Sign Up Link for Holiday Party

Hello Parents,

We have begun the planning of our annual Durham Winter Holiday Festivities!  This year our celebration will be held on December 21st in the 6th classrooms.  Below you will find a sign-up genius link for treat donations which we will share from 12:30-12:55 in the homeroom classroom.  At 12:55, we will transition from homeroom to play “Reindeer Games” which they will have previously signed up for. Dismissal will be at 1:30.

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Week of December 10, 2018

This week in Language Arts BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, 5…

On Monday, we did a partner read of Walk Two Moons chapter 22,  Then you and your partner analyzed the author’s diction and figurative language, using context clues to determine word meanings, and plot.

Tuesday we had a lesson with Mrs. Crandall, the 6th grade counselor. You learned your learning style and ways in which knowing your learning style can help you to be a stronger learner.

On Wednesday, we will read and discuss WTM chapters 23-25. Then on Thursday and Friday you will complete the 2nd quarter Cobb Touchstone Assessment.

This week for homework… 

If you have not finished Double Entry Journal #3, take your composition book home and finish it by Friday.

Have your parents sign a paper stating that you have read at home for at least one hour this week and bring it to me on Monday.

This week in Language Arts BLOCK 2

On Monday you read through chapter 29 and completed Double Entry Journal #3.

Tuesday we had a lesson with Mrs. Crandall, the 6th grade counselor. You learned your learning style and ways in which knowing your learning style can help you to be a stronger learner.

On Wednesday, we will read and discuss WTM chapters 30-33.  Then on Thursday and Friday you will complete the 2nd quarter Cobb Touchstone Assessment.

This week for homework… 

If you have not finished Double Entry Journal #3, take your composition book home and finish it by Friday.

Have your parents sign a paper stating that you have read at home for at least one hour this week and bring it to me on Monday.

Well, shame on me…

Holy moly, I have dropped the BLOG ball. I apologize! Last week I was in Savannah for the Beta Club state convention, however, I have clearly not been holding up my end of the bargain here.

This week in BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, 5

Monday and Tuesday were spent reading through chapter 15 in Walk Two Moons and completing a study guide for the assessment over these chapters which you will take on Wednesday.  At the end of class Tuesday, we reviewed all of the answers on the study guide so that you will be prepared with the correct information.

On Wednesday, you will take the Chapter 1-15 assessment. We will preview the prompts for your Response to Literature writing assessment (which we will complete at the end of the novel)). Then we will read chapters 16-18.

Thursday you will continue reading and we will discuss chapters 19-21, and Friday you will complete your third “Double Entry Journal.

The only night you should have homework is tonight… Study your study guide so that you will be prepared for tomorrow’s assessment.

This week in BLOCK 2

As of Tuesday, ou have read through chapter 19 in Walk Two Moons. On Wednesday , you will read through chapter 22 and we will respond to some analysis questions about the plot.  By Friday, we will have read through chapter 26, and you will learn a bit about the Black Hills and myths as they apply to the novel.

There should be no homework this week unless you need to finish reading.

Week of November 12, 2018

This week in Language Arts…

You are finishing Embedded Assessment #2, a short story.  Most turned their paper in on Monday.  If you needed more time to finish, remember you will need to finish at home or in the Media Center during homeroom.  Mrs. Slade will be at school at 8:15 on Wednesday morning for ELA tutoring, and you can come work with her in the morning to finish also, if needed.  Any papers received after the start of class on Wednesday will be considered. late.

The rest of the week we will begin Unit 2.  On Wednesday you will have a lesson with Mrs. Baker to learn how to keep a “Double Entry Journal” which you will do throughout the reading of the novel we begin after Thanksgiving, Walk Two Moons.  

By the end of the week, we will complete Springboard Activity 2.2.

This week for homework…

Finish your short story and turn it in by Wednesday if you have not already done so.

Week of November 5, 2018

This week in Language Arts…

You are drafting and revising Embedded Assessment # 2, a short story.  On Monday you drafted. Wednesday you will continue drafting and make a plot diagram of your short story so you can make sure you have included all the required elements of plot.  Later in the week you will learn more about using dialogue and properly punctuating it, and we will review other strategies to improve your narrative writing.

There will be no homework this week.

 

Next week we will begin the novel Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. It is not a requirement to purchase your own copy of the book, but many students find it easier to have their own copy rather than use one of the class set that I have.

 

Week of October 22, 2018

This week in Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5…

You will finish “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” with a plot diagram.  Then we will move on to “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov.  We will explore theme further with this story before you begin writing your own short story.  Later in the week, we will review elements of plot by watching an animated short and breaking it into parts. As always, book club will be on Wednesday.  With the short days last week, you may not have finished your assigned pages.  See me Tuesday to check out a book if you need to finish reading.

This week, the only homework that you may have is to finish reading book club pages.

This week in Block 2…

On Monday you had an assessment over “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” and “The Fun They Had.” Tuesday we will review the elements of plot, theme, and making inferences with a class discussion and diagram of the animated short film “Knick Knack.’  Wednesday will be book club.  On Thursday, you will be assigned animated short films to watch analyze.  You will have the opportunity to review/finish that Thursday morning and it will be due Friday.  Then on Friday, you will begin brainstorming/prewriting for your own short story.

This week for homework…

Finish reading your book club pages by Wednesday; Animated short assignments will be due at the start of class on Friday.

Conference Week

This week in Language Arts…

I will see each class only 3 times this week. We will continue working with The “Treasure of Lemon Brown” to deepen your understanding of plot, narrative elements (figurative language, sensory details, and theme), and we will finish with a detailed plot diagram of the story.

All blocks will have book club on Friday this week.

There should not be any homework, just READ! Read anything, anywhere… I challenge you to spend 30 minutes each early release day reading anything that you enjoy!