Classroom News

June 21, 2022

Have a wonderful summer!  Best of luck next year.

June 20, 2022
Watched the Disney version of Tarzan.

June 16, 2022
Read and discuss Tangerine.

June 15, 2022
Read and discuss Tangerine.

June 14, 2022
1) Read and discuss Tangerine.
2) All assignments must be turned in by today, June 14, 2022
3) No IReady this week.


June 13, 2022
1) Read and discuss Tangerine.
2) All assignments must be turned in by tomorrow, June 14, 2022
3) No IReady this week.


June 10, 2022
1) Do Now: Practice Unit 11 words.
2) Test on Unit 11 Vocabulary
3) Finish IReady Reading.
4) Continue to read and discuss Tangerine.

June 9, 2022
1) Do Now: Finish "Choosing the Right Word" Unit 11
2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) Test on Unit 11 vocabulary words.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due tomorrow.

June 8, 2022
1) Do Now- Review Unit 11 words with two blooket games.
2) Finish LinkIt Benchmark test.
3) Answer Unit 11 "Choosing the Right Word".
4) Complete IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.


June 6, 2022 - D-Day
1) Do Now:  What does "how is the structure of the test set up" mean?
2) LinkIt Benchmark C
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons
4) Blooket to practice Unit 11 words - Blooket Unit 11


June 3, 2022
1) Do Now: What is the theme of "The Stone"?
2) Critical Thinking  Questions for "The Stone"
3) Started to read Tangerine.

June 2, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 11 "Complete the Sentence"
2) Meet the Author
3) Read and discuss "The Stone"
4) Finish ReadWorks.org and IReady Reading.

June 1, 2022- Welcome Back!  Less than three weeks left for the 2021-2022 School Year.

1) Students will complete Unit 11 “Synonyms” and “Antonyms” p. 142-143 in the Vocabulary Workshop book.  The assignment is posted in Google Classroom. 
2) Then students will complete a ReadWorks.org assignment.  The students should already be in the class for ReadWorks. There are two stories to read, then answer 7 questions about the stories.
3) Students may work on their weekly iReady Reading assignment.  45 minutes and two lessons.

May 26, 2022

1) Do Now: What does theme mean?
2) Students will finish iReady Reading Diagnostic.
3) When the diagnostic test is finished, students can complete this week's iReady Reading and any missing assignments.

Have a wonderful weekend!  See you on Wednesday, June 1.

May 25, 2022
1) Do Now: Worksheet on Universal Theme
2) Students took the IReady Diagnostic Test.  If they did not have time to finish today, they will finish tomorrow.  The program is only open during school hours.

May 24, 2022
1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up
2) Universal Theme
3) Review "Three Wishes"
4) Critical Thinking Questions
5) IReady Reading

May 23, 2022
1) Do Now: a) Take out Unit 11 words.  b) Use the word inevitable.
2) Cause and effect activities.
3) Discuss reading skill: set a purpose and literary skill: universal theme.
4) Meet the Author p. 935.
5) Read and discuss "Three Wishes".
6) Finish movie review essay, finish readworks.org assignment, or work on this week's iReady assignment.


May 19, 2022
1) Do Now: Worksheet on cause-and-effect.
2) View movie, James and the Giant Peach.
3) Students will take notes for writing assignment on Friday to compare and contrast the movie and the short story.
4) Cause and Effect Worksheet
5) IReady- 45 minutes and 2 lessons
6) Copy Unit 11 vocabulary words- due on Monday.


May 18, 2022
1) Do Now: Worksheet on cause-and-effect.
2) View movie, James and the Giant Peach.
3) Students will take notes for writing assignment on Friday to compare and contrast the movie and the short story.


May 17, 2022
1) Do Now: Worksheet on elements of fantasy
2) Student Survey
3) Critical Thinking Questions p. 904
4) Copy Unit 11 vocabulary words - due on Monday, May 23
5) IReady - 45 minutes and two lessons

May 16, 2022
1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up for "James and the Giant Peach"
2) Review elements of fantasy.
3) Meet the Author Roald Dahl
4) Read and discuss "James and the Giant Peach".
5)  List two elements of fantasy and two elements of reality.
6) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons


May 9-May 13, 2022
1) NJSLA Testing this week. 
2) No IReady.
3) Please make sure your computers are charged each night.

May 6, 2022
1) Do Now: Study Unit 10 words with a partner.
2) Unit 10 Vocabulary Test.
3) Start to copy Unit 11.
4) If 20 minutes and one lesson of IReady is complete, we will watch The Jungle Book. 

May 5, 2022
1) Do Now: Name an element of fantasy and reality from "Mowgli's Brothers".
2) Finish reading and discussing "Mowgli's Brothers".
3) Answer Critical Thinking Questions.
4) Study for Unit 10 Vocabulary Test. Test is tomorrow.
5) Finish IReady Reading- 45 minutes and two lessons due tomorrow.

May 4, 2022
1) Do Now: Blooket to practice Unit 10 words.
2) Unit 10 "Choosing the Right Word"
3) Discuss Literary Analysis: Fantasy
4) Meet the Author
5) Read and discuss "Mowgli's Brothers".
6) Give three examples of fantasy from the story.
7) Finish any assignments you are missing or finish iReady Reading.

May 3, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 10 "Complete the Sentence" p. 133-134.
2) Reading Skill: Cause and Effect  and Literary Analysis: Myths
3) Meet the Author Olivia E. Coolidge p. 859
4) Read and Discuss "Arachne" p. 860-864
5) Answer Critical Thinking Questions p. 864.

