Classroom News

June 18, 2018
Student read and answered questions on Tangerine.  Questions are due on Tuesday, June 19.
Periods 7/8 completed the Quarterly Exam for Marking Periods 4.

June 15, 2018

Students were reading and answering questions on Tangerine.  Questions due on Tuesday.
Periods 7/8 Quarterly Exam will be on Monday.
Students should return their textbooks and vocabulary books.

June 14, 2018

Periods 1/2 and 5/6 took the Quarterly Exam.  Periods 7/8 continued reading Tangerine.

June 13, 2018
Students presented their Jeopardy Games on Quarterly Review.

Quarterly Exam Schedule
Thursday, June 14 - Periods 1 and 5
Friday, June 15 - Periods 2 and 6
Monday, June 18 - Periods 3 and 7
Tuesday, June 19 - Periods 4 and 8

June 12, 2018
We read and discussed Tangerine.

June 11, 2018

Students worked on creating a Jeopardy Game as a review for the Quarterly Exam.  Assignment is due at 8:00 on Tuesday.

June 8, 2018
Students are starting to read Tangerine by Edward Bloor.  Students will answer questions on the novel.

June 7, 2018
Students continued to work on writing a story with the universal theme from "The Three Wishes" and "The Stone".  Students have a Google Classroom assignment to create a Jeopardy game to review for our Quarterly Exam.

June 5, 2018 -Junae 7, 2018

Tuesday, June 5- We reviewed all work from yesterday.  Students are creating their own stories with the universal theme from "The Three Wishes" and "The Stone"  I gave the students a topic list for Marking Period 4 Quarterly Exam.  The list can be found under Digital Documents.

June 1, 2018
Today we read "Lob's Girl".  Students had to answer Critical Thinking Questions on p. 977,  We will review the questions on Tuesday.

May 29, 2018
We read and discussed "The Three Wishes".  Students answered Critical Thinking Questions on p. 938.  Homework: Reading Warm-up.

May 22- May 23, 2018

Students selected to work individually, with one, or with two other people to create a Jeopardy Game for Crash.  The students will have Tuesday and Wednesday to work on the assignment.

May 21, 2018
Students completed threee questions on a worksheet about tone, mood, and context clues.  Students finished reading and discussing Crash.  All questions should be finished for Crash.

May 18, 2018
Students continued to read and discusse Crash.  Students finished answering questions 17-22.  We read up to Chapter 39.

May 17, 2018
Students read and discussed Crash Chapters 19 -28.  Students answered questions 17-22.
We went to the concert during Period 7.

May 16, 2018

Students read and discussed Crash Chapters 1 to 18.  Students had to answer questions 1 to 16.

May 11, 2018
Students worked with a partner to create a six-panel summary of either "James and the Giant Peach" of "The Phantom Tollbooth".

May 9, 2018

Students completed LinkIt Benchmark C today. 

May 8, 2018
To prepare for the 6th grade trip, we started to watch National Treasure.  Tomorrow students will take Benchmark C in LinkIt.

May 4, 2018
We completed reading and discussing "Act II, The Phantom Tolltooth".  Students answered Critical Thinking Questions p. 776.

May 3, 2018
We started to read and discuss "Act II, The Phantom Tollbooth". 
D.A.R.E. Program - Periods 6, 7, and 8 today.

Charity Walk after school today.

May 2, 2018
Students created a brochure for South Amboy.  They followed the directions given out and located in Google Classroom.  The rubric for how it will be graded was also given out and Google Classroom.  Due at 3:00 pm today.  Homework: Reading Warm-up.

May 1, 2018
We finished "Act I of The Phantom Tollbooth".  Students answered Critical Thinking Questions on page 732.  
Period 1/2 - completed a worksheet on summarizing the main idea from the play.
Periods 5/6 and 7/8 - will have the worksheet on Friday.  We missed one class for the D.A.R.E. Program.

April 30, 2018
This week we will be reading "The Phantom Tollbooth".  We will be discussing the play and answering worksheets on the play.

D.A.R.E. Program will be Tuesday and Thursday during Periods 6, 7, and 8.


April 27, 2018
Periods 1/2 - No class due to PARCC Testing.
Periods 5/6 - Students finished watching The Jungle Book.
Periods 7/8 - Students viewed information on Alexander Hamilton in preparation for the class trip to Philadelphia. Then they watched The Jungle Book.  Periods 1/2 and 5/6 will see the information in Mr. Wohlt's class.

