MSM 285: Dancing Queen in Sonnet or Jeopardy Rocks the Green Pennies . . . From Heaven.

 Jokes You Can Use:


A small 1 SEATER plane crashed into a cemetery. Police have recovered 102 bodies so far and will continue to dig throughout the night.


There was a student who was desirous of taking admission for a study course.


He was smart enough to get through the written test, a GD and was to appear for the personal interview. Later, as the interview progressed, the interviewer found this boy to be bright since he could answer all the questions correctly. The interviewer got impatient and decided to corner the boy.


“Tell me your choice;” said he to the boy, “What’s your choice: I shall either ask you ten easy questions or ONE real difficult. Think well before you make up your mind.”


The boy thought for a while and said, “My choice is ONE real difficult question.”


“Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice!” said the man on the opposite side. Tell me: What comes first, Day or Night?”


The boy was jolted first but he waited for a while and said: “It’s the DAY, sir.”


“How???????” the interviewer was smiling (“At last, I got you!” he said to himself.)


“Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!”


Admission for the course was thus secured.


Eileen Award:  



Chukchuk is in a Quiz Contest trying to win Prize money of Rs.1 Million US$

The questions are as follows:

1) How long was the 100 yr war?

  1. A) 116
  2. B) 99
  3. C) 100
  4. D) 150

Chukchuk says, “I will skip this”


2) In which country are the Panama hats made?

  1. A) BRASIL
  2. B) CHILE
  3. C) PANAMA

Chukchuk asks for help from the University students


3) In which month do the Russians celebrate the October Revolution?


Sardar asks for help from general public


4) Which of these was King George VI first name?

  1. A) EDER
  2. B) ALBERT
  3. C) GEORGE
  4. D) MANOEL

Chukchuk asks for lucky cards


5) The Canary Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, Has its name x-udd on which animal:

  3. C) PUPPY
  4. D) RAT!

Chukchuk gives up.



If you think you are indeed clever and laughed at Chukchuk ‘s replies, then please check the answers below:

1) The 100-year war lasted 116 years from 1337-1453

2) The Panama hat is made in Ecuador

3) The October revolution is celebrated in November

4) King George’s first name was Albert. In 1936 He changed his name.

5) Puppy. The Latin name is INSULARIA CANARI This means islands of the puppies. Now tell me who’s the dumb one…Don’ Ever Laugh at a Chukchuk again.

(ChukChuk community lives somewhere in Siberia)



Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


New Middle School Science Minute Podcast on “Green Pennies”    

I was recently reading the Summer, 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 an article entitled “Why the Statue of Liberty is Green: Coatings, Corrosion and Patina,” written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett. In this 5E-learning-cycle lesson, students test different types of coatings on pennies to observe how the coatings affect the amount of corrosion produced when the penny is placed in a moist environment and a moist, acidic environment.



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Jeopardy Rocks!

Really easy to create and save Jeopardy style board. You just give them a Title for the board (end of the URL),  email address and create a password. Then click and type. Easy peasy. Note that you must complete the entire board before the “Publish” button is available. There are six columns. Each column needs five questions. You also need a Final Jeopardy question. (Only the Hosts category has real questions.)


Google Forms

Google has updated Google Forms to include a couple of nice options. First of all, you can now limit respondents to one response. Secondly, you can now shuffle question order. Thirdly, you can now customize the images and fonts in a form. You can do a lot of good stuff with Forms.




What happens when you take a pop song and rewrite it as a sonnet?


Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader [Infographic]

When a student struggles to learn to read, we often look to social or economic factors, access to books, or the home environment for an explanation. While each of these factors can play a part, treatable brain differences are often part of the equation.

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader:  infographic

See the original infographic at


Richard Byrne Google Docs Resources

27 (and growing) video tutorials by Richard Byrne on using Google.


Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects

Just as with images, it is important to have students use music and sound effects that they have permission to use. The following resources offer music and sound effects that students can use for free in multimedia projects.

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