• Mrs. Smith and I have created a Facebook closed group for our classrooms. It is named "Smithington Island". The only people that will see our posts are the people we allow in our group such as parents of our students, teachers, and school administrators. 
         1. Go to Facebook
         2. Search for "Smithington Island"
         3. Send a request to join
     
    The purpose of the page is to strengthen the connection between home and school. Our hope is that when you check the page it will create discussions at home about what is taking place at school.
     
    If you choose to comment on posts, please practice good digital citizenship modeling positive feedback. As always, should a question or concern arise, feel free to contact either Mrs. Smith or myself via email or phone.
     
    Important Dates in May:
     
    May 4- Field Day, Kona Ice
     
    May 7-11 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week
     
    May 9- Student Lead Conferences K-10:10-10:45, 1st-8:30-9:00, 2nd-11:30-12:00 3rd-9:00-9:30, 4th-11:00-11:30, 5th-11:45-12:15, 6th-8:20-8:50
     
    May 11- 6th Grade Career Fair
     
    May 14- Blood Drive 11:30-5:30
     
    May 15- GSHS Graduation 7:00 pm The Wharf
     
    May 16- PTO Meeting, 8:15 a.m., all invited
     
    May 21st - Talent Showcase at 1:00 p.m.
     
    May 22- 6th grade awards at 10:00 a.m., Cake reception to follow, 6th grade park day from noon-2:30
     
    May 25- Student’s Last Day, report cards sent home and 1st grade park day
     

    May 14, 2018
    Language: Review
    Monday-Nouns Quizizz Competition Boys vs Girls
    Tuesday-Verbs Quizizz Competition Sun vs Moon
    Wednesday-Preposition Quizizz Competition Talls vs Smalls
    Thursday-Conjunction Quizizz Competition XBox vs PlayStation
    Friday-Adjectives/Adverbs Quizizz Competition AU vs UA

    Vocabulary: "Just for Fun" Lists on Vocabulary.com daily assignments and competitions based on above teams

    Reading: 
    Novel and Movie Study ~ Diary of Anne Frank
    As a follow-up to WWII studies in history, we read a short story about Anne Frank then watch a documentary about her life. We will compare and contrast the book and movie while discussing the following:
    SUBJECTS — World/WWII & Holland; Biography; 
    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Coming of Age; Families in Crisis; Human Rights; Courage;
    MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Responsibility; Citizenship.

     
    May 11, 2018
    Language:
    Mentor Sentence: Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good? Here are some of the points pro and anti-animal captivity proponents make.
     
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
     
    Tuesday-Day 2 Thesis statement mini lesson
     
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Quizizz daily graded activity.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: The One and Only Ivan Vivid Verb List
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    A giant sign at its edge beckons them to stop and rest like gazelles at a watering hole. p. 8
     
    Monday- Vocabulary graphic organizer
    Tuesday- Complete graphic organizer, Quizlet practice, Graphic Organizers MUST be turned in for weekly grade.
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment with this week's word list.
    Friday- Vocabulary Jam, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading:
    Novel Study ~ The One and Only Ivan
    We finished this amazing story that has transitioned us into the world of argument writing. We will focus on research and writing a thesis statement supporting by our research. Students will work on a project where they design the ideal enclosure for a Silverback gorilla based on research findings. We will read many articles arguing for and against animals in captivity in order to arrive at our own judgements on this subject.
     
    April 30 - May 4, 2018
    Language: 
    Mentor Sentence: Humans toss words like banana peels and leave them to rot.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Similes mini lesson

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Quizizz daily graded activity.

    Thursday-Day 4 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: The One and Only Ivan Adjectives List
    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    Mack grew sullen. I grew bigger. I became what I was meant to be, too large for chairs, too strong for hugs, and too big for human life. p. 142

    Monday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer, Quizlet practice

    Tuesday- Quizlet practice, Graphic Organizers MUST be turned in for weekly grade.
     
    Wednesday- Vocabulary.com assignment with this week's word list.
     
