Pegasus

6 ELA


9/19/2017

  • Writing- Today we continued our discussion about creating more depth in our stories and answering the question, "What is my story REALLY about?" The students analyzed two pieces of writing and discussed how to create a deeper emotional connection to stories for their readers. The students set goals for themselves in their writing and worked on their drafts.
  • Reading- We discussed the difference between character's emotions and character traits. Students used this knowledge to expand their understanding of the characters in their book club books. We also turned in our Reading Logs. Almost every student met the expectation and goal! I am VERY proud of them!
  • Compacted- We discussed the difference between character's emotions and character traits. Students used this knowledge to expand their understanding of the characters in their book club books. I challenged them to write a jot identifying and explaining a trait of a character in their book. We also turned in our Reading Logs. Every student met the expectation! I am VERY proud of them!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30), Jot (3), fill out Reading Logs.

9/18/2017

  • Writing- Today we asked the question, "What is my story REALLY about?" We talked about actual events, and their underlying meaning and impact on our stories. The students worked on External and Internal story mountains and the importance of knowing themes in a story.
  • Reading- BOOK CLUBS!! Students were given their books and put in their clubs. We then created Book Club Constitutions for each group. This is a set of expectations that the students will follow throughout the next nine days.
  • Compacted- BOOK CLUBS!! Students were given their books and put in their clubs. We then created Book Club Constitutions for each group. This is a set of expectations that the students will follow throughout the next nine days.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read for Book Clubs, Independent Reading (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), READING LOGS ARE DUE TOMORROW!!!

9/11/2017- 9/15/2017

  • CAMP WEEK!
  • Students will have time to work on independent reading and flash narratives while they are at school.
  • Homework: Reading and Compacted-Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Reading log. Writing- Finish Flash Draft Narrative #1 and Leads.

9/8/2017

  • Writing- We did our first Flash Draft for a full personal narrative today! Students took some of the techniques we've been discussing in class and used them to craft better narratives. We started with leads and set goals such as using dialogue and formatting correctly, adding imagery and details, writing in the moment, and utilizing figurative language.
  • Reading- Students finished up district assessments today and worked on independent reading and jotting. Jotting will be taken as a grade starting after camp, so please help me encourage the students to get in the habit of writing about reading!
  • Compacted- Students finished up district assessments today and worked on independent reading and jotting. Jotting will be taken as a grade starting after camp, so please help me encourage the students to get in the habit of writing about reading!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read for 30 minutes, jot for 3 minutes, and fill out reading logs! Writing- If students did not finish their flash draft that is now homework. It will need to be completed by Monday, September 18th!
  • Camp is next week! We won't be getting updates on the website, so the log for class will begin again on the 18th!

9/7/2017

  • Writing- Today we talked about leads and how important they are to the overall effect of our narratives. Students discusses leads and then practiced in their Google Classroom. We then did some peer editing with checklists to see how the students were progressing.
  • Reading- We discussed how important it was to understand the different types of characters presented in fiction. Students took some notes and then went and applied their learning to their independent reading.
  • Compacted- We discussed how important it was to understand the different types of characters presented in fiction. Students took some notes and then went and applied their learning to their independent reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Fill out Reading Logs!!

9/6/2017

  • Writing- We worked with mentor text "Carrots" again today and discussed emulating advanced writers. We set goals and went through our previous narrative drafts to see how we could meet those goals. Students shared out at the end with a shoulder partner.
  • Reading- We visited the library and checked out new independent reading books. Students that needed to do so finished their NWEA tests while the rest of the class worked on independent reading.
  • Compacted- We visited the library and checked out new independent reading books. Students that needed to do so finished their NWEA tests while the rest of the class worked on independent reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Reading Logs
  • IMPORTANT- If you've noticed a book or two in your home that does not belong to your child, can you please have them return it to school? Multiple books have walked away from my classroom. These are books I have bought personally for the students and would like to find them! Thank you!

9/5/2017

  • Writing- Students worked on telling stories EXACTLY how it happened. We talked about different writing techniques and how narrators can only tell stories from points of view that make sense. Students worked in partners to mark up text and find examples of powerful narrative techniques.
  • Reading- Today was picture day! After pictures we worked on setting and meeting goals for ourselves. We also did our first Goal check-in from our Reading Logs. Most students met their goal with no problem! Infinite Campus was updated with their Independent Reading grade. A comment was made if your student struggled.
  • Compacted- Today was picture day! After pictures we worked on setting and meeting goals for ourselves. We also did our first Goal check-in from our Reading Logs. Most students met their goal with no problem! Infinite Campus was updated with their Independent Reading grade. A comment was made if your student struggled.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), fill out Reading Log!

9/1/2017

  • Writing- Students worked on finishing their Places Sketch, their "Heart Maps", and their quick writes.
  • Reading- We talked about Story Mountains and watch a Pixar short called "Lifted" in order to place the various events, actions, and characters on our own Story Mountains.
  • Compacted- We talked about Story Mountains and watch a Pixar short called "Lifted" in order to place the various events, actions, and characters on our own Story Mountains.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), FINISH your Reading Log.
  • Important Reminder: Reading Logs are due Tuesday when we return from the long weekend!!!

8/31/2017

  • Writing- Students created "Heart Maps" to sketch out important people (and animals) in their lives. We then chose a person to write a very short narrative about. The students focused on finding one event to highlight.
  • Reading- Students finished up their NWEA test and worked on independent reading.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their NWEA test and worked on independent reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes, work on jotting for 3 minutes, READING LOGS!

