What We Did in School Today

Friday, April 18, 2014

Language Arts
Today we played a racing game on the smart board to review figurative language.  

fun!!!
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Math
.Students played mathematical Jeopardy. They did a fantastic job of conferring with teammates and answering thoughtfully. 
Please return signed portfolios by Wednesday if they're not already in.

Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 worked on their entrees. Period 6 took a pilot test for the STAR testing program the district is thinking about buying for next year.


HOMEWORK
Read!!!!
Have a great vacation!

Science Periods 4 and 6 watched Bill Nye - Magnetism. During periods 1, 3, and 7 students took apart the electicity projects and talked about magnetism.
Social Studies

Today students viewed the remainingl India/Persia podcasts and used the interactive whiteboard to play India/Persia Whack-A-Mole!

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEC Trip Periods 1 and 3 only today

Language Arts
Periods 1 and 3 did a review on using quotation marks.  

no homework
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Math
Students worked on the Expressions & Equations Check Up during our very short classes today. Homework: Expressions & Equations Check-Up #2 due tomorrow; return signed portfolio by tomorrow (if possible).

Reading

.Students worked on the 'entree' part of the mythology project.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science Science students were introduced to some magnetism concepts today.  We had shortened classes due to the Dunbarton share day today.  No homework.
Social Studies

Today students viewed some additional India/Persia podcasts.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Periods 4, 6, and 7 only today

Language Arts
Periods 4, 6, and 7  did a review on using quotation marks.  

no homework
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Math
Students worked as table group teams to complete mathematical Jeopardy rounds. 
Homework: return signed portfolio by Friday; Expressions & Equations Check-Up #2 due Friday.

Reading

.Students worked on the 'entree' part of the mythology project.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science Science students were introduced to some magnetism concepts today.  We had shortened classes due to the Dunbarton share day today.  No homework.
Social Studies

Today students viewed some additional India/Persia podcasts.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Language Arts
All classes did a quick review of the principal parts of a verb.  We then went on to discuss fluency in narrative writing.

No homework
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Math
Students worked the on Expressions & Equations Check Up again, and then we discussed strategies, logic and correct answers. They kept the corrected version to help with Check Up #2 (similar questions with new values).
Homework: return signed portfolio #3 by Friday; Expressions & Equations Check-Up #2 due Friday.

Reading

Students listened to the Odyssey, went to the Book Fair if they brought money, voted for the Great Stone Face award, and worked on their "entree" part of the mythology project.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science Science students had a short lesson on series and parallel circuits.  The remainder of class was spent working on the electricity projects.
Social Studies

Today students completed the test on India and Persia.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Language Arts
Students discussed narrative writing.  We listened to and evaluated Sandra Cisneros' short story "Eleven."

no homework


Period 4 continued to work on the three principal parts of a verb.

No homework
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Math
Students worked individually and with table groups to answer questions on the "Expressions & Equations Check-Up." This sheet is a summary of the work we've been completing over the past few weeks. The problems review skills, but more importantly, also ask the students to apply knowledge to work through multi-step situations.
No homework.

Reading

Students worked on their rough drafts for the "entree" part of the mythology project.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science Science students had a short lesson on series and parallel circuits.  The remainder of class was spent working on the electricity projects.
Social Studies

Today students began viewing podcasts about ancient India or Persia.

There will be a test on India/Persia tomorrow. Students were given an India Evaluation Study Guide last Wednesday.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Language Arts
All classes presented their poetry projects today.  simply wonderful.
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Math
Students worked on translating sentences and word problems into algebraic equations. Once the equations were written, the students worked with table groups to solve and check. No homework.

Reading

We went to preview the Book Fair and then listened to half of the story of the Cyclops in the Odyssey.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science Science students worked on the electricity project.  If your student doesn't have a box for the project, help them find one, please. A shoe box is a fine size but we can use boxes that are two to three times that size as well.

No homework as everything is being done in class.
Social Studies

Today students finished recording the "news" items to create podcasts about ancient India or Persia.

There will be a test on India/Persia next Tuesday. The students were given a study guide on Wednesday.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Language Arts
All classes took a small summative on linking verbs and action verbs.

Homework-  All poetry projects are due tomorrow.
Math
We corrected PS #7 and discussed strategies. Periods 6 & 7 also corrected last night's equation homework. 
Periods 1, 3, 4: tomorrow is the deadline for signed quizzes and retakes

Reading

We listened to the Odyssey and then started working on the "entree" part of the mythology project


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science Science students worked on the electricity project.  If your student doesn't have a box for the project, help them find one, please. A shoe box is a fine size but we can use boxes that are two to three times that size as well.

No homework as everything is being done in class.
Social Studies

Today students continued recording the "news" items to create podcasts about ancient India or Persia.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Language Arts
All classes reviewed the Three Principal Parts of a Verb (present, past, and past participle).  Students were also introduced to the perfect tense.

Homework-  continue to work on the poetry project.  All projects are due Friday.

REMINDER****  the linking verb/action verb summative assessment is tomorrow.  This is NOT a big test, just a small 20 point assessment.  We've been working on this for weeks.  Any student who is still a bit unsure about linking verbs should attend the Thursday morning help session.
Math
Students solved two-step equations today, using proper algebraic steps. They also answered word problems by setting up equations to solve them.
Homework: Periods 1, 3, 4: retakes and signed quizzes by Friday; Periods 6,7: complete 2-step Equation Intro

Reading

Students listened to The Odyssey today and then were introduced to the "entree" assignment part of the mythology project.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science Science students worked on the electricity project.  If your student doesn't have a box for the project, help them find one, please. A shoe box is a fine size but we can use boxes that are two to three times that size as well.

No homework as everything is being done in class.
Social Studies

Today students continued recording the "news" items to create podcasts about ancient India or Persia.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods did yet another review on linking verbs (predicate words) and action verbs (direct objects)  There will be a help session this Thursday morning.  The summative assessment will be Thursday in class.  We have been reviewing verbs for over three weeks.  Students should be well prepared.

Homework-  All students should be working on their poetry projects.  The project is due this Friday.
Math
Students worked with Hands On Equations to solve one- and two-step algebraic equations, including equations Today was our final day with Hands On Equations, and tomorrow we will apply what we know.
Homework: PS #7 is due tomorrow; signed quizzes need to be returned. Retakes are available for periods 1, 3, & 4 through Thursday (periods 6 & 7 needed to retake by today).

Reading

We started listening to Odds Bodkins' rendition of The Odyssey and then finished up a gods and goddesses quiz Students read a quest myth if they were finished


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science
Science students worked with hands-on materials to make DC circuits today.  The in-house electricity project was introduced.  Projects are due the same day as the ed fair.  Students will need a cardboard box about the size of a shoe box.  All other electricity materials will be provided.  Decorative materials should be provided by the student.  No home work.
Social Studies

Today students began recording the "news" items to create podcasts about ancient India or Persia..

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Language Arts
.All class periods received a Poetry Project sheet that needs a parent signature tonight.

Students also received their graded research papers.  Because the papers needed to be collected and given to Mrs. Shaw for a social studies grade, students will only be taking the rubric home. 

Class time was given so that students had the opportunity to review the rubric and ask Mrs. De Angelis about any lost points.  Parents, if you need to see the paper, please let me know and I will sign it out and send it home.  

Homework-  Get a parent signature on the Poetry Project paper.  Work on poetry project.  The entire project is due Friday.
Math
Students worked with Hands On Equations to solve one- and two-step algebraic equations, including equations with the distributive property & variables on both sides.
Homework: PS #7 is due Wednesday; signed quizzes need to be returned. Retakes are available for periods 6 & 7 through tomorrow, and for period 1, 3, & 4 through Thursday.

Reading

WE FINISHED Black Ships before Troy!!!!! The students did a great job with this complicated and long story! 


Students worked on finishing up either the quiz on the gods and goddesses or their "salad," or they read some quests.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science
Science students worked with hands-on materials to make DC circuits today.  The in-house electricity project was introduced.  Projects are due the same day as the ed fair.  Students will need a cardboard box about the size of a shoe box.  All other electricity materials will be provided.  Decorative materials should be provided by the student.  No home work.
Social Studies

Today students continued writing "news" items about ancient India or Persia..

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods corrected the spelling packet for the unit 11 words.

We then talked about turning our odes into concrete poems.  Several examples of concrete poems were shared.

Students were given paper and class time to plan how they would like their concrete poems to look.

Homework for ALL-  finish the DOL in the homework packet.

Begin working on the final draft of the poems.  The final draft is due next Friday.
Math
Students worked with Hands On Equations to solve one- and two-step algebraic equations. 
Homework: PS #7 is due Wednesday; signed quizzes need to be returned (period 1 will get quizzes back on Monday). Retakes are available for periods 6 & 7 through Tuesday, and for period 1, 3, & 4 through Thursday.

Reading

After reading about the Trojan Horse today in Black Ships, we worked on the "salad" part of the mythology project and turned them in. As luck would have the server went down. If students were not able to print their project today they will have until Monday to print them out. 

 

Due to server issues throughout the day not all students were able to finish their work. NO ONE will be considered late until after the day on Monday....unless we have more issuessssssssss.......

It must be Friday.

HOMEWORK;
Read 15 minutes or more

Science
Science students took a pop quiz on the homework assignment last night. (Students had the opportunity to review before the quiz.)  Students then viewed the Bill Nye video on Electrical Current.  No homework.
Social Studies

Today students continued writing "news" items about ancient India or Persia..

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods corrected the spelling packet for the unit 11 words.

We then talked about turning our odes into concrete poems.  Several examples of concrete poems were shared.

Students were given paper and class time to plan how they would like their concrete poems to look.

Homework for ALL-  finish the DOL in the homework packet.

Begin working on the final draft of the poems.  The final draft is due next Friday.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students were introduced to a program called "Hands On Equations" today. We will be working with these tools over the next few days, and the students will be actively learning how to solve one- and two-step equations. Homework: PS #7 due Wednesday, 4/9.
Periods 6, 7: Students worked in small groups to complete an activity on specialty pizza. This activity focused on dependent and independent variables, and writing equations to solve problems. Homework: signed quizzes should be returned and retakes are available untilTuesday; PS #7 due Wednesday, 4/9.

Reading
Students spent the entire period working on their "salad" part of the mythology project.The "salad" is due at the end of class tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science
.Science students watched a Bill Nye video on static electricity.

Homework: Watch Study Jams- electricity video on line and take self-test
Social Studies

Today students continued writing "news" items about ancient India or Persia..

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,4,6, and 7

Students reviewed yesterday's activities.  

Homework for all-  Finish the spelling pages of the homework packet.

Begin working on the DOL pages of the packet.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students took a quiz today. No homework.
Periods 6, 7: We discussed CML #5, 20Q #4 and our most recent quiz. We also started discussing independent & dependent variables, along with positive and negative slope.
Extra help on expressions and properties is available, and retakes will be given during study hall through Tuesday. Homework: get quiz signed and prepare for retake (if necessary).

Reading
After reading from Black Ships we went to the library to work on the "salad" part of the Mythology project-due Friday.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science
.Science students began some background discussion on electricity today.  Safety was stressed and then stressed some more.  Homework is to read pages 351-353.


Social Studies

Today students began writing "news" items about ancient India or Persia..

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Language Arts Classes worked on a packet that included information about personification and samples/ directions for writing an Ode.

Homework for all classes-  Work on spelling pages and continue to cut words and pictures from magazines, newspapers, etc.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Reviewed for tomorrow's Expressions & Properties quiz. Students should use the corrected practice worksheet as a study guide. Homework: prepare for tomorrow's quiz; 20 Q#4 due tomorrow.
Periods 6, 7: Reviewed integer computation rules and applied the rules to word problems. Homework: 20Q #4 due tomorrow.

Reading
After reading from Black Ships students worked on the "salad" project for mythology. The "salad" is due on Friday.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science
.Students corrected most of the science test today.  Homework is to begin the reading on the new unit - electricity and magnetism. Read pages 346-347 of test...for understanding.


Social Studies

Today students continued learning about the Persian Empire.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Language Arts Classes completed the spelling pretest during class today.

Homework for all classes-  Begin cutting out words/phrases/ pictures that will go along with the odes we will write this week.
Math
Period 1, 3, 4: Students worked on an Expressions and Properties Quiz Review, in preparation for Wednesday's quiz. They should finish the review sheet for homework and we will correct together in class tomorrow. Homework: complete quiz review sheet; 20Q #4 due Wednesday.
Period 6, 7: Expressions & Properties quiz was today. Homework: 20 Q #4 due Wednesday.

Reading
After reading from  Black Ships we went to the library to work on the "Salad" part of the Mythology project.

"Salad" is due on Friday, April 4.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science
Science students finished the species diversity test today.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students began learning about the Persian Empire.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Language Arts Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students took a quick formative assessment on verbs today.  

Period 4 Students practiced identifying verb phrases and direct objects.

Homework for all classes-  Begin cutting out words/phrases/ pictures that will go along with the odes we will write next week.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students used white boards to practice rewriting properties and simplifying expressions. Homework: 20Q #4 dueWednesday.
Periods 6, 7: We discussed and corrected the Quiz Practice homework in preparation for Monday's quiz. The correct Quiz Practice should be used as a study guide, as necessary. Homework: prepare for Monday's quiz; 20Q #4 due Wednesday.

Reading
Students worked on their "Salad" part of the Mythology project after reading from Black Ships before Troy.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

The "Salad" will be due next Friday. We will be spending all next week working on th

Science

Science students worked on their species diversity test all class period.  Students will have one more class period to finish the test.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students continued presenting the visual components of their Egypt research.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Language Arts Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students worked on identifying verb phrases.  Homework-  Verb Phrase skill sheet #2-10

Period 4 Students listened to the story of Old Mr. Do and reviewed helping verbs.  No homework.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students practiced combining like terms, and creating expressions to help solve word problems. Homework: 20Q #4 dueWednesday.
Periods 6, 7: Students worked on a practice quiz. The expressions & properties quiz has been moved to Monday. Homework: prepare for Monday's quiz; 20Q #4 due Wednesday.

Reading
After reading from Black Ships before Troy,  we went to the library and worked on the "salad" part of the Mythology Project. 

The Hera responses we did last week on My Big Campus are up on the portal. If your response is missing it is NOT LATE due to the techological issues we had with MBC. If it is missing, please type it on Google Docs and share it with me. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE CONSIDERED LATE!!!

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science

Science students, "Previewed and Reviewed" the test they are taking tomorrow.  Study.


Social Studies

Today students continued presenting the visual components of their Egypt research.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due this week ( March 24 - 28) Students know the specific due date.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7    Students finished with Direct Objects and moved on to verb phrases.  We listened to a story about Old Mr. DO and learned our helping verbs!

Homework-  finish the homework packet that was handed out on Monday.


Period 4-  Students finished up with Direct Object.  Homework was started in class- most finished.  The homework was  a skill sheet on direct objects.
Math
Students worked on properties and simplifying expressions.
Per 1, 3, 4: Homework: Combine Terms worksheet (#54)
Per 6, 7: Homework: prepare for quiz (**which will be on Monday instead of Friday**)

Reading
After reading from Black Ships before Troy,  we went to the library and worked on the "salad" part of the Mythology Project. 

The Hera responses we did last week on My Big Campus are up on the portal. If your response is missing it is NOT LATE due to the techological issues we had with MBC. If it is missing, please type it on Google Docs and share it with me. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE CONSIDERED LATE!!!

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science

Science students viewed a Bill Nye video on ecosystem diversity.  No homework.


Test on ecosystem diversity is this Friday.

redo due date for Meadow Critical Thinking questions is tomorrow

Social Studies

Today students continued presenting the visual components of their Egypt research.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due this week ( March 24 - 28) Students know the specific due date.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students worked on identifying direct objects. We also corrected last night's homework on parallel structure.

Homework-  work on the homework packet-  Due Thursday


Period 4-  Students corrected last night's homework on linking verbs.  We then started looking at finding the direct object.

No homework
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students worked on an Equivalent Expressions packet (periods 3 & 4 need to finish them for homework).
Periods 6, 7: Students worked on simplifying and evaluating expressions, and if time allowed also worked on an Equivalent Expressions packet. Homework: complete Expressions worksheet (1-2).

Reading
After reading from Black Ships before Troy,  we went to the library and worked on the "salad" part of the Mythology Project. 

The Hera responses we did last week on My Big Campus are up on the portal. If your response is missing it is NOT LATE due to the techological issues we had with MBC. If it is missing, please type it on Google Docs and share it with me. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE CONSIDERED LATE!!!

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science

Science students viewed a Bill Nye video on ecosystem diversity.  No homework.


Test on ecosystem diversity is this Friday.

redo due date for Meadow Critical Thinking questions is tomorrow

Social Studies

Today students continued presenting the visual components of their Egypt research.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due this week ( March 24 - 28) Students know the specific due date.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students were introduced to parallel structure in writing.  

Homework-  in the homework packet, students will do numbers 5-14 on the parallel structure page.

Period 4-  Students reviewed linking verbs, predicate adjectives, and predicate nouns.

Homework- Complete the linking verb skill sheet numbers 4-12.
Math
Students worked on properties today. We took notes and then applied the properties to create equivalent expressions.
No homework.

Reading
After reading from Black Ships before Troy,  we went to the library and worked on the "salad" part of the Mythology Project. 

The Hera responses we did last week on My Big Campus are up on the portal. If your response is missing it is NOT LATE due to the techological issues we had with MBC. If it is missing, please type it on Google Docs and share it with me. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE CONSIDERED LATE!!!

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science

Science students began reviewing for the upcoming species diversity test.  No homework..


redo due date for Meadow Critical Thinking questions is Wednesday the 26th.

Social Studies

Today students began presenting the visual components of their Egypt research and in some classes continued learning about united rule in ancient India.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due this week ( March 24 - 28) Students know the specific due date.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 corrected last week's DOL

Period 4 worked on the final draft of their research papers and received the rubric of expectations.

ALL CLASSES-  final draft is due Monday.
Math
Today was our final work day for the Geometric Design project. Final designs are due on Monday, at the beginning of class.
Reading
All classes are working on the "salad" part of the Mythology Menu.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science

Science students reviewed the invasive species essay.  Students were reminded that poor quality work will result in poor quality scores.  Students were given the opportunity to "redo" work handed in previously that was of poor quality.


redo due date for Meadow Critical Thinking questions is Wednesday the 26th.

redo due date for the Invasive Species Essay is Monday the 24th.
Social Studies

Today students read a play about Buddhism and learned about united rule in ancient India.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due next week ( March 24 - 28) Students know the specific due date.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods worked on adding the final touches to their final drafts.  All research essays are due on Monday, but students may hand them in early if they would like.

Homework-  Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Make sure last week's DOL is ready.  We'll finally get to it tomorrow.  Also, continue to work on that final draft. Be sure to check the MLA format paper.

Homework period 4-  Continue to work on that final draft!
Math

Students worked on Geometric Design projects. Tomorrow will be our final in-class work time, and final projects are due on Monday.
No homework.

