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Mother, wife,junior high teacher, adjunct professor, reader, gardener, cook, pet lover, & beach dreamer

Merry Monday

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 Hey Huskies! This week is our last week before winter break and grades are due very soon but that doesn’t mean we won’t be working on our last few days. So if you happen to miss today, here’s what we did in class:

  • No DLR
  • Free Read (8.RL.1)
  • Hand in “Periodic Puns”
  • Make sure everything is completed and ready to turn in
    • KIDBLOG: Everything on the posted list and 4 entries for The Outsiders Chapter 1-2, 3-4, 5-6
    • Study Guide Unit 4 completed including plot diagram and Outsiders Idioms
  • Begin the Outsiders test

Quote of the Day:

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.”

-Will Rogers

Facts of the day:

  • A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 68 years!
  • A rodent’s teeth never stop growing.
  • Avocados are poisonous to birds.
  • So are Chocolate and Onions

Remember Class;

Tissues are always needed as it is cold and flu season. So if you’re ever out, feel free to pick up a box and bring it in.

The Winter Wonderland Dance will be held Fri, Jan 23 from 7-9pm. The dance is free with an $8 PTSA membership.

If you have overdue books, make sure you get those in as soon as possible!

This is our last week before winter break!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) PosterThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a shy teenager without friends that has just joined the high-school. He misses his best friend, who had committed suicide, and he writes letters to an imaginary friend telling his feelings. Further, Charlie has a mental illness problem in his past. Soon Charlie befriends the veterans Patrick, who is gay, and his stepsister Sam and they become best friends. Charlie wants to be a writer and he also becomes the favorite student of his teacher of literature, Mr. Anderson, who lends him books. Sam and Patrick introduce Charlie to their friends and Charlie falls in love with Sam, but he does not have self-confidence to date her. Charlie discovers a new world and feels happy with his friends, and he dates their common friend Mary Elizabeth. But when they end their relationship, Patrick asks Charlie to stay away from them for a while and soon he triggers his mental illness again. He goes to the hospital where a doctor finally discloses the origin of his problem.

For extra practice using participles, click the links below:

http://www.quia.com/quiz/268919.html?AP_rand=112443124

http://teachro.publiccomputingservices.org/grammarpractice/participle/participle.htm

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

GO HUSKIES

By: Anna Corder

Grey Thursday

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Hey, Huskies it’s looking kind of gloomy outside but never in Mrs. Kassenbrock’s class! Micah Pricher and Gabi Cavins are coming to you with today’s blog!

Here’s the agenda…

THURSDAY –

  • Chapters 5-6 & 7-8 Word Webs DUE TODAY, QUIZ TODAY Chapter 5-8 (8.RV.1)
  • Free Reading Exit Ticket – Due Friday, December 12, 2014 for grade (8.RL.1)
  • VERBAL IRONY-Introduce and give examples of verbal irony (Study Guide)

http://fos.iloveindia.com/verbal-irony-examples.html Read the 1st passage & complete the paragraph together. Students read the remaining 2 passages and complete the paragraphs independently or in small groups. (8.RL.3.3)

  • PUNS-Introduce and give examples of puns. (Study Guide)

http://www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/disppuns.pl?ord=N&cat=0&sub=0&page=1

Do the first two together. Students complete the last three independently or in small groups. (8.RL.3.3)

  • Continue The Outsiders Assign The Outsiders Chapter Questions or use for Class Discussion

Announcements:

  • Chess club meets on Wednesdays, starting December 10th. Any student interested in joining, please see Mrs. Courtney Harison                                                
  • The Winter Wonderland Dance will be held Fri, Jan 23 from 7-9pm. The dance is free with an $8 PTSA membership.                                                                                 
  • One more week till winter break.
  • Choir concert is next Tuesday.

Interesting facts:

  • It is impossible to lick you elbow.
  • A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongue out.
  • People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heatr stops for a mili-second.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • Hot water is heavier than cold.
  • Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through air.

That”s all for today. Go Huskies!

Treble Tuesday

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Hello Huskies, this is Claire Gardner again. Here is your agenda for the day in case you missed school.

Agenda For The Week:

  • DLR-Week #17-Infinitives
  • Kidblog- Writing Prompt from chapter 7-8
  • The Outsiders- Plot Diagram- Rising Action
  • Vocabulary Web- Chapters 5-8: 2 words for 5-6, 2 words for 7-8
  • ACUITY Readiness 2
  • Continue with The Outsiders

Standards:

  • DLR- 8.W.6.1.B
  • Kidblog- 8.W.1


Announcement:
Tonight is the North Junior High Winter Concert. The orchestra is playing at 6:00 tonight in the PAC (Performing Arts Center) and then the band is playing after at 7:30. Both will start with the 5th graders, then 6th, 7th, and then 8th. Come and support your fellow classmates as they perform the songs they have been working on this year.

north band

Reminders:

  • We really need tissues in our classroom. PLEASE bring some in.
  • Some people have library books that are overdue. Please find them and bring them in for library on Thursday.
  • Only a couple more days of school left until Christmas break!

