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Week of February 24, 2020

February13

6th Grade Reading: Workshop 4: The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer

Monday: Concept Organizer: Respect vocabulary activity. Students will also participate in independent reading and computer software. (4.12)
Tuesday: Finish station rotations.
Wednesday: “Tracking an Assassin” by David Stack article. Students will complete independent reading and computer software. (4.13)
Thursday: Finish station rotations.
Friday: Workday (independent reading and computer software)

7th Grade Reading: Workshop 5: Contagion

Monday: Concept Organizer: Prevention vocabulary activity. Students will also participate in independent reading and computer software. (5.12)
Tuesday: Finish station rotations.
Wednesday: “The Plague” by Tod Olson article. Students will also participate in independent reading and computer software. (5.13)
Thursday: Finish station rotations.
Friday: Workday (independent reading and computer software)

8th Grade Reading: Workshop 6: No Ordinary Sport

Monday: Concept Organizer: Perseverance vocabulary activity. Students will also participate in independent reading and computer software. (6.12)
Tuesday: Finish station rotations.
Wednesday: “Tough Mudder-Too Extreme?” by Ismael Rodriguez article.Students will also participate in independent reading and computer software. (6.13)
Thursday: Finish station rotations.
Friday: Workday (independent reading and computer software).

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Week of February 10, 2020

February6

6th Grade Reading: Workshop 4: The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer

Monday: MIDPOINT ASSESSMENT!
Tuesday: Finish assessments if needed. If students do not need extra time, they will complete their independent reading and student application stations.
Wednesday: Fluency Tests/Ford’s Theater Activity: Remembering Lincoln. Students will examine primary sources to gather an understanding of how various individuals in society reacted to Lincoln’s death.
Thursday: Same as yesterday.
Friday: Video over Elizabeth Keckley’s Life

7th Grade Reading: Workshop 5: Contagion

Monday: MIDPOINT ASSESSMENT!
Tuesday: Finish assessments if needed. If students do not need extra time, they will complete their independent reading and student application stations.
Wednesday: Fluency Tests/Conferences
Thursday: Fluency Tests/Conferences
Friday: Contagion Video/Activity

8th Grade Reading: Workshop 6: No Ordinary Sport

Monday: MIDPOINT ASSESSMENT!
Tuesday: Finish assessments if needed. If students do not need extra time, they will complete their independent reading and student application stations.
Wednesday: Fluency Tests/Conferences
Thursday: Fluency Tests/Conferences
Friday: Documentary over extreme sports with activity.

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Week of February 3, 2020

January31

6th Grade Reading: Workshop 4: The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer

Monday: Students will finish “Behind the Scenes” by Elizabeth Keckley. They will work on making inferences from the text as well as complete station rotations. (4.9)
Tuesday: Finish rotations from yesterday.
Wednesday: Point of View Activity-students will examine the author’s point of view from the “Behind the Scenes” text. Students will also complete station rotations. (4.10)
Thursday: Finish rotations.
Friday: Review for midpoint test on Monday, 2/10.

7th Grade Reading: Workshop 5: Contagion

Monday:Begin reading Part 1 of “A Killer Strikes” by John DiConsiglio and complete station rotations. (5.8)
Tuesday: Finish station rotations.
Wednesday: Finish reading “A Killer Strikes” and complete station rotations. (5.9)
Thursday: Finish rotations from yesterday.
Friday: Review for midpoint test on Monday, 2/10!

8th Grade Reading: Workshop 6: No Ordinary Sport

Monday: Students will write a paragraph response to a writing prompt. They will use the POW writing strategy to Plan, Organize, and Write their paragraphs. They will also participate in station rotations. (6.10)
Tuesday: High school elective registration with Kell and North Cobb.
Wednesday: 8th grade field trip to Kell or North Cobb.
Thursday: Finish rotations from Monday.
Friday: Review for midpoint test on Monday, 2/10!

