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Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30

On-Level Reading

Monday, March 26th

-Making Inferences assessment

Hw: Blocks 1 and 2 Read “The Cat Who Thought She Was a Dog and the Dog Who Thought He Was a Cat” and complete reading comprehension questions #1-11; Block 6 and 7 No homework

Tuesday, March 27th

-Conclude “Making Inferences” assessment

Hw: Blocks 1 and 2 Finish reading “On the Cat Walk” and answering reading comprehension questions #12-20; Blocks 6 and 7 Finish reading “The Cat Who Thought She Was a Dog and the Dog Who Thought He Was a Cat” and answering reading comprehension questions #1-11

Wednesday, March 28th

-Blocks 1 and 2 review Reading Comprehension questions for #1-20

-Blocks 1 and 2 review mini lesson on denotation and connotation; Work on Vocabulary #1-8 and complete short response #21 and 22

-Blocks 6 and 7 review Reading Comprehension questions for #1-11; Begin reading “On the Cat Walk” and complete reading comprehension questions #12-20

Hw: ALL BLOCKS MEDIA CENTER VISIT TOMORROW! (Blocks 1 and 2 Complete vocabulary #1-8 and short response questions #21 and 22); (Blocks 6 and 7 Complete “On the Cat Walk” reading and reading comprehension questions #12-20)

Thursday, March 29th

-ALL BLOCKS Media Center visit

-Blocks 1 and 2 conclude Unit 3 packet

-Blocks 6 and 7 Unit 3 vocabulary and short response work

Hw: Unit 3 packets due; Bring a book to read after Milestones computer practice (ALL CLASSES WILL MEET IN ROOM 118 NEXT TO THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE)

**Reminder: Don’t forget to purchase your copy of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Friday, March 30th

Milestones Practice Link

After you have completed your practice questions, go to the link below to answer 5 vocabulary questions to help out Mrs. Downey with a practice online quiz

Vocabulary Practice Quiz

AC Reading

Monday, March 26th

-“Making Inferences” Assessment

Hw: Finish reading “The Cat Who Though She Was a Dog and the Dog Who Thought He Was a Cat” and answer reading comprehension questions for passage 1

Tuesday, March 27th

-Conclude “Making Inferences” Assessment for those needing to complete

-Group Work for Unit 3 (*Some students chose to work independently)

Hw: Complete Passages 1 and 2 and reading comprehension questions if not completed in class

Wednesday, March 28th

-Review reading comprehension questions #1-20

-Review denotation and connotation

– Begin vocabulary assignment #1-8

Hw: Media Center visit tomorrow! Packets due tomorrow! Students should complete vocabulary assignment #1-8 and short response questions #21 and 22; Students may choose to complete revising and editing portion for extra credit

Thursday, March 29th

-Media Center visit

-Unit 3 review concluded

Hw: All Unit 3 packets are due by tomorrow; Computer practice for Milestones tomorrow and class will meet in room 118;

***Reminder: Don’t forget to purchase your copy of Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Friday, March 30th

Milestones Practice

-After your practice Milestones, go to the Flipped PowerPoint Presentation for your Connotation vs Denotation lesson

Flipped Classroom Link

 

Phineas Gage Survey

Monday, March 19th to Friday, March 23rd

On-Level Reading

Monday, March 19

-Unit 2 (Form A) reading comprehension review continued

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork (All reading comprehension questions (blocks 1,2,6,7), vocabulary (blocks 1,2,6,7), and revising and editing(blocks 1,2,7,not block 6) should be completed by tomorrow

Tuesday, March 20

-Unit 2 (Form A) Short response practice #21-22

-Reading Warm Up practice

-Milestones Skills Review worksheet

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork (Unit 2 packets due TOMORROW)

Wednesday, March 21

-Making Inferences review activities and packet

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork (The first 3 passages in your “Making Inferences” packet should be completed with text evidence underlined/highlighted in passages as well.

