April 17, 2014

Day 13

Grade 7 

Today, we will finish our posters in class and print them out once permission is given.

Before you print check your poster for the following:

  • Title in Word Art is catchy, grabs the readers attention
  • Text is easy to read, can see from a distance, and makes sense
  • The message is important to inform your fellow classmates.
  • Graphics added
  • Total poster is looks good, fills the paper

Once you have finished have your teacher look it over, then complete the following:

  • Move the poster into your Turned In Folder by dragging the poster into the folder from your My Drive
  • Printed Poster is turned into the folder in the from of room

Due Today: Printed poster in the turn in folder and in your Google Dive turn in folder.

CLT: I can use Google Docs to create a quality poster that is sending a message to my fellow classmates how to be safe on the Internet. I can change fonts types and styles, add word art, add bullets, add images, and I can print.

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Grade 8: 

We will finish our Challenge Final Report first then we will be starting a unit on Robotics.

I will demonstrate how a final report should look before you hand it into your teachers. Make sure you have your three paragraphs typed. What is the proper format:

  • Header (name, date, period) right side font 12
  • Font Type: Airal or Times New Roman only
  • Font Size: 12 pt
  • Title: Centered Bold no larger font than 14pt
  • Line Space: Double (make sure there is not two double spaces between paragraphs)
  • Indent paragraphs: 5 space
  • Page Number: Bottom Right Side
  • Picture Centered (not too large) Insert/Image/MyDrive
  • Print (Change Printer to LNGVL190HP4500) (5pts)
  • Move (drag) your file into your turn in folder (5pts)

Due Today: Final Report on Spaghetti Tower

Today, you will begin studying the ways robots are being used in our society. You will be amazed of all the uses of robots.

You will use today and tomorrow to gather information and photos on the Robots .You may use your own searching strategies or you can start with the websites I have collected on Robotics.

Create a folder in My Documents or your personal folder to hold all the Robotics Pictures you save for your poster.

Use your time effectively today! You need to find all the information to complete the worksheet and the photos for your Robotics Poster.

Handout: Types of Robots in Society

You will turn in your worksheet completed after you are done needing it with your poster.

CLT: I can use my researching strategies and skills to find information on a given topic.

April 16, 2014

Day 13

Grade 7

Today we will continue with working on our posters please refer to the past two day because we are a bit behind due to technical difficulty.

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Grade 8: 

We will finish our Challenge Final Report first then we will be starting a unit on Robotics.

I will demonstrate how a final report should look before you hand it into your teachers. Make sure you have your three paragraphs typed. What is the proper format:

  • Header (name, date, period) right side font 12
  • Font Type: Airal or Times New Roman only
  • Font Size: 12 pt
  • Title: Centered Bold no larger font than 14pt
  • Line Space: Double (make sure there is not two double spaces between paragraphs)
  • Indent paragraphs: 5 space
  • Page Number: Bottom Right Side
  • Picture Centered (not too large) Insert/Image/MyDrive
  • Print (Change Printer to HP4000) (5pts)
  • Move (drag) your file into your turn in folder (5pts)

Due Today: Final Report on Spaghetti Tower

Today, you will begin studying the ways robots are being used in our society. You will be amazed of all the uses of robots.

You will use today and tomorrow to gather information and photos on the Robots .You may use your own searching strategies or you can start with the websites I have collected on Robotics.

Create a folder in My Documents or your personal folder to hold all the Robotics Pictures you save for your poster.

Use your time effectively today! You need to find all the information to complete the worksheet and the photos for your Robotics Poster.

Handout: Types of Robots in Society

You will turn in your worksheet completed after you are done needing it with your poster.

CLT: I can use my researching strategies and skills to find information on a given topic.

April 15, 2014

Day 12

Grade 7

Today, we continue creating your poster that will teach LMS students how to use the Internet safely. If you did not finish the steps yesterday go back to that day’s post.

Reminders for creating your poster. 

    • Title needs to be catchy to grab the reader’s attention and be remembered
    • What is the message you want the reader to understand?
    • Who is this message intended for?
    • What graphics will get the reader’s attention and support the message?
    • Do not be too wordy but make sure your message is clear.
    • Make sure the reader can see it from a distance. (don’t have the font too small and don’t choose a font type hard to read)

I will continue demonstrate to the whole class step by step to create your poster make sure you are ready logged into your Google Account on Drive.

