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Astronomy Review

Challenge #2

Greetings fellow science learners!

We have been busy during the third quarter learning about Astronomy. There were many concepts that may have been new to you.

Please share a comment stating your favorite new thing about Astronomy. Make sure that you include at least 2 details about what the one thing you are sharing.

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Animals Gone Wild!

Student Blogging Challenge #7 – Sciences

Wow! It’s been a while since anything has been posted. But don’t let the inactivity on the blog indicate what we’ve been doing in the classroom!

The last month our 7th grade classes have been working hard on creating 3D models to accompany a slideshow presentation of animals that they have researched. Part of our 7th grade science curriculum focuses on learning about the relationships among various organisms and their environment. So students researched the food webs and food chains of an animal of their choice as well as its niche, any limiting factors it may have, as well as how environmental factors affect survival rates.

Take a look below at the short video of some of Mrs. Ligon’s students’ outstanding 3D models.

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

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Where In the World Would You Go?

Student Challenge #4

Anyone who walks into this classroom will notice that I have a collection of magnets on my front white board. I have been very lucky to be able to travel to lots of different places around the United States as well as visit multiple countries around the world and everywhere I go, I make sure that I purchase a magnet as a little memento.

Mrs. Ligon’s magnet collection

Some of the coolest things that I have been able to do are:

  • Look out over London, England at the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Ride in a jaunty cart in Ireland
  • View Rome, Italy from the top of St. Peter’s Cathedral
  • Walk across the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Climb the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China

I believe that traveling is a wonderful way to learn about the others that we share this planet with.

So I ask, you, Where have you been able to travel to? What did you do while you were there? Why is this location important to you or your family? 

If you could travel anywhere in your home country or somewhere in the world, where you go? Why would you want to go there?

And because this is a science class, and because we are talking about ecosystems and such, go ahead and share what plant and animal life is part of your dream vacation.

Thanks for sharing your ideas, as always, we look forward to reading your comments.

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Student Challenge #2

by Tracy Watanabe
Our second challenge in the Edublogs Student Challenge is about improving our blog, creating online identities, and continuing to leave quality comments.
Avatars and comments go together because when the avatar is uploaded to the user’s name, it shows when they are making comments.


Part 1: Make an Avatar (15-20 minutes)
Each individual will create an avatar using the options I have listed below. Avatars are digital representations of yourself. Decide what you like the best, and what represents your personality or traits.
You’ll need to print screen to capture your picture for this site. 

picasso jpegPicasso Head

This was a fun site to build a Picasso-like head. No sign up is needed, just create and save or email it. I used the print screen method to save it.
These avatars are a little more artsy because they are cubist in Picasso’s style.
Picture 2
This one is based off of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Again, no log in is needed. It gives you a link to what you’ve created. However, I still used the print screen to save it.
This one is quick to make. If my daughter made it her way, my eyes would be hearts.

Picture 1Doppel Me

You actually don’t need to create an account to use Doppel Me, however if you do it gives more options. We won’t be doing that in class.
Just click “create” and get started. At the end, you’ll need to use the print screen method to save it.

Picture 4

For this site, you have to “picture yourself in plastic.” In other words, what would you look like if you were a Lego person?
I saved it through a print screen.

Picture 3Reasonably Clever – Blockhead

Again, what type of blockhead could represent you? This was the closest “me” that I came up with. Print screen was how I saved it.

avatar-2Harry Potter Doll Maker

If you like Harry Potter, then now’s your chance to create your own variation of a Harry Potter character. After creating my “Harry Potter” avatar, I saved it as a GIF image. I then had to reformat to a jpeg.

Timeline for this task: 15-20 minutes total

  1. You have 5 – 10 minutes of free time to explore which avatar you want to create.
  2. By the end of 10 minutes, save your avatar by clicking print screen (use the function key). Then, reshaped it (in paint) and save it as a jpeg in the student –> documents folder. Save it in Google Apps by using the upload button. You will have 10 minutes to complete this step.
Part 2: Customize your GOAJ Campus Blog profile (10 minutes)
  1. Mrs. Watanabe or your teacher will create your user account. You will receive an email from AJUSD Campus Blogs with your password. Copy your temporary password to log in.
  2. Log into your teacher’s blog using your username or email and pasting the temporary password.

Add your class blog URL to your profile, a safe bio, and change your password. To do this, follow these directions:  Your user profile is quickly accessed in your dashboard via the Profile > Your Profile menu option.  Remember to click Update Profile after making any changes on Your Profile screen.

  1. Update your profile picture with your avatar.
Part 3: Leave a quality comment on another blog (15 minutes)
  1. Visit another class blog listed on our blogroll. Leave a quality comment.
  2. Come back to this post and share where you visited/commented.
  3. Return to that blog post later in the week to see if they responded back to you.
Where did you leave a quality comment?
Do you have any questions about your task?
 This post is inspired by the Edublog Student Challenge.

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Digital Citizenship

Dear fellow scientists,
I have been thinking about one of the main reasons why this blog was created and that is to share what is being learned about in this class with the rest of the world. It’s one thing to learn something and it’s quite another to share it with others that we know, and an even more powerful thing to share what we’ve been learning about with those that we don’t know.

As we choose to share our ideas, whether it’s making a post or comment on a blog, on Facebook, or in an email or text message, we choose to accept the responsibility for our words. And this idea has me thinking about whether or not there is a difference in digital citizenship compared to being a citizen in a live community, like a classroom, or a family, or even on a sports team or other organization.

So what are your thoughts? Is there a difference in how people should share their ideas whether it is actual spoken words or in written form?

Is there a difference in how people should share their ideas in a formal setting like in a classroom or when they are just hanging out with a group of peers?

What questions do you have about being a good citizen, whether it’s face-to-face or online?

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts! I value your comments.
Mrs. Ligon
Student Blogging Challenge #1

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Quote for the Week of Sept 3

Well hello there!

I have always found great encouragement from the following Isaac Newton quote:

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

To me, this saying reminds me that I can be successful in whatever task/challenge/job I choose, but I would be foolish to think that I can do it without the help of others.

I have had so many people help me grow and become a better person. One of those people was my college adviser. He was the one who thought that I would make a great junior high science teacher. He was the one who made sure that I was well-trained and had the skills to be an effective teacher. I will forever owe him a debt of gratitude!

What about you? Who has helped you see success because they coached or trained you to be successful?

Who can you be a positive influence to? Maybe it’s a little brother or sister or niece or nephew or a neighbor…

What quote can you find and share with the class that has to do with being a success?

Choose one or more of those writing prompts and make a comment. Thanks!

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