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Grades 5-8 ELA/Grade 7 Religion

 

Week of February 25th-March 1st

Posted on February 16, 2019

Reminders:

1). Open House will take place on Saturday, February 16th from 12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.

2). School will resume on Monday, February 25th.

3). On Friday, March 1st, there is a 12:00 dismissal; there is a faculty meeting. 

*Play week in Grades 5-8* 

*All of our classes will be reading plays from their readers this week!*

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will be working in their Reading Street reader.  They will be reading a passage titled: “Heroes and Dragons” and using context clues to determine the meaning of each vocabulary word.  These words are found in the play: Wings for the King by Anna Sroda. They will be writing sentences with the words and making a prediction with them as well.  The students will then be taking on various roles, and we will be reading the play in class; the students will be focusing on various comprehension questions during and after reading the play.  

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

OVER THE BREAK!

*Be sure pages 46-to the top of 51 in the Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book; remember to use process of elimination for the multiple choice questions, and answer each short answer questions with TWO details in your response. 

*Get your “Perfect Tense” story signed, and make corrections!

Monday, February 25th- 1). Finish your sentences from class today. 2). Write a prediction for the play: Wings for the King. Observe the pictures throughout the play to help you with your prediction (pages 266-279); use at least three words!

Tuesday, February 26th- 1). Finish comprehension questions from class; be detailed with your responses! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Wednesday, February 27th- 1). Finish your summary from class today based on what we read today; be detailed! 2). 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Thursday, February 28th- 1). Illustrate one of the scenes from the play: Wings for the King. Write a paragraph to describe your illustration as well! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Upcoming Exam: Tuesday, March 5th – Wings for the King (Vocabulary/ Written Response Questions)

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will be working in their Reading Street reader.  They will be reading a passage titled: “On Behalf of Women” and using context clues to determine the meaning of each vocabulary word.  These words are found in the play: Elizabeth Blackwell: Medical Pioneer by Joanna Halpert Kraus. They will be writing sentences with the words and making a prediction with them as well.  The students will then be taking on various roles, and we will be reading the play in class; the students will be focusing on various comprehension questions during and after reading the play.  

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

OVER THE BREAK: Get your “Proofreading” Quiz signed, and make corrections!

Monday, February 25th- 1). Finish your sentences from class today. 2). Write a prediction for the play: Elizabeth Blackwell: Medical Pioneer. Observe the pictures throughout the play to help you with your prediction (pages 266-279); use all of the vocabulary words!)

Tuesday, February 26th- 1). Finish comprehension questions from class; be detailed with your responses! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Wednesday, February 27th- 1). Finish your summary from class today based on what we read today; be detailed! 2). 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Thursday, February 28th- 1). Illustrate one of the scenes from the play: Elizabeth Blackwell: Medical Pioneer. Write a paragraph to describe your illustration as well! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Upcoming Quiz: Tuesday, March 5th – Elizabeth Blackwell: Medical Pioneer (Vocabulary/ Written Responses)

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will be working in their Common Core Literature book.  They will first be identifying vocabulary words from the play: from: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling. They will be writing sentences with the words and making a prediction about the play with most of the words as well.  The students will then be taking on various roles, and we will be reading the play in class; they will be focusing on various comprehension questions during and after reading the play.  

Religion- This week, the student will continue focusing on Chapter 6: “Holy Spirit, Helper and Guide”. They will be discussing how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples at Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit is always guiding the Church.  The students will also be reading about Blessed Pope John Paul II, working on the chapter review, and focusing on the essay question: “How is the Holy Spirit at work in the Church?”

*In preparation for the NYS Math Exam, the 7th grade will be attending an extra math class during the day every Tuesday and Wednesday until the week of March 18th. March 12th and March 13th will be the last of the extra classes, so that grade 6 can begin their extra classes. After the Easter recess, a new schedule will begin for the 7th grade.*

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 25th- 1). Finish your sentences from class today; we will be playing the Sentence Game tomorrow!  2). Write a prediction for the play: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (Observe the pictures based on pages to help you with your prediction. 

Tuesday, February 26th- 1). Finish your prediction for the play: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street from class today. Be sure you used at least five vocabulary words. 