Steps to creating your Google Poster:

CLT: I can understand how to how to be safe on the Internet and use that understanding to send a message to LMS students in a poster. I can create a creative poster using Google Docs.

Poster Due: End of Wednesday, move it into your Google Drive Turn In Folder when you are finished.

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Grade 8

Open Google Drive and find your saved Google Doc you started yesterday.

  • Introductory paragraph explain the challenge to solve and how your team did.
  • Second paragraph explain the design process step that you felt was the most important for solving your tower challenge. Tell why you feel this and what you did in the step.
  • Final paragraph express your thoughts of this process, how your team worked together and what your thought were about this activity.
  • You are to insert (upload) at least one photo showing your team solving the challenge.
  • Make sure you move your doc into the shared “Turn In Folder” when you are done.

Checkoff for Completion: 20 pts. 

  • Font size 12, Font type either Arial or Times New Roman
  • Name, Date, Period in Header
  • Title Centered and Bold
  • Report explaining as stated above
  • Photo/s are inserted to support the design process.
  • File in Turn In Folder

CLT: I can type a report properly, download photos and insert them into my documents on Google Drive.

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April 14, 2014

Day 11

Seth made the final round thanks to all our students voting for Seth. Voting started on Friday and there is just one day left to help Seth Muck here is the link please vote for him before we start class. 

Click here and vote http://contest.usatodayhss.com/inspiration/final  spread the word to vote. Help Seth become the “2014 Army National Guard Most Inspirational Athlete”.

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Grade 7

Today, we will begin using Google Accounts with creating a Google Doc Internet Safety Poster. Your poster will teach LMS students how to use the Internet safely. Take all the information that we covered over the past few days (videos, pamphlets, handouts, and discussions) to use to teach important information. Be Creative!

Now it is time to create your poster, items to remember when creating a poster. Sketch it out on a piece of paper before you start. (first 10 minutes of the class) be ready to start on the computer with your idea ready to go.

Reminders for creating your poster. 

    • Title needs to be catchy to grab the reader’s attention and be remembered
    • What is the message you want the reader to understand?
    • Who is this message intended for?
    • What graphics will get the reader’s attention and support the message?
    • Do not be too wordy but make sure your message is clear.
    • Make sure the reader can see it from a distance. (don’t have the font too small and don’t choose a font type hard to read)

I will demonstrate to the whole class step by step how to create your poster. Make sure you are ready, logged into your Google Account on Drive.

Steps to creating your Google Poster:

  • Log into your Google Account
  • Click on Google Drive
  • Click on the big red button CREATE
  • Select Document
  • The program Google Documents will open up.
  • First always give the document a name, click on untitled document top left corner. All files are to be named as followed:
    • Your last name, first name
    • Your class period dash 9 wks.
    • one-three words describing what the document is
    •            Ex. Smith, Joe 2-3 Internet safety poster
  • How to create a title for the Poster “Word Art”
  • How to add text to your poster (change alignment, change font, change size, change color and adding bullets)

CLT: I can understand how to how to be safe on the Internet and use that understanding to send a message to LMS students in a poster. I can create a creative poster using Google Docs.

Poster Due: End of Wednesday

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Grade 8

Today, you will write a final report on your Spaghetti Tower Experience in Google Docs.

Open Google Drive/ Click on Create/ Select Document. Start a new Google Doc for your final report on this activity.

  • Introductory paragraph explain the challenge your team solved and how your team did working together.
  • Second paragraph explain the design process step that you felt was the most important for solving your tower challenge. Tell why you feel this way.
  • Final paragraph express your thoughts if you were given a second chance what do you think would be different and how does this relate to the design process? What your thought were about this activity.
  • You are to insert (upload) at least one photo showing your team solving the challenge.
  • Make sure you move your doc into the shared “Turn In Folder” when you are done.

Checkoff for Completion:

  • Font size 12, Font type either Arial or Times New Roman
  • Name, Date, Period in Header
  • Title Centered and Bold
  • Report explaining as stated above
  • Photo/s are inserted to support the design process.

CLT: I can create a Google Doc that is saved in My Drive and start with creating a header.

