May 21 -May 23, 2018

Here is what we are working on this last week of school:

Monday – Final Exam (see message that was posted last week regarding finals)

Tuesday – (students released at 1:30) Students will be watching The Outsiders and completing a compare/contrast activity between the book and the movie.

Wednesday – (students released at 1:30) Finish movie and Greaser Games

Have a great SUMMER!!!

May 14 – May 18, 2018

Here is our schedule for this week:

Monday – Students received their movie permission slips for The Outsiders.  These must be returned by Wednesday.  An alternate assignment will be given for those that have not returned their forms or permission is denied. The Outsiders Permission Slip (002)-1gwuvyg

We finished reading the book today.  First period took their quiz over chapters 9 & 10.  Fourth period will take their quiz on Wednesday.  Also on Wednesday, students will take their last formative quiz over chapters 11 & 12.  The summative assessment over The Outsiders vocabulary will be on Thursday.  Vocabulary word webs are also due on Thursday and students will receive bonus points towards their summative if their word webs are completed for 10 words.

Tuesday – 7th Grade Olympic Day and yearbook distribution

Wednesday – Quiz over chapters 11 & 12.  Students will have class time to complete their vocabulary word webs and study for the summative on Thursday.  Movie permission slips are due today and we will begin watching the movie and completing a compare and contrast assignment over the book and movie.

Thursday – Summative assessment over The Outsiders vocabulary and word webs are due today.  We will continue watching the movie and completing the compare/contrast assignment.

Friday – 7th Grade Cultural Extension Day

NEXT WEEK…

Monday – Final Exam (see message that was posted last week regarding finals)

Tuesday – (students released at 1:30) Finish movie and Greaser Games

Wednesday – (students released at 1:30) Finish movie and Greaser Games

Final Exam

On Monday, May 21st students will take the post-test in Reading.  This is the same pre-test and midyear assessment.  As you know, it was non-graded in August and counted as a formative assessment in January.  This time it will be entered as a summative grade.  Because students have taken the assessment twice before, there will not be a re-take opportunity.  

Please make note of these other important dates:

Tuesday, May 15th  – 7th grade Olympic Day.  Wear/bring sunscreen and a water bottle.

Friday, May 18th – Social Studies Cultural Extension Day

May 7 – May 11, 2018

Here is what we are working on this week:

Flipped classroom assignment – Download the PowerPoint, read the directions, and complete the assignments for the Flipped Classroom  Outsiders Flipped Classroom Assignemts-1p6a02e

The link to “The Outsiders” vocabulary Quizlet is posted on last week’s blog along with the link to the PDF of the book.

Monday – Today we read chapter 6 and started chapter 7.  Students continued to work on their study guide questions for chapters 5 & 6.

HOMEWORK:  Study for chapters 5 & 6 quiz on Tuesday.

Tuesday – We will go over the study guide for chapters 5 & 6.  Quiz over chapters 5 & 6.  Students will work on their vocabulary word webs after they finish the quiz.

Wednesday – We will finish reading chapter 7 and chapter 8.  Students will continue to work on their study guides.

HOMEWORK:  Study for quiz over chapters 7 & 8

Thursday – We will go over the study guide for chapters 7 & 8.  Quiz over chapters 7 & 8.  Afterwards, we will continue reading chapters 9 and begin 10.

Friday –  We will continue to read The Outsiders.  We should finish the book by the end of the class period.  Remember to continue to work on vocabulary webs and study guide questions.

Summative assessment has been moved to next week.

April 30 – May 4, 2018

ELAGSE7RI1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE7RI5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

 ELAGSE7RL6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.  

 ELAGSE7RI6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

ELAGSE7RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.  

ELAGSE7W7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

ELAGSE7SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE7L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Here is what we are working on this week:

The Outsiders Vocabulary Quizlet Link https://quizlet.com/_4sp1t3

Monday – Students will read chapter 3 of “The Outsiders” and answer study guide questions for this chapter.

Ongoing – Work on vocabulary word webs

Tuesday – Continue reading chapter 3 and begin/complete chapter 4.  Answer and review study guide questions for chapter 3 and chapter 4.  Review for chapter quiz on Wednesday.

