MSM 263: How do I love thee? Let me calculate the snow days . . .
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Jokes You Can Use:
The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer, who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket, went in to try out for the job.
"Okay," the sheriff drawled, "Gomer, what is 1 and 1?"
"11" he replied.
The sheriff thought to himself, "That's not what I meant, but he's right. What two days of the week start with the letter 'T'?"
"Today and tomorrow."
The sheriff was again surprised that Gomer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.
"Now Gomer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?"
Gomer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, "I don't know."
"Well, why don't you go home and work on that one for a while?"
So, Gomer wandered over to the barbershop where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Gomer was exultant. "It went great! First day on the job and I'm already working on a murder case!"
At school one morning the teacher asked little Johnny what he had for breakfast. Little Johnny said, well, on my way to school I come cross this Apple tree, so I climbed up there and started eating apples. I guess I eat about six, said little Johnny. No, said the teacher, it’s ate! Little Johnny said well it could've been eight I don't remember.
Q. What did the traffic light say to the other traffic light?
A. Don’t look now am changing!
Q: What kind of insects to you find on the Moon.
A: Lunar Ticks (Lunatics)
Q. Why did the kid eat his homework?
A. His teacher said it was a piece of cake.
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Have students write a story about one of the pictures.
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or email@example.com)
I was recently reading the November, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. I then read the article "Building Science Literacy by Reading: Science News" written by Kent Schielke, a 7th-8th grade science teacher in Naperville, IL.
Every year, she challenges her 8th graders with the question, "Where will you get your information about new science after you take your last science class." She then shares the assignment that she uses to help her students answer this question.
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Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories
As a student the importance of planning a story before writing it was driven into my head. Then when I became a teacher, I drove that same message home to my students. Here are five free tools that students can use to plan and outline their stories.
ACMI Storyboard Generator
Snow Day Calculator
Free Images from the British Library
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Flipped Classrooms in the Middle Level
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