Friday, May 31, 2013

Spelling Bees

Favorite lines from Dead Poets Society

To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”  N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

“If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - Carpe - hear it? – Carpe, Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
― N.H. KleinbaumDead Poets Society

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
― N.H. KleinbaumDead Poets Society

“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”
― N.H. KleinbaumDead Poets Society

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bay of Pigs

Using the infographic below, answer the following questions about the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

What was the Bay of Pigs Invasion? Name the countries and leaders involved.

What motivated the invasion?

When was the plan set in place? Under what president?

When did the invasion take place? Under what president?

What went wrong? List two mistakes/problems listed in the infographic.

How many Americans captured? Died?

How many planes shot down? Ships sunk?

How long were captives held?

What did we give Cuba in return for the Americans held in captivity?

How did the invasion affect U.S.-Cuba relations?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

State of the World's Mothers- 2013

Using the infographic below, answer the questions about the Save the Children "State of the World's Mothers 2013" report.

How many babies die on their first day of life?
How many babies die in their first month of life?
Where is the United States on the list?
How many babies die on the first day of life in the United States?
Most of these deaths are a result of________________________.
List the top ten countries in the world to be a mother?
List the bottom ten countries.
Most of the top ten countries are on what continent?
Most of the bottom ten countries are on what continent?
What are the major causes of newborn death?
What four life saving solutions could prevent many of these infant deaths?
Are any of these solutions expensive?
Surviving the First Day - State of the World's Mothers - Infographic

Global Population Growth

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation

Complete the simulation below:

Choose a leader. Read the "issue at hand." Make a decision based on the options provided.

1. Which leader did you select?
2. What was the ultimate result of your decisions?

Using the infographic below, answer the following questions:

3. When was the Cuban Missile Crisis?
4. How many days did it last?
5. What was the issue that provoked the crisis?
6. What deal ended the crisis?
7. What part of the deal remained secret until 1989?

World Exploration Activity- World Studies

You will need to play several rounds to get enough information to answer all of the questions. The questions are not in order.

What natural resource can be found in Antarctica?

The physical characteristics of Antarctica are:

Which is the northernmost national capital city in the world?

True or False? The official language of Angola is French.

What type of government does Algeria have?

True or False? Liberia is named so because it was a settlement for freed slaves from the U.S.

Madagascar exports the following products:

True or False? The Soloman Islands experience extreme weather conditions.

The official language spoken in Antigua and Barbuda is:

What form of government does Costa Rica have?

True or False? The United States is the third largest country in the world according to population and size.

The type of government in Mexico is:

The capital of Uruguay is:

True or False? Argentina is the largest country in South America.

True or False? A quarter of Denmark's people life in its capital city Copenhagen.

True or False? Germany is the second most populous country in Europe.

True or False? The people of Armenia do not use cell phones.

Which of the following languages is spoken in Kyrgzstan?

True or False? Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam?

True or False? The currency used in India is the Rupee?

True or False? The total number of islands in the Philippines is over 7,000.

True or False? Hong Kong is made up of more than 200 islands.

True or False? The country of Canada is the second largest (by area) country in the world.

Canada borders which oceans?

What type of government does the United States have?

Where in the Pacific does the Marshall Islands lie?

True or False? Australia is the world's smallest continent.

If you finish the World Exploration Activity before the end of the period, you may complete the online word search found here:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Poverty Simulation Activity

The goal is to make it to the end of the month living on about a dollar a day. Play the game as "realistically' as possible. Make decisions in the game as close to what you would do in "real life" if you were forced to make similar decisions.

After completing the simulation, answer the following questions:

Did you choose to live in a village or city slum?
What was your job(s)?
Did you have children? If so, how many?
Did they attend school or did they work?
Were you able to feed your children every day?
Were you or your children ever sick? If so, how did you deal with it?
What was the most difficult decision you had to make in the "game"?
How would you play the game differently if you were to play it again?

