Thursday, February 26, 2015

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following with a guardian...



Your Emotions
1. What are some unpleasant things in your life?
2. What are some pleasant things in your life?
3. How are our feelings like thermometers?
4. What are hormones?
5. Besides anger and fear, what are other feelings that are hard to manage that we all experience as we grow up?
6. How are feelings and emotions shown in the media?
7. What are some ways a person could release anger in a nonviolent way?
8. What are some changes you might expect in a family when someone goes from being a young child to a teenager?


Music
1. Is there a song or album you and your guardian are really enjoying right now? Tell us about it.
2. Is there an artist or band you'd like to learn more about? Why?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on the following work.

Social Studies:
1. Why did shipping become so important in the Middle Colonies?
2. Who were Roger Williams and William Penn?
3. How did the First Great Awakening affect religious tolerance?
4. Identify the main religious groups in each of these colonies: Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
5. Why were colonial governments not true democracies?

Informational Book:
1. What could be the title of your book?
2. How is your introduction coming along?
3. What do you think will be the hardest part of this lengthy project?

Boys vs. Girls Last Contest:
1. How will you improve from your last performance?
2. What are you looking forward to about the contest?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following.

1. Take the school climate survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015CMSMidYear

2. Answer these questions. You may use the Internet to help you find the answers. Try to put the words into your own words. Speak like a 5th grader please.
a. What influenced where Europeans settle in North America?
b. Who founded some of the colonies? Name the person and the colony he found.
c. How did religion affect the founding of the colonies?
d. How did the First Great Awakening affect the colonies?

3. How are we doing on the Journey intwo Ireland play?

4. Charlotte Doyle
a. share your journal with a parent
b. have s/he look at organization, consistency, and accuracy of work
c. get a parent signature on today's work + today's date


Sunday, February 22, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

I hope everyone had a nice and restful break.  Be ready to work and play hard. 
Historical Fiction Book Clubs 
Students will begin their new book groups on either Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be the second go around for book group work. Each group will practice identifying character traits, setting, conflict, and quoting accurately from a text. They'll also work on point of view. 

Reading Workshop Literature: Craft and Structure
Students should be able to read a wide variety of texts in order to differentiate between the various text features. Understand and explain the relationships among structural elements such as flashbacks, foreshadowing. 

Writing Workshop: 
The students will focus on informational writing as they put together their expository books. We'll look leads, transitional words, craft, and elaboration. We'll put emphasis on logical sequencing, providing facts, spelling, and punctuation. We'll be mindful of creating accurate bibliographies using bibme.org

Language: Conventions
Students should be able to identify preposition, interjection, and conjunction in a sentence. Identifying whether a verb is in the past, present, or future tense. We'll look at correlative conjunctions (both/and; either/or; neither/nor)

Read Aloud: We begin reading Charlotte Doyle. 
We'll continue to read this great tale of redemption, loyalty, and coming of age. 



Social Studies
UNIT 4 - We'll wrap up our unit on Friday. The unit assessment will be on March 3. The assessment will consist of multiple-choice, short-answers, and vocabulary. 









SPEAKING AND DELIVERY
The students will focus on pacing, utilizing audio/visual technology, varied expression, and using eye contact. 


Classical Roots - The students resume their Vocabulary skills on March 2. February 27 will be spelling bee #4. 






Everyday Math
The students will work on exploring negative numbers, exponential notation. They'll also review concepts such as renaming fractions such as equivalent fractions. We're also working on a month long project entitled, How to spend $10,000,000? The students are creating an itemized budget list. S/he spending their money on a theme(building a new park, hotel, island, recreational facility, etc.)Each student will present their work at the end of February.

Science
We end off our solar system unit on Thursday. After the break, we'll explore the physical properties and classification of MATTER. 

Camp Performing Arts Camp 
Summer Sessions
Session 3: July 6-16, 9-3pm
Session 4: July 20-30, 9-3pm

Song to Sing and Learn
"Oro, Se Do Bheatha Bhaile" by Sinead O' Connor
"Dirty Old Town" by the Pogues
"South Australia" by the Pogues
"Muirsheen Durkin" by the Dubliners
"Fields of Athenry" by the Dublin

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Taking Care of Ourself, In Tune with your Emotions, Ski Break

Tonight you have an opportunity to answer the questions to help you prepare for tomorrow's health lesson. Please talk to a guardian to help guide your answers.

Health

1. What does it mean to be responsible about your body?
2. What does it mean to pay attention to our gut instincts?
3. Can you think of time where you truly listened to your gut instinct and the outcome proved to be in your favor?
4. Why is important to talk to someone you trust? How can it help you?
5. What is the difference between private and privacy?
6. Describe some characteristics of a bully and a victim?
7. Is there anything that you feel just terrific about right now?
8. I am responsible for these things at home...
9. I still need more help with...

Ski Break

  1. How will you spend your time over the break? 
  2. What are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday - Historical Fiction Book Club



Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following...

