May 7th – 11th, 2018

Important:  Test on Tangerine Wednesday – Study for test-

review questions for test tangerine-w7t83o

Tangerine Web Quest Answer Key-2a2dw4a

Important: Please bring $2 this week for the end of the year postage for your report card. I can’t give change, so you must bring the correct amount.

Important: Please review Dr. Brink’s end of the year information letter below.

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Important – Field Day is Wednesday. Our color is gray, so if you are like me and forgot to buy a shirt, just wear a gray t-shirt.

Monday – All classes have another journal entry due on Wednesday.

April 30th – May 4th, 2018

Important: Enrollment forms were sent home May 1st. Parents, please correct and update information, sign the form, and have your child return it to his/her homeroom teacher by May 9th in order to ensure that your child is scheduled for classes next year. There is a letter attached from Dr. Brink with all of the information needed.

Thursday, May 3rd – Today we read pp. 70-84. If you are reading a pdf version of Tangerine, then it may not have page numbers, so read from Saturday, September 9th – Monday, September 11th, later if you were not in school today. If you were in class today, then you do not need to read tonight.  

Thursday – Homework 3rd and 5th periods – Use pages 50 – 70 to complete journal entry 2. I will check journal entries 1 and 2 tomorrow. 

Thursday – Homework 1st, 2nd, and 4thUse pages 50-70 to complete journal  entry 4. I will check journal entries 1 – 4  tomorrow. 

Wednesday May 2nd- We took a quiz, and read pages 50 – 70. If you are reading the pdf online version at home, you may not have page numbers. Make sure you read from Tuesday, September 5th to Saturday, September 9th in the novel Tangerine pages 50-70.

Wednesday – Homework 3rd and 5th periods – Use pages 50 – 70 to complete journal entry 2.

Wednesday – Homework 1st, 2nd, and 4th – Use pages 50-70 to complete journal  entry 4.

All Classes – Tuesday Study for Quiz on Tangerine – Wednesday, May 2nd – study pages 1-32, vocabulary, and the answers to the research questions.

Tangerine Web Quest Answer Key-2a2dw4a

  1. hurtling – p.7 – moving with great speed
  2. billowing – p. 9 – moving or flowing outward
  3. wrought- iron –p. 9 – a tough, malleable form of iron – used for decorative gates and fences
  4. Koi – p. 19 – Japanese carp – looks like a giant goldfish
  5. abruptly – p. 31 – suddenly and unexpectedly
  6. receding – p.2 – move back or further away from a previous position, gradually diminishing, becoming less and less
  7. adjoining – p. 24 – next to
  8. constitutes – p. 26 – to be considered as – create – to form – to be the same as something – to be equivalent
  9. exploits – p. 22 – notable deeds or acts
  10. osprey – p. 28 – large raptor – predator – fish eater- sometimes called river hawk or sea hawk

3rd and 5th periods Tuesday – classes read pages 31 – 47. Edit and revise journal entry  1.

1st,2nd,4th periods Tuesday – classes read pages 33 – 47. Finish journal entry 3 by Thursday.

Monday Homework – study for quiz on Wednesday and finish journal entry. Use your own book or an online pdf version. 

Test on Tangerine – May 9th

Homework – Monday, 4/30 – 1st, 2nd, and 4th – Finish Journal Entry 2  – use pp. 22 – 33, diary entries from August 21st – August 28th

Homework – Monday, 4/30 – 3rd and 5th – Finish Journal Entry 1 – use pp. 22 – 31, diary entries from August 21st – August 28th.

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Quiz on Tangerine – Wednesday, May 2nd – study pages 1-32, vocabulary, and the answers to the research questions.

  1. hurtling – p.7 – moving with great speed
  2. billowing – p. 9 – moving or flowing outward
  3. wrought- iron –p. 9 – a tough, malleable form of iron – used for decorative gates and fences
  4. Koi – p. 19 – Japanese carp – looks like a giant goldfish
  5. abruptly – p. 31 – suddenly and unexpectedly
  6. receding – p.2 – move back or further away from a previous position, gradually diminishing, becoming less and less
  7. adjoining – p. 24 – next to
  8. constitutes – p. 26 – to be considered as – create – to form – to be the same as something – to be equivalent
  9. exploits – p. 22 – notable deeds or acts
  10. osprey – p. 28 – large raptor – predator – fish eater- sometimes called river hawk or sea hawk

 

Tangerine

 

You may want to purchase your own book for our upcoming  Unit 3 which will start Monday, April 23rd, 2018. The title of the book we  will be reading is Tangerine by Edward Bloor.

Friday – Please make sure you have your research answers in class, so that I can check them.

