Ricky and Nadia were talking in class. Their teacher, Mrs. Belle, thought she heard Jenny’s voice. Mrs. Belle wants to send Ricky and Jenny to the principal’s office for disrupting class. Nadia doesn’t want Jenny to get in trouble for something she didn’t do, but she doesn’t want to get in trouble either.
Write a paragraph explaining what you think Nadia should do in the “Post a comment” section below.
Your challenge is to see how many of these riddles you can answer correctly. You have until Friday, September 10th.
- What goes up and down stairs without moving?
- Give it food and it will live; give it water and it will die.
- What can you catch but not throw?
- I run, yet I have no legs. What am I?
- Take one out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red.
- Remove the outside, cook the inside, eat the outside, throw away the inside.
- What goes around the world and stays in a corner?
- What gets wetter the more it dries?
- The more there is, the less you see.
- They come at night without being called and are lost in the day without being stolen.
Riddle Challenge #1
Leave me a comment and tell me what you think the answers are to the riddle.
I will announce the week’s winners on Monday when I release the next set of challenge riddles.
Does your dog deserve a day at camp? Armless man plays piano with his toes; Real-life Spiderman climbs 57-story skyscraper. AP photos
Stories from the week of September 4, 2010
Man receives two new hands The recipient of a rare double hand transplant says he feels “fantastic” and can wiggle fingers on both his new hands. Richard Edwards made his first appearance on Thursday, about a week after he underwent a nearly 18-hour transplant procedure at a hospital in Louisville. The 55-year-old c… - Posted on September 3, 2010
Pig out! Man eats 8 pounds of ribs in 12 minutes Joey Chestnut has eaten his way to another ribs-eating title in Nevada. The 26-year-old San Jose, Calif., man ate 8 pounds of pork ribs in 12 minutes to win the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off’s eating competition Wednesday night in Sparks. America’s No. 1 professional eater, C… - Posted on September 3, 2010
Goats rescued from 60-foot railroad bridge Two young goats wandered onto the thin ledge of a railroad bridge and spent nearly two days high above the ground until rescuers in a towering cherry picker plucked them from their perch, hungry but safe. The rescue occurred Wednesday 60 feet above a little-trafficked rural roadway in sout… - Posted on September 3, 2010
Do you have a right to playground swing? Elementary school playgrounds in one West Virginia county are losing their swing sets. Swings are being removed from Cabell County schools in southern West Virginia in part because of lawsuits over injuries. Cabell County schools safety manager Tim Stewart said Wednesday that a lot … - Posted on September 2, 2010
Do dogs deserve day camp? The yellow school bus makes its rounds, picking up one eager passenger after another en route to day camp. Small legs quickly climb the stairs, heads pop out of bus windows and excitement rises. Each of these day campers has four legs and a tail and many wag those tails rapidly as the “Dog… - Posted on September 1, 2010
Taiwanese town goes cat crazy Cats are giving a second life to a decayed Taiwanese coal-mining town that last prospered in the 1970s. This tiny community of 200 people and 100 cats is fast reinventing itself as a cat lover’s paradise. Visitors’ raves on local blogs have helped draw dozens of cat lovers to fondle, froli… - Posted on August 31, 2010
Dutch teen sailor reaches Africa A 14-year-old Dutch sailor aiming to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world says she has reached Spain’s Canary Islands off northwest Africa but declined Thursday to say where exactly she was. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, Dekker said she would not specify… - Posted on August 30, 2010
Real-life Spiderman climbs Australian skyscraper A French skyscraper climber nicknamed “Spiderman” was arrested Monday after scaling a 57-story building in Sydney with his bare hands. Alain Robert, known for climbing some of the world’s tallest and best-known buildings without ropes or other equipment, was arrested at the top of the Lumi… - Posted on August 30, 2010
The prettiest bug in town: A pink katydid It’s bubblegum pink, vanishingly rare and was likely headed for an early demise in a bird’s beak. That is until Kay Hrycko stumbled upon the shockingly pink katydid in the yard of her Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, home on Tuesday. “We were walking around looking at the logs an… - Posted on August 27, 2010
Moms who like Twilight…are they icky? Jill Etesse was hooked on the “Twilight” books the second she cracked the series opener. She ripped through the saga on paper and rented movie No. 1. Then the madness began. “I joined the lines of teens for ‘New Moon,’” said the 38-year-old mom of two. “My husband is deathly embarra… - Posted on August 27, 2010
Congrats to the class of 2010! This is (nearly) all the major headlines of your life. In rap. The Week in Rap will be back in the fall.