May 2, 2022
1) Unit 10 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms"
2) Finish the planning sheet for your fable.
3) Type your fable.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.
5) Blooket to practice Unit 10 words. Test will be Friday. Unit10 Blooket

April 29, 2022
1) Do Now: Cause and Effect worksheet on "The Lion and the Bulls"
2) Finish Critical Thinking Questions for "The Lion and the Bulls" and "A Crippled Boy"
3) Worksheet on moral of fable
4) Planning sheet for your own fable.
5) IReady is due today-45 minutes and two lessons


April 28, 2022
1) Do Now: a) take out Unit 10 words.  B) Use the word bumbling 
2)  Review Unit 10 words.
3) Vocabulary Warm-up for "The Lion and the Bulls" and "The Ant and the Dove".
4) Meet the Authors.
5) Read and discuss "The Lion and the Bulls" and "The Ant and the Dove".
6) Critical Thinking Question "The Lion and the Bulls" and "The Ant and the Dove".



April 27, 2022
1) Do Now - Fable worksheet: "The Hare and the Tortoise"
2) Review concepts: cause and effect and fables and folk tales
3)  Review "The Tiger Who Would Be King" and "The Ant and the Dove"
4) Choice activity for "The Tiger Who Would Be King" and "The Ant and the Dove"
5) Critical Thinking Questions for "The Tiger Who Would Be King" and "The Ant and the Dove"
6) Finish copying Unit 10 Words.
7) Finish IReady - 45 minutes and two lessons.

April 26, 2022

1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up for "The Tiger Who Would Be king" and "The Ant and the Dove".
2) Discussed cause and effect.
3) Discussed literary skill: fables and folk tales.
4) Meet the Authors p. 841
5) Read and discuss "The Tiger Who Would Be king" and "The Ant and the Dove".
6) Worksheets on  "The Tiger Who Would Be king" and "The Ant and the Dove".


Welcome back!


April 25, 2022
1) Do Now: Copy Unit 10 words. Due on Thursday.
2) Notes on folk literature.
3) Worksheets on folk literature.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.

April 14, 2022
1) Do Now: Identify the literary term for the following statement:  My mom told me a thousand times to clean my room.  B) Take out poetry notes for the test.
2) Poetry Test
3) Unit 9 Vocabulary Test
4) Finish iReady - due today.
5) Start to copy Unit 10 Vocabulary Words.

Enjoy your Spring Break!  Remember to have your chromebooks charged when you come back on April 25.

April 13, 2022

1) Do Now: Review Unit 9 words - test tomorrow.
2) Meet the Authors for Poetry Collections 7 and 8
3) Review key concepts for Poetry Collections 7 and 8: Paraphrasing, Sound Devices: repetition, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
4) Read and discuss Poetry Collections 7 and 8.
5) Fill out chart with the type of sound device in the poem and give the example from the poem.
6) Finish IReady Reading 


April 12, 2022
Periods 1,2 and most of 3 missed class yesterday for the assembly.  We will continue to work on Monday's assignments today.
1) Do Now: a) Periods 1/2 Unit 9 "Complete the Sentence" b) Periods 3/5 and 6/7 - use tint in a sentence.
2) Blooket to review Unit 9 words. Test on Thursday.

3) Review key concepts of haiku poetry and concrete poetry.
4) Students will create his/her own poem.  They may create a haiku or concrete poem.  Students may use the concrete poem generator: https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/concrete/
5) Unit 9 "Choosing the Right Word"
6) Work on this week's IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.


April 11, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 9 "Complete the Sentence"
2) Review key concepts of haiku poetry and concrete poetry.
3) Students will create his/her own poem.  They may create a haiku or concrete poem.  Students may use the concrete poem generator:  https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/concrete/
4) Work on this week's IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.


April 8, 2022

1) Do Now: Use the word discretion in a sentence.
2) Meet the Authors Poetry Collection 6
3) Read and Discuss Poetry Collection 6.
4) EdPuzzle Poetry Video and Questions
5) Blooket

April 7, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 9 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms"
2) Discuss haiku, concrete, and limerick poetry.
3) Meet the Authors for Poetry Collection 5.
4) Read and discuss Poetry Collection 5.
5) Worksheet on Poetry Collection 5.
6) Finish IReady.


April 6, 2022
1) Do know: a) Take out Unit 9 words. b) Use optional in a sentence.
2) Review Unit 9 words.

3) Finish Critical Thinking Questions for "who knows if the moon's" and "Dust of Snow".
4) Finish Essay choice - type in Google Docs.
5) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.
6) Complete any missing work.


April 5, 2022 

1) Answer Critical Thinking Questions for "who knows if the moon's" and "Dust of Snow".
2) Essay choice - type in Google Docs.
3) Finish copying Unit 9 words-due tomorrow.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.


April 4, 2022
1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up 
2)Discuss imagery
3) Set up chart
4) Meet the Authors: E. E. Cummings and Robert Frost
5) Read and discuss poems
6) Critical Thinking Questions
7) Unit 9 words due on Wednesday.
8) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.


March 31, 2022
1) Do Now: Identify the personification in the poem given on the screen.
2) Critical Thinking Questions for Poetry Collection 4.
3) Reading Warm-up for Poetry Collection 4.
4) IReady Reading is due tomorrow.
5) Unit 9 words are due on Wednesday.

March 30, 2022
1) Do Now: Study Unit 8 Words.
2) Test on Unit 8 Words.
3) Copy Unit 9 words - due on Wednesday.
4) Meet the Authors for Poetry Collection 4.
5) Read and discuss Poetry Collection 4.
6) Answer Critical Thinking Questions for Poetry Collection 4.