 

 

Reading
After reading from Black Ships before Troy, students started to work on their "salad" project for the Greek Mythology Menu project.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
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Science

Science students finished the species diversity data table and graph packet today.  We moved onto the effects of an invasive species on an ecosystem over time.  Homework for periods, is an essay that explains, "How does an invasive species affect species diversity in an habitat over time?"

Social Studies

Today students completed the simulation relating to Hinduism and learned about the origins of Buddhism.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Language Arts
All classes continue to work on the final draft of the research paper.

Homework for all class- get a parent signature tonight .

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  parent sig. on the rubric

Period 4-  Parent sig. on the paper that reads  IS YOUR FINAL DRAFT REALLY IN ITS FINAL FORM?  (something like that :))
Math

Students continue to work on Geometric Design projects. We will work through Friday in class on these projects, but if necessary students will have until Monday to complete their designs.

No homework.

 

Reading
Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 were introduced to "Medusa's Mythology Menu" which is a project for Greek Mythology. Period 6 finished their Hera character descriptions. All periods read from Black Ships before Troy.

Homework:
Read for 15 minutes or more.
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Science

Science students worked on the, "species -vs- area" graphs today.  No homework.  Many students were out due to chorus or band.  These students must see me in order to make up the work as it requires explanation.

Social Studies

Today students participated in a simulation relating to Hinduism.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Language Arts
All students worked on the final drafts of there research papers.

All final drafts are due Monday 3/24.

Homework- All periods-  work on editing the body paragraphs

When finished, go through the grading rubric.
Math
Students are working on a geometric drawing project. This will be an in-class project and a due date has not yet been set.
Homework: Pi PS is due tomorrow

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Reading
Students worked on their Hera personality trait response in all classes. Everyone is also listening to Black Ships before Troy-the story of the Iliad.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Circle diagram due tomorrow except Period 1 (due Wednesday)
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Science

Science students worked on species diversity vs area data tables.  We will use the data tables to create graphs in tomorrow's class.  No homework.

Social Studies

Today students learned about the origins of Hinduism in ancient India.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Language Arts
Students in all class periods continue to edit and revise research papers.

No homework
Math

Per 1,3,4: students read a text passage from Scholastic and then used diagrams and graphs to answer questions. Homework: pi ps dueWednesday.
Per 6,7: students answered questions about unit rates of cars & motorcycles. Homework: pi ps due Wednesday.

 

Reading
Students worked on their Hera personality trait response in all classes. Everyone is also listening to Black Ships before Troy-the story of the Iliad.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Circle diagram due tomorrow except Period 1 (due Wednesday)
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Science

Science students began work on vocabulary for a short unit on biodiversity and how it is measured by ecologists.  NO homework.

Social Studies

Today students began learning about Aryans immigrants into ancient India.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Language Arts
ALL class periods worked on their research essays: closing paragraph

Homework  1,3,6, and 7 DOL packets are due tomorrow.

Period 4- no homework
Math

Per 1,3,4: students read a text passage from Scholastic and then used diagrams and graphs to answer questions. Homework: pi ps dueWednesday.
Per 6,7: students answered questions about unit rates of cars & motorcycles. Homework: pi ps due Wednesday.

 

Reading
Students worked on a character study response to the Hera myth using either My Big Campus or Google Docs. My Big Campus was problematic so unless students  have already submitted work using MBC we have switched to Google Docs and I've extended the assignment. We will be able to have a laptop cart on Monday that I had not previously thought was available. So no worries and no working on this over the weekend!

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Circle diagram due on Tuesday-if you are in Period 1 and did not get the Pi words, just see me Monday. It's not a huge deal.
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Science

Science students turned in Coho salmon essay and graph.  We then moved onto a discussion of how to evaluate an ecosystem.  No homework.

Social Studies

Today students had fun with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure activity about civilization in the Indus Valley.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Language Arts
ALL class periods worked on their research essays: closing paragraph

Homework  1,3,6, and 7 DOL packets are due tomorrow.

Period 4- no homework
Math

We celebrated Pi Day today (one day early). Students competed in a Pi-digit memorization contest, measured circular objects to approximate Pi, and enjoyed a few "round" treats as well.

Homework: Pi PS due Wednesday 3/19
(Per 6 & 7: signed quizzes and retakes by Tuesday)

 

Reading
Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 worked on their open-ended response regarding Hera. Period 7 read the story of Hera and will start the responsetomorrow.

HOMEWORk
Read 15 minutes or more
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, Gods and Goddesses test for Tuesday has been postponed to a later time.
Science

Science students worked on Coho Salmon facts and their Coho Salmon graphs.  Homework is to finish the Coho Salmon essay.

Social Studies

Today students continued learning about civilization in the Indus Valley.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Language Arts
Students worked on the opening paragraph of their research essays.

period 4- no homework

periods 1,3,6, and 7  Work on the DOL packet.  The packet is due Friday.
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students practiced using the compass to draw circles and started creating circular designs. Homework: Pi PS due Wed 3/19; study pi digits for tomorrow's Pi Day


Periods 6, 7: Students presented the results from the community gardens project. They explained their findings and critiqued the findings of other groups. Homework: Pi PS due Wed 3/19; study pi digits for tomorrow's Pi Day; get quiz signed (retakes available through next Tuesday)

 

Reading
Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 started the story of Hera and began to write an open-ended response to this story using My Big Campus.
Period 6 worked on learning the names of the Greek gods and goddesses, their realms, and symbols.

HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more
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Science

Science students turned in the Lynx Hare graphs and analysis essay.  Students began another ecosystem graphing assignment.  We are now looking at Coho Salmon and the effects of ecosystem damage on their life cycle.  Homework is to complete the Coho Salmon graph and related questions 2-4.

Social Studies

Today students began learning about civilization in the Indus Valley.

Homework: Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Language Arts
All classes wrote and shared thesis statements today.  Some periods also worked on the hook.


Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Work on the DOL packet - due Friday

Period 4-  complete the DOL page- due Wednesday
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students were introduced to the compass, and will work on creating circular designs tomorrow. Homework: 20Q #3 due tomorrow; study pi digits for Thursday Pi Day


Periods 6, 7: Students worked, for one final day, on the community gardens project. Homework: 20Q #3 due tomorrow; Garden project due tomorrow; study pi digits for Thursday Pi Day; get quiz signed (retakes available through next Tuesday)

 

Reading
Students read and completed the outline for Zeus and His family.

HOMEWORK:
Vocabulary due tomorrow
Read 15 minutes or more

WORK CITED ARE GRADED AND ON THE PORTAL. If you don't see a grade, please turn in your work cited.
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Science

Science students analyzed their Lynx vs Hare graph today and worked on completing pages 3 of their analysis packet. Due tomorrow.

Social Studies

Today students continued learning about the geography of India.

Homework: Map on India due tomorrow (beginning of class)

Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Language Arts
The students in all classes worked on writing the thesis statement for their research papers.

.Homework: Finish the body paragraph of the research paper
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students practiced evaluating expressions. Homework: Expressions worksheet (p.72); 20Q #3 due Wednesday; study pi digits for Thursday Pi Day


Periods 6, 7: Students worked on the community gardens project. Homework: 20Q #3 due Wednesday; study pi digits for Thursday Pi Day; get quiz signed (retakes available through Friday)

 

Reading
Students read and completed the outline for Zeus and His family.

HOMEWORK:
Vocabulary due tomorrow
Read 15 minutes or more

WORK CITED ARE GRADED AND ON THE PORTAL. If you don't see a grade, please turn in your work cited.
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Science

Science students analyzed their Lynx vs Hare graph today and worked on completing pages 1 and 2 of their analysis packet. Due tomorrow.

Social Studies

Today students began learning about the geography of India.

Homework: Map on India due Wednesday (beginning of class)

Egypt research project visual due during the week of March 24 - 28 (students know the specific due date)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7
Students were introduced to a thesis statement

No homework

Period 4  Students continued to work on the body of their research

No homework

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Math

Period 1, 3, 4: Students finished the Triangle task from yesterday. Homework: 20Q #3 due Wednesday.

Period 6, 7: Students continued to work on the Design a Garden task. Homework: 20Q #3 due Wednesday.
Pi Day will be celebrated one day early this year (on Thursday 3.13 instead of Friday 3.14). Each student received a copy of the first 1,000 digits of pi today. Students have been given the challenge of memorizing digits for a friendly classroom competition... the current record is 261 digits.

 

Reading
Students worked on the Greek creation story and started Zeus and his Family.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary is due on Tuesday.
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Science

Science students analyzed their Lynx vs Hare graph today.  No homework.  (Shortened classes due to author visit assembly.)

Social Studies

Today students were assigned a due date for the visual component of the Egypt research project. They were given a grading rubric and shown samples of the projects.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Language Arts
All classes corrected homework and then completed a formative editing assessment.

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Math

Period 1, 3, 4: Students used counters to construct triangles with increasing base lengths. They then needed to determine a pattern and create an algebraic expression to describe the pattern. Homework: 20Q #3 due Wednesday.

Period 6, 7: Students worked in small groups to begin the task of designing a community garden. More detailed work will follow in the next few days. Homework: 20Q #3 due Wednesday.

 

Reading
Students started reading D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths and worked on an accompanying outline.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary due next Tuesday (Greek and Latin Roots-week 3 of 4)
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Science

Science students went over the graphing homework form the day before.  We then began a much larger graphing assignment.  Homework is to graph the new data table.

Social Studies

Today students completed an evaluation on ancient China.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Language Arts
All students continue to work on the body paragraphs of the research essay.

Period 4 also reviewed hyphens.  Homework- finish section D of the hyphen skill sheet

Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  finish the DOL packet

No L.A. HELP SESSION TOMORROW MORNING
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Math

Period 1, 3, 4: continued our work with expressions. Homework: 20Q #3 due Wednesday 3/12.
Period 6,7: quiz day. 20Q #3 due Wednesday 3/12.

 

Reading
STARTED GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

Students also received a Greek and Latin vocabulary paper.

Homework: Read 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin Roots paper is due next Tuesday, March 11
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Science

Science students had a 1 point quiz on interactions between organisms in an ecosystem.  We ban the homework assignment on page 163 of the text, "Problem Solving - Graphing Populations."  The last part of the activity is due for homework tomorrow.

Social Studies

Today students watched a movie about ancient China (Schlessinger Media) to provide an overview of the information previously covered. Students will be able to use the website they created on ancient China to complete an evaluation tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Language Arts
All students worked on typing their research papers. 
Period 4 also looked at how to use hyphens in writing.

Homework- 1,3,6, and 7-  work on DOL packet.

Period 4-  we ran out of time :(  no homework.
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students practiced writing algebraic expressions in many different ways, and then followed GEMDAS rules to evaluate the expressions. Homework: Algebraic Expressions WS (#53).

Periods 6, 7: Students worked through percent problems in preparation for tomorrow's quiz. We practiced using proportions and equations, and also applied the skills to calculating tax and sale prices. Homework: prepare for tomorrow's quiz.

 

Reading
STARTED GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

Students also received a Greek and Latin vocabulary paper.

Homework: Read 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin Roots paper is due next Tuesday, March 11
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Science

Science students corrected homework and then began a discussion with  examples on the subject of interactions between organisms in an ecosystem.  Feeding/competitive relationships were stressed. There are two other types of interactions in general.  Homework is to read pages 162 and 163 (top) and be prepared for a quiz on the three possible interactions.

Social Studies

Today students finished evaluating pages of the ancient China Google site. There will be a test on ancient China this Thursday and the students will be able to use the website they have created to help locate information during the test.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Language Arts
Students in all classes worked on the body of their research papers.  Some continued to work on their research outlines.  We will be working on these papers throughout this week and next.

many papers were passed back with a redo window of this week only.

Homework- periods 1,3,6, and 7  Work on the DOL packet- due Thursday.

no homework for period 4
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students reviewed algebraic expressions and how to translate. Homework: complete the Algebraic Expressions worksheet.

Periods 6, 7: Students reviewed and practiced percent proportions and percent equations, in preparation for Wednesday's quiz. Homework: text p. 627-628, lessons 5-2, 5-3 & 5-6 (1st column in each section ONLY!). Calculator use is allowed and encouraged.

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Reading
Students updated their Independent Reading lists, their Independent Reading Google Docs spreadsheet, and organized their portfolios.
MYTHOLOGY STARTS TOMORROW!!
MYTHOLOGY CLUB IS ALSO TOMORROW AT 8:00.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
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Science

Science students corrected all four quizzes from last week (1 pt. ea.)  We then continued our Ch. 6 ecology studies.  Homework was to finish whatever was left after classwork of the Ch. 6 worksheet.  We correct the homework tomorrow.

Social Studies

Today students continued evaluating pages of the ancient China Google site. There will be a test on ancient China this Thursday and the students will be able to use the website they have created to help locate information during the test.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods worked on organizing their research notes into an outline.  More time will be needed after vacation.

No homework.

Enjoy!!
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Wrote expressions and equations. No homework.

Periods 6, 7: Wrote proportions and equations to solve percent problems. The split is nearly 50:50 of preference for each type.
We also had another timing for "royalty rights." Our King is Aaron Burkett (100 facts in 1:56) but he was very closely followed by Connor Griffin (1:58) and Riley Elliott (2:00). Amazing work!

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Reading
Students worked on their Works Cited papers using Easybib.com and turned them in.

NO HOMEWORK: But read something!!!
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Science

Science students took a quiz about vacines. No homework

Social Studies

Today students continued evaluating pages of the ancient China Google site.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Language Arts
Period 4- Students worked independently on Linking Verbs.
No homework

Periods 1,3,6, and 7
today we corrected work sheets on semicolon and colons as well as hyphens and dashes.

No homework
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students worked on translating English into algebraic (writing expressions and equations). Many students completed retakes during study today, and all retakes must be completed by tomorrow. Signed quizzes are due tomorrow.


Periods 6, 7: Students answered a series of percent questions by using percent equations. No homework.

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Reading
Students finished up their research and did their Work Cited page using EasyBib.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.
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Science

Science students took a 1 point quiz on viruses.  They looked at a video on vaccines. There is a1 point quiz on the working of vaccinestomorrow based on the short video and page 55 of the text.

Social Studies

Today students continued evaluating pages of the ancient China Google site.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Language Arts
Period 4- more work with linking verbs

homework- finish DOL paper

Periods 1,3,6, and 7
Students finished reviewing rules to using a hyphen.  We then compared the hyphen to the dash...GOOD TIMES!

homework- complete the hyphens and dashes worksheet :)
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: We reviewed parts of the Party Planning assignment, with an emphasis on accuracy! We then began a discussion about expressions and equations. Homework: signed quiz and retakes by Friday.


Periods 6, 7: We reviewed the percent proportion, and then discussed and practiced using the percent equation. No homework.

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Reading
All students had their research notes checked today and started creating their Work Cited page using easybib.com. Students can access this site from home. Just type in easybib.com and LOGIN. If you login, your work will automatically be saved.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Practice the Macarena!!!

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Science

Science students took a one point quiz on the reading assignment.  We then previewed tomorrow's reading assignment/homework in preparation for another one point quiz.  The reading is on viruses, pages 54-55 of text.  We also viewed some short video on viruses..

Social Studies

Today students began evaluating pages of the ancient China Google site.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 reviewed the first three rules to using a hyphen appropriately.

No Homework

Period 4 continues to work with linking verbs
Homework- DOL top part of paper...section B
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Math

Period 1, 3, 4: Students continued with their Olympic Party Planning activity. Tonight's homework is to work out the final bills for each country, using the price lists that they have already calculated (period 1 needs to choose any 3 out of the 6 countries, and periods 3 & 4 need to find totals for all 6 countries). Use a calculator! Also, signed quizzes and retakes (if taking one) by Friday.


Period 6, 7: We discussed and practiced using the percent proportion. No homework.

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Reading
The weather is not cooperating!!!Egyptian Research Notes and Greek and Latin Roots will be moved to TOMORROWWEDNESDAY. Let's hope for a full class period!!!!

HOMEWORK;
Read 15 minutes or more
Practice the Macarena!!!

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Science

Science students took a  1 point quiz today.  Homework is to read page 50 of textbook.  We will have another 1 point quiz tomorrow much like today's 1 point quiz.

Social Studies

Today students finished contributing information about ancient China on the Google site.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Language Arts
All periods took the unit 8 spelling quiz today.

Homework- period 4  complete lesson 7 of the DOL front and back

Homework- periods 1,3,6, and 7- Finish the linking verb paper page 19
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Math

Period 1, 3, 4: Students were "Olympic Party Planners" today. They used logic and math skills to determine the pricing for different menu options for the big team banquet. Homework: get quiz signed (retakes will be available through Friday and students should meet with me during study as needed for review).

Period 6, 7: We reviewed and corrected last Thursday's homework on percent/decimal/fraction conversions. Next, we discussed and took notes on the percent proportion. Homework: text p. 218 #10-26 even (use a calculator!).

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Reading
All students continued researching for the Egyptian project. The deadline for notes has been extended to Tuesday, (tomorrow).

HOMEWORk;
Read 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin root paper due tomorrow
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Science

Periods 1-6 reviewed Pollution Solution Projects. Period 7 reviewed the reading assignment for tonight. Pead pages 49-53 of text. preview end of section question 1-3. One of th questions will be a 1 point quiz tomorrow

Social Studies

Today students continued contributing information about ancient China on the Google site.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, February 14, 2014 Snow Day

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods corrected the unit 8 spelling pages.  
We then used the white board to practice spelling the words.

Homework-  study for tomorrow's spelling quiz
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Math

Period 1, 3, 4: Students had a quiz on Coordinate Graphing skills. No homework.

Period 6, 7: Students reviewed skills relating to converting fractions, decimals and percents. Homework: text p. 212 #4-16.

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Reading
Students worked on their research. The deadline for the notes will be extended to Monday given the shortened classes. 

HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin paper due Tuesday.

Science

Science students in period 6 visited the invention convention. No homework.  Students in other classes viewed power point presentations of the Pollution Solution Projects.  No homework.

Social Studies

Today students began contributing information about ancient China on the Google site.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Language Arts
All classes continue to work with linking verbs.

Homework-  Study for Friday's spelling quiz.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  Don't forget! The window to redo the prepositional phrase skill sheet and the punctuation skill sheet closes Friday.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by.
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Corrected Olympic PS, and then practiced for tomorrow's quiz.

Periods 6, 7: Corrected Olympic PS and will discuss and correct the Coordinate Grid packet tomorrow.
Very short classes today due to the movie!

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Reading
Students continued their research for the Egyptian project.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Greek and Latin Roots paper is due next Tuesday.
Egyptian notes will be due at the end of class on Friday. If you work well in class this should not be considered homework.

Science

Science students used the time to complete and turn in the Pollution Solution Project. They were due at the end of class today.  No homework.  Students will have the option to present their projects tomorrow if they wish.

Social Studies

Today students completed an interactive game covering information about ancient China.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Language Arts
All classes worked on linking verbs- predicate adjectives and predicate nominatives.

Homework-
period 4-  finish all the spelling pages in the packet (3 sides)

Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  complete the semicolon and colon sheet in the homework packet.
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Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Completed a Coordinate Grid quiz review. We corrected this work together in class, and so the students should use these sheets as study guides for Thursday's quiz. Homework: Olympic PS due tomorrow; prepare for Thursday's quiz.


