Slice of Life: Robotics Week!

All this week is National Robotics week! As a Slice of Life entry, let’s focus on the text type: descriptive writing. Click on the National Robotics link and explore the “trading cards” lists. Choose 1-2 cards and describe which one(s) is/are the  most interested to you. Describe what they are and WHY you chose them.

If you download the “Robots for Ipad” app, there is much more including videos of how these robots are used in the real world.  Do you have your own toy robot? On Friday, I will permit you to bring it in and demo it with the class, with your parents permission!

Middle School Post

As we prepare to take our class field trip to the middle school, think about what it means to be a 7th grader. You may need to draft your post in two parts to successfully complete this. In at least 2 paragraphs, answer the following:

  1. What are you excited for in middle school, and what are you nervous about? Explain with examples (perhaps you have stories from friends or siblings that are influencing your thoughts.)
  2. After visiting Eastlake Middle, what did you enjoy the most about the field trip? What is something you didn’t know before that you find interesting or would like to learn more about in 7th grade?

Edublogs: Outdoor Education

We’re just one week away from our big adventure of 6th Grade Camp! In this week’s post, write at least 2 paragraphs answering Ivan Kodzhanikolov via Compfightall three questions.

1) What is the one thing you can’t wait to try or experience at camp? Describe it, and explain why.

2) What is one thing you hope to avoid or doesn’t happen to ruin your camp week? Describe it, and explain why.

3) What will you miss from home or school? Describe it, and explain why.

If you are not attending camp, change “at camp” to “at school” and adapt your opinion to your situation.

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…

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