Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Friday!


Flocabulary Vocabulary Quiz  Happy Friday! You've learned, practiced, and studied your vocabulary words this week. Now it's time to show me what you've learned! You can find your Vocabulary Quiz below. Good luck!




Finishing Your Digital Portfolio  Your Digital Portfolio is due TODAY! Use these last few minutes to make sure you have met all of the project requirements and that your portfolio is as good as it can be. How does your portfolio square up with the rubric below?  Also, if you haven't already, make sure you've shared your Digital Portfolio with me and made each of your embedded assignments viewable by others.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Flocabulary Vocabulary Activiites and Finishing Your Digital Portolio

The end of the school year is near. Are you finishing strong?

Flocabulary Vocabulary Activities Tomorrow is your weekly vocabulary quiz. Take a moment today to make sure you understand each word. Use your digital flashcards to study, which you can find here, in your Language Arts Google Classroom, as well as below.
  
dense / deplete / eclipse / eerie / effect / esteem / excel / futile / hazardous / influence / monotonous / prominent / quest / solar / unique



After we watch the vocabulary video "Big Up Yourself" one last time, you and your teammates are going to practice using your new vocabulary words by writing well-written sentences. Nominate one person from your team to open the document Think Creatively ('Big Up Yourself'), have that person make a copy of the doc, and then have them share it, along with editing rights, with the other members of your team. Divide up the sentences and complete the assignment together. Be prepared to share your creative sentences.

Digital Portfolio Finishing Touches Your Digital Portfolio is due tomorrow. It's time to make sure you have met all all project requirements and that your portfolio is as good as it can be. How does your portfolio square up with the rubric below? 



It's also time to make sure that your portfolio and all of the documents its contains are able to be viewed by others. I will remind you how to change the viewing and sharing settings of your portfolio and documents. Finally, even if you're not finished, I want you to submit your portfolio to me today, using the form below, so I can begin checking and assessing them. 
 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete your Digital Portfolio, which is due Friday, May 20. (3.) Continue working on the document Integrating Knowledge and Ideas ("My Dad Is in Prison"), which is also due Friday, May 20. (4.) Study for tomorrow's Flocabulary vocabulary quiz.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Studying Vocabulary and Sythesizing Informaton from Multiple Texts





Flocabulary Vocabulary with Digital Flashcards Today we are going to continue to study this week's 'Big Up Yourself' Flocabulary vocabulary words:
  
dense / deplete / eclipse / eerie / effect / esteem / excel / futile / hazardous / influence / monotonous / prominent / quest / solar / unique

To help you remember the meanings of these words I've created a set of digital flashcards using a program called Quizlet that you can find here, in your Language Arts Google Classroom, as well as below. Please spend some time making sure you understand your words and make sure to study for Friday's quiz. 



Non-Fiction Paired Texts: 'My Dad Is in Prison'  Today we will continue to examine a variety of sources about young people with parents who are incarcerated. You can still find the heartfelt personal essay and an interview here. In addition to a video, we will examine these texts as we work to integrate knowledge and ideas by using a graphic organizer to synthesize information. You can find the document Integrating Knowledge and Ideas ("My Dad Is in Prison") in your Language Arts Google Classroom

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Continue working on your Digital Portfolio. (3.) Continue working on the document Integrating Knowledge and Ideas ("My Dad Is in Prison"), which will also be due Friday, May 20

Monday, May 16, 2016

Flocabulary Vocabulary and Non-Fiction Paired Texts

How does incarceration affect families? Find out today in a set of paired texts featured in Scope Magazine.




Flocabulary Vocabulary  Happy Monday and welcome to Unit 5 of Flocabulary's vocabulary program! This week's lesson "Big Up Yourself" is all about boosting your confidence, and along with it a new set of words to interact with, learn, and hopefully begin to incorporate into our own vocabulary. This week's words are: 

dense / deplete / eclipse / eerie / effect / esteem / excel / futile / hazardous / influence / monotonous / prominent / quest / solar / unique

After watching and interacting with the video and song a couple of times, study the words and their meanings with the document Vocabulary - Unit 5 (Big Up Yourself), which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom.

