Monday, March 11, 2019

Making It!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Student Showcase Night is Balloon Powered

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Students are working in teams to build a balloon powered car as a project for the Salt Creek Student Showcase on March 7. This project will be multi-disciplinary, taking place in three classes.

Students are building the cars in science class. In math, students will be measuring the car travel and graphing the result. In language arts, students are building a Google Slideshow. They will document steps in the project, materials used, and share data from racing the car. They will use Chromebooks to take pictures of the car and the project.

The slideshow will be shared with parents at the Showcase. It will provide the format for explaining the project and how students worked within their groups to succeed.

The slideshow might include:

Table of Contents
Supply List
Steps to Build
Trial and Error Building
Team Car
Trial and Error Racing
Trial Run Table
Team Challenges

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Main Idea Rappin

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Writing to a Prompt

Write a multi-paragraph informational response describing how technology is changing the lives of children today.  Your response must be based on ideas and information that can be found in both passages New Technology Makes Fake Arms Cheaper and More Useful for Children and Dream Jobs: Roboticist.

Manage your time carefully so that you can:
  • review the passages;
  • plan your response;
  • write your response; and
  • revise your response.

Be sure to:
  • include an introduction;
  • use evidence from the passages to support your explanation;
  • avoid overly relying on one passage; and
  • include a conclusion.

Here is Bryce's Introduction. He starts with an excellent topic sentence and has the main idea from each article.

Technology has changed throughout the years and has improved kids lives tremendously. Roboticists help the world improve technology everyday and look forward to making it better every time. People like Nick Thompson like to help find ways to make artificial arms cheaper and quicker.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Implied Main Idea

A to Z Win or Learn

Friday, February 22, 2019

Quokka Selfie Rewrite

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hard Work All Day, Every Day

Owl Vision Rewrite

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Kindness Bommerang

Studying Volcanoes Rewrite

Real Life Heroes 2

Monday, February 18, 2019

Real Heroes

Volcanologist Paragraph Rewrite

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Acts of Kindness

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Real Life Heroes

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Brady Tells How to Deal with "The Haters"

Monday, January 28, 2019

Welcome Back from a Lllloooonnnngggg Weekend

Feeling a little out of sorts? Hang in there and you will be back in the groove in no time.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Common Mistake

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What You Write Says It All

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Working Hard on Grammar

Monday, December 17, 2018

Be a Dreamer

Friday, December 14, 2018

Is it Break or Brake Time?


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Directions For . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Halloween Grammar

Friday, December 7, 2018

Be Fast and Smart

Give Quizizz a try  by first joining. Then for the first homophone game enter code 976891.

The Missing Pooch, Whodunnit

Your task is to solve the mystery. To get the case information go HERE.

Alivia did excellent example of how to write the Resolution except she chose the wrong person. The format she used though is excellent.

You will file your case resolution in Jupiter Grades.

Your evaluation as a detective will be based on:

Logical reasoning + correct suspect = A;
Logical reasoning +incorrect suspect = B;
Faulty reasoning + correct suspect = C;
Faulty reasoning + incorrect suspect = D;
Poor participation = F

Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's That Kind of Question

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Working Hard?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Are You Working Hard on Editing?

Explicit or Implicit

Know Your Gift and Use It!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Because Causes Mistakes

Do You Care?

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Grammar #7

Friday, November 30, 2018

Happy Enjoy a Good Book Friday

Grammar #6

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Be the Best Kind of People

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Yes, You!

Be Strong . . .


Image from @mollie_Apso1

Monday, November 26, 2018

There is Only One Correct Answer

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Daily Dose

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Apostrophes and Plurals

Friday, November 16, 2018

All Ready or Already?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Argumentative Essay Project

After twenty years and six attempts, Logan Elm has passed a building levy. We will be building a new K-12 school. What do you think is the most important thing to consider when building a new school?

This could have to do with science labs, technology, separate areas for each grade level, middle school teams, lunch and cafeteria, playground for elementary, library needs, restrooms, music and band, art class, gyms, busing, school day (start and end time, length), office, intercom, safety/security, resources, furniture (tables or desks), parking, lighting, floors (carpet or tile), scheduling, handicap accessibility, or many other options. What is a priority for you, Reading Workshop students?

An Argumentative Essay:
  • Has a clear introduction 
  • States a focus/position statement clearly, precisely, and thoughtfully 
  • Uses specific evidence from the text(s) to support and develop the position, and explains that evidence logically 
  • Takes into account what people who disagree with you might think and tries to respond to that 
  • Concludes effectively
Keep in mind that an argumentative essay is based more on facts as opposed to emotion. When picking a topic you’re interested in, be sure to pick one that you can support with evidence and reasoning. You will need facts, statistics, and reports from sources you and your audience can trust.