8/30/2017

  • Writing- We talked about how writers use map and setting sketching to help jog important memories. Students did some story sketching and then wrote a flash narrative about their important memories in a specific setting.
  • Reading- Students worked on their NWEA test and read independently.
  • Compacted- Students worked on their NWEA test and read independently.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes. MAKE SURE YOU'RE FILLING OUT YOUR READING LOGS! Continue working on jotting.
  • REMINDER: Meet The Teacher Night tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm! The presentations are available on the "Meet The Teacher Night" page if you'd like to view them again!

8/29/2017

  • Writing-today we worked with a mentor text and discussed different writing techniques we can utilize in their narratives. Students then continued to draft their narratives.
  • Reading- Students worked on independent reading and their jotting skills. We also read a bit of City of Ember!
  • Compacted- Students worked on independent reading and their jotting skills. We also read a bit of City of Ember!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted:Read for 30 minutes and practice jotting

8/28/2017

  • Writing- Today we talked about times that matter. We made a "First Time, Last Time, Important Lessons" chart and explored some ideas for narratives. Students then used some brainstorming techniques and started drafting a narrative.
  • Reading-We talked about jotting and reading with a purpose. Students created Bubble jots and Two-Column jots based on their independent reading books. We conferenced a bit about individual jotting preferences.
  • Compacted- We talked about jotting and reading with a purpose. Students created Bubble jots and Two-Column jots based on their independent reading books. We conferenced a bit about individual jotting preferences.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read 30 minutes and practice jotting. REMEMBER- 30 minutes of reading equates to about 3 minutes of jotting!

8/25/2017

  • Writing- Today we worked on our first On Demand. Students wrote narratives and showed off some of their skills. No homework.
  • Reading- We went to the library and learned some of the norms and expectations for class visits. Students were also allowed to check out books. We returned to class and used the rest of the time available to get some independent reading in.
  • Compacted- We finished Chapter Two of City of Ember, then the students worked on their Reading Logs and independent Reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes and fill out your logs! Bring your Classroom Library Permission Slip back!

8/24/2017:

  • Writing- Today we created our dream classrooms after reading the short story "The Kingdom with No Rules, No Laws, and No King". Students shared ideas with shoulder partners, larger groups, and eventually participated in a gallery walk to see their peers awesome ideas! After this we came together and decided on five classroom norms together. Students chose things like "Be Kind," "Be Safe," and "Be Responsible". They did a wonderful job!
  • Reading- Together we read "Papa's Parrot" and then the students participated in their first On Demand for the year (and for middle school!). Students then answered four text-based questions.
  • Compacted- Together we read "Papa's Parrot" and then the students participated in their first On Demand for the year (and for middle school!). Students then answered four text-based questions.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes and fill out your reading logs!
  • Reminders- Students will participate in their Writing On Demand tomorrow. Try to think of some events that you would like to write about! If you have not returned your Classroom Library Permission Slip, please get that signed and turned in!

8/23/2017:

  • Writing- Today we set up our Writer's Notebooks and started decorating them in order to take ownership of our work. We also discussed some of the 5 P's (Being Positive and Polite) for a school-wide lesson.
  • Reading- We continued reading City of Ember together (the students convinced me to read to them a bit longer today) and then worked on our own goal-setting and independent reading. The students are bringing home a permission slip that needs to be signed in order to check out books from my library. Please read and discuss this together. Students will NOT be allowed to check out books from me until I have that letter back.
  • Compacted- Today we worked on getting our Reader's Notebooks organized. The students also worked on setting a reading goal and filling out their reading logs. The students are bringing home a permission slip that needs to be signed in order to check out books from my library. Please read and discuss this together. Students will NOT be allowed to check out books from me until I have that letter back.
  • Homework-Reading and Compacted: Read for the rest of your 30 minutes and fill out your Reading Logs. Get your permission slips signed!

8/22/2017:

  • Writing- We studied some Six-word stories today and talked about how people tell their stories in a variety of ways. The students created their own Six-Word Memoirs as well.
  • Reading- We talked about fluency and how we can only get better at reading by reading! We started City of Ember together, finished our Reader's Notebooks, and the students had some time to check out books from the library. PLEASE look at your students books. We have a wide range of maturity levels represented in our library and it is important that you decide as a family what is appropriate for your child.
  • Compacted- We talked about fluency and growing as readers. The students and I started reading City of Ember together (they convinced me to read a bit longer than intended). We finished our Reader's Timelines, our Notebooks, and the students had an opportunity to visit the library to check out books. PLEASE look at your students books. We have a wide range of maturity levels represented in our library and it is important that you decide as a family what is appropriate for your child.
  • Homework-Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes and fill out your logs if you have them!

8/21/2017:

  • Writing- We read a story called "Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Cool" and talked about how everyone has unique traits. We then completed an "I am..." poster about our own unique-ness :)
  • Reading- We completed our Reader's Timelines and set up our Reader's Notebooks. Please look at the "Course Expectations" section of this website so that everyone is clear on the expectations. Students will begin checking out books this week. My personal classroom library has books that covers a wide range of age groups. It is up to you as a family to decide if a book is appropriate!
  • Compacted- We read "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" and completed our Reader's Timelines.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes.

8/18/2017:

  • Writing-We did stations for course expectations, getting to know you surveys, and book exploration. NO HOMEWORK!
  • Reading- We started our Reading Timelines and explored how books impact our lives. HOMEWORK- READ THIRTY MINUTES
  • Compacted- We did stations for course expectations, getting to know you surveys, and book exploration. NO HOMEWORK!

First Day of School (8/17/2017): Welcome!

Reading: We'll be focusing on procedures and classroom norms today. NO HOMEWORK :)

Writing: We will be focusing on the different procedures and classroom norms in the Writing portion of Workshop. NO HOMEWORK :)