Classroom News

December 1, 2022
1) Do Now: What is one thing you want to learn about your partner?
2) Discuss project and rubric
3) Show exemplars
4) Students will interview partner

November 30, 2022
1) Do Now; Worksheet on past tense verbs.
2) Worksheet on verbs
3) Theme choice activity
4) Start to create questions for interview
5) IReady

November 29, 2022

1) Do Now: Review Unit 3 vocabulary words with a partner.
2) Blooket to review Unit 3 vocabulary words.
3) Copy Unit 4 vocabulary words p. 52-54
4) Notes on verbs
5) Complete Practice A and Practice B on p. 298.

November 28, 2022
1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up for "The All-American Slurp"
2) Meet the Author
3) Read and discuss "The All-American Slurp"
4) Answer Critical Thinking Questions

November 23, 2022
1) Do Now: What does the word enigma mean?
2) Practice Unit 3 vocabulary words by playing blooket. Test on Tuesday.
3) Unit 3 "Choosing the Right Word"
4) Finish CommonLit assignment "Laura's Key"

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2022-Short Session Day
1) Do Now:  What does the bike represent for Becky?
2) CommonLit assignment: "Laura's Key"

November 21, 2022 - Short Session Day
1) Do Now: Name what each character, Becky and Janet, wants.
2) Answer Unit 3 "Complete the Sentence"
3) Finish questions on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" and "The Southpaw".

November 18, 2022
1) Do Now: What is a long-term goal you have for yourself?  What motivates you to work so hard for your goal?
2) Unit 3 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms"
3) Read and discuss "The Southpaw"
4) Answer questions on the stories. - due Monday
5) Finish iReady - due today

November 17, 2022
1) Reviewed Unit 3 vocabulary
2) Read and discussed "Becky and the Wheels-and Brake Boys"
3) Students worked on iReady.

November 16, 2022
1) Do Now:  What is a constellation?
2) Linkit Progress Monitor.
3) Finish copying Unit 3 vocabulary words
4) Finish iReady
5) Practice Unit 3 Vocabulary words on blooket.

November 15, 2022
1) Do Now: Literary Analysis worksheet for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
2) Venn Diagram
3) Finish Critical Thinking Questions
4) Reading Warm-up Worksheet for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".

November 14, 2022
1) Do Now:  Continue to copy Unit 3 Vocabulary words
2) Review "Why Monkeys Live in Trees"
3) Read and discuss "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
4) Critical Thinking Questions 
5) Work on iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons due on Friday.

November 4, 2022
1) Do Now: Make a t-chart for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees".
2) Add details to the t-chart
3) Complete Venn Diagram worksheets
4) Finish Critical Thinking Questions and iReady
5) Continue copying Unit 3 vocabulary words.

November 3, 2022
1) Do Now: Vocabulary Warm-up for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
2) Meet the Authors p. 73
3) Read and discussed "Why Monkeys Live in Trees"
4) Answer Critical Thinking Questions for "Why Monkeys Live in Trees"
5) Work on this week's IReady assignment - 45 minutes and two lessons.

November 2, 2022

1) Do Now: Review Unit 2 words with a partner.
2) Test on Unit 2 Vocabulary Words
3) Make sure the CommonLit and Unit 2 "Choosing the Right Word" are completed.
4) Start to copy Unit 3 Vocabulary Words page 34-36
5) Complete iReady Reading - due on Friday.

November 1, 2022
1) Do Now: Do you think people can change?
2) Review Unit 2 words with blooket.
3) CommonLit Assignment: "Can People Change?"
4) Finish Unit 2 "Choosing the Right Word"
5) Work on iReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lesson
6) Closing: What is the central idea of the CommonLit passage?

October 31, 2022 - Happy Halloween!
1) Do Now: What do you need to do to complete the paragraph?
2) Finish collage and written paragraph
3) Complete Unit 2 "Choosing the Right Word"
4) Work on this week's iReady - 45 minutes and two lessons
5) Closing: What did you like/dislike about the collage project?

October 28, 2022
1) Do Now: A) Take out direction sheet. B) What steps should you take today to complete your project?
2) Review project for Tangerine.
3) Complete collage.
4) Start the writing piece.
5) Finish iReady or review Unit 2 vocabulary words.
6)  Closing: Were you able to complete the expectations you set for yourself at the beginning of class?

October 27, 2022
1) Do Now: What does perception mean?
2) Review Unit 2 "Complete the Sentence".
3) Discuss perception vs reality.
4) Start to work on collage choice.
5) Closing: Why did you select the project idea?

October 26, 2022
1) Do Now: Review for Tangerine test with a partner.
2) Blooket review game on Tangerine.
3) Answer Unit 2 "Complete the Sentence"
4) Test next week on Unit 2 vocabulary words.
5) Work on this week's iReady - 45 minutes and two lessons.
6) Closing: Which question did you find difficult on the test?