Thank you to the students from my homeroom for their cooperation during PARCC testing.

April 26, 2018
Periods 1/2 - No class due to PARCC Testing.
Periods 5/6 - Students started to watch "The Jungle Book".
Periods 7/8 - Students viewed information on Alexander Hamilton in preparation for the class trip to Philadelphia. Periods 1/2 and 5/6 will see the information in Mr. Wohlt's class.

April, 25, 2018
Periods 1/2 - No class due to PARCC Testing.
Periods 5/6 - Students started to read and discuss "James and the Giant Peach".  Period 6 - D.A.R.E Program.
Periods 7/8 - Students viewed information on Alexander Hamilton in preparation for the class trip to Philadelphia. Periods 1/2 and 5/6 will see the information in Mr. Wohlt's class. Period 7 - D.A.R.E. Program.

April 24, 2018
Periods 1/2 - Students completed a worksheet on Elements of Fantasy.  Students read and discussed "James and the Giant Peach".  Students answered Critical Thinking Questions on the story.

Periods 5/6 and 7/8 - Students completed a worksheet on Elements of Fantasy.  We finished reading "Mowgli's Brothers".  Students had to answer Critical Thinking Questions on the story.

D.A.R.E. Program was today during Periods 6 and 7.

PARCC Testing Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Period schedule for the remainder of the week:  Periods 1, 2, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, and 8.

April 23, 2018

We read and discussed "Mowgli's Brothers".  Students answered Critical Thinking questions on p. 895.  Homework:  Reading Warm-up for "Mowgli's Brothers". 
Students had the D.A.R.E. Program today.  They will have the D.A.R.E. Program Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week.

April 17-20, 2018
Period schedule for the week: Periods 1, 2, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, and 8.  
PARCC testing during Periods 1, 2, and 3. 
Periods 6, 5, 7, and 8 will be reading myths and fables. 
Wednesday and Thursday during Period 8 we will have the D.A.R.E program.

April 16, 2018
Students completed a Vocabulary Warm-up sheet for "The Tiger Who Would Be King?" and "The Ant and the Dove".  We discussed elements of folk literature.  We read and discussed about the authors.  Then we read and discussed "The Tiger Who Would be King?" and "The Ant and the Dove".  Students answered Critical Thinking questions for the two stories.

PARCC testing starts tomorrow.  It would be helpful if you brought your own corded mouse and headphones.

April 13, 2018

Students completed a worksheet on sound devices.  Students completed Cumulative Review for Unit 4. (p. 680-683)

April 12, 2018
Students completed a worksheet on the Reading Skill: Paraphrasing.  We read and discussed the authors for Poetry Collection 8. We read and discussed the poems in Poetry Collection 8.  Students answered Critical Thinking questions on p. 650.  We discussed predicate nominatives: predicate nouns and predicate adjectives.  Student completed a worksheet on these concepts.

April 11, 2018
Students completed a Vocabulary Warm-up sheet for Poetry Collection 7.  We read and discussed the authors for the poems.   We read and discussed the three poems.  Students have homework: Reading Warm-up.

April 10, 2018
Students completed a worksheet on "Understanding the Terms" for Waves and Currents.  Students completed a LinkIt assignment.

April 9, 2018

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break.  The students completed a work sheet on identifying main idea and giving supporting details for the main idea.  The students then completed an assignment on LinkIt.  Standardized testing will begin on April 17.  Students may bring their own headphones and a corded mouse.

March 29, 2018
Students presented their South Amboy Opoly games.  Then students had time to play their games.  

Any emails sent over break will be responded to upon return, April 9.  Have a wonderful and safe Spring Break!

March 28, 2018
Periods 1/2 and 5/6 completed a LinkIt assignment.  Periods 7/8 completed Quarterly Exam and LinkIt assignment.

March 27, 2018

Periods 1/2 and 5/6 completed the Quarterly Exam for Marking Period 3.  Periods 7/8 - completed a LinkIt Assignment. They will take the Quarterly tomorrow.

March 26, 2018
Today is the last day to work on the research paper on South Amboy and the South Amboy Opoly Game.  Research paper is due in Google Classroom by 6:00 pm.  Students had an opportunity to play Kahoot as a review for the Quarterly Exam.  The link to the review can be found under Helpful Resources and Digital Documents.

