Friday, August 26, 2016

Week of 8/29

This week we finish up with the parts of speech scavenger hunt and move to understanding the functions/jobs of those words in a sentence. Additionally, we will cover important instruction for the compare/contrast essay. You will begin composing the essay in class. You do not need to be finished with Watsons to write the paragraph we will be working on. I will also explain many of the cultural references that appear in the book. Finally, I will be explaining how to use school email and check NetClassroom for those of you who need this information.

UPDATE!!! Membean assessment #2 has been moved to Day 2 of next week. That's Sep. 6 for blocks 3,4,5 and Sep. 7 for block 6.

Day 1: Instruction on the essay - funnel style introductory paragraph
Day 2: Complete scavenger hunt, create collage of the sentence you have composed, Watsons cultural references, work on essay intro paragraph
Day 3: Review parts of speech, turning your t-chart into a paragraph
Day 4: Finish collage and upload as needed, using school email and NetClassroom

Continue using Membean - 15 minutes 3X before Sunday evening.
Read Watsons according to the pacing chart, annotate for character development and anything you do not understand/needing clarification
Watsons tweets: I will explain this in class. Due by Friday.
No journal entry this week.

Here is the video we watched in class. Be on the lookout for those extraordinary acts of kindness!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Week of 8/22/2016

Thank you for an absolutely incredible first week! I can already tell this will be a fabulous year. We will continue this week developing the first essay, working on Membean, and beginning grammar studies. I will explain Classcraft and Google Classroom. You should be reading Watsons go to Birmingham, at least ten pages each night.

Day 1 Google Classroom, how to annotate your book, continue working on evidence if time permits
Day 2 Palacio's message, empathy vs. sympathy, work on evidence
Day 3 Classcraft, paragraph development
Day 4 Membean assessment, grammar - parts of speech activity


Continue reading Watsons, annotate as you read
Continue with Membean, 15 minutes per session, 45 minutes by Sunday evening
Complete journal entry assignment on Google Classroom by Friday, 5pm.

You might enjoy this video of the author. We will not be watching the movie in class.