Monthly Archives: December 2013

Oh, The Pain In My Back…

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back pain

Yes, I have hurt my back and not getting around very well. I will not be at school Tuesday & Wednesday. I am writing this post before we have a decision about whether there will be school tomorrow or not.  Because of this you may not need to use this information until Wednesday. None of this homework and you do not have to even look at it until you are back at school.

Here is what you will need for the next few days. This will be your “Task Sheet”.  Again, please do not even look at this because it is confusing until it is explained.

 

 

 

task sheet 2

 

TASK SHEET:

The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry Plans:

1. Discuss and introduce the story. Talk about O’Henry. Show Power Point About Author O’Henry  PowerPoint about Author O’Henry

http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/holidays/christmas/magi/magi_main.htm (main webpage if needed)

2. Listen to the story. Click on the links provided.

put up on Promethean Board (at the top under “power points”

  • Students bring up the text version to follow.  The Gift of the Magi (under the section “online text versions” it will be the 2nd to the last version)
  • Listen to the story. Podcast   (Go to Audiobooks and click Podcast, to listen click “manual download available” in the middle of the page. It gives the reader’s background and then the story will begin) Approximately 14 minutes

3.  VOCABULARY –

  • Complete on your own paper. The Gift of the Magi Vocabulary Worksheet You will need these words and definitions for the next activity, so don’t lose this page
  • Vocabulary Word Card Powerpoint Interactive Use the words on the worksheet above. You will need to add a few slides to have all of the words. To do this click on a slide on the side (before you start the Power Point), right click on the slide to want to duplicate (or make a new one) and click “duplicate slide”. This will give you a new one. Do this as many times as needed for all of the words. Fill in the information using online tools (dictionary, thesaurus, copy/paste,etc.) Fill out a slide for ALL of the words and then save it. Do not send it to me yet, we are going to use it first.

4.  ONLINE INTERACTIVES –

  • Gift of the Magi 2 (This is also on the main site under The Gift of the Magi Interactives. Do this online and check yourself. Either show me your score or write it down so I can record it. You may use anything you have to help with this.
  • Gift of the Magi 3 Complete this with the same directions as above
  • Gift of the Magi 1 This is a short quiz over the story. Either report your score to me, save it, or write it sown so I can take a grade later.

5.  LESSON IDEAS, PRINTABLES, QUIZZES, etc –

  • The Gift of the Magi: In-story – Answer the questions for character, setting, plot, conflict (DO NOT do the dialogue for this section, only the 1st question), major/minor themes. Do on your own paper.

6. SHORT ANSWER –

  • Write your responses and answers to these questions on Kidblog. Your answer need to answer the questions completely and will probably be at least a paragraph long. Title the post: The Gift of the Magi Prompt One
  • Log-ins:

http://kidblog.org/MrsKassenbrocksClassBlock1-2/     Block 1

http://kidblog.org/MrsKassenbrocksClassBlock2-2/     Block 2

http://kidblog.org/MrsKassenbrocksClassBlock3-2/     Block 3

  1. In this story, the first thing that O. Henry makes apparent is that Jim and Della are not people of means, in fact they seemed to be teetering on the very edge of poverty. Is it the particular time of the year that motivates them, and others like them, to spend beyond their means? Are the expectations of the gift-giving season really as powerful as they appear to be here?
  2. “It’s the thought that counts.” This age-old adage is often quoted when something is given that may not quite measure up to the expectation. Does this adage apply in the case of Jim and Della and their gift giving? If so, how? If not, why not?
  3. Jim and Della each made a selfless-sacrifice of something of great personal value in order to be able to secure for the other something they felt worthy of being called a gift. What role does selfless-sacrifice play in giving in general?
  4. Would you praise or blame Jim and Della’s selfless-sacrifices?
  5. Given the reaction of both Jim and Della concerning the entire situation, do you think that these gifts were appreciated? Why or why not? How do you think you would react if you found yourself in a similar situation? What impact do you think this sort of selfless-sacrifice might have on a relationship between a giver and a recipient?
  6. Often those who receive gifts are unaware of the sacrifice that the giver makes in order to give gifts. What can we learn from Jim and Della about receiving gifts? About giving gifts?
  7. Identify irony within a short story. Using the three types of irony below, give examples of the irony in The Gift of the Magi and explain your examples.