Wednesday, February 27th- 1). Finish your comprehension questions from class today; be detailed! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Thursday, February 28th- 1). Summarize what we read today; create three higher order thinking questions with answers. 2). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR today. 

Upcoming Exam: 1). Tuesday, March 5th – The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (Vocabulary and Written Responses)

 2). Religion-Chapter 6-Friday, March 8th (Jeopardy on Thursday, March 7th)

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will be working in their Common Core Literature book.  They will first be identifying vocabulary words from the play: from: The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. They will be writing sentences with the words and making a prediction about the play with most of the words as well.  The students will then be taking on various roles, and we will be reading the play in class; they will be focusing on various comprehension questions during and after reading the play.  

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 25th- 1). Finish your sentences from class today. 2). Write a prediction for the play: from The Miracle Worker (based on our discussion of the play today). 

Tuesday, February 26th- 1). Finish comprehension questions from class; be detailed with your responses! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today.

Wednesday, February 27th- 1). Finish your summary from class today based on what we read today; be detailed! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Thursday, February 28th- 1). Summarize what we read today; create three higher order thinking questions with answers. 

Upcoming Exam: Wednesday, March 6th – from The Miracle Worker (Vocabulary and Written Responses)

Week of February 11th-February 15th

Posted on February 10, 2019

Reminders:

1). Please continue to donate to Pennies for Patients! Thank you to all who have been helping support such an amazing cause!

2). Grades 5-8 will go to mass at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 11th; classes may bring in a snack for after mass. They will meet with Fr. Marc at 1:35 p.m.

3). $2.00 Dress Down Day-Valentine’s Day-Thursday, February 14th

4). School will be closed for February break- Monday, February 18th-Friday, February 22nd.  There is no written homework for this week; however, please read for 20 minutes each day. School will resume on Monday, February 25th.

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Perfect Verb Tenses; they will be taking an exam on this topic as well. Next, they will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts books.  They will be reading and responding to an article: from “He Inspired Others: An Interview with Cesar’s Grandson” focusing on how to highlight/underline important parts of questions, going back to a text and highlighting vital parts, and answering short responses using text details. Next, they will be using details and examples from a text when explaining what the text says. They will also use details and examples from a text along with personal knowledge when explaining inferences drawn from the text. Lastly, they will also be drawing evidence from informational texts to support analysis and reflection. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 11th- 1). Review for “Perfect Verb Tenses” Exam for tomorrow! Go over the “Past Participles” on the handout that I had given out last week. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, February 12th- 1). Complete a written reading log.

Wednesday, February 13th- 1). Make sure your written reading log is completed from class. 

Thursday, February 14th- 1). Complete pages 42, 43, and 45 in your Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book; use process of elimination for the multiple choice questions; be sure to answer the question first for the short response question; then add your details (the quotes).  Happy Valentine’s Day! 2). Get your “Perfect Tense” Exam signed, and make corrections. 

Upcoming Exam: Tuesday, February 12th- “Perfect Verb Tenses”

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will be taking a quiz on proofreading skills. Next, they will continue working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts books.  They will be using explicitly stated details in a literary text about a character (e.g., appearance, actions, inner thoughts, spoken words) along with background knowledge to make inferences about that character, such as his/her feelings, attitude, personality, relationships, and inner conflicts. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 11th- 1).”Proofreading” quiz today! 2). Complete a written reading log. 

Tuesday, February 12th- 1). Complete a written reading log.

Wednesday, February 13th- 1). Make sure your written reading log is completed from class. 

Thursday, February 14th- 1). Happy Valentine’s Day; No written homework tonight!

Upcoming Quiz: Monday, February 11th- “Proofreading”

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will share their “Creative Coordinate Adjectives” story. Next, they will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts books.  They will be using textual evidence, along with background knowledge, to make reasonable inferences about the characters, setting, and plot of a literary text.  They will also be citing two or more pieces of textual evidence to support inferences drawn from the text.  

