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Grades 5-8 ELA/Grade 7 Religion

 

October 14th-October 18th

Posted on October 14, 2019

Reminders: 

1). School is closed on Monday, October 14th-Columbus Day.

2). Grades 5-8 must be completed with their novels by Wednesday, October 16th; we will begin in class book report projects. (Please keep in mind classes may not meet daily due to TerraNova exams.)

3). TerraNova exams begin on Tuesday, October 15th.

4). The chocolate sale begins on Tuesday, October 15th.

5). There will be a $2.00 Dress Down Day on Wednesday, October 16th, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. 

 

This week, grades 5-8 will be taking the TerraNova exams; due to the exams, there will be no written homework for the week; however, I do encourage the students to read at least 20 minutes each day.

When classes meet, the students will be introduced to their Trimester One book report projects.  Each grade will be engaging in a different project; they will be receiving a detailed outline of the project requirements along with a specific rubric to follow. Aside from the project, the students will be completing a rough and final draft of a book summary; they will be  editing and revising their work and typing their final draft.  

Grade 5 will be creating an Apple iPhone which will incorporate six applications (illustrations and app names) based on important parts of the novel.

Grade 6 will be creating an Apple iPod; based on their novel, they will be creating six song titles, six album covers (illustrations), and providing an artist’s name (main characters) with each album.

Grade 7 will be creating a movie poster based on the novel they have read; they will be developing a movie name and illustration.  Next, they will be providing a production company, producer, director, and release date based on their book as well.

Grade 8 will be creating a menu based on the book they have read; each aspect of the menu-name of restaurant, logo, and food items will reflect their novel. 

 

Week of October 7th-October 11th

Posted on October 6, 2019

Reminders:

1). There will be a Rosary Rally on Monday, October 7th, in the church; parents are welcome to attend!

2). Students may wear a blue shirt on Monday, October 7th, in honor of World Day of Bullying Prevention!

3). The first band session will be taking place on Tuesday, October 8th.

4). There will be no school on Monday, October 14th-Columbus Day.

5). School will resume on Tuesday, October 15th; The TerraNova exam will begin this day. 

6).GRADES 5-8 WILL BEGIN BOOK REPORT PROJECTS THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 14TH; PLEASE BE SURE YOUR NOVEL IS COMPLETED BY THEN!

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will continue working on their creative spelling stories; they will be presenting the final draft of their stories to the class.Next, the students will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book. They will be focusing on summarizing informational texts.They will be identifying main ideas and key details, using main ideas and key details to summarize a text, and drawing evidence from informational texts to support analysis and reflection.The students will be continuing to practicing paragraph formation and learning how to only include important information within paragraphs.

Tentative Homework Schedule:

*When classes meet during the week of TerraNova testing,  you will be working on a book report project.  Please be sure the novel you are reading is completed by Tuesday, October 15th.*

Monday, October 7th-  1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Get your Unit 1 Spelling/Vocabulary exam signed and corrected. (We will continue to work on our spelling stories tomorrow.)

Tuesday, October 8th 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is needed. 2). Final draft of your spelling story is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 9th-  1). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, October 10th- 1). Ready NY pages 26,27, and 30: read- “A Portrait of Frida Kahlo”; complete the “Close Reading Habits” at the bottom of page 26; then, complete the main idea organizer(#1)and the “Short Response” (#3)- your answer can be written on page 30. Do exactly as we have done today in class; take your time!

*Be sure your novel is completed by Tuesday, October 15th. We will begin working on a book report project!

*The TerraNova Exam will be starting October 15th; no exams for ELA will be taking place during this time. 

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will continue working on their creative spelling stories; they will be presenting the final draft of their stories to the class.  Next, the students will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book. They will be focusing on summarizing informational texts.  They will be using central idea and key details to summarize a text.  They will also be summarizing a text without introducing opinions or judgments. 

Tentative Homework Schedule:

*When classes meet during the week of TerraNova testing, you will be working on a book report project.  Please be sure the novel you are reading is completed by Tuesday, October 15th.*

Monday, October 7th- 1). Be sure your spelling story is completed!  2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 3). Get your Unit 1 Spelling/Vocabulary exam signed and corrected. 

