Language Arts
  • April 10, 2014
    This week in language arts scholars were able to attend reading seminars on central idea and summary for informational text.  In writing, the seminar centered around adding details.  Scholars practiced their vocabulary with student partners all week long and also completed learn and practice activities on pronoun case.  All scholars will take a test on Friday for vocabulary and grammar.

    Scholars by now should be working on their Student Treasure piece.  Student Treasure is a company that will be taking your child's writing piece and publish it into a hardcover book.  Most scholars will be creating a picture book.  Our due date is April 30th so that we can meet our publishing date.  We are asking that scholars have their prewriting for their Student Treasure book by Tuesday, April 15 and their draft for student treasure by the end of class on April 17 if they have not completed them yet.
    Posted Apr 10, 2014, 12:47 PM by Karen Mittelstaedt
  • Language Arts Update 3/31/14
    Writing: Scholars are finishing their informational pieces (W.6.2) and moving on to Student Treasures.  They are writing an informational or narrative piece that will be turned into a book complete with illustrations.  The final product will be a professionally bound hard cover book.  Scholars will go through the writing process (prewriting, drafting, gathering feedback, revising, editing, and publishing) with the extra step of preparing their writing for printing as a book.  We will be mailing the student treasure pieces to the company on April 30th.  This is not a flexible deadline, and we will be working with scholars throughout the month to meet the due date. 

    Reading: Scholars have completed their novels and have demonstrated mastery of theme and summary (RL.6.2).  They are working with informational text in Achieve3000 on central idea and summary (RI.6.2).  There is a seminar this week on finding the central idea and writing a summary for an informational text. They should be finishing this standard by the end of next week. 

    Grammar: All scholars started L.6.1.a Pronoun Case today.  They will need to demonstrate mastery by next Friday.  They will engage in learn and practice activities daily. 

    Vocabulary: All scholars will be studying words related to figurative language (figurative language, literal language, onomatopoeia, connotation, alliteration, imagery, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification).  On Tuesday they will make paper flashcards and will be assigned as study partner.  Throughout the next two weeks, they will engage in a variety of activities such as studying their flashcards, finding examples in passages, and playing word games) to learn the words. 

    A new quarter starts today.  The goal for scholars is to read eight to ten books every quarter.  Homework continues to be reading every night at home. 
    Posted Mar 31, 2014, 12:37 PM by Stephanie Symes
  • Language Arts 3/25/2014
    We hope that everyone had a great break.

    This week we will be having seminars on Student Treasures (our next writing assignment) along with central idea and summary of informational text (RI.6.2).

    Scholars need to wrap up their spring break to do lists and get work in as soon as possible.  Those standards  are RL.6.2 theme/summary, W.6.2 Informative/Explanatory Writing and L.6.1.g Prepositions).
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 1:19 PM by Stephanie Symes
  • Language Arts Update 3/10/14
    This week scholars should be finishing the following standards by Friday, March 14. 

    RL.6.2 (Reading Literature Theme and Summary): Scholars should be finished reading their books They need to complete a summative for both summary and theme. The summative could be writing or a project.

    W.6.2 (Informational Writing): Scholars should be finishing their drafts and moving into gathering feedback. They need to revise, rewrite, and edit their pieces this week. 

    We will be having seminars on writing summaries for literature and on gathering feedback for the writing process.  

    Scholars are starting L.6.1.h Correlative Conjunctions. They should spend between a week to a week and a half on each grammar standard. 
    Posted Mar 10, 2014, 1:52 PM by Stephanie Symes
  • Language Arts Update 3/3/14
    We have two weeks of class before spring break.  Scholars should be finishing up the following standards.  
    RL.6.2 Reading Literature Theme and Summary: Scholars should finish reading their book by 3/7 so they have enough time to complete the summative project by Friday, 3/14.
    W.6.2 Writing an Informational Piece: Scholars should be finishing the draft of their piece early in the week.  They will then need to gather feedback, make revisions, and edit so they can turn in their piece by the end of next week. 
    L.6.1.g Prepositional Phrases: Scholars should be doing learn and practice activities to prepare to take exit slips for this standard.  They should demonstrate mastery of this standard by Friday, 3/7.

    Please remember that all scholars are at different places.  These are general guidelines to help you start conversations at home.  To help scholars master these standards, we are offering seminars on writing introductions, completing a summative for theme in literature, organizing ideas in writing, and using prepositional phrases.

    Posted Mar 3, 2014, 9:15 AM by Stephanie Symes
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Science
  • Big Question Progress Check 1.  Please click here to  complete the progress check in form.2.  Continue working on your project, today you should focus on the creation of your final project video.3.  Today will be the only in-class work time your will have this week.  Please plan on finishing your project by or during the next science class.
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 7:46 AM by Tim Strohbusch
  • Project Steps 1.  Continue researching and gathering information and notes.  When you feel you have answered your question completely and have gathered enough noted please have your answer checked by Mr. S.  After conferencing with Mr. S you will need to find any missing or unclear information and then have your answer checked again until approved to move on to step 2.  Click here to browse the graphic organizers, please email Mr. S if you would like an organizer printed.2.  After your answer is approved please click here to complete the project planning form.3.  After you have submitted your project planning form begin working on your outline/script.  You will need to include all the information you will include in ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2014, 6:43 AM by Tim Strohbusch
  • Digging Deeper 1.  To help you to find out how best to answer your "big questions" share your question and answer with a partner and listen to their feedback and questions.  Follow the steps below.A.  Partner one explain your "big question" to partner two.B.  Partner one explain the answer(s) to your big question to partner two.  If you are still researching explain what you understand so far.C.  Partner two listen to partner one's explanation.  Use the areas listed below to provide partner one with feedback to help them make their answer more complete.  You are required to provide partner one with at least three feedback questions or suggestions for further explanation.    -Did they give you enough background ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2014, 6:23 AM by Tim Strohbusch
  • Science To-Do 1.  Click here to complete the big question progress check-in form.2.  Use either the Cornell notes blank template sheet handed out in class and choose at click here to browse online graphic organizers.  You are required to use at least one graphic organizer.  To save your organizer you will need to open the organizer and then click on the 3 horizontal lines on the top right of the chrome browser, next click "print" and lastly when you are asked to choose a printer select "print as pdf" and then choose to save the document in your science folder (it takes a minute or two for the document to show up saved in your drive).3.  After you have ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2014, 8:04 AM by Tim Strohbusch
  • Big Question Research 1.  How can you determine if a website or other resource is a credible?  Click here for 8 examples.2.  When you have selected your approved question and have located enough resources click here to enter you question.3.  Open the document that you copied If you have not already please move the document (the copy you made last week) into your science folder.  Title the document "Big Question Research"-If you need to make a copy of this document click here and make a copy 4.  Begin or continue researching the answer or possible answers to your question.  Record all of your notes at the bottom of the document you copied and titled "Big Question Research".-Focus on gathering ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 10:42 AM by Tim Strohbusch
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