Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Fun with QR Codes!

What is a QR code? It’s a little like a bar code, only it’s square, and it contains a maze-like design of black and white cubes that are an information code. (more details here, on Wikipedia)

QR codes can contain hidden messages about ANYTHING you want!

To make your first QR code go to this webpage.

Create a code with the title of a book you are currently reading.

Post your QR code on a blog post.

If you have an iPad or iPhone or any other mobile device you can download a QR app and start scanning!

Now that you know what a QR code is you will start seeing them everywhere!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Save the Manatees!

Explore the following webpage:

 List 10 facts you found about manatees.

List 5 protection tips for boaters.

 Watch the following video and sign the petition to make Three Sisters a winter sanctuary for manatees.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Poetry Post

Visit the following poetry websites:

Poems Kids Like

Ken Nesbitt’s Poetry for Kids

Classic Kids’ Poems

Jack Prelutsky’s Poems


Take a few minutes looking around and exploring all of the poetry themes.

Read at least five poems.

Choose one poem that really sticks in your mind.

Copy and paste this poem into a new post. Make sure you include the poet’s name and the title of the poem.

Below the poem write your thoughts about the poem: What did this poem remind you of? Make you think of? What words or phrases jumped out at you? Was there rhythm or rhyme? What did you like about it? Dislike about it?

Include an image that goes along with the theme of your poem.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Visualizing Sentences

Visualizing Reading Strategy

Task: Think of a scene in your book club book that is especially important or vivid to you.

Write three sentences from the scene without giving away which character(s)  is saying them. Make sure your sentences give clues to the setting, characters, and plot events and that you are able to visualize each sentence in your head.

After you post your Visualizing Sentences, have your book club members try to guess the scene by leaving you a comment!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Create a Poll!

What is your favorite genre? free polls 

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


Task: Create a Wordle using any words or phrases that come to mind when you think of A Land Remembered.

Go to

Click on “Create”

Type in at least 20 words.

Save to Public Gallery.

Copy the html code and paste into a new post.


Wordle: ALR

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

A Land Remembered, the Restaurant!

Exciting News! You are going to open a restaurant based on the book, A Land Remembered.

On your blog, create a menu of foods that will be served. They should all be foods that appear in the novel.

Separate your menu into appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.

Include how much the food costs and a brief description of the dish.

You should have at least two appetizers, at least three main dishes, and at least two desserts.

*If you finish early, describe what the restaurant will look like, what the waiters will wear, etc.

Click HERE to view an excellent example of a descriptive restaurant menu!

P.S. Check out the link to the actual A Land Remembered Restaurant in Orlando:

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

A Land Remembered Musings

We are currently reading A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. The novel is set in Florida during the 1860’s. The MacIvey family hasrecently moved from their home in the scrub to a cabin along the Kissimmee river. They have faced many hardships and have to work hard for what they have. Every day brings a new adventure and a quest for survival.


What are some things that we have today that we take for granted?

Has reading this story made you more appreciative for everyday items?

If you could go back and time and visit Zech MacIvey, what would you tell him about Florida in the 21st century?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins


Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is about a man, Hershel, who tries to save the town from the goblins. The goblins are keeping the townspeople from celebrating Hanukkah and the only way to break the spell is to outwit the King of the Goblins on the eighth night of Hanukkah.

Answer the following THICK questions in a comment:

1.) How did Hershel show that he was very clever?

2.) Which goblin was the most memorable? Why?

2.) Be honest! Do you think you would have been able to stay the whole night and meet each goblin? Why or why not?

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


Have you heard of Wonderopolis? It’s a really neat website that offers daily information about things we often wonder about!

Your task:
1.) Post the Wonderopolis widget into a new post (click WIDGET for embed code)
2.) Read the Wonder of the Day.

3.) Post a comment on THIS POST that includes FIVE interesting facts you learned from the Wonder of the Day.

If you finish, read another Wonder of the Day and post what you found interesting!

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