Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Notice & Note


In addition to independent reading, I am really looking forward to SHARING amazing novels this year during our BOOK CHAT sessions!

When reading a novel as a class or with your literature group, it's important to come prepared for a thoughtful discussion. What are you noticing as you read? How is the author engaging the audience? How does a character's actions affect the story? Does the plot, setting or an event remind you of another story you've read? What questions arise as you read? Is there a meaningful quote or passage that you want to share with the group?

As you read, have Post-It notes and something to write with within reach. I like to put a pencil, highlighters, fun sticky notes, and colorful pens in a pencil pouch. Then I can take it with me if I am reading on the go!

Use your Notice & Note bookmark as... a bookmark... (duh).
It can also be a helpful tool as you read. If you notice something on the list, make a note on a sticy (or directly in the book if you own it) and add the page number in your spiral. Then, be prepared to share! After a while, you won't need the bookmark prompts anymore, you will begin to think, reflect and connect on your own!

The cool things you are noticing as you read will be fun to discuss with your group or with the class as we read together this year. We will learn more about the items on this list, such as figurative language and text connections. By the end of the year, you will be book discussion gurus!

Here are the files I use as we begin the year. I print the bookmarks on bright cardstock and laminate them, so they last! I sent the letter home when we started our first novel study (Little House) last year, but it can be adapted for any novel, or for lit groups. Contact me if you would like the MS Word version of either file!

Notice & Note Bookmark
Letter to Students

I like this video created by a high school student. You can see how she uses a similar reading strategy to prepare for class discussions in her English class! 

I'm looking forward to our novel studies this year! I have a few cool ideas up my sleeve, so stay tuned!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Last Day!


In honor of this wonderful year, here is a poem for you...


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Movin' on Up!


Congratulations 5th graders!

Enjoy middle school and keep in touch!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Finish Strong!



Please check the gradebook this morning to see if there are any grades that you need to work on. Whatever the gradebook says today at 5:00 PM is what will be written on your report card. 

If your Composition grade is low, make sure you turned in your Memoir and Editorial. They are worth 250 points combined! If one of those assignments is missing, send it to me before 2:00 today, so I have time to score it and add the grade to the gradebook. 

Open the gradebook and then click on the individual course link to see the list of scored assignments.

If you have a low grade in a course, it may be because...
  • You have lesson assessments and unit tests that were not mastered at 80% or higher.
  • You skipped lessons that were not optional.
  • You are behind in that course. As of today, all courses should be around 97% complete.
  • There are missing teacher-graded assignments in that course. (NOTE: All teacher-graded assignments were due on 6/9 with the exception of the Memoir and Editorial).
The last day of school is June 16. Continue schooling through Friday! All courses should be at 100% by the end of the week.

Finish STRONG!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Choose Kind


I am so excited that one of my all-time favorite books, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, has been turned into a movie! I don't usually get too excited about the movie-version of books. After all, it's not easy to translate an amazing 300 page novel like Wonder into a 2 hour movie. However, I have to say that this trailer has sparked my interest. I'm looking forward to the movie next fall!

Check it out and let me know what you think.

If you haven't read Wonder, put it on your Summer Reading List. 
Then you can watch the movie in November and compare the two! 

I promise you'll like the story. Pinky swear.  

The audio version is great too!

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Henry Huggins Final Project


(click on the images to ZOOM in)

"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

Character traits are all the aspects of a person's behavior and attitudes that make up that person's personality. Everyone has character traits, both good and bad. Even characters in books have character traits

Here is an example of a 100 point project
(from a different novel study)...

Notice the neat writing and carefully colored illustrations?
That's what I'm looking for! 


and then, GET TO WORK!

I'm excited to see what you come up with!