Things are great in room 203. So much going on, so much learning to be had.
Thanks to everyone for working with me to help our students learn how to best use mobile devices as tools. It seems as though the friendly reminder from me with support from home has done a world of difference in the class this past week. Tools not toys, right?
Let’s let this picture speak for itself. This is the same plant that I took a picture of and sent you a couple weeks ago. Amazing.
Students have been taking great care of their plants(along with doing a weekly science report on the plant’s growth progress). We are all excited to see what’s under the earth. Remember, students are trying to produce enough potatoes to supply the daily caloric intake for the group for one day. I figure, just before Christmas we will harvest and have an “Iron Chef” type competition…a potato feast!
We finished reading The Martian. I’m really proud of this group. This book is not a typical grade 7/8 novel. It’s a more mature reading level and yet through classroom discussion, I figure this group got more out of this text than most reading clubs would. We often found ourselves exploring beyond the pages and learning about Mars exploration via NASA website or news articles. Very cool.
With the end comes a few assignments…
Due Monday, November 23 (Language)
“What is the setting of the story?” – 5 paragraph essay
Due Monday, November 23 (Geography/Language)
“What is the best possible location on Mars for human Settlement?”
See: Terrain tab of
Due Monday, November 30 (Language)
Elements of a Story Storyboard
The following pictures show an example storyboard done for the novel “The Princess Bride”. Students will be using a storyboard to report on “The Martian”