The Last 18 Years in Rap: 1992-2010
Here it is: The last Week in Rap of the school year. Only we decided to do something special for the high school graduates.
The Brits send the first text message, what’s more,
Rodney King verdict, Bill Clinton is elected,
No more cold war, Yugoslavia’s dissected,
David Koresh and his cult do not make it,
94 – The year of Nelson Mandela,
And Genocide in Rwanda, I’ll tell you,
Republicans they came in, they followed a Newt,
And Forrest Gump ate a box of chocolates too,
95 – First female secretary of state,
OJ Simpson gets acquitted, he was out in L.A.
Pokémon debuts, but it is a pity,
Gaza and the West Bank, are you feeling them?
They’re not Israeli anymore, they’re Palestinian,
1996 – The Atlanta Olympics,
Mad cow disease spreads, it’s intense,
It doesn’t affect the Bulls or Michael Jordan,
RIP Tupac, he was important,
97 – Mother Teresa dies,
So does B.I.G. and Princess Di,
NASA puts a rover on Mars – it’s totally sweet,
98 – we balance the budget and save dimes,
Matthew Shepherd gets killed – it’s a hate crime,
99 – The whole nation cries,
When we hear of what happened at Columbine,
Bill Clinton lies about a lady, gets impeached,
We celebrate the millennium and hit the streets,
2000 – Gore wins, no Bush wins or…
In the end it’s decided by the Supreme Court
2001 – Napster takes a permanent nap,
iPods arrive and our genome is mapped,
I bet we all remember the hour,
When we heard that two planes had hit the towers,
September 11th caused almost 3,000 coffins,
US invaded Afghanistan hunting bin Laden,
02 – American Idol debuts, it’s awesome,
Especially for Kelly Clarkson,
Bush sees an Evil Axis, lowers taxes,
Enron fraud, Spiderman does back flips,
03 – The start of the Iraq war,
While the genocide claims lives in Darfur,
Columbia explodes, SARS is deadly,
04 – Red Sox win, reverse the curse
It’s the year the Tsunami hits the shore,
Kerry’s swift-boated, Bush wins four more,
05 –Pope dies, concerts for AIDS,
London subway bombing, hurricane Katrina,
Baseballers are doping and where is FEMA?
Iran gets uranium but is it for nukes?
Nintendo says “Wii,” Scientists find a fish,
Saddam gets hanged, Democrats in Congress,
07 –Virginia Tech and the troop surge,
iPhone drops, and the housing bubble bursts,
We see the first female speaker of the house,
Dixie Chicks win gold, Karl Rove steps down,
08 – the fighting heats up in Gaza,
There’s the first black president, Barack Obama,
8 gold medals, the boy can swim!
Gay marriage, moon water, RIP MJ,
H1N1, and Sotomayor
We’re $10 trillion debt, and it’s gonna be more,
2010 – Earthquakes in Chile and Haiti,
Oil spills and ash clouds, it’s crazy,
New Brit government and health reform passed,
3.3 million high school graduates,
Think of yourself and tell me, are you proud of it?
Channel One, Flocab wishing you congrats,
This has been the last 18 years in rap.
Flocabulary wishing you congrats,
This has been 18 years…
You are now watching: Oil, Immigration & War – May 21st
The vimeo file above may take a few moments to load. As always, if you can’t view the video, you can view or download (right-click and save as) the quicktime version here or view Channel One’s version here.
May 21st – Waddap tho/
Flocab with the news listen up let’s go/
In the Gulf/
Oil’s still gushing/
Where’s it going? That’s a whole other discussion/
They’re saying it may have entered the Loop Current/
The residents of Florida are hoping for a deterrent/
Perhaps we can get luck from Kevin Costner/
Essentially it acts like a vacuum/
Pulling out oil and pushing the water back through/
That’s cool – but what about Thailand?/
Covered with violence/
But the Military’s saying, “Not this time”/
Next though from Mexico/
Their President has come to visit and he wants to let ya know/
He ain’t really feeling the new law/
But here’s a little good news ya’ll/
One of Time’s top fifty inventions was called/
They’re made out of paper/
That’s been recycled, alright any takers?/
Move-makers – check out the Dream Act/
Some people dig it and some think it seems wack/
It’s for the children of illegal aliens/
A way to gain citizenship/
Only if they begin/
Military service, or attend college/
But how about a moment of solace/
Hopefully the war in Kabul will be abolished/
Flocabulary’s coming back real soon/
Until then then see ya next week when you tune in.