March 29, 2022
1) Do Now: Use the word partition in a sentence.
2) Play Blooket to review Unit 8 words.  Test tomorrow.
3) Answer Critical Thinking Question for Poetry Collection 3 p.590.
4) Make up any missing assignments.
5) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

March 28, 2022
1) Do Now: Answer in notebook, what do the terms: simile, metaphor, and personification mean?
2) Notes on figurative language
3) Identify metaphor in the poem "The Sea" by James Reeves
4) Matching Game (located in Google Classroom)
5) Meet the Authors for Poetry Collection 3
6) Read and discuss Poetry Collection 3.
7) Complete Unit 8 "Choosing the Right Word".



March 25, 2022

1) Do Now- Rhyming Scheme worksheet
2) Worksheet identifying rhyming scheme (graded)
3) Unit 8 "Complete the Sentence"
4) Play the Jeopardy games
5) Play blooket for Unit 8 words
6) IReady Reading and Poetry Collection 2 questions due today.


March 24, 2022

1) Do Now: Worksheet on rhyming.
2) Rhyme Scheme worksheets.
3) Meet the Authors p. 571
4) Read and discussed Poetry Collection 2.
5) Critical Thinking Questions for Poetry Collection 2.
6) i Ready Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due tomorrow.



March 23, 2022
1) Complete “Synonyms” and “Antonyms” for Unit 8
2) Log into ReadWorks.org and read the paired texts “Playing Outside”.  Then answer the questions.
3) From Poetry collection 1 we read yesterday, write the rhyming words for each poem.  A Google Document is in Google Classroom.
4)IReady Reading when finished. 45 minutes and two lessons

March 22, 2022
1) Do Now: A) Take out Unit 8 words.  B) Worksheet on rhyming.
2) Review Unit 8 words.
3) Meet the Author p. 563.
4) Read and discuss Poetry Collection 1 p. 564-568.
 5) Answer Critical Thinking Questions p. 568.

March 21, 2022
1) Do Now: a) Copy Unit 8 vocabulary words. Due tomorrow.  b) Study Unit 8 words.
2) Notes on poetry.
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

March 18, 2022
1) Do Now: Worksheet on Main Idea.
2) Video on St. Patrick's Day  http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day
3) Answer questions on the video.
4) View Jeopardy Games
5) Work on iReady Reading
6) Unit 8 words - due on Tuesday.

March 17, 2022
1) Do Now: Worksheet on Main Idea.
2) Read two articles on St. Patrick's Day and answer questions.
3) Color code image based on answers to articles.
4) Work on IReady Reading.
5) Copy Unit 8 words - due on Tuesday.

March 16, 2022
1) Do Now:  Worksheet on Main Idea.
2) Students started to create Jeopardy Game.
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.
4) Copy Unit 8 Vocabulary Words

March 15, 2022
1) Do Now:  Worksheet on Main Idea.
2) Discussed South Amboy Jeopardy Game.
3) Students started to create Jeopardy Game.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.

March 14, 2022

1) Complete the Unit 7 vocabulary test - you may use your notes and book.
2) Copy Unit 8 vocabulary words.
3) IReady Reading for this week - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) Start to research information on South Amboy for the Jeopardy Game.  Take notes.
5) Complete any missing work.

March 11, 2022
1) Do Now:  Blooket to review Unit 7 words.
2) Finish South Amboy brochure.
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due today.
4) Study Unit 7 words.

March 10, 2022
1) Do Now: "Choosing the Right Word"
2) Discuss South Amboy brochure
3) Start planning brochure.
4) Work on IReady, finish ReadWorks.org, or study for Unit 7 test (Monday).

March 9, 2022
1) Do Now:  Main Idea worksheet.
2) Present projects.
3) ReadWorks.org assignment "Shirley Chisholm Runs for President"
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.
5) Study Unit 7 words.  Test will be on Monday.

March 8, 2022
1) Do Now:  Blooket to review Unit 7 words. 
2) Finish working on projects.
3) Start to present projects.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

March 7, 2022
1) Do Now: Answer Unit 7 "Complete the Sentence".
2) Students will continue on the project choice for Women's History Month.
3) If finished, work on this week's iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

March 4, 2022
1) Do Now: What does the word testimonial mean?
2) Discuss Women in History.
3) Students will start to research women in history for activity: Museum, Timeline, Letter, Who Am I?, or Find Your Pair.
4) IReady Reading- 45 minutes and two lessons.

March 3, 2022
1) Do Now: Use the word dissect in a sentence.
2) Introduce Women's History Month 
3) ReadWorks.org assignment "Madam President?"
4) Finish Linkit assignment from Wednesday.
5) IReady - 45 minutes and two lessons due tomorrow.
6) Practice Unit 7 words on vocabularyworkshop.com.  Select Level A and then Unit 7.


March 2, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 7 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" p. 94-95
2) Review Unit 7 words
3) LinkIt Assignment
4) Work on IReady

March 1, 2022
1) Do Now: Copy Unit 7 words-due tomorrow
2) Presentations on problem-solution activity.
3) Fill out oral presentation form.
4) Finish copying Unit 7 words or work on IReady.


February 28, 2022
1) Do Now: Do you think it is easy for people to start anywhere new? Explain in you notebook.
2) Review project choice for problem-and-solution.
3) Work on project.
4) If finished, work on IReady or copying Unit 7 words.


February 25, 2022
1) Do Now: What does problem-solution essay mean?
2) Plan for problem-solution activity.
3) Finish iReady Reading -45 minutes and two lessons due today.
4) Copy Unit 7 words. Due on Wednesday, March 2.


February 24, 2022

1) Answer Critical Thinking Questions for "from The Pigman & Me".
2) Copy Unit 7 Words p. 90-92.
3) Complete your IReady Reading assignment for this week. 45 minutes and two lessons.

