Week of 11-6-17

Students continue to make progress… writing comparison/ contrast summaries. They have become familiar with specific transition words used in good writing pieces. This week they will write their own as a final piece comparing/contrasting two stories they have read and summarized independently as well as discussed as a class. Individual writing conferences will continue as well, to highlight students “Glows and Grows.”

In Reading, rotations will be in full effect as students work on differentiated skills in Reading 180/ System 44.

If there are any questions please feel free to email me. I DO NOT have access to a phone until the end of the day.

Make it a Great week!!!

Week 10-30-17

Students are coming along well with writing a summary using the Framed paragraph graphic organizer. We will continue to practice using a topic sentence, transitions and writing a concluding sentence. As time goes on the length of the reading passages will increase to identify the main idea in fiction as well as nonfiction text.

Please continue to read everyday for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also access the reading program (Reading 180) from Lovinggood’s home page. This can also be added to the reading log which is due every Friday. The reading log is not for a grade, but to encourage reading at home. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Tutoring is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:15.

Have an Awesome week!!

Week of 10/23/17 – 10/27/17

This week the focus will be writing a compare/ contrast summary. Students will be taught to use specific transition words to make the reader clear as to whether they are comparing or contrasting (see list below of some examples). They will also continue with their Reading 180 Rotations to focus on Identifying main idea. It’s going to be a busy week. Please check agenda’s for specific homework assignments.

Comparison:

  • In the same way
  • By the same token
  • Similarly
  • In like manner
  • Likewise
  • In similar fashion

Contrast:   

  • A clear difference
  • But
  • Conflicting viewpoint
  • Despite
  • Even so
  • For all that
  • However
  • In another way

 

Week of 10/16/17 to 10/20/17

Conference week is here!! Students will be dismissed at 1:30. The academic focus will be writing a comparison/ contrast summary, as well as identifying the main idea in nonfiction text. Please use some of the extra time at home to utilize the reading 180 program and practice timed fluency. Don’t hesitate to ask if I can assist you in any way. Have an AWESOME week!!

Week of 10-9-17

This week the focus will be chunking words to increase fluency. Individual writing conferences will take place for assessments. Students continue to make progress in determining the main idea as well as restating questions to formulate a topic sentence.

FYI: Don’t forget Early Release Thursday at 1:30. Also Conference letters were sent home last week; please return ASAP with confirmation dates and time.

 

 

Week of 10/2/17 to 10/6/17

Welcome back from a much needed Fall Break!! The Writing process will be a big focus this week. Students will focus on topic sentences, transition words, supporting details and a concluding sentence. We will also continue identifying the Main Idea in a reading passage. Reading Logs are due every Friday with an expected total of 100 minutes a week with parent initials. As always please email me if you have any questions.

Week of 9/18/17 to 9/22/23

This week the 7th graders will complete the IOWA; Yeah!!

As we approach the week before Fall Break, students will complete an extended writing activity, work on the editing process and identifying the main idea. On Friday they will have an opportunity to check out books for independent reading. Reading Log is due this Friday, so please don’t forget to read 15 to 20 minutes daily with parent initials. Looking forward to another awesome week and a relaxing break!!

Week of 9/11/17

IOWA will continue for our 7th graders.
This week students are learning how to identify and organize information to determine the main idea and/or cause and effect. Activation of prior knowledge through discussion of assigned text as well as building fluency through timed readings. Students will also summarize text using important details.

Extended writing will also be a focus this short week, where students focus on their editing skills.

This has been a tough time for many families dealing with the effects of the hurricanes. Hope you managed to stay dry. Being someone that has grown up in the Virgin Islands, I have endured the difficulties of what thousands of people are dealing with today. Family members are still struggling and trying to pick up the pieces. Please support the relief efforts that are just beginning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all!!

 

 

 

 

Week of 9/5/17

Hope everyone enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend. This is a big week as we get ready to take the IOWA/CogAT starting September 10th. Students will continue to identify and summarize main idea, supporting details, mark up the text looking for signal words such as: because, therefore, so, for this reason, consequently, as a result. They will also continue to focus on the editing process.

 

Week of 8-28-17

This week students will focus on using text evidence to write an informative summary. This task will be modeled using the RACES strategy (Restating the question, Answering the question, Citing text, Explaining or Extending the answer, Sum it up). Editing, parts of speech, Identifying the Main Idea and Compare Contrast will also be a part of this weeks skills. Any individual assigned homework will be written in the agenda.

Don’t forget Wednesday is early release.