Each week you will publish your work by creating several online posts. You will either be posting to your blog or ePortfolio.
Blog Posts are to fall into the following categories:
7 categories – blog posts that you must create fall within the following categories:
- WJHS Life – Tell a little about what is going on at school
- “How-To”s – Have any tips or How Tos to share?
- Music - What music are you listening to?
- Literature: Read any interesting … Quotes, ShortStories, Drama, Poetry?
- Sports – What is going on in the sports world?
- TV/Movies – What is good on tv or in the movies?
- Current Events – What’s new? What’s going on in the world?
- Check Ins – Tell us what is going on in your world?
Include a TITLE for your piece and label it with any one of the tags listed above.
Your response must be a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Here are some starters to help you out.
Category: WJHS Life.
This category is for creative pieces about miscellaneous topics that aren’t really about music, tv, movies, or sports, but might still be interesting to kids in WJHS.
- Examine the pros and cons of an issue.
- Write up an interview with someone in WJHS (friend or teacher).
- Create an interesting list.
- Write about current events in the area, country, or world.
- Pose an interesting “What if” question along with your answer.
This category is for creative “How-To” pieces.
- Write a recipe with instructions.
- Give advice, such as “How-To” stop bullying, be a better friend, etc.
- Write directions for an arts & crafts project.
- Write directions for a science experiment.
This category is for creative pieces about music-related topics.
- Review new music.
- Write an informative article about a musician or band.
- Create an interesting list (i.e. Top Ten).
- Review a live performance or music video.
- Write up an interview with someone about a musician or band.
This category is for creative pieces about sports.
- Review a recent game.
- Write an informative article about an athlete.
- Compare and contrast teams.
- Write up an interview with someone about an athlete or team.
This category is for responses to novels, poetry, short stories and plays.
- Use a character, scene, event or theme of interest and reflect about the importance of that element in the storyline.
- Use a picture of scene in a magazine as inspiration for a story or play.
- Submit your response by posting to your blogpage
This category is for creative pieces about TV or movie-related topics.
- Review a popular TV show or movie.
- Write an informative article about an actor/actress.
- Create an interesting list (i.e. Top Ten).
- Examine the pros and cons of an issue in the TV/movie industry.
- Write up an interview with someone about a TV show or movie.
This category is for informing your adoring fans about what you are up to.
- Tell us about your work in class.
- What have you been doing with your friends?
- What did you do in class this week?
Your entries will be added to the following pages
We have been working on digital story responses to a novel that we have recently finished in class. The novel is Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi. Their assignment was to
- Artful Artist - Your job is to create a PhotoPeach movie in response to the novel. You must choose pictures that are representative of the story. Once your PhotoPeach movie is complete, embed it onto your wikipage. Click here for a How To Video.
Here are the videos from the students
It’s the greatest time of the year for us in Louisiana, It’s test prep season. Whoo Hoooooo. Yes, I know that technologically alllll year is test prep season, but those few weeks right before testing are the most intense. I constantly look for ways to use Web 2.0 tools and technology to help my students. We have used Wallwisher in my class several times and the kids seem to like it. Here is a page that we used to respond about our Hurricane Katrina memories.
My latest attempt at Wallwishing requires that the students post a sticky note with a definition, synonym, example or picture that illustrates the math concept. Yes, I did say math concept. This English teacher is teaching the concepts behind math verbs. Across the curriculum is the only way to live. =D
Their assignment was to choose at least 3 concept walls to respond to.
The walls and concepts are as follows:
- Solve / Calculate
- Show Work
- Identify / Find
- Justify and Explain
What sort of cool things are you doing in your class to make Test Prep less tedious?
Anyone else have any other test prep activities to share?
Describe the event, object, or person who has brought you happiness, and explore why you felt happy. Reflect on the event, object, or person — look back and think about exactly the way that you felt. What does your happiness tell you about who you are and how your mind works?