Thursday, April 30, 2015

FAMILY NIGHT BLOGGER

Tonight you'll spend some time researching your side of the zoo argument. Plus you'll get to write up your own opinion on a controversial topic.

Directions
1. Think about your position on the zoo topic.
2. Begin researching your position.
3. Find credible sites that help reinforce your argument.
4. Take notes on Google Presentation or your own index cards.
5. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHARE YOUR FINDINGS ON BLOGGER TONIGHT.

6. Pick from one of the topics below. Write about your position.
State your thesis.
Provide 1-2 reasons
Provide examples for each reason.
If you can find a source to cite from, that would be terrific.



  • Should students as young as fourteen be allowed to hold jobs?
  • Should schools start later in the morning?
  • Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?




  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    WEDNESDAY

    Tonight you'll get to share what you know now about the Revolutionary War. This will be helpful for your test tomorrow.

    Here are some talking points. You choose how many. 

    • Parliament
    • Protest/Boycott
    • Patriots vs. Loyalists
    • Acts
    • Declaration of Independence
    • James Otis, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington
    • war turning points
    • hardships for the colonists
    • settlement of western lands
    • views toward slavery
    • include key people and vocabulary
    Write as much as you'd like. I'd probably write more than 1-2 sentences :)

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    tuesday



    Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on opinion writing.

    Topic: People shouldn't watch television because there aren't many educational programs. 

    Directions: Write an opinion piece on the topic above. Tell us where you obtained some facts.

    Paragraph #1
    1. Write a 1-2 sentence electrifying introduction to this topic. Start with a strong fact, quote, or question.
    2. State your position/claim on this topic.
    3. Provide 2 reasons to help support your claim.

    Paragraph #2
    1. Start this paragraph with "first of all".
    2. Elaborate on reason #1 with strong evidence.

    Paragraph #3
    1. Start this paragraph with "Another reason".
    2. Elaborate on reason #2 with strong evidence.

    Paragraph #4
    1. Restate your position/claim on this topic.
    2. Remind the reader why your opinion on this topic matters.
    3. Call to action.


    • Use evidence to really support your claim
    • Pay attention to grammar and spelling so people take you seriously
    • Include facts, examples, quotes, relevant information to support claim
    • Get the reader to CARE about your opinion
    • Yelling will turn the reader off 

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Monday

    Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on the following work.
    1. Persuasive Writing
    2. Social Studies
    3. Power Slides for Albums

    Persuasive Writing

    • Read this excerpt and answer the questions. 
    In the not too distant past, grizzly bears lived throughout western North America, from Alaska to Mexico. The explorers Lewis and Clark found them on Dakota prairies in the early 1800s. An estimated 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. 

    The grizzly bear is a big and potentially dangerous animal. Adult males(called boars) weigh 400 to 1,000 pounds, while adult females (called sows) tip the scales at 300 to 700 pounds. Although grizzly bears along the coast of Alaska are larger than those more inland(perhaps due to richer food), most biologists consider them all one species. These giants feed primarily on plants but do eat meat when available. 

    Questions:
    a. What could be the title for this excerpt?
    b. Type up 2-3 facts. 
    c. What is the author's particular purpose in writing this excerpt? 
    d. Can you identify any words that may express opinion?

    e. Answer this question: Should animals be kept in Zoos?
    f. State your thesis( a statement that supports your viewpoint on the question). 
    g. Write a few reasons that support your thesis statement. 

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    NEWS ON THE MARCH



    I can't believe how fast that break went. Hopefully you enjoyed your time with family or friends. Please read all of the important information below.  Rave on!

    Morning and Lunch Cafe: The cafe is now open this week during the morning and lunch time. SINGERS only. 

    State Float:  Due on Friday. Get ready for a big day. The parade will begin at 12pm. After lunch the states will have a couple of minutes to show off their float in the classroom. ALL FLOATS NEED TO BE PICKED UP ON FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL.  