October 25, 2022
1) Do Now: Which character do you think has changed the most in Tangerine? Explain.
2) Finish reading and discussing Tangerine.
3) Test on Tangerine tomorrow.
4) Closing: Was the ending what you expected?

October 24, 2022

1) Read Tangerine Diary Entries: Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, Later (pages 252-277 new book; pages 245-269 old book; pdf version pages 154-168)
2) Answer Unit 2 "Synonyms" and "Antonyms"  p. 28-29. (Located in Google Classroom.)
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons.



October 21, 2022
1) Do Now: Describe an experience or event that proved to be a turning point in your own life.  What new understanding did you gain about yourself and/or about the world around you?
2) Read and discuss Tangerine  Diary Entries: Friday November 24 to Friday December 1.
3) Complete writing activity in Google Classroom.
4) Finish this week's iReady.
5) Closing:  What is going to happen next?

October 20, 2022
1) Do Now: Do you think going to Tangerine was beneficial for Paul? Explain.
2) Read and discuss Tangerine. (Diary Entries: Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24)
3) Answer written response.
4) Closing: Why will Paul's dad be mad if he does not go to the football game?

October 19, 2022

1) Do Now: Explain how Paul's relationship with Joey has changed.
2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) Finish written response and iReady.
4) Closing: What did Paul mean by "It sure was," after his mom said, "That was some bus ride."?
October 18, 2022
1) Do Now: When do you think Paul first feels like a War Eagle? Explain.
2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) Written response
4) Closing: What do you think will happen next?
October 17, 2022
1) Do Now: How do you think Erik will react to what happened to him during the football game?
2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) iReady Reading assignment - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) Closing: Should Paul have told his mom why Joey does not want to come over to the house? Explain. October 14, 2022

1) Do Now: A) Take out Unit 2 words. B) Do you think Mr. and Mrs. Fischer treat their children differently? Explain.
2) Review Unit 2 vocabulary words.
3) Read and discuss Tangerine.
4) Closing: Give one example of Paul's humor.


October 13, 2022
1) Do Now: Would you rather be friends with Erik or Paul? Why?
2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) Finish copying Unit 2 words or iReady weekly assignment. (Due tomorrow)
4) Closing: Identify one place in the novel where suspense/tension build. October 12, 2022
1) Do Now: Do you think Paul not being allowed to play soccer because of his IEP was appropriate? Explain.
2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) Questions on novel reading.
4) Closing: What conflicts do you predict will occur within the family?
October 11, 2022
1)
Continue reading and discussing Tangerine p. 52/53 in the novel (page 35 on pdf listed in Google Classroom)  Read “Diary entries Wednesday, September 6 to Friday, September 8"
2) Answer
questions about the novel’s reading for the day. “Diary entries Wednesday, September 6 to Friday, September 8
3)
Continue to copy Unit 2 vocabulary words
4)
Work on this week’s iReady Reading - 45 minutes and two lessons


October 7, 2022
1) Do Now: Do you think Paul will make a connection to what happened to him when he was younger? Explain. 2) Read and discuss Tangerine.
3) Make sure all work is completed: Vocabulary Test, CommonLit, and iReady weekly assignment.
4) Closing: What is one important lesson you learned from today's reading?

October 6, 2022
1) Do Now: Review Unit 1 Vocabulary Words.
2) Complete Unit 1 Vocabulary Test
3) Start to copy Unit 2 vocabulary words p. 24-26
4) Read the novel
5) Closing: Which vocabulary word did you have difficulty with?

October 5, 2022
1) Day 3 of Start Strong
2) Students will finish CommonLit assignment. (Located in Google Classroom)
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lessons due on Friday.
4) Unit 1 Vocabulary Test will be on Thursday.

October 4, 202
1) Day 2 of Start Strong
2) Students will work on CommonLit assignment. (Located in Google Classroom)
3) IReady Reading - 45 minutes and 2 lessons due on Friday.
4) Unit 1 Vocabulary Test will be on Thursday.

October 3, 2022
Start Strong Testing begins today.
Students will work on this week's iReady Reading. - 45 minutes and two lessons

September 30. 2022
1) Do Now: Do you think Paul will make friends easily at his new school? Why?
2) Review Unit 1 vocabulary words with Blooket. Test on Thursday, October 6.
3) Read and discuss Tangerine.
4) Closing: What important lesson did you learn from today's reading?

September 29, 2022
1) Do Now:  Is it a family member's responsibility to protect other family members?  Why?
2) Answer Unit 1 "Choosing the Right Word" (graded assignment)
3) Start to read and discuss Tangerine.
4) Closing: What do you think will happen next?


September 28, 2022

1) Students will finish reading "The Drive-In Movies".
2) Students will answer Critical Thinking Questions for the story. (Answer in Google Classroom)
3) Students will work on a weekly iReady Reading assignment - 45 minutes and two lessons.

