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Grades 5-8 ELA/Grade 7 Religion

 

Week of April 15th-April 19th

Posted on April 14, 2019

Reminders:

*All grades must be done with their novels by the time we come back from spring break.*

1). 8:30 a.m. Mass on Monday, April 15th; there is no class with Fr. Marc today.

2). Stations of the Cross-Tuesday, April 16th at 1:15 P.M. All parents are invited. Please keep in mind, no NUT cards are allowed for tomorrow; all students must wear their full uniform. 

3). There is a 12:00 P.M. dismissal on Wednesday, April 17th.

4). School is closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Wishing all of our OLGCA families a Healthy and Happy Easter! 

5). School will resume on Monday, April 29th. 

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will finish working on their book cover project based on the life of Satchel Paige; they will be typing out their final parts for the project, and they will be finishing their final draft of their books. The students will also be presenting their projects to the class.

Tentative Homework Schedule:

Monday, April 15th- 1). The final draft of your book project is due tomorrow! You will be presenting your book tomorrow. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, April 16th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Wednesday, April 17th- 1). There is no written homework tonight or over the Easter break; however, please finish your novel since you will be working on a book report project when you return to school. 

*Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!*

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will finish working on their book cover project based on the “Mother Fletcher’s Gift”; they will be typing out their final parts for the project, and they will be finishing their final draft of their books. The students will also be presenting their projects to the class.

Tentative Homework Schedule:

Monday, April 15th- 1). The final draft of your book project is due tomorrow! You will be presenting your book tomorrow. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.

Tuesday, April 16th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Wednesday, April 17th- 1). There is no written homework tonight or over the Easter break; however, please finish your novel since you will be working on a book report project when you return to school. 

*Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!*

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will finish working on their magazine project based on the “All Summer in a Day”; they will be typing out their final parts for the project, and they will be finishing their final draft of their books. The students will also be presenting their projects to the class.

Religion- The class is continuing to work with their buddies on their children’s book based on Lent, Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost. 

Tentative Homework Schedule:

Monday, April 15th- 1). The final draft of your magazine project is due Wednesday! You will be presenting your magazine on Wednesday as well. 2). Finish the Triduum handout (questions); I will be collecting them tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 16th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). “All Summer In A Day” project is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 17th- 1). There is no written homework tonight or over the Easter break; however, please finish your novel since you will be working on a book report project when you return to school. 

*Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!*

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will finish working on their time capsule project based on the “The Diary of Anne Frank”; they will be typing out their final parts for the project, and they will be finishing their final draft of their books. The students will also be presenting their projects to the class.

Tentative Homework Schedule:

*Be ready to start the final parts of the project on Monday! Be sure to have your shoebox and materials that you may need!*

Monday, April 15th- 1). Make sure all parts for your “Anne Frank Time Capsule” project are completed; tomorrow you will be putting everything together. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Tuesday, April 16th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Wednesday, April 17th- 1). There is no written homework tonight or over the Easter break; however, please finish your novel since you will be working on a book report project when you return to school. 

*Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!*

Week of April 8th-April 12th

Posted on April 7, 2019

Reminders:

1). Spring Picture Day-Tuesday, April 8th

2). All grades will begin a book report project when we return from Easter break; please have your novels completed by then!

 

Grade 5-This week, the students will be identifying vocabulary words from the biography: “Satchel Paige” from their Reading Street reader. They will be developing predictions using the words in their writing.  Next, the students will be reading the story, answering various higher order thinking questions, and also comparing and contrasting the major leagues and the Negro leagues. As a post-reading activity, the students will be creating a book- front and back cover- based on the events in Satchel Paige’s life; they will develop a creative title, illustration, and a detailed description about the book.  They will be including vocabulary words in their writing as well. The students will be using a detailed rubric to guide them with their project. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, April 8th- 1). Make sure your prediction from class based on the biography “Satchel Paige” is completed; highlight or underline the words 2). Write a sentence with each of the vocabulary words; be detailed!

Tuesday, April 9th- 1). Finish questions from the handout based on pages 95-101-“Satchel Paige”; be detailed when completing the compare and contrast Venn diagram on the major leagues and the Negro League. Don’t forget to be detailed when you put that information into paragraph form-two paragraphs!

