Monthly Archives: March 2013

ASSIGNMENT, March 21, 2013


ThursdayToday’s assignment is much shorter, only 12 questions.

Assessment Standar 8.1 Option A

Assessment Standard 8.1 Option B

Letter answers only!


ASSIGNMENTS, Wednesday, March 20, 2013…




New plan for getting the assignments posted early so if you have time you can get started on them. Everyday (hopefully) I will post just the assignments like this, with the heading of assignments and the date. I will post another entry if necessary later in the day with other information you will need.

Due tomorrow:

  1. Idiom Practice  Idioms Practice
  2. Facts and Details Practice – Facts and Details Practice


Write out full answer when necessary, otherwise answers only. If you get this before you have class you might want to wait to see what is expalined in class before beginning the assignments.

Teach Me Tuesday…


teach me tuesday


I found this picture and it reminded me of today. I know that everyone was ready to have something taught to them today (as well as everyday). The blogs over the next few weeks will be what I call “working” blogs. They will have practice links, website links, information links, game links, and everything that will be needed each day both in class and at home. Therefore, it will be very important to read the blog each day and be familiar with what is required of you. If there is an activity to complete, make sure it is finished and ready for class each day. There will be something put on everyday to that will need your attention. There will not be given any extra time and these activities will be used toward your final grade.

spring break


I realize that spring break is only a few days away and that can cause many minds to wander, but staying focused will be necessary.




AGENDA, March 19, 2013:

  • Free reading/Exit Ticket – Blocks 2 & 3
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle/Exit Ticket – Block 1
  • Discussed and completed the main idea blog activity – “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”
  • Reviewed the Lesson 1 Assessment answers and strategies for future answers in each skill covered








  1. Block 1 – finish Monday’s assigned Achieve 3000 articleanalogies
  2. HOMEWORK #1 – Complete the ANALOGY practice, answers only. Analogies Practice
  3. HOMEWORK #2 – Complete the MAIN IDEA practice, answers only. Main Idea Practice


**The links below will be used in class (nothing has to be done with this until used in class)

Idioms Power Point – everyday-idioms (6)

Idioms Examples –

More Idioms – Work Related Idioms

Idiom Quiz –

Idiom Game  ( you must choose the HARD option)-

**Again, do NOT do anything with these until tomorrow, we will use them then.


See you tomorrow!




Monday, Monday…


Monday, Monday



Here we are, the final Monday before spring break. The weather outside our window sure didn’t resemble spring at all. One thing is for sure, the weather can only get better this week. The week before a vacation is always a difficult week to concentrate, but because we have so many things to keep us busy, we will be doing our best.

There are not many things to write about today so I will get down to business.

AGENDA, March 18, 2013:

  • Block 1 – Achieve 3000, assigned article
  • Block 2 & 3 – Free Read & Exit Ticket
  • Skills Assessment Lesson 1
  • Grade Context Clues page 38, 39, & 40 (This is on the March 13, 2013 blog post)
  • Blocks 2 & 3 – True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle to page 32


  1.  Block 1 – finish assigned Achieve article
  2.  Blocks 2 & 3 – free read
  3. All Blocks – remember to be keeping up with your reading logs, I will check these again next week after we go to the library
  4. MYSTERY ACTIVITY: We will be starting Main Idea tomorrow, so in preparation for that your task will be to describe the following picture in 10 words – NO more and NO less (if you run out of things to say remember the “Pump Up Your Writing strategy from several weeks ago). You should see a resemblance to the novel we are reading and the picture. Your description should sum up what the picture is about or the Main Idea. We will be sharing some of these tomorrow.

charlotte doyle









Have a great evening and tomorrow here we come!

A Tornado Drill Teaser…




What does that mean? Well, today we had a bad weather/tornado drill followed by the music classes goinginto the woods to the high school to see the “Into the Woods” teaser; therefore, it was a busy morning at NJHS.



Also, high on the list of importance is the Big Ten basketball tournament. My family has their eye on this because we are  house divided. My daughter, Allison, went to Indiana University and my son, Alex, went to Purdue. So we say “GO HOOSIERS!” and “BOILER UP!”, sometimes in the same game.

seating chartBecause many were missing in Block 2, the students moved the seats around and now we have more room and a better arrangement. Thanks to those in that block that led the way. It was greatly appreciated. Make sure when you come in Monday that you choose a seat where you will be able to do your BEST work. Now, speaking of best work, it is once again time to mention accountability. There are several students who are not working up to their potential and that is not a good thing. We are fast approaching not only the ISTEP+ test but the end of the school year, and everyone needs to be putting in their best effort. You are the only personaccountability responsible for your success. I believe that all of you have the potential to do great things, but my belief has to be met by your effort. Please take a few minutes over the weekend to assess the job you have been doing in school lately and answer the Mystery Question. If you like what you see then good for you. If you think there is room for improvement – make some!


AGENDA, March 15, 2013:

  • Free read/ Achieve 3000
  • Context Clues page 39-40


  1. Finish Context Clues pages 38, 39, & 40
  2. Block 1 – finish assigned Achieve 3000 article – Due Monday
  3. MYSTERY QUESTION: If school was your job would you be given a promotion for a job well done or would you be fired for not doing everything you needed to do? Write several lines or a paragraph explaining the above question. Is what areas might you need improvement and how do you expect to accomplish this?
  4. Have your Netbook charged and ready to go

Monday we will be hitting the ground running, as the saying goes. Lots of thingsSt Patricks Day 1 to learn and not enough time to do it, so be ready, rested, and eager to move forward. Enjoy this weekend and have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.




What’s the Clue?




Context clues was the skill of the day, with a bit of irony thrown in. Discussion centered around the importance of reading and how it leads to increased learning. Also, we talked about picking “just right” books and why that is necessary for optimal reading.

It may seem as though there will be a variety of literary and grammar skills covered in the next few weeks and that is correct. The students will be well prepared for the upcoming ISTEP+ test.

Covering these skills means some extra practice. Instead of using paper and pencil I will be linking the work to the blog. I have already put some on and more will follow. We may not use all of the work at one time, but the good thing is, it will be there when we are ready to use it.

context clues


**Tomorrow during Block 2 the students in choir will be going to the high school to see a teaser for the spring musical. Those students will be responsible for all of the work while they are gone, so make sure and check this blog and tomorrow’s for anything that needs to be completed.

AGENDA, March 14, 2013:

  • Free read – Exit ticket
  • Context Clues – workshop and practice
  • Checked reading logs
  • Checked “Mystery” blog activity


  1. Bring charged Netbook to class
  2. Bring Free Reading book
  3. Finish Context Clues page 38 – all Blocks, make sure and do the one for your class
  4. Mystery Activity – Read this riddle and write down the answer.  Shhhh! Don’t tell any one the answer when you figure it out.


A man was going to buy a $5000 car, but he didn’t pay a penny for the car, how is this possible?





Reminder to Kamron Dickens – Don’t forget the duct tape, thanks!

st patricks day


Everyone did a great job today, yeah for all of you!!!