Classroom News

January 15, 2021
1) We played blooket to review Unit 5 Vocabulary words.
2) Students completed Unit 5 Vocabulary Test.
3) When the test was completed, students could use the extra time to complete iReady Reading and any other work they need to make up.

January 14, 2021
1) Students completed LinkIt Benchmark B today.  
2) Students completed Unit 5 "Choosing the Right Word".
3) When they finished, they had time to complete iReady Reading weekly assignment or study for Unit 5 Vocabulary Test.  Unit 5 Test will be tomorrow.

January 13, 2021
1) Students worked on LinkIt Benchmark B today.  Extra time will be given tomorrow to complete the assignment.
2) When the students are finished with the LinkIt, they can work on iReady assignment for this week.

There will be a virtual homeroom photo taken tomorrow, January 14.


January 12, 2021
1) Introduced Act II vocabulary.
2) Started to read The Miracle Worker, Act II. (Read up to page 27 of the pdf.
3) Students had time to complete Act I questions and work on iReady weekly assignment.

January 11, 2021
1) Students completed a survey.
2) Students answered "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 5. We reviewed the answers.
3) We finished reading The Miracle Worker Act I.  All questions for Act I can be completed.  Due tomorrow.

January 8, 2021
1) We played blooket to review Unit 5 vocabulary words.
2) We read up to page 20 on the pdf for The Miracle Worker Act I.
3) Students can answer questions 1 to 8.

January 7, 2021
1) We continued to read and discuss The Miracle Worker. We read up to page 16 on the pdf.
2) Students can answer questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. 

January 6, 2021
1) We continued to read and discuss The Miracle Worker.
2) Students had time to answer the questions on Act I.

January 5, 2021
1) Students completed worksheet with Act I vocabulary words.
2) We started to read and discuss The Miracle Worker.
3) Students were provided questions to complete as we read The Miracle Worker Act I. This is due on Friday. 

January 4, 2021
Welcome back!  I hope everyone enjoyed his/her break. 

There are about three weeks left before the end of the marking period.  Please have cameras on during instruction.  Complete assignments when they are due.  Seek extra help and attend Student Support if you need.  

1) Anticipatory assignment - students answered; then students worked in small groups to discuss.
2) Discussed book jacket for novel and background information on Helen Keller.
3) Introduced characters and Act I vocabulary words for the novel The Miracle Worker.
4) Students worked in small groups to analyze quotes from Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.

December 23, 2020
1) We played blooket.com to review Unit 5 Vocabulary words.
2) Students had time to complete Linkit assignment on informational text and iReady Reading.

December 22, 2020
1) Students answered "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 5.
2) We played blooket.com to practice Unit 5 words.
3) Students completed a Lintit assignment on informational text.

December 21, 2020
1) Vocabulary Warm-up for "Water" by Helen Keller.
2) We read and discussed the story "Water".
3) Critical Thinking questions are due tomorrow.
4) iReady - 15 minutes this week.

December 16, 2020
1) Unit 5 Vocabulary words were given. - Copy into notebook/binder.
2) Students presented slideshow interview of classmate.

December 15, 2020
1) Students finished up the slideshow presentation on the interview of classmate.
2) If students had time, they could work on iReady Reading.

December 14, 2020
Students worked with his/her partner to find information for interview.

December 11, 2020
1) Reviewed Unit 4 vocabulary words.
2) Test on Unit 4 Vocabulary words.
3) Breakout rooms to start interviewing classmate.
4) iReady Reading if the student had time.

December 10, 2020
1) We reviewed the Unit 4 Vocabulary words by playing blooket.com.
2) We discussed interviewing a classmate.  Reviewed the rubric for the assignment. Students were asked to create 20 questions they could ask anyone.
3) Students had to complete "Choosing the Right Word".
4) When finished, students could work on iReady Reading, study for Unit 4 test, or complete missing assignments.

December 9, 2020
1) We reviewed Unit 4 Vocabulary words by playing blooket.
2) Students answered Critical Thinking questions for "The All-American Slurp".

December 8, 2020
1) Students answered "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 4 vocabulary words.
2) We finished reading and discussing "The All-American Slurp".

December 7, 2020
1) Discussed Literary Analysis: Theme.
2) Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for "The All-American Slurp".
3) We discussed the story vocabulary and word study -migr-.
4) We read and discussed our author Lensey Namioka.
5) We started to read and discuss "The All-American Slurp".

December 4, 2020
We played blooket.com to review Unit 4 Vocabulary words.

December 3, 2020
1) We discussed Unit 4 Vocabulary Words.
2) Students completed "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 4.
3) Students worked on Help Wanted Ad.