Wednesday, April 10th- 1). Finish the questions from the handout based on pages 102-106-“Satchel Paige”-due Friday! 2). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 

Thursday, April 11th- 1). Make sure your rough draft of your “Satchel Paige” book is completed; bring in your iPad, laptop, or electronic device to type your work for your book. You will be starting your final draft tomorrow! 2). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

*There will be no exam based on this story; the students will be working on a collaborative project instead.*

 

Grade 6-This week, the students will be identifying vocabulary words from the realistic fiction story: “Mother Fletcher’s Gift” from their Reading Street reader. They will be developing predictions using the words in their writing.  Next, the students will be reading the story and answering various higher order thinking questions. As a post-reading activity, the students will be creating a book- front and back cover- based on the events from the story; they will develop a creative title, illustration, and a detailed description about the “book”.  They will be including vocabulary words in their writing as well. The students will be using a detailed rubric while completing this project.

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, April 8th- 1). Make sure your prediction from class based on “Mother Fletcher’s Gift” is completed; highlight or underline the words; write a sentence with each of the words as well.

Tuesday, April 9th- 1). Answer the questions on the handout based on pages 48-53 -“Mother Fletcher’s Gift”.

Wednesday, April 10th- 1). Answer the questions on the handout based on pages 54-61 -“Mother Fletcher’s Gift”-due Friday!  2). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Thursday, April 11th- 1). Make sure your rough draft of your “Mother Fletcher’s Gift” book is completed; bring in your iPad, laptop, or electronic device to type your work for your book. You will be starting your final draft tomorrow! 

*There will be no exam based on this story; the students will be working on a collaborative project instead.*

 

Grade 7-This week, the students will be identifying vocabulary from the science fiction story: “All Summer in A Day” by Ray Bradbury from their Literature reader.  The students will be writing sentences for each word and sharing their sentences with the class; they will be reading the story and answering various comprehension questions. As a post-reading activity, the students will be developing a magazine. The main message of this magazine must be anti-bullying since the main character, Margot, had first hand experience being bullied. The students will creatively incorporate various aspects of the story into their magazine as well; a detailed rubric will be given to follow. 

Religion- The students are continuing to work with their 4th grade buddies on their Lent, Triduum, and Easter children’s book-the students have been taking turns writing and illustrating for their book. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, April 8th- 1). Make sure your sentences are completed from class. 2). Write a prediction of the story based on the title and pictures (pages 589-595); use at least three vocabulary words in your writing. 

Tuesday, April 9th- 1). Finish the comprehension questions from the handout based on “All Summer in a Day”; make sure your answers are detailed!

Wednesday, April 10th- 1). Complete a written reading log. 

Thursday, April 11th- 1). Make sure your rough draft of your “All Summer in a Day” magazine project is completed; tomorrow you will begin your final copy. 

*There will be no exam based on this story; the students will be working on a collaborative project instead.*

 

Grade 8-This week, the students will be identifying vocabulary from the play: “The Diary of Anne Frank”; they will be writing sentences with the words and sharing them with the class. The students will be reading the play in class and summarizing and answering various higher order thinking questions based on the play.  As a post-reading activity, the students will be putting together time capsules based on all events in Anne Frank’s life; they will use the play and research to come up with six items that they feel Anne Frank would place in a time capsule if she could.  The students will be using a detailed rubric to guide them for this project. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, April 8th- 1). Make sure your sentences are completed from class-vocabulary words from “The Diary of Anne Frank”. 

Tuesday, April 9th- 1).Answer questions from pages 107-113 from the handout: “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Be detailed with your responses. 

Wednesday, April 10th- 1).Answer questions from pages 114-122 from the handout: “The Diary of Anne Frank”-due Friday!  Be detailed with your responses. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Thursday, April 11th-  1). Make sure your rough draft of your “Anne Frank Time Capsule” project is completed; tomorrow you will begin your final copy. 

*There will be no exam based on this play; the students will be working on a collaborative project instead.*

Week of April 1st-April 5th

Posted on March 31, 2019

Reminders:

1). The NYS ELA Exam will be taking place on Tuesday, April 2nd, and Wednesday, April 3rd.

2). The make-up day for the NYS ELA Exam is on Thursday, April 4th.

3). There will be a Bake Sale on Thursday, April 4th.

4). Trimester Two Awards Ceremony will take place after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, April 5th.

5). There is a 12:00 dismissal on Friday, April 5th. 