Book Review: The Scorch Trials WARNING! Spoilers if you haven’t read the book!!!!!

In this book, the second in The Maze Runner series, Thomas and the other Gladers have just been rescued after getting out of The Maze. They are all taken on a bus to a building where they are all separated into rooms with the boys in one and Teresa, the only girl, in another. During the night many things happened that resulted in a new member of the group and Teresa missing. They receive food and water after several days in the building all alone and are sent by a man to the Flat Trans, where they trek with several of them dying of mysterious contraptions. Once they get out, they are on a really hot, desert, flat surface where they try to follow the instructions the man gave them. They get caught in a storm, then get surrounded and then separated. Thomas is still trying to talk to Teresa in his mind, but it is not working.  I’m just going to leave it at that, but I really recommend this book to readers. I love to read, and I’ve read many books so I know what I read. I suggest reading the first book and watching the movie as well. This book/series probably isn’t appropriate for reader’s under the age of 10 or 11, just because of violence, strange creatures, and anything else you would deem inappropriate.maze runner

scorch trials

Quotes of the Day:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds –  even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.” ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

That’s all for today Huskies! Remember your Husky P.R.I.D.E at school and everywhere else. Represent us well! GO HUSKIES!!!!! This is Claire Gardner signing off.

Windy Wednesday

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Windy Wednesday

Jacob Larson & Casey Winters

Agenda: WEDNESDAY –

 DLR-Week #17- Infinitives (8.W.6.1.B)

 COMPARE & CONTRAST Thanksgiving passages (Study Guide) Complete the chart together. (8.RL.3.1

 COMPARE & CONTRAST Texas & Maine State passages (Study Guide) Students complete the chart independently.

(8.RL.3.1)

 Continue The Outsiders

Reminders: –WE NEED TISSUES!!!

– Free reading exit ticket due FRIDAY DECEMBER 12

– Only 8 school days left before our Winter Holiday Break!

Word of the Day (from dictionary.reference.com) : happenstance- n \HAP-uhn-stans\- a chance happening or event

“Do you really believe we are just the products of circumstance and happenstance?”

“Yes, I think so…”
— Robert Henry Wright Jr., Papelón: A Novel of Argentina, 2007

On this Day in History-12/10/1901: “The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. In his will, Nobel directed that the bulk of his vast fortune be placed in a fund in which the interest would be ‘annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.’ Although Nobel offered no public reason for his creation of the prizes, it is widely believed that he did so out of moral regret over the increasingly lethal uses of his inventions in war.” –http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-nobel-prizes-awarded

In the News: Have you heard about “Eaten Alive”? “Eaten Alive” is a documentary about Herpetologist Paul Rosolie, and his stunt to be eaten alive (hence the name) by a giant green anaconda, the world’s largest snake. The reason everyone is angry about the results of this documentary is because Paul never actually was eaten by the snake. He was constricted for about an hour while wearing his special suit that monitored his vital signs and protected him from being crushed by the snake’s extremely powerful muscles. There was much criticism on social networking about the show and how much of a disappointment it was to many viewers.

Maniacal Monday

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MONDAY –

 

DLR-Week #17- Infinitives (8.W.6.1.B)

 

KIDBLOG: Choose one of the prompts from chapter 7-8 (8.W.1)

 

The Outsiders-Continue filling our PLOT DIAGRAM-Rising Action (8.RL.1)

 

The Outsiders – Chapter Title Activity (after chapters 11-12 on Study Guide)

 

Finish:

 

Vocabulary Webs – Chapters 5-8; 2 words for 5-6 and 2 words for 7-8. Due Thursday. QUIZ

 

Thursday.

 

KIDBLOGS: All posts finished

 

Study Guide – Dialogue The Outsiders – Do Close Reading and answer the questions

 

Continue The Outsiders

WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF TISSUES!!!!! THEY ARE ESSENTIAL, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!!!!!!



10 interesting Christmas facts

 

  1. In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations

 

because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish

 

people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.

 

  1. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas

 

in 1836

 

  1. Approximately 30-35 million real (living) Christmas trees are sold each year in the

 

U.S.

 

  1. In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States

 

  1. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.

 

6.Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United

 

States. “Rent-a-Santas” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly

 

attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice, such as

 

not accepting money from parents while children are looking and avoiding garlic,

 

onions, or beans for lunch.

 

  1. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long

 

been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold

 

represents light.

 

  1. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose

 

feathers.

 

  1. Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

 

  1. Despite being celebrated on December 25th, Jesus’ birth is actually unknown.

Go Huskies!

Festive Friday

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By: Wade Lowe

Good Morning Huskies, Here is your morning agenda and announcements.