December 2, 2020
1) We discussed the story. "The Tail"
2) We reviewed the information for a help wanted ad.
3) Students started to create a help wanted for a babysitter for Junior.
4) Students can finish Critical Thinking questions or iReady Reading for the week.

December 1, 2020
1) We finished reading "The Tail".
2) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions on the story.
3) When the students finish the questions, they worked on iReady for the remainder of the period.

November 30, 2020
1) Vocabulary Warm-up worksheet for "The Tail".
2) We started to read and discuss "The Tail".

November 25, 2020
1) Test on "The Sound of Summer Running" and "Eleven".
2) Finish essay on symbolism.
3) Finish iReady Reading - 20 minutes.
4) Copy Unit 4 Words.

Happy Thanksgiving!

All students will be virtual starting Monday, November 30.


November 24, 2020
1) Finish essay on symbolism. (Due tomorrow.)
2) iReady Reading - 20 minutes this week
3) Copy Unit 4 Vocabulary words into your binder/notebook.
4) Study for test on "The Sound of Summer Running" and "Eleven".

November 23, 2020
1) Students completed Unit 3 Vocabulary Test.
2) Students started to plan essay on symbolism. (They will finish the essay on Tuesday.)
3) iReady Reading - 20 minutes.


November 20, 2020
1) We played Kahoot to review "The Sounds of Summer Running" and "Eleven".
2) Students had time to finish the Critical Thinking Questions for  "The Sounds of Summer Running" and "Eleven".
3) Students had time to complete "Choosing the Right Word".
5) Students could use time to complete the 45-minutes of iReady.
4) Test on Unit 3 Vocabulary words is on Monday.


November 19, 2020
1) "Choosing the Right Word" for Unit 3.
2) We read and discussed "Eleven".
3) Students had to answer Critical Thinking Questions on the story "Eleven".

November 18, 2020
We reviewed all the work from Tuesday.  We discussed the stories and students answered the Critical Thinking questions.

November 17, 2020 - I was absent.
1) The students will work on Unit 3 "Completing the Sentence" first.  2) The students will read p. 140. Comparing Literary Works. 3) They will read about the authors. p.1414) Read "The Sound of Summer Running" p. 142-148. 5) They will answer Critical Thinking questions on p. 148. Complete 45 minutes of iReady Reading for this week.

Novebmer 16, 2020  -  I was absent today.

1) The students had to write a three- to five-paragraph essay on one of the topics presented.  Essay is due tomorrow.
2) iReady Reading is due on Friday. (45 minutes this week)

November 13, 2020
1) Reviewed "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" and "The Southpaw".
2) Students completed the test on the stories.
3) Students had time to work on iReady Reading -30 minutes.
4) Students had an opportunity to review Unit 3 vocabulary words.


November 12, 2020
1) We read and discussed "The Southpaw".
2) Students completed worksheet on Literary Analysis: Comparing Characters' Traits and Motives.
3) Students finished working on text-dependent questions for "Becky and the Wheels-and-
Brake Boys".
4) Test tomorrow on the stories.
5) iReady - 30 minutes this week.

November 10, 2020
1) We reviewed the story "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys".
2)We finished reading the story.
3) Students had to answer text-dependent questions. (Due on Thursday, November 12).

November 9, 2020
1) Vocabulary Warm-up for "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" and "The Southpaw".
2) We discussed notes for Unit 2.
3) We discussed internal and external conflicts.
4) We read Meet the Authors.
5) We started to read and discuss "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys".
6) Test on stories on Friday.

November 4, 2020
1) We discussed opinion/persuasive writing.
2) Students had a topic to write a three- to five-paragraph essay about.
3)Students had time to work on iReady Reading - 20 minutes.

November 3, 2020
1) Students completed "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 3.
2) Students completed LinkIt Progress Monitoring RI.6.1 and RI.6.2.
3) Students had time to work on ReadWorks.org articles or iReady Reading for this week. (20 minutes of iReady).

November 2, 2020
1) We discussed about elections.
2) Students completed two ReadWorks.org assignments: Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday in November? and The Constitution Tells the States Who Has the Right to Vote.
3) When students were finished with the ReadWorks.org assignments, they could start iReady Reading for this week. (20 minutes this week)

October 30, 2020
1) Students identified five states as fact or opinion based on information from "Names/Nombres".
2) We read and discussed "The Lady and the Spider".
3) Students had time to work on iReady Reading, Critical Thinking Questions for "Names/Nombres", finish copying Unit 3 vocabulary words, or complete any missing assignments.

October 29, 2020
1) We reviewed fact, opinion, and tone
2) We reviewed the author.
3) We read and discussed "Names/Nombres".
4) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions for "Names/Nombres".
5) If they finished early, they were to finish copying Unit 3 words or work on iReady.