    Thursday- Vocabulary Jam, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading: Novel Study ~ The One and Only Ivan
    The Egypt Game didn't garner my interest like Ivan. This is an amazing fictional book based on the true story of Ivan the Silverback Gorilla. Boy does this book take one on an emotional roller coster ride. I've already cried my eyes out for the kiddos and we are only half way through the book. This week we will begin research on gorillas and elephants while we continue to read. Similes, and other forms of figurative language riddle the pages of the book. We used many of these examples to translate to our own writing as we wrapped up our poetry unit. 
     
    April 23-27, 2018
    Language: no mentor sentence this week.
     
    However, on Friday we will do Day 1 activities for next week's sentence. Field Day is next Friday so I'm pushing everything a day forward.
     
    Vocabulary: no vocabulary list this week.
     
    As with MS, we will do Day 1 vocabulary activities for next week's list on Friday.
     
    Reading: Our poetry unit should be finished this week. We are writing a variety of pieces and sharing each with our peers.
    Once the poetry activities are complete, we will begin a new novel study: The Egypt Game.
     
    Class pictures may be purchased any time throughout the remainder of the year for $10.
     
    Field Day lunch orders are due by April 27th.
    Field Day is May 4th. Pennington's class is green and Smith's is yellow.
    May 22 is our 6th Grade Awards Day at 10:00 am in the GSMS Gym. Afterwards a cake reception is held in the GSES Gym for parents and students. Then, we head over to Meyer Park for our end of the year park day. Sunday best is the program dress, but kids need to bring a change of clothes for playing at the park.
     
    April 9-13, 2018
    Language: Poetry
    Mentor Sentence:
     
    Oh, how I love worm pie!
    How it wiggles
    and it tickles
    and it makes you want to giggle.
    Oh, how I love worm pie!
     
    Our regular activities for mentor sentence are off schedule due 2 weeks of testing and a field trip. And, since we are studying poetry, we will spend several days studying various poems and discussing their content. On Friday, April 20th, the kids will right a poem of choice for the mentor sentence assessment.
     
    Vocabulary: Poetry terms List 2
    Vocabulary Sentence: RL.6.8 (AL) Differentiate between odes, ballads, epic poetry, and science fiction.
     
    As with MS, we are off schedule due to testing and the field trip. Our test will be Friday, April 20th. Students will label a piece of poetry with vocabulary words.
     
    Reading: Our poetry unit is under way. We are reading a variety of pieces, discussing each, finding similarities and differences, and looking for evidence of figurative language.
     
    MONDAY and TUESDAY we will take our standardized state math assessment, the end of the year Scantron test. Please make sure your kiddo is well rested and fed so they are ready to give it their BEST on testing days.
     
    Class pictures may be purchased any time throughout the remainder of the year for $10.
     
    Field Day lunch orders are due by April 27th. Field Day is May 4th. Pennington's class is green and Smith's is yellow.
     
    April 9-13, 2018
    Language: Sentence Variation
    Mentor Sentence: 

    Oh, how I love worm pie!

    How it wiggles

    and it tickles

    and it makes you want to giggle.

    Oh, how I love worm pie!

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Poetry packet, experiencing different types of poems with varying genres.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. 
     
    Thursday-Day 4/5 Writing poems
      
    Vocabulary: Poetry terms
    Vocabulary Sentence: RL.6.8 (AL) Differentiate between odes, ballads, epic poetry, and science fiction. 

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, terms/definitions

    Tuesday- Quizlet practice
     
    Wednesday- Quizlet, Graphic Organizers MUST be turned in for weekly grade.
     
    Thursday- Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We are finishing the "Where's Brian?" activity using text evidence to locate the approximate location Brian crash landed should the story have been real.
    Poetry Unit: We will be reading and listening to different genres of poems across subject matter, and writing our own poetry. 
     
    WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY we will take our standardized state reading assessment, the end of the year Scantron test. Please make sure your kiddo is well rested and fed so they are ready to give it their BEST on testing days. They are ready for this! Next week math will be assessed.
     
