Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Over the Holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb challenge Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, and learn a little something new in between all that binge-gaming and YouTube viewing.

The challenge starts Friday, December 21st at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 6th at 11:59pm.

 Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.

Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a table or phone).

Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins. 

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 7th.

For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.

Happy Season’s Readings from Mrs. Baker!

Tales of Great Books: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

In honor of “The Master of Horror,” Edgar Allan Poe, the media center is collaborating with Reading and Language Arts teachers to help students better understand the impact Poe’s body of work (Do you know his writing spans a variety of genres?) has had on American Literature. Use Mrs. Baker’s Edgar Allan Poe Video Guide while viewing Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe , with an introduction by Mrs. Baker, to assist in your understanding of the major points within the video segment.

Teachers may also wish to utilize Great Books Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Teacher’s Guide provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting to help lead students through their individualized, grade level appropriate standards.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the myriad print and digital resources on Poe that are available in Durham’s Media Center. Many are currently featured on the “Spooky Books” display, but be sure to search Poe in Destiny to see all the super cool items available for check out.

 

Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Discovery Education, 2003 . Full Video.
Discovery Education. Web. 27 October 2014. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 Oct 2014.
http://quest.eb.com/#/search/134_1738103/1/134_1738103/cite

WANT MORE POE? Check out Thinkport for an abundance of awesome Poe resources including lesson plans, engaging activities, poetry readings, online field trips and so much more! Under “Interactive Media” click on “Knowing Poe,” or simply search “Poe” in the search box. Be sure to have plenty of time set aside to peruse this resource. You will get sucked in!

Human Body Systems

Hi 7th grade Scientists! Let’s use Cobb Digital Library to locate the BEST, most timely and relevant information on how organ systems interact to carry out life functions. Humans–and other complex multicellular organisms–have systems of organs that work together carrying out processes that keep us alive. Here’s how to get started using Cobb Digital Library to learn all about human body systems.

 

Science Databases are arranged in a group for quick access and include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All of the above resources feature content on Human Body Systems.

 

Cite Your Sources!

Use the Citation Tool features in Kid InfoBits and Research in Context.

In NetTrekker use the Copy for Citation feature. 

DK Findout and BrainPOP resources should be cited using www.citationmachine.net. Choose MLA format and follow the prompts.

 

Cobb Digital Library (CDL) Access: On-campus computers, offer a shortcut on the desktop. From home, the link to CDL is available via both the Cobb County and Durham websites as well as through the Durham Media Center blog. Students will be prompted to use their Office 365 username which follows this pattern: firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org. They will then use their individualized school computer password.

Welcome Back 7th Graders!

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Seventh grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. Students will also have the opportunity to verify their computer and Office 365 passwords and connect to the WIFI if they are BYOD approved. In collaborative groups, students will visit stations to complete specific learning targets. Media specialist Mrs. Baker and Media paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, along with the help of Durham ELA teachers, will help guide students during their visit.

 

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

At STATION 8, be sure to check out the Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System video:

 

Works Cited: “Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System.” YouTube, YouTube, 21 Sept. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?     v=9bV_sI8XQdI&index=2&list=PL8VBzOAcGweK1Kv7x8HWyUbCVAuQVAT92. Accessed 9 Aug. 2017.

 

Mrs. Baker will be leading students through Station 10. If you miss it, be sure to get your answers here:

8th MC Orientation Station 10

Summer Reading

Log your Summer Reading minutes in Biblionasium.

All the details, and abundant resources including access to thousands of FREE digital books, can be found at Cobb Summer Reading. Check it out!!

Don’t forget! Durham Media Center’s catalog, Destiny, and Cobb Digital Library are available 24/7 during the summer too! Check out all the ebooks and audiobooks that are part of the Durham Media Center collection through Destiny, and be sure to search Ebsco eBook and Tumble Book Cloud for lots of AWESOME digital books.

Ebsco eBooks in Cobb Digital Library

Tumble Book Cloud in Cobb Digital Library

 

Cell Adaptations: Art/Tech Mash-Up

Google vs. Cobb Digital Library

Using your device, go to the following link to share your perspective. You’ll need to get the password from Mrs. Baker in order to access it.

4th Period’s Padlet

5th Period’s Padlet

STUDENTS: Use the Anchor Chart: Asking Questions as you research the disease of your choosing.

Be sure to use Britannica School Middle in Cobb Digital Library to gather your notes.

Found in the Cobb Digital Library

 

 

SUBMIT YOUR SWAY HERE:

When your Sway is perfected and has been approved by Mrs. Gaut or Mrs. Baker, do the following:

  1. Open your Sway.
  2. Go to Share (upper right-hand corner)
  3. Make your Settings match what’s below: Share your Sway with ANYONE WITH A LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Copy the link.

5. Open the Sway Submission Form for your class, and follow the example to post your Sway.

SWAY SUBMISSION FORM 4TH PERIOD

SWAY SUBMISSION FORM 5TH PERIOD

January Library Media Committee Meeting

 

The Library Meeting Committee will meet Thursday, January 25th at 8:15 a.m. in the Media Center. On the agenda are upcoming schedules and promotions including our annual, and extremely popular Blind Date with a Book and Scholastic Book Fair. Be sure to be present for all the details.

Hey Committee Members: A Class Notebook has been shared with you in Office 365 which features all the details for Blind Date with a Book. Here’s the direct link to the Notebook: Blind Date with a Book. Once the file opens, you will be prompted to enter your Office 365 account using your username and password. Mrs. Baker will guide you through using it. 

Art/Tech Merge

Hey 7th grade Art Students! Mrs. Baker is here to help you use technology to share your art with others. YAHOO! How exciting! This project will even offer the opportunity for you to showcase your art at an off campus art Show in January.

We are using Cobb Digital Library to research diseases and to locate images of healthy versus diseased cells. We will also use Microsoft Office 365 to create informational presentations of diseases as well as images of our watercolor cell representations. Are you excited yet? Well, if not, you will be soon.

Cobb Digital Library

iPad Best Practices and Presentation Checklist

Microsoft Office 365

The presentations of our art work will be showcased via Microsoft Sway Office 365. (We will be utilizing the video linked below to guide us.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

There are lots and lots of Sway How-to Videos on YouTube. Although they are unavailable via student logins while on campus, they will serve as helpful tools when you are on your own. With parent permission, you may choose to utilize them to help you Sway. That’s what Mrs. Baker does when she needs help.

LESSON CONCLUSION

How to Submit a Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

Now that all of your hard work is complete, it’s time to submit your work for review. Open the link below. Type your name and class period into the provided spaces, and then copy and paste your Sway link into the space following your name and class period. Mrs. Baker will be guiding you through the steps on Wednesday, 12/20.

SUBMIT YOUR SWAY LINK HERE!

MLA Citations with Mrs. Baker

 Back 7th Grade Reading Students!

Mrs. Baker is here with some guidance as you begin your analysis of Ben Mikaelsen’s novel Touching Spirit Bear.  We will be using the resources linked here to guide our learning. Careful note-taking using the Guide to Accompany Mrs. Baker’s Powerpoint is especially important because there are helpful tips and relevant examples that will serve you as you write journal entries throughout the novel study.  Here’s the presentation with all the information you need: Citing Textual Evidence Using MLA Format . REMEMBER! Mrs. Baker is a resource to guide you through your learning as well, so swing by the media center in the mornings if you find yourself needing additional support.

NOW LET’S REVIEW!

Mrs. Baker will share the class code!