Tuesday, October 8th 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log required. 

Wednesday, October 9th- 1). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, October 10th- 1).Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.  

*Be sure your novel is completed by Tuesday, October 15th. We will begin working on a book report project!

*The TerraNova Exam will be starting October 15th; no exams for ELA will be taking place during this time. 

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will continue working on their creative spelling stories; they will be presenting their final draft of their stories to the class.  Next, the students will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book. They will be identifying central ideas in an informational text and the important details that support these ideas. Next, they will be summarizing an informational text by restating in one’s own words the central ideas and important details.  Lastly, they will be providing an objective summary free of personal opinions and judgments. 

Religion- This week, the students will be finishing focusing on Chapter 1; they will be writing an essay about how Jesus helps us to know about God; this will be graded as test.

 Tentative Homework Schedule:

*When classes meet during the week of TerraNova testing, you will be working on a book report project.  Please be sure the novel you are reading is completed by Tuesday, October 15th.*

Monday, October 7th- 1). Be sure your spelling story is completed!  2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 3). Get your Unit 1 Spelling/Vocabulary exam signed and corrected. 

Tuesday, October 8th 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log required. 

Wednesday, October 9th- 1). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, October 10th- 1).Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.  

*Be sure your novel is completed by Tuesday, October 15th. We will begin working on a book report project!

*The TerraNova Exam will be starting October 15th; no exams for ELA will be taking place during this time. 

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will continue working on their creative spelling stories; they will be presenting their final draft of their stories to the class.  Next, the students will begin practicing for the Reading and Language portion of the TACHS exam.  

Tentative Homework Schedule:

*When classes meet during the week of TerraNova testing,  you will be working on a book report project.  Please be sure the novel you are reading is completed by Tuesday, October 15th.*

Monday, October 7th- 1). Be sure your spelling story is completed!  2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 3). Get your Unit 1 Spelling/Vocabulary exam signed and corrected. 

Tuesday, October 8th 1). 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log required. 

Wednesday, October 9th- 1). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, October 10th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.  

*Be sure your novel is completed by Tuesday, October 15th. We will begin working on a book report project!

*The TerraNova Exam will be starting October 15th; no exams for ELA will be taking place during this time. 

Week of September 30th-October 4th

Posted on September 29, 2019

Reminders:

1). Monday, September 30th

~ The Cheesecake Sale begins.

       ~ Grades 6 & 7 will be going over to church for Fr. Marc’s lecture.

2). Tuesday, October 1st…

~ Today is a Box Top Day!

~ Tuition payments are due.

3). Wednesday, October 2nd…

~There is a Ladies Night Out meeting @ 7:30 p.m.-Lenny’s. 

4). Friday, October 4th

~ 8:30 a.m. grades K-8

~There is a 12:30 P.M. Dismissal/Faculty Meeting.

5). Saturday, October 5th…

~Oktoberfest is from 6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. in the OLGCA Auditorium!

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will be Jeopardy questions based on Unit 1 words; they will be developing various questions based on Unit 1 words; this will also be used as a study guide for them.  The students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 and taking an exam on this unit.  Lastly, the students will be receiving a spelling list with some commonly 5th grade misspelled words; they will be working with a partner or group to develop a creative story using the words. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 30th- 1). Finish writing your Jeopardy questions for class; tomorrow we will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 words. Your vocabulary/spelling exam is on Wednesday! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, October 1st- 1). Study! Unit 1 Vocabulary/Spelling Exam is tomorrow; be sure to know each word’s part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and definitions. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Wednesday, October 2nd- 1). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, October 3rd- 1). Write the spelling words 3 x each.           2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary Exam: Wednesday, October 2nd / “Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st. 