10 Places You Are Not Allowed to Visit

Refugee Camps


Refugees across the world

#childrenofsyria II |
#Syria: 1 million #refugees

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ultimate Places to See Before You Die

Which destination was voted the #1 travel destination in the world?

Where is this place located?

Briefly describe this place. (Why is it an attractive travel destination?)

Which destination took second place?

Where is this place located?

Briefly describe this place. (Why is it an attractive travel destination?)

How many destinations in the United States made the top 10? List them.

Choose and describe five places mentioned in the videos that you would like to visit.

Locate and label the top 15 travel destinations (from the travel bracket) on a world map.

Using the infographic below, answer the following questions:

Which place has the least time remaining? Why? (What is the threat and what is the cause of the threat?)

Where is the world's largest coral reef (also the only living thing on earth visible from space)?

The world's saltiest body of water is _________________. Please describe the threat facing this place.

What is the fourth largest island in the world? What is the threat facing this island?

What is the primary threat to Glacier National Park? How much time is remaining?

What is the primary threat to the Congo Basin? How much time is remaining?

10 Places to See Before TheyĆ¢??re Gone

10 Places to See Before They're Gone

10 Places to See Before TheyĆ¢??re Gone

Syrian Refugees

#Syria: 1 million #refugees
#childrenofsyria II |

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Learning Strategies Infographics- Note-taking

Learning Strategies Assignment (ABC Brainstorming Activity)

ABC Scavenger Hunt Activity

Complete the ABC Brainstorming Sheet with study tips/note-taking/reading comprehension tips we've discussed this semester in class.  Use each letter of the alphabet. Briefly explain each word in the box provided.

For example:

A: Ask
Ask yourself what you need to know for the test.

A: Arrive Early
Arrive a few minutes early when taking a test in order to find a seat and get settled.

B: Budget your time
Budget how much time you have to answer each question on a test or how much time you have to complete an assignment.

B: Bring necessary materials.
Bring plenty of pencils, pens, erasers, etc. to class on test day.

C. Clarification
Ask a teacher for clarification if you do not understand an assignment or a test question.

C: Clues
Listen for word "clues" when taking notes. For example, "The most important reason..." "This will be on the test..."


E: Eat 
Eat Memory boosting foods such a blueberries the morning of a big test.

Helpful Infographics:
Infograph on note-taking styles, statistics and skills
5 Foods That Boost Your Memory
Best Foods For Your Brain!  LIKE if you eat foods to boost your cognitive function and memory :)
11 Sleep Benefits :) #infographic #sleep #benefits #memory #attention #performance #creativity
How cool is this?!  This one's for you, Michelle! :-)

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

Changes to the Pledge of Allegiance

Constitution-First Amendment


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

English 510- Read and Discuss

State of the World's Mothers - 2013

A More Perfect Union

PBS- "It's a Free Country"

7 Wonders of the Natural World Assignment

Visit the link below:
7 Wonders of the Natural World

1. Have you heard of any of the 28 finalists? If so which ones?
2. One continent does not have any finalists. Which one?
3. Which continent has the most finalists?
4. Which finalist is the biggest single structure made by living creatures and can be seen from outer space? (Hint: it is in the Eastern Hemisphere.)
5. How many finalists are located within the "low latitude belt"?
6. Which of the finalists is/are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator (Hint: you can find this finalist in the Western Hemisphere.)
7. Which of the finalists is 420 metres below sea level, its shores are the lowest point on Earth that are on dry land and  with 30 percent salinity, it is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.
8. Which of the finalists is the highest waterfall in the world? It is more than 19 times higher than Niagara Falls.
9. How many finalists are in the tundra climate zone?
10. List two finalists formed by internal forces in the earth (earthquakes and volcanoes).
11. List two finalists formed by external forces (weathering, erosion).
12. Choose your favorite finalist and place your vote. In one sentence, explain why you chose this finalist.