                §  The state flag
    §  The state flower
    §  The state bird
    §  The state tree
    §  The state animal
    §  The state fossil
    §  The state song
    §  The state’s motto
    §  The state’s nickname
    §  The state’s major industry
    §  The state’s major point of interest

    ELA: The Fireballs will officially begin their Persuasive Essay Writing unit. It should take about 4 weeks. They'll learn how to look at mentor texts to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

    Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
    • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
    • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

    Classical Roots Lesson 16 - Review of Lessons 13, 14, and 15 (committee, position, composition, relate, fractional, interruption, reflect, fracture, basement, communicate, exposure, dispose)

    Wordly Wise: Lesson 6: abolish, agony, catapult, character, denounce, escalate, grim

    Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

    History-Social Science: The test will be this Thursday. The test will consist of short -answer questions, multiple choice, and vocabulary. Here are some major and guiding questions the students can review: We'll go over the study guide tomorrow in class.

    • What events led to the American Revolution?
    • How did colonists work together?
    • Why did colonists declare independence?
    • Who caused change in the colonies?
    • What are some of the major battles during the Revolution?
    • How did other nations help the Patriots?
    • What role did women play during the Revolution? 
    • What was life like in the colonies during the Revolution?
    • How did the American Revolution affect the creation of state governments?
    • How did the United States move into western lands?

    Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

     
    Math: Time to focus on Unit 10: pan-balance problems, algebraic expressions, speed and distance, and rules, tables, and graph.

    Science: We will continue to study Matter.


    Camp W: Summer Sessions
    Session 1: July 6 - 16
    Session 2: July 20 - 30

    Register: campw.weebly.com


    Songs to Sing and Learn
    • Here I am - UB40
    • Terrible Love - The National
    • To go Home - M Ward
    • Rave on - Buddy Holly
    • Everyday - Fiona Apple
    • Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones
    • Tracey Thorn - The Book of Love

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    WEDNESDAY - Family Blogger Night

    Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on SS, State Float, and conversing.

    A. SOCIAL STUDIES
    Answer.
    1. Read Lesson 5
    2. Answer this question in 8 or more sentences. How did the American Revolution affect the creation of state governments? USE YOUR OWN WORDS PLEASE.

    B. STATE FLOAT
    Answer.
    1. How's your float coming along?
    2. Describe 2-3 goals you have for your float project.

    C. CONVERSE
    Talk to each other.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Grammar

    Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on grammar and talking to each other.

    A.

    1. Write a sentence with a preposition. Underline the preposition.
    2. Write a sentence with an interjection. Underline the interjection.
    3. Write a sentence using a conjunction. Underline the conjunction.
    4. Write a sentence using present perfect tense. Underline it.
    5. Write a sentence using past perfect tense. Underline it.
    6. Write a sentence using future perfect tense. Underline it.
    7. Write a sentence using a correlative conjunction. Underline it.
    8. Write a sentence using commas in a series.
    9. Write a sentence using a metaphor. Under the metaphor.
    10. Write a sentence using a personification. Underline the personification.

    B. Talk to each other. Remember, the goal is to move the conversation forward in a non-selfish manner. Listen to each other.





    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Monday



    Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on Social Studies and conversing.

    Directions

    A.

    • Read Lesson 4 - What was life like in the colonies during the Revolution?
    • Answer these questions. 
    a. What are Continentals?
    b. How did the decrease in value of the Continental affect the economy?
    c. How did the Revolution affect the families?
    d. read the cost-benefit analysis on page 140. Look at the chart carefully. Answer the questions on page 140 at the bottom of the page. 
    e. create your OWN cost-benefit analysis for something important in your life. Show us on blogger what that would look like. 

    B. Talk to each other.  Keep it simple, appropriate, and interesting. Don't forget to ask questions. I'll start the conversation off by saying...

    22 years later, I'll be seeing Ride at the San Francisco's majestic Warfield Theater. The anticipation is as thick as a Frederick's Follies show. I have great hopes of them playing "Twisterella" because I think it's one of the finest pop songs ever crafted. The endless guitar hooks, muted vocals, and splashy drums get my feet dancing instantly. I'll try to snap a photo and send it to the class. One of England's finest won't disappoint on stage. 

    Who knows where the conversation may end up.