6). Book report projects will take place after the Easter break. 

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will work on creative stories or plays.  Each story or play will include the various comma usage taught last week: yes and no, tag questions, and direct address; the students will also be taking an exam on these topics.  It is possible classes may not meet due to the NYS ELA Exam; please check the website daily!

Tentative Homework/ Testing Schedule:

Monday, April 1st- 1).  Complete a written reading log.

Tuesday, April 2nd- 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 

Wednesday, April 3rd– 1). Review “Comma Usage”: handout and sentences from class; test tomorrow! 2). Your “Comma Usage Story” is due on Friday!

Thursday, April 4th– 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 2). Get the Comma Usage exam signed, and make corrections. 

Upcoming Exam: Thursday, April 4th- Comma Usage

 

Grades 6 and 7- This week, the 6th and 7th graders will finish practicing for the NYS ELA Exam.  They will be taking Session 1 (Passages and Multiple Choice Questions) on Tuesday, April 2nd, and  Session 2 (Passages and Written Responses) on Wednesday, April 3rd. When classes meet for the rest of the week they will be working on “Greek and Latin Word Parts”; the students will become familiar with certain root words, affixes, prefixes, and suffixes.  They will be reading a passage and identifying certain roots and developing meanings for those words. 

Very Important:

Please review the “NYS English Language Arts Outline and Tips” handout. Go over the common terms/questions that you may see on the exam. 

*There will be no written homework this week; however, I would like all students to read their novels at least 20 minutes each day; please have #2 sharpened pencils for testing.  Be sure to get plenty of rest each night before the exam, and have a nutritious breakfast in the morning. Don’t forget to bring in snacks.* 

Grade 7 Religion- The students will finish their Lent, Triduum, and Easter children’s book this week! (This may change due to testing)

 

Grade 8-  This week the students will begin working on  creative stories or plays using “Present and Past Participles”; they will be taking an exam on this topic as well.  It is possible classes may not meet due to the NYS ELA Exam; please check the website daily!

Tentative Homework/ Testing Schedule:

Monday, April 1st- 1). Complete a written reading log.

Tuesday, April 2nd- 1). No written homework today; read for 20 minutes. 

Wednesday, April 3rd– 1). Your Past and Present Participle story is due tomorrow! 2). Review the “Present and Past Participles” handout and sentences from class; test tomorrow!

Thursday, April 4th– 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Get the Past and Present Participles exam signed, and make corrections. 

Upcoming Exam: Thursday, April 4th- Present and Past Participles

Week of March 25th-March 29th

Posted on March 24, 2019

Reminders:

1).The 7th Grade’s Free Pennies for Patients Dress Down is on Friday, March 29th.

2). The 4th, 6th, and 7th Grade NYS ELA Exam will be taking place on Tuesday, April 2nd, and Wednesday, April 3rd.

3). The make-up day for the NYS ELA Exam is on Thursday, April 4th.

4). There will be a Bake Sale on Thursday, April 4th.

5). There will be a Cross Palms Sale at 2:00 P.M. on April 4th- a memo will be sent home about this sale. 

6). Trimester Two Awards Ceremony will take place after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, April 5th.

7). There is a 12:00 P.M. Dismissal on Friday, April 5th. 

 

Grade 5- This week, the students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 4 spelling/ vocabulary words; they will be taking an exam on this unit as well.  For the remainder of the week, the students will be reviewing how to place a comma after: “yes” and “no”, tag questions, and to indicate direct address.  They will be working on various activities in class to practice placing commas correctly. Lastly, they will be developing creative stories/plays based on a picture prompt with proper comma usage. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule: 

*15 Unit 4 Jeopardy questions are due on Monday, March 25th! We are playing “Basketball Jeopardy” today!

Monday, March 25th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Unit 4 Spelling/Vocabulary Exam is tomorrow; study!

Tuesday, March 26th- 1). Unit 4 Spelling/Vocabulary Exam is today.  2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 

Wednesday, March 27th- 1). Write three of EACH of the following: “yes” or “no”, tag questions, and direct address.  (Total of nine) Make sure your sentences are 5th grade sentences! 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 2). Get Unit 4 Spelling/ Vocabulary Exam signed and corrected. 

Thursday, March 28th-1). Complete Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts pages 468-469: “More Uses for Commas”. These pages focus on “tag questions” and “direct address”.  2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR.

