7th Grade Picks of the Week

May 23-27: http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-games/world-capital-catch-game.php

May 16-20: http://their-own-words.org/

May 9-13: "I can't remember back to middle school but my favorite book in 9th grade was 'A Farewell to Arms'.  That's when reading really clicked for me." -President Obama, responding to Ms. Lawson's question about his favorite book in middle school

April 25-29: http://www.questconnect.org/africa_maps.htm

April 11-15: "Isn't it wonderful that none of us need wait a moment before starting to change the world." -Anne Frank

April 1-8: http://charitywatch.org/toprated.html and http://charitynavigator.org/ 

March 21-25: "Yes, there is a world out there and even if you decide you don't want to meet it, it still is going to hit you right in the face. Believe me. So, best to start thinking about the world now and what it means to you. What does the world mean to you?... Why should we think about the world, I mean after all what does the world expect of you?... Nothing.  I mean, here you are, you can't drive, you can't vote, you can't go to the bathroom without a pass from me.... you're stuck, right here in the seventh grade.  But not forever.  One day you'll be free.  But what if on the day you're free, you're not prepared, you're not ready, and you look around you and you don't like what the world is?  What is the world is just a big disappointment? Unless... you take the thing that you don't like about this world and you flip it upside down." -Mr. Simonet, "Pay it Forward"

March 14-18:

Feb. 28-March 4

Feb. 14-18: "Every day that I left the classroom as I opened my locker [after watching 'Promises'] I felt angry.  Why should children my own age have to worry about being bombed everyday and be so wrapped up in politics that they learn to hate their neighbor?  While I stand in front of my locker every morning deciding what gum I feel like and laughing at a funny joke someone just told me, kids in Israel and Palestine are waiting for their dad to come home from jail or worrying that their ride to school might blow up or that their home could be taken away, or that their brother might be shot!  I have never really given a long hard thought about what it's like from their end." -Emily M (from reflection on "Promises")

For more information about how to contact the filmmakers and stars of "Promises", go to http://www.promisesproject.org/contact.html

Feb. 7-11: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
" -John F. Kennedy

Jan. 31-Feb. 4:

Jan. 17-21:
"Snawn" (noun or verb): An attempt to sneeze that ends in a yawn instead.  -from Jack E.

Jan. 10-14: This kid is awesome, he likes the same things as me!" -Morgan D. (reading letter from Japanese student)

Jan. 3-7:

Dec. 13-17: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2127.html

Dec. 6-10: "If you're ever in Thailand, you'll have to try the snake head fish soup." -Ms. Lawson

Nov. 29-Dec. 3:

Nov. 15-22: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/usa_game/government/checks_and_balances.htm

Nov. 8-12: "It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Oct. 25-Nov. 4: http://blogs.scholastic.com/kidspress/

Oct. 18-20: http://japanesetranslator.co.uk/your-name-in-japanese/

Oct. 11-15: http://247wallst.com/2010/09/16/the-history-of-what-things-cost-in-america-1776-to-today/

Oct. 4-8: http://www.testtakingtips.com

Sept. 27-Oct. 1: "You don't have to suffer to be a poet.  Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone."  ~John Ciardi

Sept. 20-24:

Sept. 13-17:

Sept. 6-10:
"Judge a man by his questions, rather than by his answers." -Voltaire