October 28, 2020
1) Vocabulary Warm-up for "Names/Nombres"
2) Introduced Reading Skill: Fact and Opinion.
3) Introduced Literary Skill: Tone
4) Students copied story words.
5) We introduced our author Julia Alvarez.

October 27, 2020
1)We finished presentations on travel brochures. 
2) Students had time to copy Unit 3 Vocabulary words.
3) Students had time to work on iReady.


October 26, 2020
1) Students had time to copy Unit 3 Vocabulary words.
2) Students started to present their travel brochures.  Students will continue to present the travel brochures tomorrow.
3) We reviewed the new time schedule.

October 23, 2020
1) Students completed Unit 2 Vocabulary Test.
2) Students had time to work on iReady Reading, make up work, and work on travel brochure.

October 22, 2020
1) Students worked on their brochures.
2) Students answered "Choosing the Right Word" - due tomorrow.
3) Study for Unit 2 Vocabulary Test. (Test is tomorrow.)
4) iReady Reading is due tomorrow.


October 21, 2020
1) Students worked with their partners to finish researching the country of their choice.
2) Students started to design brochure.


October 20. 2020
1) Students answered "Completing the Sentence" for Unit 2 words.
2) Students set up the document for the travel brochure.
3) Students went into their groups to continue to research the country they selected.

October 19, 2020
1) Students continued researching information for the travel brochure.
2)Students worked on iReady Reading if they had all their information for travel brochure.

October 16, 2020
1) We discussed informational and expository texts.
2) Students were paired up to start researching information on a country of their choice.
3) Monday they will continue to research.  They will create a brochure on Tuesday and Wednesday.


October 15, 2020
1) Students completed Unit 2 Synonyms and Antonyms.
2) We reviewed the story "My Papa, Mark Twain".
3) Students had time to complete the Critical Thinking Questions from Wednesday.
4) Students worked on Fact and Opinion worksheet. Due tomorrow.

October 14, 2020   
I was absent.
Students had to read "My Papa, Mark Twain" and answer Critical Thinking questions for the story.

October 13, 2020
1) Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for "My Papa, Mark Twain".
2) We introduced the Reading Skill: Fact and Opinion; and the Literary Analysis: Author's Perspective.
3) Students copied the story vocabulary and word study on p. 94 in the textbook.

October 9, 2020
1) Discuss comparing literary works.
2) Students will read two articles on ReadWorks.org and answer six questions using details from the articles.

October 8, 2020
1) We reviewed Unit 2 words.
2) Students went to breakout rooms to discuss information from "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
3)Students used the information from his/her notes and the breakout room discussion to create a Venn Diagram.
4) Students had time to work on iReady Reading. (Due tomorrow)
4) Students started to copy Unit 2 words. (Due on Wednesday)

October 7, 2020
1) We read and discussed "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
2) Students took down notes on the story.
3) Students started to answer the Critical Thinking questions on the story.  Due at the end of the day tomorrow.

October 6, 2020
1) We reviewed "Why Monkeys Live in Trees".  Students copied notes.
2) Students completed Critical Thinking Questions for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees".
3) We started to read "The Case of the Monkeys that Fell from the Trees".

October 5, 2020
1) Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys that Fell from the Trees".
2) We discussed graphic organizer: Venn Diagram.
3) We read and discussed the authors.
4) We read and discussed "Why Monkeys Live in Trees".

October 2, 2020
1) We discussed primary and secondary resources.
2) Students viewed two documents and we discussed which source each document is.
3) Students read seven statements.  They identified which source each statement is and explained why.

October 1, 2020
1) Students took Unit 1 Vocabulary test today.
2) Students who needed to finish the LinkIt Grammar Diagnostic Test finished it.
3) Students worked on ReadWorks.org assignment: Sandra Cisneros.
4) Students had time to complete the weekly iReady Reading weekly assignment. Goal: 45 minutes with 80% accuracy.

September 30, 2020

1) Students will complete a LinkIt Grammar Benchmark. 
2) Finish autobiographical narrative. Due today.
3) ReadWorks.org Article: Sandra Cisneros.  If you have not joined the class for ReadWorks, please see the code in Google Classroom.
4) Work on iReady Reading. Due on Friday.
5) Study Unit 1 Vocabulary Words - Test tomorrow

September 29, 2020
1) Students answered "Completing the Sentence" for Unit 1 words.
2) Students worked on autobiographical narrative.  Students shared the document with a classmate to review.  Essays are due tomorrow.
3) Students can work on this week's iReady Reading assignment. Due on Friday.

September 28, 2020
1) Autobiographical narrative - students will finish planning his/her autobiographical narrative today. Remember to use the rubric as you write. 2) iReady Reading - Students will start to work on iReady Reading assignments. Students need to complete at least 45 minutes of iReady per week and score 80%to receive a 100.

