NO GOLD TEST FRIDAY

NO GOLD TEST FRIDAY THE 20TH DUE TO SPIRIT WEEK

Rescheduled for 27th

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October–lots of spider talk–assignments for week of 10-13

Test Gold:  academic words Oct. 20

new academic words: theme,  symbol, tone, prose, drama, poetry

reviewing: Big Question 1, plot, fiction, non-fiction

Due Wed.:GWB

ex. 1 only on all of the following pages:175, 177, 179, 181,

and on 183 Ex.1 do only 1-10

Due Thurs.: carefully read page 111 and pages 122-128  several times

Then , in your journal,

write an answer to p. 129 Reading Skill #2

 

coming soon: results for highest class average competition and for top 5 scores in each class.

The highest overall class average was a 92.31—-find out which class won next Wed.

 

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Week starting 10-5 Drive-in movies and stray dogs

Due Thursday: In literature book

read carefully p.44-50, complete the vocabulary section on 51

also due Thursday: complete the vocabulary section on p61

 

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Week beginning 9/29

Due Monday: read p. 72 in your literature book.

Due Wednesday: Go online and reserve a non-fiction book you are interested in reading.  Be careful to choose a book that is interesting to you and that you can learn interesting new facts from reading as you will lament your choice as you work on your next project if you do not.  If you can’t reserve then write down the call number and bring that in on Wednesday’

Due Thursday: read “The Case of the Monkeys Who Fell From the Trees”

 

 

 

 

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Change War Winners

In case you live more than 5 miles from the school or were more than 5 miles away at 3 pm on 9/20 and did not hear the ear-splitting squeals from my sixth-graders– WE WON THE CHANGE WAR.

Thank you for your generous support of Kingwood High in Houston, Texas. Every heartfelt penny to $20 donation was appreciated.

As promised,  there will be no assignments due next week.

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9/15-9/22 Strung Literature Week

STORY STRINGS ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAY,   9/20 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samples are hanging in the classroom and students have been offered ribbon for string.

Due ThursdayGWB p.33 EX.2, p. 34 ex1

Silver TEST ON FRIDAY: proper adjectives(GWB25), possessive adjectives(GWB 27), pronouns(GWB 7-12), word builders, ation,ion, ist, ish, ful

 

Students have asked that I bring back the Highest Class Average contest.  All 5 of my classes are sporting at least an 88 average at this time.  Fifth period is in the lead with a 91 average for the entire class.

 

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9/9/17

I have enjoyed reading the paragraphs my students planned and wrote in class about themselves. Each student chose 3 details they felt were important for people to know.   The process of writing, including the pre-writing, rough drafts, self-editing, peer editing, and publishing, was done in class. The first 4 steps were done in their journals and the publishing was done on college-ruled loose leaf paper provided by me.

Some students chose to bring their paragraphs home to polish before publishing for me to read.  I believe the bonding between caregiver and child when working on writing and projects is an important part of a 6th grader’s life.  But please,  let your child do the work necessary to lay the foundations for the remainder of his or her secondary education. I know as a parent and grandparent that can be hard.  It is difficult to know how much help is too much.

I will be out on Wednesday for professional development. Students will need their novel and note cards in class.

Independent reading project: Story String:

All students should bring project novels and index cards to class on Wednesday of next week.  They will be given time in class to read and to work on their cards.

Homework for the week:

You (personal pronoun, second person) should be working on your story string book project.  It is DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPT 20!!!! If you lost your instructions:

Look in the pages of this blog

Due Thursday 9/14:

GWB: (4 pages)   pg. 10 ex 1   and     pg.12 ex. 1  and  pg. 25 ex. 1 and pg.27 ex1

 

 

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8/25 The rats are gone & You can shine on Tuesday

Reading: Work on reading your story string novel

For Monday: GWB p. 29 Ex 1

 

TUESDAY TESTAcademic vocabulary:  We will test on these terms on Tuesday

The following terms, which have been discussed and reviewed in class in regard to literature read in class and at home, can be found in the Literary Terms Handbook located in the reference section of your textbook(the back of your book):

Prediction, Flashback, Foreshadowing, Suspense, Sequence, Summary

Noun, Adjective, Verb, Adverb

Plot,    exposition,     complications,    rising action,    climax,    falling action, resolution

 

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8/18 Pounds, Puppies and the Eclipse

Students should re-read(or read in some cases) the short story,”Three Skeleton Key” and retake the reading comprehension quiz by next Friday if they wish to improve their score.