Past Due: Activity 1.2.1 Design Process Handout and your teams Design Process Steps for the Tower Challenge.

April 5-13 2014

Please enjoy your spring break. Get energized and ready to buckle down to finishing out the school year.

Be safe and relax. Spend time with family and friends. I will see you April 14th

April 4, 2014

Day 10 Housekeeping for both grades:  We are helping out Mr. Muck’s son Seth Muck who is a finalist  for to possibly win the USA Today’ “2014 Army National Guard Most Inspirational Athlete”. He needs 250,000 votes so please spread the word to your family and friends. Click on the link below

  1. http://contest.usatodayhss.com/inspiration
  2. Click Vote Now
  3. Click Loyalty
  4. Scroll down the page and look for Seth Muck and then click Vote for this Athlete
    1. Make sure you enter the code given to you to be accepted as a vote.
  5. Spread the word and continue to vote.
  6. Voting stops in just a few days.
  7. Read Seth’s bio to see all he has accomplished and his dedication.

Good Luck Seth, you are an inspiration to all students with Dyslexia. You show that believing in your self and given all you can to accomplish your goals can be achieved. We wish you the best in the contest and your future. 

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Grade 7 Cyber Bullying needs to stop and it can start with you! Make a difference, today you will learn about cyber bullying.

  1. What is cyber bullying?
  2. What are some things that a cyber bully might do?
  3. Why do people act as bullies?
  4. What should one do when confronted with a cyber bully or prevent cyber bullying?
  5. What is Netiquette?

CLT: I can explain what is cyber bullying and how netiquette can help prevent cyber bullying. I can explain what to do if I am aware of cyber bullying. Movie: Cyberbully videos for discussion and awareness Past Due: Shared Folder in your Google Drive 10pts, Signed Class Expectation sheet 10pts, Keyboarding 10 pts and Email sent to the News Crew 20pts. Get this done if you have not done so already. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Grade 8 Today, first your team will complete the Design Process Handout about your solution to the Spaghetti Tower. This handout should have all nine steps completed and turned in to the folder. Next each person will write a final report on your Spaghetti Tower Experience in Google Docs. Open Google Drive and Start a new Google Doc This Google Doc is your final report on this activity.

  • Introductory paragraph explain the challenge to solve and how your team did working together.
  • Second paragraph explain the design process step that you felt was the most important for solving your tower challenge. Tell why you feel this and what you did in the step.
  • Final paragraph express your thoughts if you were given a second chance what do you think would be different and how does this relate to the design process? What your thought were about this activity.
  • You are to insert (upload) at least one photo showing your team solving the challenge.
  • Make sure you move your doc into the shared “Turn In Folder” when you are done.

Checkoff for Completion:

  • Font size 12, Font type either Arial or Times New Roman
  • Name, Date, Period in Header
  • Title Centered and Bold
  • Report explaining as stated above
  • Photo/s are inserted to support the design process.

CLT: I can create a Google Doc that is saved in My Drive and start with creating a header. Due at the conclusion of class: Activity 1.2.1 Design Process Handout and your teams Design Process Steps for the Tower Challenge.

April 3, 2014

Day 9

Housekeeping for both grades: 

We are helping out Mr. Muck’s son Seth Muck who is a finalist  for to possibly win the USA Today’ “2014 Army National Guard Most Inspirational Athlete”. He needs 250,000 votes so please spread the word to your family and friends. Click on the link below

  1. http://contest.usatodayhss.com/inspiration
  2. Click Vote Now
  3. Click Loyalty
  4. Scroll down the page and look for Seth Muck and then click Vote for this Athlete
    1. Make sure you enter the code given to you to be accepted as a vote.
  5. Spread the word and continue to vote.
  6. Voting stops in just a few days.
  7. Read Seth’s bio to see all he has accomplished and his dedication.

Good Luck Seth, you are an inspiration to all students with Dyslexia. You show that believing in your self and given all you can to accomplish your goals can be achieved. We wish you the best in the contest and your future. 

Grade 7

Cyber Bullying needs to stop and it can start with you! Make a difference, today you will learn about cyber bullying.

  1. What is cyber bullying?
  2. What are some things that a cyber bully might do?
  3. Why do people act as bullies?
  4. What should one do when confronted with a cyber bully or prevent cyber bullying?
  5. What is Netiquette?