Wednesday – Review quiz from chapter 1 & 2.  Chapter 3 and 4 quiz.

Ongoing – Work on vocabulary word webs

Thursday – Begin reading chapter 5 and 6 and continue to complete study guide questions.

Friday – Students will meet in the computer lab to take their final Reading Inventory of the 2017-2018 school year.

April 23 – April 27, 2018

The Outsiders Vocabulary Quizlet Link https://quizlet.com/_4sp1t3

This week we are beginning our final novel study.  We will be reading “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton.

We are beginning with some pre-reading activities and background information.  Students have completed an anticipation guide and on Tuesday we will talk about stereotypes.  We will also begin reading chapter 1.

On Wednesday, students will receive their vocabulary lists and study guide questions.

Thursday we will read chapter 2 and review questions from chapter 1.

On Friday, we will review questions from chapter 2 and students will take a short formative assessment over chapters 1 & 2.

Here is the link to a PDF of the book.

http://nisbah.com/summer_reading/the-outsiders_se_hinton.pdf

April 16 – April 20, 2018

My 7th grade students will only meet on Friday due to testing.

On Friday, when we meet, those students who completed their remediation packets to retake Q4 Summative #1 will go over the skills before retaking the assessment.

Those students not retaking the assessment will be working independently on a pre-reading assignment in preparation for our next novel study.

April 9 – April 13, 2018

Here is the link to Unit 9 vocabulary

https://quizlet.com/_2ju78w

7th Grade will take their Unit 9 vocabulary quiz this Friday, April 13, 2018.

Testing schedule this week (for 6 & 8 grades) 7th grade tests next week.

Students are getting in some last minute practice and review before they take the Milestones next week.  Please make sure you are completing the practice tasks received in class.  Remember that you have been given class time to complete it so there should be little to no work for you to do outside of class.

Remediation and retakes for Quarter 4 Summative #1 is due this Friday.  Remediation must be completed in order for you to retake the assessment.  I will review before the retake.

March 26 – March 30, 2018

https://quizlet.com/_3wjujx

Here is what we are working on this week:

ELAGSE7RI1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE7RI5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

 ELAGSE7RL6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.   

ELAGSE7RI6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

ELAGSE7RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.  

ELAGSE7RI10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

ELAGSE7W7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

ELAGSE7SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE7L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerentbellicoserebel).

c. Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

ELAGSE7L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

ELAGSE7L6: Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

This week’s vocabulary is Unit 8.  Here is the link to Quizlet to help you study.

https://quizlet.com/_3wjujx

Here is a link where you can access free GA Milestone practice

http://bit.ly/2HGGlPZ7grade

 

MONDAY:  Survivor Island Review/Tribal Council/Mini Lesson

Students will be continuing with their “Survivor Island Review”.  Today we will announce which team earned immunity on Friday.

Next, students will complete the Reward Challenge over figurative language that we began on Friday.

Students received their study guides today to help prepare for the summative on Wednesday.

Study guide answer key:

1. C) When Nita left her purse containing twenty dollars on the bus, another passenger returned it to her.
2. B) Hannah, who had a summer job as a proofreader for the newspaper, now writes features about our school.
3. D) sentence 5
4. A) Robert Frost, one of America’s best known poets, describes nature in much of his poetry and often sets his poems in New England.
5. A) The diner is unaware that the soup has been dropped.
6. C) “This crowd was so unruly that someone returning to his or her seat could fail to see the puddle and slip. Reluctantly, Roman headed to the busboy stand for a mop.”
7. B) a simile.
8. B) put a semicolon after fair
9. A) Our school has a dress code that requires everyone to wear blue and tan uniforms.
10. B) sentence 9

 

Afterwards, students will receive their unit 8 vocabulary terms and Monday’s vocabulary exercise.
HOMEWORK:  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class

TUESDAY :  Survivor Island Review/Minute 2 Win It/Reward Challenge/Mini Lesson

Students will participate in the Minute 2 Win It challenge to earn points for their team.