Periods 6, 7: We discussed strategies and answers for CML #4 and PS #6. Then students worked on their Grid Packets for a few minutes. These packets will be graded on effort, not on accuracy (although we will correct them together for accuracy) - and therefore should not create any stress or frustration! Homework: finish grid packet; Olympic PS due tomorrow.

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Reading All classes worked on research for the Egyptian paper. Students will have all week to complete their research. Notes will be collected for a grade at the end of class on Friday. Students also received a Greek and Latin root paper that will be due next Tuesday.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Notes are due at the end of class on Friday, but if you work well in class you should not have to do any research at home.

MYTHOLOGY CLUB STARTS NEXT TUESDAY8:00 in Ms. Perkins' room!

Science

Science students worked on the Pollution Solution Project.  It is due at the end of class tomorrow.

Social Studies

The students were previously assigned questions about ancient China. Today they continued researching the answers to the questions and drafting the answers. The final draft of their answers will be due at the beginning of class tomorrow. The information will be ultimately placed on a Google site created as a collaborative effort by the sixth grade students.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods worked on action and linking verbs.

Homework- period 4-  write each misspelled word (on the unit 8 spelling pretest ) five times each.
    
                 period 1,3,6, and 7-  write each misspelled word (on the unit 8 spelling pretest) five times each.  Work on the first two pages of the homework packet.
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Math

Today was round 4 of CML competition. Some classes worked independently, some worked cooperatively with table groups, and others worked on different sorts of problem solving.

Per 1, 3, 4 Homework: return signed portfolio by tomorrow; Olympic PS due Wednesday; Coordinate Grid quiz Thursday
Per 6, 7 Homework: return signed portfolio by tomorrow; Olympic PS due Wednesday

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Reading All classes worked on research for the Egyptian paper. Students will have all week to complete their research. Notes will be collected for a grade at the end of class on Friday.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Notes are due at the end of class on Friday, but if you work well in class you should not have to do any research at home.

MYTHOLOGY CLUB STARTS NEXT TUESDAY8:00 in Ms. Perkins' room!

 

 


Science

Science students worked on their Pollution Solution Project.  It is due at the end of class on Wednesday.

Social Studies

The students were previously assigned questions about ancient China. Today they continued researching the answers to the questions. They will have class time to work on this assignment tomorrow. The final draft of their answers will be due at the beginning of class this Wednesday. The information will be ultimately placed on a Google site created as a collaborative effort by the sixth grade students.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  Students corrected this week's DOL on colons, semi colons, and commas.  We then took a spelling pretest on the unit 8 words.

No Homework

Period 4-  Students took a formative assessment on prepositional phrases.  We then took a spelling pretest on the unit 8 words.

No homework
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Math

Students circulated through Olympic-themed stations. They completed activities including: logic puzzles, coordinate grid drawings, jumping jack calculations, and world maps. We also ran a multiplication timing for any students who were looking to dethrone the royalty. Results will be shared next week.

Homework :Portfolios need to be shared at home and returned with a signature; Olympic PS is due Wednesday.

 

 
Reading
All classes worked on researching for their Egyptian projects. 

HOMEWORK: Read for 15 minutes or more.

 

 


Science

Science students worked on the Pollution Solution Project.  The project is due at the end of class on Wednesday.

Social Studies

Today students were assigned questions about ancient China. They started researching answers to the questions. The information will be ultimately placed on a Google site created as a collaborative effort by the sixth grade students.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 took a formative assessment on prepositional phrases.  HOmework- revisit this week's DOL.

Period 4-  Students worked on a writing prompt in class.
Homework- Finish the prompt started in class.
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Math

In honor of the 2014 Sochi Olympics (which begin tonight!), this week's problem solving challenge is olympic-themed. These sheets were handed out today and are due back next Wednesday, 2/12. Students also have math portfolios that need to be shared at home and returned with a signature by Tuesday.

Revisions to the google doc project (that we started in December) are due by the end of the day tomorrow. Students need to read the comments I added in purple and make the necessary revisions. They have had approximately two weeks to revise.

 

 
Reading

Students worked on their Egyptian research today in the library.


HOMEWORK:  Read 15 minutes or more.


Science

Science students worked on the Pollution Solution Project.  Due on Wednesday, Feb., 12 at the end of class.

Social Studies

Today students participated in the Egypt vs. Nubia debate. Mr. Coggin facilitated the debate as the moderator.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - No school - snow day

Tuessday, February 4, 2014

Language Arts
All periods reviewed prepositional/prepositional phrases.

Homework-  Period 4- work on page 66 of the DOL Packet (lesson 24)

Homework- Periods 1,3,6, and7- work on the colon/semicolon/ end marks skill sheet.  This sheet is due Thursday.
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students worked with partners to determine the distance between points on a coordinate grid, and then calculated the perimeters of geometric figures.

Homework: PS #6 is due tomorrow; Fraction Word Problem project revisions are due by Friday; signed math portfolios need to be returned asap.
Periods 6, 7: We plotted points on coordinate planes and discussed proportional relationships. Students worked with tablemates to plot data and answer questions. Homework: PS #6 is due tomorrow; Unit Rates project revisions are due by Friday.

 

 
Reading Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 are beginning their research on ancient Egypt and spent the class in the library.
Period 6 wrote their Book Club reflection and made thank you notes and will begin research tomorrow.

HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more.

 


Science

Science students split the class time between the predator/prey game and resuming their research for the pollution solution project.  Pollution solution is due on Wednesday, Feb., 12.

Social Studies

Today students worked on the questions and rebuttals for the Egypt vs. Nubia debate to be held tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 2, 2014 Power outage at BMS

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 reviewed the rules to properly using colons and semicolons.

Homework- finish the spelling packet.  Quiz Friday

Period 4
Students started a unit on Verbs.  We discussed the difference between an action verb and a state of being verb.

Homework- finish the front and back of page 56 in the DOL packet.
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: We discussed ordered pairs and developed rules to follow when points are reflected across the x- and y-axes. Students then continued to work on Coordinate Plane packet. Homework: Fraction Word Problems project (revisions due by Friday); PS #6 due Wed 2/5

Periods 6, 7: We discussed what geometric similarity means, and worked out a few problems together using proportions. Homework: Get Rates Quiz signed (retakes, if necessary, must be completed by Friday); Unit Rate project (revisions due by next Tuesday); PS #6 due Wed 2/5

 

 
Reading
 

Period 4 held their Book Clubs this morning. Periods 6 and 7 prepared for their upcoming Book Clubs and periods 1 and 3 made thank you notes for their guests. Period 1 also updated their Google Docs Spreadsheet of their Independent Reading.

Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/27 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31



Science

Students worked on research day three of the, "Pollution Solution" project.   The project is Due on Friday, Feb., 7th.  Poster paper is provided in class.

No homework

Social Studies

Today students began learning about the amazing civilization of Nubia in preparation for a Egypt vs. Nubia debate to be held next week

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7
Students reviewed the rules of using a semicolon.

homework-  colon-semicolon quiz (in packet) front and back

Period 4
Today students reviewed the "Ps" of grammar- possessive, plural, pronoun, proper.
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students put their "Coordinate Grid Battleship" knowledge to work and answered questions about ordered pairs, quadrants, axes, etc. Homework: Fraction Word Problem project revisions due by Friday.

Periods 6, 7: Students applied their proportion skills to the discussion of similar polygons. They determined whether or not a set of polygons was similar, and also found the length of a missing side in a set of similar polygons. No homework.

 

 
Reading
 

Period 3 had their Book Clubs today, Periods 4, 6, and 7 worked on their upcoming Book Clubs, and Period 1 made thank you notes for their guests. Homework schedule is below. If you have completed your visual please go back to our regular reading homework of reading 15 minutes or more each night.

Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/27 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31



Science

Students worked on research day two of the, "Pollution Solution" project.   The project is Due on Friday, Feb., 7th.  Poster paper is provided in class.

No homework

Social Studies

Today students completed the test on ancient Egypt.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Language Arts
Period 4 -  students reviewed the reflexive and intensive pronouns.  We then took a formative assessment on identifying reflexive and intensive pronouns.

homework-  finish last week's DOL packet

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  students took a pretest on the unit 7 spelling list.

We then reviewed another rule on how to appropriately use a colon.

Homework- work on the spelling packet.  The quiz will be Friday.
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students revisited their Fraction Word Problems project on Google docs. They are editing and revising, as necessary, and will have the opportunity to earn half of the credit they lost originally. I have commented (in purple) on each student's document to make their jobs a bit easier. Homework: all revised projects must be posted by the end of the day on Friday (this project will count toward quarter 3).

Periods 6, 7: Students took a quiz on Ratios, Rates & Proportions. Any additional time after the quiz was spent on this week's Math Challenge.

 

 
Reading
 

Period 1 held their Book Clubs today and they went very well. Periods 3, 4, 6, and 7 prepared for their Book Clubs. Homework schedule is attached. If you have already held your Book Club, please return to our regular reading homework of reading 15 minutes or more each night.



Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/27 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31


Science
Science students continued their research for the Pollution Solution Project.  We will have computers available for the rest of the week for research and typing purposes. The project is Due on Friday, Feb., 7th.  Poster paper is provided in class.
Social Studies

Today students played a game called Race to the Top to review for the Egypt test scheduled for tomorrow.

The test on Egypt is scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 28th. (See the study guide.).

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 took the summative assessment on pronouns.

No homework

Period 4 reviewed the difference between reflexive and intensive pronouns.

No homework
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: We continued working on integer understanding with a fun game of Coordinate Grid "Battleship." No homework (unless "Comparing Packet" or signed test are missing).

Periods 6, 7: We reviewed ratios, rates, and proportions in preparation for Monday's quiz. If students want extra practice, they should complete the even-numbered problems from yesterday's sheets, and then see me Monday during study for a check-in.

 

 
Reading
 

Period 3 students turned in their Book Club papers and visuals today. Period 1 prepared for their Book Club on Monday. Periods 4, 6 and 7 continue to work on their Book Club papers. The schedule for Book Club assignments is attached.

Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/27 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31


Science
Science students used computers today to research information for their "Pollution Solution" project.   The poster style project is due on Feb. 7th.  They will work on it in class 90% of the class time..
Social Studies

Today students shared examples of the essay question for the test on Egypt. Next they watched a movie that provided a great review for the test.

The test on Egypt is scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 28th .(See the study guide.).

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Language Arts
periods 1,3,6, and 7  Many papers were passed back.  We then went on to a lesson on how to use a colon when writing an appositive.

Homework-  study for tomorrow's test.

Period 4  Many papers were passed back. Students were then given the role of a teacher and spent time self-editing a writing prompt they completed a week ago.  We then reviewed reflexive pronouns and discussed intensive pronouns.

No homework for period 4
Math

The sixth grade multiplication fact princes & princesses were crowned today, along with the overall Queen.

Periods 1, 3, 4: Worked on the Comparing & Ordering Numbers packet, and need to finish this packet for homework. Also, all signed tests are due back by tomorrow.
Periods 6, 7: Worked on simplifying ratios, calculating unit rates, and determining proportions. There will be a quiz on these topics on Monday. Homework: complete all the odd-numbered problems in the Review Packet (USE A CALCULATOR!)

 

 
Reading
 

.Period 1 turned in their Book Club papers and visuals today. The schedule for the other classes is attached.

Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/27 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31


Science
Science students began brainstorming today for their, "Pollution Solution" project.  Students may work singly or in pairs.  The poster style project is due on Feb. 7th.  We will work on it in class 90% of the class time..
Social Studies

Today students corrected the fill-in-the-blanks section of the study guide. They also analyzed a map of Egypt to prepare for the essay section of the test. The test on Egypt is scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 28th.

Homework: Draft the essay portion of the Egypt test study guide.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 corrected the study Buddy secotions for Monday and Tuesday night. Next they worked on the Wednesday and Thursday Study Buddy sections to prepare for the test on Friday.  They then moved on to creating sentences using an appositive.

Homework- use the study guide and STUDY.  

Period 4-  students worked with reflexive pronouns and then moved on to DOL.

Homework- complete the Maintenance Exercise
Math

We discussed and corrected PS #5.

Periods 1, 3, 4: Continued working with integers in their "Comparing & Ordering Numbers" packets. Homework: return signed Fraction Test.
Periods 6, 7: Continued working on rate problems -- this time with a calculator to speed the work along and allow for deeper understanding. We will be having a very short quiz on ratios, rates & proportions on Monday. No homework.

 

 
Reading
 

Students worked on their Book Club papers in class today. The table below shows when various things are due for the Book Clubs. Each class period is different, so please look carefully.

Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/28 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31


Science
Science students reported on the K-cup usage homework.  Students discussed ways to track items going into the solid waste stream.  Students are to pick some type of packaging or other pollution and begin tracking its use.  We will then brainstorm on ways to effectively track the human impact of each of their chosen pollutants.
Social Studies

Today students finished practicing taking their own notes while learning about the Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt, as well as Egypt under the rule of others. They were given a study guide for a test on Egypt scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 28th.

Homework: Complete the fill-in-the-blanks questions of the Egypt test study guide.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 reviewed the study guide to prepare for the test on Friday.  We then moved on to a DOL activity.

Homework- use the study guide and STUDY.  

Period 4-  students worked with demonstrative pronouns and then moved on to DOL.

Homework- complete the DOL page (with a star at the top)
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Fraction Tests were handed back. Students need to share the tests at home, and then return them for math portfolios. We discussed the meaning of integers and which numbers belong to this set. Students started working on an integer packet, and will continuetomorrow. Homework: PS #5 due tomorrow; share Fraction Test & return with a signature for math portfolio.

Periods 6, 7: Students continued with textbook work that is helping them review ratios, rates, and proportions. Work will continue tomorrowalong with a discussion on different ways to solve these problems. Homework: PS #5 due tomorrow.

 

 
Reading
 

Students worked on their Book Club papers in class today. The table below shows when various things are due for the Book Clubs. Each class period is different, so please look carefully.

Book Club Paper Visual Book Club Day
Period 1 Thurs,, 1/23 Thurs., 1/23 Mon., 1/27
Period 3 Fri., 1/24 Fri., 1/24 Tuesday, 1/28
Period 4 Mon. 1/27 Mon., 1/27 Wed. 1/29
Period 6 Wed., 1/29 Thurs., 1/30 Mon., 2/3
Period 7 Mon. 1/28 Wed., 1/29 Friday, 1/31


Science
Science students discussed monitoring of pollution with the goal of reducing human impact on the environment.

Homework is to poll the members of the household as to how many disposable "K-cups" the home throws away each day.
Social Studies

Today students continued practicing taking their own notes while learning about the Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt, as well as Egypt under the rule of others.

Homework: The completed notes will be due after 20 minutes of classtime tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Language Arts
Today was a day to celebrate poetry! All students were given the opportunity to share their poems.  

Period 4 students took the unit 7 spelling quiz.  We then spent the rest of class reading poetry!  

Please ask to see your child's poem(s).  You will be very impressed at his/her creativity.  I was! :)

Enjoy the long weekend.
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students played a few interactive games to compare and order integers. They practiced finding and explaining absolute value. Homework: PS #5 due Wednesday

Periods 6, 7: Students worked on differentiating between ratios and rates, and then expressing them in simplest form. Homework: PS #5 dueWednesday

 

 
Reading

Students continued to work on their Book Club papers.

HOMEWORK:
Work for 15 minutes or more on your non-fiction visual for the Book Club.


Science
Science students celebrated with the Ch. 7 test. No homework. There was much rejoicing.
Social Studies

Today students practiced taking their own notes while learning about the Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt.

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Language Arts
Period 4-  Students worked with Demonstratives.  Homework-
finish spelling packet and write five sentences using demonstratives (this, that, these, those)

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students continued to work with reflexive and intensive pronouns.  

Homework- finish the skill sheet started in class.
Math

.Students completed a multiplication fact timing today, and the King or Queen will be crowned in the next few days. All students should continue working on PS #5 (due on Wednesday).

Period 1, 3, 4: any available time was used as an introduction to integers

Period 6, 7: classes were quite short due to the spelling bee -- no time remained after the timing

 

 
Reading

All students worked on their Book Club papers.


HOMEWORK:
Work on your visual for the non-fiction part of the Book Club assignment for about 15 minutes.


Science
Science students corrected pages 3+4 of the study guide and reviewed incorrect answers. Notes were given for the page 5 essay.  the essay is due tomorrow.  Reminder---test on Ch. 7 is this Friday.  It has been on the board all week..

 

Social Studies

Today students learned about the building of pyramids while practicing note taking using "bubble notes."

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Language Arts
All class periods worked on demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.  Periods 1,3,6, and 7 also went on to review reflexive and intensive pronouns.

Homework-  All class periods should work on the final drafts of their poems.  Poems are due by Friday. 
Math
.Periods 1, 3, 4: Students took the Fraction Test today. Homework: complete the fact packet and practice for tomorrow's timing. Also, begin to work on PS #5 which is due Wed 1/22.
Periods 6, 7: We discussed proportional relationships and equations, and then corrected last night's homework. Next, we revisited the basics of ratios and rates -- to make sure basic understanding is solid before we move on. Homework: complete the fact packet and practice for tomorrow's timing. Also, begin to work on PS #5 which is due Wed 1/22.

 

 
Reading

CHANGE IN READING HOMEWORK: Starting tomorrow instead of asking student's what page they are on in their independent reading book, I will be asking them how long they worked on their visual for their Book Club. This is the non-fiction part of the Book Club assignment. Students are to create a visual (using poster paper that I can provide) that compares a major theme in their book to something real. Students received the assignment and rubric today. It is due 2 days before their Book Club day. Students also worked on Google Docs to write their Book Club role paper.


Science
Science students corrected pages 1 and 2 of the chapter 7 study guide. We then reviewed the graphs on page 3 and 4 of the study guide and discussed the writing prompt on page 5.  Homework is to complete pages 3 and 4 of the study guide..

 

Social Studies

Today students learned about the Old Kingdom of Egyptian rule while practicing note taking using "bubble notes."

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students reviewed demonstrative adjectives and demonstrative pronouns

Homework-finish the rough draft of the poems.  Begin the final draft.

Period 4-  students took a pretest on the unit 7 spelling list.
They also worked on a writing prompt.

Homework-  Students will begin working on the spelling packet (due Thursday) and work on the rough draft of their poems.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Practiced fraction computation and word problems for tomorrow's test. Corrected sheets should be in math folders for review. Homework: prepare for test, and work on fact packet (due Wednesday)
Periods 6, 7: Discussed and practiced proportional reasoning, including tables and equations. Homework: complete worksheet (p. 41-42) that was started in class; work on fact packet (due Wednesday)
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Reading

Students are finishing their Book Club outlines and starting to write their papers in Google Docs. 


HOMEWORK:
Vocabulary paper due tomorrow
Read 15 minutes or more


Science
Science students were given the Ch. 7 review packet today. The test is on Friday.  The review packet's first two pages are due for homework tomorrow.  The next two pages will be due on Wednesday.  The last page will be due on Thursday.