Open House is Monday night at 6:30.  There is no sign- in.

If a student chose to take their “Three Skeleton Key” sentence with illustration home to finish it should be completed by Monday morning and turned in.

Due on Wed. 8/23: 

  1.  carefully read page 21-28 in the yellow literature book. quiz for completion on Wed.
  2. complete Ex. 1 on page 17 and 18 in the GWB

 

  1. Due on Thursday  8/24: In your journal, write 1 good sentence for each of the blue highlighted words in the story.  The list is on page 22 in the yellow text book.
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Week beginning Friday 8/11/2017

Week beginning Friday 8/11

Academic vocabulary:

Prediction,Flashback,Foreshadowing,Suspense, Sequence, Summary

Noun, Adjective, Verb, Adverb

Plot, exposition, complications, rising action, climax, falling action,resolution

Selection Vocabulary:  

Derisive, hordes, receding, edible, suffice

Word Builders: words given in class

ness, less

Assignments

Due Tuesday: re-read “Pulgar” and “Three Skeleton Key”

Due Wed. 8/15: GWB Ex. 1 on all of the following pages: 2,8,14,16,22,30

Due Thursday 8/16 in your Journal: write 1 good context clue filled sentence for each of the words in the selection vocabulary list.  The sentence should not contain a definition of the word/.

Thursday : short silver quiz on selection vocabulary and the plot of the “Pulgar” and “Three Skeleton Key”    And less and ness words.

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Are you excited to start middle school??First post 17-18

I am looking forward to meeting you.  This will be an exciting and challenging year for you. You will grow and change physically, mentally and emotionaly more this year than ever before.  It will be a great year for you and your caregivers.  It will also be a great year for me as I watch you become middle schoolers.

Our classroom motto is:

Teachers open the door but you must walk in by yourself.  Come on in.

Your first homework assignment is to think about  the following 2 questions:

How can you hit a target you can’t see?

What is your favorite book of all the books you have ever read or have had read to you?

Many times in my classroom you will be asked a question that may not have only one correct answer.  What is important for me is that you carefully think about an answer until you have one that makes sense and that you can show me makes sense.

How good are you at reading pictures?

What college team will I be pulling for this fall??

We will not be mentioning the 2017 College World Series until further notice.

Our classroom motto is: Teachers open the door but you must walk in by yourself. 

I will post on Thursday nights for the upcoming week.  I do that because middle school kids have very busy weeks and they need to learn time management.  That means for some kids most assignments need to be tackled on the weekend.

If you read this blog say,”I am walking in!” when you see me at my door.

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Big thank you to Farmer’s Insurance rep, Mr Neville and reminder about due date

The “Hollywood Producer” project is due on April 26.  Students have been told the due date daily and it is posted in the classroom.  Most books require 5 to 10 hours of concentrated time to read depending upon the student’s reading rate.  Students were given the assignment and brought to the library to find a book prior to Spring Break.  No other assignments have been given since.  Students have been given 2 hours of clock time to read in class over the course of the last month.  In addition every child has a 20 minute study hall during lunch class.

 

It may seem trivial when you first hear of it.but when at a recent meeting  Mr. C. Neville, of Farmer’s Insurance, asked the faculty what he could do for us or get for us I thought a second and asked for Jolly Ranchers.  Why?  I reward my students for cleaning and for acts of kindness with the candies.  Money for candy comes out of my pocket. So while everyone laughed, I was hoping he would take me seriously.  He did and the next day 4 large  bags were delivered.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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Project due 4/26

Students were given guidelines for choosing their novel for the next project.  They have also been instructed to get approval from me to read the book they have chosen  and given library time to find books.

I shared instructions with them in Classroom — yeah me

Here is the link to copy paste or use https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rQHpSR7qD8t7h6W2SpG_QDqpIiJO-t-HVW8_O2BQwAY/edit

 

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Next assignment due 3/23

 

Assignment due 3/23

Reading assignment:   705-732

This is part of the screenplay,  Phantom Tollbooth.  It is a little harder for kids to read so you should plan ahead to be able to read through it twice if not 3 times to understand it.  It is not “back of the cereal box” reading.

Vocabulary words:   Blue words on 706  and 2 extra which are lethargy and whether

For each vocabulary word write 2 sentences.  One of the two must be a complex sentence.  Underline the vocab words once and all subordinate clasuses twice

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Next week’s assignment date changed–extra night Due Wed. 3/15

The assignment originally due Tuesday will be due on Wednesday, March 15. because we did not have agenda time on Thursday before dismissing.

