Archive for April, 2006
Monday, April 24th, 2006
- Indep. Reading Project: Due May 4
- Literature Log: Due Friday (1/4 of your book and 1/4 of your log)
Thursday News: We decorated the atrium with poetry today. Try to remember to bring a poem in your pocket tomorrow. Because, as you may have heard, tomorrow is National Keep a Poem In Your Pocket Day.
Tuesday News: We had a good work day today. I like the spring poem we read. Let’s read it aloud tomorrow. Did you tuck it carefully into a folder?
Monday News and Notes: Today we got a good headstart on our Bloomington poetry and our political cartoon interpretations. The IRP’s are coming in and we’re enjoying those presentations. Friday’s “Poem In Your Pocket Day.” Let’s remember to fill our pockets with poems that day. Happy Monday, Sixers!
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
Have you ever taken a walk here?
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
Here’s a picture of one of my favorite Bloomington spots.
Can you identify it?
Monday, April 17th, 2006
Monday, April 17th, 2006
- Stumper due tomorrow, Thursday.
- IRP due May 3.
Wednesday’s News and Notes: We had art this morning and some reading time. In second period, we took on the personalities of our researched author and interviewed one another. Lifeskills will be in language arts tomorrow.
Tuesday’s News and Notes: It was fun having a read around in both classes. Lots of good ideas about keeping our town beautiful. Happy Birthday to Carissa and Lilly!
Monday’s News and Notes: Today we talked about bringing healthy lunches to school. Remember, if you want to go lunch-less at school, you MUST bring a note from a parent. In language arts, we talked about grammar rules, and that was certainly exciting. We also began brainstorming about our Be Beautiful Bloomington poems. Do you have any idea what your poem might be about???
Monday, April 10th, 2006
Poem Paragraph due tomorrow, Thursday, April 13 (Read over criteria on front of sheet, por favor!)
First Period: Proposal due Friday
Second Period: 10 Notecards due Monday
IRP due May 3 (21 more days!)
Toddler Pix: Due Friday
Report Cards: Signed and returned by Friday.
NWEA tomorrow. Please bring a book to computer lab.
DEAR in L.A. on Friday. Please bring books to read, a pillow, and some comfy slippers.
Wednesday: We selected our next lit. books today. Stay tuned for the lit. lists. I’ll post them outside the classroom tomorrow. We also did a choral reading of the Slave No More poem. You’re quite good performers!
Tuesday News and Notes: Your “I Am the Stone” pieces were phenomenal. Everyone seems to be making good progress with their writing assignments. Capital T for Terrific, Sixers!
Monday News and Notes: We talked about a cobblestone today. It was taken from a street in Virginia where slave auctions were held. We also wrote place poems in our writer’s notebooks. First period reviewed book proposals. Second period worked on note taking. A productive beginning to the week.
Friday, April 7th, 2006
In first period, we’re writing social stories. After you story board your story, and talk it through with a pal, you’re going to write a book proposal to your editor. We’ll check out instructions for writing book proposals with these links.
In second period, we’re working on a Write Stuff magazine that will have interviews with famous writers. We’ll look over some sample interviews here and here.
We’ll also be checking out the poet powerpoints today.
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
Wednesday, April 5
- Stumper due tomorrow.
- Signature for the Newsletter due FRIDAY.
- Independent Reading Project due any day before May 3.
- Read a book of your choosing.
- Respond to the book in one of the following ways.
- Make a brochure about the book, with summary, opinions, ideas about readers.
- Share an artistic response: poem, painting, performance or poster.
- Keep a double entry journal about your book. Find 5 important passages in the book. Copy these down on the left hand side of your paper. On the right hand side of the paper, write your thoughts and opinions about the passages.
Wednesday News and Notes: In first period we discussed Jane Yolen’s chapter on THEME. She compares the theme of a story to a basement on a house. Do you know the theme of your social story? IN second period, we read over a Q and A with author Rodman Philbrick. Which author are you researching?
Tuesday News and NOTES: What did you think about the article about the eighth grader who got suspended in Indianapolis? Thanks, MM, for bringing in that article. We had a great discussion. First period has started their social narrative stories. Second period is researching information for their author interview. Great job today, Sixers.