August 28, 2017- September 1, 2017

posted Aug 28, 2017, 8:30 AM by Lesley Tumpach

  • Independent reading
  • Make vocab books and intro words #1-5
  • Bio Poem due Thursday
Tuesday and Wednesday
  • MAP testing
Thursday and Friday
  • Independent reading
  • Vocab words #1-5 synonyms, antonyms and sentences
  • Writing Fluency- Strong verbs

Welcome to the 17-18 School Year!

posted Aug 21, 2017, 11:49 AM by Lesley Tumpach


Wednesday- Welcome Back:)  We will begin our year back with get-to-know you activities and of course, school and classroom routines and procedures.

Thursday- As a class, we will get into our classroom expectations, go over important curriculum for the year, and begin our first assignment.

Friday- Start bringing an independent book to class.  I love reading and we will read everyday- make sure it is something YOU want to read.  Our first assignment will be due Monday, so I will give you some time today to work on it in class.

I cannot wait for all of the amazing work we will do together this year!  I look forward to meeting all of you.  


posted Nov 15, 2016, 8:40 AM by Lesley Tumpach

Ending of Edgar Allen Poet Study
  • "Masque of the Red Death"
    • finish annotating, reading log, and allegory
  • Poe Test
    • students will read a last story independently, annotate, and take a test
      • this will take two days
  • Constructed Response
    • by the end of the week, students will analyze the overall style of Poe by completing a written response
  • there will be no vocabulary this week

Next week Monday we will prepare for Student Led Conferences.  Hope to see everyone Tuesday at Conferences.


posted Oct 17, 2016, 8:26 AM by Lesley Tumpach

Edgar Allen Poe author study:
  • "The Black Cat"
    • annotations, reading log
  • Verbs
    • action, linking, helping
Tier II Vocabulary
  • words 21-25
  • Intro Tuesday, homework due Thursday

September 5-9

posted Sep 6, 2016, 8:32 AM by Lesley Tumpach

Monday- No School/ Labor Day

Read independent book daily

  • Tier II Vocabulary #1-5
    • homework due Thursday
  • Big Question Writing Prompt
    • brainstorm and rough draft to one of "Life's Big Questions"
    • will type tomorrow and Thursday
  • Grammar
    • Nouns introduction
  • Big Question (type)
  • Tier II Vocabulary due
  • Big Question response finalized (due tomorrow)
  • Grammar
    • Nouns
  • Literature Close Read questions

August 29-September 2

posted Aug 29, 2016, 8:22 AM by Lesley Tumpach

MAP Testing Tuesday and Wednesday

Thursday- Dare to Think Differently assignment due
Friday- Academic Vocabulary introduction and make vocab books (first assignment next week)

January 11-15

posted Jan 7, 2016, 9:57 AM by Lesley Tumpach   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 7:32 AM ]

MAP Testing
  • Monday- Reading
  • Tuesday- Math
  • begin class novel study
  • complete chapter close reads
Choice v. Chance Assessment
  • begin final wrap-up of unit
  • due 1/25
  • time to type and finalize assessment next week in class

January 4-January 8

posted Jan 7, 2016, 9:54 AM by Lesley Tumpach

Tier II Vocab
  • words 11-15
  • due Thursday
Holocaust Research
  • four pages of notes due Friday
  • in preparation for the novel, Night, we will be studying the history and times leading up to the Holocaust.  Friday, we will have a history session to prepare to learn of Elie Wiesel's survival through this time
Interview Project
  • Monday- come with notes/answers from interview
  • Wednesday- write an one-two paragraph summary of the interview
    • summary needs to begin with a general statement that summarizes what characterized this person's life

MAP testing will be Monday and Tuesday of next week


posted Nov 6, 2015, 8:30 AM by Lesley Tumpach

  • Verbs- finalize tenses
  • Tier II #45-50 homework due Thursday
  • Quiz #41-50 Friday
  • Choice and Chance Theme
  • "Gift of the Magi"
  • "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"


posted Oct 30, 2015, 8:26 AM by Lesley Tumpach

  • Tenses
    • Simple, Progressive, Perfect
      • keep reviewing principal parts of verbs
Tier II Vocabulary:
  • #41-50
  • homework due Thursday
  • Introduction of Unit 2
  • Choice or Chance?  
    • Point of view
    • Life choices/opportunity

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