Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 29, 2016

A few reminders:

If you are in my homeroom and opted to do the Six Flags Reading Program, your reading logs are due by next Friday, February 5.

PENNIES FOR PATIENTS fundraiser begins on Monday.  Please consider making a donation of loose change (or large bills! =o) ) to help our homeroom reach our goal of $80.  All donations benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.  Thank you in advance!

LANGUAGE ARTS

Today in class…

After your journal, you and your partner finished the response questions to the poems we read earlier this week, Literature Book page 287 #1-8.

There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

You organized your notes within each research category. Next week you will learn how to turn your categorized and organized notes into a formal outline.  If you are still lacking notes in any category, you will need to work on that this weekend.

There is no homework this weekend, unless you need to finish research notes.

 

January 28, 2015

Students and Parents – please check your supply of notebook paper and pencils!  It seems that many of you are running low or are out. Please refresh your supplies as needed!

LANGUAGE ARTS

Today in class…

We continued comparing “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” and “On Turning Ten”.  Today you worked with a partner to answer questions 1-8 on page 287 in the Literature Book.

There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

I showed you how to sort your research notes into categories.

There is no homework tonight.

January 26, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS

Today in class…

We met in the computer lab where you were to complete a teacher survey… For some of you that went as planned – others, not so much! Regardless of whether you were able to complete the survey, you were all able to watch the Brainpop video about “THEME” as many times as needed to answer the “quiz” questions afterwards.  Remember that for you, the “quiz” will be a classwork assignment in the gradebook, not a quiz.
Most of you also had time to watch a Brainpop video about Maya Angelou. Tomorrow we will read one of her poems…

There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

We met in the computer lab where you were to complete a teacher survey… For some of you that went as planned – others, not so much! Regardless of whether you were able to complete the survey, you all had time to work on your research notes using Culture Grams or World Book Online via Cobb Digital Library.

Tonight for homework…
If you do not have at least 30 research notes completed, you will need to continue notetaking at home until you reach 30. Please continue your research using Cobb Digital Library.

 

January 25, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS

Today in class…

You finished comparing the narrative passage, “The Carpenter’s Apprentice” and the poem, “The Carpenter”.  After you finished, we discussed what annotations you made on your copy of the passages, as well as why the correct answers were the correct and the incorrect answers incorrect.

There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

You read and took notes on a passage about the effect of colonization on Australia for your research paper.

There is no homework tonight.

Snow Day (ish)

…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….

LANGUAGE ARTS

Today in class…

We worked on a practice exercise to begin our preparation for the Milestone test this spring. We’ve spent the last week talking about “purposeful annotation” and how to approach poetry to make it easier to understand. Today, you put what you have learned into action.  You had a poem and narrative passage to read, annotate, and respond to.  Next week we will discuss these in detail so you can see “where you are” in your ability to manage these types of tasks.

There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

I collected your homework (practice note-taking for research). Then we went to the media center where you began your research notes for your research paper on Australia.
There is no homework this weekend!

Stay safe and have fun this weekend!!

January 19th (AKA – my grandma’s 102 birthday… I hope she’s celebrating in heaven! )

LANGUAGE ARTS

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Today in class…

We wrapped up the shared writing paragraph in response to Zlata’s Diary. Then you learned about “Purposeful Annotation” – knowing your purpose for reading and marking your text accordingly to make responding to the text in writing easier.

You then received the passage, “Cure It with Candy” to annotate and respond to on your own. We will finish this tomorrow in class.

There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

We went to the media center for a few minutes so you could return and checkout books. Then we discussed your analysis of Maya Angelou’s poem “Abundance of Hope” and you began a comparison of this poem about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Biography.com article you read last week about King. We will finish that tomorrow in class.

There is no homework tonight.

January 14th and 15th

LANGUAGE ARTS

Thursday – We read Zlata’s Diary (Reader’s Journey) and then you worked with a partner to do a shared paragraph answering #2. The focus was on including text evidence, properly, in your response.

Friday – You wrote a journal about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,  Then you practiced your formal writing skills and wrote a friendly letter to the first graders at Pickett’s Mill. Finaly you finished your paragraph from Tuesday.

There is no homework this weekend! Take some time to think about Dr. King!

READING

Thursday – we began our analysis of the Maya Angelou poem, Abundance of Hope, which she wrote for the opening of Dr. King’s memorial.  You annotated the poem on your own first and then you looked closely at two-three stanzas with a partner.

Friday – We watched a recording of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. Then you took your plagiarism quiz and wrote a friendly letter.

We will finish us with Angelou’s poem on Tuesday.

There is no homework this weekend.

 

January 13, 2016

enLANGUAGE ARTS
Today in class…

You self checked your “Hit and Run” paragraph organization assignment. Then we read an excerpt from Tangerine and reviewed point of view. Finally, I modeled how to write a paragraph and properly include text evidence.
There is no homework tonight.

READING

Today in class…

We read/listened to an autobiographical piece and a biographical piece about Michael Jordan and discussed the differences. Then you received the Maya Angelou poem we will work with tomorrow.

Tonight for homework…

Study – plagiarism quiz on Friday.

January 11, 2016

HOMEROOM – If you opted to do the SIx Flags Reading Challenge, your reading log will be due by January 31.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

Today in class..

Journal # 45 was a “freewrite” about the image above.

Then we discussed the organization of paragraphs and why it is important to consider the order in which you place supporting details. Then you worked on the “Hit and Run” worksheet.  You were given a group of sentences and had to determine the proper order of the sentences in the paragraph.

Tonight for homework you will need to finish your classwork if you didn’t finish it in class.

READING

Today in class…

We watched two corny, but informational videos about plagiarism: how to avoid it, what it is, what the consequences are.  Then you took notes on the same information, so that as we move forward in the research process, you will be well prepared.

Tonight for homework…

Spend some time studying your notes. There will be a quiz on Friday on plagiarism.

 

January 8, 2016

LABGUAGE ARTS

Today in class…

We continued working with your “formal” paragraph. This time our focus was a review of the parts of a paragraph. You revised your paragraph to include a topic sentence and a concluding sentence. Then you checked to make sure that all of your supporting details actually stayed on the topic of your topic sentence.

There is no homework this weekend.

READING

Today in class…

We went to the media center. I hope you found a book that you LOVE!
There is no homework tonight.