February 23, 2022
1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up
2) Identify the mood from excerpt.
3) Meet the author
4) Chart to record important details.
5) Read "from The Pigman & Me".
6) IReady Reading-45 minutes and 2 lessons.


February 22, 2022
1) Do Now:  Answer in notebook, what does mood mean?
2) Discuss main idea and mood.
3) Find the main idea and supporting details on worksheets.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

February 17, 2022
1) Do Now:  Review Unit 6
2) Blooket Review
3) Unit 6 Vocabulary Test
4) Linkit Progress Monitor
5) IReady Reading

February 16,2022
1) Do Now: What are two clues you should look for to help identify the main idea of a passage? 
2) Main Idea activity
3) Critical Thinking Questions for "Langston Terrace".
4) Unit 6 "Choosing the Right Word". Test tomorrow.


February 15, 2022
1) Do Now:  Vocabulary Warm-up for "Langston Terrace".
2) Review main idea.
3) Read Meet the Author.
4) Students will read "Langston Terrace" using the To-With-By Method.
4) Fill out form on main idea and supporting details.
5) Reading Warm-up sheet

February 14, 2022
1) Do Now:  Answer in your notebook, what does the words main idea mean?
2) Discuss main idea and notes on main idea.
3) Centers on worksheets for main idea.
4) IReady Reading
5) Closing


February 11, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 6 "Complete the Sentence"
2) Finish oral presentations.
3) Blooket on Unit 6 vocabulary words.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons. Due today.

February 10, 2022
1) Do Now: Prepare for presentation.
2) Present research paper.
3) Students will write down one fact about the classmates presentation.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due tomorrow.

February 9, 2022
1) Do Now:  What significant contribution  has your person you researched contributed to society?
2) Finish typing research paper.  Due today.
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

February 8, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 6 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms".
2) Complete citation page for research paper using citation machine.
3) Finish typing research paper. Due tomorrow.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons this week. Due on Friday.


February 7, 2022
1) Do Now:  A) Take out Unit 6 words. b) What does the word agenda mean?
2) Discussed and showed how to set up a document in MLA Style.
3) Discussed the Works Cited page(bibliography).  Used citation machine to set up the page correctly.
4) Students started to type the document.
5) IReady Reading.

February 4, 2022
1) IReady Diagnostic - finish today.
2) Copy Unit 6 words due on Monday.
3) Finish this week's iReady Reading. - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) There is a blooket posted and link given in Google Classroom to review Unit 6 words.


February 3, 2022
1) Do Now: Short synopsis of Ronald McNair was posted on the screen.  Students answered the questions: What happened to Ronald McNair? How?
2) IReady Diagnostic
3) Copy Unit 6 words.
4) Finish this week's iReady Reading. - 45 minutes and two lessons.

February 2, 2022
1) Do Now:  List at least three notable African Americans.
2) Discuss research techniques.
3) Select a notable African American.

February 1, 2022
1) Do Now: Study Unit 5 words
2) ReadWorks.org assignment on Muhammed Ali.
3)Unit 5 Vocabulary Test.
4) Copy Unit 6 words p. 72-74, also located in Google Classroom.

January 31, 2022

1) ReadWorks.org assignment: "Life Story: Sarah "Madame C.J. Breedlove Walker". 
2) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.
3) Study for Unit 5 Test. Test is tomorrow.

January 28, 2022
1) Do Now: Copy story words for "The Shutout" p. 426.
2) Meet the Authors p. 427
3) Start to read and discuss "The Shutout".
4) Unit 5 "Choosing the Right Word" due on Monday.  This is graded.
5) Blooket to review Unit 5 words.  Test is Tuesday.

January27, 2022
1) Do Now: Copy story words for "Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last" on page 420.
2) Vocabulary Warm-up for "Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last".
3) Meet the Author
4) Read and discuss "Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last".
5) Answer Critical Thinking Questions.

January 26, 2022
1) Do Now: Answer in notebook: How old was Russell Baker when he started his paper route?  Why did he have to wait until that age?
2) Reviewed what we have read so far.
3) Continued reading "Hard as Nails".
4) Answer Critical Thinking Questions for "Hard as Nails".
5) Work on iReady - 45 minutest and two lessons.


January 25, 2022
1) Do Now:  Copy story words for "Hard as Nails" from page 404.
2) Vocabulary Warm-up sheet.
3) Meet the Author Russell Baker p. 405.
4) Start to read and discuss "Hard as Nails".

January 24, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 5 "Complete the Sentence".
2) Introduce MLA Style.
3) Discuss persuasive writing hooks.
4) Type movie review essay for The Miracle Worker. Due tomorrow.
5) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

January 21, 2022
1) Do Now:  What are two differences between the play/novel and the movie The Miracle Worker?
2) Continue watching the movie from time 36.36.  *Remember to take notes.
3) IReady Reading is due today.

January 20, 2022
1) Do Now: What does the word synopsis mean?
2) a) Finish Linkit; or b) Work on iReady or review Unit 5 Vocabulary words on vocabularyworkshop.com
3) Review Movie Review directions and rubric.
4) Start to watch the movie, The Miracle Worker.

January 19, 2022
1) Do Now: What does text structure mean?  Give an example.
2) Linkit Benchmark B.
3) Work on iReady weekly assignment - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) Review Unit 5 Vocabulary Words on vocabularyworkshop.com; select Level A; then Unit 5.


January 18, 2022
1) Do Now: Unit 5 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" p. 66-67 in book. Located also in Google Classroom.
2) Review for test on The Miracle Worker.
3) Test on The Miracle Worker.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

January 14, 2022
1) Do Now: The Miracle Worker, Act III Vocabulary worksheet.
2) Finish reading The Miracle Worker.
3) Answer The Miracle Worker, Act III questions. Due on Tuesday.
4) Complete iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons. Due today.



