As always, stay safe and warm as we enjoy the winter season, and please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have!
Hi, Journey Families! Hopefully, everyone stayed warm & cozy over the three recent days off!
We are nearing the end of Freak the Mighty and are working on honing our skills with writing summaries and making inferences. We'll be working on finishing the book and its related activities and quizzes in the next two weeks, and then we can dive into our final project! I have also scheduled us to watch the movie version, called The Mighty, and compare/contrast the book with the movie. We'll talk about why filmmakers would have made the changes they made as part of plot development for the screen. Please encourage your student(s) to check Schoology for updates about assignments and quizzes as we move forward, so that they stay informed as I make updates to our unit due to the recent days off.
Enjoy they winter weather, everyone!
I wish you all a safe and fun winter break, and a joyful new year!
This week and into next, students have begun working in small teams of 4-5 students. We began by learning and practicing discussion strategies (how to contribute positively, and how to listen actively). Each team has been working on preparing a presentation to share out in class about an assigned article that will give everyone background knowledge before we bing reading the book. Then, Tuesday next week, we start the first chapter together!! Please be aware, if your child did not order his/her own book, use of an electronic version is expected, with annotations. Feel free to contact me if you want to order one of our extra books for your child!
Writing: The school cancellations pushed back the start of our applied grammar activities, as we were focused on a strong start to The Miracle Worker in our two days of classes the last week of January. In November we applied the usage of active verbs and participles in describing “The Storm.” In December Where The Red Fern Grows was rich in description – adjectives, adverbs, and vivid verbs – and we slowed down our reading to appreciate how the author continually created “pictures” in our minds. Now we are examining how prepositions and prepositional phrases are used to create relationships in a sentence, describing but without incorporating verbs or subjects in their phrases. By reading and creating “prepositional poems” we will see the power of what Mrs. Buzard terms “the humble little fellows that help phrases within a sentence hook up properly without drawing much attention to their selves.” Each prepositional poem consists of a series of prepositional phrases, leading up to a single independent clause that completes the poem. At first, using photos for inspiration, students will compose their poems using a common starting point, and then eventually branch out creatively where their own imagination leads them. The second preposition activity will be a “bedroom description” piece of writing. Students will identify the “theme” for their bedroom and then create a “video view” of the room using prepositions to move the reader’s eye throughout the scene, maintaining the theme and depicting the physical relationship of the contents of the room.
From Mrs. Buzard: As students complete their Mythology Newspaper articles, I am saddened to think that our mythology unit has come to an end. Your children are just absolutely fabulous, and their enthusiasm and energy has made our mythology study full of entertainment and joy. As we do move on, however, I am equally excited about our next unit of study that will focus on nonfiction literature. We will read and analyze William Gibson’s play The Miracle Worker. In addition to reading the play, students will read two chapters from Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy by Joseph Lash. Both chapters give an intimate look into the lives of two such remarkable and lovable women whose lives become so entwined that Helen said upon Annie Sullivan’s death that half of her soul went with her. In the first reading students will learn about Annie’s early journey in and out of the Tewksbury almshouse which profoundly influenced her for the rest of her life. In addition to reading and analyzing, students will also be studying about sixty vocabulary words from the text that have been identified as words or derivatives of words that frequently appear on the SAT tests. It is a great delight getting to teach your children!
From Mr. Buzard: This past week we completed our study of the classic novel Where The Red Fern Grows with a final test featuring open ended questions whose answers demanded supports. We also spent a couple of days with the short story The Lady or the Tiger. As a writing activity, students were asked to provide their own ending to the question the author, Frank Stockton, left open when he wrote the story in 1882. “Which door did he open?” Students did a great job of continuing in the author’s voice and each brought the tale to a close in their own unique fashion. We shared the endings in a “pass and react” activity and each of our authors collected written comments from the entire class. Next week we plan to slide into a quick study of the application of prepositions. Students will be writing “preposition poems” and also complete an assignment describing their bedroom through the correct use of many prepositions. The continuing teamwork and effort by the students in class is a pleasure to observe every day.
In common core, students took their test today on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with decimals. Next week, we will learn about ordering integers, absolute value, and graphing coordinates in a coordinate grid. On math IXL, students can work on 6th grade X1 - X6, M1 - M6.
In single acc., students have worked on graphing points in a coordinate plane and absolute value. They have also learned about reflections across the y-axis and across the x-axis. Yesterday we studied about finding vertical and horizontal distance in a coordinate plane. Math test will be on Friday Feb. 22nd. On math IXL, students can work on 6th grade x1 - x6, M1-M6.
In double acc., students are studying how to solve multi-step equations. Math test for block 4 will be on Friday Feb. 22nd and will be on Monday Feb. 23rd for block 5.