HBC
  • what specific details from your book makes your main protagonist a normal person?
  • what is the general mood of your book?
  • what event(s) changes the mood of the book?
  • what are 2-3 main conflicts in the book so far?
  • list some ways your main protagonist and antagonist are alike and dislike from each other.
  • write a brief summary of your story.
  • why do you like your main character?
  • why do you dislike your main character?
  • what could be another title for your book?
  • locate the following figurative language in your book, and tell us the page number.
a. simile
b. hyperbole
c. personification
d. metaphor

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday - Life in the Colonies, Charlotte Doyle, and Letters

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following...

Life in the Colonies

  • Visit Colonial Williamsburg website. http://www.history.org/
  • List a 3-5 colonial jobs that people could make a living. Quickly describe the job. 

For example:
shoemaker - made shoes from leather and wood

Charlotte Doyle
  • What was happening in chapter 1?
  • What kind of experiences do you have with boats or boating?
  • Make a prediction on what's going to happen in chapter 2. 
Samuel's letters
  • Pick one of your letters to edit.
  • Tell us which letter you'd like to edit.
  • Edit it. Make it better. 
  • Show us your new draft.
Journey intwo Ireland
  • How are the Fireballs doing with their preparation for the play?
Off you write

Sunday, February 8, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Ski break is just around the bend. This week, we'll work hard on book clubs, grammar, Journey into Ireland, and Social Studies. MORNING CAFE IS OPEN FOR SINGING EVERY DAY. Shop opens at 7:30am. 


                                                          Check out The Dubliners!



Historical Fiction Book Clubs 
Students will wrap up their first book and continue to read aloud within their groups. Students will practice identifying character traits, setting, conflict, and quoting accurately from a text. 

Reading Workshop Literature: Craft and Structure
Students should be able to read a wide variety of texts in order to differentiate between the various text features. Understand and explain the relationships among structural elements such as 
flashbacks, foreshadowing. 

Writing Workshop: 
The students will focus on informational writing as they put together their expository books. We'll look leads, transitional words, craft, and elaboration. We'll put emphasis on logical sequencing, providing facts, spelling, and punctuation. We'll be mindful of creating bibliographies. 


Language: Conventions
Students should be able to identify preposition, interjection, and conjunction in a sentence. Identifying whether a verb is in the past, present, or future tense. We'll look at correlative conjunctions (both/and; either/or; neither/nor)


Read Aloud: We begin reading Charlotte Doyle. She's the daughter of a wealthy cotton merchant, experiences a remarkable adventure on a cross-Atlantic sailing trip. She's thrusted into amazing situations that force her to examine her own upbringing and what it means to be a fish out of water when it comes to her own gender. Everyday the students will work on Reading and Writing skills within their comp. book. Get ready for a high seas adventure.



Social Studies
UNIT 4 - We'll explore Colonialism and address some important questions such as: what influenced where Europeans settled? Who found the colonies and why? How did religion affect the founding of the colonies. 









SPEAKING AND DELIVERY
The students will focus on pacing, utilizing audio/visual technology, varied expression, and using eye contact. 


Classical Roots - The students will take a break from Classical Roots and Wordly Wise. We resume after ski break. 






Everyday Math
The students will work on exploring negative numbers, exponential notation. They'll also review concepts such as renaming fractions such as equivalent fractions. We're also working on a month long project entitled, How to spend $10,000,000? The students are creating an itemized budget list. S/he spending their money on a theme(building a new park, hotel, island, recreational facility, etc.)Each student will present their work at the end of February.

Science
We end off our solar system unit on Thursday. After the break, we'll explore the physical properties and classification of MATTER. 

Camp Performing Arts Camp 
Summer Sessions
Session 3: July 6-16, 9-3pm
Session 4: July 20-30, 9-3pm

Song to Sing and Learn
"Oro, Se Do Bheatha Bhaile" by Sinead O' Connor
"Dirty Old Town" by the Pogues
"South Australia" by the Pogues
"Muirsheen Durkin" by the Dubliners
"Fields of Athenry" by the Dublin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is Stress?



Tonight you'll get the opportunity to identify and talk about stress. You and a guardian will explain the ways it helps and hurts us as individuals and communities. Be careful that you don't disclose too much personal information.

Directions
  • Answer these questions with a guardian.
STRESS



  • How can stress have a positive effect on a person?
  • Can you think of some ways stress can have a negative effect on a person?
  • How do people respond to stress while playing sports?
  • What things might distress guardians, but not in children? Be specific.
  • What things might distress children in a family that may not bother parents?
  • What are some ways that your guardians may cope with stress at home?
  • What are some ways that you deal with stress at home?
  • What might be some negative ways in dealing with stress?
  • How might communities feel stressed?
  • How stressed are you right now in your life?
  • I feel stressed when…


Off you stress together!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

Tonight you'll work Grammar and Vocabulary.

PRESENT, PAST, AND FUTURE PERFECT TENSES

1. Write any sentence using the present perfect tense. Use Have/Has + past
2. Write any sentence using past perfect tense. Use HAD + past
3. Write any sentence using future perfect tense. Use WILL HAVE + past

YOU PICK THE VERB.

