Monthly Archives: April 2013

Resources: Thursday, April 18, 2013…

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April 18

 

 

Here are ALL of the resources that have been used this week If you haven’t completed something please make sure that you work on it over the long weekend. The directions on some of the assignments may be a little different, so make sure that you follow the directions given in class. Next week we should be able to have access to Netbooks and things can get back to normal. You won’t be able to take them home but you will be able to use them in class. I will also start writing a daily blog again Monday since everyone should have access and be able to read it. I think have listed all of the resources on the correct days, but if not I’m sure you can figure it out.

Monday, April 15, 2013 –

Capitalization Green p 30 31 32

Capitalization Punctuation Test Yourself 63 64 65 66 67 68

Punctuation Green p 34 35

Punctuation Green p 36 37 38

Punctuation Yellow p 58 59

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 –

authors-purpose-lesson

Kidblog Topic:

After choosing a purpose, write a paragraph to persuade, inform, or entertain your audience using the suckers as the topic. Make sure and identify what purpose you are writing about at the end of your paragraph.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 –

authors-purpose-scavenger-hunt

Agreement Red 47 48

Proofreading Red p 21 22

Thursday, April 18, 2013 –

first-second-and-third-person-lesson

point-of-view-comic-strips-project

This should be all of the resources. Have a great 3-day weekend!!

Resources: Thursday, April 11, 2013…

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April 11

 

 

 

 

Today is going to be a catch-up to get everything completed and turned in. The following is what needs to be finished:

Kidblog April 2, 2013:

Give 3 ways FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE makes writing better.

List 2 types of FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE and give an example for each.

 

Kidblog April 3, 2013:

CAPITALIZATION rules are important! Tell why they are important, when do you
need to use them, and what might happen if they aren’t used properly.

 

Kidblog April 4, 2013:

How does using correct capitalization
and punctuation affect your writing (and really your reading, too)? How are your abilities judged by the way you use these two skills effectively?

 

Kidblog April 10, 2013:

Imagine you are writing a book review (which really is a summary) of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, where every word you use costs money. Each word used costs $.10 and you only have $2.00 to spend. That means you can use 20 words.

Now that you have written your 20 word review of Charlotte Doyle, do the same kind of review for your FREE READING book – $.10 per word, $2.00 to spend, 20 words. Also, you must tell what book you are reading, both title and author.

 Recap: For this post you will write TWO book reviews of 20 words each, one for Charlotte Doyle and one for your Free Read book (including title  & author).

Punctuation Practice:

Coach p 112 Punctuation

Coach p 113 Punctuation Practice

Coach p 114 115 Punctuation Group Passage and Practice – this needs to be turned in today

Resources: Wednesday, April 10, 2013…

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April 10

 

 

I am going to repost the assignment for today and add the Kidblog post. I am posting this early so that if you have time you can start to work on it.

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. Punctuation (this won’t take very long) – look over pages 112 & 113 and then do pages 114 &1 15 on paper for a grade. This will be turned in tomorrow. Coach p 112 Punctuation; Coach p 113 Punctuation Practice; Coach p 114 115 Punctuation Group Passage and Practice
  2. KIDBLOG TOPIC: Imagine you are writing a book review (which really is a summary) of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, where every word you use costs money. Each word used costs $.10 and you only have $2.00 to spend. That means you can use 20 words.

Now that you have written your 20 word review of Charlotte Doyle, do the same kind of review for your FREE READING book – $.10 per word, $2.00 to spend, 20 words. Also, you must tell what book you are reading, both title and author.

             Recap: For this post you will write TWO book reviews of 20 words each, one for Charlotte Doyle and one for your Free Read book (including title  & author).  

 

Resources: Monday, April 8, 2013…

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April 8

 

 

Here are some of the resources that will be needed this week. The focus skills will be SUMMARIZING & PUNCTUATION. There will be more added as the week goes on for both practice and additional skills.

 

 

 

 

SUMMARIZING:

Anne Frank Article – Saplings from tree outside Anne Frank

Graphic Organizer to use with Charlotte Doyle, Anne Frank Tree Article, and Free Read Book – Five W chart

Extra Information and Practice for Summarizing:

How to Write a Summary in 8 Easy Steps

Steps to Writing a Summary

Writing-a-Summary-of-an-Article

Power Points & Slide Shows for Review:

writing a summary ppt

DO You Know How to Write a SUmmary ppt

Online Practice:

http://www.tv411.org/reading/understanding-what-you-read/summarizing

PUNCTUATION:

Coach p 112 Punctuation

Coach p 113 Punctuation Practice

Coach p 114 115 Punctuation Group Passage and Practice

 

 

 

 

 

Not Everything Is Fun…

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grumbleThere are some things that happen each day that are not 100% fun and entertaining. One area of this is test prep for ISTEP +. The plan is to take 4 short skill assessments each week – Monday through Thursday. These (very) short assessments are designed to review all of the skills that will be covered on the test. After each day’s assessment is completed it is graded and then reviewed the next day so that student’s can see what areas they might need to concentrate on. The daily assessments cover many genres and areas of evaluation. There is fiction, nonfiction, informational test, poetry, manuals, speeches, announcements, etc. They also cover all of the daily language conventions needed: capitalization, punctuation, usage, sentence construction, phrases, infinitives, participles, sentence combining, sequence, proofreading, and parallelism. This list is quite extensive, but necessary. We are, like college basketball, final fourdown to the Final Four; four more weeks to get ready Today there was some dissention among the ranks. This is understandable, but regardless we will soldier on. When the ISTEP+ results come back I am positive all of the grumbling Englishwill turn into cheers of success and chants of “English is fun!” (oh how a teacher can dream)

Today was also library day and before the year is over everyone needs to know the process of how to pick a “just right” book for their independent reading. Even though some of you have your lexile levels that isn’t always helpful when faced with choosing a book that is challenging, yet enjoyable. Looking only at the reading level is also not reliable in most cases. Most books are written at a very low reading level but a high interest level. This makes them fun to read but doesn’t challenge the reader or strengthen their skills. Here is a very simple way, the Five Finger Rule, to pick a book that is “just right” for you.

book pick

How to Choose “Just Right” Books

1. Look at the cover.

2. Read the title and the author.

3. Read the blurb in the back.

4. Flip through the book.

5. Read the first page.

6. Use the 5 Finger Rule. Hold up a finger or identify every time there is a word you don’t know.

0-2 Fingers—Too Easy

3 – 5 Fingers—Just Right

6 and above – Fingers—Too Hard

You should always choose a book that is in the “Just Right” section which will increase your reading level while still being able to understand what is being read.

AGENDA, April 4, 2013:

  • LIBRARY DAY
  • IDOE (Indiana Dept. of Education) Assessment Standard 8.2.1 – Informational Text, Manuals
  • Review Lesson 4, 12 Skill Assessment – Poetry/Figurative Language
  • Identifying Figurative Language – discuss group answers identifying-figurative-language-1
  • I Can Find It, Figurative Language Figurative Language I Can Find It

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. Blog Topic:  How does using correct capitalization and punctuation affect your writing (and really your reading, too)? How are your abilities judged by the way you use these two skills effectively?

*** This is due by the beginning of class tomorrow.

It seems as though everyone is back to being the perfect angels I know all of you to be. Thanks for always making my day so great!