    Friday is our GulfGuest Field Trip. Money and permission slip is due on Wednesday, April 11. Students may wear a blue out of uniform shirt for National Dolphin Day. Please allow your child to bring change for a vending machine drink if they are taking a school cafeteria lunch as we will not be taking a cooler.
     
    Spring Picutre money is due Wednesday, April 11.
    Class pictures may be purchased any time throughout the remainder of the year for $10.
     
    Field Day lunch orders are due by April 27th. Field Day is May 4th.
     
    April 2-6, 2018
    Language: Sentence Variation
    Mentor Sentence: This is carried over from the week before Spring Break. After a short review, we will focus only on adding short sentences to longer sentences in order to add variation to text. 

    The memory was like a knife cutting into him. Slicing deep into him with hate. The Secret.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on varying sentence length. Continued work on Figurative Language (personification, imagery, alliteration, etc)

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Identify figurative language in context and its implied meaning.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Poetry terms
    Vocabulary Sentence: RL.6.8 (AL) Differentiate between oades, ballads, epic poetry, and science fiction. 

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms

    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
     
    Wednesday- Vocabulary.com assignment, Graphic Organizers MUST be turned in for weekly grade.
     
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com/jam
     
    Friday- Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We completed the novel Hatchet. After finishing the chapter summaries, we will focus on figurative language from the text and the students will complete a "Where's Brian?" activity using text evidence to locate the approximate location Brian crash landed should the story have been real. Next week we will begin a Poetry unit. This week's figurative language review will help prepare us for that unit.
     
     
    Tomorrow is Light It Up Blue Day for Autism Awareness week. Students can dress out of uniform Monday as long as they wear something BLUE. Your donations will also be greatly appreciated as the the monies go towards creating sensory kits for each classroom to be used by students in need. 
     
    March 19-23, 2018
    Language: Sentence Variation
    Mentor Sentence: This is carried over from last week. We are focusing only on adding short sentences to longer sentences in order to add variation to text. 

    The memory was like a knife cutting into him. Slicing deep into him with hate. The Secret.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on varying sentence length. Continued work on Figurative Language (personification, imagery, alliteration, etc)

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Identify figurative language in context and its implied meaning.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: No vocabulary list this week
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    none

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms

    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
     
    Wednesday- Vocabulary.com assignment, Graphic Organizers MUST be turned in for weekly grade.
     
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com/jam
     
    Friday- Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We are reading the novel, Hatchet. This novel study will focus on the author's use of figurative language, repetitive words, and varied sentence length as he paints a vivid picture of Brian Robeson's expereince, plane wrecked and alone in the Canadian wildnerness. 
     
    Spring Break is next week, March 26-March 30! We are swiftly approaching the end of 6th grade. Time will fly after spring break. :(
     
    March 12-16, 2018
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    The memory was like a knife cutting into him. Slicing deep into him with hate. The Secret.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on varying sentence length. Continued work on Figurative Language (personification, imagery, alliteration, etc)

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Identify figurative language in context and its implied meaning.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Spelling Patterns: wr (r) gn (n) can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    There was a great wrenching as the wings caught the pines...and broke back, ripping back just outside the main braces.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms

    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
     
    Wednesday- Vocabulary.com assignment, Graphic Organizers MUST be turned in for weekly grade.
     
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com/jam
     
    Friday- Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We are reading the novel, Hatchet. This novel study will focus on the author's use of figurative language, repetitive words, and varied sentence length as he paints a vivid picture of Brian Robeson's expereince, plane wrecked and alone in the Canadian wildnerness. 
     
    Pre-Advanced Placement letters were sent home on Friday, March 9. If your child did NOT receive a letter of qualifications, yet you are interested in their particpation, you may request. I have a few "request" letters, just let me know if you are interested.
    Thursday night, March 15, at 6:00 pm in the GSMS cafeteria there will be a parent meeting concerning the Pre-AP classes. I encourage you to attend and ask questions. The signed letters are due to me March 16.
     
    Report cards come home March 16.
     
    March 5-9, 2018
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    ...all the instruments in his face as the plane clawed for altitude, jerking and sliding on the wind currents as the pilot took off...