VOCABULARY
1. Write any sentence using CR(Lesson 12 words) or WW(Lesson 3). Underline the word.
2. Pick 5 different words.

EMAIL YOUR IDEAS FOR THE CONTEST.

Off you write!




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Historical Fiction Book

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following...

HBC
Answer these questions.

1A. Your book is written from which point of view?
  • 3rd person limited
  • 3rd person omniscient
  • first person
  • second person

1B. How does that point of view influence how the main character and setting are described?

2a. Is there any unknown information to the main character that could’ve been added?

2b. How would that information changed the story?

3a. What is the theme/message of your story?

3b. Cite 1-2 examples from the story to support your answer. Put the page # please so Mr. Frederick can spot check it.

4a. What is the advantage of reading a story told in 3rd person?
4b. What is the disadvantage of reading a story in 1st person?

5. What page are you on?

6. List 2-3 vocabulary words that you like. What's their part of speech, syllables, and definition.

7. Make a prediction on what's going to happen next.

BOYS VS. GIRLS CONTEST

  • Keep talking on your email. I like the chit-chat.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Welcome, Ms. Charlotte, Student Survey, HFBC, and Girls vs. Boys

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following...

Miss Charlotte 
  • What were the roles like for the men in the 1800s?
  • What were the roles like for the women in the 1800s?
  • Describe the Industrial Revolution in 3-4 sentences
  • Can you think of at least two boating terms? What are the definitions?
Student Survey
Historical Fiction Book Club
  1. What page are you on?
  2. What page did you read to tonight?
  3. Describe the setting right now.
  4. Describe the conflict.
  5. Describe the attitude of the main protagonist and antagonist? Give a specific from the book that illustrates their attitude. 

Girls and Boys
  • Someone(doesn't matter who) from each gender should throw out an email to their gender group. Please include me on the gender email so I can respond with questions. 
  • The email should be a discussion about ideas for the boys vs. girls contest.
  • Talk about what you're thinking about to enhance your boys vs. girls contest.
  • Make sure the opposite gender isn't part of the threaded email so they don't see any of your cool ideas! Have fun collaborating!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

The Fireballs had an incredible day on Friday. Easily one of their best because they showed care, respect, and calm. After several tests and an exciting Spelling Bee(Congrats to Double G), the boys competed vs. the girls in their singing contest. Both genders did a solid job performing for each other, Miss Donna, Mrs. Perlow, and myself. They'll get an opportunity to perform one more time on Feb. 12, 2:30. Parents are invited.



Historical Fiction Book Clubs 
Students will continue to read aloud within their groups. Students will practice identifying character traits, setting, conflict, and quoting accurately from a text. 

Reading Workshop Literature: Craft and Structure
Students should be able to read a wide variety of texts in order to differentiate between the various text features. Understand and explain the relationships among structural elements such as flashbacks, foreshadowing. 

Writing Workshop: 
The students will focus on informational writing as they put together their expository books. We'll look leads, transitional words, craft, and elaboration. We'll put emphasis on logical sequencing, providing facts, spelling, and punctuation. We'll be mindful of creating bibliographies. 


Language: Conventions
Students should be able to identify preposition, interjection, and conjunction in a sentence. Identifying whether a verb is in the past, present, or future tense. We'll look at correlative conjunctions (both/and; either/or; neither/nor)

Read Aloud: Charlotte Doyle, the daughter of a wealthy cotton merchant, experiences a remarkable adventure on a cross-Atlantic sailing trip. She's thrusted into amazing situations that force her to examine her own upbringing and what it means to be a fish out of water when it comes to her own gender. Everyday the students will work on Reading and Writing skills within their comp. book. Get ready for a high seas adventure.



Social Studies
UNIT 4 - We'll explore Colonialism and address some important questions such as: what influenced where Europeans settled? Who found the colonies and why? How did religion affect the founding of the colonies. 









SPEAKING AND DELIVERY
The students will focus on pacing, utilizing audio/visual technology, varied expression, and using eye contact. 


Classical Roots - The students will review roots, parts of speech, syllables, word context and meaning. We'll focus on Lesson 11, 12, and 13. They'll also apply words to everyday writing both in class and on Blogger. 




Everyday Math
The students will work on exploring negative numbers, exponential notation. They'll also review concepts such as renaming fractions such as equivalent fractions. We're also working on a month long project entitled, How to spend $10,000,000? The students are creating an itemized budget list. S/he spending their money on a theme(building a new park, hotel, island, recreational facility, etc.)Each student will present their work at the end of February. 

Science
We blast off into more solar system work such as investigations of the planets and the path of a planet around the sun. The students will have an opportunity to go deeper into the sun's characteristics. Let's not forget gravity. After the break, we'll explore the physical properties and classification of MATTER. 

Camp W Performing Arts Camp 
Summer Sessions
Session 3: July 6-16, 9-3pm
Session 4: July 20-30, 9-3pm

Song to Sing and Learn
Bryan Ferry "Make you Feel My Love"
UB40 "Many Rivers to Cross"