MSM 396: “Fixin’ to”

Jokes You Can Use:  


If you spent your day in a well, can you say your day was well-spent?


I Googled “how to start a wildfire”.

  • I got 48,500 matches.


A guy was admitted to hospital with 8 plastic horses in his stomach.

  • His condition is now stable.


I was hoping to steal some leftovers from the party

  • my plans were foiled.


Never date cross eyed people.

  • They might be seeing somebody on the side!


I told my girlfriend to come with me to the gym. Then I stood her up.

  • Hopefully, she’ll realize the two of us are not going to work out.


Jokes about unemployed people are not funny.

  • They just don’t work.


You’re becoming a vegetarian?

  • I think that’s a big missed steak.


Two egotists started a fight.

  • It was an I for an I.


I don’t want to cut my hair!

  • I’m really attached to it!


Seven days without a pun makes one weak.



How much screen time?

Have the students advise parents on how much screen time is proper.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Hidden Worlds

I was recently reading the March, 2018 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 section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. She wrote an article entitled, “Sparking Student Interest in Hidden Worlds.” She quotes Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, “How Inscrutable and incomprehensible are the hidden works of nature.”


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Create a sorting activity for students. (Better yet, have them create them). Can be used for vocabulary or concepts.


Slang Map of the USA


The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence


The True Size

Pick a state or a country and compare it in size with any land mass in the world.!MTY4NjI0MzE.MjM3NTY5MA*MzQzNTU0Mzk(MzEzNjY4OQ~!CONTIGUOUS_US*MTAwMjQwNzU.MjUwMjM1MTc(MTc1)MA~!IN*NTI2NDA1MQ.Nzg2MzQyMQ)MQ~!CN*OTkyMTY5Nw.NzMxNDcwNQ(MjI1)Mg


Sero! By Sero Learning Assessments   

Sero! supports the entire assessment process, from authoring to taking to scoring to displaying results. Here’s a high-level look under the hood:  

GPS The Series – Introductions and Lesson 1 “Working Well”

Video Trailer:   

Teacher Resources:  

To Pair With GPS The Series:  (Foundation for Teaching Economics  

  1. A Pollution Solution:  In this activity, students acting as owners of companies emitting proscribed substances engage in a market for tradable pollution credits.
  2. The Rise of Big Government Simulation:
  3. Innovation, Education, and Information Simulation:  
  4. Property Rights – Is the Environment Any Different? (simulation):  
  5. Setting the Rules:  Costs and Benefits of Government Action:  
  6. The Fish Game:  
  7. The Environment and the Economy Lesson Series:  

Using AR Resources

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.  

Merge 360 Headsets:  

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McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised


Fifty years ago, 5 unmanned lunar orbiters circled the moon, taking extremely high resolution photos of the surface. They were trying to find the perfect landing site for the Apollo missions. They would be good enough to blow up to 40 x 54ft images that the astronauts would walk across looking for the great spot. After their use, the images were locked away from the public until after the bulk of the moon landings



Frankenbook is a collective reading and collaborative annotation experience of the original 1818 text of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.


Narcissistic adolescents may perform better at school

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‘Find your passion’ may not be the best advice after all

Random Thoughts . . .  


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