For the week of November 5th!

We are in the middle of reading Omnivore’s Dilemma while focusing on skills this week that involve text structure. There will be a quiz on Friday over the bell ringers. Also, due this week is a book report on November 8th!


Resource class will has a script and podcast due by the 9th! We will be working in the media center on Wednesday with Ms. Hanson and now that we have most of our equipment we will begin learning editing techniques.


Have a great week everyone!

The week of October 15th!

We have worked on skimming to improve our reading speed. This week we will be identifying central idea and evaluating it’s impact on our understanding. We will begin reading Omnivore’s Dilemma the following week.


Podcast for the second week of October.

This  week we have a book report project due on October 11th.

We are changing gears on our podcast this week. We are reforming groups and are taking a more community approach to this project. Students will be researching community needs and will be utilizing their podcast as a method to organize and inform others concerning issues in their community.

Also, here is the link to sign up for conference week which begins October 12th.


The second week of October.

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the first quarter and that October is here. My grades are due to be posted on Friday so the end of the quarter crunch is on. I work hard to keep grades posted in a timely manner so hopefully there are few surprises for anyone.

This week we will be working on SKIMMING. We will develop the skill utilizing newspapers and news articles. We will also be starting our new book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

On Tuesday we will be taking the end of unit test.





The first week of October.

When we return from the break, we will be close to the end of the quarter. This week back we will be completing the last 2 chapters of UNDER THE ROYAL PALMS, testing over the book, completing a small project, and taking the end of quarter exam. So we are going to be very busy.

The second week of October is conference week and I will be scheduling a time for you to come in and review your students progress. I look forward to working with each of you during this time.

Our third book report project is due on October 2nd.


Have a great week!

Lesson Plan for the week of September 10th.

This week we will complete and present our Fake Facebook page project. We will also continue with Under the Royal Palms as well as completing our next book report project which is due on September 13th.

Our podcast project is growing exponentially and we are looking at the technical aspects of producing our podcast.

Lesson Plans for the week of September 10th.

This weeks skill focus is inferencing and the IT SAY I SAY AND SO strategy. Students will be reading Under the Royal Palms to reinforce the strategy. On Friday we will be having another Bell Ringer Quiz.

The next book report project is due on September 13th.

The week will be busy since we will be conducting the CoGAT and ITBS.

Have a great week!


Plans for the week of September 1st.

AC class will be working on monitoring and clarifying their reading. Students will read chapters 5 and 6 from UNDER THE ROYAL PALM and summarize them. We will further our understanding of the RACE skill as well. Students will continue to read on their own and to prepare for the next book report which will be due on September 13th.

Resource class will read up through chapter 6 in UNDER THE ROYAL PALM and will continue their note taking. On Wednesday we will work in our project teams to  create a brochure explaining the podcast that is planned. On Friday, we should be ready to begin production!

CoGat and ITBS testing will begin on September 17th.

For the week of August 27th

This week we move on to predictions and foreshadowing. There will be a bell ringer quiz on Friday as well this week. We are reading “Under the Royal Palm” while practicing reading strategies. The end of the quarter we will be completing a small in-class project on this book.

If your student has not turned in a book report project, they need to get one in by August 30th.

My resource class is currently working with Ms. Hanson for our podcast project. We are in the pre-production stages of planning and hope that by the end of September we will be ready to actually get some material out there.

Lesson plans for the week of August 20th!

This week we will be continuing developing skills with summarizing and making connections. We are utilizing the Someone, Wanted, But, So strategy for summarizing. To assist students with making connections to the text we use the text-to-text, text-to-self and the text-to-world strategy.


As a class we will be reading Under the Royal Palms as an anchor text.

The Resource class will be further exploring podcast production on Friday.


Have a great week!