I. Introduction
     1. Introduce the topic by giving background information that briefly explains the topic so that the reader will understand the topic to be argued. (3-4 sentences)

     2. Add the thesis statement that clearly and strongly states your opinion concerning the
topic. Writing a direct thesis by including the reasons in your thesis is optional.

II. Body Paragraphs

     1. The first two (or more) body paragraph gives a reason that supports the opinion stated in the thesis. This reason is supported with facts, data, or information. You must quote an article or person that supports your position. You must also have a link to another article that has information that supports your position.

     2. One paragraph discusses the opposite viewpoint. After you pose the counter argument, contest it. Say why the counter argument is faulty and why your argument is stronger.

III. Conclusion

     1. Use a transition signal for the conclusion such as: in conclusion, to conclude, etc.
     2. Restate the thesis in different words than you used in your introduction.
     3. Summarize your main points.
     4. End with a final comment on the topic.

Perhaps the biggest mistake people make in writing an argumentative essay is to state their opinions instead of facts. Remember that each claim you make must be supported by solid evidence if your argument is to hold up to the opposing views.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Know Your Conflict

Friday, October 26, 2018

Yes You!


Monday, October 8, 2018

Make it a Great Monday!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Be the Driver of Your Car

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hhhhmmm, Who Would it Be?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Writing to the Prompt

The assignment:

Describe the impact the setting makes on the story in the book you are reading. Please give details from the book to support your response.

Hannah's Response is organized, stays on topic, uses topic sentences to keep the reader focused, and has many supporting details from the text.

Horizon Setting

In the book Horizon the setting first starts in a plane and then the plane crashes and leave nine people out of 500 to survive in the wilderness with nothing, but some items from the plane. The plane was heading to Japan for four of the kids to do a robot soccer championship. The kids brought their own robots but lost them in the crash. They had also got a cool gravity controller that can send them high up in the sky. The setting impacts the story because the kids have nothing but some luggage from other people, and a sword that Yoshi one of the people had brought on the trip to be safe. They have three survival kits that they found in the plane that had only three knifes and some water and a couple of snacks. They water and food wouldn't last for long knowing that they are in the wild. The setting impacted the story a lot in this book because the survivors saw some weird looking planet like things in the sky at night, this made them think that they were on a different planet.

The setting also changed the way they acted because knowing that they could be on a different planet made them scared. If they would have seen some type of town or other people that lived there, or even planes they had flown by could have helped. They got a cool gravity controller that could send them up in the air to see. This helped the kids because they could see some possible food sources or even water to drink after they ran out. The gravity controller helped them because the jungle that they wound up in had a really bad fog or mist in the day time and at night they could see the sky. The controller made them jump above the fog and they could see again. The setting impacted the book because they had to try new foods and there were no people to ask for help or to guide them. The jungle at night effected the story a lot because it was more scary to hear the noises and sounds. They were scared knowing that there might not be a way to leave the scary jungle.

The setting effected the book because the kids found some weird things that made them jump because they didn't know what it could be, like a scary bird or some big snake or even a new species. The setting could change the way they though. The kids were scared just because the planets made them think different. The setting made them want to explore more and get out there and see what they can do with what they have even if it's not much. The kids saw stuff that made them feel weird and not safe and it caused them to freak out and then freak out some more.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Be Kind, Be Caring, Be Great!

Just Be You

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Signs of Success

What does your success look like? When you are at your best, how do we see it? How do you feel? What happens? Share your success on The Reading Workshop Forum Thought for the Day.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Edit Your Life

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Outstanding, Outstanding Article

Great job Elliana Hutchison for your recommendation of an Outstanding Article. This is an interesting article and the thought provoking question made me think.

How would you feel if there was a lizard terrorizing you and your family?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Be Smart!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Outstanding Articles

We are looking for some Outstanding Articles in Reading Workshop. Students, you will research looking for interesting and intriguing articles online. When you find one, you will write a short (1-2 paragraph) review with a link and a thought provoking question.

Articles that are chosen will be read by the entire class and responses will be shared on the Reading Workshop Forum. The student that has the winning article suggestion will earn an A for the article and will not have to write a response.

You might search for articles at:

Dogo News 
Kids Post

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Good Morning!


Image from @Jescakaye

Monday, August 27, 2018

What Does Your Face Say About You?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Start the Year on Fire 

Image from @Lilovebananas76

Monday, August 20, 2018

Don't Settle for Average

A Little About You

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


You can view the responses HERE.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Survival Mode

I came in this morning with a cold. My brain was working at about half this speed.

Video from @tabbyrodriguez/twitter

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Writing a Memoir

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Take a Chance on Yourself


Image from @JohnMcGrathMB

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Just Be You

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Remembering Greatness