December 17-19

Language Arts: Students who were absent and missed today’s test must make it up before school on Tuesday.  If extra time is needed, they can come in Wednesday before school.  Students should arrive no later than 8:15 to take the test.  The test has two parts so students may need more time than they have before school in one day.  There is not class time to complete the test due to the fact that we will be writing an essay during class next week.

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!

Language Arts: 

Over the next few days, students will complete the writing process as they write an explanatory essay using two texts we have read and annotated in class.

Monday–Prewriting/Rough Draft-using an organizer and checklist

**Students who feel like they may need more time to complete their paper, they may come in before school on Tuesday and/or Wednesday to work on it.  One day to draft and two days in the computer lab to type should allow students to finish their 4 paragraph essay; however, some may worry that they won’t finish.

Tuesday and Wednesday–Computer lab to type the final draft.

HW:  None

Reading: 

Over the next three days, students will work to show their understanding of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” play that we read last week in class.  Students will work to finish two tasks that will both be due at the end of class Wednesday–One Pager and an open book test.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

Dec. 14

See previous post for daily activities.

Language Arts: Students who were absent and missed today’s test must make it up before school on Tuesday.  If extra time is needed, they can come in Wednesday before school.  Students should arrive no later than 8:15 to take the test.  The test has two parts so students may need more time than they have before school in one day.  There is not class time to complete the test due to the fact that we will be writing an essay during class next week.

December 12-14

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!

Language Arts: 

The activities students complete the next few days will be fluid as students will finish assignments before moving onto the next task.  Since they will be working at their own pace, students will be at different points in their assignments.

  1. Read and Annotate “Saying Farewell to a Faithful Friend”
  2. Complete Double Entry Journal designed to be a prewriting activity for next week’s essay.
  3. Allusion Test (Friday)–Part I-multiple choice  Part II-short response
  4. Marking a Mentor Explanatory Essay

HW:  Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Over the next few days, we are going to view and read the play, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

We will watch part of the play.  Then, we read the play while listening to the actors but without seeing them.  We will repeat this process until the play is finished.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 11

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!

Language Arts: 

Even though we had shortened classes due to the delayed start, we still were able to start reading and annotating the first text we are going to use as a resource for our explanatory essay.

HW:  Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Students had time to finish their double entry journal that will serve as a test grade for the novels they read for literature circles.  As they finished, students were able to read their pleasure reading book.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 10

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!

Language Arts: 

Today, we unpacked the prompt for our second embedded assessment in unit 2.  Then, we practiced finding strong words to replace words like nice, some, etc.

HW:  Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Today, we went to the media center before students started to work on their double entry journals about the novel they finished last week for literature circles.  Students will have time tomorrow to complete their journal.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 7

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!

Language Arts: 

Today, students completed several tasks.

  1. Explanatory Writing Summative Assessment
  2. Subordinate Conjunction Formative Assessment
  3. Finished the book they wrote modeled after If you Give a Pig a Party to practice using commas after introductory dependent clauses.
  4. If they finished everything, they had several images they could use as creative writing prompts.

HW:  Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Today, students finished their literature circle group and worked on their note sheet for the last section of the book.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 7

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!
Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson web page. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: 

Today, we used our textbook to see how to write effective concluding paragraphs.  Then, students worked together to write an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph for the outline we wrote in class yesterday.  As  time permitted, students then labeled parts of an essay so that they have an exemplar to use as they write.

Subordinating conjunctions song-2kplnuv

HW: 

  1. Study for Friday’s Test on Explanatory Writing:  2018 explanatory study guide-1nu707b
  2. Here is an online review for Friday’s test–optional https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLXXY89xyTe1GtU2UdwRIflJURTkyNlI4TVFLOVlJNTI4UEtKU0VHNFdBNy4u
  3. Memorize Subordinate Conjunction Song for Formative Grade on 12/7
  4. If flashcards weren’t finished for today, they can be finished tonight. Answers are on the 3rd page of the document.  Anticipation Guide allusions-2fx85s6
  5. Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Today, students met with their literature circle group and worked on their note sheet for the last section of the book.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 5

 Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!
Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson web page. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: 

Today, we started class by practicing the subordinate conjunction song and discussing the allusions on yesterday’s anticipation guide.  Then, we worked in our text book to explore the structure of explanatory essays.