September 27, 2022
1) Do Now:  Name two things that were in the past that may not be around anymore.
2) Vocabulary Warm-up worksheet
3) Discuss narrator and point of view.
4) Meet the Author: Gary Soto
5) Start to read and discuss "The Drive-In Movies".
6) Closing: Question on key concept: point of view.

September 26, 2022
1) Do Now: What does the word ingenious mean?
2) Answer "Complete the Sentence" for Unit 1
3) Annotate, read, and discuss "The Life of Cesar Chavez".
4) Answer questions about Cesar Chavez.
5) Closing: Why is Cesar Chavez important?

September 23, 2022
1) Do Now: What are some of the struggles the three Latino Americans experienced?
2) Select one of the three Latino Americans to write a brief essay on 
3) Finish iReady - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) Closing - What is one thing you learned about the person you are writing about?

September 22, 2022 (Short Session Day)
1) Do Now: Write two challenges Latino Americans faced when they came to the United States.
2) Video on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judy Reyes, and Jose Hernandez.
3) Take notes during video.
4) Closing: Did you find anything similar with each person's experience?  Explain.

September 21, 2022
1) Do Now: Who are Latino Americans?
2) Answer "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" for Unit 1 words, p. 18-19. (Not graded)
3) Graphic Organizer for video on Latino Americans- fill in preconception before viewing video.
4) Watch video - complete the graphic organizer
5) Closing: Name two things you learned from the video.

September 20, 2022
1) Do Now:  What is a strategy to help relieve stress before a test?
2) LinkIt Benchmark - students will finish today.
3) IReady Reading weekly assignment - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) Blooket game to practice Unit 1 vocabulary words.  Link is in Google Classroom.
5) Closing: What did you find difficult on the test?


September 19, 2022
1) Do Now:  How do you feel when taking a test?
2) LinkIt Benchmark - students will start today.
3) IReady Reading weekly assignment - 45 minutes and two lessons.
4) Closing: What did you find difficult on the test?

September 16, 2022
1) Do Now:  What do you think might happen next?
2) Finish reading and discussing "Stray".
3) Create a plot diagram for "Stray" with a partner or two.
4) Complete iReady lesson for this week.
5) Summer Reading is due today.
6) Closing: Did Doris's father make the right decision?

September 15, 2022
1) Do Now: A) Take out Unit 1 vocabulary words. B) Identify two differences between fiction and nonfiction.
2) Review Unit 1 vocabulary words with vocabularyworkshop.com.
3) Introduce the Reading Skill: Make Prediction and Literary Analysis: Plot
4) Discuss our author and background for the story.
5) Start to read and discuss the story "Stray".
6) Students started to fill out plot diagram for "Stray".
7) Closing: What is another name for exposition?

September 14, 2022
1) Do Now:  What do the terms fiction and nonfiction mean?
2) Review textbook
3) Discussed the big question for Unit 1: "How do we decide what is true?"
4) Notes on Unit 1: Fiction and Nonfiction.
5) Worksheet identifying genre for paragraphs.
6) Closing: Give an example of fiction? 

September 13, 2022
1) Do Now:  What is a strategy you can use to help you read well?
2)  Students will finish the iReady Diagnostic.
3) Students will continue to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words. (due on Thursday)
4) iReady Reading Assignment - complete 45 minutes and two lessons (due on Friday)
5) Closing: What strategy do you use to help you read?


September 12, 2022
1) Do Now:  Why is it important to read well?
2)  Students will start the iReady Diagnostic.
3) Students will continue to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words.
4) Closing: How can you become a better reader?

September 9, 2022
1) Do Now: What is a hero?
2) Review The New Yorker magazine cover from October 29, 2001
3) Students created a thank you letter or drawing for first responders of 9/11.
4) Students had time to complete any other assignments.
5) Closing - Review why are first responders important?

September 8, 2001
1) Do Now: List the thins you learned about 9/11/2001
2) Research with a partner - (Links in Google Classroom)
3) Create a three paragraph essay: A) Introduction B) Ways things have changed since 9/11/2001 c) Conclusion - state your opinion.
4) Closing: Identify two new things you learned about 9/11/2001

September 7, 2022
1) Do Now: List What you know about what happen on September 11, 2001?
2) Discussion about 9/11/2001
3) Join ReadWorks.org Classroom
4) ReadWorks.org article "Always Remember"
5) Start to copy Unit 1 vocabulary words from Vocabulary Workshop book. (Words are in Google Classroom also. Due on 9/15.)


September 6, 2022
1) Do Now: What is something you are looking forward to this year?
2) Played Four Corners
3) Reviewed guidelines, class rules, grading policy, and course syllabus.
4) Students filled out a worksheet "Get to Know Classmates".
5) Students completed a "Let the Teacher Know Me" worksheet.
6) Closing: One thing the students found interesting today.

September 5, 2022


I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I look forward to meeting all of the students on September 6. If you need to contact me, please email me at [email protected]