The challenge this week is to create an image or two and discuss the importance of copyright. I made the following image using one of the suggested websites.
This is the first year my classes will participate in the annual Student Blogging Challenge. The goal is to start online conversations with students of the same age and interests around the world. We have worked for the past six weeks getting ready for the challenge. It is finally here and we are learning how to use the blogs we have worked so hard to build.
New tasks are posted every Sunday. Students can select one or all of the tasks to complete. They submit links to their finished works on the Student Blogging Challenge website for other students to find and comment on their completed tasks. The goal is to have global conversations that are meaningful and constructive while learning how to live in a digital world.
Check out my students’ blogs on the right hand side of this page.
We are well on our way to achieving awesome things in Room 140. Three weeks into the new year and I cannot wait to see what becomes of this batch of 7th grade students.
This website is where you can get news about my (Mr. James) class as well as connect to my students in the US and even students around the world!
Be sure and subscribe (it’s a painless process) over on the right so you can get all the latest updates about what’s going on in class.
Things to look forward to:
The city of Riga, Latvia holds the claim as home to history’s first decorated Christmas tree, back in 1510.
In Argentina, Christmas is a blend of American, European, and Hispanic traditions. Their celebrations typically include the boots of Father Christmas, red and white flowers, and putting cotton on Xmas trees to simulate snow. But most family gatherings take place on Christmas Eve, with huge feasts, gifts exchanged at midnight, and children going to sleep to the sound of fireworks.
In spite of Ethiopia’s Christian heritage, Christmas is not an important holiday there. Most people actually call the holiday Ganna or Genna after a hockey-like ball game played only once a year, on Christmas afternoon.
On Christmas Day, tradition allows Lebanese children to go up to any adult and say, “Editi ‘aleik!” (“You have a gift for me!”). If the adult has a present to spare, the kids add this to their Christmas morning haul.
Winning the award for longest preparation time, Greenland’s traditional Christmas dish, kiviak, takes a full seven months to prepare. It begins with hollowing out a seal skin and stuffing it with 500 auks– a sea bird (feathers and all)– to ferment. When the holiday rolls around, it’s served straight from the seal.
How’s this for a weird Christmas food? South Africa is home to some of the world’s most unusual holiday food fare. Every December locals feast on a seasonal delicacy– the deep-fried caterpillars of Emperor Moths!
The tradition of tinsel, which was invented in Germany in 1610, is based on a legend about spiders whose web turned into silver when they were spun in a Christmas tree.
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We have spent the past two classes setting up our blogs and are on our way to becoming global authors! Check out their blogs under “Class Blogs” on the right side of this site. They are really proud of them.
For students who have been absent or need additional time in class, I have created a page on this website with images of the notes we take in class. Click on the heading “Our Composition Book.”
2016/2017 is already bigger than any year I have had. More students are part of the Awesomeness than previous years, and I cannot wait to see all that they will accomplish together. We have already jumped into “Indelible Moments” and will be writing those down for future generations. I have to confess that I am always emotional during the “Indelible Moments” lesson because of the moments I will never forget:
Share those moments with one another. More importantly, share them with your loved ones. Chances are, they make up most of your “Indelible Moments.”
Since Thursday of last week, we have been taking benchmark tests in the Awesomeness. 7th graders have to take three STAAR tests for English: a written composition test, a revising and editing test, as well as a reading test. We like to have a benchmark test for each STAAR test administered, so we need a whole week to get those benchmarks administered.
I think the word “Benchmark” stresses students out, so we call them corn dogs. It’s weird. I know.
Spring Break is right around the corner, and we all need a rest before the final preparation for the Writing STAAR on March 29.