Wednesday, December 11:
*Writing: Type draft of Winter Event
*Inquiry: Continue work on Inquiry with group...three days left until presentations
Tuesday, December 10:
*Writing: continue Winter Event...personification, alliteration, hyperbole examples. Begin first draft.
*Touch base with Inquiry Team
HOMEWORK: complete your first draft!
Rubric for Winter Event: A-Winter-Event.doc
Monday, December 9:
*Writing: Journal entry...describe snow to someone who has never experienced the weather
*Reading: Context Clue post-Javier/Stan
*Writing: continue with Winter Event work...today: simile and alliteration practice to help describe
Library: Use encyclopedias and nonfiction texts to continue research of Inquiry country
HOMEWORK: Create three similes on your Winter Event yellow sheet
Friday, December 6:
*Writing: Complete the 5 senses chart for Winter Event
*Inquiry: Computers to research, plan, ask questions and learn!
HOMEWORK: finish 5 senses chart for Monday!
Thursday, December 5:
*Vocab: Javier/Stan today
*Reading: Reading a visual image lesson--I will display a photo on the screen, students will respond to prompts, write about their reactions and connections to the photo.
*Writing: Prewriting for Winter Event: Beginning-Middle-End handout, 5 senses handout
HOMEWORK: Finish Beginning-Middle-End handout if you didn't in class!
Wednesday, December 4:
*Writing: All 6th grade write (focus on organization in writing)
*Writing: Begin Winter Event pre-writing...Beginning-Middle-End handout to brainstorm
*Inquiry: Work Plan is due today...using computers, begin research
HOMEWORK: Study for Vocab Javier/Stan tomorrow
Tuesday, December 3:
*Reading/Writing: Time to finish the essay for Compare/Contrast assignment
*Inquiry: You will get into groups for your inquiry project. Each group will have a country to focus on. Details are attached! Food-Custom-Inquiry-directions.doc
HOMEWORK: Study for Vocab Javier/Stan (on Thursday!)
Finish Compare/Contrast Essay if not finished in class!
Monday, December 2:
*Reading/Writing: Complete the Compare/Contrast assignment Compare-Contrast-two-texts.doc
*Inquiry: Begin the Inquiry process: Ms. Higgins will annotate an article of food customs around the world
Wednesday, November 27:
*Context Clue: Word of the day is insuperable
*Reading: Finish Among the Hidden
*Social Studies: Continue working on Mini-Inquiry...present?
*HOMEWORK: Your context clue homework is DUE Monday!!Context-clues-homework-online-copy.doc
Tuesday, November 26:
*Context Clues: Word of the day is forfend*Review Vocab
*Reading: Among the Hidden: Ch. 19-24
Introduction to Inquiry Projects...choose one topic in history book, generate questions
Monday, November 25:
*Vocab: Complete group projects/teaching lessons to present to class...Vocabulary Javier/Stan is this Wednesday!!
*Context Clues: Word of the day is trumpery
HOMEWORK: Complete the Context Clue homework by Monday, December 2...
Javier/Stan is in December 4th.
Friday, November 22:
*Writing: after watching CNN Student News, students will write in Free-Write journal
*Vocab: Create way of teaching to your classmates the 5 words you are responsible for (groups are working together to create multi-learning style presentation
Thursday, November 21:
*Reading: Continue with ATH: Ch. 15-18
*Vocab: review Javier/Stan; find NEW words while reading...use Context Clues to find meaning
HOMEWORK: Read!**If making corrections to "Saudi Women Driving" article, please choose another article from NEWSELA and complete another set of two-column notes...remember: show your thinking!**If you didn't finish your in-class definitions based on context clues, check your definitions using a dictionary/phone/internet
Wednesday, November 20:
*History: Complete all Ch. 10-12 presentations
*Vocab: Review words; Javier/Stan
Tuesday, November 19:
review vocabulary (illustrations)
Pre-test on strategies for understanding unknown words*History:
finish presentationsHOMEWORK: article with two-column notes are due TOMORROW!