Verbal-When what someone says something different from what they really mean, or something different from what would be the expected statement in that particular situation. This includes both sarcasm (for example, if your little brother is sitting on the couch scowling because he doesn’t want to go out to dinner.  And you say, with a smirk, “I’m glad to see you’re so happy about going to dinner.”) and verbal irony that is not sarcastic (for example, if a grieving widow says at her husband’s funeral: “He would have loved to be here for this.”

     Situational-When the outcome of a situation is totally unexpected and not anticipated based on earlier events.  For example: if a championship swimmer drowns, or a firehouse burns down.

     Dramatic-When the audience or reader knows something that the characters do not, something which adds suspense or humor.  For example, if the audience knows that Juliet only drank a sleeping potion and is not dead but Romeo doesn’t know.

6. ASSESSMENT –

  • Quia – The Gift of the Magi Use this site to complete the assessments. You will notice that every time you go to this site the questions are different. You will take 3-4 assessments. DO NOT begin the assessments until you are instructed to.

7. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE –

Lesson Plan Daily Guide –

Day 1 –

1.  Introduce author and story

2  Listen to story

3.  Vocabulary worksheet – complete

4.  Kidblog – In this story, the first thing that O. Henry makes apparent is that Jim and Della are not kidblogpeople of means (lots of money), in fact they seemed to be teetering on the very edge of poverty. Is it the particular time of the year that motivates them, and others like them, to spend beyond their means? Are the expectations of the gift-giving season really as powerful as they appear to be here?

Day 2 –

1.  Check vocabulary worksheet

2.  Online interactives (3)

3.  Kidblog – “It’s the thought that counts.” This age-old adage is often quoted when something is given that may not quite measure up to the expectation. Does this adage apply in the case of Jim and Della and their gift giving? If so, how? If not, why not?

Day 3 –

1.  Gift of the Magi 2

2.  Gift of the Magi 3

3. Gift of the Magi 1

4.  Kidblog – Jim and Della each made a selfless-sacrifice of something of great personal value in order to be able to secure for the other something they felt worthy of being called a gift. What role does selfless-sacrifice play in giving in general?

Day 4 –

1.  In story questions – character, setting, plot, conflict, theme

2.  Kidblog – Would you praise or blame Jim and Della’s selfless-sacrifices?

Day 5 –

1.  QUIA Quizzes (at least 3-4)

2.  Kidblog – Given the reaction of both Jim and Della concerning the entire situation, do you think that these gifts were appreciated? Why or why not? How do you think you would react if you found yourself in a similar situation? What impact do you think this sort of selfless-sacrifice might have on a relationship between a giver and a recipient?

Day 6, 7, 8 –

1.  Figurative Language

2.  Kidblog Day 6 – Often those who receive gifts are unaware of the sacrifice that the giver makes in order to give gifts. What can we learn from Jim and Della about receiving gifts? About giving gifts?

3.  Kidblog Day 7 – Identify irony within a short story. Using the three types of irony below, give examples of the irony in The Gift of the Magi and explain your examples.

Verbal-When what someone says something different from what they really mean, or something different from what would be the expected statement in that particular situation. This includes both sarcasm (for example, if your little brother is sitting on the couch scowling because he doesn’t want to go out to dinner.  And you say, with a smirk, “I’m glad to see you’re so happy about going to dinner.”) and verbal irony that is not sarcastic (for example, if a grieving widow says at her husband’s funeral: “He would have loved to be here for this.”

     Situational-When the outcome of a situation is totally unexpected and not anticipated based on earlier events.  For example: if a championship swimmer drowns, or a firehouse burns down.

     Dramatic-When the audience or reader knows something that the characters do not, something which adds suspense or humor.  For example, if the audience knows that Juliet only drank a sleeping potion and is not dead but Romeo doesn’t know.

Day 9 –

Unit 5 Summative Assessment – Figurative Language

 

snow dayIf there is a snow day tomorrow, Tuesday, be ready to free read and do Achieve 3000. The periods will be very short. Stay safe and I will see you on Thursday. Remember how you are supposed to behave when a substitute is there instead of me. I know you will make me proud!

Busy, Busy, Busy…

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CHristmas packages

This what our classroom will look like when all of the books and resources are wrapped and ready to take to the North Junior High School feeder schools. It seems as though every day brings more and more to do, and that is a good thing, especially for the service-learning project. HUSKIES: Behind the Books is growing every day. It is amazing how many people are interested in investing in a project that promotes literacy.