Thursday, March 22

-Making Inferences group activity

Hw: Read “The Great Barrier Reef” passage and complete the graphic organizer titled “The Great Barrier Reef: Making Inferences”; REMINDER: Don’t forget to purchase your copy of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Friday, March 23

-Making Inferences group activities continued

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork; Making Inferences packet due Monday; Don’t forget to purchase The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

 

AC Reading

Monday, March 19

-Unit 2 reading comprehension continued

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork (All of your packet except writing questions #21,22,23, 24 and writing assignment located on the back of packet)

Tuesday, March 20

-Unit 2 Written Response practice #21-22

-Milestones Skills Review worksheet

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork (Unit 2 packets due tomorrow)

Wednesday, March 21

-Making Inferences review activities

Hw: Complete passage #3 in “Making Inferences” packet

Thursday, March 22

-Making Inferences Group Activity: “The Principal Files”

Hw: Read and complete “The Great Barrier Reef” passage and graphic organizer; REMINDER: Don’t forget to purchase your copy of Terrible Typhoid Mary by April 9th!

Friday, March 23

-Making Inferences group activity “Whose Locker Is It?”

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork; Making Inferences packet due Monday; Don’t forget to order your copy of Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

Monday, March 12th to Friday, March 16th

On-Level Reading

Monday, March 12th

-Completion of Vocabulary Section in Unit 1 Review #1-9; Revising and Editing read and answer reading comprehension questions #1-12

HW: Packets for Unit 1 DUE THURSDAY! All packets should be completely finished. Descriptive Essay on page 14 of your packet should be a minimum of 2 paragraphs and a minimum of 10-12 sentences.

Tuesday, March 13th

-Revising and editing short constructed and extended response writing prompts

Hw: Revise and edit short constructed and extended response writing prompts (will be an assessment grade due Thursday); Early Release Wednesday

Wednesday, March 14th

-Peer editing of short constructed and extended response writing

Hw: Unit 1 packets and completed writing responses (Due tomorrow for an assessment grade); Media Center visit tomorrow for book check out

Thursday, March 15th

-Media Center visit

-Unit 2 reading comprehension review

Hw: None

Friday, March 16th

-Unit 2 reading and comprehension questions for “Break a Leg” (#1-10) and vocabulary section (#1-8)

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork

 

 AC Reading

Monday, March 12th

-Finish class review of Reading Comprehension questions #10- 19; Complete Vocabulary #1-9; Revising and Editing #1-12

Hw: Packets for Unit 1 DUE TOMORROW! All packets should be completely finished. Descriptive Essay you may choose either the first prompt or Challenge prompt on page 26 in your packet. These descriptive essays must be a MINIMUM of 3 paragraphs and essay should contain a MINIMUM of 15 sentences.

Tuesday, March 13th
-Revising and editing short constructed and extended response writing prompts
Hw: Revise and edit short constructed and extended response writing prompts (will be an assessment grade due Thursday); Early Release Wednesday

Wednesday, March 14th
-Peer editing of short constructed and extended response writing
Hw: Complete writing corrections (Due tomorrow for an assessment grade); ALL UNIT 1 PACKETS ARE DUE TOMORROW; Media Center visit tomorrow for book check out

Thursday, March 15th

-Media Center visit

-Unit 2 Reading Comprehension Review

Hw: None

 

Friday, March 16th

-Reading comprehension questions from “Break a Leg” (#1-10) and vocabulary (#1-8)

Hw: None

 

Monday, March 5th – Friday, March 9th

On-Level Reading

Monday, March 5th

-Main Idea Group Passage Activity

Hw: None; Book Fair visit tomorrow

 

Tuesday, March 6th

-Book Fair visit

-Class discussion/review of group passage activity

Hw: Main Idea Packets due tomorrow and Main Idea/Supporting Details Assessment; Don’t forget to purchase The Outsiders by the end of spring break! See Mrs. Downey for any questions/issues.

 

Wednesday, March 7th

-Main Idea and Supporting Details assessment

-Begin Reading Comprehension Review Packet

Hw: Block 1 No homework; Block 2 Complete reading comprehension questions #1-9 from “Banner in the Sky” and be sure to underline and label text evidence for each question; Block 6 No homework; Block 7 Read and complete “Banner in the Sky” and questions #1-9 and be sure to underline and label text evidence for each question.

 

Thursday, March 8th

-Blocks 1,2,7 Read and complete comprehension questions from “To the Top of Everest” #10 to #16 and Compare/Contrast reading comprehension questions #17 – 19. Complete short and extended response questions #20 – #22 regarding “Banner in the Sky” and “To the Top of Everest”.

-Block 6 Read and complete comprehension questions #1 – #9 from “Banner in the Sky”.

