January 29, 2016

It’s been a busy week this week…and next week is shaping up to be just a busy! We have several things coming up next week that ALL blocks should be aware of…

Monday, 2/1/2016 We are in computer lab 118 for surveys and then research

Tuesday, 2/2/2016 Research terms test

Thursday, 2/4/2016 All blocks meet in media center for guidance lesson with Mrs. Crandall

 

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we finished biography presentations and turned in warm-ups.

HW 1, 4, 5: Study for research terms test (remember, the power point is on an earlier blog post)

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class you should have had time to complete your outline. If you did not, it is homework for the weekend. You will need it completed by Monday.

HW 2, 3: Study for research terms test (power point is on earlier blog post). Finish your outline, if needed.

January 28, 2016

ALL BLOCKS: PLEASE check your pencil and notebook paper supply! It is time for you to make sure you have supplies when you come to class!

 

ALL Blocks: Test over research terms next Tuesday, 2/2/2016. You have the words, but if you have lost your graphic organizer, I put the power point on my January 27 blog post.

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we continued biography presentations. I am impressed with the care you have taken in trying to portray the person you read about!

HW 1, 4, 5: Research terms vocabulary test next Tuesday

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class you started your formal outline for your research paper. We will be completing these outlines in class tomorrow.

HW 2, 3: Research terms vocabulary test next Tuesday

January 27, 2016

Attention ALL Blocks: Research terms vocabulary test will be Tuesday, 2/2/2016 

Research Related Vocabulary Terms

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we continued our biography presentations. We will be presenting for the rest of this week, but remember, your warm-ups are due on Friday.

HW 1, 4, 5: Start reviewing your research terms for the vocabulary test next week

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class I checked your 50 research notes on Australia and then you had the class period to work on categorizing/organizing your notes in preparation for creating your outline. We will begin outlining tomorrow.

HW 2, 3: Finish your categorizing/organizing if you did not finish in class.

January 26, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we began presentations for our biographies. Remember, if you signed up for tomorrow, you must be ready to go!

HW 1, 4, 5: None

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we were in the media center to finish any research notes, categorize the notes, and in some cases, beginning to organize the notes. We will be continuing this in class tomorrow.

HW 2, 3: None

January 25, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class you were in the media center to begin researching your chosen topic for your research paper. We discussed Cobb Digital Library and I showed you several sites that would be helpful to you in your research. I also gave you the citation information for the first site we used today. Most of you were able to take between 7-15 notes during our time in the media center. Please do not lose your notes page because we will be taking all of our research notes on that one sheet of paper. Tomorrow we are back in the classroom for you to begin presenting your biographies. Everyone had a chance to sign up for their time slots today during class.

HW 1, 4, 5: presentations start tomorrow

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we were in the media center for you to finish your research notes. Many of you were still working on notes, while others moved to the next phase – categorizing your notes. We will be in the media center again tomorrow to continue with this research process. All 50 research notes are due by the end of class tomorrow. Categorized and then organized notes will be due on Wednesday/Thursday.

HW 2, 3: None

January 22, 2016

And…in middle school, we are nothing if not flexible! So… enjoy the weekend starting two hours earlier than usual!

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we continued with online biography research and working on presentations for the biography “Step Into Their Shoes” presentations. These are due Monday with presentations starting Tuesday.

HW 1, 4, 5: biographies due Monday

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we spent some time taking notes on Australia. Remember, your notes need to cover:

  • Geography
    • climate – how it affects where the people live in the country
    • physical features – include, but not limited to, Coral Sea, Ayers Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Great Victoria Desert
    • resources, economy
  • History
    • What was the impact of colonization on the indigenous people – include how it affected their language, culture, aboriginal rights
  • Government/Society
    • type of democracy
    • national capitol
    • leadership
    • voting
    • personal freedoms
    • education/literacy
    • population/population density

HW 2, 3: None

January 21, 2016

ALL Blocks: Please bring your device to class tomorrow. We have been bumped from the computer lab and you will need your device if you need to finish your research.

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we were in the computer lab for you to do online research about the person whose biography you read. You were looking for additional information that may not have been in the book as well as to verify that your information was valid. Remember: for your biography presentation, you will need to present AS IF YOU ARE THE PERSON. Please make sure you follow the rubric you were given at the start of the assignment.

HW 1, 4, 5: Bring device tomorrow. Biography book report presentations due Monday, January 25

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we were in the computer lab for you to start your research notes about Australia. Bring your device tomorrow so that we can continue our note-taking in class.

HW 2, 3: None

 

January 20, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class you should have finished taking notes with your partner on the Chilkoot Trail. You had time in class to write your ten-sentence summary, but if you did not finish, it is now HOMEWORK! Tomorrow we will be in the computer lab to do online research for your biography presentations.

HW 1, 4, 5: Finish your summary, if needed

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we discussed using Google as a search tool – you had a Google challenge and then we discussed finding true information…dihydrogen monoxide, anyone? Then we reviewed good note-taking:

  1. Read the printed information first and determine important information.
  2. Put information in your own words…paraphrase.
  3. Notes should be 5-7 words.
  4. Use abbreviations/text language wherever possible…but make sure you remember what your abbreviations stand for!

We are in the computer lab tomorrow to begin research notes for Australia.

HW 2, 3: None