Check back often! We’ll have some book reviews, fun facts, and reading incentives. Stop by the library and let us know what you’d like to read! We’re here to help you enjoy learning!
All Mead 7th and 8th graders are invited to participate in a winter reading program. Between Dec. 21, 2016, and Feb. 21, 2017, students who read 4 books approved by their L.A. teacher will receive a voucher for 2 free tickets ($3 processing fee) to a May or June Schaumburg Boomers baseball game and a drawstring backpack. Students will be given a parent letter that must be signed and returned when the student meets the goal of 4 books. No graphic novels and no books from the series Who Is/What Are. Stop by the library if you have any questions.
Those who joined us at Barnes & Noble and Fuddruckers for a Nautical Night were entertained and made some great purchases. The Mead drink and cupcakes at the Starbucks were a success, too! Thanks to performers, audience members, and purchasers! Ahoy!
I went to the Illinois Association of Gifted Children conference on Monday, and I was reminded of Torrance’s work with gifted children and adults in the mid to late nineties. Attached is a summary of his findings which definitely apply to our children today. Enjoy! Torrance_Manifesto
Use the above website for a list of free sites to practice keyboarding skills. Some sites may seem rather basic, but everyone has to start somewhere. You’ll get homework done a lot faster if you can keyboard as fast as you think!!
Incoming 7th graders and 8th graders: Read, read, read for pleasure! Aim for a book a week. Challenge yourself to read at least one book on the list of 101 books college-bound readers should read. 101 Great Books
If you read this post, send me an e-mail and tell me something interesting about you or the book you are reading. firstname.lastname@example.org
History Fair Theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Read the article about the theme on the National History Day website (nhd.org). Begin to create a list of possible topics for the theme. Make sure there’s an Illinois connection. Extensive early research is not recommended. Groups and project formats (website, documentary, research paper, exhibit board, or historical performance) will be decided in October.
Enjoy outdoor activities. Visit with family and friends. Get lots of exercise. Come to school in August ready to learn!
Copy, cut and paste the url into your search — the links are not all live.
So, you want to study for fun? Here are a few sites to expand your knowledge in poetry:
Poetry Glossary of Terms:
Poetry Terms on Quizlet:
Brief Definition of Poetry Terms with an online quiz:
Extensive, well-documented glossary from a college professor:
188 Philosophers and extensive research about each:
Famous People Short Biographies:
Oh, and you want to practice grammar??
Short, fun sentences and quizzes:
Pronouns practice — also has other parts of speech
Lots of interactive quizzes:
SAT practice grammar exercises:
Simpler, but more fun practice:
Interesting collection of grammar sites. Go to the bottom of the page for advanced sites:
Several students have requested extra help with the conventions of writing. I recommend this interactive website: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm . It provides immediate feedback on short quizzes and detailed explanations for all missed answers.
GREAT SITES FOR HELP WITH HISTORY FAIR RESEARCH:
For National History Day rules and ideas http://nhd.org/
For the Chicago Metro History Education Center—-our sponsor for the History Fair and
already created bibliographies for some topics www.chicagohistoryday.org
For the Newberry Library in Chicago: http://www.newberry.org/scholl/metro.html
For the Chicago Historical Society History Files: http://www.chicagohs.org/history/index.html
For Universityof Illinois at Chicago, University Collections: http://rivendell.lib.uic.edu/bloghome/specinfo/archives/2005/09/metro_history_f.shtml
The Chicago Public Library, click on the Learn Chicago tab: http://www.chipublib.org/
Schaumburg Township District Library has a wonderful Illinois collection, and you can use their eResources and Infotrac online if you have a library card: http://www.stdl.org/ By the way, get a library card if you don’t already have one!