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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Istep Cumulative Practice

Games for Practice:

Reading Comprehension Skills:


Whole Practice Tests:


Paraphrasing & Quoting (or how to not plagiarize!)

YouTube Videos:



Author’s Purpose & Point of View

candyAn author’s purpose is the reason an author decides to write about a specific topic. Then, once a topic is selected, the author must decide whether his purpose for writing is to inform, persuade, entertain, or explain his ideas to the reader.

Resources you might need for author’s purpose 

PowerPoint Presentations

Handouts and Notes

Practice Exercises





  • Author’s Purpose and Point of View POST-TEST (Don’t peek until Wednesday!)

Central Idea

Graphic Organizer – Central Idea Graphic Organizer

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 12.06.02 PM

We do together – Teen’s company cleans up

You do alone (choose the one that interests you the most):


Here are some resources you will need for this week! Our focus will be on theme and central idea. (Theme = literature | Central Idea = Informational Text)


What is theme?

PowerPoints on Theme

Common Themes in Literature

The Cat’s in the Cradle lyrics – Cat’s in the Cradle Lyrics

Good Riddance lyrics – Good Riddance Lyrics – Green Day

Hold On lyrics – Hold On lyrics

The Most Dangerous Game text – most dangerous game (Sparknotes to help) (audio version-click hyperlinked mp3 next to title in orange)

The REALLY bad version!

Today’s thought for the day!

Today's thought for the day!

Please don’t forget to blog!

How to Create YouTube Photo Slideshows – A Good Alternative to Animoto

This is an amazing post I found and wanted to share with all of you! See what happens when you read blogs? You can find AMAZING things!! Keep this one filed away for next year!

How to Create YouTube Photo Slideshows – A Good Alternative to Animoto.


How to Create YouTube Photo Slideshows – A Good Alternative to Animoto

Animoto is an excellent tool for creating audio slideshows. But there are some limitations to it that some teachers don’t like. Most notable of those limitations is the time limit (30 seconds unless you get an Animoto for Education account), lack of space for text, and that students have to remember a username and password to use it. The YouTube slideshow tool provides a tool for creating audio slideshows without those three limitations of Animoto.

YouTube Photo Slideshows don’t have a time limit other than the standard 15 minute limit applied to all new YouTube accounts (there are work-arounds for this). YouTube Photo Slideshows allow you to specify the length of time that each image is displayed for. After uploading your images you can use the annotations tool to add as much text as you like to each frame of your video. If you’re working in a school that uses Google Apps for Education, your students can use their log-in credentials on YouTube so they don’t have to create separate usernames and passwords.

The images below show you how to create a Photo Slideshow on YouTube. (Click the images to view them full size).

Step 1: Log into your YouTube account and click “upload” then click “Photo Slideshow.”

Step 2: Select images from your Google Account or upload images from your computer.

Step 3: Drag and drop your images into the sequence in which you want them to appear.

Step 4: Choose a sound track and select the slide display duration and transition.

Step 5: Enter a title, description, and tags for your images. Select a thumbnail and privacy setting.

Step 6: Use the annotations tool to add text to each frame of your video. You can specify the length of time that each annotation is displayed for.

Watch my sample video below.


Watch this summary video!

Optional Resources:

Required activities:

Autism Awareness Day!

I started today in tears, seeing how many blue shirts were lining our hallways.  My students have been so supportive this year! I couldn’t believe how many of them turned out in blue today! I decided I had to take their pictures!! 😉

My Homeroom!


Block 1


Block 2


Block 3


There are many others in each class–but only the ones in blue made it in front of the camera today!

Main Idea

main ideaDefinition of Main Idea – Defining_MAIN_and_IDEA_SMEKENS

Main Idea Aliases – Aliases for main idea SMEKENS

Chapter Title (Main Idea) format – Chapter_Titles_TEMPLATE__Updated

Main Idea practice-click here!

Main idea Station Answer Sheet – main idea station answer sheet

Here are the song lyrics we will be using this week in our quest to find the main idea:

Main Idea Graphic Organizer 

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