Thursday, January 22, 2015

This Week

Students are presenting projects this week and we are then reading "This Face of War."

However, some students are not done and need to finish working on these by tomorrow.  Thanks!

Friday, January 16, 2015

This Weekend.... PROJECT

Some students have not finished their project (see previous post).  Please have them work on it over the weekend.  

Suggestions if you do not have Powerpoint or a computer:

-Hand write information that you find on your subject using the guidelines provided or save it on your notes on your cellphone.
-save pictures on your cellphone
-or write down the website that you find pictures that you like.

-Use a cellphone or tablet
-Go to the public library
-Go to a friend's house or neighbor's

Once you have collected your information then you can use the first few minutes of class typing it into your Powerpoint.

You can also save your information to a flash drive.....however, many students who do this come to school with an empty flash drive. .... So double check and try it on another computer.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Extra Credit or practice for testing:  Go to   and click on Core 4 to practice reading skills.


Student can work on their project.  Make sure to cite your sources!!!

New Project

How do acts of courage contribute to one's personal survival or the survival of others?

We are starting a new project this week and students are required to choose a courageous character and create a presentation to share with the class.
What does courageous mean?

Who are they? name and background
What makes them courageous?
What obstacles do he/she overcome and how?
Who/what did they rely on to get them through?
What can we learn from them?
Where are they today? How has their outlook on life changed?
Must have 6-10 slides-PowerPoint or Prezi
Each slide must have a graphic (picture)

Links to look at

List of some of the courageous characters.....however, some of these are NOT courageous!! You have to read about them:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome Back!!

The end of the nine weeks is approaching!! Students have less than nine days to turn in any missing work.

This week we will be learning about another courageous character, Malala Yousafzai.

 Malala Article

Students received a progress report from me so that you can see what they are missing and need to turn in.  You may sign this report and return. Thank you!!

Point of View

Students have tone and mood practice sheets to finish. They are to complete 1-5.  They had time in class to start on this.
Tone and Mood Sheet

Monday, December 15, 2014

This Week!!

We finished reviewing "Sydney Survived the Boston Marathon Bombing."  They will have a test on this story tomorrow.

Wednesday Night
Students must have 4 maps for the story "The Grinch" completed tonight

Map 1:  Bubble Map on reasons why someone does not celebrate Christmas
Map 2:  Plot Map
Map 3: Comparison Map Interview someone documenting how they celebrate the holidays.  Compare and Contrast
Map 4:  The Whos: List 3 character traits that proves that the Whos are courageous characters.  With each trait you must support with evidence from the story (and movie)

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Week

This week we have focused on "a survivor of the Boston bombing."

Students had to complete a vocabulary practice sheet for homework and we have been working on reading strategies before, during and after the story.  We will finish discussing this story on Monday and then students will have a test on Tuesday.

Please have students reread the article and discuss it with you.

Sydney Survived the Boston Bombing Article

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Vocabulary Sheet

"Lexi Youngberg Invincible"
Finish Reading Activity 1-10
Finish Vocabulary Sheet

Study for Test on Lexi Monday

Lexi Youngberg Invincible

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Vocabulary Sheet for "Shark Attack Survivor"

Study for Test tomorrow.
Finish classwork on story.
Get movie form signed!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bethany Hamilton

Shark Attack Survivor Article

short documentary of Bethany Hamilton

shark attack file

Shark Attack Statistics

News Interview with Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer Movie Trailer

I am Second Bethany Hamilton

The Real Story posted by Ayanna

2nd 9 weeks

We are starting on our Courageous Characters Unit.  We are looking at Perseus from the story "Medusa's Head," and then we will be focusing on Bethany Hamilton.  Students will look at characters in fiction and nonfiction.  Talk with our child about the characters they are learning about!

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Students should make sure they are ready for the notebook check on Monday.  They have a sheet in their notebook on page 57.

Thursday 11-6-14

Venn Diagram
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Questions
Plot Chart
Sheet for Movie Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Students need to get a letter about movies signed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Progress Reports and End of Nine Weeks

If students have zeros or missing grades, they may still do the work and turn it in.  Missing work and zeros can bring a grade down drastically.  Please make sure your child turns in any missing work by Monday of next week.
Thank you!!

*Please sign and return progress reports by Monday! Thanks and have a great weekend!

End of Nine Weeks
Please make sure that all students turn in any missing work
for any class by Monday!!