 

Social Studies

Today students learned about the early period of Egyptian rule while practicing note taking using two-column notes.

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Language Arts
All classes worked on their poem of address and then chose another (new kind of poem) to experience.

no homework
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students worked on fraction computation and fraction word problems. The fraction test will be on Tuesday -- keep practicing & check answers first for reasonableness and then for accuracy. Homework: fact packet due Wednesday
Periods 6, 7: We discussed and corrected last night's proportional relationships homework, and then shared strategies and answers for yesterday's CML. Homework: fact packet due Wednesday
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Reading

Students worked on the outline for their Book Club papers. As soon as the outline is done they will go right to Google Docs and start to compose their paper.


HOMEWORK
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary paper due on Tuesday (Greek and Latin Roots)


Science
Science students turned in their homework and then viewed a TED talks about the sustainability of fish farming entitled, "The Man Who Fell in Love with a Fish."

 

Social Studies

Today students learned about the importance of the Nile to the religion of the Egyptians while practicing note taking using informal outlining.

 

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

 

The sixth grade students have been invited to attend the World Fair at Bow High School tomorrow, January 10th. See attached form for details.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Language Arts
All class worked on a poem of address today.

Homework- finish the rough draft of the poem
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Reviewed fraction skills to help prepare for Tuesday's test. Homework: finish Word Problem google doc project by the end of the day tomorrow; prepare for Tuesday's fraction test; fact packet due Wednesday
Periods 6, 7: Completed the third round of Continental Math League competition. Homework: complete worksheet 2-2 (proportional relationships); fact packet due Wednesday
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Reading

Students worked on the outline for their Book Club papers. As soon as the outline is done they will go right to Google Docs and start to compose their paper.


HOMEWORK
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary paper due on Tuesday (Greek and Latin Roots)


Science
.Science classes discussed natural resources and the impact of humans on the environment through the use of natural resources.  Homework is to complete the review worksheet.

 

Social Studies

Today students learned about the importance of the Nile while practicing note taking using note cards.

Reminder - The World Fair presented by eleventh grade world history students is tomorrow, 1/10. (See attached form about the fair.)

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Language Arts Periods 1,3,6, and 7 spent the class looking through the book called A Kick In the Head.  We read and discussed several types of poems.  

Homework-  finish the constructed response


Period 4- students reviewed similes, metaphors, and personification in class.  We even completed tonight's homework in class.

Period 4- No Homework 

Redo opportunity- Thursday morning and Thursday study hall - help sessions for pronoun and antecedent skill sheet.  Window closes after tomorrow.
Math
Students completed a multiplication fact timing today. This timing will not count as a grade, but instead will serve as our new baseline. The students have a fact packet to complete this week, and will take another timing (for a score) on Wednesday.
Periods 1, 3, 4: After the timing, we reviewed fraction computation skills, in preparation for next Tuesday's Fraction Test.  Homework: Word Problem Google Doc project -- due date has been extended until Friday at the end of the day. Fact packet is due next Wednesday.
Periods 6, 7: After the timing, we reviewed and corrected the Unit Rates packet. Homework: work on fact packet, due next Wednesday.
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Reading

We went over the rubric for the Book club paper and also discussed the outline students need to do before starting the draft. 


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Vocabulary due next Tuesday (Greek and Latin roots)


Science Students in science viewed and discussed three very short videos about acid rain effects.
Home work is to complete the vocabulary flash cards.

 

Social Studies

Today students continued to learn about the geography of northern Africa while analyzing text structures including cause/effect, problem/solution, question/answer, compare/contrast, description, and sequential.

Reminder - The World Fair presented by eleventh grade world history students is this Friday, 1/10. (See attached form about the fair.)

Homework: None

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

The sixth grade students have been invited to attend the World Fair at Bow High School this Friday, January 10th. See attached form for details.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Language Arts periods 1,3,6, and 7 read "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes.  We then compared it to "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou.

homework-  begin working on the constructed response

Period 4-  analyzed the constructed response.
Read more poems from A Kick In The Head

Homework- finish the constructed response.
Math
Students had their final work period for their Google projects.
Final drafts for periods 6 & 7 are due tomorrow at the end of the day.
Periods 1, 3, and 4 will have an extension -- and those projects will be due at the end of the day on Friday. However, no more class time will be spent on these projects.

 

 
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Reading

Students worked to complete their MEAL papers and when completed started to work on the outline for their Book Club paper. Students also received 5 new Greek and Latin roots today. That paper is due next Tuesday.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Vocabulary is due next Tuesday
MEAL paper hopefully for class tomorrow.


Science Students in science viewed and discussed three very short videos about acid rain effects.
Home work is to complete the vocabulary flash cards.

 

Social Studies

During the first part of January, students will be practicing various note taking techniques while learning about Egypt. Today students learned about the geography of northern Africa while analyzing text structures including cause/effect, problem/solution, question/answer, compare/contrast, description, and sequential.

Yesterday, all students were told about the invitation to the World Fair presented by eleventh grade world history students. The fair is this Friday, 1/10. (See attached form about the fair.)

Homework: Map of Egypt due tomorrow

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Language Arts Periods 1,3,6, and 7 reviewed idioms.  
Homework- students will work on an idiom activity.

Period 4  students leisurely looked through a poetry book called KICKED IN THE HEAD.  We read and discussed some really neat poems.

Homework-  work on the constructed paragraph.  Due Wednesday.

The grade level spelling bee will be held during recess and study hall tomorrow.

Redo opportunities for pronoun/antecedent papers :  Tuesday morning, Thursday morning, Thursday during study hall.  Window closes after these sessions.  Please attend one if you decide to redo a paper.
Math
Students continued work on their projects (from the week before vacation).
Periods 1, 3, 4: Projects are based around the creation of fraction word problems.
Periods 6, 7: Projects are based around rates and unit rates.
Homework: projects are due by the end of the day on Wednesday, and students will have class time to work tomorrow.

 

 
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Reading

Students worked on their MEAL paper (due Wednesday at the beginning of class) and chose their Book Club roles. 


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes (finish your Book Club book)
MEAL paper due Wednesday at the beginning of class


Science Science students were advised of any missing work at the beginning of class.  Students were also advised that the retake deadline for the Radiometric Dating test is this Friday.  Classes were shortened today due to delayed opening.  We spent the remainder of the class reviewing the basics of convection currents, seafloor spreading, and plate tectonics.  No homework.
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Social Studies

Students began labeling a map of Egypt. All students were told about the invitation to the World Fair presented by eleventh grade world history students. The fair is this Friday, 1/10. (See attached form about the fair.)

Homework: Map of Egypt due Wednesday, 1/8

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Language Arts Periods 1,3,6, and 7 finished their presentations
Period 4- finished final drafts

All periods had papers passed back

no homework

Happy Holidays! :)
Math
Students were offered a wide array of mathematically enriching activities (aka math games) and had fun working independently and in small groups. They were able to choose their activities in the order they earned with minutes on Khan Academy over the past week. We will pick up our Google projects again when we return from break.
Happy Holidays!

 

 
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Reading

We worked on a communal MEAL paper using the Read Aloud as a source for information.


HOMEWORK:
Enjoy your holiday vacation and try to read something!!!


Science Science students were advised that the radiometric dating test deadline for retakes is Friday, Jan. 10th.

We then looked over the Project Humanity website.  Students added information about how limited and essential clean water is to the health of a population.  No homework.
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Social Studies

The students participated in a Socratic Seminar about the contributions of the Israelites, Phoenicians, and Lydians. They did a great job!

Have a wonderful vacation!

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Language Arts Periods 1,3,6, and 7 began brainstorming for a personal narrative that we will begin some time after vacation.

Period 4-  students finished final drafts of essays

Homework for ALL periods-  Be sure to have the constructed response (paragraph) ready for tomorrow.
Math

Students continued working on their projects, word problems, Google docs, Google sheets, etc and "shared" them with me online.

Periods 1, 3 and 4 are writing fraction word problems (with answer keys, of course). After vacation, the students will be solving each other's word problems.
Periods 6 and 7 are recording data and graphing it. After vacation, we will be analyzing the data to determine unit rate and rates of change.
No homework.
 
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Reading

Students took the Greek and Latin Roots Vocabulary test today using the laptops. They had silent reading of their Book Club book for the remainder of the period.


HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more


Science Science students used the website: " PBS Soils Around the World" to determine the type of soil resources we have in NH. No homework.
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Social Studies

The students continued preparing for a Socratic Seminar about the contributions of the Israelites, Phoenicians, and Lydians. The seminar will take place tomorrow during class.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7   We continued presenting the projects

Homework- finish the paragraph- changing the due date to Friday.
(chorus and band concerts tonight- busy night)

Period 4-  students worked on the last draft of the essay.  
Homework- finish the paragraph- changing the due date to Friday.
(chorus and band concerts tonight- busy night)
Math

Period 1: worked in small groups to complete the Dividing Fractions packet.

Periods 3, 4: began a project that will result in a collection of word problems covering fraction computation. Each student has begun a Google Doc, shared it with me, and eventually will share with classmates, too.

Periods 6, 7: began a project during which they will collect data, graph the data, and use the data to determine unit rates, rates of change, slope, etc.

No homework (unless packet and/or 20Q #2 were not passed in today)

 
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Reading

Students reviewed for the Vocabulary Test using the Smartboard and read silently from their Book Club books.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary test tomorrow


Science Science students viewed some short animations on the development of oil and coal deposits.  Discussion centered around the uneven distribution of these resources around the planet and the cause of the uneven distribution being found in the ancient past and plate tectonics.  No homework.
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Social Studies

The students continued preparing for a Socratic Seminar about the contributions of the Israelites, Phoenicians, and Lydians. The seminar will take place this Friday during class.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 continued presenting their visuals.

Homework- work on the written paragraph- due Thursday

Period 4- continued on the argument essays.  For many, it is draft #3.

Homework- work on the written paragraph- due Thursday
Math
All classes worked on completing their packets in class, and then visited Khan Academy with any remaining time. Each class is having a competition to see who completes the greatest number of segments (videos and/or problem sets) on Khan Academy before the end of the day on Wednesday. A prize will be awarded on Friday.
Homework: Packet and 20Q #2 due tomorrow (period 1 will have class time to finish the Dividing Fractions Packet). Chorus and band students must make sure to turn these assignments in, even if they will be missing class!
 
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Reading

Students played Vocabulary Bingo to review for Thursday's test. They had the remainder of the period to read their Book Club book.


HOMEWORK:
REad 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin Roots Test on Thursday


Science Science students discussed the Crashing Continents worksheet and handed it in.

We then discussed, "The Life Span of a Mountain Range" worksheet.  We finished the worksheet in class.  No homework.
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Social Studies

The students continued preparing for a Socratic Seminar about the contributions of the Israelites, Phoenicians, and Lydians. The seminar will take place this Friday during class.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7

students presented their visuals today.  We will continue Tuesday and Wednesday.

Homework-  work on the written paragraph to the project.  The paragraph is due Thursday.

Period 4 Evaluated a prompt.  Homework-  work on the prompt.  The paragraph is due Thursday.
Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: started working on a packet designed to build & practice fraction division skills. Homework: 20Q #2 due Wednesday.
Periods 6, 7: started working on a packet designed to build & practice unit rate skills. Work on the packet will continue tomorrow, and then we'll begin a quick in-class project. The Khan Academy challenge continues...
Homework: 20Q #2 due Wednesday.
 
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Reading

Students in all classes compiled their vocabulary papers in preparation for the test on Thursday. Students then worked on a crossword puzzle to review. Class ended with silent reading of their Book Club books.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary test on the Greek and Latin roots on Thursday.


Science Science students were introduced to plate tectonics today.  Homework is to complete the, "Crashing Continents" worksheet with page numbers.

 

Social Studies

The students began preparing for a Socratic Seminar about the contributions of the Israelites, Phoenicians, and Lydians. The seminar will take place this Friday during class.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Language Arts
All classes took the unit 5 spelling quiz today.

no homework

all visual projects are due on Monday (periods 1,3,6, and 7)

next week is the last week to redo the possessive word skill sheet.

 

 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students solved fraction questions involving cooking & measuring as an introduction to fraction division. Homework: 20Q #2 due Wednesday.
Periods 6, 7: Students used videos and problem sets on Khan Academy as an introduction to our next unit on rates, ratios and proportions. They are having a friendly competition to see who completes the greatest number of lessons over the weekend. Homework: 20Q #2 dueWednesday.
 
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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 were introduced to the MEAL activity paper today and had the remainder of class to read their Book Club books.


Period 6 selected books and groups and spent the remainder of class reading.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary test on Thursday, Dec. 19


Science Science students were introduced to the next unit today.  We are beginning to look at the world's resources and how they are distributed.  The 2014 Clean Water Week Poster Contest was also discussed.  Entry deadline is Jan. 17th and winners can receive up to $100.00 in prize money and will be invited to meet the governor.

No homework.

 


Social Studies

Students completed the evaluation on Mesopotamia.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,4,6, and 7 corrected the spelling packet today and used white boards to review the unit 5 spelling packets.


Homework- All periods should study for the spelling quiz tomorrow.
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 - Finish the visual project.  All projects are due on Monday.

The opportunity to redo the possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives paper will close next Friday.

 

 

Math
Period 1, 3, 4: Practiced using fraction skills to solve word problems about shopping & cooking.  Homework: 20Q #2 due Wednesday

Periods 6, 7: Groups took turns presenting strategies for the "Camping Packet" problems. Homework: 20Q #2 due Wednesday
All classes: return signed quizzes; quiz retakes available until tomorrow
 
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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 selected books for their Book Clubs.


Period 6 finished their LIterature Circle reflections and updated their Independent Reading folders.

HOMEWORK
Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary test next Thursday (12/19)


Science Science students corrected their tests and then corrected their homework. We are previewing the impact of limited resources, global competition for those resources, and the geologic causes of resource reserves/distribution.  No homework.

 


Social Studies

Students played Jeopardy using the interactive whiteboard to review for the evaluation on Mesopotamia.

Homework: Study for the test on Mesopotamia scheduled for tomorrow. (See study guide.)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Language Arts
All class periods-  Today we did our best to finish the classroom spelling bee.  The grade level bee will be conducted during study hall next Thursday and Friday.

period 4-  spelling bee only

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  after the bee, students looked at pronoun antecedent agreement.

Homework-  finish spelling packet (5x each and definitions can be turned in on Friday)  Spelling quiz is Friday.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 should also be working on their visual project.  The project is due on Monday.

Important Notice-  The opportunity to redo the possessive word activity will be available until next Friday.

 

 

Math
Period 1, 3, 4: Practiced using fraction skills to solve word problems.  
(Period 1 homework: complete word problem sheet; 20Q #2 due Wednesday; Period 3, 4 homework: complete shopping worksheet; 20Q #2 due Wednesday)
Periods 6, 7: Practiced solving word problems using their computation skills. Homework: complete camping packet; 20Q #2 due Wednesday, 12/18
All classes: return signed quizzes; quiz retakes available until Friday
 
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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 began organizing for Book Clubs today. Students are selecting books and groups at this point. 


Period 6 did a reflection on their Literature Circle work.

HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary test on Thursday, Dec. 19 (next Thursday)


Science Science students took a test today.  There is also homework. Homework is to read pages 185-194 of the text and to complete the accompanying worksheet, "Ch. 7 People and the Environment."

 


Social Studies

Students corrected the study guide for the upcoming test on Mesopotamia scheduled for this Friday, 12/13. They were previously given vocabulary matching cards. (Total of three sheets of matching cards.)

Homework: Study for the test on Mesopotamia scheduled for this Friday.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Language Arts
Today we held the classroom spelling bee in all periods.

Homework-  continue to work on spelling packet and to study for Friday's quiz.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7- continue to work on the visual project- Due Monday.

Remember- The window to redo the possessive pronoun/adjective paper is open until next Friday.

 

 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students continued to apply their fraction skills. Homework: complete PS #4 (due tomorrow). Signed quizzes and retakes are ongoing!
Periods 6, 7: Students continued to apply their skills with rational numbers. Homework: complete PS #4 (due tomorrow). Retakes on the last quiz must be completed by Friday; get Test signed.
 
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Reading

Period 6 had their last Literature Circle today!


Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 received their' "Tugboat" assignments back with the opportunity to redo them following a certain process. 

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary Test on Greek and Latin roots next Thursday, Dec. 19


Science Science students created practice test questions for the test tomorrow on relative and absolute dating methods for different rock strata.  Homework is study the line graph of element X for the test.

 


Social Studies

The National Geography Bee preliminary rounds were completed today in every class except period 1. (They will finish tomorrow.) Students were given time to work on the study guide for the upcoming test on Mesopotamia scheduled for this Friday, 12/13. They were previously given vocabulary matching cards. (Total of three sheets of matching cards.)

Homework: Completed study guide is due at the beginning of class tomorrow, 12/11.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Language Arts
Periods-  All periods took the unit 5 spelling pretest today.

Period 4 then worked on final drafts of an essay.

Periods 1,3,6, and7 received the rubric for the visual project and the written project.

Visual Project-  due 12/16  
Written piece- due 12/19

Homework for all classes- work on the spelling packet and study the words.  The spelling quiz is this Friday.  The packet is due Thursday.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 should begin working on the visual portion of the project.

All classes were handed back a graded paper on possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives.  This was a formative assessment and can be revised for a better grade.  The opportunity to redo this assignment will end next Friday 12/20.

 

 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Thursday's quizzes (along with last week's retakes) were handed back. Retakes continue to be offered during study -- for a 2-week block of time.
Today, students reviewed fraction skills and then applied their knowledge to solve word problems.
Periods 6,7: Thursday's tests (along with last week's retakes) were handed back. We also discussed strategies and solutions for CML #2. Remaining time was spent solving a series of word problem with a table group.
Homework for all classes: PS #4 due Wednesday
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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 put together their Literature Circle work into a packet and wrote a reflection of the unit.


Period 6 prepared for their final Literature Circle tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.


Science Science students worked on making a practice test for the Geologic Timeline Test on Wednesday.  Homework is to look over the radiometric dating graph for Element X and get comfortable with it.

 


Social Studies

The National Geography Bee preliminary rounds began today. Also, students were given a study guide for the upcoming test on Mesopotamia scheduled for this Friday, 12/13. They were given vocabulary matching cards. (Total of three sheets of matching cards.)

Homework: Completed study guide is due at the beginning of class this Wednesday, 12/11.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Language Arts
All periods took the unit 13 spelling quiz today.

Period 4 worked on essay writing after the quiz.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 worked with antecedents.

 

 

Math
Students completed the second round of Continental Math League competition today. We'll discuss the strategies and answers on Monday.
Retakes (per 1, 3, 4: adding & subtracting mixed numbers quiz, and per 6, 7: multiplying & dividing fractions quiz) are ongoing during study for another week.
Homework: PS #4 due Wednesday
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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 held their final Literature Circle today. Period 6 prepared for their final Literature Circle on Tuesday, December 10.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more


Science Science students worked through a short activity that required them to place fossil cards into the correct relative order from earliest(oldest) fossils to most recent(youngest) fossils.  The order had to show continuity without extinction gaps that resulted in a miraculous revival of the species later in the fossil record.  Students then started designing a diagram for the unit test.  Students are designing a diagram that uses both radiometric dating techniques and superposition dating techniques.  I will be using the student made diagrams to design the actual unit test.  The geologic time scale test will be on Tuesday.