ALL CLASSES WILL HAVE A MIDPOINT TEST ON FEBRUARY 10TH.

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Week of January 27, 2020

January24

6th Grade Reading: Workshop 4: The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer

Monday: People, Events, and Ideas activity and station rotations. (4.6)
Tuesday: Suffixes -able and -ible activity and connotation and denotation activity. Students will complete station rotations.
Wednesday: Finish rotations.
Thursday: Part 1 of “Behind the Scenes” by Elizabeth Keckley and station rotations. (4.8)
Friday: Finish station rotations from yesterday.

7th Grade Reading: Workshop 5: Contagion

Monday: Mini research project/activity on a contagious disease (plague, cholera, smallpox, or Ebola).
Tuesday: Finish mini research project/activity.
Wednesday: Author’s Purpose Worksheet (5.6).
Thursday: Suffix -ion and how to use a dictionary activity. (5.7)
Friday: Begin reading Part 1 of “A Killer Strikes” by John DiConsiglio and complete station rotations. (5.8)

8th Grade Reading: Workshop 6: No Ordinary Sport

Monday: Summarizing Activity and station rotations. (6.6)
Tuesday: Finish rotations from yesterday.
Wednesday: Roots graph and form activity with station rotations. (6.7)
Thursday: Finish stations.
Friday: Finish watching On Dawn Wall documentary.

ALL CLASSES WILL HAVE A MIDPOINT TEST ON FEBRUARY 10TH.

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Week of January 13, 2020

January9

6th Grade Reading: Workshop 4: The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer

Monday: “Who was John Wilkes Booth?” by Jennifer Johnson and station rotations.
Tuesday: Finish station rotations from yesterday.
Wednesday: Video/Activity about John Wilkes Booth. This activity will provide them with more detailed information about John Wilkes Booth and prepare students for future readings.
Thursday: Part 1 of “from Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” by James Swanson and station rotations.
Friday: Finish station rotations from yesterday.

7th Grade Reading: Workshop 5: Contagion

Monday: “Silent Killer” by Alexandra Hanson-Harding and station rotations.
Tuesday: Finish stations from yesterday.
Wednesday: Video/Activity over the Spanish Influenza. This will help to prepare students for their next reading.
Thursday: Part 1 of “Tiny Invaders” by Kimberley Feltes Taylor and station rotations.
Friday: Finish rotations from yesterday.

8th Grade Reading: Workshop 6: No Ordinary Sport

Monday: “Going to the Extreme” by Patrick Daley (6.3) and begin station rotations.
Tuesday: Finish yesterday’s rotations.
Wednesday: Video/Activity about the extreme sport of free climbing. This activity will familiarize students with free climbing so that they can make connections to the next reading.
Thursday: Part 1 of “To the Top of Dawn Wall” by Richie Chevat (6.4) and station rotations.
Friday: Finish rotations from yesterday.

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Week of January 6, 2020

December18

WELCOME BACK! I HOPE YOU HAD A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY BREAK! 🙂

6th Grade Reading: Workshop 4: The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer

Today, students will begin a new workshop, entitled, “The Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer”. In this workshop, students will learn how the Civil War divided the United States and how the assassination of President Lincoln was felt throughout the country. They will also examine the focus question: How does a country respond to the death of a leader?

Monday: Introduction to workshop (4.1)
Tuesday: Finish analyzing and discussion introduction video (4.1)
Wednesday: Concept map activity over the word “conflict” and preteaching of workshop vocabulary (4.2)
Thursday: Finish rotations from yesterday (4.2)
Friday: Workday and vocabulary review. Students will participate in the student application and independent reading rotations today. They will also review the vocabulary words from Monday-Thursday.

7th Grade Reading: Workshop 5: Contagion

Today, students will begin a new workshop, entitled, “Contagion”. In this workshop, students will learn what causes contagious diseases and how they spread. They will examine how scientists and health care professionals work to stop contagious diseases and protect people from the spread of these illnesses. They will also examine the focus question: How do scientists meet the urgent need to contain killer diseases?