5th period only – If you typed the answers to the research questions, please share them with Mrs. Carlton.

Friday – We read Tangerine to page 22.

Wednesday – We completed half of the questions below. If you are behind, you need to work on them at home. The final due date for questions is Friday at the beginning of class.

Today you will answer questions in your journal. You must have a journal for this class only. If you have lost yours, please get another one subject spiral notebook to use for Tangerine. 

First, open this Power Point, and look at each slide.  Tangerine intro

Now, it is time to answer the following questions in complete sentences using the language of the question. In order to use the language of the question, you must restate it in your first sentence of the answer. Make sure to use the nouns in the question in the first sentence of the answer. If you start your answer with pronouns, the reader will not know what the question was. Skip one line in between each question. Write the answers in your journal.

You should have answers to 23 questions when you are finished; you must complete 1-15 in class or tonight. You will have some time to complete 16 – 23 tomorrow. Use your time wisely. All answers are due on Friday at the beginning of class. You may be asked to leave your journal in class Friday. 

Choose the link below each question or set of questions to find your answers. If any have sound, please make the volume soft! Do NOT write the questions; instead, write the answers in your journal using complete sentences and the language of the question. This is a requirement to get a great grade. 

  1. What experience does Edward Bloor have that helps him have insight into the middle school mind? https://www.bookbrowse.com/author_interviews/full/index.cfm/author_number/1388/edward-bloor

Use the URL link below the questions to answer the following questions.

2. What was the author’s inspiration for writing this novel?

3. How does the author describe his protagonist?

http://www.edwardbloor.net/i_biography.aspx

Use the URL link below to answer the following questions.

Enter the city/state name “Tangerine, Florida” into the blanks to see a map of Florida.

  1. Where is Tangerine, FL located? North, east, south or west? What is it near?
  1. Name six lakes close to Tangerine.

http://maps.google.com/

Use the URL links below to answer the following questions.

6. Describe Sunburst Tangerines.

7. Describe the tree.

8. When does the Sunburst Tangerine reach maturity?

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ch079

9. How much would it cost to purchase 32 lbs. of Sunburst Tangerines? (By the way, 4 trays is the equivalent of 32 pounds.)

https://www.countrysidecitrus.com/fruit-sunburst-tangerines-89.cfm

After you have finished watching the following link, continue on your Web Quest for knowledge. Hopefully, it works for you; if not, we will watch it in class tomorrow.

Use the URL link below to answer the following questions.

10. Which state had the highest number of lightning fatalities from 1990-2003?

11. Which state had the least?

http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_lls/fatalities_us.html

12. If you were attending an Organized Outdoor Athletic Event, and you feel your hair standing on end and/or hear a “crackling noise,” what must be happening? (Yes, for this one you have to figure out the correct link to choose. I know you can do it if you read the choices!)

http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls.html\

Use the URL link below to answer the following questions.

Watch the following link; then answer the questions from the link. https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/07/14/florida-land-olakes-sinkhole-homes.cnn

13. How do sinkholes develop?

14. Where do most sinkhole damage occur?

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthgwsinkholes.html

https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2007/3060/pdf/FS2007-3060.pdf

Use the URL link below to answer the following questions.

15. What causes muck fires, according to this article?

16.What three things provided the perfect conditions for the muck fire?

17.Besides smelling really bad, what other inconveniences did this muck fire cause?

18.Why did they have to close the local interstate highway?

19. When did this muck fire occur?

Scroll down in the article or read the information below.

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/news/2006-05-10-florida-muck-fires_x.htm

Article 1

    Muck fires are fires that burn underground. They are started (usually in late winter/early spring in Florida) when buried decomposing vegetation spontaneously combusts or is ignited by lightning strikes. This happens during the dry season as the vegetation begins to dry out. Because heat is not transferred well in these conditions, areas that are still moist will produce heat from the process of decomposition. The heat accumulates to the point where it can ignite dryer material adjacent to the area of decomposition.
These fires can burn for weeks, and are extremely hard to extinguish. Most of the time they don’t cause any problems, but occasionally the work their way to the surface, and can ignite material above the ground. But the majority of them just smolder under ground, and create a horrible odor that lasts for weeks.
Muck fires are underground fires under a layer of duff in marshy areas. Muck fires are started when lightning strikes the ground and starts to burn.
Article 2
Muck Fuels–Many areas of Florida include muck fuels. These fuels
are ground fuels composed of organic material densely compacted.
These fires can smolder and produce copious smoke for weeks
under drought conditions. Muck fuels are often associated with dry
lakebeds and swamp areas. They will burn down to sandy subsoil, or
the water table. Suppression of muck fires often requires enormous
amounts of water (from wells or piped in) often applied with large
sprinkler systems along with plowing and disking fuels to break up
hot spots or establish control lines down to mineral soil.
 FLORIDA FIELD OPERATIONS GUIDE October 2012
 