 


Social Studies

Today students participated in the city-state simulation. Some city-states survived and some did not, but everyone certainly became very involved in the negotiations between city-states!

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Language Arts
All periods-  today we corrected the spelling packet and used the white boards to practice the unit 13 spelling words.   When finished, we corrected the pronoun-antecedent skill sheets.

All periods-  Homework-  study for the spelling quiz
                                     check over the DOL- make sure it's ready!

 

 

Math
Students took a quiz today, and then used remaining time to work on PS #4 and/or this week's Math Challenge.
Homework: signed quizzes should be returned by tomorrow and retakes completed by next Friday (anytime during study); PS #4 due Wed.
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Reading

Students completed the Non-fiction assignment today and/or prepared for the next Literature Circle.


UPCOMING LITERATURE CIRCLES:
Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7-tomorrowFriday, Dec. 6
Period 6-Tuesday, Dec. 10

IF YOU HAVE ANY OF MY BOOKS AT HOME PLEASE GET THEM BACK TO ME! I'M MISSING WONDERGYM CANDY, RUNNER, DEAD END IN NORVELT AND OTHERS!!!!!


Science Science students reviewed the webquest and the radiometric dating graph packet homework.  We are starting to prepare for the test.  The test review will start on Friday and finish on Monday.  Test will be on Tuesday.  The test will be on, "How do scientists figure out the geologic history of the Earth?"  No homework tonight.

 


Social Studies

Today students began a city-state simulation. Small groups were given a description of their city-state and the students determined what they had and what they needed to survive. They created three proposals to offer other city-states which will be distributed during class tomorrow. The goal, of course, is to acquire everything needed in order to survive.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Language Arts
All class periods worked on pronouns and their antecedents.

Homework-  finish spelling packet
                   work on DOL
                   work on pronoun antecedent paper

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  be sure to have a plan of your project ready to show me tomorrow

 

 

Math
All Classes: We reviewed skills and practiced for tomorrow's quiz (Period 1, 3, 4: covering multiplying fractions & mixed numbers and Period 6, 7: covering ch2 rational number concepts and computation).
Homework: prepare for tomorrow's quiz; PS #4 due Wednesday 12/11; return signed quiz.
*Retakes on the most recent quiz (from before Thanksgiving break) are still being offered during study.
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Reading

Students continued to work on the non-fiction assignment and to write their response on My Big Campus. 


UPCOMING LITERATURE CIRCLES:
Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7-Friday (12/6)
Period 6-Next Tuesday (12/10)

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
If you have not turned in your role sheet from last week's Literature Circle you need to do so asap. Please see me if you're not sure, but the grades are also up on the portal so you can see from there as well.


Science Science students worked through a webquest today that highlighted the differences and uses of both relative geologic dating techniques and absolute geologic dating techniques.  The accompanying worksheet is due on Thursday at the beginning of class.

 


Social Studies

Today students viewed a movie about Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria. They recorded information not previously covered in class.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7

Students shared their three pieces of evidence.  We spent the class talking about the visual presentation- ideas and expectations.  

This week your child is simply planning what he/she wants his/her visual to be and what it should look like. All rough drafts (planning) need to be ready to share with Mrs. D. by this Thursday.


Period 4-  Students revised an activity of the three types of sentences (simple, compound, complex)


Homework for periods 1,3,4,6, and 7- continue working on the spelling packet and the DOL.
Remind students to have Mrs. D. check the DOL before the due date (DOL is due Friday.  The spelling pages are due Thursday)

 

 

Math
All Classes: quizzes (from before Thanksgiving break) should be returned asap with a parent signature. Retakes are available, and students who choose to complete one should see me during study some time in the next two weeks.
Periods 1, 3, 4: discussed & practiced multiplying mixed numbers. Homework: complete worksheet (multiplying mixed numbers); prepare for Thursday's quiz (covering multiplying fractions & mixed numbers)
Periods 6, 7: worked a bit more with negative exponents and then continued to review rationals for upcoming test. Homework: complete Test Practice B; prepare for Thursday's Ch2 Test
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Reading

Students worked on a Non-Fiction Assessment today with a writing prompt. The writing prompt was typed on My Big Campus.


Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 have a Literature Circle on Friday.

Period 6's Literature Circle will be announced.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more


Science Science students worked on the radiometric graphing packet in class today (3 pages.) The packet is due at the beginning of class onThursday, 12/5/13 for periods 3,4,6.  The packet is due at the beginning of class on Friday 12/6/13 for periods 7 and 1. 

 


Social Studies

Today students learned about the Assyrians by analyzing their reliefs.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Language Arts
all classes took the unit 13 spelling pretest today.

Homework-  All classes-  work on spelling packet and the attached DOL
                   periods 1,3,6, and 7 get the quiz signed

 

 

Math
All classes received quizzes back, and they should be returned asap with a parent signature. Retakes are available and students know the details.
Periods 1, 3, 4: Discussed and practiced multiplying simple fractions. Homework: complete Multiplying Fractions A (worksheet); prepare for Thursday's quiz.
Periods 6, 7: Discussed and practiced working with positive and negative exponents. Homework: complete Ch2 Test Practice; prepare for Thursday's Ch2 Test.
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Reading

Students worked on a Non-Fiction Assessment today with a writing prompt. The writing prompt was typed on My Big Campus.


Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 have a Literature Circle on Friday.

Period 6's Literature Circle will be announced.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more


Science Science students continued learning about the radiometric dating of rocks.


Social Studies

Today students learned about the Hammurabi the Lawgiver by reading the textbook (98-99), interacting with a website by Phillip Martin, and reading a play entitled Hammurabi's Law.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Language Arts
All periods took a formative assessment on possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives.

Periods 1,3,6 and 7-  collect your three pieces of evidence.  Due Monday.

Period 4  no homework

Happy Thanksgiving :)

 

 

Math
After a day of practicing yesterday, students created some unbelievably beautiful Zentangle tiles today.Zentangle is a mathematical form of doodling -- that has been shown to relax and focus students (and adults!).
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Reading

Students reviewed the 20 vocabulary roots using a Smart Board activity. 


No Homework.
Next Literature circle is Thursday, Dec. 5


Science Science students reviewed the laws of superposition.  We also took a look at radiometric dating of rocks.  No homework.

 


Social Studies

Today students viewed a movie entitled Ancient Mesopotamia (Ancient Civilization for Children, Schlessinger Media).

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Language Arts
All periods used the smart board to review the difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns.

period 4- no homework

periods 1,3,6, and 7   continue to search for your three pieces of evidence  (evidence is due 12/2)

 

 

Math
Students learned the basics of Zentangle today. Zentangle is a mathematical form of doodling -- that has been shown to relax and focus students (and adults!). Today was practice, and tomorrow will be presentation-style final designs.
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Reading

Students had Literature Circles in all classes.


HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more
Next Literature Circle is Thursday, Dec. 5


Science Science students concluded the viewing of, "Nat. Geo.: The Story of Earth."  They then began looking at the laws of superposition and how archeologists use them to determine the relative ages of rock layers.  No homework.

 


Social Studies

Today students analyzed the cause/effect relationships of conflict in Mesopotamia and learned about Sargon the Conqueror (textbook pages 96-98).

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Language Arts
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 worked on their pronoun packets.

Period 4- worked on their understanding of personal pronouns

 

 

Math
We discussed and corrected PS #3. With the remaining time, students participated in mathematically enriching activities (aka played math games such as 24 Game, Perplexus, etc).
No homework.
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Reading

Students worked on vocabulary and made a bumper sticker for one of the words they found this week on their Greek and Latin Roots paper.


HOMEWORK;
Read 15 minutes or more
Literature Circle on Monday


Science Science students viewed part 2 of 3 parts of the National Geographic video, " The Story of Earth."
No homework.

 


Social Studies

Today students created messages written in cuneiform on clay tablets.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Language Arts

All classes-  Today we used the smart board to review and take notes on personal pronouns.


Periods 1,3,6, and 7 also discussed the argument project.  Students chose a quote that they believe to be true to life (example;  Life is what you make it)  Students now need to find three pieces of evidence that support the quote. The three pieces of evidence is due the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Period 4- no homework
periods 1,3,6, and 7- begin looking for your evidence

 

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Math
Students took a quiz today. No homework.
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Reading

Students worked on Literature Circle work, vocabulary due for tomorrow, and updated their independent reading lists.


HOMEWORK:Read for 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin roots-Week 4 of 4-is due TOMORROW.
Literature Circle on Monday, Nov. 26


Science Science students viewed part of the National Geographic video, " The Story of Earth."
No homework.

 


Social Studies

Today students completed a Pictionary activity relating to the use of pictographs as an early form of written language used by the people of Mesopotamia. A primary source document was shared to help the students understand the life of a scribe during that time period.

Students were given the graded rubrics for the prehistoric village project today. Parents, please ask to see the rubric to answer any questions about the assigned grade.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Language Arts

Period 4 was given more time to work on yesterday's test.  

Mrs. D. also did conferences with students to discuss the rough drafts of the argument essays.

no homework

Periods 1,3,6, and 7
Students corrected parts of yesterday's test.  This was done so students could gain a sense of how they performed.

Students received a project write-up.  We really have not had a chance to review the project or the expectations.  No due date has been set.

NO HOMEWORK

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Math
Students reviewed for tomorrow's quiz (please see yesterday's update for details). They should have a corrected version of the review to help them prepare.
Homework: prepare for tomorrow's quiz
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Reading

Students worked on their Literature Circle roles today.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary #4 due Friday
Literature Circle on Monday


Science

Science students started a new unit today.  Students were introduced to the concept of the geologic timescale.  Students will be forming a scientific explanation based on evidence of rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6 billion year history.  No homework tonight.


Social Studies

Today students learned about the changing economies, divisions in society, and innovations of Mesopotamia (textbook pages 93-95).

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Language Arts

All classes complete the test today.

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Math
Today, all classes were focused on practicing the skills they'll need for Thursday's quiz.
Periods 1, 3, 4 will have a quiz that covers comparing & ordering fractions along with fraction addition and subtraction. There will be number lines, computation and word problems.
Periods 6, 7 will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing fractions (both negative and positive values). They will need to demonstrate computational skills along with an understanding of word problems.
Homework for all: PS #3 due tomorrow; prepare for Thursday's quiz
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Reading

Students were introduced to the final Literature Circle role-Discussion Director. This job entails creating questions using Depth of Knowledge questions 3 and 4. The discussion directors received a packet to help them create questions for their groups to discuss at the next Literature Circle next Monday (Nov. 26).


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary due on Friday

Next Literature Circle is on Monday

Redo's for the Writing Prompt are due on Thursday


Science

Science students completed their class list of clarifying questions regarding the causes for the rise in global temperatures over the past century.  Homework is to choose one of the questions on the list and attempt to find a graph on the internet that could help answer the question.  Print the graph if possible and bring it to class.


Social Studies

Today students learned about the inventions, architecture, religious beliefs, and role of government in Mesopotamia (textbook pages 89-92).

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Language Arts

All classes reviewed for tomorrow's test.
Homework for all classes -use the study guide and all practice sheets to help you study.

Help sessions  Tuesday morning.

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Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Practiced adding and subtracting mixed numbers and placing values on number lines. There will be a quiz on these skills on Thursday. Homework: finish worksheet for tomorrow; PS #3 due Wed; prepare for Thursday's quiz.
Periods 6, 7: Practiced multiplying and dividing fractions and applying the skills in word problems. There will be a quiz on these skills on Thursday. Homework: finish worksheet for tomorrow; PS #3 due Wed; prepare for Thursday's quiz.
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Reading

Students were introduced to five new Greek and Latin roots today. Students need to find a new word for their roots, define it, and use the word in a sentence. The sentence needs to reflect the meaning of the word.


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary is due next Friday, November 22.

Redo's for the writing prompt:
Meet with me before school or during study
Get your paper signed.
Finish a second attempt by next Thursday, Nov. 21


Science

Science students reviewed the questions they made about the causes of global warming.

No homework. Small project starts tomorrow.


Social Studies

Today students learned about the geography of Mesopotamia (textbook pages 85-88).

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Language Arts

All periods reviewed for Tuesday's test.  


Periods 1,3,6, and 7 worked on finishing their metaphor poems.  

Reminder to periods 1,3,6, and 7-  the opportunity to redo the grammar sheet closes on Monday 3:00.

Have a nice weekend.  Next help session is Tuesday morning.  Test is on Tuesday.

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Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: practiced fraction magnitude and comparison and worked with table groups to complete multi-step fraction word problems. Homework: PS #3 due Wed.
Periods 6, 7: put their knowledge of rationals to work on some very challenging word problems. Homework: PS #3 due Wed.
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Reading

Students were introduced to five new Greek and Latin roots today. Students need to find a new word for their roots, define it, and use the word in a sentence. The sentence needs to reflect the meaning of the word.


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary is due next Friday, November 22.

Redo's for the writing prompt:
Meet with me before school or during study
Get your paper signed.
Finish a second attempt by next Thursday, Nov. 21


Science

Science students went over the first draft of the first 4-5 questions generated about the causes of global climate change. Homework is to have a total of 7-10 questions by class time on Monday.  These are rough draft questions and will be edited and enhanced in class on Monday.  Students also viewed a classic demo experiment today.  We heated CO2 in one container and air in another.  The CO2 filled container heated more than the air filled container every time under identical conditions.


Social Studies

Today students shared aspects of their prehistoric village projects.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Language Arts

Today all classes reviewed for Tuesday's test.


Periods 1,3,6, and 7 also received another Study Buddy (period 4 did it in class).  Periods 1,3,6, and 7 also worked on their metaphor poems.

Homework For All- continue studying for the test   Finish revising the DOL sheet.  The DOL is due tomorrow for all classes.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  the opportunity to redo the grammar sheet (that was passed back on Tuesday ) ends on Monday.

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Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students placed fractions on a number line (aka cool purple rope) by using their understanding of parts and comparisons. Work with fraction addition & subtraction continues. Homework: PS #3 due Wed 11/20
Periods 6, 7: Students worked with table groups to solve word problems involving rational numbers. Homework: Finish worksheet 2-3/2-4; PS #3 due Wed 11/20
ALL TEXTBOOKS MUST BE COVERED BY TOMORROW.
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Reading

Students worked on the Greek and Latin Roots #3 in class and made bumper stickers of one of their words.


HOMEWORK:

Read for 15 minutes or more.

 

Redo's for the writing prompt:
Meet with me before school or during study (not tomorrowFriday)
Get your paper signed.
Finish a second attempt by next Thursday, Nov. 21


Science

Science students were shown the Toshiba Exploravision website.  Students are encouraged to view the website and decide if they want to enter the competition. The deadline is Jan. 20th.


We made sure students had copied notes from the whiteboard regarding greenhouse gases.  Students are to write 4-5 sentences by tomorrow that are questions about the causes of global warming.  Students are to have a total of 7-10 sentences by Monday.


Social Studies

Today students spent the entire class working on the prehistoric village project. They have been shown examples and given the grading rubric for the project. Students will be asked to explain how the village will survive, who lives in the village, and describe artifacts from the village that could be found today. They will also label the location of the village on a map. The completed project will be due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Homework: Work of the prehistoric village project due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Language Arts

periods 1,3,6, and 7  We spent the first 10-15 minutes of class reviewing   for next Tuesday's test on nouns.  Students then worked on their metaphor poems.


Homework-  *Continue working on the DOL
                   *Use the study guide and the Study Buddy paper to help 
                    you study for the test

Period 4-  Students spent the class reviewing for the test on nouns
          Homework-  *Continue working on the DOL
                             *Use the study guide to help you study for the test


special note-  The test on nouns will be Tuesday 11/19

Also-  periods 1,3,6, and 7 were given back a graded grammar sheet that may be redone for a better grade.  Students must first visit with Mrs. D. to review the errors.  Students will then be given another sheet with the same format/skills.  This opportunity will end Monday  11/18 at 3:00 p.m.

There is a help session tomorrow morning- Thursday

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Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students demonstrated fraction knowledge by placing values on a numberline and drawing pictures to demonstrate. We then continued to work on addition & subtraction with mixed numbers.
Homework: PS #3 due Wed 11/20
Periods 6, 7: Students continued to work on division with rational numbers. Homework: PS #3 due Wed 1120
All students must cover textbooks by Friday!
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Reading

Students did their Literature Circles today! Another good day! Students who scored below a 70% on last week's non-fiction assessment have the opportunity to redo the writing portion of that assignment. They can come in early ThursdayTuesday (8:05), or during study hall any day. I will accept a redo after meeting with a student. Redo's are due next Thursday.


HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary is due tomorrow
Redo's are due next Thursday but you must meet with me first (see above).


Science

Science students viewed a 5 min video entitled, " Climate Change 101."  we then discussed the risk/benefit ratio of doing something about greenhouse gasses versus the risk/benefit ratio of not doing anything.  Ask your students about the "air bag" analogy.  Do you prefer to buy a vehicle with air bags?


Social Studies

Today students spent the entire class working on the prehistoric village project. They have been shown examples and given the grading rubric for the project. All class time tomorrow will be devoted to this project. Students will be asked to explain how the village will survive, who lives in the village, and describe artifacts from the village that could be found today. They will also label the location of the village on a map. The completed project will be due at the beginning of class Friday, 11/15.

Homework: Work of the prehistoric village project due at the beginning of class this Friday.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Language Arts

All periods received a DOL page to work on- Due Friday

All periods received a study guide (nouns).  A parent signature on the study guide is due tomorrow.

The test (on nouns) for all periods will be Tuesday 11/19.

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 received a graded grammar sheet back today (a formative assessment) that may be redone for a better grade.  Students have until Monday 11/18 to see Mrs. DeAngelis about the graded paper and to redo it for a better grade.

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Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students completed a fraction pre-assessment to help us to see the existing level of understanding and skills. Textbooks were passed out.
Homework: text p. 250 #1-14 (for periods 3 & 4 only -- period 1 ran out of time and will do this work in class tomorrow).
Periods 6, 7: We discussed and took notes on reciprocals and fraction division. Homework: text p. 78 #12-32 even.
All students must cover textbooks by Friday!
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Reading

Students received their grades for the Non-Fiction Reading Assessment we did about a week ago, wrote a reflection about what they did well, and what they might do differently next time. They had the remainder of the period to prepare for tomorrow's Literature Circle.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Literature Circle is tomorrow
Vocabulary is due on Thursday


Science

Science students discussed a carbon dioxide lab.

No homework


Social Studies

Today students spent the entire class working on the prehistoric village project. They have been shown examples and given the grading rubric for the project. All class time tomorrow and Thursday will be devoted to this project. Students will be asked to explain how the village will survive, who lives in the village, and describe artifacts from the village that could be found today. They will also label the location of the village on a map. The completed project will be due at the beginning of class Friday, 11/15.