Monday: Introduction to workshop (5.1)
Tuesday: Finish analyzing and discussion introduction video (5.1)
Wednesday: Concept map activity over the word “disease” and preteaching of workshop vocabulary (5.2)
Thursday: Finish rotations from yesterday (5.2)
Friday: Workday and vocabulary review. Students will participate in the student application and independent reading rotations today. They will also review the vocabulary words from Monday-Thursday.

8th Grade Reading: Workshop 6: No Ordinary Sport

Today, students will begin a new workshop, entitled, “No Ordinary Sport”. In this workshop, students will meet daring athletes who free climb, perform daredevil stunts, and endure obstacle courses. Additionally, students will compose an argumentative essay that examines the benefits of extreme sports. They will also examine the focus question: What can happen wen athletes challenge themselves in extreme ways?

Monday: Introduction to workshop (6.1)
Tuesday: Finish analyzing and discussion introduction video (6.1)
Wednesday: Concept map activity over the word “challenge” and preteaching of workshop vocabulary (6.2)
Thursday: Finish rotations from yesterday (6.2)
Friday: Workday and vocabulary review. Students will participate in the student application and independent reading rotations today. They will also review the vocabulary words from Monday-Thursday.

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Week of December 9

December5

READING INVENTORY (RI) IS THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11!

6th Grade Reading- Workshop 1: Stand Up!

Students will continue to write an informational essay about one of the advocates discussed in Workshop 1. The final essay will be due December 13, 2019.

Monday– Draft essays
Tuesday– Instructional software and independent reading.
Wednesday– READING INVENTORY!!!
Thursday– Students will be editing their drafts for transition words and phrases as well as sentence fragments.
Friday– Students will continue to edit their papers and begin typing their final drafts. FINAL DRAFTS ARE DUE AT THE END OF CLASS TODAY!

7th Grade Reading– Workshop 2: Water Fight

For the next week, students will be writing an argumentative essay about why droughts are devastating. The final essay will be due December 13, 2019.

Monday– Draft essays
Tuesday– Instructional software and independent reading.
Wednesday– READING INVENTORY!
Thursday– Students will edit their drafts for transition words and phrases as well as run-on sentences.
Friday– Finish editing drafts. FINAL DRAFTS ARE DUE AT THE END OF THE CLASS PERIOD!

8th Grade Reading– Workshop 3: Life in Dystopia

For the next week, students will be writing an informational essay that compares two characters thought about the tradition of the lottery. The final essay will be due December 13, 2019.

Monday– Draft essays
Tuesday– Instructional software and independent reading.
Wednesday– READING INVENTORY!
Thursday– Students will edit their drafts for effective transition words and phrases as well as appropriate subject-verb agreement.
Friday– Continue editing drafts. FINAL DRAFTS ARE DUE AT THE END OF THE CLASS PERIOD!

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Week of December 2

November20

NEXT READING INVENTORY (RI) WILL BE DECEMBER 11!

6th Grade Reading- Workshop 1: Stand Up!

For the next week, students will be writing an informational essay about the material discussed and presented in Workshop 1. The final essay will be due December 12, 2019.

Monday– Introduction to the POW +TIDE writing strategy; Use the strategy to analyze an informational essay.
Tuesday– Finish yesterday’s work.
Wednesday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.
Thursday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.
Friday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.

7th Grade Reading– Workshop 2: Water Fight

For the next week, students will be writing an argumentative essay about the material discussed and presented in Workshop 2. The final essay will be due December 12, 2019.

Monday– Introduction to the POW + TREE writing strategy; Use the strategy to analyze an argumentative essay.
Tuesday– Finish yesterday’s work.
Wednesday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.
Thursday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.
Friday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.

