Sunday, September 21, 2014


Week four is over. Wow--that month flew by super fast. I'm sensing the autumnal change will bring about more unity amongst the students. The Fireballs are beginning to line up more quietly, hold the door open for each other, and cheer for one another during public speaking. I'm liking it. Parents, don't forget to sign those reading logs this week.  

Reading: The students will work on... 

  • Retelling stories by starting at the beginning.
  • Retelling stories by starting with NOW AND BACKING UP. Synthesizing and fitting the parts together is another way to retell. 
  • Listening with intensity and strong purpose in order to gather ideas.

Writing: Personal Narrative. 
  • Help my writers setting and keeping track of goals: Make a personal goal chart
  • Help my writers understand the most important question they can ask is, "What's my story really about?" 
  • Help my writers understand that one powerful way to revise their narratives is to bring out the story structure
  • Help my writers employ techniques to elaborate on the parts that show meaning

    Classical Roots
  • Lesson 2: equate, equidistant, equilateral, pendulum
  • Students will be tested on word, spelling, part of speech, root word, and derivatives
  • Spelling Bee is Friday, September 26
Public Speaking: The students will practice..
  • Using good eye contact. Scanning the room to look at all audience members is important
  • The students will present their mini-dance project on Thursday and Friday

Social Studies: FIRST AMERICANS The students will work on...
  • editing their Unit 1 Assessment. Assessments will be handed back on Tuesday or Wednesday
  • begin Unit 2 on Wednesday

Genius Hour
  • Students will continue to research small guiding questions
  • Students will work on creating a bibliography
Songs to Learn and Sing:
  • REM - "It's the End of the World as we Know It"
  • Sam Smith - "Not the only One"
  • Bangles - "Hazy Shade of Winter"
GREAT MINDS QUOTE: "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it." - William Arthur Ward

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