Religion- This week, the students will continue focusing on Chapter 6: “Holy Spirit, Helper and Guide”. They will be discussing how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples at Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit is always guiding the Church.  The students will also be working in groups to create stained glass windows that reflect the symbols of the Holy Spirit. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

*Make sure your “Coordinate Adjectives” story or play is completed for Monday. Your final copy must be written neatly or typed.*

Monday, February 11th- 1). Review for “Coordinate Adjectives” quiz tomorrow! Be sure to know the rules! =) 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Tuesday, February 12th- 1). “Proofreading” worksheet; follow the directions. 2). Get the following signed and corrected: A). “Unit 4 Spelling and Vocabulary” Exam B). Chapter 5: “Jesus Christ the Good News” Religion Exam C). “Coordinate Adjectives” Quiz

Wednesday, February 13th- 1). Complete a written reading log.

Thursday, February 14th- 1). Happy Valentine’s Day; No written homework tonight!

Upcoming Quiz: Tuesday, February 12th- “Coordinate Adjectives”

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will review “Gerunds” by playing “Basketball Jeopardy”; they will be taking an exam on this topic as well. Next, they will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts books.  They will be using explicitly stated details in an informational text, along with background knowledge, as evidence to make inferences about the topic of the text. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 11th- 1). (“Basketball Jeopardy” today!) Review for “Gerunds” Exam for tomorrow! Go over the handouts from class and Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book pages 251-252; review ALL of the rules on how to identify each specific type of gerund-subject, predicate nominative, direct object, and object of a preposition. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, February 12th- 1). Complete a written reading log.

Wednesday, February 13th- 1). No written reading homework tonight. 

Thursday, February 14th- 1). Happy Valentine’s Day; No written homework tonight!

Upcoming Exam Tuesday, February 12th- “Gerunds”

Week of February 4th-Febraury 8th

Posted on February 1, 2019

Reminders:

1). State of the Academy Meeting will be taking place on Monday, February 4th, at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium. ***Parents, if you attend the meeting, your child will receive a NUT day.***

2). Tuesday, February 5th-Box Top Day

3). Progress Reports will be going home on Tuesday, February 5th; they must be signed and sent back by Thursday, February 7th.

4). $2 Dress Down on Wednesday, February 6th- to raise money for our flat screen!

5). There will be a Bake Sale on Thursday, February 7th.

6). Please continue to support Pennies for Patients-we have a weekly class competition! Congratulations to 7th grade for coming in first place by bringing in $74.66! 

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will be identifying Perfect Verb Tenses- Present, Past, and Future Perfect Verb Tenses.  They will be working on writing each of them correctly within sentences and practice identifying the correct tense within context. The students will also be using a picture prompt to develop a creative story using Perfect Verb Tenses. They will be brainstorming, editing, and revising their work in class; they will also be typing or writing their final draft as well.

Tentative Homework/ Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 4th- 1). Make sure your Perfect Tense Chart is completed from class; create a new chart (as we did in class) using five past participles; use the “Verb Chart” handout given in class to help you!  2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Tuesday, February 5th- 1).  Write five sentences using present perfect tense, five sentences using past perfect tense, and five sentences using future perfect tense.  Underline the tenses in each sentence. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 3). Get your Holes Essay Exam signed, and make corrections. 

Wednesday, February 6th- 1). Review “Verb Chart”-“Past Participles” specifically. 2). Complete Ready New York English Language Arts pages 456-457: “Perfect Verb Tenses”.    3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Thursday, February 7th- 1). Make sure your final draft of your creative story is completed for tomorrow (most of you were done-nice work today!); underline or highlight the Perfect Verb Tenses throughout the story. 2). Finish your written reading log from our SSR period today. 

Upcoming Exam: Tuesday, February 12th-Perfect Verb Tenses

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will be identifying how to recognize and correct errors in writing. They will become familiar with proofreading marks, their purposes, and examples of each.  They will be working on activities independently and with a group to locate errors and fix errors.  The students will also be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts books and analyzing how an author develops a key individual, event, or idea in informational text through facts, examples, and anecdotes.  They will be reading passages as a group and independently and answering multiple choice and short answer questions based on the readings.  Lastly, they will be taking reading comprehension exam as well. 

