End of Semester–Beginning of Spring 2018

It is hard to believe that we are ending our first semester.  I hope you all have a safe, blessed holiday.

On the third Thursday of January, we will begin reading a class novel. That novel is The Wednesday Wars  by Gary Schmidt.  It is historical fiction, set during the Vietnam War.  Each student is responsible for having a personal copy in class on that day. So far, Amazon and The Little Professor have been the best sources.

The spelling bee will be held January 11th.  Look on my pages at the top of the blog for a list to study.

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Quizlet semester exam

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Historical fiction one page report (Silver Independent reading grade)

Due typed Google Docs using Shelbyed.org Dec. 5 Typing may be done in class Dec. 4 if necessary
Name_______________________Period___________ Grade______________

Title Of Book:
Author:
In one sentence, this book is about:

4 main characters including protagonist and antagonist:
Name and description  of each using 6 single words ( adjectives, character traits) and 5 prepositional phrases
example: Tarzan: strong, orphan, intelligent, friendly, educated, married
In the jungle, with the vine, over the mountain, with Jane, with a loud yell, next to the gorilla

10 major events: 1 sentence for each in a numbered list:

2 quotes from the book that show evidence that the book is historical fiction

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Next assignment due Wed. 11/15

Due Wed. :  read pages 189/203 in the literature book.

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Week of 11/3 and Highest class average results first nine weeks

Congratulations to my 3rd  period class for having the highest class average for the first nine weeks.

They had an average of 91.35.  Other averages were: 89.17, 88.99, 87.97 and 85.84

I cannot post the highest overall average.  There are 6 students with an average over 100.

Seventy-one students had an “A” average.

 

Next week:11/3

Non-fiction research card project is due Tuesday.

Wed: test on subjects and predicates, GWB43-46 and R40 in the literature book

Wed: test on word builder roots and word sheets and practice sheets given in class.

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Week Beginning 10/27

Due Tuesday: G.W.B. p.43 and p.45 Ex. 1&2  both pages

Due Friday; Read 884-895  read carefully, at least twice  Then–answer the following question in at least 2 complete sentences in your journal:

How do Akela’s thoughts suggest a theme?

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The end of Spirit Week Week beginning 10/20

Due Monday: Carefully complete the handout “Text Evidence and Inferences”

Due Wednesday: Carefully read pages 302-314.  In your journal list 6 events from the story in the order in which they occur.

ON FRIDAY: GOLD TEST ACADEMIC VOCABULARY

Big Q words and

sequence, plot, conflict, theme, symbol, tone or author’s perspective,

mood or atmosphere, point of view

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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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