Cats in Hats

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the 6th & 7th graders created animated Cats in Hats. Using an image of the Cat in the Hat without a hat that was shared by Becky C. on Elementary Tech Teachers, each student used Paint.NET to create from 3-10 different hats for the cat. Once the hats were complete, students headed over to Picasion and uploaded their images to create their animated GIF.

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In addition to creating Cats in Hats, students also wrote a poem in the style of Dr. Seuss to describe their hats. If you want to check out the poems just click on any of the animated images and you will be taken to the student’s post on their ePortfolio site.

2012-13: Quarter 1

Here’s a recap of what 7th grade did during the 1st Quarter of the 2012-2013 year:

  • Self Portraits: The first thing that classes do every year is to create their self-portrait and 7th grade is no exception. In 7th grade, self-portraits are used as avatars in Edmodo.
  • Keyboarding Speed Assessment: At the beginning of each year students take a series of speed tests and calculate their average speed to see what their current typing speed is. They will be taking additional assessments during the year to see if their speed has improved.
  • International Dot Day: All grades (Kindergarten-8th) participated in International Dot Day this year. In 7th grade, students had to create a dot that represented how they wished to make their mark in life and then they wrote a short essay about what their dot represented, how they planned to achieve their goals and who they felt might mentor them in the process.
  • Excel Crossword Puzzle: Middle School students are required to create a crossword puzzle for an English assignment. To help them with this, they learn how to create a crossword using Excel.
  • PowerPoint Animal: As a fun activity, 2nd grade through 8th grade, used PowerPoint to create animals using simple shapes based on the How to Draw Funny Cartoons site. This was a good review of using the shape tools and background formatting tools in PowerPoint.

If you are interested in more details about any of the assignments for the 1st Quarter, you can read more about them on our wiki. If you’re interested in what our finished projects looked like, check out our 7th Grade Quarter 1 posts on our ePortfolio sites:

Favorite 7th Grade High-Tech Hearts

Each year billions of Conversation Hearts are sold for Valentine’s Day. Since food and computers don’t mix, St. Martin’s 7th graders created their own High Tech version of conversation hearts! Please visit each of the 7th graders High-Tech Hearts posts below and then vote for your favorite High-Tech Conversation Hearts. If you are a St. Martin’s 7th Grader, vote for your favorite that are NOT yours! If you are using Google Chrome as your browser, you may get a security warning about insecure content; it is okay to load the content.

Our High-Tech Hearts

Our ePortfolio Sites

We are showcasing our work this year on ePortfolio sites that we are creating using Google Sites. Please visit and let us know what you think about our sites and our work. Click on our names to visit our sites and please leave your comments here because you can’t comment on our sites directly.