Those of you who check the blog have 5 nights extra to complete the assignment for next Wednesday.

ReaD 839,842-844, AND 847-852

Write one sentence for each blue word on  840 and 846

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New Unit begins: Oral Tradition Universality and Culturally Specific 2 assignment Dates

Please find listed 2 reading and writing assignments and due dates

Pages 824 thru 831 in our yellow lit book cover terms and ideas we will discuss in class.  It is a good idea for you to review these pages several times as you would a study guide.

Next reading  and writing assignments and due dates

Due Wed. March 8:  Read pages 832 to 836.  Pay attention to everything written on the pages.  Write 1 sentence with each vocabulary word from sheet given in class.  Hi-lite or underline the vocab word.

Due Tuesday March 14: ReaD 839,842-844, AND 847-852

Write one sentence for each blue word on  840 and 846

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Poetry and Float

Poetry test

Students were given a packet today that is due Wed. Feb. 22.  It is a very easy review of the elements of poetry we have been studying. In addition students can study pages 550 to 555 in their texts at home and handouts given in class.

 

Book Parade

 

Our book parade will be on Feb. 27.

Because of an event in the media center that was scheduled for us for next week, I am allowing students to complete the platform portion of their floats at home.  When the shoe box is turned upside down the bottom of the shoe box becomes the platform.  Students are to create a scene from their books on the platforms. Boxes can  be spray painted or covered in tissue or wrapping paper –even duct tape.

We will be in the computer lab printing out the paragraphs that go on the back of the float and the slides that go on the front of the float.

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Please do not feel pressured to spend more than a few dollars on items to complete the  float.  As a matter of fact, they can be nicely  done with markers and paper as is  the one on display in my classroom.

 

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New Dates

Due to the massive amount of student absences, OUR POETRY GOLD TEST has been moved to Feb 23.

We will construct our floats on Feb. 24 and 27th.

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Important dates for February

Silver Bio and Vit root words test Feb. 9  

All students have chosen a novel from a collection of historical novels that they should be reading independently  at home independently. Students should not be listening to the novel as someone else reads it to them.  Research shows that just listening does not help with reading comprehension skills though it may help with written and oral communication. However, they may listen to a reading if they are following along word for word.

The due date to have the novel read is Feb 13.  We will be completing in class projects and packets regarding these novels.  Students will need a shoe box with a lid by Feb. 13.  They will be making a float that will include an event or scene from the book.  Please don’t spend a fortune at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  More info will be given as we go.

 

We are studying poetry and poetic devices.  Students were given a study guide and they may also use pages 550-555  in the big yellow books that  they have all been issued.  It is not necessary for students to lug these back breaking books to school as they have been given instructions to leave these at home.  I have extra books in my room that they can use before school and during lunch.

GOLD Poetry Terms Test  : Feb. 15

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!1-3 to 1-13

 

Herbert ELA 6  1-3  to 1-13

Due 1-11 Independent Reading Homework : page 516 517 “Letter from a Concentration Camp”  “Letter from Scottie”

Independent Selection vocabulary: regret, documentation, misery

In your composition book : Write one sentence for each blue vocabulary word.  Each sentence should include an appositive phrase or clause.

 

Academic vocab:craft and structure argument, claim, historical fiction,  primary source, author’s style, author’s purpose,

Figurative language: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, onomatopoeia

 

Due 1-11 Independent Reading Homework: “Letter from a Concentration Camp”  “Letter from Scottie”

Independent

Selection vocabulary: regret, documentation, misery, In your composition notebook, write a sentence for each word.  Each should contain an appositive.

Classroom

reading:short stories, historical fiction “The Bracelet”  and “ Song of the Trees”

Non-fiction:    “Children of Japanese Relocation Camps”  ed.helper essay  reading level 6th

Vocabulary

    :   detainee, ikebana, redress, swampland, relocate, historical, mistrust, amongst, frequently, traditional, failure, towers, poorly, camps, loyalty, reminders
    content words:   Manzanar War Relocation Center, Ansel Adams, Pearl Harbor, World War II, Soviet Union, Great Britain, United States, President Franklin Roosevelt,Japanese Americans, West Coast

Reading fluency Passage 4 p 316 AIO

 

Roots port, miss, mit  =20 words given in class

 

Grammar Only in class:

Recognizing and punctuating appositives and conjunctions

 

Diagramming subjects and predicates  GWB 44-45

 

Troublesome words: There’s, theirs, they’re

 

There will be a gold test on everything covered in class starting on 1-13

 

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