BHL Middle School Spectrum Wikispace!!

Welcome to the Burney-Harris-Lyons Wikispace. We will be using this wiki throughout the 2010-2011 school year in a number of classes across all three grades.

As the school year gets underway we will be using this wiki more and more. In the meantime, take a look around and see some of the things we have done on the wiki these last few years.

Mr. Thompson

7th Grade Books and Info

When You Reach Me

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Wild Things
by Dave Eggers
The Secret Life of Bees

I Am The Cheese

Download the summer
reading handout for
7th grade:

(includes rubric & reading response help)

Twitter information
(only if you're doing the Twitter project)

8th Grade Books and Info
The Book Thief

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Download the summer
reading handout for
8th grade:

Twitter information
(only if you're doing the Twitter project)


The Tater Tot
Issue 1 of The Tater Tot is now available!

The Tater Tot is a literary magazine written by students at BHL.

Download the latest issue (in pdf format)

Do you have a story to submit for consideration?
Email us: bhltatertot AT gmail DOT com

Geo Bee Practice Games
with a partner - explore these Geo Bee games. Make sure to take turns, discuss the answer, ect.

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A great set of sample questions from the same people that the write the questions for the Geo Bee

A good matching game for states and countries. Check out the various maps.

Not the best game for learning Geo Bee but it is very fun and challenging. Think SIMON.

A decent collection of games, some better than others (some links are broken)

More geography quizzes and questions

Various other games by National Geographic



Don't forget to work on your science fair project over the break! We'll wrap everything up the first week in January. Just make sure to complete your experiment over the break and document EVERYTHING.

Also, don't forget to check-in!!!



You should have received a second copy of the summer reading assignment sheet with your report card, however, I have uploaded a pdf of the summer reading assignment for each grade level just in case you misplaced it.

HELPFUL HAND-OUTS - downloadable, pfd format

Secondly, make sure you come see us on Saturday, June 5th at the ACC Public Library between 10am - 1pm. We'll have copies of each book for check-in. In addition, we'll have a few extra things to help you with your summer reading adventures! If you are busy Friday, then we'll also be set up at the BHL (room 103) on Monday, June 7th from 10am - 1pm. Again you can borrow a book from us (limited to what we have left), get some resources to help you with your summer reading, and even get some Twitter help (if that is going to be your creative project for the summer).

twitter-logo.jpgSpeaking of Twitter: Later this week we'll post information on what makes a great "tweet' for those of you using Twitter as your creativity project- so check back!

Regardless, you can keep up with us on Twitter (even if you are not going to do it for one of your projects). - Mr. T

As always, email me with any questions or concerns.

Follow this link for research sources. Updates to come later.

6th Grade
The 10 Most Important Events in the History of Latin America


Download a pdf of the information letter sent home with 6th grade Spectrum students. More detailed information about future Spectrum Sessions and the Cultural Event Opportunities to be posted this weekend.

- PDF file of the information hand-out

Mr. Thompson (9/18/09)

You can always send me a message too..
If you don’t know how to send me a message click on this link:

Posting Reminders

Everyone is a doing a great job and your posts are impressive. Here are a just a few things to watch out for when posting.

  1. spectrum2.jpgBe careful not to delete others’ posts when editing a page. This has already happened a couple of times, so just be careful (if it does happen I can fix it).
  2. Remember that everyone can see what you post, so watch out for spelling and grammar problems. I’m never perfect in this area either and often find myself re-editing a post to fix some mistakes. In other words proofread and revise!!
  3. Quotes need page numbers (and need to be reproduced exactly as they appear in the story).
  4. When posting keep the language proper, meaning watch the use of numbers for words (i.e. 2 = to – I’m looking at you bb-blue!!), abbreviations, and l33t speak. Treat your language like any other writing assignment you’d turn in. I don’t mind the occasion use here and there but remember our audience is, technically, worldwide so lets keep it proper (additionally, it hurts the validity of your argument when you use such language).
  5. Lastly, if you feel something is missing on the wikispace --- add it.
Overall, amazing stuff! Keep it up.

How to join.

If you are a student at BHL and are in some of the classes that Mr. Thompson helps out in from time to time, click the “join this space” link on the left.
Next, click “join Wikispaces now” and create a user name / password and submit an email address. (You do not need to make a wikispace, so you can leave “no” checked).
Click Join and you are done!
You’ll be approved shortly.

How To Check For New Edits

Check out the "Recent Changes" link to the left. That link will let you know all of the latest changes. This way you do not need to search through the website looking for what is new.