches, fame, freedom, or getting to know who you are better. Is your choice a story of good vs. evil? A story of battles over a religion or cause? Or is it a story of a character finding his true potential and place in the world?

Choose one book, movie, TV show or historical event (myths would count to!) that fits the description of an epic quest.  Briefly summarize what the story is about, and the explain why the plot and characters would be considering “quest” material.


Transitions…Inauguration Post

NASA HQ PHOTO via CompfightThis month may mark a new year, but this week marks new leadership in our government. On January 20th, President-Elect, Donald Trump will be reciting his inaugural pledge to the nation in Washington D.C. The country is very divided whether or not Mr. Trump should have been elected. Nonetheless, he will be our 45th President of the United States. 

Your post this week should be 2+ paragraphs:

  1. Research and summarize the history of the Presidential Inauguration. Include fun facts or interesting things you did not know about. Use credible sources such as .gov, & .org websites. Be sure to cite where you found this information.
  2. As an American, what are you hoping will come out of this Presidency? It is NOT the place to write what you do or don’t like about Mr. Trump. We have seen plenty of fighting on TV.  It is your opportunity to talk about what you are hopeful for.  After all, he will be President until you are in high school.

Edublogs: Cultural Food


Now that the holidays have arrived, this week’s post is thinking about FOOD! So without drooling…share a favorite recipe you and your family absolutely love. Perhaps, it’s a recipe that your grandma passed down. Or maybe it’s something you and your family make every special occasion. It can be a holiday recipe, or just one you enjoy on the weekends. You can interview your family member to get more history if you need to. If you family doesn’t cook together, find a favorite recipe online that you would like to try. To post, you need to TYPE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM FIRST, THEN COPY & PASTE TO EDUBLOGS!

  1. Write 1-2 paragraphs describing what is the recipe, and WHY you chose it. How is it special to you?
  2. Copy and paste (or retype because of formatting) the entire recipe. Don’t leave any steps out! That can make or break how it tastes!
  3. Include a photo, and be sure to give credit.

Edublogs Challenge: Community

Last week was Thanksgiving, and I hope you enjoyed some time with family and friends. To continue that idea of “togetherness,” this week’s topic is community. What type of communities or groups do you have either in school, outside of school, or both?

These communities might include…

  • sports teams
  • school activities and clubs (ie. Garden Club, Safety Patrol, Cooking Club, Robotics, Student Council, etc)
  • outside activities (ie. Boy Scouts, volunteering, music)
  • groups with your family (neighborhood, church)

Think about some of these questions. You may want to include some of these as you describe your post.

  1. What is your “part” in your community group?
  2. What do you like about your group? Dislike?
  3. What group might you want to be part of later in life?
  4. How does your group affect others around you?

“Casey at the Bat” – Part 2…

Last week we read the poem “Casey at the Bat” and worked through the author’s word choice and analyzed the plot & mood of the story. However, we were struck by how the poem ends so abruptly! What happens to Casey next? How is he feeling? How is his team feeling? Is this the end of his career?


This week, your challenge is to write more to the ending and post it to your blog. You have two options:

  1. Come up with another rhyming stanza to add on to the ending. It should be in the same poetic form as the original (aabb = first two lines rhyme, second two line rhyme)
  2. Write a minimum of 2 paragraphs narrating what happens to Casey after he loses the game and “struck out.” Include Casey dialogue with another character.

Whatcha reading???

Class…now that you have been keeping track of your independent reading books through your Reading Logs for the last two quarters, I thought you’d like to see what others are reading. If you look on the sidebar, there is a new widget that shows all the books our class has collectively read since July! Great job everyone! So when you are stuck trying to find a new book…look to what your peers are reading. You might get inspired. Don’t see anything you like? Check out this website – GoodReads – or download the app to get reviews on all sorts of choices. Ask your parents to sign up for GoodReads, and you can create your own bookshelf, even give ratings to books, and post comments to groups reading the same as you.

Winter Wonderland Basket HELP!

a1400by1050The holidays are fast approaching! PTA is set the return of Winter Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 2nd. Each class has been asked to prepare a silent auction themed basket for the night. Mrs. Hughes ‘class will be having a “Science Experiments” basket. I DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP! We ONLY have THREE ITEMS (thank you so far to Gabe, Viviana, & Alyson). If you are able to donate items to make the basket EXPLODE, then please visit this link to sign up right away:

Winter Wonderland Basket Sign up

All donation items are due Monday, November 28th so they can be fully  assembled and wrapped for PTA. Grab that item on Black Friday!!

Thanks for your continued support…

“The Cost of War”– connections to Pax

This week we don’t have an Edublog Challenge, Week #4.  Instead, let’s look at Pax and make connections to what we may know about war.  There are different kinds of “war.” There’s the physical, global wars that need soldiers to fight. Then there are closer “wars” like what we face in our communities: war on drugs, war on crime, wars
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You task this week…

Vola tells Peter: “People should tell the truth about what war cost.” Choose ONE type of literal or metaphoric “war” you have some experience with.  Similar to Vola’s character, describe the physical and emotional costs people may feel when going to “war” or “fighting”  to make something better.  What you warn someone about getting into this war. This is a great time to make a connection to Red Ribbon Week since this ongoing war has affects so many people today.

Edublog Challenge – Week #3 – Images & Attibution

This week, we are learning about how to give credit where credit it due! I will admit, that I have  hard time with this myself. Using photos in class for lessons is one thing. However, when you publish something online, the whole world can see it. We are very comfortable finding photos in web searches, and throwing them on our page. However, to be fair, we REALLY need to give that person credit. Yes, that person whose photo we are using may have stolen it from someone else as well. Yet, the right thing to do, it give the photo attribution. So, your assignment for this week…

Write a separate post including 1-2 images about yourself. These can be your interests, favorite places, or photos of your family (given permission, of course). It’s up to you. When you explain each picture, include the caption with attribution. The compfight plugin is also helpful for this.

Edublog Challenge – Week 2

(Copied & edited from this Student Edublog Challenge post)

Visit 4 other class/student blogs on the blogroll of our class website57a. Leave a quality comment on one post on each blog. Then to prove you visited them…

Write a SEPARATE post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button. You can also do one at a time, “save” your draft, and come back to add another copy/pasted comment as you visit each site.Here are some examples from previous students in the challenge: Allegra but try to include a link to the actual post you left a comment on, Meghana who has linked to both the student’s blog and their blog post where she left the comment.