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Week of January 9th-January 13th

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Reminders:

1). Grades 6-8 will be going to the Museum of Moving Images on Thursday, January 12th.

2). There will be a Bake Sale on Friday, January 13th.

3). School will be closed on Monday, January 17th-Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Grade 5– This week, the students will be introduced to the novel- Holes, winner of the Newberry Medal and the National Book Award, by Louis Sacher.  The novel focuses on the main character-Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather. Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. At this camp, Stanley and the other boys are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day.

The students will be identifying vocabulary words that appear in chapters 1-6; they will be creating symbols and writing sentences based on these words; they will also be writing a prediction for these chapters using at least five vocabulary words and will be sharing their writing. Next, the students will be reading the chapters as a class and certain parts independently; they will be answering reading comprehension questions based on the chapters, too.

Monday, January 9th– 1). Make sure symbols and sentences from class are completed today. 2). Write a prediction for chapters 1-6 (two paragraphs is sufficient) and include at least five vocabulary words; highlight the words, too. Read the back of Holes to help you with your prediction.

Tuesday, January 10th- 1). Be sure to finish chapter 3; finish the comprehension questions based on chapters 1-3. 2). Get “Leonardo’s Horse” quiz signed, and make corrections.

Wednesday, January 11th- 1). Make sure you have finished reading chapter 4 and 5 today. 2). Answer the questions, and summarize what was read.

Thursday, January 12th- 1). No homework today!

Upcoming Exam: Holes– Chapters 1-10- Friday, January 20th. 

Grade 6– This week, the students will be introduced to the nonfiction novel- Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo that focuses on the life of a little boy, Colton Burpo. During emergency surgery, Colton made a trip to Heaven and back, and throughout the novel, gives first-hand accounts of his experiences.

The students will be identifying vocabulary words that appear in chapters 1-3; they will be creating symbols and writing sentences based on these words; next, the students will be reading the chapters as a class and certain parts independently; they will be answering reading comprehension questions, too.  Lastly, the students will be taking a quiz on these three chapters on Friday.

The students will also be working in their New York State CCLS Ready New York books.  We will be focusing on determining point of view.  They will be determining an author’s purpose for writing informational text and about the topic of informational text.  Lastly, they will be citing evidence to explain how the author’s point of view is conveyed in a text.

Monday, January 9th- 1). Make sure symbols and sentences from class are completed today. 2). Complete a reading log (based on the book you have been reading for Trimester 2).

Tuesday, January 10th– 1). Finish reading Heaven is for Real-where we left off (Chapters 1-2).  2). Summarize the Prologue and chapters one and two. Please only include important details. 2). Get “Old Yeller” quiz signed, and make corrections.

Wednesday, January 11th– 1). Create five short answer questions with answers and five true or false questions with answers based on chapters 1-3. 2). Quiz on Chapters 1-3 will be on Friday!

Thursday, January 12th- 1). Study for quiz tomorrow on Chapters 1-3; be sure to know the meanings of the vocabulary words and the plot thus far.

Upcoming Quiz: Heaven is for Real– Chapters 1-3- Friday, January 13th.

Grade 7– This week, the students will be introduced to the fiction novel- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The novel tells the story of the main character, 14 year old Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider.

The students will be identifying vocabulary words that appear in chapters 1-2 and creating symbols and writing sentences based on these words. Next, they will be writing predictions using the vocabulary words and reading and answering comprehension questions based on these chapters.

Religion  This week, the students will be recalling the questions: “How do I know God loves me?”; they will also be reading and listing facts about St. Theresa of Avila.  Next, they will be working independently on the chapter review in class.  The students will be engaging in a game of Jeopardy on Wednesday and taking an exam on this chapter on Friday.

Monday, January 9th– 1). Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required. 2). Write a prediction about Chapter 1-The Outsiders using each vocabulary word. Highlight or underline the words! 3). Get “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” quiz signed, and make corrections.

Tuesday, January 10th– 1). Answer the comprehension questions based on Chapter 1; make sure they are detailed. 2). Create 20 Jeopardy questions for Religion-Jeopardy tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 11th– 1). Create symbols and sentences based on vocabulary words from Chapter 2.

Thursday, January 12th– 1). Class Trip today; no written homework! Study-test tomorrow on Chapter 4 in Religion!

Upcoming Exam: The Outsiders– Chapters 1-4- Friday, January 20th

Grade 8– This week, the students will be introduced to the classic play- A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.  This play focuses on an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s.

Before the play begins, we are introduced to the poem- “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.. The students will be working in a group to read and analyze the poem and will be answering questions based on each line; we will be discussing the meaning and how it pertains to the play we will be reading as a class. Next, the students will be identifying vocabulary words that appear in Act I Scene I, and they will be creating symbols and writing sentences based on these words. They will also be writing a prediction for Act I Scene I using all of the words, too. Lastly, the students will begin reading the play in class which we will be introduced to the main characters and be able to discuss their characteristics based on their actions.

Monday, January 9th– 1). Research another poem written by Langston Hughes, and analyze it, just as we did in class today.  Be sure to bring in the poem as well. 2). Get Harriet Tubman quiz signed, and make corrections.

Tuesday, January 10th– 1). Make sure sentences and symbols are finished from class today.

Wednesday, January 11th– 1). Make sure you read to the top of page 34.  2). Summarize pages 24-34. 3). Create five short answer questions with answers.

Thursday, January 12th- 1). Class Trip today; no homework!

Upcoming Exam: A Raisin in the Sun– Act I Scene I- Thursday, January 19th