8th Grade Reading– Workshop 3: Life in Dystopia

For the next week, students will be writing an informational essay about the material discussed and presented in Workshop 3. The final essay will be due December 12, 2019.

Monday– Introduction to the POW +TIDE writing strategy; Use the strategy to analyze an informational essay.
Tuesday– Finish yesterday’s work.
Wednesday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.
Thursday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.
Friday– Plan, organize, and draft essay.

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Week of November 11

November7

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS READING EACH NIGHT FOR AT LEAST 20-30 MINUTES. THIS WILL HELP WITH READING COMPREHENSION (UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEY ARE READING) AS WELL AS READING FLUENCY (HOW WELL THEY READ WORDS ON A PAGE).

6th Grade Reading- Workshop 1: Stand Up!

This week, students have been given the opportunity to work in the Read 180 or System 44 software in addition to independently reading their books. I have been meeting with each student to set goals for the remainder of Quarter 2 and discuss their progress in the class so far. They have also been taking fluency tests.

Schedule for the week of November 11:

Monday– Read “Story of a Child Slave” by Anne Capeci. Students will answer various comprehension questions and examine how slavery is not a thing of the past for some countries. Students will also participate in small group rotations (computer software and independent reading).
Tuesday– Finish stations from yesterday.
Wednesday– Read “The Fight Against Child Slavery” by Charlotte Lyntton. Students will answer comprehension questions and identify how some individuals are trying to eliminate the practice of child slavery in some countries. Students will also participate in small group rotations (computer software and independent reading).
Thursday– Students will finish stations from yesterday.
Friday– Read the poem “I Dream a World” by Langston Hughes. Students will analyze this poem for figurative language such as personification.

7th Grade Reading– Workshop 2: Water Fight

This week, students have been given the opportunity to work in the Read 180 or System 44 software in addition to independently reading their books. I have been meeting with each student to set goals for the remainder of Quarter 2 and discuss their progress in the class so far. They have also been taking fluency tests.

Schedule for the week of November 11:

Monday– Read “Are you a Water Saver or a Water Hog? and complete various comprehension questions. This text reveals the surprising amounts of water we use to perform ordinary activities. Students will also participate in small group rotations (computer software and independent reading).
Tuesday– Finish stations from yesterday.
Wednesday– Read “Running Dry” and complete comprehension questions. Students will think about solutions to the problem of drought. Students will also participate in small group rotations (computer software and independent reading).
Thursday– Finish stations from yesterday.
Friday– Finish reading “Running Dry” and answer comprehension questions.

8th Grade Reading– Workshop 3: Life in Dystopia

This week, students began using Minecraft Education to recreate the village in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery”. Throughout Workshop 3, students have been analyzing the setting, characters, plot, and theme in “The Lottery”. For this project, students have been required to complete various activities that analyze these literary elements through the Minecraft Education program. For example, students had to create a town square that had the buildings mentioned in the story. Students have been doing a wonderful job so far and love using Minecraft as part of their education.

Schedule for the week of November 11:

Monday– Students will finish their Minecraft Education projects and then create a portfolio of their work using a feature in Minecraft.
Tuesday– Students will begin Part 2 of Workshop 3 by being introduced to a new set of vocabulary terms and completing various activities with those words.
Wednesday– Students will read “The Biography of a Story” by Shirley Jackson. In this reading, students will read and analyze various reactions to the short story “The Lottery”.
Thursday– Students will read an excerpt from “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. They will answer comprehension questions over this dystopian novel.
Friday– Students will finish yesterday’s activity.

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Week of October 28

October24

ALL GRADE LEVELS

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, students will be working at various stations in the classroom that will focus on extending or remediating various skills from their grade level workshops. This is in preparation for their Interim Workshop Assessment which will be given on THURSDAY (10/31) of this week. On Friday, students will finish their assessments if needed, and then work in the computer software or read their independent reading books. I will also start holding teacher/student conferences to discuss each student’s progress.

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