Monday, May 11, 2015

Biomolecules and MineCraft

Eight grade Science students were introduced to MineCraft today. The classes began their next PBL (Project Based Learning) assignment in Biomolecules. They will eventually create a Biomolecule using MineCraft. Today, they learned how to navigate through the game. The rest of the week will include research and preparation for actually building a Biomolecule.

Students will compare the structures and functions of different types of biomolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.

Project description:
You will be assigned a specific class of biomolecule to construct (carbohydrate, lipid, protein, nucleic acid). You will need to use your knowledge of chemistry to build a model that represents your assigned biomolecule. You will need to inform others of the outside sources of the molecules in our diet and the function of the biomolecule in the human body
Research…..then …. build a model of your biomolecule in minecraft!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Digital Citizenship Week

This week our IB Tech. students (6th grade) created Digital safety posters using Microsoft Word. The posters were then converted to pdf format and were printed using a large plotter. Students then hung their posters around the campus for everyone to see.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Hour of code

"I can't do this, It's too hard" "Oh, Oh, I get it," "I love this. This is Great!" were just a few of the many student comments during the Hour of Code. Grisham students along with millions of other students throughout the world  participated in Computer Science Week's the Hour of Code - December 8 - 12th. Anyone can participate and there are other coding activities that continue beyond the Hour of code time frame. To learn more go to

7th Grade Math students create math tutorials

Grisham 7th grade math students use their tablets and the app Lensoo Create to solve, record and share math problems 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Day in the Life of Grisham Students...

A typical day at Grisham Middle School involves the use of technology in almost all classes...

8th Grade ELA classes work on their mini projects to demonstrate their understanding of the Holocaust and WW II.

7th Grade Math students learn how to create user accounts which will allow them to log into a tablet using their own log in, thus protecting their work

Language B Spanish 1A student create MeGusta data charts

7th Grade Science students research and identify soil, ground water, floodplains and aquifers

6th Grade LA classes begin their 1st draft on their personal narratives using their Google Docs accounts. Once their draft is written they will share their documents with their teachers using an Assignment drop box linked on their teacher's website

Another 7th Grade Science class researches a current event on natural disasters. They have to cite their sources using EBib and then reflect on how Science predicts and then recovers from these disasters. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

6th graders build card towers

6th grade IB Technology students found out that it takes a good foundation to build a tower, especially if the tower is made of index cards. Each group was given 5000 index cards and 30 minutes to build the tallest card tower they could. They were give 1 to 2 minutes to plan their towers, but after that time was up, no verbal communication could take place. They could communicate, but only through hand signals or eye contact. Students learned team work, communicating in different ways, don't waste time, problem solving, and most importantly their towers needed a broad base. Once time was up and the towers were measured, their teacher helped them work through the IB Design Cycle to see how their project fit into the different stages of the cycle.