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on Figurative Language (personification, imagery, alliteration, etc)

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Identify figurative language in context and its implied meaning.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Suffixes: ance, ence can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    The pilot did not move except that his head rolled loosely on a neck impossibly loose as the p[lane hit a small bit of turbulence.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms

    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment
    Friday- Quizlet Live and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We are completing our unit on interpreting non-fiction text features using information about the Automobile Age in the early 1900s. We have also begun readin gthe novel, Hatchet. This novel study will focus on the author's use of figurative language, repetitive words, and varied sentence length as he paints a vivid picture of Brian Robeson's expereince plane wrecked and alone in the Canadian wildnerness. 
     
    Friday is the last day of the 3rd nine weeks. Report cards come home March 16.
     
    February 26-March 2, 2018
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence: continued from last week

    Henry Ford innovated mass-production techniques that became standard, and Ford, General Motors and Chrysler emerged as the "Big Three" auto companies of the 1920s.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on Cause/Effect.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Identify C/E sentences incontext.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Automobile Hoistory article  can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    By 1909, with the most integrated automobile factory in Europe, Daimler employed some seventeen hundred workers...

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment
    Friday- Quizlet Live and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We are continuing our unit on interpreting non-fiction text features using information about the Automobile Age in the early 1900s. Our text will support the Jazz Age studies in history.
     
    Thursday and Friday our schedule will be altered in themorning to allow for the Scantron Formative assessments for Reading and Math. Attendance is important as these test must be made up if missed.
     
    February 19-23, 2018
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    Henry Ford innovated mass-production techniques that became standard, and Ford, General Motors and Chrysler emerged as the "Big Three" auto companies of the 1920s.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on Cause/Effect.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Identify C/E sentences incontext.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Roots: domin, nov, duct (master, new, lead/led) can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:
     

    ...Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry in the first half of the twentieth century.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment
    Friday- Quizlet Live and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We are continuing our unit on interpreting non-fiction text features using information about the Automobile Age in the early 1900s. Our text will support the Jazz Age studies in history.
     
     
    February 14-16, 2018
     
    Friday night is the 5th and 6th Grade Game Night that runs simultaneously with the Sock Hop. Permission slips were sent home today. Please sign and return the permission by 8:00 am Friday morning. Students MUST have a signed permission slip to attend. Also, if your child will be going home with someone other than the parent dropping him/her off, please write their name and number on the permission. Parents are required to sign the students IN and OUT at the Middle School Gym for drop off and pick up.
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    none this week

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on generalizations.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Writing dialogue partner activity.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Roots: NONE can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:
     
    none this week
     
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment
    Friday- Quizlet Live and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Students will complete a Character Analysis project with a partner for A Year Down Yonder. We will transition into a unit on reading non-fiction text feautures using generalizations. Our text will support the Jazz Age studeies in history.
     
     
    February 5-9, 2018
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    The 1920s was a decade of economic growth. However, many Americans did not share in the economic boom.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on generalizations.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Writing dialogue partner activity.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Roots: auto, mob, mot can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:
     
    Because more Americans owned automobiles, roads, highways, gas stations, and rest stops were needed.
     
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment
    Friday- Quizlet Live and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Students will complete a Character Analysis project with a partner for A Year Down Yonder. We will transition into a unit on reading non-fiction text feautures using generalizations. Our text will support the Jazz Age studeies in history.
     
     
    January 29-February 2, 2018
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    "Give it two coats, " Grandma advised. "The paint's about the only thing that's holding it up."

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on dialogue tags.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Writing dialogue partner activity.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for dialogue tags can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:
     
    Grandma was skeptical. "Maxine Patch sent you to me?"
     
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Vocabulary.com assignment
    Friday- Quizlet Live and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We will finish the novel, A Year Down Yonder. We will continue to support history standards with the historical fiction in this novel as we focus on dialect, narrator's perspective, and character development through his/her actions and behaviors. Students will complete a Character Analysis project with a partner.
     
