Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lab: Heat Transfer in Land and Water

Essential Question: How is the Earth kept at a livable temperature?
Lab: Heat Transfer in Land and Water--We want to find out which heats up faster, land or water? This will help to answer how the rate at which the land and water heat up and cool down affect our temperature on earth?
Check it!

Squirrel Pic: A Squirrel Looking At You  by Matthew T. Rader (CC by NC-SA-2.0)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Creative Commons: Can I Use This Pic?

Mrs. Lorena Swernam taught the Lightning team how to search for internet images using Creative Commons. Students learned which pictures could be used outright or modified, and how to hyperlink the image titles and artists.
I loved it when Kailani said, "That's just like the associative property!" When we learned about usage rights!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Parents Adding to the Blog!!--Hugo Style

I asked my parents to weigh-in on our KidBlog site http://kidblog.org/MixsonZone/

Hurricane Hugo–Parents, Weigh In!!!

    Parent’s, if you were here in 1989 and remember 
 Hurricane Hugo, PLEASE POST
 A COMMENT describing something you remember!

And the comments ARE AMAZING!!! Check them out!

Luckily Left--Another Weather Story

Luckily Left by Alexandra D.
My best weather related story was when I was three. I was living in Louisiana and hurricane Katrina came. My moving truck didn’t make it out of the storm so all our stuff got destroyed. Luckily we got out safely. Have you ever been in a serious storm?Where? When?              

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Night the Hail Ate Us

Check out one of my student's blogs! They had to write a weather-related story (we are studying atmosphere and weather).
The Night The Hail Ate Us--by Susie S.  

It was a dark and stormy night… and my little sisters birthday party and a storm was brewing. Then the real storm came! Clunk! clunk! clunk! There was hail falling everywhere!! the trees in my backyard were swaying…then the BIG double tree in our backyard swayed to the right, then to the left, then CRACK! BAM! it was down! we all lifted it up off our house slowly… steadily… yay it was off our house!!  And on our neighbor’s house.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kids and Electronic Calendars . . . Will it Work?

I can testify that students without AGENDA BOOKS make me very nervous! It is quite a change from writing down assignments in an organized spiral book to using the computer! There is nothing like drawing a fat black line through each To-Do List item with a Sharpie marker!

These kids are growing up in the age of technology, and they will be doing it all digitally regardless of how we oldies have done it since the beginning of time.
I've made it a point to teach my students HOW to set up and use their Google Calendars. All their academic classes are now added to their own and color coded, too. Students can CREATE their own events and practice checking out their calendars each day--just like we as grown ups have to.
One cool feature of Google Calendars I like is called TASKS.

Tasks allow students to type in their To-Do List Items and then "Draw a Line" through them when they are complete by checking the box in front of the words.  They can delete the whole crossed-off list when they get done. Tasks will stay up as long as you want--they are not a daily thing.

Here is the direct link to the "Setting Up Your Google Calendar" instructions for MY students on the Lightning Team: Google Calendar Instructions.

Tell me what YOU think about kids using electronic calendars instead of agenda books.

How about you? Do you use an electronic calendar or a paper calendar more?

To Do Picture:  http://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2014/06/19/21/32/list-372766_640.jpg

Chromebook Fever!

It's about time!!! We finally got our Chromebooks in the 6th grade!  Whoop!
I'm so glad kids will be able to take notes directly from their desks instead of having to read from the board!

We have had a few adjustments and glitches to patiently work out, but we're just about all mastering the use of them! I'm SO GLAD we can use them!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lightning Team Student Council Reps

Congratulations to Malayziah and Chase who have been elected to represent the Lightning Team on the Student Council!