MSM 316:  Pilgrims, Pictures, Privacy, all for a Nickel!


Jokes You Can Use:


Waitress: “Do you want a box for that?”

  • Dad: “Not really. But I’ll wrestle you for it”.


What do you call a man with no body and no nose?

  • Nobody nose (Nobody knows).


What did the termite say when he walked into the bar?

  • Is the bar tender here?


Did you hear that FedEx and UPS are merging?

  • They are going to be called Fed UP.


Did you hear about the two peanuts walking down the street?

  • One was a salted.


Did you hear about Bob? He had a dream that he was a muffler.

  • He woke up exhausted.


Did you hear about Fred? He has a fear of elevators.

  • He’s taking steps to avoid it.


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The Pilgrims: Mayflower Compact

Discover why most of the Mayflower’s male passengers signed an historic agreement, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. In September 1620, religious dissenters, called “Separatists” by their detractors, were joined aboard the Mayflower by other English colonists recruited by the project’s financial backers. Many of these newcomers did not share the Separatists’ religious zeal. The ship set sail for America at a time of year when Atlantic storms were perilous. The Mayflower made landfall 66 days later. With tensions threatening to divide the passengers, a social compact was drafted and signed before going ashore. All signers would submit to the government created, officers elected, and laws drafted.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


STEAM: Atmospheric Science


I was recently reading the April/May, 2015 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, “Using Authentic Data to Enhance Middle School Science: Atmospheric Instruction.”  It was written by Rachel Goldberg, Nathan Magee, and Lauren Madden.  The article provides a lesson that is sequenced in a way that allows a teacher to scaffold information about tornadoes.  In incorporates the “Tornado in a Bottle” activity and the NOAA Weather and Climate Toolkit.


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Students Self Assessing


Tacyana will be asked to determine how her own work stacks up to a model.

Gust is one of a growing number of schools across the country where student self-assessment is one type of formative assessment that is woven into the school day.

‘Hey, wait a minute, kids have to be involved, too.'”

Learning is much deeper if the student is thinking, ‘I am doing this because it will help me learn this.’

actively judging their work and progress toward a goal, and determining what steps to take to reach it.

“The expectation is that not only are teachers using data, students are owning data,”

Padilla said it takes time to teach students how to read rubrics or use systems to track their progress. But, she said, the shift is worth it. “I think students tracking their own data is key to getting students invested in their education,” she said. “If they don’t see the direct results in that moment, it’s hard for them to know where to go.”


3 Tips on Student Self-Reported Grades

by William Parker • November 20, 2015

Tip #1: Have Students Set Expectations For Performance

Tip #2 Help Students Set Goals For Overall Learning

Tip #3 Share Rubrics for Self-Assessment




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We highlighted this in show 161, but it’s time for a comeback.


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