Tentative Homework/ Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 4th- 1). “Recognizing and Correcting Errors” Worksheet; follow the directions carefully; complete the worksheet just like we did in the Ready New York Book English Language Arts book today! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, February 5th- 1). “Paragraph Correction” Worksheet #’s 1 and 2; find the errors and choose the correct answer in the multiple choice section! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 3). Reading Comprehension Exam tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 6th- 1). “Paragraph Correction” Worksheet #3; find the errors and choose the correct answer in the multiple choice section! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today. 

Thursday, February 7th- 1). Ready New York Book English Language Arts book pages 30-31; complete the “Close Reading” on page 30; underline important parts of the questions, use process of elimination, and be sure to answer the short response question FIRST, and then add the two details to support your answer. 

Upcoming Exam:

1). Wednesday, February 6th-Reading Comprehension

2). Paragraph Correction Grammar Quiz-Monday, February 11th

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 4 vocabulary words (MONDAY); they will be taking an exam on the words as well. Next, they will be identifying Coordinate Adjectives; they will be learning rules to identify coordinate adjectives and writing sentences using them, too.  They will also practice adding and deleting commas within sentences-being sure only coordinate adjectives have commas between them. Lastly, the students will be using a picture prompt to write a creative story using coordinate adjectives. 

Religion- The students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Chapter 5; they will be taking an exam on this chapter as well. Next, the students will be focusing on Chapter 6: “Holy Spirit, Helper and Guide”; they will be discussing how they find their way through difficult situations, problems, and events, and how to offer help to others through adversities. They will also be focusing on how the Holy Spirit is always present with the Father and the Son and how the Holy Spirit is active in God’s plan of salvation. 

 Tentative Homework/ Testing Schedule:

*Optional 20 Unit 4 Jeopardy Questions due on Monday! We will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” on Monday. Be sure to finish your essay from Religion class-page 59.*

Monday, February 4th- 1). “Basketball Jeopardy” today; Unit 4 Vocabulary Exam tomorrow; study! 2). Create 20 Jeopardy questions for Chapter 5-Religion.

Tuesday, February 5th- 1). Study for Chapter 5-Religion exam for tomorrow! 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Wednesday, February 6th- 1). Write ten sentences using coordinate adjectives; highlight the coordinate adjectives in each sentence. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR today. 

Thursday, February 7th- 1). Bring in your laptop.i-Pad, etc., to type your final draft of your creative story. 2). Free Dress Down tomorrow for bringing in the most money last week for Pennies for Patients! =) Don’t forget we count the money every Friday! =) 3). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Upcoming Exams/Quiz:

1). Unit 4 Vocabulary Tuesday, February 5th

2). Religion- Chapter 5-Wednesday, February 6th (Jeopardy, Tuesday, February 5th)

3). Coordinate Adjectives Quiz-Tuesday, February 12th

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will be identifying the verbal-Gerunds.  They will be identifying gerunds as a subject, predicate nominative, direct object, and object of a preposition.  The students will be getting a list of rules to be able to identify each and write them correctly in context.  They will also be developing a creative story based on a picture prompt; they must include gerunds in their writing and label each of them.

Tentative Homework/ Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 4th- 1). Write a total of ten sentences using Gerunds- Gerunds as a subject, Gerunds as a Predicate Nominative, Gerunds as a Direct Object, and Gerunds as the Object of a Preposition (write at least two of each). 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Tuesday, February 5th- 1). Make sure pages 251-252: “Gerunds”- are completed in the Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book; follow the directions carefully.  2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Wednesday, February 6th- 1). Review rules for Gerunds! 2). Be sure pages 14 and 15: “The Signs of Language”- are completed in your Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book.

Thursday, February 7th- 1). Be sure pages 16- 18: from “Language Change”- are completed in your Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts book; the extended response must have an introduction, body, and conclusion; remember you answer the bullet points in the body of your essay. The essay is optional for extra credit. 

Upcoming Exam:

1). Gerunds- Tuesday, February 12th

Week of January 28th-February 1st

Posted on January 27, 2019

Reminders:

1). Catholic Schools Week Schedule:

A). Monday, January 28th-Volleyball Game for Grades 5-8 in the afternoon (Sports Day-wear your favorite sports jersey.)