Homework: Work of the prehistoric village project due at the beginning of class this Friday.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3, 6, and 7-  Students corrected part of the homework packet in class.  The packet was then passed in.


We began a discussion on metaphors and started the graphic organizer for our metaphor poem.

No homework

Period 4-  Students used class time to correct the homework packet.

No homework

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Math
Today, we discussed strategies and answers for the first round of Continental Math League. CML is a competition (given over 5 months) that asks students to solve 6 challenging math problems. CML scores do NOT count toward math averages.
No homework.
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Reading

Students were introduced to 5 new Greek and Latin roots: dict/dic, lect, ped/pod, dem, geo


They had the period to work on a Greek and Latin assignment sheet that is due on November 14.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
Next Literature Circle is Wednesday, November 13
Greek and Latin Roots are due on November 14


Science

Science students looked at a website call Quizlet. They studied global warming vocabulary. They also looked at National Geographic for Kids - "Climate Change".

Homework: None


Social Studies

Today students were given a packet describing the prehistoric village project. They were shown examples and given the grading rubric for the project. All class time next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be devoted to this project. .Students will be asked to explain how the village will survive, who lives in the village, and artifacts from the village that could be found today. They will also label the location of the village on a map. The completed project will be due at the beginning of class Friday, 11/15.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3, 6, and 7  


Students finished discussing the poem "Still I Rise".

Homework-  finish the homework packet

Period 4

Students finished the lesson on the three types of sentences (simple, compound, and complex)

Homework-  finish the homework packet

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Math
Today, students completed the first round of Continental Math League. CML is a competition (given over 5 months) that asks students to solve 6 challenging math problems. CML scores do NOT count toward math averages. We will discuss strategies and answers tomorrow.
Homework: return signed portfolio by tomorrow
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Reading

Students in all classes created a Google Docs spreadsheet and Bar Chart for the September and October independent reading.


HOMEWORK;
Read 15 minutes or more
LITERATURE CIRCLE HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEXT WEDNESDAY!! I forgot we had Monday off.


Science

Science students looked at causes of global warming and analyzed multiple graphs.

Homework: Check the portal.


Social Studies

Today students completed the Early Man evaluation.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  Students read and analyzed the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou.  


Homework-  continue to work on homework packet

Period 4-  Using the smart board, students reviewed the difference between dependent and independent clauses.  We are looking at complex sentences.

Homework-  continue working through the homework packet

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Math
Period 1: Worked on a "new & improved" method to calculate GCF and LCM for any pair of numbers. 
Periods 3, 4: Continued to add & subtract fractions and mixed numbers.
Periods 6, 7: Continued to multiply rationals.
Homework for all: return signed portfolio by Thursday
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Reading

Students in all classes created a Google Docs spreadsheet and Bar Chart for the September and October independent reading.


HOMEWORK;
Read 15 minutes or more
LITERATURE CIRCLE HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEXT WEDNESDAY!! I forgot we had Monday off.


Science Science students reviewed the directions and concepts for their essay that is due tomorrow.  Homework is to finish the essay.


Social Studies

Today students played the "buzzer" game to prepare for the the Early Man Evaluation and watched more of the movie entitled In Search of History - The Cavemen (The History Channel).

Homework: Study for the Early Man Evaluation scheduled for tomorrow. (See study guide )

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 -  After final drafts were collected, we discussed appositives and the use of commas.  Good times!


Homework- Get the  parent letter signed.  Begin working on the homework packet.

Period 4  Students reviewed the rules for making singular and plural nouns show possession.

Homework- lesson 6 (in a packet) possessive nouns

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Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students received the Fraction Concepts quiz back today. Class time was spent completing quiz corrections, with teacher assistance as needed. Corrections must be turned in tomorrow to receive credit! In addition, portfolios were passed out and should be shared at home, signed, and returned as soon as possible. The remainder of class time was spent adding fractions.
Homework: quiz corrections due tomorrow, signed portfolio as soon as possible.
Periods 6, 7: Students continued an assignment that was started on Friday, covering multiplying rationals. Those students who had finished spent some time on Khan Academy. Homework: quiz corrections due tomorrow, signed portfolio as soon as possible.
Reading

In Reading all classes went to the Book Fair, filled out Wish Lists, and purchased books if they had money. The Book Fair runs untilThursday night, so there is plenty of time for everyone to get a book they want.


We worked on Literature Circles after coming back from the Book Fair.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Literature Circle is next Tuesday, November 12.


Science Science students were given an essay assignment today.  Students were given the science question, " How do ocean currents contribute to nearby land's climate?"

Students were given a graph and data table to help them answer the prompt. The knowledge to answer the prompt has been discussed for the last 5 class days.  Students are encouraged to see me if they have any questions. The homework is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday.


Social Studies

Today students corrected the Early Man Evaluation study guide and watched a movie entitled In Search of History - The Cavemen (The History Channel).

Homework: Study for the Early Man Evaluation scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  played a game of Round Robin with nouns.


Homework-  Make sure the final draft is finished.  Be sure to use the rubric to self-grade.  Due MONDAY.

Period 4 used the smart board to review the rules to making singular and plural nouns show ownership.

No homework

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Math
Period 1: Worked with numerous methods to determine the LCM of pairs of numbers, and then applied to word problems. No homework.
Periods 3, 4: Worked on adding fractions and mixed numbers. No homework.
Periods 6, 7: Worked on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers, including negative values. Homework: complete quiz corrections if necessary, by Tuesday; share math portfolio at home and return it with a parent signature.
Reading

Reading students finished an information text passage and writing response. They also turned in the Greek and Latin roots paper.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.


Science Science students viewed an 8 minute video on the effect of the Gulf Stream on nearby land climates.  We connected the information on the video to the lab we conducted on the different heating rates of sand and water.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students participated in a hunting/gathering activity.

Homework: Early Man Evaluaion study guide due Monday. The evaluation will be Wednesday.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students reviewed making singular and plural nouns possessive.


No homework

Period 4 shared last night's homework.  We then spent some time identifying nouns and making singular nouns plural.

No homework

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Math
Students worked on Spooky Halloween Challenges today -- word problems focusing on skills currently being practiced in class.
No homework.
Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 worked on an informational passage with a writing response.

Period 6 finally got to have their Literature Circle! Yahoo!

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Greek and Latin Root paper is due TOMORROW.


Science Science classes worked on making the all-classes-average data table for the heating and cooling of water.  Then students graphed the all-classes-averages onto graph paper.

No homework.


Social Studies

Today students shared with classmates their expertise on certain developments that led to the success of early humans (brain growth, diet, hunting, tools, fire, and agriculture).

Homework: Early Man Evaluaion study guide due Monday

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6,and 7- Students received the graded prompts (on chores) back today.  They are able to redo the prompt (if they choose) for a new grade.  All revised prompts are due by Friday.


We also reviewed how to make singular and plural nouns show possession.

Homework-  Continue to work on the final draft of the argument essay.  All final drafts are due on Monday.

Period 4-  Students worked on writing detailed sentences.  

Homework- Finish working on the skills started in class (write 7 combined sentences)

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Math
Period 1: Completed a word problem activity and then started custom-made fact packets, designed especially to address their weakest skills. No homework.
Periods 3, 4: Worked on basic fraction addition and then logged into Khan Academy to practice and reinforce the skills. No homework.
Periods 6, 7: Worked with the basic rules of multiplying rationals in general and then fractions specifically. No homework.
Reading

Periods 1, 3, and 4 read an informational passage called "Crash!", answered both multiple choice questions and created a written response to a question.


Period 6 did NOT have the Literature Circle planned for today because we were missing too many Chorus students so we got caught up on a lot of various things. We will have the Literature Circle tomorrow.

Period 7 had their Literature Circle today.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.
Even though class time has been given for the Greek and Latin roots paper, please complete it if you have not finished it.


Science Science students worked on making sense of the science writing prompt, " How does a large body of water affect the climate of nearby land?"  Students used data from their data tables and graphs to back up their reasoning.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students became specialists on certain developments that led to the success of early humans (brain growth, diet, hunting, tools, fire, and agriculture) and began to teach fellow classmates about what they had learned.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,5,6 and 7 were given class time (it will be the only one this week) to work on the final drafts of the argumentative essays.  It also gave students the opportunity to meet with me if needed.  


Homework-  continue working on the final draft.  The final draft is due Monday.

Period 4-  Using the smart board, students reviewed the different kinds of nouns (abstract, collective, count, and non count)

Homework-  finish the back side of page one

A reminder to all students-  There is an extra help session this week It is Thursday morning.

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Math
Students took a quiz today (periods 1, 3, 4: Fraction Concepts; periods 6, 7: Adding & Subtracting Rationals). 
Homework: 20Q #1 due tomorrow
Reading

Periods 1, 3, and 4 held their second Literature Circle today.

Periods 6 & 7 prepared for their Literature Circle for tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more.
Periods 6 & 7 - be prepared for your Literature Circle tomorrow.


Science Science students worked on graphing their lab data today.  Homework is to finish the graphs if they were not finished in class.


Social Studies

Today students created an outline detailing the various forms of hominids including the australopithecine, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapien, Neanderthals, and Homo sapien sapiens.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, October 28, 2013

 

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students received their edited rough drafts back today.


HOmework all week is to work on typing (hopefully) their final drafts.

Monday's homework-  final draft of opening paragraph

Entire draft is due on Monday 11/4

Period 4  
Using the smart board, students reviewed common and proper nouns 

Homework- front side of page one - simple and compound sentences skill sheet.
Math
Students spent today's class time reviewing for tomorrow's quiz.
Homework: prepare for tomorrow's quiz; 20Q #1 due Wednesday.
Reading

Students received 5 new Greek and Latin roots and one new suffix. They are to find 6 words using these various word parts, define them, and us the word in a sentence that shows their understanding of the word's meaning. It is due next Friday (Nov. 1).


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.


Science Science students worked on their data analysis from the temperature lab. No homework.


Social Studies

Today students learned about famous archaeologists/paleoanthropologists including Eugene Dubois, Raymond Dart, Louis and Mary Leakey, Richard Leaky, Don Johanson, and Tim White.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

All periods had a "finish-up" day.  Periods 1,3,6, and 7 finished taking notes on nouns.


Period 4 finished working on their rough drafts.

All periods had a "pass-back" day as well and received many papers.

no homework.  Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4:Worked with table groups to answer word problems that required the application of GCF skills. Homework: prepare for Tuesday's quiz (use SG); 20Q #1 due Wednesday.
Periods 6, 7: Textbooks were handed out and the students completed practice problem involving unlike fractions and negative numbers. Homework: prepare for Tuesday's quiz (use SG); 20Q #1 due Wednesday.
Reading

Students received 5 new Greek and Latin roots and one new suffix. They are to find 6 words using these various word parts, define them, and us the word in a sentence that shows their understanding of the word's meaning. It is due next Friday (Nov. 1).


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.


Science Science students in periods 7, 1,3,4 worked on their data analysis from the temperature lab. Period 6 watched the Bill Nye DIY Science Video No homework.


Social Studies

Today students completed the quiz on archaeology.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 -  classes continued to work on the laptops taking notes and interactive quizzes on the various types of nouns (count, noncount, collective, and making compound nouns plural)


No homework

Period 4 continued to rewrite the rough drafts of their argument essays.

No homework

 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Used divisibility & factor trees to find GCF, and then used GCF to simplify fractions. This will be the material covered on Tuesday's quiz (and the students have study guides in their notebooks). Homework: prepare for Tuesday's quiz (use SG); 20Q #1 due Wednesday.
Periods 6, 7: Continued to practice adding and subtracting rational numbers, now including unlike fractions. Homework: prepare for Tuesday's quiz (use SG); 20Q #1 due Wednesday.
Reading

Periods 1, 3, and 4 had an introduction to the elements of plot, and worked on their new literature circle roles.


Periods 6 and 7 reorganized their Literature Circles and finished a vocabulary paper.

HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more

Periods 1, 3, and 4 will have their next Literature circle on Tuesday, Oct. 29
Periods 6 & 7 will have their next Literature Circle on Wednesday (Oct. 30).
IF you have not finished your Vocabulary paper called "Word Parts-Week 1 of 4" please finish it tonight and bring it in tomorrow.
Science Students worked on organizing data on the class wide data table for the lab.
Homework is only for those classes that received the printed spreadsheet.  Homework is to mark a line through the high and low dat points on the spread sheet for every row--both for the sand temps. and the water temps.


Social Studies

Today students participated in an archaeological dig.

Homework -Study for the quiz on archaeology scheduled for tomoorw. See the study guide to prepare for the quiz.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7 were using the laptops to take notes and to practice  identifying the various types of nouns:  collective, count, and non count. They were also looking at the rules for making compound nouns plural  (example- sister-in-law  to sisters-in-law)


Homework-  Flip to the very last page of the packet.  Complete the exercise on THAT page.  Do not worry about whether you finished the packet.  Class time will be offered tomorrow.

Period 4 worked on the rough draft of the closing paragraph.  

Homework- Begin rewriting/type the rough draft.  Gather all the pieces (opening, body paragraph 1, body paragraph 2, and the closing) and begin to put them together on piece of paper.

 


 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Students worked on distributing fruit evenly into fruit baskets (using divisibility and GCF skills). Homework: GCF worksheet due tomorrow; 20Q #1 due Wed 1030.
Periods 6, 7: Students used skills from adding rationals to develop subtraction understanding. Homework: subtracting rationals worksheet; 20Q #1 due Wed 10/30.

 

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Reading

Periods 1, 3, and 4 set up for new Literature Circles for next Tuesday, worked on their Greek and Latin vocabulary papers, and if they had time worked on their new Literature Circle Role.


Periods 6 and 7 thanks to the fire drill on Monday, had their first Literature Circles today. Went great!!!

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more and BRING BACK YOUR PORTFOLIOS!

Science Science students ran a lab today.  No homework. .


Social Studies

Specifics about the archaeological dig scheduled for tomorrow were provided and the students played a interactive whiteboard game of Connect4 to review for the quiz scheduled for Friday.

Homework - DRESS WARM for the archaeological dig tomorrow. Use the study guide to prepare for the quiz on archaeology.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7

Today we reviewed nouns: identifying nouns, concrete versus abstract, and making nouns plural

Homework- finish the first draft of the research paper (Opening, Body, Closing)

Period 4  In class we worked on the second paragraph of the body.  We created the outline together in class.

Homework-  use the outline created in class and write the paragraph

 


 

Math
Periods 1, 3, 4: Used divisibility rules and prime factorization to help find the Greatest Common Factor. No homework.
Periods 6, 7: Used a variety of methods to add rational numbers. No homework.

 

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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 held their first literature circles today. Period 6 will have their first literature circle tomorrow due to the fire drill during period 6 yesterday.


HOMEWORK;
Reading for 15 minutes or more and BRING BACK YOUR PORTFOLIOS!
Science
Science students discussed convection currents and their roll in distributing the Earth's heat.  We will run a lab tomorrow.  The lab explores the different heat absorption rates of land and water.  Homework is to check the portal.
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Social Studies

Today students analyzed the vocabulary relating to archaeology utilizing the Latin and Greek roots of the words. Next the students played a Twenty Question game to reinforce the meaning of the words. They were given the study guide for the evaluation scheduled for this Friday .

Homework - Use the study guide to prepare for the quiz on archaeology.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

All classes took the unit 4 spelling quiz today and handed in the unit 4 spelling packet.


After the quiz, students continued to work on the rough draft of the argument essay.

Homework-  All students should be working on the rough draft of the essay tonight and tomorrow night.
Periods 1,3,5, and 7- rough drafts are due Thursday in class.

 


 

Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Worked on divisibility and then used these rules to determine prime factorization. Homework: complete chart/trees.

Periods 6, 7: Worked on adding rationals -- first by modeling on number lines, and then thinking more abstractly. Homework: complete worksheet (p. 10).

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Reading

Students worked on their Literature Circle roles to prepare for tomorrow's first Literature Circle. Period 6 will not have their Literature Circle tomorrow because we had a fire drill during class, so their first Literature Circle will be on Wednesday.


HOMEWORK
Read for 15 minutes or more
Bring back your signed portfolio
Science
Students viewed some video examples of convection. Homework is to draw a simple diagram of convection.
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Social Studies

Today students learned about the differences between prehistory, history, archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, paleoanthropology, fossils, and artifacts. They were given vocabulary matching cards to help them become more comfortable with these terms.

Homework - practice vocabulary using the provided matching cards

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

All classes will take the unit 4 spelling quiz on Monday.  Today, our main focus was to work on the rough drafts of the argumentative essays.  Many students are nearly finished with the Body of the essay.


Homework was sent home with anyone who fell behind and did not work on the essay throughout the week.

 

Math

Students worked through divisibility rules that will make fraction computation and factoring so much easier in the coming weeks.

With our remaining time, students logged into Khan Academy and completed a few lessons. The students are encouraged to complete a lesson at home any time they have a few minutes to spare!
No homework.

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Reading

Students worked on their Literature Circle roles today, and those students who had still not completed the non-fiction unit worked on finishing up. Very productive day!


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.
Science Science students for classes 1,3,4,6 turned in homework today.  We corrected and then viewed some global warming temperature data from the last 130 years developed by NASA.  No homework.  Period 7 worked on homework in class and will turn it in on Monday
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Social Studies

Today students shared their interpretations of the artifacts they excavated during class previously.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Math NECAP Test- Only period 7

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

period 7worked on organizing their research notes and creating an outline for their argumentative essays.


Homework
All periods-  work through the spelling packet -  due Friday

 

Math

Students created their math portfolios today. These folders will be used to collect virtually all graded work from the year and will serve as a record of mastery and/or specific areas of need. Math portfolios will be sent home at least once per quarter, but may also be reviewed more frequently with a parent request. The front page of the portfolio is a pink sheet for parent signatures and the back page is a line graph showing multiplication fact mastery.

Once the portfolios were organized, we began a discussion about divisibility.
No homework.

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Reading

Students' portfolios were sent home today with the exception of students who have not yet turned in their Non-fiction packets. Please check the IC portal to see if your child has a final grade for the Non-fiction unit. If there is no grade, he/she hasn't yet turned it in. At this point they are late and will start to be reduced by 10% tomorrow.


Today we worked on Literature Circle so prepare for our first Literature Circle. We will pick a date soon.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.

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Science Students were given the take-home, open book, open note, NOT OPEN FRIEND ---TEST on Weather today.  Only period 7 met due to NECAP testing.  TEST is DUE at the BEGINNING of CLASS on FRIDAY.


Social Studies

Today students discussed the job of an archaeologist. Next, they imagined that it was 5,000 years in the future and they were given an "artifact" to identify and interpret.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Math NECAP Test- Only periods 4 and 6

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

periods 4 and 6 worked on organizing their research notes and creating an outline for their argumentative essays.


