Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class after the warm-up, we discussed the first set of vocabulary words that you will be tested over from our novel. You were given a graphic organizer with the words and space to write the definitions, page numbers, and you should have included part of speech. We will write the sentence from the book as we come to it in our reading.

HW 1, 3, 5: None

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class those of you who needed to finish your vocabulary test had time to do so, while others finished the comprehension questions for chapter 3. There were a few in each class who had already completed reading through chapter 4, so those students worked together to annotate the chapter for characterization and figurative language. They will be our “experts” as we come to these things in the next chapters.

HW 2, 4: None

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class we again reviewed roots/prefixes/suffixes. You received your test back from Friday with the opportunity to make corrections for 3 point per correction. These are due tomorrow. Remember to leave your original answer and write your correction in pen. Then we completed an anticipation guide for our novel, wrote a prediction based on the cover, and started reading an article about the author. You must write a summary about the article on the handout you were given.

HW 1, 3, 5: Test corrections, finish summary

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class you took your vocabulary test over the first set of words. Then some of you had time to finish reading chapter 3.

HW 2, 4: None

Monday, August 29, 2016

A big shout out to my wonderful students who behaved admirably and got their work done last week while I was out! You have made me happy 🙂

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today we were in the media center for a Destiny lesson and to check out books. You will be doing a SHORT book report over this book, so I hope you chose a good one!

HW 1, 3, 5: None

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class we were in the media center for a Destiny lesson and to check out books.

HW 2, 4: Vocabulary set 1 test tomorrow. Know what those words mean! You will be writing a creative story using them in context.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class after the warm-up, we continued discussing active reading. We read the story “Black Holes” and completed a graphic organizer together so you could see how to “think through” a reading selection. Tomorrow you will be choosing one of three stories to complete on your own using the graphic organizer like we used today. Remember to study your vocabulary of vocabulary notes AND your understanding word parts notes for Friday’s test.

HW 1, 3, 5: vocabulary notes test Friday

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class we introduced color annotations and practiced using a handout of chapter 1 from our novel. Then we continued reading chapter 2. You also had time to work on your definitions.

HW 2, 4: Vocabulary test over set 1 words next Tuesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class after your warm up, I went over exactly what you needed to study for Friday’s test. You have your two notes handouts and should have highlighted/starred the following information: connotation, denotation, synonyms, antonyms, root, prefix, and suffix. Then we practiced separating words into their parts – root, prefix, suffix. This will be on the test Friday. Then we took notes on the reading process and started reading a story to practice the steps. We will finish our story tomorrow.

HW 1, 3, 5: Test Friday over vocabulary of vocabulary notes/understanding word parts notes

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class we read chapter 1 in our novel. We will learn to annotate tomorrow with copies I’ve made of the chapter so that you can write on the pages.  Some of you had time to work on your vocabulary definitions, but if you did not, we will try to make some time in class tomorrow. Your test over the first set of vocabulary words (first 14 words) has been postponed until Tuesday of next week.

HW 2, 4: None

Monday, August 22, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class you worked with your table groups to discuss what reading is, what the differences are between being able to read and being a good reader, and what are the characteristics of good readers. We will continue our discussion tomorrow.

HW 1, 3, 5: Test Friday over vocabulary of vocabulary notes and roots/prefixes/suffixes notes

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class we discussed direct/indirect characterization and the first set of vocabulary words for our novel. You worked with a partner to look up the definitions for each word. Tomorrow in class you will have a few minutes to finish the definitions and then we start reading!

HW 2, 4: None

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class we continued with notes on roots, prefixes, and suffixes. We started the prefix practice sheet, but most did not finish. We will finish it in class next week.

HW 1, 3, 5: Test over vocabulary notes next Friday

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class you took the test over vocabulary notes, then finished your summary about Suzanne Collins.

HW 2, 4: Finish your summary paragraphs if you did not turn them in today.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class we discussed and took notes over vocabulary terms that you will be seeing this year in reading. You received a handout with fill-in-the-blanks notes. Please keep these notes because you will have a test over these notes on Friday, August 26. Then you had time to work on a practice worksheet using denotation and connotation, literal and figurative language.

HW 1, 3, 5: None

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class we watched video interviews with Suzanne Collins and you had time to write a paragraph summarizing who Suzanne Collins is and where she got her inspiration for The Hunger Games. We also reviewed what you will need to know for tomorrow’s test over the vocabulary notes. I read you every question that will be on the test and you had a chance to highlight or make notes on your handouts.

HW 2, 4: Vocabulary notes test tomorrow

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thank you to all the parents who came to Open House last night! It was great to meet you and to see where my awesome kiddos come from 🙂

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class you took your quiz over the study skills notes and then worked on graphing/analyzing how you spent your time for the last two days. Block 5, we decided to let you “predict” how your afternoon and evening would go tonight so that you would not have homework to complete. However, anyone who did NOT get their graphs complete and turned in do need to finish them tonight.

HW 1, 3, 5: Finish your graphs, if needed

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class we took notes on roots/prefixes/suffixes and practiced using connotation and denotation. We started discussing our author, Suzanne Collins, but due to running out of time we will watch the video interviews tomorrow.

HW 2, 4: None, but remember you will have a test Friday over the notes we took yesterday and today. Be sure to read over your notes tonight and tomorrow night.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blocks 1, 3, 5: Today in class we discussed organization and setting goals. You need to continue working on your two days in my life assignment. Blocks 1, 3 yours are due tomorrow; Block 5 yours will be due Thursday. Remember to study for your study skills notes quiz that is tomorrow.

HW 1, 3, 5: Study skills quiz tomorrow. Two days in my life due tomorrow (B. 1, 3) and Thursday (B. 5)

Blocks 2, 4: Today in class you took your study skills quiz and then worked on analyzing/evaluating how you spend your time. Then we started vocabulary notes and will finish them tomorrow.

HW 2, 4: finish analyzing/evaluating how you spend your time tonight if you did not finish in class