February 1-4

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Jan 312011

These days were canceled. I hope everyone stayed safe and warm.

January 31, 2011

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Jan 282011

Current Events and Comics

The next unit in REAL will be an exploration of how current events are reflected in the daily comic strips.

1. Open a Word file to list the five top current events of this week.

2. Go to Wikipedia to read about the history of the comic strip.

3. Find comic strips from today that reflect current events listed on the Word file.

Indianapolis Star Comics

January 28, 2011

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Jan 282011

Educational Choice day.  Remember that educational choice happens AFTER the news is complete. During the news it is school business only.  Your educational choices must be classroom appropriate and have your brain working!

January 27, 2011

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Jan 262011

Expand your current event knowledge.  Today students will visit each  of the following sites that contain current event articles and games.  At the end of the period all students will go to Moodle and vote for the best quiz site between one and two and then vote for the best magazine site between three – ten.

One – NewzBrain Weekly

Two – News Mania

Three – Scholastic News

Four – Tween Tribune

Five – Time for Kids

Six – Sports Illustrated for Kids

Seven – Kind News

Eight – Weekly Reader

Nine – National Geographic

Ten – Dogon News

January 26, 2011

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Jan 252011

Review of participation grade.

Students will learn about split screen, snipping tool, and sticky notes.

We will watch the THANKS presentations.

January 25, 2011

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Jan 242011

Feedback continues.  Students should continue to post feedback to their teachers.  This not only keeps them practicing what they have learned, but the teachers like to get comments from students.

Students should try to complete the THANKS presentation.

January 24, 2011

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Jan 212011

Students will review feedback and THANKS.  Students will continue to work on presentation of the THANKS acronym.

T is for Timely – above and timely:  make sure when refuting (disagreeing with) information that you have checked your facts and updated them.

H is for Helpful –  if you are not trying to be encouraging and helpful why comment?

A is for Appropriate – when making a comment THINK!  Do not offend the person (age/culturally appropriate?)

N is for Never Name call

K is for Kindness (even if you are disagreeing)

S is for Specific (be very clear state exactly with what you agree or disagree or need to comment on)

January 21, 2011

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Jan 202011

Today students have a little more educational choice time than last Friday.  Remember we are building a trust that all sites students access are educational and classroom appropriate.

Sites to choose from:










January 20, 2011

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Jan 192011

THANKS!  Students will learn the six important points to remember when posting to blogs, pages, and forums.

January 19, 2011

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Jan 182011

Students will continue learning how to give positive or constructive feedback.

Words to know:

feedback, discussion threads, contructive, forum, comments