Students will complete working on their study guides and review their answers.

 

HOMEWORK:  Study for summative assessment.  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class. 

WEDNESDAY:  Survivor Island Review

Summative assessment over standards based skills.  Afterwards, students will receive Wednesday’s vocabulary exercise.Once the assessment is completed, students can work on their vocabulary terms to prepare for the quiz on Thursday.

HOMEWORK:  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class

THURSDAY:  Survivor Island Review/Immunity Challenge (Vocabulary Quiz) 

*Study with a partner for vocabulary quiz

Vocabulary results will determine immunity for next week’s Tribal Council.

Computer Cart – Students will use the computers today to practice for the GA Milestone.

http://bit.ly/2HGGlPZ7grade

FRIDAY:  7th Grade Cultural Extension

1st period only meets today.

Students will be participating in their cultural extension activities.

 

March 19 – March 23, 2018

Here is what we are working on this week:

ELAGSE7RI1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE7RI5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

 ELAGSE7RL6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.   

ELAGSE7RI6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

ELAGSE7RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.  

ELAGSE7RI10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

ELAGSE7W7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

ELAGSE7SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

ELAGSE7L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerentbellicoserebel).

c. Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

ELAGSE7L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

ELAGSE7L6: Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

This week’s vocabulary is Unit 7.  Here is the link to Quizlet to help you study.

https://quizlet.com/_4joaio

Here is a link where you can access free GA Milestone practice

http://bit.ly/2HGGlPZ7grade

 

MONDAY:  Survivor Island Review/Tribal Council/Mini Lesson

Students will be continuing with their “Survivor Island Review”.  Today we will announce which team earned immunity on Friday.

Next, students will complete the Reward Challenge over mood and tone that we began on Friday.

Last Wednesday we completed a pre-reading exercise for “Names & Nombres”  where students researched their given name.

*In the selection, Alvarez explains the story of how her sister was named.  Research your name. What does it mean?  Is there a story about how you were named? Continuing with this, we will read “Names & Nombres” as we review nonfiction writing (memoir).

As they read, they will create and complete a connection chart as demonstrated in the text and complete text dependent questions.

Students will have a comprehension reward challenge to earn points.

Afterwards, students will receive their unit 7 vocabulary terms and Monday’s vocabulary exercise.

HOMEWORK:  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class

TUESDAY :  Survivor Island Review/Minute 2 Win It/Reward Challenge/Mini Lesson

Students will participate in the Minute 2 Win It challenge to earn points for their team.

Students will complete “Names & Nombres” and participate in a class discussion as we review the story to prepare for a formative assessment over the text.

Afterwards, students will receive Tuesday’s vocabulary exercise.

Here are the vocabulary words you will need to know for the quiz over “Names & Nombres”

convoluted           merge           ironically

specify                 chaotic

HOMEWORK:  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class. Study for Names & Nombres assessment.  Here is the link the the text  Names Nombres-1eqx3gt

WEDNESDAY:  Survivor Island Review/Mini Lesson and Practice

Formative assessment over “Names & Nombres”

Once the assessment is completed, students will begin reviewing Figurative Language.  *Presentation and practice lesson #14

 Afterwards, students will receive Wednesday’s vocabulary exercise.

HOMEWORK:  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class

THURSDAY:  Survivor Island Review/Minute 2 Win It/Reward Challenge/Mini Lesson

Students will participate in the Minute 2 Win It challenge to earn points for their team.

Continuing with Figurative Language, students will complete lesson #10 and #18 (hyberbole/personification)

As a team, they will collaborate to complete the Reward Challenge for Figurative Language.

Afterwards, students will receive Thursday’s vocabulary exercise.

HOMEWORK:  Study vocabulary and complete the vocabulary assignment given in class

FRIDAY:  Survivor Island Review/Immunity Challenge (Vocabulary Quiz) 

*Study with a partner for vocabulary quiz

Vocabulary results will determine immunity for next week’s Tribal Council.

Students needing it will receive more time to complete Thursday’s assignments.  Those ready to accelerate will being the mini lesson over Foreshadowing/Flashback Lesson #5 & 6