    January 23, 2018

    Full STEAM Ahead with the GSES PTO!

    Students may participate in our STEAM day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) by doing 1 of the following:

    • Choose someone from history or present day with a STEAM related job and make a 1/2 page poster. Bring poster to school January 29.
    • At home, do an experiment of your choice. Create a 1/2 sheet poster to show the experiment and results and bring poster to school January 29.
    • This is optional. 

    PTO will hang the posters around the school and classes are invited to view the posters on Wednesday, January 31- Thursday, February 1. 

    The class with the most participation will get to have a SLIME PARTY. 

    Information flyers went home this week with students. Let us know if you have any questions. 

    We are looking forward to celebrating our first STEAM day and appreciate PTO for organizing it. 

     
    January 19-26, 2018
    Before I could post this week's plans, we were interrupted by the weather event. So, the information below will apply to the week of January 22-26. However, on Tuesday we did get to take the Winter Scantron Reading Benchmark Assessment. We will be taking the Winter Scantron Math Benchmark Assessment on Friday.
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    "Why, the DAR, of course. The Daughters of the American Revolution, of which I have the honor to be president." The DAR was a club of only the best ladies in town. They all traced their families back to the Revolutionary War (our side).

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Lesson on the different types of Context Clues.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Partner activity on context clues.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz independent graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list for Root: pet (seek, go for, attack) can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:
     
    It was homemade to a fault. It looked like it had been whittled, not cut out.
     
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice and Vocabulary.com assignment
    Thursday- Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
    Friday- Quizlet practive, Quizlet Live, and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We will finish the novel, A Year Down Yonder. We will continue to support history standards with the historical fiction in this novel as we focus on dialect, narrator's perspective, and character development through his/her actions and behaviors. Students will complete a Character Analysis project with a partner.
     
    January 8, 2018
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    You couln't call her a welcoming woman, and there wasn't a hug in her.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons to review the 8 parts of speech.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Explain how the author develops the narrator's point of view in the text.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz partner and independent activities and graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:
     
    I was transfixed. I couldn't think a moment ahead.
     
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday- Quizlet practive, Quizlet Live, and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
     
    Monday and Tuesday, students will partner to peer revise and edit the first informational essay draft written before Christmas break. Publish worthy copies must be submitted to Google Classroom Reading by end of the day Tuesday or points will be deducted for late work. We will begin a new novel, A Year Down Yonder, the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago. We will continue to support history standards with the historical fiction in this novel. We will also focus on dialect, narrator's perspective, and character development through his/her actions and behaviors.
     
     
    January 3, 2018
    Welcome Back! I can't believe it's already the second semester. It always moves so much faster than the 1st. Your sweet kiddos will be 7th graders before you blink. With a short week to begin the quarter, we will ease in slowly.
     
    This week in ELA...
     
    Language: No mentor sentence this week.
     
    Vocabulary: No vocabulary this week. 
     
    Reading: Informational Essay First Drafts were submittd prior to Christmas break. We will work on revisions and publishing the final copy after a few mini-lesssons on transitions and peer editing. The final essay will be a Language grade for writing, however the mini-lessons will be graded for reading instruction.
     
    Kona Ice has been rescheduled to January 12th when temperatures are warmer.
     
     
    Decemeber 14, 2017 
    This been a whirlwind week to say the least, but surprisingly I've gotten the first draft of the informational essay from most every student. Whew! Friday, Dec. 15 is the end of the grading period and 2nd quarter report cards will come home the week we return from Christmas break.
     
    Tomorrow the kids may dress out of uniform in the spirit of Christmas. Our class parties will be in the morning at 8:00.
     
    December 11, 2017
    This week in ELA...
    Thank you Mr. Tyler for early release on Friday at 11:50, however this affects our Christmas Party. We will move the party to Friday morning from 8:00-9:00. The kids can continue to graze on the goodies until dismissal once they return from PE and Art class. If you have not signed up to send a goodie and would like to do so, please use the link below.
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aaaac2dabf94-pennington
     
     
    Language: No mentor sentence this week. Many students did not finish that assignment last week so they will finish on Monday.
     
