March 14-18, 2016

6th & 8th Reading classes:  We continued with our Read 180 Program.  You should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes per night

ELA (4th period)   This week we turned in our research essay.  Friday’s class will be held in the Media Center.  We will  be having “Genius Hour” on Friday.

March 7 -11, 2016

Reading 3rd and 5th periods:  Continue with the Read 180 program.

ELA 4th period:  Write your rough draft research paper using your already completed notes and outline.  Final copy is due this Friday 3/11 before you leave class. We will take the Touchstone this Wednesday (all period) and half of the period on Thursday.  We will put answers into iRespond.

Week of February 8 – 12, 2016

6th Grade Reading:

This week we will continue to work on introducing the Read 180 program.  I will take the children through all three sections of  the program.  We will also watch the introductory clips.  HW:  Read 20 minutes every night.


6th ELA:

The interviews are due this Tuesday.  We will be writing a short one page outline,  rough draft,  and essay based off of the interview.  We will also be working on week 15 DGP.  Please review your DGP notes for ten minutes every night.


8th  Grade Reading:

This week we will continue to read Separate Fountains and complete comprehension checks.  HW:  Read 20 minutes every night.



ELA November 30 – December 4


******Test on complex and compound sentences next Wednesday 12/9/15****** Study your notes         

This week I will be out of the classroom for a training session 12/1 & 12/2.

We will be  working on both compound and complex sentences along with coordinating conjunctions (cc) and subordinating conjunctions (cs).


Formula for a compound sentence:  Independent clause (I), Coordinating conjunction (cc) Independent clause = I,(cc) I

Coordinating Conjunctions:  FANBOYS = For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Example:  Ryan likes video games.  Jake likes playing sports.  Make these two independent clauses a compound sentence:  Ryan likes playing video games, but Jake likes playing sports.


Two formula for creating a complex sentence:                                                                                                                                           #1.  Subordinating Conjunction (sc) Dependent clause (D), Independent clause (I)  — sc D, I                                                     #2.  Independent clause (I)/subordinating conjunction (sc)/Dependent clause (D) —I sc D

Examples:  Since it rained yesterday, we will  stay inside  to eat  our  lunch.  —sc D, I                                                                          I like being outside after it snows. — I sc D

A common subordinating conjunction Acronym:  AAAWWUUBBIS =  After, Although, As, When, While, Unless, Until, Because, Before, If, and Since

A list of 50 Subordinating Conjunctions:  after, although, as, as if, as long as, as much as, as soon as, as though, because,before, even, even if, even though, if , if only, if when, if then, in as much, in order that, just as, lest, now, now since, now that, now when, once, provided, provided that, rather than, since, so that, supposing, than, that, though, till, unless, until, when, whenever, where, whereas, where if, wherever, whether, which, while, who, whoever, why

RDG 11/16-11/19

***Don’t forget to keep studying your spelling words inside your binder***       TEST is this Thursday  11/20

In case you lost your list:  after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, giving, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, knew, and let.


This week we will complete our studies on primary and secondary sources.

We will begin discussing what a mystery is by tying in the “Mystery of Oak Island.”

The mystery of Oak Island will then lead us into the introduction of our next  book:  The Sisters Grimm, Fairytale Detectives   written by:  Michael Buckley

***Homework:  Read thirty minutes every night*****

ELA 11/16 – 11/20

  • Our DGP for this week is:  to whom were you speaking    Monday:  to=prep, whom= int pron, were=hv, you=sing nom pron, speaking=av


  • We will be working on our narrative essays this week.  Please have your rough draft completed by the end of class on Tuesday, 11/17.  If your rough draft is not completed on time then it becomes homework.


  • As the week continues, we will be adding figurative language and editing our essays with our peers.

Reading 11/02/15 – 11/06/15

We finally finished the book No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman and was it good!!

This week  we will  be working on identifying the author’s purpose in different types of text.  –Author’s Purpose front/back of worksheet

We will also be working on identifying the main ideas and summarizing what  we have read.  –Green packet.

Please be sure to Always bring  a free reading book of your choice to class every Friday.  A comic book or  a book with NO WORDS does not count!

Lastly, we will work  on our Author’s purpose foldable.  Please leave the  foldable  in the front of your yellow spiral.

HW:   Read thirty minutes nightly

ELA: November 02, 2015 – November 06, 2015

This week we will be working on week 12 DGP:  Wow! That is  a really big bridge

Monday 11/2:  Wow!= Interjection, That=Demonstrative Pronoun, is=Linking Verb, a=Adjective Article, really=adverb, big=adjective, bridge=noun

Tuesday 11/3:  Underline the  word “that” one time to show the complete subject, underline “is a really big bridge!” two times to show the complete predicate phrase, that=s (simple subject), is=vi (as all linking verbs are intransitive verbs),  (formula:  S+LV+ what=PN) bridge=PN

Wednesday 11/4:  1. Ind. Cl              2.  SS  (Simple Sentence)             3. Excl  (Exclamatory)

Thursday:  Wow!  That is  a  really big bridge!

Friday’s diagram:  See me for explanation and correct answer.


We will  be completing narrative Cornell notes this week along with a narrative vocabulary sheet.  The kids  will be creating study cards to assist them with  learning the definitions of the  following 8 words:

1.  plot:  A series of events in a story which  usually follows a pattern.  The  action of a story.

2.  conflict:  A problem or a struggle between opposing forces.

3. exposition:  Introduces characters and setting and hints what the conflict or problem will be.

4.  setting:  Where and when  the  action takes place.

5.  rising action:  Events in the story that show how the conflict develops (Builds tension).

6.  climax:  Turning point in the story or most exciting part.  The  outcome of the  conflict is decided at this time.

7. falling action:   These  are  the events that occur as a result of the climax

8.  resolution:  The final point in the plot, in which the reader learns how  everything turns out.

*****Friday 11/6/15**** Mrs.. Brenda Pavlak, the sixth  grade counselor, will be working with the  class to begin our career cruising.

READING: 10/19 – 10/23

9:15 – 9:20 – HR

9:25 – 10:00 -1st

10:03 – 10:38 -2nd

10:41 – 11:46 -3rd

11:49 – 12:24 -4th

12:27 – 1:02 -5th

1:03 – 1:28 -6th

1:41 – 2:15 – 7th

This week we are working on finishing our NMDD projects.  Projects are due this Friday.