**See below for details
Monday, November 18:
*Reading: ATH Ch. 11-14
--Article: Video Game Addiction video-game-addiction.pdf
--Use Two Column strategy to discuss article
Begin presentations for Ch. 10-12: Kush and JudaismHOMEWORK: DUE WEDNESDAY: Read "Quietly, some Saudi men..." article on NEWSELA
**Take Two-Column notes for article to discuss on Wednesday
Friday, November 15:
*English: Grammar practice: The Lazy Editor
*Vocab: Share out definitions of new words
*History: Continue/finish Ch. 10-12 project
HOMEWORK: read the Smoking essay on NEWSELA. Complete the quiz. (Only ONE time)
Thursday, November 14:
*Reading: Among the Hidden Ch. 8-10
*History: Library Lab to work on Ch. 10-12 project
*Introduce NEWSELA (website directions)
HOMEWORK: login to NEWSELA (directions in blue above)
Definitions for new words are DUE tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 13:
*Reading: Among the Hidden Ch. 6-7
--discuss Context Clues; put to practice*Writing:
finish draft of "Someone I Admire"...needs to be finished for tomorrow!*History:
Introduction to Ch. 10-12 projectHOMEWORK: first draft of "Someone I Admire" must be typed and ready to share tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 12:
*Writing: use the checklist to continue writing your "Someone I Admire" paragraph
*History: Cartouche/hieroglyph assignment (first or last name)
HOMEWORK: if you hadn't finished reason 1 in your spiral, continue to write "Someone I Admire" draft....have to finish tomorrow in class
Friday, November 8:
*Veterans' Day Assembly
HOMEWORK: Please read...you have a lot of time!
Thursday, November 7:
*Reading: Ch. 4-5 in ATH
*Writing: Begin planning for "Someone I Admire" writing
*History: Present Mural Presentations!
HOMEWORK: If you didn't finish your planning for paragraph, finish! (Person you admire, three reasons of why, a memory connected to one of the traits you admire.)
Wednesday, November 6:
*Reading: Among the Hidden Ch. 2-4
-Vocabulary definitions; find sentences used in book*History:
Mural time...last day! Presentations are tomorrow.HOMEWORK: Continue to READ 30 minutes or more a night..
Tuesday, November 5:
*Reading: Begin Among the Hidden
-brief chapter summary
-review of vocab words
-Can we stumble upon one or more of our signposts?*History:
Last day with computers for Mural project...we present on Thursday!HOMEWORK: Make sure you have written down the 6 definitions for our ATH vocab words
Monday, November 4:
*Reading: Last signpost: Memory Moment
-Vocabulary words for Among the Hidden
-PLOT charts to get turned in*History:
Mural Team time
-Egypt exam back*Self Evaluation for Effort/Behavior
HOMEWORK: Find definitions for six ATH vocab. words
Friday, November 1:
*History: Ancient Egypt Javier/Stan is today!! You are all ready for this!
Thursday, October 31:
*Reading: Signpost #5: Again and Again
Study team time, mural team timeHOMEWORK: Ancient Egypt Stan/Javier is TOMORROW!!!
Wednesday, October 30:
*Reading: almost a whole period to read!!! Work on PLOT chart, too.
*History: Study team time, Mural team time
HOMEWORK: Book Talks are DUE TOMORROW
**Plot chart is DUE Friday!!!
**Egypt Javier/Stan is FRIDAY!!!
Tuesday, October 29:
*Reading: time to work on PLOT chart....DUE Friday!!!
-Notice and Note: Words of the Wiser
-Book Talk presentations*History:
Mural Team time...make a plan of action, begin research
-15 minutes for Study Team...Javier/Stan is FRIDAY!!!HOMEWORK: continue filling out bookmark for Notice and Note
Study up for Friday's exam
Continue filling out Plot Chart
Monday, October 28:
*Reading: time to work on PLOT chart...DUE Friday!
-Notice and Note Strategy: Tough Questions*History:
film on Ancient Egypt
-Mural teams: choose topic
-Study team timeHOMEWORK: add "tough questions" to bookmark
work on study team info
prepare Book Talk!!!
Thursday/Friday, October 24/25:
*Reading: work on PLOT chart; learn second Notice and Note strategy: Aha Moment.
-students and I read aloud a text "Crash"
-identify moments that cause the character to suddenly understand, realize or figure out something within the story
-students address how this "aha moment" might change things in the story*History:
teams for Mural Project
-meet with Egypt study team to check inHOMEWORK: complete book mark for Aha Moment, read, work on Egypt study team
Tuesday/Wednesdsay, October 22/23:
*Reading: Learn first Notice and Note strategy: Contrasts and Contradictions.
-students and I read aloud a text "Yes, Ma'am"
-identify places where character says or does something that contradicts expected behaviors
-infer/predict why the character has done/said that
meet with study teams to discuss notes/questionsHOMEWORK: find one contrast/contradiction in your current reading book; write page number, quote and inference of WHY the character has said/done that contradiction
--Book Talks due 10/31
--Egypt Javier/Stan is 11/1
Monday, October 21:
*Reading: Students will review terms of Plot; enter into spiral
*Create a journal entry in spiral: share the exposition of your new novel
*Reflection: students will complete a self-reflection on the last few weeks of school
*History: finish Ch. 6 skits/present
*Egypt team study time!
*We will also visit the book fair!