Homework
All periods-  work through the spelling packet -  due Friday

Periods 4 and 6-  work on the two paragraphs of the body (use the outline completed in class)  

Math

Students created their math portfolios today. These folders will be used to collect virtually all graded work from the year and will serve as a record of mastery and/or specific areas of need. Math portfolios will be sent home at least once per quarter, but may also be reviewed more frequently with a parent request. The front page of the portfolio is a pink sheet for parent signatures and the back page is a line graph showing multiplication fact mastery.

Once the portfolios were organized, we began a discussion about divisibility.
No homework.

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Reading

Students' portfolios were sent home today with the exception of students who have not yet turned in their Non-fiction packets. Please check the IC portal to see if your child has a final grade for the Non-fiction unit. If there is no grade, he/she hasn't yet turned it in. At this point they are late and will start to be reduced by 10% tomorrow.


Today we worked on Literature Circle so prepare for our first Literature Circle. We will pick a date soon.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.

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Science Students were given the take-home, open book, open note, NOT OPEN FRIEND ---TEST on Weather today.  Only periods 4 and 6 met due to NECAP testing.  TEST is DUE at the BEGINNING of CLASS on FRIDAY.


Social Studies

Today students discussed the job of an archaeologist. Next, they imagined that it was 5,000 years in the future and they were given an "artifact" to identify and interpret.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Math NECAP Test- Only periods 1 and 3

Someone has ordered the following books but there is no name on the order form:
Guinness World Records 2014, Pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, National Geographic: Myths Busted, and National Geographic: Weird but True Tales. If this is your child's order please let Ms. Perkins know so she can deliver the books. They have arrived and are in her room, with no way to identify whose books they are. Thank you!

 

Language Arts

periods 1 and 3 worked on organizing their research notes and creating an outline for their argumentative essays.


Homework
All periods-  work through the spelling packet -  due Friday

Periods 1 and 3-  work on the two paragraphs of the body (use the outline completed in class)  

Math

Students created their math portfolios today. These folders will be used to collect virtually all graded work from the year and will serve as a record of mastery and/or specific areas of need. Math portfolios will be sent home at least once per quarter, but may also be reviewed more frequently with a parent request. The front page of the portfolio is a pink sheet for parent signatures and the back page is a line graph showing multiplication fact mastery.

Once the portfolios were organized, we began a discussion about divisibility.
No homework.

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Reading

Students' portfolios were sent home today with the exception of students who have not yet turned in their Non-fiction packets. Please check the IC portal to see if your child has a final grade for the Non-fiction unit. If there is no grade, he/she hasn't yet turned it in. At this point they are late and will start to be reduced by 10% tomorrow.


Today we worked on Literature Circle so prepare for our first Literature Circle. We will pick a date soon.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.

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Science Students were given the take-home, open book, open note, NOT OPEN FRIEND ---TEST on Weather today.  Only periods 1 and 3 met due to NECAP testing.  TEST is DUE at the BEGINNING of CLASS on FRIDAY.


Social Studies

Today students discussed the job of an archaeologist. Next, they imagined that it was 5,000 years in the future and they were given an "artifact" to identify and interpret.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Language Arts

Students worked on their argument essays.


Math

We discussed strategies and answers for PS #2, and then students worked collaboratively to solve various challenge problems. They practiced not only using their math skills to find the correct answers, but also using their language skills to clearly demonstrate their thinking.

Homework: get lots of sleep, eat well, and otherwise prepare for next week's math NECAPs!

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Reading

Students started working on their various roles for their Literature Circles.


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more

Non-fiction packets are due!!!!!

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Science Science students viewed the Bill Nye video on Climate.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students enjoyed the rest of the book entitled Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay. Some classes also participated in an activty designed to demonstrate the difference between primary and secondary sources of information.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 NECAP Reading Testing Today - Only periods 3 and 4 today

Language Arts

Periods 3 finished critiquing the argument essay example.  Students then started working on their opening paragraphs.



Period 4 in class we finished the opening paragraph of the argument essay.  We then critiqued the body paragraphs of an argument essay.

Homework- revise the paragraph written about the environment.  Due tomorrow.

Math

Students finished up the review packet and then worked with table groups to solve challenge questions.  PS #2 was collected. No homework.

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Reading

Students in Periods 3 and 4 got set up for Literature Circles. This will take a few days to get up and running.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

NON-FICTION PACKETS AND REFLECTIONS ARE PAST DUE. Any packets not turned in by Tuesday, October will be marked late.

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Science Science classes 3, and 4 met today.  Students used an isobar pressure map to locate air masses.  Students also began a discussion regarding global climate change and the importance of looking at averages of data and not specific years or events.

No homework.


Social Studies

Today students in periods 3 and 4 enjoyed more of the book entitled Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay.

No homework.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 NECAP Reading Testing Today - Only periods 1, 6, and 7 today

Language Arts

Periods 6 and 7 started to critique an argumentative essay


Period 1 finished the critiquing and began writing the "hook" to the opening paragraph of their own argumentative essays.

No homework for any classes

Math

Students worked on classifying geometric shapes and then finished up the review packets. Homework: PS #2 due tomorrow -- even if you don't have math class!

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Reading

Periods 6, 7, and 1 met today and organized for Literature Circles. It will take a few days to get this up and running, but we had a good start.


HOMEWORK: Read for 15 minutes or more. If you so choose, you may use your Literature Circle book. Or not. As always, you can read anything.

NON-FICTION PACKETS AND REFLECTIONS ARE DUE ASAP. They were supposed to be turned in last Friday.

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Science Science classes 6,7, and 1 met and worked on turning air pressure data readings into an isobar pressure map.  Students discussed the concept that the closer the isobar lines the more wind will be produced and vice versa.  Air pressure is just one of the data points used in tracking air masses.  No homework.  


Social Studies

Today students in periods 6 and 7 started a new unit about archaeology by enjoying the first part of the book entitled Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay. Period 1 heard more of the book.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, October 7, 2013 NECAP Reading Testing Today - Only periods 1, 3, and 4 today

Language Arts

All periods started to read and review an argumentative essay written about uniforms.  Although we didn't finish, students started to critique the essay and discuss the strengths of the essay as well as the weaknesses.


Period 4 started to write their lead paragraphs.

No homework (periods 1,3,4,6,7)

Math

Students worked with small groups today on a quick geometry review. They were given the task of describing a given shape, with as many geometric terms as possible. We then shared as a full class.

Homework: PS #2 is due Wednesday

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Reading

We started talking about Literature Circles today. It will take a few days to get this up and going! 

The unit, Non-Fiction in the Fall is over. If you have not completed your 4 packets and reflection, you need to get them to me as soon as possible. If you need help, please come see me.


HOMEWORK: Reading for 15 minutes or more.

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Science Science students worked on connecting similar temperature reading on a weather map to construct a simple model of two air masses meeting.  No homework..  


Social Studies

Today students started a new unit about archaeology by enjoying the first part of the book entitled Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay..

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Language Arts

Periods -  All periods took the unit 3 spelling quiz today.


Period 4 then went on to work on writing to a prompt.

No homework

Math

Students continued to work individually and with small groups to complete the practice packets. We also stopped periodically to check answers and share strategies as a full class.

Homework: PS #2 due Wednesday

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Reading

In all classes we finalized the reading packets-last class time given for them. We also went over the reading assignment and written component from yesterday, worked on vocabulary and when finished had a few minutes for silent reading.


HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

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Science Science students took a practice 5 point quiz on weather fronts and air pressure.  Students examined different types of severe weather.  No homework.  


Social Studies

Today students shared the maps of their own countries with their classmates.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7-  Today we went through and corrected the homework packet (spelling and types of sentences).


Homework- study for tomorrow's spelling quiz
                  complete final page of homework packet

Period 4  Today we corrected the unit 3 spelling packet.  We also revisited a prompt written earlier in the year.

Homework -  Study for tomorrow's spelling quiz

 


Math

We discussed and corrected last night's homework and then began working on a testing review packet. We will continue with the packet tomorrow.

Homework: return signed quiz by tomorrow; complete PS #2 by Wednesday

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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 completed a reading comprehension and constructed writing response activity today. After, students finalized the 4 non-fiction packets or had silent reading.

Period 5 worked on their vocabulary bumper sticker.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
All 4 non-fiction packets are due with the reflection by the end of class tomorrow.

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Science Science  students drew the diagram comparing cooler air to warm air from memory as review.  We added to the diagram the fact that lower pressure/rising air allows cloud formation but higher pressure/falling air prevents cloud formation.

We then discussed the qualities of air masses from page 505 of the text.  

Homework = read page 506 of text which discusses weather fronts.  Make four weather front flash cards by copying the diagrams on page 506.  On the back of the flash cards write the name of the weather front depicted and the type of weather associated with that front.


Social Studies

Today students completed the geography evaluation.

Final map of their own country is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and7  Students used the smart board to review the three types of sentences.  We then played Whack-A-Mole to identify they sentence types. 


Homework- Two pages (with a star on the top) of identifying the three types of sentences.

Period 4  Students used the smart board to review diagraming sentences for subjects and verbs.  We also used the smart board to review FANBOYS and  compound sentences.

Homework- study spelling for Friday's quiz.

 


Math

We had a quick full-class discussion about fraction computation and then students completed a lesson or two on Khan Academy. All students now have an account and a coach (Mrs Pribis :) and are encouraged to work through some lessons at home as time allows. The site is wwwkhanacademy.org and the students should log on with the email address: 1st initial last name@bms.bownet.org (no spaces & no caps).

Homework: return signed quiz by Friday

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Reading

Students worked on their Greek and Latin roots as well as the non-fiction packets and reflections.


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.

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Science Science students corrected homework and then looked at a demonstration of air pressure using a candle, jar, and colored water.  Students took air temperature measurements and discussed air pressure and wind.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students worked on the final draft of their Create Your Own Country project.

Homework: Study for the geography evaluation scheduled for tomorrow, 10/3 (See study guide, essay question, vocabulary matching resources)

Final map of their own country is due Friday, 10/4

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7


Students reviewed the differences between  simple, compound, and complex sentences.  We also discussed comma placement.

Homework-  work on weekly prompt (found in packet)

Period 4

Students finished researching their debate topics.
Homework- finish the spelling packet.

 


Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: We discussed and practiced fraction conversions and addition/subtraction, and then moved on to a review of order of operations. Homework: complete worksheet 1-3; return signed quiz by Friday; complete PS #2 by Wednesday, 10/9

Periods 6, 7: We created a quick guide for multiply/dividing with negative signs, and then applied this knowledge to our fraction multiplication work. I'm encouraging the students to simplify (or factor out) before they multiply rather than after. However, they may also choose to multiply first, simplify second if that's more comfortable at this stage. Homework: complete worksheet 2-3; return signed quiz by Friday; complete PS #2 by Wednesday, 10/9

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Reading

Periods 1, 3, 4, and 7 started Greek and Latin Roots today. Period 6 will start tomorrow.


HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more.

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Science Science students diagramed the differences between cooler air and warmer air.  They then used the diagram and their text to complete a worksheet on weather and air pressure.  The remainder of the worksheet is homework.


Social Studies

Today most students worked on the final draft of their Create Your Own Country project.

Homework: Study for the geography evaluation scheduled for Thursday, 10/3 (See study guide, essay question, vocabulary matching resources)

Final map of their own country is due Friday, 10/4

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Language Arts

All periods took the unit 3 spelling pretest today.


Homework
Periods 1,3,6, and 7
Write each misspelled word correctly- 5X each
Complete the Practice exercise on the front
Complete the spelling page found within the packet (front and back)

Period 4
Write each misspelled word correctly- 5X each
Complete the front side of the spelling page 1

 


Math

Last week's quizzes were handed back and should be shared at home, signed, and returned by Friday. Today, students were introduced to Khan Academy and then were able to set up student accounts. If you're curious about this site, please check it out atwww.khanacademy.org.

Homework: complete a fraction lesson on Khan Academy by Wednesday (we'll have class time tomorrow in case students are not able to do this at home); return signed quiz by Friday.

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Reading

Students worked on reflections

and finished up the non fiction unit.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.

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Science Science students viewed the Bill Nye video on wind.  Homework is to watch the StudyJams- "Air Pressure & Wind" video online.  Students should come to class with questions or facts about: high pressure, low pressure, convection cell, and/or Coriolis effect.


Social Studies

Today students continued creating drafts for their Create Your Own Country project.

Homework: Study for the geography evaluation scheduled for Thursday, 10/3 (See study guide, essay question, vocabulary matching resources)

Final map of their own country is due Friday, 10/4

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6,7   students did research in the library


no homework


Period 4

students took the spelling quiz today   
we also worked on a writing prompt together

no homework   

Math

Today, our 6th graders had the distinct honor of being the first students to test out the new BMS technology. They learned how to log onto and navigate with the Chromebooks (ask them about them!) and then honed some math skills on www.mathplayground.com.

No homework.

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Reading

We are starting to wrap up the Non-Fiction in the Fall unit and students began reflecting on how they have done.


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.

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Science
Science students learned the basics of taking temperature readings using the handheld GLX graphing computers.  Students used temperature probes to take measurements and see the correlation between their actions and the real-time graph.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students continued creating drafts for their Create Your Own Country project. They were given a study guide for a geography evaluation scheduled for 10/3.

 

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Language Arts

All class periods did research in the library.


Period 4-  Your only homework is to study for tomorrow's spelling quiz.  Do NOT do the prompt if you haven't done it already.
Math

Students took a quiz today. Once they had finished, they were reminded to check first for reasonableness and then for accuracy (why bother checking your facts if the answer doesn't even make sense?!), and then to choose a math challenge from the "challenge box." If time allowed, we discussed and corrected PS #1.

No homework.

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Reading

Students worked on a "Context Clue Workout" today. We practiced previewing and highlighting as well.


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.
Science
Science students reviewed the water cycle in a short 12 question standardized test format.  This was not graded.  Students are starting their exploration and investigations into weather.  We previewed weather concepts.  Weather is a momentary occurrence.  Weather variables are: temperature, humidity, precipitation, air pressure, and wind.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students began creating drafts for their Create Your Own Country project.

Homework: Drafts due end of class tomorrow

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Language Arts

All periods went to the library to research.


Homework-

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students have one more night to redo a written prompt for a better grade  (due tomorrow)

Period 4-  FANBOYS paper (found in homework packet)
Math

Students completed problems to help practice for tomorrow's quiz. Problem Solving #1 was collected and will be corrected together later in the week.

Homework: practice for tomorrow's quiz

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Reading

Students took the Math Vocabulary test online today. They received their scores immediately. 


HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more.
Science
Science students started sharing their knowledge of the water cycle with classmates.


Social Studies

Today students were shown an example of the Create Your Own Country project.

Homework: Think about your own country

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Language Arts

All class periods went to the library.  Periods 1,3,6, and 7 started researching.  Period 4 listened to  a presentation.


Homework-
Periods 1,3,6, and 7 students have the opportunity to redo a prompt for a better grade (if necessary).  The redo will be collected on Thursday.

Period 4-  Students should complete the DOL (Lesson 6) page (front and back) found in the homework packet.
Math

Periods 1,3,4: practiced decimal computation in preparation for Thursday's quiz. Homework: PS#1 due tomorrow; decimal computation quiz on Thursday..
Periods 6,7: practiced fraction addition & subtraction in preparation for Thursday's quiz. Homework: PS#1 due tomorrow; quiz on Thursday (converting fractions to decimals, adding & subtracting fractions).

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Reading Students reviewed for the Math vocabulary test tomorrow and then worked on the non-fiction packets.

HOMEWORK:
Math Vocabulary test tomorrow
Read 15 minutes or more

 

Science
Science students finished their final drafts of the water cycle project in class today.  Students will start sharing their knowledge either by going through their projects with me privately or by presenting to the class...their choice.


Social Studies

Today students utilized their knowledge of the features of maps by completing a map scavenger hunt.

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7


Students listened to a presentation in the library.

No Homework

Period 4
Students took a pretest on the unit 2 spelling words.
We then chose topics for our argument essay.

Homework-  Page one of the spelling packet  (front and back)
Math

Periods 1,3,4: practiced decimal computation in preparation for Thursday's quiz. Homework: decimal worksheet, PS#1 due Wednesday.
Periods 6,7: practiced fraction addition & subtraction in preparation for Thursday's quiz. Homework: fraction worksheet; PS#1 due Wednesday.

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Reading Students worked on their reading non-fiction packets.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
MAth vocabulary test on Wednesday

 

Science
Science students worked on the final draft of the water cycle project. The final draft of their project is due by the end of class tomorrow.


Social Studies

Today students reviewed map skills (textbook pages 38-40) and applied the information by completing a chart of maps found in the textbook including the title, type of map (political, physical, or historical), geographical theme (location, place, region, human-environment interaction, or movement), and included features (key, latitude/longitude, compass rose, scale, locator map and inset map).

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7


Students listened to a presentation in the library.

No Homework

Period 4
Students took a pretest on the unit 2 spelling words.
We then chose topics for our argument essay.

Homework-  Page one of the spelling packet  (front and back)
Math

Periods 1,3,4: practiced decimal computation in preparation for Thursday's quiz. Homework: decimal worksheet, PS#1 due Wednesday.
Periods 6,7: practiced fraction addition & subtraction in preparation for Thursday's quiz. Homework: fraction worksheet; PS#1 due Wednesday.

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Reading Students worked on their reading non-fiction packets.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes or more
MAth vocabulary test on Wednesday

 

Science
Science students worked on the final draft of the water cycle project. The final draft of their project is due by the end of class tomorrow.


Social Studies

Today students reviewed map skills (textbook pages 38-40) and applied the information by completing a chart of maps found in the textbook including the title, type of map (political, physical, or historical), geographical theme (location, place, region, human-environment interaction, or movement), and included features (key, latitude/longitude, compass rose, scale, locator map and inset map).

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  Students took the unit 2 spelling quiz.  We then spent time discussing possible topics for the argumentative essays.  We will begin working in the library next week.


no homework

Period 4  students spent time discussing possible topics for the argumentative essays.  Next week we will spend class time (Tuesday on) working in the library.   We also spent some time working on a writing prompt.

no homework
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students practiced decimal computation skills -- by correcting a page full of work done by Mrs. Pribis. They had the task of checking each problem, circling any errors they saw, and then recalculating using proper technique.

Periods 6, 7: We discussed and took notes on integer basics (definition, absolute value, opposites, etc) and briefly practiced adding rational numbers using number lines.
Homework (all classes): PS #1 due Wednesday

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Reading We worked on a Math Vocabulary crossword puzzle, then worked on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words using a passage about the Kyrgyz nomads. 

HOMEWORK
Read 15 minutes
Math Vocabulary test on Wednesday, September 25

 

Science
Science students checked their rough draft with Mr. Costello.  They should be working on the final draft of the water cycle project after the end of today's class.  No homework.  Students should be finishing the final draft of their project in class by end of class on Tuesday.


Social Studies

Today students practiced using latitude and longitude coordinates by playing a verson of Battleship.

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Language Arts

Period 1,6, and 7  Students reviewed the DOL portion of the packet with me. 


We also spent a small amount of time reviewing for tomorrow's spelling quiz.

Period 3-  homework packets were checked .  Students went right into a debate on uniforms. We then discussed possible topics to use for our argumentative essays.