AGENDA:

  • DLR Week #16 – Participles QUIZ (8.W.6.1.B)
  • Vocabulary Quiz – The Outsiders – for those that still have to take it
  • Free Reading Exit Ticket – Due Friday, December 12, 2014 for grade (8.RL.1)
  • KIDBLOG: Choose one of the writing prompts from chapter 5-6 (8.W.1)
  • 8.RV.1 – Chapters 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 Choose two words, from each 5/6 & 7/8 (a total of 4 words) & complete the Vocabulary Web DUE THURSDAY, December 11, 2014, QUIZ CH 5-8, Thursday, December 11, 2014
  • Complete Dialogue activity in the Study Guide (The Outsiders passage). This along with what was completed today (Rumpelstiltskin) will count as a grade.
  • Continue The Outsiders – Assign The Outsiders Chapter Questions or use for Class Discussion

Skills/Standards Learned:

Today we are going to continue learning about participles and verbs, reading The Outsiders, and working in our study guide.

Reminders/Announcements:

  • Please bring in tissues we are in need of those especially with everyone getting sick in the winter.
  • There are only TWO MORE WEEKS of school left until winter break!
  • The band concert is next Tuesday.
  • With little time left in the grading period/semester, be sure that you retest what you need to in order to reach your goal to be the best student that you can be.

If you guys still need some help on participles here are some practice websites:

Favorite Books:

          As you guys may know, we are reading The Outsiders. For those of you who haven’t, here is a summary of the first half (because that’s only how far we have gotten). The Outsiders looks into two weeks of a 14-year old boy’s life. It tells about Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes he’s an outsider. Pony and his two brothers, Darry who his 20, and Soda who is 16, have recently lost their parents in a car wreck. Pony and Soda are allowed to stay with Darry as a guardian as long as they behave. They are all “greasers” which refers to the young men on the east side of town, the poor kids. The greasers are enemies with the socs, which is short for socials, they are the “West side rich kids”.

          The story begins with Pony leaving a movie theater, then he gets jumped by a group of socs that proceed to beat him up and threaten to kill him. However, some of his gang show up and run the socs off. This fight helps settle in the mood and tone to show that there are a lot of fights that happen between both sides.

          The next night Pony and his two other gang members, Dallas (Dally) and Johnny go to see a movie at the drive-in. While there they meet Sherri (Cherry) Valance and her friend Marcia. Dally leaves after a while after giving the girls a hard time, but then another greaser, Two-bit, has joined Pony and Johnny. The boys offer to walk the girls home after the movie, but their boyfriends reappear and threaten to fight the greasers. Cherry stops the fight and leaves with her boyfriend. 

          Pony and Johnny go to a vacant lot to hang out before heading home. They fall asleep, and when Johnny wakes up Pony it’s 2 a.m. Pony runs home because it’s past his curfew. When Pony walks in Darry is furious with him and, in the heat of the moment, hits him. Pony runs out of the house and goes back to the lot with Johnny. Pony want to run away, but decides to cool off by going to the park before heading home. At the park, cherry and Marcia’s boyfriends pull up. Pony and Johnny are outnumbered, and the socs grab Pony and shove him face first into the fountain, so that his head is underwater. Pony is drowning! What happens next? What does Johnny do? Will we ever know? I guess not.

Interesting Facts:

  • When you die your hair still continues to grow for a couple of months
  • The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.
  • Dogs are not completely color blind. Unlike humans who have three different color sensitive cone cells in their retina (red, green and blue) dogs have only two (yellow and blue). This does not mean that dogs can’t see green or red objects! It only means that they can’t distinguish green, yellow or red objects based on their color. However they can still distinguish a red ball from a green one if there is a difference in the perceived brightness of the two.

That’s all for today Huskies, be kind to one another, and have a great day. 

Thursdays are Thrilling…

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THURSDAY AGENDA-

  • DLR Week #16 – Participles QUIZ – 8.W.6.1.B
  • Free Reading Exit Ticket – Due Friday, December 12, 2014 for grade (8.RL.1)
  • VOCABULARY-Chapters 1 & 2 Original Sentences and Chapters 3 & 4 Paragraph DUE TODAY, December 4, 2014 – QUIZ TODAY Chapter 1-4 (8.RV.1)images
  • COMPARE & CONTRAST Thanksgiving passages (Study Guide) Complete the chart together. (8.RL.3.1)
  • Continue The Outsiders Assign The Outsiders Chapter Questions or use for Class Discussion

REMINDERS-

  • Remember to schedule an enrollment appointment with Mrs. Schriber
  • Tissues would be nice kleenex
  • The Winter Dance is on January 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. PTSA memberships will be sold the week of January 19
  • PTSA memberships cost $7 and get you in to all the dances throughout the school year
  • Remember to check Google Classroom EVERYDAY!!
  • Check if you have done all your kidblogs before the grading period ends
  • Only 20 more days til Christmas

Helpful Study Sheets

Participle Practice

http://www.englishgrammar.org/present-participles/

Fun Facts:

  • Cats can’t taste sweets.
  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
  • Dogs have four toes on their hind feet, and five on their front feet.north huskies

Remember to show Husky P.R.I.D.E each and everyday wherever you are- Sam Gest