MSM 289:  Upcoming Vacation, Back to the Future – Grammar, and Election (Signs)

Jokes You Can Use:


A skeleton walks down empty Main Street. Suddenly he sees another skeleton carrying a gravestone. “Hey, what are you doing?” the other skeleton answers “Just strolling”, “Why do have the gravestone, buddy?”, “Because I always want to have some ID”.


A crying, three-legged dog walks into a ice cream and says, “I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.”


A mother mouse and a baby mouse were walking along, when all of a sudden, a cat attacked them. The mother mouse goes, “BARK!” and the cat runs away.

“See?” says the mother mouse to her baby. “Now do you see why it’s important to learn a foreign language?”


During a recent password audit by a company, it was found that an employee was using the following password:


When asked why she had such a long password, she rolled her eyes and said: “Hello! It has to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.”


Eileen Award:

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Halloween Candy




Back to The Future Grammar


10 Greatest Changes of the past 1,000 years




Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or



Lakes Alive!


I was recently reading the October, 2014 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.


In this issue, I read the article, “Lakes Alive,” written by Karla Eitel, Frank Wilhelm, Ross Parsons, and Jan Eitel. In the article, the authors explain how they used the 5E Learning Cycle to engage their students in authentic field-data collection of the conditions for life under lake ice in winter.!.html



From the Twitterverse:

EdTechFam ‏@EdTechFamCould This Chicago Teen’s App Put an End to Cyberbullying?  #Edtech
Chris Kesler ‏@iamkeslerI’ll go on record and say I agree w/ a lot if this RT: Much of what we believe about teaching science is wrong
Chris Sousa ‏@csousanhCommon Core and the End of History … #nhed #ccchat
Apple Plaza ‏@ApplePlazaCops Can Force You To Unlock Phone With Apple Touch ID, Judge Rules
Mark Barnes ‏@markbarnes19Let Them Play: Enhancing Student Motivation Through #Simulations  #pbl #strategy #gaming
Bill McShane ‏@billmcshaneNew post: “Leaving The Church Of Data”
Ian Jukes ‏@ijukes Auckland City25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently …
Mark Hess ‏@MarkHess98The “Really Loves Signs” Party

He really loves signs.

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”



Counter Factuals

Given the perilous political circumstances in some regions of our world today, understanding what could have been, may in fact help us better understand what might be.



6th – 8th Grade Paired Text Question Sets



Yummy Math



NASA Library of Space Sounds



Socrative Quiz List

One of the nice administrative aspects of Socrative is the ability to share quizzes with colleagues and import quizzes that are shared with you. This morning on the Socrative Facebook page I found their massive spreadsheet of more than 1,000 shared quizzes. The spreadsheet is arranged by subject and grade level. You can find a quiz by opening the filter menu and selecting a subject. Once you have found a quiz you can import it into your Socrative account. Click here for directions on that process.


Election Day Resource



Teacher & Student Assessment




Web Spotlight:

Gifted & Talented…and Afraid


50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World’s Teaching Superstar

Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.

We’re starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for “impiety” and “corrupting” the minds of the youth of Athens.


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