Sunday, September 28, 2014


Week 5 is in the history books. Look out October, the Fireballs are charged up and ready to fire on all cylinders. 

Hats off for...
  • showing more respect for the revision process while working on personal narratives
  • finishing books that you've been reading for the past two weeks
  • taking care of computers and not abusing technology privileges
  • setting some goals before writing another draft
  • Catherine Frank for winning Friday's Spelling Bee. Congratulations!

Work in progress
  • all students need to be blogging each night, M-TH. 
  • students need to write 1-2 goals before they work on any new draft for personal narrative
  • students need to continue to use their post-its during Independent reading time
  • students need to work on using varied expression during their delivery
  • students need to be filling out their reading logs, M-TH
  • students need to apply Classical Roots words to their daily writing

Look what's on the curriculum menu for this week. 

  • Students will synthesize and fit together all the parts that we’ve read that are pertinent.
  • Students will work on intense listening. Intense listening creates a force field in which ideas grow.
  • Readers write to make sense of and remember reading experiences. In this session, we’ll be creating two pieces of writing – one to hold onto our memories of a cherished book, and another to hold onto the memories of our learning.

  • Students will work on varying the pace of a story for a reason. They'll learn how to make readers slow down and pay attention to those particular scenes.
  • Students will work on making characters in personal narratives travel through time and place.

Social Studies: 
  • Students will correct Unit 1 Assessment mistakes
  • Students will begin Unit 2

Public Speaking: 
  • Students will practice using good eye contact 
  • Students will practice using varied expression
  • Students will begin their next public speaking assignment, it's a good one!

Classical Roots: 
  • Students will begin unit 3
  • Students will learn the root words -trans and -inter
  • Students will learn transfer, transact, interfere, interactive
  • Students should really concentrate on putting these words into their daily writing
  • Students will work on inserting commas in compound sentences

Songs to Learn and Sing:
1. Belinda Carlisle "Mad About You"
2. Blue Oyster Cult "Godzilla"
3. Citizens of Halloween "This is Halloween"

Great Minds Quotes: "Trying times are not the times to stop trying." - Ray Owen

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