January 13, 2022
1) Do Now: Journal Entry: Annie is given two weeks to teach Helen. Do you think she will accomplish teaching her? Why or why not? Explain using details from the novel.
2) Finish reading The Miracle Worker, Act II.
3) Answer The Miracle Worker, Act II questions.
4) Review The Miracle Worker, Act III vocabulary.
5) Start to read The Miracle Worker, Act III.


January 12, 2022
1) Do Now: a) Take out Unit 5 vocabulary words.  b) Worksheet on Act II vocabulary.
2) Review Unit 5 words.
3) Continue reading The Miracle Worker, Act II.
4) Questions on Act II.
5) iReady Reading- 45 minutes and two lessons.


January 11, 2022
1) Introduce The Miracle Worker Act II vocabulary.
2) Start to read The Miracle Worker Act II.
3) Questions on The Miracle Worker Act II. (Due on Thursday.)
4) Copy Unit 5 words and work on iReady Reading.


January 10, 2022
1) Do Now:  Copy Unit 5 Vocabulary words
2) Student Survey
3) Finish Act I questions
4) iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons

January 7, 2022
1) Finish reading The Miracle Worker, Act I.
2) Answer Act I questions.
3) Finish Act I vocabulary assignment.
4) Work on IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

January 6, 2022
1) Act I Vocabulary Words
2) Continue to read Act I
3) Continue to answer questions for Act I.
4) iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.
5) Continue to copy Unit 5 words.


January 5, 2022
1) Introduce Act I Vocabulary Words.
2) Select parts for the play.
3) Start to read Act I.
4) Questions for Act I will be due on Friday. Questions 1-3 can be answered today.
5) IReady Reading this week 45 minutes and two lessons.
6) Start to copy Unit 5 words.

January 4, 2022
1) Do Now:  The Miracle Worker Anticipation Guide five minutes by themselves; 10 minutes in groups.
2) Critical Thinking Questions for "Water". (20 minutes)
3) Introduce the background for The Miracle Worker.
4) Discuss the book jacket for The Miracle Worker.
5) Introduce the characters.
6) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons this week.

January 3, 2022
Welcome to 2022!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break!

1) Do Now:  Students will copy story words for "Water" p. 396.
2) We will discuss the author Helen Keller.
3) Read and discuss "Water".
4) Students will answer Critical Thinking Questions for "Water".
5) This week's IReady is 45 minutes and two lessons.


December 23, 2021
1) Finish all work: ReadWorks.org, Unit 4 Test, IReady - 20 minutes and one lesson.
2) Movie

No work over break.

December 22, 2021
1) Do Now: Review Unit 4 words.
2) Test on Unit 4. (Link is in Google Classroom)
3) ReadWorks.org assignment "Hot Topics".  Go to readworks.org; select Student Sign in.  All students should be already in the ReadWorks.org class.

December 21, 2021
1) Do Now: Name two things Zlata and her family had to do to survive the war.
2) Critical Thinking Questions for "from Zlata's Diary".
3) Blooket to review Unit 4 vocabulary words. Test tomorrow.
4) IReady Reading - 20 minutes and one lesson.

December 20, 2021
1) Do Now: What is important to know: to do well in school and to make new friends?
2) Finish presenting interviews.
3) Read and discuss "from Zlata's Diary".
4) Questions will be worked on today and tomorrow.

December 17, 2021
1) Do Now- Prepare for presentation on classmate.
2) Present interview slideshow
3) Finish all work from the week.

December 16, 2021

1) Please read p. 285 Meet Lensey Namioka.   The story will be about Chinese Customs.
2) Students will read “The All-American Slurp” p. 286-296.  (Story must be finished today.)
3) Answer Critical Thinking Questions p.  296.  (If not finished in class, must be finished for homework.)

Make sure the slideshow interview is completed today too.

December 15, 2021
1) Do Now: What was the most interesting thing you found out about your partner?
2) Finish creating slideshow.
3) IReady - 45 minutes and 2 lessons

December 14, 2021
1) Do Now: Unit 4 "Choosing the Right Words"
2) Interview Slideshow Project -Create at least 20 questions to ask your partner.
3) Start to design slideshow on partner.
4) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lessons.

December 13, 2021

1) Unit 4 “Complete the Sentence” - located in Google Classroom.  Students can also use the Vocabulary Workshop book, p. 57 and 58.
2) ReadWorks.org assignment: “Wrapping Up a Little Bit of Trouble”.  Students will log onto readworks.org.  Select Student LogIn. Each student should be in the ReadWorks.org class.  
3) When students are finished, they can work on the weekly IReady Reading assignment. - 45 minutes and two lessons.

December 10, 2021
1) Do Now: Take out planning sheet for help-wanted ad. Do you have enough details from "The Tail"? If not, add more.
2) Complete Help-Wanted Ad.
3) Finish IReady - 45 minutes and 2 lessons.
4) Blooket Assignment - use the link Blooket Unit 4


December 9, 2021
1) Do Now: Unit 4 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" p. 56-57; also located in Google Classroom.
2) Plan for Help-Wanted Ad.
3) Finish IReady Reading- 45 minutes and 2 lessons.

December 8, 2021
1) Do Now: Identify two character traits for Tasha from "The Tail".
2) We finished reading "The Tail".
3) Notes on direct and indirect character traits.
4) Students wrote and explained one direct and indirect character trait for Tasha and Junior.
5) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions for "The Tail" p. 202.
6) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

December 7, 2021
1) Do Now: Write down the main parts of the plot diagram.
2) Reviewed the LinkIt Progress Monitor.
3) Copy story words for "The Tail" p.190.
4) Meet the Author p. 191.
5) We started to read and discussing "The Tail".