Hw: Complete and unfinished classwork

 

Friday, March 9th

-Blocks 1, 2, and 7 Class review of reading comprehension work

-Block 6 Read and complete reading comprehension questions #10 – #19 and begin short response questions #20 and #21

Hw: Complete any unfinished classwork if needed

 

AC Reading

Monday, March 5th

-Main Idea and Supporting Details group activity

Hw: None; Book Fair visit tomorrow

Tuesday, March 6th

-Class discussion/review of groups passage activity

Hw: Main Idea packets due tomorrow; Main Idea and supporting details assessment; Don’t forget to purchase Terrible Typhoid Mary by the end of spring break! See Mrs. Downey for any questions/issues.

Wednesday, March 7th

-Main Idea assessment

-Begin Reading Comprehension Review Packet

Hw: Complete reading comprehension questions #1-9 from “Banner in the Sky” and be sure to mark and label textual evidence in the passage that supports each reading comprehension question!

Thursday, March 8th

-Read and complete reading comprehension questions # 10 – #16 from “To the Top of Everest”. Complete compare and contrast questions #17- #19 in addition to #21- #23 of short and extended response questions regarding both passages (“Banner in the Sky” and “To the Top of Everest”).

*Be sure to highlight and label text evidence that supports each question in your reading passages!

 

Friday, March 9th

-Class review of “Banner in the Sky” and “To the Top of Everest” reading comprehension question answers and text evidence.

Hw: None

Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 2nd

Book Fair Dates: Monday, March 5th – Friday, March 9th
Location: The Media Center
Shopping Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Shop the Online Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, February 25th – Saturday, March 9th

**Mrs. Downey’s Reading Classes Will Be Visiting the Book Fair Tuesday, March 6th

On-Level Reading

Monday, February 26

-Touchstones for Quarter 3

Hw: None

 

Tuesday, February 27

-Conclude Touchstones for Quarter 3

-Touchstones remediation groups concluded

Hw: None

Wednesday, February 28

-Finding the Main Idea: Reading Comprehension Skills Review

Hw: Block 1 Finish “Bats” and “Alien Doubts” in packets; Block 2 Complete “A Special Kind of Mouse”, “Bats”, and “Alien Doubts”; Block 6 Complete “Bats” and “Alien Doubts”; Block 7 Complete “Bats”

 

Thursday, March 1

-Review last night’s homework

-Question Stem notes

-“An American Symbol” main idea activity

Hw: None

 

 

AC Reading

Monday, February 26

-Touchstones for Quarter 3

Hw: None

Tuesday, February 27

-Touchstones for Quarter 3 concluded

-Presentations

Hw: None

Wednesday, February 28

-Finding the Main Idea: Reading Comprehension Skills Review

Hw: Complete “Alien Doubts”

 

Thursday, March 1

-Review “Alien Doubts” main idea statement and supporting details

-Question Stem notes

-“An American Symbol” activity

Hw: Read “Big Turtle” Main Idea passage and complete Main Idea Web with a MINIMUM of 5 supporting details

Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16th

On-Level Reading

Monday, February 12

-Plot Elements assessment

-Socrative Seminar continued

Hw: None (Bring socrative seminar and story packets to class)

 

Tuesday, February 13

-Socrative Seminar concluded

-Begin Touchstones remediation activity

Hw: None

 

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Touchstones Remediation Activity

Hw: None (*Some students may need to still correct their incorrect answers. You may do your explanation portion in class tomorrow as time allows.)

 

Thursday, February 15

-Touchstones Remediation Activity continued

Hw: Media Center Visit tomorrow

Friday, February 16

-Media Center visit

-Touchstones remediation concluded

Hw: Enjoy your break!

AC Reading

Monday, February 12

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” continued

Hw: Vocabulary Assessment this Thursday

 

Tuesday, February 13

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” concluded

Hw: Complete story packets and bring to class tomorrow; Vocabulary and elements of plot assessment Thursday

Wednesday, February 14

-Socrative Seminar for “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Hw: Complete 1st page (front and back) of your Socrative Seminar packet if not completed in class.

 

Thursday, February 15

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” vocabulary assessment

-Review for Plot Elements assessment

-Groups assigned for Socrative Seminar activity

Hw: Complete page one (front and back) for Socrative SEMINAR ACTIVITY

 

Friday, February 16

-Media Center visit

-Plot Elements Assessment

-Free-read Friday (Socrative Seminar group activity assigned the Monday we return from February break due to excessive amount of absences)

Hw: None Enjoy your break!