    Vocabulary: No vocabulary this week. Several people will be working on make up for missed test, or request to retest.
     
    Reading: Research finally begins for topics concerning the 1900s-1930s. We have drawn our topics from historical fiction from our novel. Assignments for the essay will be posted in Google Classroom Reading. Daily grades will be assigned to research outlines. Hopefully the kids will get a fisrt draft written by Thursday. This is initial. It helps to take a break in the writing process to look more reflectively and objectively as we go into the revision phase. The final essay will be a Language grade for writing.
     
    I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy holiday break. I'll talk to you next year. Ha! I LOVE saying that...every year!
     
    December 4, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    Mrs. Weidenbach twinkled along in her high heels next to Grandma. She didn't dare show her pickles, but she wanted some reflected glory in case the gooseberry pie won.

    Monday-Day 1 Nouns/Pronouns review, Quizizz daily grade

    Tuesday-Day 2 Verb/Conjunctions review, Quizizz daily grade

    Wednesday-Day 3 Adjectives/Adverbs review, Quizizz daily grade
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Interjections/Prepositions review, Quizizz daily grade
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    In any cae, the nation was woefully unprepared for the crash.
     
     
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations, synonyms, and antonyms for terms
    Tuesday- Complete vocabulary graphic organizer by adding pictures and sentences, Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday- Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday- Quizlet practive, Quizlet Live, and Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Continue reading the novel A Long Way From Chicago. Along side reading this fiction piece and utilizing figurative language, we will explore and research history and culture in the US from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s in preparation for writing an informative essay.
    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Thursday due to Friday's field trip.
     
    November 27, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    Mrs. Weidenbach twinkled along in her high heels next to Grandma. She didn't dare show her pickles, but she wanted some reflected glory in case the gooseberry pie won.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons to review the 8 parts of speech.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Practice recognizing and analyzing figurative language in text.
     
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz partner and independent activities and graded assignment.
     
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    Write informative/explanatory texts to convey complex ideas clearly and accurately through effection selection, organization, and analysis of texts.

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Thursday due to Friday's field trip.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, record denotations for tems
    Tuesday- Quizlet practice
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Continue reading the novel A Long Way From Chicago. Along side reading this fiction piece and utilizing figurative language, we will explore and research history and culture in the US from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s in preparation for writing an informative essay.
     
    November 13, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    A burned-powder haze hung in the room, cutting the smell of Shotgun Cheatham.

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?

    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lesson on figurative language.

    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Practice recognizing and analyzing figurative language in text.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz partner and independent activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    When she heard the town was apt to fill up with newspaper reporters, her jaw clenched.

    Prohibition was on in those days, which meant that selling liquor was against the law.

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice, vocabulary game
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Continue reading the novel A Long Way From Chicago. Along side reading this fiction piece and utilizing figurative language, we will explore and research history and culture in the US from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s in preparation for writing an informative essay.
     
    November 6, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    In our first visits we were still kids, so we could hardly see her town because of Grandma. She was so big, and the town was so small.   

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lesson on figurative language.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Practice recognizing and analyzing figurative language in text.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz partner and independent activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    NO VOCABULARY this week.

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice, vocabulary game
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We will begin the novel A Long Way From Chicago. Along side reading this fiction piece and utilizing figurative language, we will explore and research history and culture in the US from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s in preparation for writing an informative essay.
     
    October 30, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    He asks that I leave my jewelry and purse behind; after all these years of tramping the alleys in the rougher parts of town, the disease ecologist still gets nervous around sunset.   

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lesson simple, compound, and complex sentences.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Practice using a colon for complex sentence structure.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz partner and independent activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    The shelves above are stuffed with rat necropsy records and block-by- block population analyses.      

     ...– otherwise known as brown rats, wharf rats, or, most evocatively, sewer rats --...Word study: Root:necro (dead) corp (body) 

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice, vocabulary game
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We will continue to closely read text "Crawling Around with Blatimore Rats." We will explore author's point of view and its relationship to the connotation and/or denotation of words. We will also write a summary of the text free of judgement or bias.
     