December 6, 2021
1) Do Now; A) Students presented the Unit 4 words. B) Write a sentence for the word topple.
2) We reviewed Unit 4 words.
3) Students worked on iReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lesson.


December 3, 2021
1) Do Now: What does chronological order mean? Are there signal words? (Answer in your binder/notebook).
2) LinkIt Progress Monitor Standard RL.6.2
3) Finish copying Unit 4 words -due on Monday; finish iReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lesson-due today. (Closes out on Sunday)


December 2, 2021

1) Do Now - Take 5 minutes to copy Unit 4 vocabulary words.
2) Take 5 minutes to prepare for presentation on Taking Sides project.
3) If there is time, copy Unit 4 words or work on IReady.

December 1, 2021
1) Do Now: After two days of working on the project, did you and your partner put as much effort into the project as you should have? Explain. (3 minutes- 5 lines answer in your notebook/binder) 2) Last day to work on the project. 3) IReady - 45 minutest and 2 lessons this week. 4) Unit 4 words due on Friday. (Extended until Monday, December 6)

November 30, 2021
1) Do Now: Do you think you worked as well as you should have Monday on the project? What should you do today? (3 minutes- 5 lines answer in your notebook/binder) 2) Continue to work on the project. 3) IReady - 45 minutest and 2 lessons this week. 4) Unit 4 words due on Friday.


November 29, 2021
1) Do Now: What is the most important activity you should accomplish today for your project? (3 minutes- 5 lines answer in your notebook/binder).
2) Work on the project you have chosen to complete for Taking Sides.
3) IReady - 45 minutest and 2 lessons this week.
4) Unit 4 words due on Friday.

November 24, 2021
1) Unit 3 Vocabulary Test - Google Form in Google Classroom.
2) Look over the Any Novel Project Idea form - decide which one you will complete next week on Taking Sides. You may work with a partner or by yourself.
3) Start to copy Unit 4 words - p. 52-54 in Vocabulary Workshop book (pdf is located in Google Classroom).

November 23, 2021
1) Do Now: Take 5 minutes to study Unit 3 words with the partner.
2) We will play blooket to practice Unit 3 vocabulary words.
3) Test on Unit 3 words will be tomorrow.
4) Make sure "Choosing the Right Word" and Chapters 11-13 questions are completed. The two assignments are due today.


November 22, 2021
1) Sign into main webpage for Clever.
2) Select Naviance. Scroll down to the To-Do List on the left. Select the survey.
3) Answer Unit 3 "Choosing the Right Word". Due tomorrow.
4) Complete Taking Sides Chapters 11-13 questions. Due tomorrow.

No iReady this week.
November 19, 2021
1) Do Now: (Answer in your notebook.) What do you think will happen at the basketball game?
2) Take 10 minutes to complete questions on Chapters 9 and 10.
3) Read and discuss Chapter 11.
4) Answer questions on Chapter 11.
5) Complete iReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lessons
6) Practice Unit 3 vocabulary words on vocabularyworkshop.com.


November 18, 2021
1) Do Now: Students answered Unit 3 "Complete the Sentence".
2) We read and discussed Taking Sides Chapters 9 and 10.
3) Students answered questions on Chapters 9 and 10.
4) Finish iReady Reading. 5) Practice Unit 3 vocabulary words on vocabularyworkshop.com


November 17, 2021
1) Do Now: (Answer in your notebook) What do you think Lincoln will do next?
2) Read and discussed Taking Sides Chapters 7 and 8.
3) Answer questions on Chapters 7 and 8.
4) Finish iReady Reading.
5) Practice Unit 3 vocabulary words on vocabularyworkshop.com


November 16, 2021
1) Do Now: A) Take out Unit 3 vocabulary words. B) Use the word infuriate in a sentence.
2) Answer Unit 3 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms"
3) We will review Unit 3 words.
4) Make sure Taking Sides Chapters 5 and 6 questions are completed.
5) iReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lessons this week.

November 15, 2021


I will be absent today. We will review Unit 3 words on Tuesday.


1) Read and discuss Chapter 6 of Taking Sides

2) Students will answer questions on Chapter 6.  The assignment is in Google Classroom from Friday.

3) When they are finished, the students can work on an iReady Reading assignment for this week -45 minutes and 2 lessons.



November 12, 2021
1) Do Now- In Taking Sides, what do you think might happen over the weekend? (Answer in your notebook.)
2) Read and discuss Chapter 5
3) Answer questions on Chapter 5.
4) Finish Chapters 3 and 4 are due today.
5) Finish copying Unit 3 vocabulary words. Due on Monday.
6) Finish iReady Reading - 30 minutes and two lessons.


November 10, 2021
1) Do Now - a) Discuss with a partner what has happened so far in Taking Sides. b) Make a prediction as to what might happen in the story.
2) Read Taking Sides Chapters 3 and 4.
3) Answer questions on Chapters 3 and 4.
4) Finish IReady Reading.
5) Continue to copy Unit 3 vocabulary words. Due on Monday.


November 9, 2021
1) Do Now- Review Unit 2 words with Blooket.
2) Unit 2 Vocabulary Test
3) Finish Chapters 1 and 2 questions for Taking Sides.
4) IReady Reading - 30 minutes and two lessons this week.
5) Start to copy Unit 3 vocabulary words.

