Research Remixed

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7th Grade students are working hard on an interdisciplinary unit focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.  For English Language Arts, they will be writing an argumentative essay, and in Social Studies, they are producing multimedia products using their choice of Web 2.0 tools like Animoto, Glogster, XtraNormal and others.  Stay tuned for their final products.  We will… Continue reading

Maps and Monkeys

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  Mr. Warner’s seventh grade classes are busy researching plate tectonics this week. After learning all about tectonic plates, plate boundaries and geological processes, students created maps  by finding and saving Google Earth views of regions that are tectonically active. They then took their maps over the top by labeling and explaining  the geological processes in… Continue reading

Self-direction – Own Your Learning

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Nothing will work unless you do.– Maya Angelou According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a strong work ethic is rated as one of the three “most important” skills needed in the workforce.  School Librarians help students develop self –direction and work ethic, increasing motivation by developing projects that are personally relevant and focused on… Continue reading

Go Google!

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 Can it really be almost October?  Wow, this school year has started off with a bang!  One of the coolest things to happen this year has been the Google Apps for Education pilot in the 8th grade.  We are excited to offer Google Apps as it represents an important step towards developing a 21st century approach… Continue reading

Blackout Poetry

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EMS is starting National Poetry Month in style. Mr. Mason’s 8th grade Literacy students did a great job with their Blackout Poetry;  students voted for the top 5 poems and they are outstanding!  Enjoy:

Going Global

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Click on a blog header above to visit any of our fanatastic Blogs O’ Persuasion Writing Power! East Middle School sixth graders are AMAZING writers!  During the month of January, Mrs. Doss’ and Mr. Smith’s Literacy classes teamed up with me (your humble librarian) to research controversial topics and write persuasive blog posts.  We have some… Continue reading