    October 23, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:

    Some backyards are orderly and clean, others are heaped with garbage. I promptly step in something mushy.  

    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lesson simple, compound, and complex sentences.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Practice identfying the 3 types of sentences.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz partner and independent activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    Rats can chew through wire and even steel, obliterating infrastructure.

    Word study: Root:stru (build)

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice, vocabulary game
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We continue to explore the internal structure of non-fiction text as we read "Crawling Around with Blatimore Rats." We will practice identifying the central theme and explore how words, phrases, paragraphs, and sections contribute to the text.
     
    October 16, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence: no sentence this week- Focus on preposition work this week.
    The fact was, after eight months in the Boniface Estate, none of us was sorry to move out of it.
     
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on demonstrative and indefinite pronouns review, Quizizz pronoun practice.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

    Word study: no vocabulary this week. Tuesday is voluntary class Spelling Bee. Winners qualify for school Spelling Bee.

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    We will look at how the fiction skills apply to non-fiction text and explore internal NF text features.
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently.
     
    Walk to Reading Enrichment began last Monday. From 10:25-10:55, students go to a 6th grade teacher or Part Time Instructor for instructional support or enrichment.
     
    October 9, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:
    The fact was, after eight months in the Boniface Estate, none of us was sorry to move out of it.
     
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on demonstrative and indefinite pronouns review, Quizizz pronoun practice.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

    Word study: Non Fiction Terms

    Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.

    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh finished. We will look at how the fiction skills apply to non-fiction text and explore internal NF text features.
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently.
     
    Walk to Reading Enrichment began today. From 10:25-10:55, students go to a 6th grade teacher or Part Time Instructor for instructional support or enrichment.
     
    October 2, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:
    It would be the first time in all the world that intelligent beings, besides men, had  ever tried to start a real civilization of their own. p. 197
     
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on demonstrative and indefinite pronouns review, Quizizz pronoun practice.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz activities and graded assignment.
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence on Google Classroom.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence:

    “The common rat is highly valued as an experimental animal in research due to his toughness, intelligence, versatility, and biological similarity to man.” (p.160)

    Word study: Root: vers, vert (turn), Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout, Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Tuesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Wednesday- Quizlet practice
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh continued. We will review our notes and activities on theme and character and test these skills on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday we will look at how these same skills apply to non-fiction text. 
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently.
     
    September 25, 2017
     
    This week in ELA... 
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence: Everybody knows -at least all the birds know- that the rats can do things.
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on demonstrative and indefinite pronouns review, Quizizz pronoun practice.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Daily grade pronoun handout
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence.
     
    Vocabulary: Word list can be found on Quizlet.com by searching KPGSES
    Vocabulary Sentence: We learned about astronomy, about electricity, biology, and mathematics, about music and art. (p159)
    Word study: Suffix -nomy, -logy, -ics (related to the study or science of something), Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday.
    Monday-Word instroduction/explanation, notebook handout
    Tuesday- Linguistic Representations of the word (defintion, synonyms, and antonyms)
    Wednesday- Non-Linguistic Respresentations (word illustrations and writing example sentence)
    Thursday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live
    Friday-Quizlet practice, Quizlet Live, Vocabulary Test
     
    Reading
    Novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh continued. We will take a close look at methods the author uses to tell the reader about characters.
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently. I will also continue to read aloud Mockingbird.
     
    September 19, 2017

    We are excited to host you all this Friday from 11:20-11:50 in our classroom!  You can purchase a school lunch or bring your own.  You will eat while we present!  The students will eat before you come.  Please do not plan on bringing lunch to your child this day.  There is just not enough room for everyone to eat, talk, and present.  This time was chosen to be convenient for you!  So many people work evenings or there are ballgames, etc.  We thought you might be able to take your lunch time to come instead.  :)  (obviously you don’t have to eat…just know you are welcome to do so!)