November 8, 2021
1) Do Now: Study Unit 2 vocabulary words.  Test is tomorrow.
2) We read and discussed Chapters 1 and 2 from Taking Sides by Gary Soto.
3) Students answered questions for Chapters 1 and 2.
4) Students had to finish questions on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys".
5) IReady Reading for this week: 30 minutes and two lessons.

November 3, 2021
1) Do Now: Why does Becky want a bike?
2) We finished reading "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys".
3) Students worked on completing the text-dependent questions on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys".
3) Students had time to make sure iReady, "Choosing the Right Word", and any other work is finished.
4) Unit 2 Vocabulary Test will be Tuesday, November 9.


November 2, 2021
1) Do Now: Unit 2 "Choosing the Right Word".
2) ReadWorks.org assignment "Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday?" - make sure you have joined the ReadWorks.org classroom.  We have had two assignments already.
3) Continue working on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" questions.
4) iReady Reading - 15 minutes and one lesson.


November 1, 2021
1) Do Now: Unit "Complete the Sentence"
2) Review notes on conflict.
3) Review page 250.
4) Meet the Authors p. 251.
5) Started to read "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys"
7) Start text-dependent questions on story.
8) IReady Reading - 15 minutes and one lesson.


October 29, 2021
1) Do Now: Unit 2 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms"  p. 28-29.
2) LinkIt Progress Monitor RI.6.2 and RI.6.10
3) Finish Tone worksheet.
4) Finish IReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lessons


October 28, 2021
1) Do Now: Worksheet on Tone - each student will complete two questions.
2) Students reviewed each answer with a partner.
3) We read and discussed "Meet the Author: Robert Fulghum".
4) We discussed phobias.
5) We read and discussed "The Lady and the Spider".
6) Students found eight examples of tone in the story "The Lady and the Spider".


October 27, 2021
1) Do Now: Worksheet on fact or opinion.
2) Read and discuss "Names/Nombres"
3) Question key concept of fact or opinion.
4) Answer Critical Thinking Questions


October 26, 2021
1) Do Now: Do you think people judge others based on their name?
2) Discussed fact, opinion, and tone.
3) Students completed a Google Doc on fact and opinion.
4) We read Meet the Author: Julia Alvarez.
5) We started to read "Names/Nombres".


October 25, 2021
1) Do Now: a) Use the word assailant in a sentence. (Write your response in your notebook.)
B) Take out Unit 2 vocabulary words.
2) Reviewed Unit 2 words.
3) iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons this week.  Due on Friday.



October 22, 2021
1) Do Now: Take out notes, worksheets,  open textbook, open computers, and ask any last minute questions before the test.
2) Test on "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
3) Students finished LinkIt Progress Monitor Standards 6.1 and 6.2.
4) Students had time to complete iReady Reading and copying Unit 2 vocabulary words.


October 21, 2021
1) Do Now" Why is "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees" nonfiction?
2) Students completed a worksheet on the stories.
3) Students worked with a partner to complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the stories.
4) LinkIt  Assignment on Standards 6.1 and 6.2
5) Test on Friday.
6) Complete IReady and copying Unit 2 vocabulary words.


October 20, 2021
1) Do Now: Is "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" fiction or nonfiction? Explain.
2) We read and discussed "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
3) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions. (Due tomorrow)
4) Test on the stories will be Friday.


October 19, 2021
1) Do Now: Students completed a Vocabulary Warm-up for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
2) Discussed Venn Diagrams.
3) Meet the Authors p. 73.
4) Read and discussed "Why Monkeys Live in Trees".
5) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions p. 77.

October 18, 2021
1) Do Now:  We played blooket to review Unit 1 vocabulary words.
2) Test on Unit 1 vocabulary words.
3) Students started to copy Unit 2 vocabulary words.
4) iReady Reading this week is 45 minutes and two lessons.

**Charge your computers each night.

October 15, 2021
1) Students finished presenting his/her brochure to the class.  
2) Students finished filling in the audience participation sheet.
3) We played blooket to review Unit 1 vocabulary words.  Test is on Monday.


October 14, 2021
1) Students had time to study Unit 1 words.  Test will be moved to Monday.
2) Students started to present his/her travel brochure.  We will continue to present tomorrow.


October 13,2021
1) Students completed Unit 1 "Choosing the Right Word".
2) Students completed travel brochure.
3)  IReady Reading - 30 minutes and 2 lessons this week.
4) Test on Unit 1 vocabulary words on Friday.


October 12, 2021
1) We discussed the expectations for students' behaviors.
2) Do Now:  If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?  Why would you go there?
3) Students learned how to set up a three-column brochure.
4) Students used the information from his/her research from Thursday and Friday to create the brochure. They will continue to work on the brochure tomorrow.
5) IReady Reading - 30 minutes and 2 lessons this week.


October 6-October 8, 2021
I have been absent.

1) Students had to join ReadWorks.org assignment on Cesar Chavez.
2) Students should have completed his/her personal narrative.
3) Students started to research a Spanish speaking country of his/her choice to create a travel brochure.  They will create the travel brochure next week.
4) Friday, students will complete another ReadWorks.org assignment.
5) I Ready Reading weekly assignment is due on Friday. (45 minutes and at least to lessons)


October 5, 2021
1)  All 6th grade students took the Start Strong Assessment today.  Students will complete the assessment tomorrow.
2) Students worked on his/her narrative essay.
3) Students answered "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 1.
4) Students worked on iReady Reading weekly assignment.


October 4, 2021
I was absent.
1) Students answered "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 1.
2) Students started to plan and write a rough draft of a personal narrative.

3) Students can start working on this week's iReady assignment.

October 1, 2021
1) Do Now: Students answered the following question in his/her notebook; What is the difference between first-person and third-person point of view?
2) We read and discussed the article: "The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez".  Students annotated the article.
3) Students answered the questions in a short response.
4) Time remaining, students worked on IReady Reading or studied Unit 1 Vocabulary Words.

