February 11

Oh, snap!

My students recently created a #BookSnap in response to some key information we learned in our real aloud, The Giver.  Inspired by Tara Martin, students were asked to give a digital representation of their thoughts.  I was impressed with the results and thought I’d share some exemplars! Great thinking!

January 31

Julia-Techy chapter 1

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This is a original chapter that I made for a book series that I am working on called Techy. Techy is a book series about a 19 year old who works at a cafe. The 19 year olds name is Roco. Roco really hates his job But he cant quit his job because he does not have a lot of money and he lives on his won. Roco really wants to go to college but he cant at the slow rate hes making money. But then one miserable day Roco gets the opportunity of a life time.

Have you ever watched a “HALLMARK” movie? You know one of the ones at Christmas time where there’s a nice calm little town. The little town has a nice bakery or something like that. That cute little bakery is never packed and it’s always so calm and quiet!


“Please calm down!” I said “You will get your drink soon, I promise!” This is the reality of my small towns “nice” cafe. Since there’s no other cafe/bakery’s our place is always busy. A ton of customers were yelling at me at the same time for their drink.“Hey!” I yelled at our baristas whatever that means. “Does someone want to work the register? All these Karen’s are going to LITERALLY kill me!” “NO!” All the baristas yelled at the same time.


“ I don’t see what you think is so special about that curly haired kid.” Said my assistant. “He’s special, you’ll see” I said. I closed my laptop and stood up. I took one last glance at the curly haired kid. “We really need him you’ll see.” I said quietly. 


Man being a barista is so hard! My best friend really has it easy! All he has to do its work the register and take orders. Well at least my shift is FINALLY over. I am exhausted. I went into the break room to grab my keys from my locker. 

But then I saw something on the floor. Oh no what is it? A crocodile, alligator, a HUGE spider? Oh no I hate spiders! They are so creepy with all of their legs and their eyes! What should I do? Should I turn on the light? Do I really want to see what it is?

After much hesitation, I turned on the light! I screamed in terror at what I saw. 


I was lying on the floor when I heard a scream. Oh no there’s probably a spider and it scared Thomas. “DUDE OH NO! PLEASE TELL ME YOU’RE NOT DEAD!” Thomas screamed in terror. Thomas rolled me onto my back. 

“Calm down” I said quietly, ” I’m just taking a nap.” I rolled my eyes. “I’m tired I don’t have time for this Thomas. Working the cash register is the WORST,” I said with an annoyed tone. “Sorry you just looked so…..you know …dead!” He said. I jumped up on my feet. “I really need and want to go home. Bye Thomas.” “Bye?” He said questionably. My job can be really weird sometimes. I just wanted to take a nap. 


I heard the keys jingling in the door.”You ready?” I whispered to my assistant. My assistant gave me a big smile. “Yup I hope this “Roco” is ready” he said. 






January 10

Top Five Most Harmless/Dangerous Animals

I’m going to tell you the top five most harmless/dangerous animals according to Watch Mojo and Trend Max. I got the most up to date videos I could find. The titles are linked to a presentation with pictures and some information on each animal.

Harmless Animals

  1. Manta Ray
  2. Tarantula
  3. Basking Shark
  4. Aye-Aye
  5. Naked Mole Rat

Dangerous Animals

  1. Mosquito
  2. Jellyfish
  3. Black Mamba
  4. Saltwater Crocodile
  5. African Lion



January 7

Holidays This Month

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There are many holidays in this world. Some are even happening this month. These include January 19th is World Religion Day, January 26th is International Customs Day, January 27th is International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In this post I will summarize what these holidays are about.

January 19th – World Religion Day

This holiday is about celebrating the role of religion in society. Many people celebrate this holiday by gathering with multiple groups of faith. I, for one have never heard of this holiday until now. I like the idea of celebrating faith. This is because this holiday lets you believe in your own faith.

January 26th – International Customs Day

International Customs Day has different themes every year. This years theme is working toward a sustainable future. The slogan for it is: “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet.”. I enjoy the idea of changing the themes every year. I think that makes the holiday more exciting.

January 27th – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

This holiday in particular, is very special. In my opinion at least. The meaning behind it is the name of the holiday itself. It is about commemorating the memory of victims from the Holocaust from the 1940’s. If you don’t know what the Holocaust was, I’ll explain it to you. The Holocaust happened during WWll at a German Internment Camp. Nazis would kill Jews because they thought that they were not worthy. I won’t go into details because children will probably be reading this.

In conclusion, there are many great holidays coming up this month. My personal favorite out of the three is International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. This is because I believe that it was such a horrific time that it deserves to be remembered so that it doesn’t happen again. Be sure to watch out for these holidays this month!



November 26

Featured Student Blogs

We recently completed Week 7 of the Student Blogging Challenge and my students wrote about a favorite holiday or the holidays that they celebrate throughout the year.  These students did an exceptional job on their post:

Lindsay’s Lounge

Abigail’s Questionable Statements

Brett’s Breathtaking Blog

Ella’s Site

Maggie’ s Spectacular Site

I encourage you to check out their Week 7 posts and leave a comment for them.

November 15

Fun with Emojis-Week 6 Challenge

For this week’s challenge, I gave my students the choice of which task they would like to complete with Emojis.  They seemed to enjoy this week’s challenge quite a bit!  All did a great job, but here are a few I chose to feature:

Feel free to see what they created with Emojis this week!

November 4

Rock, Paper, Scissors Fun!

On Friday, Nov. 1st, McDowell Student Council held our very first Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament!  The tournament was held in order to raise money to donate for our local veterans in need.  Students paid $1 to enter the tournament and could pay an additional $1 to get a “2nd chance” to stay in the tournament.  We had 82 students participating in the event and the other 7th and 8th graders were cheering them on!

We have collected $160 so far to donate to veterans and will be continuing to collect donations throughout the week.

The winners, Lance and Delsin, received gift cards, shirts and candy.

November 1

Student Blog Showcase

We just finished Week 4 of the Student Blogging Challenge.  This week was a Free Choice week and students were able to create a blog post on a topic of their choice.  For my Free Choice, I decided to feature some of the great work my students have been doing on their blogs.  I asked my students to suggest a few of their classmates’ blog posts to showcase, and here are their suggestions:

Gena has written a nice post suggesting things to do in New York City.  Blaine had fun with creating a snowman image for the Week 3 Challenge.  Evey argues why Minecraft and Fortnite should not be compared.  Maddox tells about his favorite sport and Ella offers some great book suggestions.

Visit their blogs and leave them a comment!