Article 3

In much of Florida, the ground beneath the top layer of soil is made up of loose, organic material, which is known as “muck.” When a fire on the surface burns down into the muck, the organic material can ignite, producing a stubborn, smelly blaze. This blaze, a muck fire, can leave embers smoldering underground long after the surface fire has been extinguished. This produces a strange and very dangerous situation. The muck fire can spread underground, burning tree roots, and making trees unstable. The trees can then fall on firefighters or other people in the area.

Containing a muck fire can be very difficult for firefighters. Falling trees and destabilized ground can make it nearly impossible to bring firefighting equipment into a forested area where a muck fire is burning. Also, in order to extinguish a muck fire, the ground must be thoroughly soaked. This can require the earth to be turned over so that water can better reach burning areas of muck.

http://floridadisaster.com January 2014

Use the URL link below to answer the following questions.

20. What is the definition for being legally blind?

http://www.afb.org/info/blindness-statistics/key-definitions-of-statistical-terms/25

21. How many people are legally blind in America?

22. What are the common causes of being legally blind?

http://www.allaboutvision.com/lowvision/legally-blind.htm

23. Which of the topics did you find most interesting? Why?

 

April 23, 2018

 

Welcome Back – April 9th

Welcome back – I hope everyone had a restful break. Hopefully, we are all  well and ready for a fantastic finish for the school year. Below is information on Field Day.

DMS FIELD DAY

2018

May 7th–6th Grade

May 9th–7th Grade

May 11–8th Grade

T-shirt sales began Monday, March 19 and will end on Wednesday, April 11.  New this year, all sales will be online via www.MyPaymentsPlus.com  If you do not already have an account set up, you will need to create one.

(If you pay for lunch online, then you already have an account!)  Find more information and directions on how to create an account on the PE blog http://www.cobblearning.net/dickersonpe/

March 26th, 2018

Wednesday – We finished our final copies and Works Cited. Do not print them. We will print when we return from spring break.

Important!!!!!!!

DMS FIELD DAY

2018

May 7th–6th Grade

May 9th–7th Grade

May 11–8th Grade

T-shirt sales began Monday, March 19 and will end on Wednesday, April 11.  New this year, all sales will be online via www.MyPaymentsPlus.com  If you do not already have an account set up, you will need to create one.  (If you pay for lunch online, then you already have an account!)  Find more information and directions on how to create an account on the PE blog http://www.cobblearning.net/dickersonpe/

Tuesday – Students will complete the revising editing checklist for an argument, the works cited for an argument, and apply those corrections to their typed rough draft to produce a final copy for the argument.

Important information for Monday 3-26-2018:  Monday morning – I will be in the 6D6 lab from 8:20 – 8:30 for students who can’t  print at home.

Due Monday – *Students must bring a printed copy of their rough draft to class with them on Monday. If students cannot print rough drafts at home, they can come Monday morning before school. They can come to the 6D6 lab between 8:20 – 8:30am and print in there. If they cannot make it before school, they can print in the media center during homeroom after getting permission from their homeroom teacher.

Monday – Revising Editing Checklist Argument-2krrxkd

Works Cited Instructions: You must use “NoodleTools” for it to be completed correctly.

  1. Go to Cobb Digital Library.
  2. Open “NoodleTools” under the “Other Database Resources” category.
  3. Sign into NoodleTools using your Office 365 log-in.
  4. Create a new project titled “Argumentative.” Choose “MLA” and “Junior.”
  5. Select “Sources” and “Create a Citation”
  6. Choose Database –> Magazine –> Quick Cite: Copy & paste citation.
  7. Go to articles you used in SIRS. Scroll to the bottom and copy the MLA citation. If there is not one you will have to enter the information that is there for the author etc.
  8. In NoodleTools, simply paste the citation and hit “Save.”
  9. Repeat with all articles.
  10. Export to Word and save it under your name and to your number. You will print it later.

March 19th – 23rd, 2018

Friday –  1st, 2nd, and 4th  periods AC- We completed typing our rough drafts and completed steps 1- 11. Please finish at home, and print your rough draft at home, or come in early Monday at 8:20 – 8:30 in 6D6 lab to print, or ask your homeroom teacher if  you can print in the media center during homeroom. DO NOT ask to go print in another teacher’s class. Complete steps 1-3 on the paper copy of your outline. Complete steps 4-11 on your typed copy before you print the rough draft.