Period 4 also had a debate on uniforms.  We then discussed possible topics to use for our argumentative essays.

Homework-  period 4  no homework  (ran out of time...great debate)

Periods 1,3,5, and 7- finish prompt.  study for tomorrow's spelling quiz.
Math

All classes: Students finished the word problem from yesterday. A few brave individuals demonstrated on the white board and were scored by the audience on a scale of 1-4.

Periods 1, 3, 4: We were then able to spend some time multiplying decimals.
Periods 6, 7: We then launched an integer unit with a students forming a human number line. We briefly discussed magnitude and absolute value.
Homework (for all classes): Return signed quiz by tomorrow; PS #1 due Wed.

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Reading Students received a vocabulary flashcard packet, and then we worked on the nonfiction unit.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Math Vocabulary Test next Wednesday, Sept. 25

 

Science

Students worked on their water cycle project rough draft. Rough drafts are due at the end of class on Friday.

Social Studies

Today students completed a variety of activities to practice using latitude and longitude including a partner activity, computer games, "Teacher Hunt" and an interactive whiteboard activity.

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Language Arts

Period 4-  After a quick review of the four kinds of sentences, students began working on writing down three pieces of evidence  to use to support their claim against school uniforms.  


Homework-  Choose two of the three pieces of evidence and write a warrant for each.  Remember, a warrant explains the evidence and how the evidence supports the claim.

Periods 1,3,6, and  7

All students reviewed how to evaluate a prompt (writing with little to no choice)

Period 6 had a debate about school uniforms

Period 7 students brainstormed possible topics to use for their argument essays.

Homework- periods 1,3,5, and 7  FANBOYS page of packet.  Begin writing a constructed response (a paragraph) for the prompt on the environment.  Study spelling words
Math

Students completed a multiplication fact timing and approximately 99% of them raised their hands when I asked how many improved over last week's pretiming. The power of practice at work! Students then worked with table groups to solve a word problem and carefully show or explain the answer.

Homework: return signed quiz by Friday; Problem Solving Challenge #1 due Wednesday, 9/25.

 


Reading We played math vocabulary bingo, collected the math vocabulary homework, and then worked on the non-fiction unit.

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Math Vocabulary Test next Wednesday, Sept. 25

 

Science

Science students worked on their rough draft for the Water Cycle Project.  By Friday, students should have all of their information and rough draft complete.  Students may begin their final draft as soon as they have checked the rough draft with me.

Social Studies

Today students prepared a map of the world for the upcoming game of Battleship to be played on Friday as a way to apply the understanding of latitude and longitude. They also completed activities designed to review the five themes of geography (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions).

No homework

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Language Arts

Today students analyzed an excerpt from Harry Potter and identified the four types of sentences. Next students added missing punctuation to another excerpt and labeled the sentences as declarative, exclamatory, imperative, or interrogative.

Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: We worked on decimal addition and subtraction, and then had a brief introduction to decimal multiplication. Quizzes were handed back and should be shared at home. Homework: complete fact packet (and practice facts for tomorrow's timing): share quiz at home and return with a parent signature by Friday.


Periods 6, 7: We continued our work with rational numbers. Quizzes were handed back and should be shared at home. Homework: complete fact packet (and practice facts for tomorrow's timing): share quiz at home and return with a parent signature by Friday.

 


Reading Students received their vocabulary assignments today along with any non-fiction packets they had already turned in. Students continued to work on their non-fiction packets.

HOMEWORK:
Read for at least 15 minutes
Math Vocabulary 2 is due tomorrow
Math Vocabulary Test is next Wednesday, Sept. 25.

 

Science

Science students worked on their rough draft for the Water Cycle Project.  By Friday, students should have all of their information and rough draft complete.  Students may begin their final draft as soon as they have checked the rough draft with me.

Social Studies

Today students participated in a variety of skits relating to Constitution Day led by guest speaker, Phil Coggin, historian, author and retired history teacher.

No homework.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7  took the spelling pretest for unit 2 words.  Students received a homework packet.  Assignment books have been filled in for the week.  All should know exactly which pages of the packet to work on each night.


Period 4 took a base-line writing prompt with Mrs. Michaud this morning.  We then began discussing school uniforms.  We looked at a list of pros and cons.  Tomorrow we will begin writing a claim and warrants.

no homework  (We ran out of time....great class discussions!)
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Practiced decimal addition and subtraction. Homework: complete decimal worksheet; fact packet due on Wednesday(keep practicing for the next fact timing!)

Periods 6, 7: Practiced converting fractions to decimals -- with lots of emphasis on finding time-saving "short cuts" before resorting to division. Homework: complete fraction to decimal worksheet; fact packet due on Wednesday (keep practicing for the next fact timing!)

 


Reading We corrected a non-fiction packet called "The Last Flight" about Roberto Clemente and started the "Non-Fiction in the Fall" unit in earnest today. 

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Math vocabulary due on Wednesday 9/18
Math vocabulary test on Wednesday 9/25

 

Science

Science students were introduced to the Water Cycle Show Your Knowledge Project. Students should come to class with their idea for how they want to show their knowledge tomorrow. We will be researching and getting their rough drafts into shape.

Social Studies

Today students continued learning about situations when humans impact the environment (pollution, terracing, polders, deforestation, and desertification).

No homework.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Language Arts

All periods took the unit 1 spelling quiz today.  Many students then continued to work on the claim, evidence, and warrants for school uniforms.


No homework
Math

Periods 1, 3, 4: Students used number tiles, SmartBoard and/or iPad presentations to work on decimal place value. (periods 3 & 4 also started a decimal computation review).

Periods 6, 7: Students used white boards and the iPad to evaluate a few expressions. They then discussed all the varied solutions they'd found. The need for only one correct value led us into a discussion about order of operations.

Homework: fact packet due Wednesday (Wednesday will also be the next fact timing)

 


Reading We corrected a non-fiction packet called "The Last Flight" about Roberto Clemente and started the "Non-Fiction in the Fall" unit in earnest today. 

HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Math vocabulary due on Wednesday 9/18
Math vocabulary test on Wednesday 9/25

 

Science

Science students watched a short video from the Scholastic StudyJams site on the three phases of matter.  This ties in nicely with our water cycle studies.  We also viewed a short news video on giant hail precipitating into a swimming pool.  We took a mock quiz based on the video and everyone passed with flying colors.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students shared their pages of the ABC book about Bow and then began learning about situations when humans impact the environment (pollution, terracing, polders, deforestation, and desertification).

No homework.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Language Arts

All classes corrected the two spelling pages of the spelling packet.  We then used white boards to review the spelling words for tomorrow's quiz.  


Homework- finish the writing prompt (last page of packet)
study spelling words
Math

Students took a quiz today. If time allowed, they worked on their fact packets and/or chose a challenge activity from the Challenge Box.

Homework: fact packet due Wednesday (Wednesday will also be the next fact timing)

 


Reading Students are finishing up the Connection Response using My Big Campus. In class we started a new unit called "Non-Fiction in the Fall," which will begin in earnest tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 15 minutes
Math Vocabulary due on Sept. 18
Math Vocabulary test on Sept. 25

 

Science

Science students were issued textbooks and a discussion was opened regarding what students already knew about the water cycle.  We are expanding on their knowledge.  Homework is to read pages 468 and 469 of their text and be prepared to discuss what's inaccurate about the diagram on page 469.


Social Studies

Today students began a discussion of the human-environment interaction theme of geography using the story of the Lorax.

Homework: Final page of the ABC book about "This Place Called Bow" is due tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,4, 6, and 7 continue their work on writing evidence, claims, and warrants.  Periods 3 and 7 completed their work on school uniforms.

Periods 1 and 6 started their argument on school  uniforms.

Period 4 finished the introductory activity and will start the school uniform activity tomorrow.

Homework- study spelling words (quiz Friday for all periods) and continue working in spelling packet.  Finish the direct quotes activity and begin the writing prompt.
Math

We had our final review for tomorrow's quiz, and then students completed a multiplication timing. Today's timings will only be used to establish a baseline from which to measure improvement (it will not count as a grade). Students were given a fact packet to use for practice this week, and another timing will be taken next Wednesday (and will count as a grade).

Homework: use review packet to prepare for tomorrow's quiz; fact packet due Wednesday.

 


Reading We reviewed last week's vocabulary, introduced 10 more math terms, collect vocabulary homework, and then either worked on the connection response, next week's vocabulary homework, or had some reading time.

HOMEWORK:
Read at least 15 minutes
Math vocabulary due next Wednesday, Sept. 18
Math Vocabulary Test on September 25.

 

Science

Science students finished their playing card dichotomous key summative assessment today.  Textbooks were handed out in most classes.  No homework.


Social Studies

Today students reviewed the theme of geography identified as Place. They listed examples of physical features and human features that would describe the town of Bow.

Homework: Draft of the sentence for a page of the Bow ABC book due tomorrow. Final page due Friday.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Language Arts

All periods reviewed the difference between direct and indirect quotes.  We then reviewed how and when to use quotation marks.


Periods 7 and  3-  students began reading through a list of the pros and the cons of having school uniforms.  Students then wrote a claim.

Period 4-  students were introduced to the terms:  evidence, claims, and warrants.  We then looked at a picture to determine evidence that can be taken from the picture.

Periods 1 and 6-  students finished discussing the meaning of a warrant and how to write an appropriate warrant.

homework for all periods-  work on the two spelling pages in the homework packet.
Math

Students created a study guide for Thursday's quiz (in the note section of math notebook), reviewed rounding skills, and then worked on a Quiz Practice worksheet.

Homework: complete Quiz Practice WS; prepare for Thursday's quiz.


Reading Students worked on their connection response assignment using My Big Campus. After submitting their work they read their books.

HOMEWORK:
READ FOR 15 MINUTES OR MORE!
Math vocabulary is  due tomorrow.

 

Science

Science students worked on completing their dichotomous key playing card diagram and practicing make the key from just the diagram. Tomorrow students will be assessed on their ability to make the key from just their diagram.  Prepare for assessment.


Social Studies

Today students reviewed information about latitude and longitude in a variety of ways including singing a song!.

Homework: Classroom region map due (beginning tomorrow of class)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Language Arts

All class periods took the unit 1 spelling pretest.


Homework-  write each misspelled word correctly (five times each)
Math

Students worked on a second round of computation practice. We will have our first quiz on Thursday. Included on the quiz will be: math vocabulary, math symbols, rounding, and computation (whole number for periods 1, 3, 4 and whole number & decimal for periods 6, 7). Homework: complete computation worksheet #2; prepare for Thursday's quiz.

Reading Students worked on finishing up a connections worksheet and then went to My Big Campus to write a more thorough paragraph explaining one of the connections they had made. This assignment is on Infinite Campus but is not due until Wednesday at the end of class. It will show up as an outstanding assignment, so please ignore that comment. It was assigned today, but the due date is not until Wednesday at the end of class.

HOMEWORK:
Math Vocabulary is due on Wednesday
READ EVERY NIGHT FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES.

 

Science

Science students began the first phase of their dichotomous key summative assessment. Students began making a dichotomous key diagram of the 12 face cards in a standard deck of playing cards. Tomorrow students should be working on the actual key portion of the assessment independently. No homework.


Social Studies

Today students reviewed information about regions and then began to map the regions of the SS classroom.

Homework: Classroom region map due Wednesday (beginning of class)

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,6, and 7- Students worked on the elements of an argumentative essay:  claim, evidence, warrants


No homework

Period 4 students worked on a base-line writing prompt on whether gum is helpful or harmful in a classroom.
No homework
Math

Students worked with table groups to complete a "chip trading" activity today. They worked their way up from blue to green to red to gold chips -- while working on understanding how a "base 4" game relates to our "base 10" number system. If time allowed, they then had to work backwards through the system by subtracting. No homework.

Reading
Students identified their various connections (text to text, text to self, and text to world) and then wrote about one of each type.
Students should read over the weekend.
Math Vocabulary is due on Wednesday.

 

Science

Science students learned how to take a diagram of dichotomous key choices and turn it into a dichotomous key.

No homework.


Social Studies

Today students presented one item made in another country and indicated on a map of the world where the item was made. They discussed the geographical and economical impact of these products.

Have a great weekend!

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,5, and 7

Today we held a brief discussion about whether chewing gum in class is helpful or harmful.  We then watched a very brief video entitled GUM: FRIEND OR FOE?

Students were also given some information that shared the pros and cons of chewing gum in school.

Activity:  Students were to use the discussion, video, and pros and cons information sheet to help make a claim of whether gum is helpful or harmful in the classroom.  This prompt will be used as a base line to determine their strengths as writers.

Homework- finish the packet containing lessons 4 and 5

Period 4  Students took a pretest on the NO EXCUSE WORDS for grades 5 and 6

Homework-  finish the packet containing lessons 4 and 5
Math

Students worked with table groups to complete a "chip trading" activity today. They worked their way up from blue to green to red to gold chips -- while working on understanding how a "base 4" game relates to our "base 10" number system. If time allowed, they then had to work backwards through the system by subtracting. No homework.

Reading
We learned about connections in class today. There are 3 types of connections people make when they read: text-to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self. Making connections helps one to remember things better thus aids reading comprehension. Tonight students are using sticky notes to mark where they are finding and making connections. We will work with those sticky notes tomorrow in class. Please bring your independent reading books to class!

HOMEWORK: Vocabulary due next Wednesday, Sept. 11.

 

Science

Science students worked on the finishing touches for the dichotomous key diagram.  No homework.

Social Studies

Today students learned about the five themes of geography. (Textbook pages 35 - 37).

Homework: Bring in one item from another country (easy to transport on the bus and not of great value) -due tomorrow.

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,5, and 7

Today we held a brief discussion about whether chewing gum in class is helpful or harmful.  We then watched a very brief video entitled GUM: FRIEND OR FOE?

Students were also given some information that shared the pros and cons of chewing gum in school.

Activity:  Students were to use the discussion, video, and pros and cons information sheet to help make a claim of whether gum is helpful or harmful in the classroom.  This prompt will be used as a base line to determine their strengths as writers.

Homework- finish the packet containing lessons 4 and 5

Period 4  Students took a pretest on the NO EXCUSE WORDS for grades 5 and 6

Homework-  finish the packet containing lessons 4 and 5
Math

Students ran through the symbols/vocab activity again and then we worked on applying understanding to our mathematical work. We will continue to work on both our computational accuracy and deeper understanding of the concepts. No homework.

Reading
A short math vocabulary unit was on the docket for today. There will be 20 words in total, today we worked with 10. These are all words identified by Mrs. Pribis as vocabulary she wants to make sure the kids know. And, of course, being the reading teacher I just had to get all excited about the Greek roots found in many of them!!!! Students received a worksheet with 10 words. They are to write the definition of each term in THEIR OWN words-do not use a dictionary. Then, they are to use the word in a sentence in such a way that their comprehension of the word is clear. DUE DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11.

BAD EXAMPLE:  Write an equation.

GOOD EXAMPLE: Write an equation that shows that both sides of the equation are equal.

 

Science

Students began diagraming the traits of the Pamishan creatures in preparation for making their own dichotomous key.  Students will first practice making diagrams before they attempt making a dichotomous key from a diagram.  Homework is to familiarize themselves with similarities and differences between face cards in a standard deck of playing cards.

Social Studies

Today students shared and evaluated reasons for the study of history.

Homework: Bring in one item from another country (easy to transport on the bus and not of great value) -due Friday

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Language Arts

Periods 1,3,5, and 7

Students took a pre quiz on the NO EXCUSE words on the fifth and sixth grade lists

Homework-  DOL packet lessons 4 and 5 (due Friday)

Period 4  Students finished the final draft of their I Am From poems.

Homework- DOL packet lesson 4 (due Thursday)
Math

Students completed a 20-question math preview today, to help me direct this year's instruction. These previews will not count as a grade. No homework.

Reading

Students learned about more books to read,worked on My Big Campus, and had time for independent reading.

No homework.
Science

Science students finished their Pamishan Creature dichotomous keys today.  Students will start diagramming the key tomorrow in class.  Homework is to study the face cards of a playing cards deck for similarities and differences.

Social Studies

Students corrected the "Scavenger Hunt" of the SS textbook to locate information using the nonfiction features/conventions. Next they brainstormed ideas about why we study history

Homework: Cover SS textbook -due tomorrow

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Language Arts

Students worked on the final draft of their "I Am From" free-verse poem.

Math

Students completed a page of mathematical symbols & vocabulary to check for existing knowledge. We then completed a matching exercise with magnetic cards to check answers. No homework (unless introduction letter still needs to be finished).

Reading

Reading classes went to the library for a mini orientation, book talks, and to self- select new books to read.

Science

Science students continued their work with dichotomous keys.  Students worked on the Pamishan Creatures key today.  We will finish using the key on Tuesday.  We will begin the process of figuring out how to make a dichotomous key on Tuesday.  No homework.  Enjoy Labor Day weekend.

Social Studies

Students completed a review of nonfiction features/conventions (type of print, glossary, index, map, textbox, table of contents, graphs, captions, cutaways, comparisons, photographs, and labels) . They then completed a "Scavenger Hunt" of the SS textbook to locate information using the nonfiction features/conventions.

Homework: Cover SS textbook -due 9/4

Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Language Arts

Students worked on the first draft of their "I Am From" free-verse poems.

No Language Arts homework.

Math

Students are being asked to write a letter that highlights their likes and dislikes in math, as well as a few other points of interest. (They have a guide.) Letters are due at the beginning of class tomorrow. Students who were finished with their letters were introduced (or reintroduced) to the fun of Suduko or KenKen puzzles.

Reading

Today, many of the students were able to work with "My Big Campus." More details to follow! By the end of class on Friday, please have found something (book, magazine, newspaper, etc.) to read.

Science

Science students used dichotomous keys today. They identified "SNERFS", "POGS", "BELZARKS", and more!

Social Studies A brief description of grade 6 SS was presented and discussed. Students were assigned textbooks and then the class participated in a get-to-know-you activity.
Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BMS packets (emergency forms, field trip permission forms, etc.) were handed out. Please complete and return these forms by Friday, if possible.

We will be participating in a district-wide creativity activity on Friday. The students have been asked to select a personal item that represents them in some way. They should bring this item to school with them on Friday. Items will not be damaged or kept overnight, but should be portable and appropriate!

Language Arts

All classes were first made aware of important places specific to the classroom (lock down, sign-out book, fire exit, etc.). We then talked about our first writing project: A free verse poem entitled "I Am From".

Homework - homeroom students have several papers to share.

A wonderful first day.

Math

Students are being asked to write a letter that highlights their likes and dislikes in math, as well as a few other points of interest. (They have a guide.) We will work on the letters in class tomorrow, but students were invited to complete them at home instread, if they are more comfortable. Letters are due on Friday.

Reading

By the end of class on Friday, please have found something (book, magazine, newspaper, etc.) to read.

Science

Science students began the year by playing the dichotomous key game in class. (25 minute classes due to first day modified schedule.) No homework.

Social Studies Class time was spent covering classroom procedures such as signing out, location of supplies, recording assignments, fire drill exits, lock down location, etc.
Specials Please see the specialist following an absence.