Periods 1/2 and 5/6 will be taking the Quarterly Exam on Tuesday.
Periods 7/8 will be taking the Quarterly Exam on Wednesday.

Information about the class trip was distributed to student in homeroom today.  The documents can be found under digital documents.

March 23, 2018
Students worked on research paper and South Amboy Opoly games.  Research paper is due on Monday and game boards are due on Tuesday.

Periods 1/2 and 5/6 will be taking the Quarterly Exam on Tuesday.
Periods 7/8 will be taking the Quarterly Exam on Wednesday.

Topic list for the Quarterly Exam can be found in Digital Documents and Helpful Resources.

March 22, 2018

The research paper will be due on Monday and the game board will be due on Tuesday. 

Quarterly Exam Schedule

Monday, Periods 1 and 5
Tuesday, Periods 2 and 6
Wednesday, Periods 3 and 7
Thursday, Periods 4 and 8

Students were given a topic sheet on Tuesday.  It is also on my teacher page under digital documents and helpful resources.

March 21, 2018

The research paper on South Amboy will be due on Friday and the game board will be due on Monday.

March 19-22, 2018
Students are working on research for the South Amboy Opoly Game and the research paper.  Students will be conducting research and creating the games and research paper this week.  Students will work on the assignments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Research paper is due on Thursday night at 6:00 pm and the game board is due on Friday as soon as the students get to class.

March 15, 2018

Students completed a Vocabulary Warm-up sheet for "who knows if the moon's" and "Dust of Snow".  We discussed imagery and senosry details.  We discussed the authors.  Students completed a chart on sensory details for each poem.  Students completed a worksheet on imagery and sensory details. 

March 14, 2018
Students completed a word search for Pi Day.  Students were introduced the directions for South Amboy Opoly and research project on South Amboy.  We discussed Piku.  Students had to creat a piku.  Three line poem with first line three-syllables, second line - one syllable, and third line - four syllables.  Then we discussed a pilish poem.  Students had to create a poem using the first ten digits of pi.  Three letter word, then one letter word, four letter word, and so on.

March 13, 2018
Students completed Vocabualry Warm-up for Poetry Collection 3.  We read and discussed the authors for Poetry Collections 3 and 4.  We discussed use of context clues to understand the information.  Students identified figurative language in each poem and identified examples of each.  Students answered Critical Thinking Questions on p. 590 (1, 2, and 4) and p. 596 (1, 3, and 4)

March 12, 2018
I was absent,  All work is due tomorrow.

March 9, 2018
Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for Poetry Collection 1.  We discussed rhythm and rhyme. We read and discussed the three authors.  We read and discussed the three poems: "Isabel", "Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright", and "Ankylosaurus". Students had to complete Critical thinking questions on p. 568.

March 6, 2018

Students completed a worksheet on Elements of Poetry.  We discussed notes on poetry, Students read and discussed two poems by Gary Soto.  Students answered questions 1 to 6 on p. 559.

March 5, 2018
Students completed a Progress Monitor on LinkIt.  Students continued to work on narrative in first or third person.  Due today at 5:00 pm in Google Classroom.

March 2, 2018
Students completed Article-a-day for Malala Yousafzai.  Students read and analyzed article "Should 4-year-olds be beauty queeens?"  Students started to write naarrative in first or third person.  This is in Google Classroom.  Students will work on this on Monday.

March 1, 2018
Students completed Article-a-day for Jane Adams.  Students read an article and had to take a position on the article.  They had to support their position with information from the text.  Then the students had time to read and answer questions for Taking Sides.

February 28, 2018
Students completed Article-a-day for "Humanists and the Ancient Cultures".  We read and discussed "The Blind Men and the Elephant"  Students had time to read and answer questions for Taking Sides. (Questions due on Friday)

February 27, 2018
Studetns completed a worksheet on point of view.  Students completed worksheet on definitions. Students created a plot diagram for "The Tail" from Junior's point of view.  Homework:  Write paragraphs from Treasure Island in third person point of view.  Taking Sides questions due on Friday.

February 26, 2018

We discussed point of view.  Students worked on worksheets on point of view.  Students had time to read Taking Sides and answer questions.  This is due on Friday.