September 25, 2020
1) We discussed first person and third person point of view.
2) Students completed "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 1.
3) We discussed autobiographical narrative.
4) Students started to plan for his/her personal narrative.

September 24, 2020
1) Students had to read "The Drive-In Movies".
2) Students had to complete Critical Thinking questions for "The Drive-In Movies"

September 23, 2020
1) Introduced "The Drive-In Movies".
2) Discussed Reading Skill: Making Predictions and Literary Analysis Skill: Narrator and Point of  View.
3) Students copied vocabulary for " The Drive-In Movies".
4) We read and discussed the author, Gary Soto.

September22, 20202
1) Students completed a test on "Stray".
2) If students did not finish iReady Reading Diagnostic, they need to complete it today.
3) Students completed Unit 1 "Choosing the Right Word" p. 17-18.  If this was not completed in class, students need to complete tonight.

September 21, 2020
1) Students completed iReady Reading Diagnostic Test.
2) Students who owe work can complete the assignments.  
3) Students had an opportunity to study for the test on "Stray" or practice Unit 1 Vocabulary words on vocabularyworkshop.com.

September 18, 2020
Students started iReady Diagnostic Test.  They will finish it on Monday. 
There will be a test on "Stray" will be Tuesday, September 25.

September 17, 2020
1) We played Kahoot to review the key ideas of plot and "Stray".
2) We discussed singular nouns, plural nouns, and possessive nouns.

Tonight is Back to School Night starting at 6:00 pm.  The evening will start with a Zoom meeting with Dr. McCabe.

To join, please have your child log into his/her Google Classroom for each period. 


September 16, 2020
1) We reviewed "Stray".
2) We discussed nouns, common nouns, and proper nouns.
3) Students worked on p. 40 Practice A and Practice B.

September 15, 2020
1) We discussed the plot for "Stray".
2) Students completed a worksheet on the Literary Analysis Skill: Plot.
3) Students created a plot diagram for "Stray". If they did not finish it in class today, they need to complete it tonight.

Tomorrow is Open House during Periods 2 and 3.  
Tomorrow is Back to School Night starting at 6:00 pm.  The evening will start with a Zoom meeting with Dr. McCabe.

To join both events, please have your child log into his/her Google Classroom for each period. 


September 16, 2020
1) We reviewed Unit 1 vocabulary words.
2)We discussed nouns, common nouns, and proper nouns.
3) Students completed p. 40 Practice A and Practice B.

September 14, 2020
1) We read and discussed "Stray".
2) Students took notes on the setting, characters, and conflict.
3) Students started to answer the Critical Thinking questions on p. 28.  There is a document in Google Classroom for the students to answer the questions.


September 11, 2020
1) Do Now:  Students described what they see in The New Yorker magazine picture.
2) We discussed 9/11.
3) Students created either a letter to local heroes or drew a picture to thank the local heroes for the work they do.  Assignment gets turned in to Google Classroom.  Do Not Share the document or email the document with the teacher.  Add the assignment to the Google Classroom assignment.

September 10, 2020
1)  Students received notes on fiction and nonfiction.  
2) We discussed the Reading Skill: Making Predictions and the Literary Analysis Skill: Plot 
3)  Students copied the story words for "Stray" and the Word Study Latin Root -ation.
4) We met the author Cynthia Rylant.

We will read the story "Stray" next week and answer the questions for the story. 
Tomorrow we will discuss 9/11.

September 9, 2020
1) Students finished LinkIt Benchmark A.  Any student who needs extra time will need to join the extra help meeting at 1:00 pm.  Please send me a message and I will send the link code.  Codes are not active after class.
2) Students started copying Unit 1 vocabulary words.  Unit 1 words are located in Google Classroom.  Copy the word, part of speech, definition, antonyms, and synonyms for the word.

September 8, 2020
1) Students started to work on LinkIt Benchmark A.  They will finish the assignment tomorrow.  Codes are not active after class.
2) If students finished LinkIt Benchmark A, they had time to finish the ReadWorks.org assignments from Friday or work on Summer Reading assignment that is due on Friday, September 11.

September 4, 2020
1) We discussed the link in case a teacher is absent.
2) Students logged in and joined a classroom on ReadWorks.org.
3)  Students completed two documents on ReadWorks.

Have a great weekend!

September 3, 2020

1) Introduction of classroom rules, expectations, guidelines, and grading policy.
2) Introduced the classroom syllabus.
3) Showed the students Google Classroom and Teacher Page.
4) Students completed Ice Breaker.

September 2, 2020


Tomorrow is the first day of school.  Please make sure you have joined each Google Class using the Google Classroom codes or by the email.  The Google Meet is list in the classroom in the header.   I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.