    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Tuesday

    Tonight you'll get to work on HBC packet and questions.

    Directions

    • work on your packet
    • answer these questions
    a. Who was your favorite character in the story? Why?
    b. Who was your least favorite character in the story? Why?
    c. If you were to rename the title of the book, what would it be and why?
    d. Describe a possible sequel to the book you read. 
    Protagonist:
    Antagonist:
    Setting:
    Conflict:
    1 Major event that you think may change your main character's perspective on life. Make sure it's not event from the original story. 

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    MONDAY

    Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on IXL and your point of view literature packet.

    Directions

    • Go to IXL
    • Click on Simple, compound, and complex sentences

    1. D.1Is the sentence simple or compound?
    2. D.2Identify dependent and independent clauses
    3. D.3Is the sentence simple, compound, or complex?



      Point of View Literature Packet
      • Go back and fill out weeks 1-3



    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    NEWS ON THE MARCH

    Happy Easter! The week ahead looks to be fun kicking it off with a boat ride. All of the Fireballs will gain a better understanding of what maritime life is like without Napoleon's crew coming after them.  

    State Float:  I hope the Fireballs are having a good time putting together their float.Don't wait until the last minute. 

                §  The state flag
    §  The state flower
    §  The state bird
    §  The state tree
    §  The state animal
    §  The state fossil
    §  The state song
    §  The state’s motto
    §  The state’s nickname
    §  The state’s major industry
    §  The state’s major point of interest

    ELA: The Fireballs will continue to use IXL at night for 10-15 minutes. It will be part of their Blogger work.

    Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
    • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
    • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

    Classical Roots Lesson 15(com and con, -re). Words: committee, communicate, converse, reaction

    Wordly Wise: Lesson 5: avalanche, blizzard, challenge, conquer, crevice, foolhardy, and makeshift

    Book Club - The students will complete their "Point of View" packets by Thursday. We'll wrap up our book club work on Friday. After that the students will move back into their individual reading.

    Master and Commander- We'll finish the movie by Wednesday.

    History: We begin Unit 6. What events led to the American Revolution? We'll focus on some major battle during the Revolution. How did other nations helped the Patriots? What role did women play during the Revolution? What was life like in the colonies during the Revolution?

    Grammar: This week the students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

     
    Math: Time to focus on Unit 10: pan-balance problems, algebraic expressions, speed and distance, and rules, tables, and graph.

    Science: We will continue to study Matter.


    Camp W: Summer Sessions
    Session 1: July 6 - 16
    Session 2: July 20 - 30


    Songs to Sing and Learn
    • "Reason Why" - The Byrds
    • "Something about you" - Four Tops
    • "Sign" - Ace of Base
    • "World Upside Down" - Jimmy Cliff

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT

    Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work IXL, Uplifter and Proposals, and Master and Commander

    1. IXL- show a guardian your new website

    • Work on sentences, fragments, and run-ons with a guardian.

    1. C.1Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
    2. C.2Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
    3. C.3Is it a complete sentence, a fragment, or a run-on?

      What do you enjoy about IXL?
      What do you dislike about IXL?


    4. 2. Uplifter and Proposals
    • Feel free to share an uplifter and proposal

    1. 3. MASTER AND COMMANDER - Turning Point (Pivotal Moment)
      Remember the story the "Other Side" and the life lessons learned. Remember the pivotal moment when the main character said "no", she didn't care what her friends did or thought about her.

      EXAMPLE FROM TODAY'S LESSON

      CRITICAL CHOICE  -  "Clover decided that she would make believe she didn't care."

      WHAT IT TELLS ME ABOUT THE CHARACTER... Clover did care, but she was making a choice to go against what her friends wanted her to do.

      a. Now find a scene from the movie where there was a critical choice made by a character
      b. What does it tell you about that character

      TRY NOT TO COPY EACH OTHER!


    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    April Fools' Day

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

    Read your Book Club book or another book you're reading at home. This isn't an April Fools' Day joke.

    Directions:

    Reading

    • Share with us 2-3 life lessons your author wants you to know
    • tell us what book, page, and LL. 

    IXL
    • go on to IXL and practice