Friday – 3rd and 5th On level – Please finish typing your rough draft if you have not done so. Type exactly what you have on your outline. We will complete the steps below Monday on your printed copy. Please print your rough draft at home, or come in early Monday at 8:20 – 8:30 in 6D6 lab to print, or ask your homeroom teacher if  you can print in the media center during homeroom. DO NOT ask to go print in another teacher’s class.

  1. On your paper copy of the outline complete steps 1, 2, and 3. Use yellow only to highlight all the transition words you used to start sentences.
  2. Highlight (in yellow only) the lead – in (article titles) make sure they are in quotation marks. Nothing in this paper is italicized, bold, or underlined.
  3. Highlight all the in- text citations and check the punctuation.
  4. Then on your typed rough copy, check each sentence by your outline to make sure you have all the parts. Use your computer to complete the following.
  5. Highlight in yellow all of the transition words you used.
  6. Highlight in yellow the title of the article in the lead-in.
  7. Highlight in yellow every MLA in – text citation in your paper.
  8. If you are finished with all of the above, go ahead and check your sentence starters to make sure you use the 8 ways to start a sentence. You need to vary the beginnings. Revise using red font to show changes.
  9.  Also, check to make sure your commentary is not a simple sentence. If it is go ahead and revise it in red.
  10. Next, check your punctuation patterns to make sure you have used commas correctly.
  11. No one is printing in the classroom. Directions are on the blog for when and where you can print if you can’t print at home. If you get done with all of this in class today or tomorrow, we will let you go to the media center to print.

Important information for Friday 3-23-2018: You may come  in early at 8:15 Friday if you are behind on the essay.

Important information for Monday 3-26-2018:  Monday morning – I will be in the 6D6 lab from 8:20 – 8:30 for students who can’t  print at home.

Due Monday – *Students must bring a printed copy of their rough draft to class with them on Monday. If students cannot print rough drafts at home, they can come Monday morning before school. They can come to the 6D6 lab between 8:20 – 8:30am and print in there. If they cannot make it before school, they can print in the media center during homeroom after getting permission from their homeroom teacher.

Thursday – If you have finished typing, get the instructions for what to do next from the top of the computer cart.

 

Works Cited Instructions:

  1. Go to Cobb Digital Library.
  2. Open “NoodleTools” under the “Other Database Resources” category.
  3. Sign into NoodleTools using your Office 365 log-in.
  4. Create a new project titled “Argumentative.” Choose “MLA” and “Junior.”
  5. Select “Sources” and “Create a Citation”
  6. Choose Database –> Magazine –> Quick Cite: Copy & paste citation.
  7. Go to articles you used in SIRS. Scroll to the bottom and copy the MLA citation. If there is not one you will have to enter the information that is there for the author etc.
  8. In NoodleTools, simply paste the citation and hit “Save.”
  9. Repeat with all articles.
  10. Export to Word and save it under your name and to your number. You will print  it later.

*Students must bring a copy of their printed rough draft to class with them on Monday. If students cannot print rough drafts at home, they can come Monday morning before school. They can come to the 6D6 lab between 8:20 – 8:30am and print in there. If they cannot make it before school, they can print in the media center during homeroom after getting permission from their homeroom teacher.  

Wednesday-  We worked on completing the outline for an argumentative essay. If you did not finish, please come in at 8:15 on Thursday to complete it. You may come in any morning at 8:15 this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week if you need to work on your essay.

Monday – We will continue to work on completing the outline for an argument. Students should be able to complete the outline no later than Wednesday by the end of class.

If you feel that you are behind and need additional time, I will be here at 8:15 on Wednesday morning, and you may come in and complete it then, or Ms. Figueiredo will be here on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and you can work in her room. I will leave our “turn it in drawers” with the outlines in her room.

March 5th – 9th, 2018

 

Thursday – Test tomorrow –  Study your all of your notes including what you typed in 365, the vocabulary, and the vocabulary examples. Key Test-Review-Argumentative-Writing-final-1y903l6 (1)-21vrdbq

Examples Argument Vocabulary-27br5oo

KEY – Argumentative_Writing_-Introductory_Paragraph_-_Guided_Notes-2j4jsju

Key Terms Argumentative-27izdrw

 

Create your own study guide – Click on the link and copy and paste the questions into 365. Answer the questions with enough information to help you study.  Test-Review-Argumentative-Writing-final-1y903l6

Wednesday – Today we used SIRS and opposing Viewpoints to research and document evidence that will be used to write an argumentative essay.Please study  for your test on Friday. 

