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genresWith over 10,000 fiction books to choose from, it’s sometimes overwhelming for students to find just the right book. To make this process easier, I’ve divided the fiction section by genre. Our books are divided into Sports Fiction, Graphic Novels, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, and Fantasy genres. To figure out which genre best matches a student, I developed a short quiz to help narrow down areas of interest. The Fiction Genre Quiz has no scientific basis; it’s just for fun. Hopefully it will give students a starting place when searching for a good book. Huge thanks to http://www.readerpants.net for sharing her quiz so I could edit with our genres.

stemJoin us in the media center this Friday for activities supporting Georgia STEM Day! I’ve got classes scheduled all day for balloon rockets, the spaghetti tower challenge, floating ping pong balls, the airplane distance and accuracy challenge, hovercrafts, the tin foil boat challenge, and much more.

 

eighthday

2015 2Last week, we placed the word cloud banner with names of all our 8th grade students on the wall outside the media center. Each year I see groups of students gathered around determined to find their name. I hear our students in 6th and 7th grade talking about how much they will miss these 8th graders. Teachers give hugs to students who will be leaving us and help to reminisce about the good times here at WJMS. We are proud of your accomplishments and celebrate your advancement to a new chapter in your lives. Congratulations WJMS class of 2015….you will be missed!

2015

bloom boardHappy Spring!

Teen Tech Week 2015

1000017182-1We celebrated Teen Tech Week last week with the theme “Libraries Are For Making“. As students visited the library, I showed them how to make LED throwies from LEDs, button batteries, magnets, and duct tape. Once completed, students could throw them at a filing cabinet for storage until the end of the day. Instructions for the project can be found at Instructables.com. Students could also play our version of Angry Birds. We had six bad piggies on a pyramid of boxes. Students could throw a stuffed Angry Bird at the pyramid to try to knock down all bad piggies. The media center also showcased a Technology Museum filled with old video controllers, typewriters, cameras, 8-track tape players and more.

book club - eighth day

The WJMS Book Club met March 12th to receive their third and final book of the year. The group will be reading The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni, which I was able to find through our last Book Fair. After reading a passage to club members, I announced we would be able to Skype with the author during our next meeting in April. I’m looking forward to revealing the surprise our author has graciously provided for them.

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