Start Strong Testing will be next week.  Make sure you charge your chromebooks and bring your headphones/earbuds.

September 30, 2021
1) Students answered "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 1 p. 18-19 from Vocabulary Workshop book.
2) Students finished LinkIt Benchmark.
3) Students completed Critical Thinking Questions for "The Drive-In Movies". 
4) If time remains, students completed this week's iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.

September 29, 2021
1) Students completed LinkIt Benchmark A. 
2) If students finished today, they could work on weekly IReady Reading -45 minutes and 2 lessons.
3) Students may also study Unit 1 vocabulary words.   https://www.sadlierconnect.com/vw/vocabularyworkshop.com.

September 28, 2021

1) Do Now: a) Students took out Unit 1 words. B) Students had time to work on IReady Reading.
2) We reviewed Unit 1 words using  https://www.sadlierconnect.com/vw/vocabularyworkshop.com.  Select Level A Vocabulary Workshop.  Then Unit 1.
3) We finished reading and discussing "The Drive-In Movies".
4) Students answered Critical Thinking Questions for "The Drive-In Movies".

September 27, 2021
1) Do Now: Students named some places or things that were in the past and may not be around now.
2) We discussed Narrator Point of View: First-person and third-person.
3) Students copied vocabulary for "The Drive-In Movies".
4) We read about Gary Soto.
5) We started to read "The Drive-In Movies".
6) Students had time to make sure his/her Summer Reading, Latino American Essay, or start this week's iReady Reading.

September 24, 2021
1) Students had time to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words.
2) Students typed their short essay on Latino Americans.
3) iReady Reading is due today.  Students worked on the assignment when they were finished.
4) Summer Reading is due on Monday.

September 23, 2021
1) Students had 10 minutes to continue copying Unit 1 vocabulary words.
2) We discussed the three choices students can select from to write a short essay.
3) We discussed MLA format.
4) Students started to write the essay in MLA format.
5) Students were reminded to complete iReady Reading and the Summer Reading assignment.

Back to School Night is tonight.  Log in virtually to meet your child's teachers.  Please follow the schedule sent by Dr. McCabe.

September 22, 2021
1) Do Now:  Students started to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words, part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.
2) We finished viewing: Judy Reyes and Jose Hernandez.
3) Students had time to continue to work on iReady Reading assignment.

September 21, 2021
1) We read and discussed about Latino Americans: Lin-Manual Miranda and Judy Reyes.
2) Students answered questions on Lin-Manual Miranda.  If they did not finish, they must complete tonight.

September 20, 2021
1) Do Now: Students will answer previewing questions.
2) We discussed the organizer for "Who are Latino Americans?"
3)Students answered question before, during, and after viewing the video. This will lead into our discussion over the next two days.
4) Students work on iReady Reading Assignment.  (45 minutes and at least two lessons each week)

September 17, 2021
1) Students will finish iReady Diagnostic.
2) Students will complete a worksheet on common and proper nouns.
3) Students may play blooket.com game to review key concepts for "Stray.
Blooket to Review "Stray"


September 16, 2021
1) Do Now: Take out plot diagram for "Stray".  Take out chromebooks.
2) Students started iReady Reading Diagnostic Test.  They will finish the test on Friday.

September 15, 2021
1) Do Now:  Fill in three events for the rising action on the plot diagram.
2) We discussed the plot of "Stray".
3) Students copied the 8 parts of speech.
4) We discussed nouns, common nouns, and proper nouns.
5) Students filled out a plot diagram for "Stray".

Tomorrow the students will start the iReady Reading Diagnostic.  Students may bring in headphones and a mouse to assist with the assessment.

September 14, 2021
1) Do Now: Give two differences between fiction and nonfiction.
2) Students copied story vocabulary for "Stray" p. 22.
3) We reviewed plot diagram.
4) We read and discussed "Meet the Author" p. 23.
5) We read and discussed "Stray".
6) Students took notes on the plot of "Stray".

September 13, 2021
1) Students had time to complete ReadWorks.org assignment, "Canine Courage".
2) We discussed fiction and nonfiction.
3) We reviewed Reading Skill: Making a Prediction and Literary Analysis: Plot.
4) Students took notes about plot diagram.

September 10, 2021
1) Chromebook distribution was today.  If you the student did not bring in the signed paper, they did not get a chromebook.  Please make sure to print and then sign the form Dr. McCabe sent via email on Wednesday, September 8.  The students were also given a hard copy of the form on Thursday.  Please charge the chromebooks each day.
2) Students finished his/her drawing for 9-11.
3) ReadWorks.org article on "Canine Courage".  Students will have time to complete the questions on Monday.

September 9, 2021
1) Students had to turn in the ReadWorks.org assignment for September 11.
2) We discussed an image from The New Yorker magazine from October 29, 2001.
3) We discussed local heroes.
4) Students had a choice to write a letter or draw an image to thank a local hero.  (Students will finish the assignment tomorrow.)
5) Signed forms for a chromebook is due tomorrow.

September 8, 2021
1) Icebreaker to get to know the students.
2) Discussion about September 11, 2001.
3) ReadWorks.org article about September 11. If it was not  finished in class, must be done for homework.

September 7, 2021
1) We reviewed "Welcome Letter", "Classroom Guidelines", "Grading Policy", and "Course Syllabus".
2) Students filled out a worksheet, "Getting to Know a Middle Schooler".
3) Discussed Summer Reading Assignment.

September 6, 2021


I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I look forward to meeting all of the students on September 7. If you need to contact me, please email me at [email protected]