B). Tuesday, January 29th-Occupational Day (If you are not dressing up, you must wear your school uniform.)

C). Wednesday, January 30th- Color Day- (Grade 7’s color is red.)

D). Student Appreciation Day-Ice-cream/ Buddy Bingo/Pajama Day

E). Teacher Appreciation Day-Friday, February 1st-12:00 P.M. Dismissal

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will continue working on their new beverage advertisement projects based on Holes. They will be presenting their projects to the class. The students will also be taking an essay exam on the novel (we will be working on a practice essay this week, too); they will be able to use the book, vocabulary handouts, and questions for this exam. 

Monday, January 28th- 1). Complete a written reading log. 2). If you did not hand in your final draft of your writing for the Holes project, please do so by tomorrow! The entire project is due tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 29th- 1). Complete a written reading log. 

Wednesday, January 30th- 1).  Complete a written reading log.  Essay Exam tomorrow on Holes; you may use the novel, vocabulary handouts, and questions we have completed as a guide for your writing. (If needed.)

Thursday, January 31st- 1). There is no homework today! Happy Student Appreciation Day!

Upcoming Exam: Holes-Essay Exam- Thursday, January 31st-Details will be discussed further in class; students may use the novel and any vocabulary handouts for this exam.

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will continue working on their new beverage advertisement projects based on Heaven is for Real. They will be presenting their projects to the class. Next, the students will be working in their Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts books; they will be focusing on the theme “Mysterious Creatures”.  The students will use supporting deals and examples to make inferences about the text.  They will also cite textual evidence to support inferences drawn from the text. Lastly, they will provide an analysis of the text. 

Monday, January 21st- 1). Complete a written reading log. 2). If you did not hand in your final writing for the Heaven is for Real project, please do so by tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 22nd- 1). Complete a written reading log. 

Wednesday, January 23rd- 1). Be sure your reading log is completed from class. 

Thursday, January 24th- 1). There is no homework today! Happy Student Appreciation Day!

 

Grade 7- This week the students will be identifying vocabulary words from their Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop book (Unit 4).  They will be identifying each word’s part of speech, definition, synonyms, and antonyms.  Next, they will be creating illustrations and writing sentences for each word and playing the Sentence Game and Pictionary. They will also be working on a creative story in class with a partner; they will be editing and revising their work and writing/typing a final draft.

Religion- This week, the students will continue to focus on Chapter 5: “Jesus Christ: The Good News”; they will be creating 20 Jeopardy questions, playing “Basketball Jeopardy”, and taking an exam on the chapter as well (next week).

Monday, January 28th- 1). Finish your illustrations and sentences from class today (Unit 4). Tomorrow we will be playing the Sentence Game and Pictionary. 

Tuesday, January 29th- 1). Complete pages 55-59 in the Common Core Enriched Edition Vocabulary Workshop book. Do not complete the “Words in Action”. 

Wednesday, January 30th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Make sure your religion project is completed (The Gospel); Religion exam will be on Tuesday. 

Thursday, January 31st- 1). No written homework today! Happy Student Appreciation Day! 

Upcoming Exams:

1). Unit 4 Vocabulary Tuesday, February 6th

2). Religion- Chapter 5-Wednesday, February 6th (Jeopardy, Tuesday, February 5th)

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will continue working on their murals based on one of the main characters from We Beat the Street . They will also be taking an essay exam on the novel as well. They will be able to use the novel, vocabulary handouts, and questions as a guide. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule: 

Monday, January 21st- 1). Complete a written reading log. 2). Essay exam tomorrow on We Beat the Street; you will be able to use the novel, vocabulary handouts, and questions from class as a guide for your writing (if needed).  3). If you did not hand in your writing for your mural project, please have it in by tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 22nd- 1). There is no written homework today. 2). Essay exam today!

Wednesday, January 23rd- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Get your essay exam signed, and make corrections. 

Thursday, January 24th- 1). No written homework today! Happy Student Appreciation Day!

Upcoming Exam: We Beat the Street-Essay Exam- Tuesday, January 29th- students may use the novel, notes, and any vocabulary handouts for this exam.

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