Monthly Archives: September 2010

One Hundred Books!

Congratulations to my Seventh Grade Lovelies!! As of this evening, you’ve read one hundred books!!! That’s…wait for it, wait for it…AWESOME!!! (and now I’ll wait while y’all imitate the teacher…)

One hundred books is a fantastic achievement in September, and I think that deserves something special. How about some extra silent reading time tomorrow?! Sound good?

I thought you’d agree! 🙂

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ITBS Testing This Week

Tomorrow morning we will begin ITBS testing which will continue throughout the week. Before coming to school Monday, be sure you:

  • had a good night’s sleep Sunday night
  • had a hearty and healthy breakfast Monday morning
  • bring an extra snack – a healthy one!
  • have at least two (2) number 2 pencils (if you’re using a mechanical pencil, be sure to check the type of lead)
  • bring a good, quality eraser – one that won’t leave a lot of smudges
  • bring a silent reading book, sudoku or crossword puzzles,
    a coloring book…anything to do if you finish tests early. I will have coloring pages and some puzzles available for those who want them.

I also want to let you know in advance that we will not have a vocabulary test this week. I think you’ll have taken enough tests by the time Friday rolls around. And while I won’t be giving you much in the way of homework this week, I do expect all of my seventh graders to do plenty of reading at home!

Have you logged in your books yet?

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The Homework Dropbox

As I mentioned to my seventh graders yesterday, I have created a way for students to “turn in” their digital homework throughout the year. It’s one extra step for students to take, but it could save the teacher (that’d be me!) up to an hour of time per assignment! So I greatly appreciate my students taking that extra step; one that won’t take more than a minute, I promise!

Here’s what I want you to do. Go to this link on the Seventh Grade website:

Homework Dropbox

First, you need to enter the basic information: your name and which subject the assignment is for. For the Name of Assignment box, enter the name I have given you for the assignment or, if I haven’t given you a specific name, use a name that properly identifies the assignment.

Next you will need to copy and paste the URL (web address) for your assignment into the box on the form labeled “Link to Your Assignment.” Be sure it’s the URL that goes directly to your assignment, not the URL to the page of your blog.

The last box on the form is optional; it is for any information you may need to share with me regarding the assignment. For example, if you were absent the day it was assigned or if you had any questions about completing the assignment, you would enter that information in that box.

So, if you’re having some downtime this weekend and looking to get ahead for next week, try using this form to “turn in” your first two literature responses from your blog and/or your vocabulary sentences. You will need to use the form three different times to turn in each assignment separately.

If you have any questions, please send me an email.

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Today’s Google Doodle

We love Google Doodles in seventh grade! You will each be creating your own Doodles at some point this year, so I’ll try to share a few of Google’s own Doodles with you so you get used to the idea.

Today’s Google home page is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Buckyball.

25th Anniversary of the Buckyball

I just had to share this one with all of my students who love science! The question is…do you know what a buckyball is? Check out this Wikipedia page.

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Google Apps Refresher

Hello My Seventh Grade Lovelies!

First of all, let’s review how you sign in to Google Apps. Start by clicking on this link:

Google Apps for Education

If you have trouble remembering your log-in information, send me an email. Once you log-in, you’ll see a screen that looks like this:

If you wanted to go to your blog, you would click on “Sites.” But let’s start with Google Docs. To create your document, click on “Docs.” The next screen will look like this:

Of course, your page won’t be filled with documents and folders, but you get the point. So, let’s get to work!

Click on “Create new” on the left-hand side of your screen. This will give you a drop-down menu where you’ll select “Document.”

Before you start typing anything on the next page, NAME YOUR DOCUMENT! Don’t make the teacher tense!

Time to share the document with your teacher. You have two choices, as seen here:

Click on either one of those and the next screen you see will be:

Add my email address at the bottom (if you just start typing “k…m…” it will come up for you).

And that’s it! You’re ready to type up your first Google Document.

Now, wasn’t that easy!?!

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