Subordinating conjunctions song-2kplnuv

HW: 

  1. Study for Friday’s Test on Explanatory Writing:  2018 explanatory study guide-1nu707b
  2. Here is an online review for Friday’s test–optional https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLXXY89xyTe1GtU2UdwRIflJURTkyNlI4TVFLOVlJNTI4UEtKU0VHNFdBNy4u
  3. Memorize Subordinate Conjunction Song for Formative Grade on 12/7
  4. Flashcards due TOMORROW–Finish what wasn’t finished in class.  Answers are on the 3rd page of the document.  Anticipation Guide allusions-2fx85s6
  5. Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Today, students worked to finish their literature novels and prepared for the last meeting.  If they finished early, they could work on the note sheet for this section.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 4

 Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!
Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson web page. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: 

I was at a STEAM conference today and am learning a great deal.  I am about to start a session on Minecraft.  I have never done anything with Minecraft, so I am excited to learn something new and will share what I learn tomorrow.

Students completed an anticipation guide on allusions and started making flashcards to study for a test on 12/14.  Anticipation Guide allusions-2fx85s6  Answers are on the 3rd page of the document.

Subordinating conjunctions song-2kplnuv

HW: 

  1. Rejected Reindeer due TOMORROW   directions rejected reindeer (3)-1ogtchy For the rejected reindeer assignment, please do NOT feel like anything should be purchased for this to be completed fully.  Part of the creativity comes in creating the reindeer from materials already at home.  This should NOT be a stressful project for the family; however, it can be a fun one if that fits into your family’s schedule.
  2. Study for Friday’s Test on Explanatory Writing:  2018 explanatory study guide-1nu707b
  3. Memorize Subordinate Conjunction Song for Formative Grade on 12/7
  4. Flashcards due Thursday–Finish what wasn’t finished in class.  Answers are on the 3rd page of the document.  Anticipation Guide allusions-2fx85s6
  5. Allusion Test–12/14

Reading: 

Today, students worked with Mrs. Hamer, the 6th grade counselor.  When they finished her lesson, they were able to read and prepare for their literature circle job.

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18

December 3

 Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes – role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.

Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student’s life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life!

The student entry form can be found on the PTA website or by clicking here.  Entries are due by January 15, 2019. BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED BY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN MY LA CLASSES!

Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson web page. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: 

Today, we looked at where we stand with the academic vocabulary for unit 2.  Then, we completed a task where students analyzed 4 introductory paragraphs for the 3 elements of the intro. and the effectiveness of each element.

Subordinating conjunctions song-2kplnuv

HW: 

  1. Students will need index cards tomorrow in class to make flashcards.
  2. Optional:  Practice on writing claims and introductory paragraphs.  2018 claim and intro paragraph-1m5kpv4
  3. Study for Friday’s Test on Explanatory Writing:  2018 explanatory study guide-1nu707b
  4. Memorize Subordinate Conjunction Song for Formative Grade 12/7
  5. Rejected Reindeer due 12/5    directions rejected reindeer (3)-1ogtchy For the rejected reindeer assignment, please do NOT feel like anything should be purchased for this to be completed fully.  Part of the creativity comes in creating the reindeer from materials already at home.  This should NOT be a stressful project for the family; however, it can be a fun one if that fits into your family’s schedule.

Reading: 

We went to the media center for students to check out new books.  Then, we returned to the classroom where students continued reading their literature circle books…we will finish them this week!

HW:  Bookmark #6 Due 12/18