Monday, April 30, 2012
I can't believe we're into May. Where has this year gone? Here's how we're spending our time together in room 101 this week:
6th GOAL: On Monday, students will be presenting their Oral History assignments. On Wednesday, we'll be starting research for our Westward Expansion unit which will culminate with our trip to historic Nauvoo, Illinois.
7th GOAL: Monday will be students' last day to work on Independent Research Projects. We'll start presenting on Wednesday, and that will take us through the rest of the week.
8th GOAL: Students will continue to work on their documentary films this week. They should be recording scripts, editing video, creating titles and transitions, and finding music this week. Movies need to be finished by May 10.
7th Language Arts: Parts of Speech packets are due Monday. For the rest of the week, students will be splitting into small groups and choosing a part of speech they will teach to the class. They can design this lesson in any way they'd like. In the past we've had raps, game shows, and many other creative lessons to learn the parts of speech. We'll start presenting these lessons on Friday. Spelling words this week focus on the endings: -tial, -cial, -cious, and -tious. Pretest corrections and book page 196 (1-20) are due Wednesday.
Week 32 Spelling Words
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
6th GOAL: Students are in the middle of their unit on consumption. They're keeping daily consumption logs, and they have an oral history interview project due next Monday. In class, they've been reporting on the secret lives and histories of everyday things we use every day, and they've been comparing consumption habits of people in other countries compared to ours.
7th GOAL: Students are working hard on their independent research projects. They're transferring the knowledge they've gained into a project to share with the class. We'll start presenting these on Monday.
8th GOAL: Students are working hard on their documentary films. This week, they're finalizing scripts, getting scripts recorded, editing video, and finding pictures. We have to be done with these movies by our big fundraising night on May 17!
7th Language Arts: Students are working hard learning the 8 parts of speech with many in-class activities. If all goes well with individual work, they'll be splitting up into groups to teach the class about a certain part of speech next week. Spelling words this week focus on turning adjectives into adverbs by adding -ly or -ally. Pretest corrections and book p. 190 (1-20) are due Wednesday.
Week 31 Spelling Words
Monday, April 16, 2012
Spring has sprung! Here's what's happening in Room 101 this week:
Book Fair! All GOAL classes will be attending the Book Fair on Tuesday, along with having their regularly scheduled library day.
6th GOAL: Students are starting their "Stuff" unit on consumption. We'll be looking at consumption trends in our own lives and across the globe. On Monday and Wednesday, we'll be tracing our own stuff across the globe to find that stuff's path to us. Thursday and Friday, students will be analyzing one particular product to see its consumption history. Posters with data collected will be due at the end of the class on Friday.
7th GOAL: Students have this week to finish research for their independent projects. Next week, they will be working on the project made from this research.
8th GOAL: Students are continuing to work on their documentary films. This week, interviews should be completed, and students will also be working on research, scripts, and storyboards.
7th Language Arts: Students will be learning more about the 8 Parts of Speech this week. We'll be playing Preposition Ball, and students will be planning a way to teach the class about a certain Part of Speech. There will not be a spelling pretest this week because it's a review week. We'll have a Maintenance Test on Friday for weeks 25-29. Book pages 183 (1-20), 184 (1-20), and 185 (1-10) are due Wednesday.
Monday, April 2, 2012
We're rested and relaxed after a great spring break... Here is what happened last week & what's coming up this week in room 101:
6th GOAL: Students have finished their daily literature circle discussions, and they have prepared their projects to show what they've learned. They could choose any format, so we have ideas for skits, news broadcasts, and journals. They will begin presenting projects on Monday, April 9, and presentations will go throughout the week. The projects need to show an overview of the book, deep thinking connections, and a highlight of the moral dilemma(s) in the story.
7th GOAL: Students are starting independent research projects this week. Last week, they chose topics, and this week, they'll begin their research. They can choose any topic that's an area of passion learning for them. They will be researching and becoming experts on their topics. They'll show what they've learned in a project to share with the class.
8th GOAL: Students are starting their documentary film projects. This year, we'll be focusing on the personal interview and using the personal interview to highlight a topic. Last week, they chose groups and topics. This week, they're arranging their interviews, writing interview questions, and doing preliminary research on their topics.
7th Language Arts: Students are busy working with the 8 parts of speech. Last week, we took the Parts of Speech Pretest, and we reviewed each part of speech in detail. This week, students will be making parts of speech flip booklets to become their study guides for the Parts of Speech test. We'll take the test several times before the ened of the school year. When students score 100%, they'll be added to the Parts of Speech Hall of Fame, and they won't have to take the test again. No one made the Hall of Fame from the pretest, so everyone has some studying to do! Spelling for week 29 focuses on the Latin forms: miss, manus, fluere, and animus. Pretest corrections and book p. 178 (1-20) are due Wednesday.
Week 29 Spelling Words