Upcoming Exams:

1). Unit 4 Vocabulary (Spelling/Vocabulary) Tuesday, March 26th (“Basketball Jeopardy”- Monday, March 25th)

2). Comma Usage Exam-Thursday, April 4th (This exam is tentative since Grades 6 and 7 will be taking the NYS ELA Exam this week; classes may not meet due to the state testing.)

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will continue practicing for the NYS ELA Exam. We will continue focusing on figurative, connotative, and technical meanings, and then begin to focus on text structures, author’s purpose, author’s point of view, tone, mood, structure of a poem/story, evaluating an argument, and comparing and contrasting texts. (Topics and homework are tentative for the week.)

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, March 25th- 1). Complete Unit 4 Vocabulary take home exam. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Tuesday, March 26th- 1). Complete Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts pages 108-110: “Dead Sea Scrolls”. Be sure pages 106-107 are completed: “Secrets in the Stones”. 

Wednesday, March 27th- 1). Complete Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts pages 113-115: “Worth the Risk” and “Just for the Thrill of It”. 

Thursday, March 28th- *There is no written homework tonight; the students worked very hard on practice questions for the state exam.* I am proud of their efforts! =)

Upcoming Exams: 

1).  Unit 4 Vocabulary Take Home Exam- this is due on Tuesday, March 26th.

2). NYS ELA Exam-Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd- Be sure to eat a good breakfast! Be sure to bring in snack, too. You must have at least two number two pencils sharpened!

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will continue practicing for the NYS ELA Exam. We will continue focusing on analyzing text structure. Next, we will be identifying figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.  The students will also be focusing on point of view, repetition, alliteration, rhyme, stanzas, free verse, and rhyme scheme. Lastly, they will be evaluating an argument and comparing and contrasting texts. (Topics and homework are tentative for the week.)

Religion- The students will also continue working with their buddies on their Lent, Triduum, and Easter children’s book. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, March 25th- 1). Complete Unit 4 Vocabulary Take Home Exam. 2). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 

Tuesday, March 26th- 1). Complete Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts pages 108-110: from “A Dire Shortage of Water”; don’t forget to include an introduction, body, and conclusion for your essay!

Wednesday, March 27th- 1). Be sure Ready New York CCLS English Language Arts pages 124-125 are completed: from “At Loafing-Holt”. 

Thursday, March 28th- *There is no written homework tonight; the students worked very hard on practice questions for the state exam.* I am proud of their efforts! =) IF you needed to finish the essay-please make sure this is completed  for tomorrow!

Upcoming Exams: 

1). Unit 4 Vocabulary Take Home Exam- this is due on Tuesday, March 26th.

2). NYS ELA Exam-Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd- Be sure to eat a good breakfast! Be sure to bring in snack, too. You must have at least two number two pencils sharpened!

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will be playing “Basketball Jeopardy” to review Unit 4 vocabulary words; they will be taking an exam on this unit as well.  For the remainder of the week, the students will be identifying the verbal- “Participles- Present and Past”. They will be learning how to identify the two different types and how to write sentences with each of them. They will also be developing creative stories using past and present participles as well. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule: 

Due Monday: 

1). March 25th-20 Unit 4 Jeopardy questions

 2). Unit 4 Writing-“Literature and the Remedying of Social Ills” Essay

Monday, March 25th- 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Unit 4 Spelling/Vocabulary Exam is tomorrow; study!

Tuesday, March 26th- 1). Unit 4 Spelling/Vocabulary Exam is today.  2). Complete a written reading log. 

Wednesday, March 27th- 1). Write five sentences using present participles and five sentences using past participles; highlight or underline the participles in each sentence. Remember, that this type of verbal functions only as an ADJECTIVE in the sentence. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from SSR. 3). Get Unit 4 Spelling/Vocabulary Exam signed, and make corrections. 

Thursday, March 28th- There is no written homework tonight. 

Upcoming Exams:

1). Unit 4 Vocabulary (Spelling/Vocabulary) Tuesday, March 26th (“Basketball Jeopardy”- Monday, March 25th)

2). Past and Present Participles Exam-Thursday, April 4th (This exam is tentative since Grades 6 and 7 will be taking the NYS ELA Exam this week; classes may not meet due to the state testing.)

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