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will be working on a writing activity based on Unit 1 words; they will be reviewing the <first-person narrative>, “City of Gold” and pretend they themselves are traveling with traders.  They must develop a journal entry, using at least three vocabulary words in their writing-discussing what excites and worries them as they travel to Timbuktu. Next, the students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 and taking an exam on this unit.  Lastly, the students will be receiving a spelling list with some commonly 6th grade misspelled words; they will be working with a partner or group to develop a creative story using the words. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 30th- 1). Finish writing your rough draft of your journal entry; edit and revise your work with a different color pen; neatly write or type your final draft for Wednesday. Tomorrow we will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 words. Your vocabulary/spelling exam is on Wednesday! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, October 1st- 1). Study! Unit 1 Vocabulary/Spelling Exam is tomorrow; be sure to know each word’s part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and definitions. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 3). Final draft of journal entry is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 2nd- 1). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, October 3rd- 1). Write the spelling words 3 x each. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary Exam: Wednesday, October 2nd/ “Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st. 

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will be working on a writing activity based on Unit 1 words; they will be discussing qualities or personality traits that make a person successful. They will be listing special qualities and developing a rough draft of an essay defining success and describing at least three qualities a person needs in order to achieve it. They will also be incorporating at least three vocabulary words in their writing. The students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 and taking an exam on this unit.  Lastly, the students will be receiving a spelling list with some commonly 7th grade misspelled words; they will be working with a partner or group to develop a creative story using the words. 

Religion- This week, the students will be reading, highlighting, and answering questions based on how God gives us the gift of faith and how the Church gives witness to God’s presence. The students will also be reading and having a discussion about Saint Paul. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 30th- 1). Finish writing your rough draft of your essay-“What Makes a Person Successful?”; use a different color pen to edit and revise your work; your final draft is due own Wednesday; tomorrow we will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 words. Your vocabulary/spelling exam is on Wednesday! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, October 1st- 1). Study! Unit 1 Vocabulary/Spelling Exam is tomorrow; be sure to know each word’s part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and definitions. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Wednesday, October 2nd- There is no written homework tonight. 

Thursday, October 3rd- 1). Write the spelling words 3 x each.           2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary Exam: Wednesday, October 2nd/ “Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st. 

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will be working on a writing activity that focuses on teens and if they should or shouldn’t be expected to pitch in by either: getting a job, doing chores, or volunteer work. The students will be listing pros and cons with their classmates; then, they will be writing a rough draft of a brief essay in which they support their opinion with specific examples and/or observations. Next, the students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 and taking an exam on this unit.  Lastly, the students will be receiving a spelling list with some commonly misspelled 8th grade words; they will be working with a partner or group to develop a creative story using the words. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 30th- 1). Finish your rough draft of your essay; edit and revise with a  different color pen; neatly write or type your final draft for Wednesday. 2).Tomorrow we will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 1 words. Your vocabulary/spelling exam is on Wednesday! 3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, October 1st- 1). Study! Unit 1 Vocabulary/Spelling Exam is tomorrow; be sure to know each word’s part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and definitions. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 3). Final draft of your essay is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 2nd- 1). Get your reading comprehension quiz signed, and make corrections (Mona Lisa). 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Thursday, October 3rd- 1). Write the spelling words 3 x each.            2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary Exam: Wednesday, October 2nd/“Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st. 

Week of September 23rd-September 27th

Posted on September 22, 2019

Reminders:

1). Grades 6 and 7 will be going to Fr. Marc on Monday, September 23rd. 

2). There is a Home Academy Association Meeting on Wednesday, September 25th, at 7:00 P.M. 

3). Band Registration forms are due on Thursday, September 26th.

 

Grade 5- This week the students will finish practicing how to complete a main idea organizer that includes key details based on a scientific account.  They will be using this information and writing a paragraph with their findings. The students will also be independently reading a science article: from “When Stars Explode” and answering various multiple choice and short answer questions. Next, the students will be introduced to Unit 1 vocabulary words from their Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop books.  First, they will be reading the Russian Folktale-“Why Bear Sleeps So Much” and using context clues to determine the meanings of the words. Next, they will be identifying each word’s part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.  They will be writing sentences and drawing illustrations using each word.  The students will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game to review the meanings as well. Lastly, the students will be working in groups, focusing on “Completing the Sentence” and “Words Associations”. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

*”Wings for the King” Exam must be signed and corrected for Monday, September 23rd!*

Monday, September 23rd- 1). Complete a written reading log. 2). Be sure page 17 (organizer and short response) is completed in your Ready New York English Language Arts CCLS book.

