Thursday, September 7, 2017

Independent Reading and Launching New Perspectives Unit

CHILDHOOD is the theme of our first My Perspectives unit. The Essential Question: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up? 

Warm-Up: Independent Literacy Activities  Please enjoy about 15 minutes of "Independent Literacy" time. During this time you may quietly read from your library book, take an AR quiz, or read an article from Newsela. Happy reading! 

Unit Introduction: Childhood Today we are going to be a launching our New Perspectives unit on "Childhood." We will begin by thinking about what it means to grow up - both the challenges and triumphs. We will discuss what we look forward to in adulthood, as well as what we will miss about childhood. We will watch a few videos (including those featured below) to start answering the unit's essential question: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up? 

Today we will also explore some of the texts we will be exploring during this unit, make some unit goals, and preview some of the unit's academic vocabulary. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Accelerated Reader Goal-Setting and Newsela

Accelerated Reader Goal-Setting  Once you know what your reading level is, you will have a better idea of what level books you should be reading and what an appropriate reading goal would be for you for the quarter. I will be meeting with you during this time to discuss your reading level, "just right" books levels, and to decide on your A.R. goal. We will use a charts like the ones below to help us in the process. 

You will then record your personalized reading data and A.R. goal on the document Reading Data and Goal-Setting Chart located in your Language Arts Google Classroom. If I don't have time meet with you today, we will make time tomorrow. 

While I am meeting with students you will be working on the independent activities below.

Newsela Independent Reading  If you choose not to read an A.R. book today, head on over to Newsela. Remember to 'Sign in with Google.' Today you may select the article or articles of your choice, choose your preferred reading level, and take the associated quiz or quizzes. Good luck and happy reading! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Star Reading Test and Introducing Accelerated Reader

Star Reading Test  Today we are going to take the Star Reading Test which is going to help provide a sense of what your current reading level is. Once we determine your reading level we will better be able to match you up with engaging books that are just right for you. Make sure you do your very best. Read carefully and use your new context clues strategy. Good luck! You can find a link to the test here.  

Introducing Accelerated Reading and Taking Your First Quiz  Watch the video below to get a basic introduction of how the Accelerated Reader program works.


Next week I will provide you with the results of your Star Reading Test, we'll work together to determine your A.R. reading goal for the quarter, and we'll head to the library to pick out awesome books that are just right for you. In the meantime, feel free to take your first quiz on the read-aloud Thank You, Mr. Falker at the Accelerated Reader website

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Introducing Google Classroom and Kahoot!

Welcome to Google Classroom  Here at Lakeview Middle School technology is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Google Classroom will be one of the important tools we use this year. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about how Google Classroom works.

Now head on over to Google Classroom and explore! Notice that I have posted a question for each of you to answer. 

Introducing Kahoot!  Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, which is "all about coming together and making learning awesome." To see how it works check out the video below.

Kahoot! Activity: Subjects, Predicates, and Fragments Review  Now let's have fun together reviewing the basic components of a sentence, subjects and fragments, and identifying fragments, all while trying out Kahoot! for the first time. Report to Kahoot! and I will provide you with the necessary code to get started.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Grammar: What Makes a Sentence a Sentence?

The Building Blocks of a Sentence: The Subject and the Predicate  Every complete sentence contains two essential parts: the subject and the predicate. The subject tells who or what the sentence is about, while the predicate tells what the subject does. 

Let's begin by having our friends at Flocabulary explain how subjects and predicates work. 

Now that you better understand what subjects and predicates do, let's practice identifying subjects and predicates in a sentence with the assignment Complete Subjects and Predicates

Incomplete Sentences: Sentence Fragments  A fragment is a group of words that does not form a complete thought, and is missing a subject, a predicate, or both. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vocabulary: Introducing Context Clues

Introduction to Context Clues When you are reading and you come across a word you don't know, what do you do? The answer I hear from too many kids is "I skip it." Did you know that there is a vocabulary tool and reading strategy that can magically help you figure out the meanings of unknown words? Today we are going to learn how 'Context Clues' can help you unlock the meaning of words you thought you didn't know and help make you a much more empowered and successful reader.

So, what are 'Context Clues' exactly? Read the explanation below to find out.  

Next, let's watch below as Tim and Moby from BrainPop further introduce and explain how context clues work.

Now let's practice together. Work with the members of your team to figure out the words in bold below by by paying attention to the context clues in red.  
Next, watch how context clues could have helped the young man in the video below.  

Now let's explore context clues with our friends from Flocabulary. 

Next, let's further practice using context clues as groups by working through the activity here.

Finally, it's time for some independent practice. You are going to begin work on the assignment Context Clues Practice and continue to familiarize yourself with the wonders of context clues. 

Homework  (1.) Continue working on the assignment Context Clues Practice, which is due next Friday, August 25(2.) Continue working on your Learning to Read Story, which is also due next Friday, August 25

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Read-Aloud and Reading Reflections

Read-Aloud: Thank You, Mr. Falker  The book we are going to read aloud today features a teacher that made a big difference in one young girl's life. Before we read, think about an important teacher in your life. Why is this teacher so important to you? Now in your small groups have a conversation about the important teachers in your lives that made a difference. Next, as you listen to the story think about what makes Mr. Falker such a good teacher.

Reflecting on Learning to Read  The story Thank You, Mr. Falker 
centered around Trisha's struggles to learn to read. What is your story of learning to read? What do you remember about your journey to becoming a reader? How do you feel about yourself as a reader now? Today you will work on your own Learning to Read Story and begin to share your experiences and feelings regarding reading. This assignment should be completed and turned in tomorrow Friday, August 18.