Memories of Halloween Past/Present…

Halloween is an exciting time for anyone who is young at heart!  Costumes, candy, parties and being frightened are all part of the excitement.  Write a post describing your favourite Halloween memory past or present.  (REMINDERS: Your post should be at least four paragraphs: an introduction to the task,  at least two paragraphs about the memory, and a conclusion.)  Be sure to include a legal image with your post and a source for the image.Waiting+For+The+Bee-Train

Example Post



Image Source: Banjo Brown from flickr 

The Known Universe

Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.  Carl Sagan

Magnifying the Universe

We began looking at extremely large and small numbers today in class and an efficient way to represent those numbers called scientific notation.  Check out the two examples of real life applications of using scientific notation below!  After you have had a chance to try both, comment on something new that you learned from this post.  

1) Click The Scale of the Universe to see a very cool presentation on our universe and just how small we are in it.

2)  Here’s another mind-blowing presentation to help put things in perspective.

The Universe made possible by Number Sleuth

A Blogger’s Commandments

Welcome back to the class blog Grade 7/8’s!  Today I would like you to carefully read the eight “commandments” for you to follow this year as you begin (or continue) blogging.

1. Assume it’s Public

Some blogs are private so only the class can see them. Other blogs are public and the world can read what you say. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if the blog you’re on is public or private. Therefore, assume everything you post as a comment on another blog is public.

2. Don’t Comment Until You’ve Read the Entire Post

In order to make effective and relevant comments on other students’ blogs, do not make a comment until you’ve read the entire post. This will reduce the number of, “I like your blog!” comments, which are never a good thing. This also will stimulate more comments from other readers.

3. Do Unto Others

Be kind and constructive. Use the “sandwich” method to leave a good comment: start with praise, go on to your constructive criticism, and close with praise.

4. Build on Previous Comments

Read not only the original blog post, but also the comments from other readers. Then, try to add to the conversation with statements like, “I agree with Peter when he said…” Go on to explain why. The “why” is very important! No one will be able to respond to your comment if you only say, “Me too!” The more explanations you add, the more others will be able to add, too.

5. Use Quotes

If you’re responding to one part of what was said, copy and paste the relevant part of the conversation so other readers will know what you’re talking about.

6. Edit!

Before posting your comment or post, read your writing out loud to see if it sounds right. Then, correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.

7. Protect Your Identity

Do not ever say your last name or where you’re from in any comments. Use only your first name.

8. If You Mention It, Link It!

If you mention a website or get a great idea for a post from another blog or website, embed a hyperlink to it. That way, your readers can, if they choose, visit that site for further reading.


New Bloggers: Which 2 rules do you think are the most important? Leave a comment.

Experienced Bloggers: Are there any rules you think should be added to this list? Base this on your experience as a blogger over the past year.

Image Source: More Good Foundation

2015 Year in Review

The Year in 60 Seconds is a video from Reuters featuring images and some sound bites of the year’s biggest global news stories.  It is found on The English Blog.  As Jeffrey Hill mentioned on his post, the video makes you wonder if anything good happened in 2011.  (There hasn’t been one made yet for 2015).

Your Task:

Create your own “Year in Review” video using Animoto. Try to find a variety of images / video clips of important and major events from Canada and around the world.

Post the video on your blog with a brief description of why you chose the images you did.

Then, write a paragraph responding to this question and post it on your blog:

What was the most world changing event of 2015?  

SAMPLE VIDEOS: KaitlynJoseph

Due: Monday, December 14, 2015

Life’s Funniest/Most Embarrassing Moments!

Dennis P. Kimbro - Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.This week, you will be writing a recount about the topic below.  It will be written in your writer’s notebook and then revised on Google Drive.  Ultimately it will be posted to your blog with a copyright legal image.

If we can’t laugh at ourselves, then we take ourselves too seriously.  We all make mistakes and sometimes misfortune falls upon us.  Sometimes, funny or embarrassing things happen to us that are beyond our control, and there is nothing to do but laugh!  What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Where and when did it happen?  What did you do?  How did you feel both at the time and now that you can look back on it?

When completing this recount, be sure to use the anchor chart on the wall in the classroom that lists the characteristics of a recount, as well as the check list you have been given.  For examples of well written recounts, visit the following blogs: Kaitlyn V and Mark.


Image Source: Quotes Everlasting

Impressionist Landscape

vetheuil.jpg!BlogThis week, I would like you to post an image of your impressionist landscape.  The image does not need to be sourced because it is your own interpretation of a landscape. (You own the image!)  You will also be required to write three paragraphs:

1) The first paragraph will explain why you are writing this post, a little bit about the history of impressionism and at least one of its most important artists.

2)  The second paragraph will discuss your landscape.  You should include why you chose the scene you did, your choice of colour, what you think is a strength in your piece and what could be improved.

3) Your third paragraph will thank people for taking the time to read your post and invite positive comments. 

Image Source: Public Domain