Human-made Wonders:
Visit the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World:
Visit the "New 7 Wonders of the World":

13. What is the key difference between the first list and the second list?

World Studies (World Exploration Game)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Learning Strategies - Test Taking Strategies

Useful for study skills

Answer the following questions from the infographic above.

1) What are the two basic study patterns students can follow?
2) What method works best?
3) Test anxiety affects __________% of students.
4) Test anxiety can cause students to stay up all night cramming for their exams. Stress affects students' sleep more than:
5) The ave. GPA of students who pull all-nighters:
6) The ave. GPA of students who do not pull all-nighters:
Study Tips:
7) Study __________ minutes a day in the week leading up to the test.
8) Exercise before you ______________.
9) Exercising before studying or taking a test gets _________   ________  to your brain which helps you focus and absorb more information.
10. Sleep after studying. During sleep, the brain _______________ what it has recently learned into memory.
11). Eat a healthy ______________________ which will help you stay alert and focused.

World Studies- Extra Credit Opportunity (U.S. Capitals)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Civil Rights History- Positive-Negative Timeline

Create a Positive/Negative Civil Rights Timeline

Using class notes, the internet, and videos watched in class,  brainstorm a list of events to include in your Civil Rights timelines. Rank events according to their historical significance. The most significant positive ranking would be a +5, and the most significant negative ranking would be a -5. For example, if you include the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., you would likely rank it as a -5.

You are required to include at least 40 events on your timeline.

Timelines can be made from various materials -- graph paper, construction paper or tag board. 

This project is worth 100 points.

80 points for people/events

10 points for pictures

5 points creativity

5 points appearance

Friday, May 10, 2013

Perks of Being a Wallflower- Exam

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Exam

The setting of the book is

The character I would most likely have as a friend is_______________________ because __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The character I would least likely have as a friend is ______________________ because __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tunnels are a symbol in the book. Give an example of how tunnels are used as a symbol in the book? _________________________________________________________________________________

Some themes from the book include “passivity,” “Coming of age,” “friendship,” “love,” “sadness,” etc. Choose one theme and give an example from the book illustrating this theme.

List five novels mentioned in the book. Choose one and briefly discuss Charlie’s reaction to the novel. (Did he like it or dislike it. Why or why not?)

Exam- The Secret Life of Bees

The setting of the book is

The character I would most likely have as a friend is_______________________ because _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The character I would least likely have as a friend is ______________________ because _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Bees/the beehive is a symbol in the book. Bees/the beehive in the book symbolize: ___________________________________________________________

One theme in the book is _____________________________.
Give two examples from the book illustrating this theme: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What I learned about the Civil Rights Era from reading this book (give at least three specific examples from the book.)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

World Studies Final Project

Positive/Negative World Timeline and Map Project:

Create a Positive/Negative Timeline covering the past year.

Include 20 the following countries:





Democratic Republic of Congo









North Korea



Sierra Leone

South Korea

South Sudan


United States


You must include a minimum of three significant events (either positive or negative) for each country. Write these headlines and dates in the packets provided in class. You will later select one headline from each country to include in your timeline.

For example, I might include this as one of my top news stories for Norway:

You must include pictures on your timeline. (A minimum of five)

You must rank the significance of each event you include on your timeline.

You must locate, shade, and label each country on a world map. You map will be turned in when you turn in your timeline.

CNN World:

BBC World:

Time Magazine-World:

NPR-World News:

New York Times:

More detail: You will need construction paper, graph paper or tag board for this project. Draw a line down the center of your paper. Draw a vertical line down the far left side of your paper. Everything above the center line will be labeled +5 through +1. Everything below the horizontal line will be labeled -1 though -5.
Now label the horizontal center line beginning with May, 2010. Include every month up to May, 2011.

Determine the significance, either negative or positive, of each historic event. 
This project is worth 100 points:
Completed Packet: 40 points
Completed Timeline: 40 points
Map:10 points
Pictures: 5 points
Appearance: 5 points points

This project is due May 25th
Examples of Positive/Negative Timelines: