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Blues Journey

Do you think Lemon Brown might have looked something like the man above? We are going to go on a blues journey. You will see four youtube links to blues songs that we may have heard in the class for this unit. For your home learning assignment, you should listen to the music. Do these songs … Continue reading

Paper Slides

Edit: Paper Slides being added – see below! No, not a playground slide… Paper Slides! The PaperFreeClass attended a digital learning conference at Miami Jackson Senior High School yesterday and got this great idea from Lance Rougeux, the keynote speaker. (The irony that we are using paper for this is not lost on me.) Students … Continue reading

Join the Party!

The book party, that is! Yes, we are going to be ordering books through the Scholastic website! Just sign up with your parents, use code MZ832 for our class, and place your order. It’s THAT simple! When the orders come in, we will give them out in class. Our first two books are The Giver and The … Continue reading

What Do You Cherish?

The first three weeks of school, we are focusing on the idea of what should be cherished. We are reading The Treasure of Lemon Brown, writing dialogues, exploring the role of 3rd person limited narrative, and making inferences. In the story, Greg Ridley finds out the importance of family and what makes something a treasure. … Continue reading

Let’s Get Free!

I’m talking about Paper-Free here! Selected classes will be going paperless for the rest of the year (fingers crossed). We will be using the MIDDLE SCHOOL QUESTION TASK CARDS and Edmodo to complete our work for the next two weeks until FCAT time. We will focus on a different task each day, starting with Main Idea. … Continue reading

Let’s Get Anchored!

Greetings, students! We are going to dive head-first into essay writing. You will be responsible for planning, writing, and submitting your essay in two ways. You will maintain a writing portfolio (class folder) and submit essays to Edmodo and via Classzone Essay Smart. To achieve a high score, you must plan your essay, have focus, … Continue reading

Let’s Get Authorized!

And by that I mean we are going to be studying three authors in preparation for our field trip next week to the Miami Book Fair International! You will find you assignment on Edmodo, but here it is reprinted for your convenience: You will do an author study about EACH of the following authors: Michael … Continue reading

Let’s Get Discovering!

Wait, that doesn’t sound quite right. Anyway, we are going to connect digitally to our lesson a bit more today. You students all have access to the Discovery network through your student portal, and today we are going to put it to good use! We will view a film about Native American history in class, … Continue reading

Let’s get it started!

Welcome back everyone! The first couple of weeks of school have been hectic. I would like to start incorporating our website back into the class now, so have a look around. Your first assignment is to visit the link above for classroom rules. You must comment with your first name only and your class period … Continue reading


Well, not really the end. The end of the school year for sure! I have really enjoyed this year, experimenting with technology in the classroom and learning a lot of new things with my students. It has been interesting to see what works and what doesn’t. If all goes well, we will be starting all … Continue reading

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