What Makes Arizona Such an Incredible Place?

There’s no place on earth with as diverse a selection of environments and landscapes.

View the slide show and then, tell us which site impressed you the most, and why it impressed you so greatly.

16 Sep 2013

Student Blogging Challenge #2 Directions

Author: Tracy Watanabe | Filed under: Student Blogging Challenge

Our classes will create a slideshow with areas to visit in Arizona.

Your steps:
1) Brainstorm areas in Arizona to visit.
2) Get in groups of four. Two students are researchers to find interesting facts about the place. Two students are the writers, composing a paragraph to share with others.

3) One student will create the slide show with only two slides. Share it with your group and Mrs. Carpenter. Slide one will be of your own photo. Slide two will contain the paragraph. The paragraph should include:

  • Title (where)
  • Why you should visit
  • Facts (the most important three)
  • Click here for more information — Note: Place a hyperlink to your research on the word “here” by highlighting the word “here” then click the chain link icon to paste link in.

Note: If you need to use photos that are not your own, then search on flickrcc.bluemountains.net

Make sure you add text to the slide with who the photographer was and place a link back to the original.

Siphon Draw from Lost Dutchman State Park - Superstition Wilderness
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Al_HikesAZ via Compfight

Where are you researching?

 

8 Sep 2013

Student Blogging Challenge

Author: Tracy Watanabe | Filed under: Student Blogging Challenge

Being a good citizen is important in our physical communities as well as our digital communities. It’s also important to build a positive digital dossier.

What does your digital dossier say about you?

Online norms

Mrs. Carpenter also believes in building positive digital footprints by being a good digital citizen. Here are a few ideas from Common Sense Media to help you be a good digital citizen:

  • Communicate responsibly and respectfully to one another. Respect others’ opinions and ideas.
  • Protect your own and others’ private information online.
  • Stand up to cyberbullying.
  • Give proper credit where credit is due.

What other norms would you add to this list?

Quality commenting

On this blog, you are expected to write quality comments. A quality comment will include these components:

Created by Tracy Watanabe on Glogster Edu. Tips learned from Linda Yollis & Class.

What tips help you compose a quality comment?

About this blog

Mrs. Carpenter entered the Student Blogging Challenge, and this is the first week of the challenge.
Your first challenge this week is to write an “About Page” for your blog, telling others about your blog. Some ideas include:

Note: When your About Page is updated, go to the Student Blogging Challenge and fill out the form with your URL.

Question mark made of puzzle pieces

Questions to ponder

Reply to at least one of these questions.

  • Why is building a positive digital dossier or being a good digital citizen important?
  • What norms would you add to your class blog?
  • Why are composing quality comments important?
  • What would you like to see on your About Page?

Photo Credit: Horia Varlan via Compfight

23 Apr 2012

U.S. after WWII (A.K.A. The “Burbs”)

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

We have been studying and analyzing the U.S. after World War 2, commonly referred to as “Life in the Burbs”. Many advancements were made in all aspects of life: transportation, communication, technology, medicine and entertainment. To demonstrate your understanding of this concept, answer ONE of the following questions:

1)  How did life become different when the ‘burbs came around?

2) Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?

3) What kind of technological innovations occurred during the 50’s? How did they affect life in the 1950’s?

4) Explain the architecture of the suburbs and how it affected life.

5) What new advances were made in communication during the 1950’s  and how did this affect life?

6) How did entertainment change during the 50’s and how did it change life for the average American citizen?

7) Why did the famous “Baby Boom” happen and how long did it last?

5 Apr 2012

Cold War

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

1. ” Why did the United States and Russia have so much tension between them during the Cold War?” (2nd hour’s contribution)

2. “Of all the tensions between the U.S. and Russia(U.S.S.R.), what was the biggest of all?” (4th hour’s contribution)

[You may answer one of these questions or both. It is your choice. When you answer these question, use as much specific information as you can.  Actual names, dates and places is essential in a well written blog or blog comment.]

5 Apr 2012

Cuban Missile Crisis

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

1. “What events led up to the Cuban Missile Crisis?” (4th hour’s contribution)

2. “Why was the Cuban Missile Crisis such a big deal to the U.S.?” (3rd hour’s contribution)

[You may answer one of the questions or both of them. It is your choice. When you answer this question, use as much specific information as you can.  Actual names, dates and places is essential in a well written blog or blog comment.]

30 Mar 2012

World War II- What do you know?

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

Mrs. Carpenter will be passing out a paper that has a list of World War II terms. You can choose one term and write down what you know about that term and then post the blog. Or you can choose a few terms and write down what you know about them. If you choose more than one term, please post your comments about each term separately. You may use your Social Studies notes/ worksheets or Google the information. The deeper the answer, the higher your score. [Ex. If one of the terms is Germany, do not blog that Germany is a country. You will receive no score (0 points), but if you write that Germany surrendered in 1945 because the allied armies were moving into Germany from both the east and the west, you will receive the maximum score (5 points).]

28 Mar 2012

The A-Bomb

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

You’ve been studying WWII in Social Studies for a while now, and you know that the U.S. dropping the Atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan was a huge turning point in the war. Use whatever searching device you need to help you answer the following question. What facts would persuade people to agree that the A-Bomb should have been dropped?

9 Feb 2012

Hello 8th grade world!

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

March 2012

Welcome, eighth grade students,to the revolutionary Social Studies/Language Arts blog put together by Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Anderson. This site is multidimensional.  Not only will it help you learn how to digitally communicate properly, but it will help you assimilate what you are learning in Social Studies at the same time! Do I hear a “Whoop! Whoop?”

Mrs. Anderson and I have been wanting to do this all year and finally, here we are! You will be given a topic that will be based on what you are currently learning in Social Studies.

You will be required to communicate with your class mates by:

1. telling them what you have learned about the topic,

2. asking a question that you might have about the topic,

3. and/or commenting on a post made by another student.

 

Before you actually enter a comment, you must read through a couple of pages.

First, click on Rules and Guidelines and read through what is expected of you when you are logged onto this site.

Second, click on Proper Blogging and read through what is expected of you when you are actually communicating on this site.

We’ll be back soon with your first topic. We know you are going to be waiting anxiously for this to begin. We won’t make you wait long!