CLT: I can explain what is cyber bullying and how netiquette can help prevent cyber bullying.

Handout: 1) Internet Safety Rules/ Pledge handout 2) Heads Up Stop Think Connect book provided by the Federal Government, Federal Trade Commission

Past Due: Shared Folder in your Google Drive 10pts, Signed Class Expectation sheet 10pts, Keyboarding 10 pts and Email sent to the News Crew 20pts. Get this done if you have not done so already.

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Grade 8

Prototype Build Day!!  Use your time wisely, work as a team to build your tower with the materials provided.

Materials:

  • 50 spaghetti pieces
  • 40 mini marshmallows
  • 6 large marshmallows
  • 1 3 ft of string
  • 1 big paper clip
  • 1 golf ball

Resources:

Handout: Design Process worksheet

Procedure:

  • Your team should have completes the first five steps in the design process to solve your challenge. You will complete worksheet the last three steps once you make your prototype.
  • You have just today to build your prototype tower as a team use your time wisely
  • Your golf ball must be supported within your tower using the materials provided.
  • Will your structure be the tallest?  Will it be able to hold the golf ball?

Through this challenge students will understand:

  • Some shapes and materials are stronger than others.
  • Weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques.
  • Distribution of mass is an important consideration when building structures.

Good Luck Teams

CLT: I can follow the design process to solve a problem. I can work with a team. I can explain each step of the process.

April 2, 2014

Day 8

Grade 7 Internet Safety Netiquette

Before you start today you will need to take a pre-assessment from i-SAFE. Click on the website below and follow the instructions on the sheet I have provided you. (read carefully)

http://isafe.org/nac

Today will will continue with our Internet Safety Unit the focus of today’s lesson is how to protect yourself on the Internet.

  1. Netiquette is the proper way to communicate online, what are examples of how to use netiquette?
  2. What are the precautions that need to be thought of when Friending or adding someone to your Buddy List?
  3. What is your digital footprint? All of your actions on the internet creates your digital footprint.

CLT: I can explain what netiquette is and provide examples of of how to interact online correctly. I can explain what I need to think of when I accept a Friend in my social networking sites.

Due Today: Internet Safety Rules/Pledge 10 pts. signed to the folder.

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8th Grade  Understanding the Design Process

Today you will be getting into groups of three to complete a marshmallow spaghetti tower challenge. Your team is to build the tallest tower with only the materials provided that will support a golf ball within the your tower. The tower must be freestanding.Your team will be documenting the steps as each is complete in the design process. The following website can assist you with your solving your challenge.

Resources:

Handout: Design Process Planning worksheet

Procedure:

  • Your team is complete the design process to solve your challenge.
  • Your materials will be provided, keep track of all given.
  • You will have two class periods to complete this challenge.
  • Today you team will complete the design process before building.
  • Your golf ball must be supported within your tower using the materials provided.
  • Will your structure be the tallest?  Will it be able to hold the golf ball?

Through this challenge students will understand:

  • Some shapes and materials are stronger than others.
  • Weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques.
  • Distribution of mass is an important consideration when building structures.

Good Luck Teams

CLT: I can follow the design process to solve a problem. I can explain each step of the process.

Past Due: Shared Folder in your Google Drive 10pts, Signed Class Expectation sheet 10pts, and Email sent on Longfellow 20pts. Get this done if you have not done so already.

April 1, 2014

Day 7

Sorry I am out today I am at training!

The classes will be focusing on keyboarding skills. These skills will become very valuable for your future. Most occupations use some form of keyboarding in this technological world. Being able to type with accuracy and with easy will allow you to be efficient and effective in your occupation.

Make sure you type with proper figure placement with placing your hands on the home row keys as the program will demonstrate for you. This program will take you at your own personal pace to provide success in learning how to properly using the keyboard. Developing your skills with accurate and speed using the keyboard.

We are using the free program http://www.typingweb.com/tutor/, your user name and password is the same as Google Account.

All students are to follow through the lessons, not the Games tab on this site.  I can monitor your progress on my computer.

CLT: I can place my hands on the home row keys on the keyboard and be able to type with the proper fingers on the keys that are being taught to me in the program.