Non-Fiction Paired Texts: 'My Dad Is in Prison'  What is it like to have an incarcerated parent? Explore this question through two texts form Scope Magazine: a heartfelt personal essay and an interview, which you can find here. We will also be watching a video that sheds light on the experience of children whose parents are incarcerated. As we examine these three sources we will be working to integrate knowledge and ideas by using a graphic organizer to synthesize information. You can find the document Integrating Knowledge and Ideas ("My Dad Is in Prison") in your Language Arts Google Classroom

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Continue working on your Digital Portfolio. (3.) Continue working on the document Integrating Knowledge and Ideas ("My Dad Is in Prison"), which will also be due Friday, May 20

Friday, May 13, 2016

Aloha Friday!




Flocabulary Vocabulary Quiz  Happy Friday! You've learned, practiced, and studied your vocabulary words this week. Now it's time to show me what you've learned! You can find your Vocabulary Quiz below. Good luck!



100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches and Publishing It's just about time to publish this week's 100 Word Challenge. Please look over your 100 Word Challenge: 'Stairway to the Sky' story carefully. Does your story flow naturally from beginning to end? Did you skillfully integrate the phrase '... when the connection broke ...'? Did you use descriptive words and sensory details? Did you carefully review your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Did you make sure your verb tenses are consistent and that you have employed correct and varied sentence structures? Please make sure your piece of writing is good as it can be.

Next, it's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. Give your story an appropriate title. Paste your story. Color or bold the five words from this week's prompt. Consider adding a picture. Finally, click 'Publish' and copy the link to your published story.


Now it's time to share your story with the 100 Word Challenge. In order to login, I will provide you a working Username and Password. Next, fill out the form similar to the one below, making sure to include the link to your Kidblog story. Click 'Submit' when you're done. Congratulations! You are now an internationally published writer!  


Author's Chair  I would like to celebrate some of our published authors today by inviting those who are interested to read your stories to the class today. Please pay attention to intonation (by making sure your tone changes to match what is being read), phrasing (by reading smoothly and using punctuation to tell you when to stop, pause or emphasize), and expression (by using your voice to express the feeling of what is being read). It takes a lot of courage to get in front of a group of people! During a reading, the audience should remain attentive and respectful, and afterwards should try to offer positive and constructive feedback. (Some "response stems" for feedback can be found below.) 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vocabulary Games and Academic Free Choice

Who says learning can't be fun?


Flocabulary Vocabulary Meets Rory's Story Cubes  Today as part of our study of this week's Flocabulary vocabulary words you and your teammates are going to continue the story of Ron and John. You will be creating a collaborative story, incorporating your vocabulary words, while using 'Rory's Story's Cubes' to help move the action along. 

Before we introduce the cubs and begin our story, let's familiarize ourselves with our vocabulary words by taking a moment to rewatch this week's Flocabulary video and then study our flashcards. 


How can we do use 'Rory's Story Cubes' to tell a story? Watch the video below. 


Each team today will receive a ziplock bag with three story cubes and a set of flashcards of your vocabulary words. Lay out all of your vocabulary words face up, and then roll the three cubes. One member of your team will begin the story of Ron and John with "Once upon a time . . . " and use the face-up image of one of the cubes to guide the story, incorporating one of the vocabulary words. Once a word is used appropriately it comes off the board, goes into the bag, and the story moves to the next member of the team to continue, using a new cube and new word. After every three turns you can roll your story cubes again. The story continues until all of the vocabulary words have been used. Ready to play? 

Academic Free Choice Time  You may use the rest of the period to either work on your 100 Word Challenge: 'Stairway to the Sky' story or work on your Digital Portfolio. Enjoy this time!  

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete your Vocabulary - Unit 4 (The Ballad of Ron and John) - Fix the Mistake, which will be due Friday, May 13. (3.) Continue working on your Digital Portfolio. (4.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 'Stairway to the Sky', which will also be due Friday, May 13 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sacred Reading and Creative Writing Time



Sacred Reading Time  I'd like to offer you some uninterrupted class time to simply read and commune with your books today. Some of you will invited to reading a cozy corner of the room, while most of you will hopefully become enraptured by the words on your pages right at your desks. Enjoy this time!

Creative Writing: 100 Word Challenge  Enjoy some time today to work on your 100 Word Challenge: 'Stairway to the Sky' stories. Remember will be publishing our stories on Friday, May 13.

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete your Vocabulary - Unit 4 (The Ballad of Ron and John) - Fix the Mistake, which will be due Friday, May 13. (3.) Continue working on your Digital Portfolio. (4.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 'Stairway to the Sky', which will also be due Friday, May 13