Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly Preview: 1/31-2/4

It looks like a big snowstorm is moving our way, but here's the tentative plan for the week:

6th GOAL: We're continuing with the Great Ocean Rescue Activity. The two classes are competing against each other to spend the least amount possible when solving the oceanography missions.

7th GOAL: We're continuing History Day research this week. Topics have been chosen, and students are really digging in, always keeping the theme of "Debate and Diplomacy" in mind.

8th GOAL: We're continuing Images of Greatness research this week. Topics have been finalized, and students are working to become the expert on their Image of Greatness.

7th Language Arts: We'll start the week with Week 20 spelling. Page 124 plus pretest corrections will be due on Wednesday. We'll be moving on to our annual Design-An-Ad contest for the rest of the week. This is always a hit with students, as they try to design the winning advertisement for the Fairfield Ledger.

Week 20 Spelling Words

Monday, January 24, 2011

Weekly Preview: 1/24-1/28

6th GOAL: We are finally finished with Independent Project presentations, and we're ready to move into our next unit on Oceanography. We'll be doing an activity called Great Ocean Rescue, and it will be a taste of what's to come later in the quarter with the 6th grade interdisciplinary unit.

7th GOAL: We're busy with the research phase of our National History Day projects, and we'll be in the library all this week. All research is good, but primary source research is especially good!

8th GOAL: We're busy with the research phase of our Images of Greatness projects. Topics are being finalized this week, and we'll be in the library becoming the experts on our Image of Greatness!

7th Language Arts: We're finishing up our 3rd pen pal letters of the year this week. Letters are due for teacher edit by the end of the day on Tuesday. Final drafts are due Friday. In spelling, Week 19 words focus on plural nouns. Corrections and book p. 118 (1-20) are due Wednesday.

Let's have another great week! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Library Day Booktalks!

Tuesday was Library Day for GOAL students. The following books are the ones I booktalked during class. Also, every student had a chance to booktalk the book they're currently reading.

Firestorm by David Klass
Monkey Town by Ronald Kidd
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Feel free to comment with your own booktalks too... what are your recommendations?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Weekly Preview: 1/18-1/21

Our week is getting a late start, thanks to Monday's snow/ice day, but hopefully, we're all rested and ready to go!

6th GOAL: We will be finishing independent project presentations this week. It's taken longer than planned, but the projects have been great so far!

7th GOAL: We're learning more and more about History Day. We'll be picking topics next week and digging into research, so this is the week to really get a good grasp on the process and the expectations. Ask lots of questions!!!

8th GOAL: We will be finishing independent projects this week and then moving into our big third quarter unit, Images of Greatness. Stay tuned for more details!

7th Language Arts: This is a Maintenance Test week, so there will be no spelling pretest, but pp. 111 (1-20), 112 (1-20), and 113 (1-10) will be due Wednesday to review for the big test on Friday. For the rest of the week, we'll be working on our third pen pal letters. Rough drafts are due Wednesday at the end of class. When those are revised, they will be typed and peer-conferenced. Once fixes are made, they are due for teacher edit next Tuesday (1/25) at the end of class. Final drafts will be due next Friday (1/28).

Cast of Bye Bye Birdie: Just stick to the schedule. We'll make up what we missed with section 4 as soon as we can squeeze it in.

Have a good short week, and be careful of that ice. It's still treacherous out there!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekly Preview: 1/10-1/14

6th GOAL: We'll be presenting independent research projects all this week. This is the first time 6th graders have done this. I'm excited to see what they have done!

7th GOAL: We'll be getting more information about History Day this week. The theme of "Debate and Diplomacy" is a tricky one and a great thing to talk about at home for further understanding!

8th GOAL: We'll be finishing up independent research project presentations this week. The next big project for us is Images of Greatness!

7th Language Arts: We're getting back into the routine of spelling with Week 17, Words from Spanish. Book page 105 plus pretest corrections will be due on Wednesday. On Tuesday, we'll have a sharing day to celebrate the end of Writer's Workshop. Then, we'll move into writing another pen pal letter.

Week 17 Spelling Words

Cast & Crew of Bye Bye Birdie: It sounds like some snow is in the forecast. If, by chance, we end up with a snow day, remember that we'll stay exactly on schedule, skipping over the section we missed due to weather. We'll try to pick it or squeeze it in later.

Have a super week! :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly Preview 1/3-1/6

Happy New Year! I think I'm off to a good start. I woke up at 5:30, ready for my first day back at school. Those of you who know me know that this is NOT normal behavior. Maybe I'm turning over a new leaf for 2011!

Here's what's happening in room 101 for this last week of the semester:

6th GOAL: Students will be working on their independent projects this week. They'll start presenting next Monday.

7th GOAL: Students will be getting the basics about National History Day and brainstorming possible topics. It's a challenging theme this year, so we have a lot of discussing and brainstorming to do. Click here for more details.

8th GOAL: Students will be presenting their independent projects. Also, on Thursday, Mrs. Flinspach will be here to talk to the 8th graders about TAG in high school.

7th Language Arts: No spelling this week as we finish up Writer's Workshop. Final drafts are due before students leave on Thursday. I edited tons of papers over break, and I'm very excited about conferencing with my budding young authors!

Rehearsals for Bye Bye Birdie also start this week. We'll meet after school today (Monday) to hand out and go over rehearsal schedules. Drama Club will meet as scheduled on Tuesday, and then we'll really get into blocking rehearsals for the show. Get those lines learned.

Have a super week, everyone!