 

Monday, February 5th to Friday, February 9th

On-Level Reading

Monday, February 5th

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” class reading and reading comprehension packet work

Hw: Student Health Surveys tomorrow (parents that do NOT want their child to participate may complete the form that was sent home and return to teacher. Parents that are allowing their child to participate do NOT need to complete the form that was sent home.); Vocabulary Assessment scheduled for this Thursday

 

Tuesday, February 6th

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-Georgia Student Health Surveys

Hw: None (*Vocabulary Assessment Thursday)

 

Wednesday, February 7

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” story conclusion

Hw: Vocabulary Assessment tomorrow; Story Packets due Friday; Elements of Plot assessment Monday

Thursday, February 8th

-Vocabulary Assessment

-Socrative Seminar

Hw: Story packets due tomorrow; Complete Socrative Seminar packet if not completed in class (EXCEPT the last page which will be completed in class)

Friday, February 9

-Socrative Seminar

-Elements of Plot test review

Hw: Story your plot elements notes for test Monday

AC Reading

Monday, February 5th

-“A Sound of Thunder” original short story presentations continued

Hw: Student Health Surveys tomorrow (parents that do NOT want their child to participate may complete the form that was sent home and return to teacher. Parents that are allowing their child to participate do NOT need to complete the form that was sent home.)

 

Tuesday, February 6th

-Georgia Student Health Surveys

Hw: Be ready to present short story if you have not presented already in class.

 

Wednesday, February 7th

-Short Story presentations

-Introduction to “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Hw: None

 

Thursday, February 8th

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” vocabulary pretest

-Introduce short story vocabulary (Assessment scheduled for next Thursday)

-Begin “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

Hw: Flashcards due (Students should have vocabulary term on one side, definition and original sentence using the term correctly should be on the other side.)

Friday, February 9

-Continue reading “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Hw: Study vocabulary for assessment Thursday

Monday, January 29th to Friday, February 2nd

On-Level Reading

Monday, January 29

-Blocks 1 and 2 enter Touchstones I-Respond data

-Conclude Character packets for “A Sound of Thunder”

Hw: Warm ups 19/20 due this Friday

 

Tuesday, January 30

-Introductory lesson to “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Hw: Warm ups #19/20 due this Friday

 

Wednesday, January 31

-Vocabulary review for “There Will Come Soft Rains”

-Begin reading short story and reading comprehension packet activities

Hw: Vocabulary flashcards due tomorrow (Flashcards should have the term on one side and the definition and an original sentence using the term on the other side of flashcards); Warm ups # 19/20 due this Friday; Media Center visit scheduled for this Friday

 

Thursday, February 1st

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” short story reading comprehension continued (Block 1 read and completed activities to line 133; Block 2 read and completed activities to line 99; Blocks 6 and 7 read and completed activities to line 71)

Hw: Warm up #19/20 due tomorrow; Media Center visit tomorrow

 

Friday, February 2nd

-Media Center visit

-“There Will Come Soft Rains” continued (Blk 1read to line 160 and completed corresponding activities; Block 2 read to line 107 and completed corresponding activities; Block 6 line 132; Block 7 line 99

Hw: None

 

AC Reading

Monday, January 29th

-Conclude Character packets for “A Sound of Thunder”

-Student work on short story (assigned Friday in class)

Hw: Student short story due tomorrow

 

Tuesday, January 30

-Begin original short story presentations

Hw: None (*Be prepared to present your short story if you have not presented yet)

 

Wednesday, January 31

-Presentations continued

Hw: None (*Be prepared to present your short story if you have not presented yet); Media Center visit scheduled for this Friday

Thursday, February 1st

-Presentations and peer evaluations continued

Hw: None (*Be prepared to present your short story if you have not presented yet); Media Center visit tomorrow for book check out

 

Friday, February 2nd

-Media Center visit

-Presentations and peer evaluations continued

Hw: None

Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26

ALL BLOCKS

Monday, January 22

-“A Sound of Thunder Assessment”

-“A Sound of Thunder” continued (not block 3/AC)

Hw: None (*Block 3/AC  will have an additional 10-15 minutes to complete vocabulary assessment during class. Students may chose to come in during homeroom to work on tomorrow in addition to extended time.)

 

Tuesday, January 23

-“A Sound of Thunder” continued (blk 1line 411, blk 2 line 340, blk 3 319 blk 6 line 319, blk 7 line 330)

Hw: None

 

Friday, January 26

-Touchstones entry

-Class character traits and elements of plot review

Hw: Blocks 6 and 7 warm ups due next Friday