    Thanks to the parents who have already signed up.  You may use this link if you haven’t yet: https://goo.gl/forms/UhIiTtc8skssLXsC2

    Progress reports will come home on Friday as well. 

    September 18, 2017
    This week in ELA... 
    Yes, this is a repeat of last week's plans. With Scantron Assessments 2 days last week, and my absence 2 days, we did not attend to the mentor sentence and vocabulary.
     
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:
    The time she had been here before-that was for Timothy, too...
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on demonstrative and indefinite pronouns.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz pronoun practice
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence.
     
    Vocabulary
    Word study: Suffix -ly (in a _____ way), Quizlet practice. Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday, 9/22/17.
     
    Reading
    Novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. We will take a close look at what the story says explicitly and inferentially about various themes suggested in the story. Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently. I will also continue to read aloud Mockingbird.
     
    Grades have been slow to obtain, as we are busy completing assessments to determine reading instructional levels. Please be patient as we gradually slip into graded activities, particularly in reading. Progress reports will come home on Friday. We will have graded activities this week on theme and text evidence. Last week's vocabulary grades will also be in soon.
     
    September 14, 2017
    We will NOT have a vocabulary test tomorrow in reading. Due to my absence twice this week and other unforeseen interruptions, we've not been able to adequately prepare. The test will be NEXT Friday, Sept. 22.
     
    September 11, 2017
    This week in ELA...
    Language
    Mentor Sentence: 
    The time she had been here before-that was for Timothy, too...
    Monday-Day 1 What do you notice?
    Tuesday-Day 2 Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on demonstrative and indefinite pronouns.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz pronoun practice 
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence.
     
    Vocabulary
    Martin ran to the bedroom obediently but came back in a moment alone.
    Word study: Suffix -ly (in a _____ way), Tuesday test Roots: sym/syn (together, same). Quizlet practice. Study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Friday, 9/15/17.
     
    Reading
    Novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. We will take a close look at what the story says explicitly and inferentially about various themes suggested in the story. Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently. I will also continue to read aloud Mockingbird.
     
    Grades have been slow to obtain, as we are busy completing assessments to determine reading instructional levels. Please be patient as we gradually slip into graded activities, particularly in reading. Be sure to have your kids show you their Mentor Sentences on Google Classroom. This week I will have their grade in Google Classroom as well as the grade book.
     
    September 5, 2017
    Good Tuesday morning! Welcome to a short school week, but none the less, we have much to do.
     
    This week in ELA...
    Language
    Mentor Sentence:
    Mrs. Frisby and her family were lucky in the house itself.
    Tuesday-Day 1 & 2 What do you notice? and Label the parts of speech. Video lessons on subject and object pronouns.
    Wednesday-Day 3 Revise without changing the the meaning. Pronouns scavenger hunt in the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
    Thursday-Day 4 Quizizz pronoun practice
    Friday-Day 5 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Write an original mentor sentence following the structure and lesson of this week's sentence.
     
    Vocabulary
    Word study will begin this week with the roots sym, spic. We will look at how to use Quizlet to study and practice words. Students need to study words nightly at home to prepare for a vocabulary test Tuesday 9/12/17.
     
    Reading
    This week we will begin a novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. We will take a close look at what the story says explicitly and inferentially about various themes suggested in the story. Guided Reading Assessments will continue with individual assessments. Students will practice Comprehension Toolkit Strategies will reading independently. I iwll also continue to read aloud Mockingbird.
     
    August 28, 2017
    Last week was a WONDERFUL way to begin the school year! We are blessed with sweet kiddos who are eager to learn. We are settling in as we continue to establish routines.
     
    This week in ELA...
    Language:
    I will model the weekly mentor sentence activities and expectations. We will set up this composition notebook to begin working.
    Word Study:
    Vocabulary will not begin until next week when we begin a novel study in Reading.
    Reading:
    I will continue to read aloud Mockingbird as I model and instruct Comprehension Toolkit Activities. We will also be completing reading inventories, word knowledge inventories, and a fiction and non-fiction reading assessment. These assessments are designed to determined a students reading strengths and weaknesses for whole group and small group instruction.