Students! Show me your technology skills!!

I need your help! I have a presentation on November 8th to hundreds of local teachers about how student blogging has impacted learning in the classroom and how students can use technology to demonstrate their learning. According to new education standards, students must be able to demonstrate 21st century technology skills in their classes.

So this is what I need from you. I will be introducing these tools to you later in the year. If you’re great at using technology and think you can figure out how to use it yourself, try it! Follow this link or go to the Web 2.0 tools tab on the top of this page. Choose one of the tools and use it on one of your blog posts. Other tools we have already used can also be included such as polls, quizzes, videos, storybird, google documents, etc.

If you want your blog to be presented at our teacher in-service, post here with a link to your post.


Adopt-an-Element Assignment #3

Periodic Table of the Elements

Elements, Elements, Elements! You have all probably heard that the world is made of elements but have you ever wondered what an element is?

Today you are going to choose an element to research and tell your readers about it. Some information you might want to include in your post…

  • Element name and symbol
  • State of matter your element is in (at room temperature)
  • Places your element may be found
  • Common uses for your element
  • Any other interesting facts
Like before, include a link to the website(s) you obtained your information.

Pro bloggers club

For those of you who are really into blogging and want to learn more about the neat tools that we can use to make our blogs unique. I welcome you to join the blogging club. To become a member you must

  1. Enjoy blogging
  2. Be familiar with the general functions of edublogs
  3. Create posts beyond regular assigned posts
  4. Have regular access to a computer
  5. Have decent computer skills
  6. Want to learn how to add cool things to your blog
Email me if you’re interested and I will give you a special code to our new edmodo site where we can talk about our blogs and practice using different technologies available.


This week we will be learning about the most common elements on the periodic table. These elements you will see many times in through 8th grade as well as in your lifetime. An elements is a pure substance that cannot be broken down into a simple substance. While browsing for more information to share with you, I came across this video from the band, “They Might Be Giants.” I does a good job explaining some elements that are in objects you’re familiar with.

What did you learn from this video? 1st ten students to respond get super blogging points!

Fall Caterpillars

I have been greatly impressed with your posts the past week about your observations/questions in science. In fact, I learned so much from your posts, I decided to post my own question to teach you a little bit about a small creature in my backyard, the Banded Woolly Bear.

For the past few weeks while my girls were playing outside they kept meeting their friend “Fuzzy” in the grass. “Fuzzy” is a black and orange caterpillar that hatches out of its egg in the fall. I have always wanted to know what insect this caterpillar would metamorphosize into so I decided to do a little bit of research.

The Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillar (scientific name Isia isabella or Pyrrharctia isabella) is the larva form of a Isabella Tiger Moth. The Woolly bear remains in larva stage throughout the winter producing it’s own “anti-freeze” like chemicals within it’s own body to survive the winter. Toward the spring, the caterpillar changes to it’s pupa form (cocoon) and eventually hatches as a moth.

There is an old folk tale about these caterpillars that suggest that the more black bands on the caterpillar can indicate a long winter. This is not true. These caterpillars increase bands as they mature. Woolly Bear Caterpillars feed on a variety of different plants (as I hysterically found out when it pooped green on my 6-year-olds hand…. gross!).

The adult moth, the Isabella Tiger Moth, hatches in May. It is dull yellow or orange and have black dots on its wings. They can be up to 3 inches long.

To read more about moths visit

Assignment #1 Researching Observations


In science class the other day, I observed one my students expel the largest sneeze I have ever heard. I swear we could have heard that sneeze in the next room if the door was open.  As we we’re giggling, one of the students asked, “What causes sneezes anyway, Mrs. Gregory?” I replied “BLOG IT!” In my class, you’ll hear this a lot. As 6th and 7th graders, you are naturally curious about the world. I want to give you time to explore your questions! This will be your first assignment.


Think about an observation you have made recently that made you ask a question about the world. Research the answer to your question and write about your findings on your blog.

Remember: You’re writing to a world wide audience. Make your teachers proud by demonstrating your excellent writing skills.

Things to remember

  • Did I proofread my work? Did I check for spelling errors, grammatical errors?
  • Did I cite my resources with a link?
  • Did I write in my own words? (Plagiarism is illegal. It is NEVER ok to cut and paste someone else’s writing)
  • Do I make sense? Will my readers understand what I wrote?
  • Did I reflect on my own personal thoughts about the question and answer?


After your post has been published, make comment here with your topic and a direct link to your post.

People who visit my blog will read your comment here and become eager to visit your blog.