Middle School Matters
MSM-285 Dancing Queen
Oct 4, 2014
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MSM 285: Dancing Queen in Sonnet or Jeopardy Rocks the Green Pennies . . . From Heaven. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Martha Riecks, Julia Hiltscher Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) New Middle School Science Minute Podcast on "Green Pennies" I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Why the Statue of Liberty is Green: Coatings, Corrosion and Patina," written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett. In this 5E-learning-cycle lesson, students test different types of coatings on pennies to observe how the coatings affect the amount of corrosion produced when the penny is placed in a moist environment and a moist, acidic environment. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/9/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Green_Pennies.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Jeopardy Rocks! Really easy to create and save Jeopardy style board. You just give them a Title for the board (end of the URL), email address and create a password. Then click and type. Easy peasy. Note that you must complete the entire board before the “Publish” button is available. There are six columns. Each column needs five questions. You also need a Final Jeopardy question. http://www.jeopardy.rocks/ http://www.jeopardy.rocks/msm-2453fbd1-b63f-461a-b530-1e71302129f2/ (Only the Hosts category has real questions.) Google Forms Google has updated Google Forms to include a couple of nice options. First of all, you can now limit respondents to one response. Secondly, you can now shuffle question order. Thirdly, you can now customize the images and fonts in a form. You can do a lot of good stuff with Forms. http://blog.gcflearnfree.org/2014/09/11/use-google-forms-to-create-quizzes-surveys-and-more/ http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2014/09/custom-forms-themes.html PopSonnet What happens when you take a pop song and rewrite it as a sonnet? http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/ Resources: Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader [Infographic] When a student struggles to learn to read, we often look to social or economic factors, access to books, or the home environment for an explanation. While each of these factors can play a part, treatable brain differences are often part of the equation. http://www.scilearn.com/blog/inside-the-brain-of-a-struggling-reader-infographic

See the original infographic at http://www.scilearn.com/blog. Richard Byrne Google Docs Resources 27 (and growing) video tutorials by Richard Byrne on using Google. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtx-qUNKJwDz6b_3NaGTkGXaTPrLCpacY Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects Just as with images, it is important to have students use music and sound effects that they have permission to use. The following resources offer music and sound effects that students can use for free in multimedia projects. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/09/sources-of-free-sound-effects-and-music.html
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