February 23, 2018
Students had a few minutes to study for the test with a partner.  Students completed test on "Letter From a Concentration Camp" and "Letter to Scottie"  After the test, students could start reading Taking Sides or work on other class assignments.

** Box Tops are being collected for 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade.  Funds will be used to offset class trips.  Please turn in the Box Tops by Tuesday.  Any turned in after will be used for the following school year.  Thank you for your support.

February 22, 2018
We reviewed author's style.  We discussed the author F. Scott Fitzgerald.   We read and discussed "Letter to Scottie".  Students answered Critical Thinking questions on the story.  Students completed a worksheet on author's style.  Test tomorrow on "Letter From a Concentration Camp" and "Letter to Scottie".

February 21, 2018
We discussed author's style.  We read about the author Yoshiko Uchida.  We discussed internment camps - concentration camps.  Students read and discussed "Letter From a Concentration Camp".  Students completed text-dependent questions on the story.  Homework: Reading Warm-up.  Test on Friday on "Letter From a Concentration Camp" and "Letter to Scottie".

February 20, 2018
We discussed propaganda techniques and advertisements.  Students read and analyzed two advertisements.  Then they answered questions 1 a, 1 b, and 1 c on page 515.  Students then created a 30 second advertisement for a fictional brand of shoes.

February 14, 2018

Students completed a LinkIt! assignment for Standard RL.6.4 today.  Students started to present the Olympic slideshows today.  Students will finish presenting tomorrow.

February 13, 2018
Students turned in the Reading Warm-up homework. They completed a worksheet on author's influences.  They answered Critical Thinking questions on p. 484. We reviewed the questions. Students completed a LinkIt Progress Monitoring on Standards RI.6.2 and RI.6.7.

February 12, 2018
Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up sheet for "Langston Terrace". We read and discussed about the author Eloise Greeenfield.  Students read and answered questions on the story.  Students will have time tomorrow to complete the questions.

February 9, 2018
Students finished working on Olympic sport research and slideshow presentation today.  Presentations will be next Wednesday and Thursday.


February 8, 2018
Students continued working on Google Slideshow presentation on Winter Olympics.  Assignment is due tomorrow.

February 7, 2018
We started to discuss the Winter Olympics.  Students have a choice to work alone or in a group of maximum of three students.  They will be creating a project in Google Slides.  They will working on the project Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Ferbuary 6, 2018

The students finished presenting the notable African American projects today.  Audience form should be filled out and turned in by the end of class tomorrow.

February 5, 2018
Students completed a ReadWorks.org article on "Bus Boycott in Alabama" and answered text-dependent questions as the Do Now.  Students then presented each of their research projects on notable African American.  While the students presented, the audience had to fill out a form to show he/she understands the information presented.  We will continue presentations tomorro.

January 31, 2018- February 2, 2018
On Wednesday, I introduced the research assignment on notable African Americans.  Students will conduct research on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  They will type a one-page paper in MLA format.  They will include a title page with a picture and a work cited page.  The assignment will be due in Google Classroom on Friday by 4:00 pm.  Directions for the assignment can be found on the digital document page. 

January 30, 2018
Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for "The Shutout".  We discussed "Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last" and "The Shutout". We reviewed Critical Thinking questions for both stories.  Tomorrow we will start to research people of interest for Black History Month.

January 29, 2018

Students read "Hard as Nails" on Friday. Students had time to finish Critical Thinking questions on p. 414.  Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for "Jackie Robinson" Justice at Last". We read and discussed the authors of "Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last" and "The Shutout".  Students read and discussed the two stories.  They were to answer the Critical Thinking questions on p. 422 and page 432. I will be looking for this tomorrow.  Students have to complete Reading Warm-up for homework.

January 25, 2018

We finished watching The Miracle Worker.  Students started to write a movie review for The Miracle Worker.  If they did not finish during the class periods, students must finish the assignment tonight.

January 24, 2018

Students in Periods 1/2 and 5/6 started to view The Miracle Worker.  Periods 7/9 completed Quarterly Exam for Marking Period 2. 

January 23, 2018

We recently read and discussed The Miracle Worker.  Students completed vocabulary worksheets for Act I, Act II, and Act III.  Students also had questions to answer for all three acts.  We also started to watch The Miracle Worker and the students will be writing a movie review over the next few days.