Today all of the 8th garde ELA teachers went to the Scholastic Book Fair at the 4H booksCenter. We purchased lots of books with the money that has already been collected. We really enjoyed ourselves. Being around tons of books makes any ELA teacher happy!

library books

There seem to be a lot of LIBRARY BOOKS overdue. This is a problem. Please bring all library books back as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

We, 8th grade students and ELA teachers, are sponsoring a fundraiser for thesubway HUSKIES: Behind the Books called LUNCH for LITERACY. Here is the flyer for this event: LUNCH for LITERACY. The cost is $7.00. All of the other information is on the flyer.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Dec 4

AGENDA:

  • Free Read – Exit Ticket
  • Blocks 1 & 2 – Achieve 3000
  • Block 3 – Compare/Contrast story elements for Up a Slide & A Glow in the Dark

REMINDERS:

  1. ACUITY Predictive B tomorrow – Netbook charged and ready. This isacuity IMPORTANT!

 

 

Important Search Sites…

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try your best

 

Here are the sites you will need to starts making the resources tomorrow.

Block 3 – LEASSON PLANS

Use this for standards and target skills:

http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/ELA/Pages/ELA-Deconstructed-Standards.aspx

Use this for I Can Statements:

http://ndcurriculuminitiative.org/media/common_core/Gr._K_I_Can_Statements_1110_.pdf

Lesson Plan Template:

Lesson Plan Template (3)

Lesson Plans K-3:

http://www.readtennessee.org/teachers/common_core_standards/kindergarten/reading_literature/rlk9/rlk9_lesson_plans.aspx

 

TOMORROW:

Blocks 1 & 2 – How to make a coloring page

Block 3 – Start “lesson plans”

Start looking up additional sites to get either ideas for your plans or the plan itself. Feel free to come up with something on your own, but remember, it has to match the standard, RL.K.9, RL.1.9, RL.2.9, RL.3.9, RL.4.9, RL.5.9, RL.6.9

I know this is difficult but I also know you can do it! You are the BEST and the BRIGHTEST!!!

Christmas Countdown Begins…

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christmas

Get ready, set, go! The countdown to Christmas has begun. With only 14 school days left and a lot to accomplish, it will be a very busy time. As you can see, it is snowing on the blog, which adds to the Christmas spirit. Here are some of the things that we will be doing in the next few weeks; Acuity Predictive B, summative assessment unit 4, summative assessment unit 5 (figurative language), HUSKIES: Behind the Books resources & bookmarks, finishing the project and delivering everything to the feeder schools. This is aonly a few things – there are lots more, so rest up and be ready to work every day.

read aloudChristmas is a great time either give books or receive them. Although sometimes it is difficult to know what books to choose, so here is several lists to help with your decisions. Even if you are not buying books, this is an excellent to use at the library.

Hoosier Book Awards

Read Alouds Ageless 2013-2015 _single_

Read Alouds Buried Treasures 2013-2015 _single_

Read Alouds High School 2013-2015 _single_

 

HUSKIES Behind the Books small

 

HUSKIES: Behind the Books – Project Update

The project is really taking off. It was featured in the EVSC newsletter and a featured article in the Evansille Courier and Press. Since then the donations have incresed and as of now there is a total of $1,300.00 and lots of books. To make this really as successfula s we hope it will be we still need more donations of both money and books, so please encourage any one you know to help us with this service-learning project.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Dec 2

Announcements Dec 3

 

 

 

AGENDA (both today and yesterday):

  • Free Read – New Exit Ticket
  • Review ACUITY Diagnostice Test Practice
  • ACUITY Practice Test – online
  • Listen to Up A Slope & A Glow in the Dark
  • Compare/contrast graphic organizer for the two stories
  • HUSKIES: Behind the Books Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, & Resources

 

REMINDERS:

  1. Vocabulary Unit 4 – No Test
  2. Blocks 1 & 2 – Achieve 3000 Check next Monday (12/9) 10 articles for 2 weeks
  3. Free Read Exit Ticket – Due FridayExit ticket 2
  4. Netbooks charges and ready EVERY DAY!
  5. Keep bringing in books & donations for HUSKIES: Behind the Books

 

NEEDED CLASSROOM RESOURCES:

Coloring pages;   Coloring Page Template, Sight the Right Words – Grade 1 Coloring Page

Sight Words; Sight-Words-Primer, Sight-Words-First-Grade, Sight-Words-Second-Grade, Sight-Words-Third-Grade

Lesson Plans; Lesson Plan Sample kindergarten, Lesson Plan Sample Grade 1, Lesson Plan Sample Grade 2, Lesson Plan Sample Grade 3, Lesson Plan Sample Grade 4, Lesson Plan Sample Grade 5, Lesson Plan Sample Grade 6