Tuesday, September 24th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Be sure NY Ready book is completed-pages 18-23 are completed. 

Wednesday, September 25th- 1). Finish your sentences and illustrations from class based on Unit 1 spelling/vocabulary words; we will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game tomorrow! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, September 26th- 1). Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop pages 10-11: “Match the Meaning”, “Synonyms”, and “Antonyms”. 2). Write each vocabulary word 3 x each. 3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary: Wednesday, October 2nd   (“Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st) 

 

Grade 6- This week the students will continue focusing on determining central idea and details. They will independently be reading a scientific article: from “Against All Odds: Earth’s Fragile Pioneers” and answering various multiple choice questions and one extended response question.  Next, the students will be introduced to Unit 1 vocabulary words from their Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop books.  First, they will be reading a <First-Person Narrative> “City of Gold” and using context clues to determine the meanings of most of the words. Next, they will be identifying each word’s part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.  They will be writing sentences and drawing illustrations using each word.  The students will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game to review the meanings as well. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

*Elizabeth Blackwell:Medical Pioneer Exam must be signed and corrected for Monday, September 23rd!*

Monday, September 23rd- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, September 24th- 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Wednesday, September 25th- 1). Finish your sentences and illustrations from class; we will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game tomorrow! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Thursday, September 26th- 1). Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop pages 17-top of 19: “Choosing the Right Word”, “Synonyms”, and “Antonyms”. 2). Write each vocabulary word 3 x each. 3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary: Wednesday, October 2nd   (“Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st) 

 

Grade 7- This week the students will finish focusing on analyzing the development of the central idea; they will be reading a biography: “Martha Graham:Modern Dance Innovator” and answering various multiple choice questions along with an extended response question. Next, the students will be introduced to Unit 1 vocabulary words from their Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop books.  First, they will be reading a <Narrative Nonfiction> “The Times of Zheng He” and using context clues to determine the meanings of most of the words. Next, they will be identifying each word’s part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.  They will be writing sentences and drawing illustrations using each word.  The students will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game to review the meanings as well. 

Religion- This week, the students will continue focusing on Chapter 1: “The Source of All Life”.  They will be reading and discussing how God created us got know him and how God made himself known.  They will also be discussing how God gives us faith and how the Church gives witness to God’s presence. Lastly, the students will be reading about St. Paul and completing the chapter review. They will be presenting their creation screensaver as well. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 23rd- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, September 24th- 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Wednesday, September 25th- 1). Finish your sentences and illustrations from class; we will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game tomorrow! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Thursday, September 26th- 1). Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop pages 17-top of 19: “Choosing the Right Word”, “Synonyms”, and “Antonyms”. 2). Write each vocabulary word 3 x each. 3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary: Wednesday, October 2nd   (“Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st) 

 

Grade 8- This week the students will continue working on analyzing the development of a central idea and will independently be reading “A Brief History of Chapel Hill” and answering various multiple choice questions and a short response question. Next, the students will be introduced to Unit 1 vocabulary words from their Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop books.  First, they will be reading a <Letters> “Greetings from the WPA” and using context clues to determine the meanings of most of the words. Next, they will be identifying each word’s part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.  They will be writing sentences and drawing illustrations using each word.  The students will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game to review the meanings as well.

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 23rd- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, September 24th- 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Wednesday, September 25th- 1). Finish your sentences and illustrations from class; we will be playing Pictionary and the Sentence Game tomorrow! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, September 26th- 1). Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop pages 17-top of 19: “Choosing the Right Word”, “Synonyms”, and “Antonyms”. 2). Write each vocabulary word 3 x each. 3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Upcoming Exam: Unit 1 Spelling/ Vocabulary: Wednesday, October 2nd   (“Basketball Jeopardy”-Tuesday, October 1st) 

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