KEY – Argumentative_Writing_-Introductory_Paragraph_-_Guided_Notes-2j4jsju

Examples Argument Vocabulary-27br5oo

Tuesday –

Get a sheet of notes (class copy) from the front of the room. If you get a white copy, you  will need to borrow a green copy from someone in your group in order to answer the last question. Click on the link – More Notes and go to www.cobbk12.org and copy and paste the questions into office 365. Use the green notes to type your answers to the questions. Read and fill in the answers, and type responses to the questions. Make sure to restate the question as part of  your answer. If you were absent today, the notes you need to answer the questions that you copy and paste into 365 are attached below. When you  finish, work on the evidence outline. It will be due Monday. 

Example – For number 7 – An example of a debatable topic is ____________________

More-Notes-on-Argument-Writing-for-students-on-blog-1tnakuo-20ev1yf

Writing-An-Argument-pdf-for-blog-175r98l-2kxdhqm

 

 

Monday – Today students wrote a claim/thesis statement for an argument and used SIRS and Opposing Viewpoints to research and document evidence that will prove the claim. 

Test on Friday – Study the guided notes you took on argumentative writing and the argumentative vocabulary.

KEY – Argumentative_Writing_-Introductory_Paragraph_-_Guided_Notes-2j4jsju

 

February 26th – March 2nd

Study for your quiz on Friday. Scroll down to see lessons for this week. 

Examples Argument Vocabulary-27br5oo

Teacher made quizlet below:

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Student made quizlets below:

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Teacher made quizlet below:

https://quizlet.com/_4izkuq

Wednesday and Thursday – Today we worked on researching three topics using the Cobb Digital Library. In order to access it from home, you need to log on with your 365 username and your password you use to log on at school. Then, go to groups, current issues, and SIRS. Scroll down until you see pro and con and click on it. There will be a list of topics on the left of the screen. I have posted a list of topics below that you can choose from, but you will need to click on the topic at the side of the screen to view the page for the topic. Complete the directions below for each topic you research. You may download and print the attached form for your research (you will need 3) or write it on loose leaf paper,  but please follow the directions and format below. You must research three.

chart research argument model-2hhjw25

choices for research SIRS-1dtuzs1

research model for argument using Sirs-23ixgr7

Tuesday – 2-27-2018- Key for guided notes – make sure you finish your guided notes if you have not done so yet. You will need to study them for your test March 9th.  

Homework this Week- work on making  flashcards to help you study each night for your vocabulary quiz on Friday. We will have some time in class to work on them tomorrow. 

Key Terms Argumentative-27izdrw

Examples Argument Vocabulary-27br5oo

KEY – Argumentative_Writing_-Introductory_Paragraph_-_Guided_Notes-2j4jsju

choices for research SIRS-1dtuzs1

research-model-for-argument-using-Sirs-23ixgr7-1ums3jr

Monday – 2-26-2018- – Homework – Make sure you can log in to Cobb Digital Library using your 365 login and password.

Bring note cards to class Tuesday for flash cards.

Today we participated in a media lesson on Cobb Virtual Databases used for research. We will be researching issues for argumentative essays this week.

Quiz – Quiz Friday on Argumentative vocabulary 

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February 12th – 16th, 2018

2/16 – Today we watched the Ninja Thesis – How to Write a Thesis which is embedded in the power point for our guided notes. We read two extremely short articles and identified the claim, evidence, counterclaim, and rebuttal. If you were absent, you will get the article on Monday because I can’t attach it due to copyright. 

We will have a quiz on 3-2-18 and  a test on 3-9-18  over the guided notes and key terms for argumentative writing. 

Key Terms Argumentative-27izdrw

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2/15 Thursday – If you have not done so, please finish the guided notes we started yesterday, and follow directions to complete the Claim Evaluation Task titled Effective Argument Claims. If you are absent, you can print copies from below. 

introduction to argumentive writing final-2e0mcve

Key Terms Argumentative-27izdrw

Argumentative_Writing_-Introductory_Paragraph_-_Guided_Notes-2gv90ph

Claim Evaluation Task-1uesap3

2/14 Wednesday – NO MORNING SESSION TODAY – If you missed the test, please make it up Thursday or Friday morning. Below are the assignments we worked on today. If you are not at school, print the guided notes and take notes from the power point.

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2/13 – Tuesday – final copy of essay and revised rough draft is due at the beginning of class. Students will be typing a Works Cited using Noodle Tool. We will print them at school. 

2/12 – Monday – Students will work  on completing a final copy of the explanatory essay. 

works cited copy and paste into Noodletools-1ehdbb7

First body paragraph for explanatory essay-sczqu7

MLA works cited explanatory essay list for students to alpha-16n436r