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Mrs. Linda Wiseheart » THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK:

2018-2019
 
2nd Semester:
 
January 22nd-25th:
 
Monday: Holiday
 
Tuesday:
All classes: Students worked in collaborative groups to complete construction of animals and plants of the kelp forest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 14th-18th:
 
Monday and Tuesday:
 
All classes: Continue Research writing. See your Google Classroom for more information about your paper.
Papers are due Wednesday unless you were sick. Add one day to the due date for each day you were absent.
 
Wednesday:
All classes: Students turned in Research papers and continued construction of the kelp forest
 
Thursday: 
All classes: Students worked in collaborative groups to begin construction of animals of the kelp forest
 
 Friday:
All classes: Read: "How Water Loss Affects Biodiversity" and "Water From The Air: Cloud Forests". Respond to six higher-level and comprehension questions using complete sentences.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 7th-14th:
 
Monday:
 
All classes: Students viewed a Powerpoint and worked in cooperative groups. We are using the Research standards from ELA with Science standards for this writing research project. 
 
Tuesday:
 
All classes: Students worked in their Interactive Notebooks today. We also discussed the Research project. 
Wednesday:
 
All classes: Report Cards today! Sign and return, please.

Students viewed and discussed a PowerPoint on Research writing. Students used Chromebooks to start a SHORT research project related to the study of kelp ecosystem. Topic for paper due tomorrow.

 
Thursday:
All classes:  Today, I assigned Language books to each student. We also read and discussed pages 474-486 for Research paper. See Google Classroom for details about the paper.

 

Friday:

All classes: Continue Research writing. See your Google Classroom for more information about your paper.




 
 
 
 
 
 
January 3rd-4th:
 
Thursday:
 
All classes: Students took notes from  the video:

Wondrous Secrets of the Ocean Realm: Kelp Forests (Amazon Prime)

 

 

Friday:

All classes: Students worked with a Learning Partner to share notes from yesterday. We used three short videos for more information. (On Google Classroom)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First 9 Weeks:

Dec. 10th-Dec. 14th:
 
Monday:
 
All classes: Students completed a Vocabulary assignment for "The Gift" (on Google Classroom). Please write your 11 answers on paper.
 
Tuesday:
 
All classes: Students started the mid-year iReady Assessment. We will complete this tomorrow.
 
Wednesday:
 
All classes: Most students completed the mid-year iReady Assessment.
 
Thursday:
All classes: Students worked on reading and assigning parts for "The Gift". Some students made up the iReady test or the 9 Weeks Exam.
 
 
 
 
Dec. 3rd-Dec. 7th:
 
Monday:
 
All classes: Students shared Close Reading and Critical thinking questions, from last week, as a whole group. We started a handout on Exploring Text Structures today. If students didn't complete this, it will be HOMEWORK for tonight. Students also have a Quizlet on Text Structures to use for practice this week. You can find it published on Google Classroom. Our ELA  2nd 9 Weeks Exam is Friday, December 7th.
 
Tuesday:
 
All classes: Students reviewed the Text Structures homework/classwork as a whole group. We also used Kahoot and Quizlet to study for our 9 Weeks Exam. Students have a study guide for this exam. 
 
Wednesday:
All classes: Spelling Bee; Study for 9 Weeks Exam
 
Thursday:
Study for 9 Weeks Exam
 
Friday:
9 Weeks Exam: Please remember that the 9 Weeks exam counts for two grades.
 
Next Week: All Classes: Students will take the ELA iReady mid-year Assessment. This will be counted as a daily grade for this 9 Weeks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov. 26th- Nov.30th:
 
Monday:
 
All classes: Author's Craft: Students watched a short video about the author's process for writing the Narrative Nonfiction article we will read today. Here is a link to the video:    http://video.scholastic.com/services/player/bcpid858992059001?bckey=AQ Students completed a first read of "The Blood-Red Night" about the Peshtigo fire.
 
Students will create a Google document with:
List at least five things the author did to create the article.
Trace the Kramer family's activities before/during/ and after the fire.
 
TOMORROW: Interactive Notebook check. The first five pages of the notebook need to be completed and will be evaluated. NO EXCUSES, please!
 
 
Tuesday:
 
All classes: I held individual conferences with each student to evaluate their Interactive Notebook and the Google document they created yesterday. Students completed Close Reading and Critical thinking questions that are due tomorrow.
 
Wednesday:
 
Today we went to see the performance of the Nutcracker at Roane State. Students had 30 minute classes when we returned. They had an opportunity to catch up on school work, watch part of a video, or work on a design.
 
Thursday:
 
All classes: We reviewed the reading comprehension questions from "The Great Fire" by Jim Murphy. 2nd period classes started the foldable for Text Structures.
 
Friday:
 All classes completed the foldable for Text Structures.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov. 19th- Nov.20th:
 
Monday: All classes: Students read an excerpt from "The Great Fire" by Jim Murphy. Students will write a summary of the text on the front side of notebook paper. On the back of their paper, students will make notes of important facts about the construction of Chicago and how the neighborhoods of the rich and the poor differed. This becomes homework if it isn't completed in class.
 
Tuesday: All classes: Students turned in their homework. Students formed READ groups to answer Reading Comprehension questions for "The Great Fire" by Jim Murphy. 
 
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
 
 
 
Nov. 12th- Nov.16th:
 
Monday: All classes: Students who missed exams will take  them today. Students who have completed exams will read their Novel from the Library or my classroom Library. We will begin Interactive Notebooks tomorrow.
 
Tuesday: All classes: Students began interactive Notebooks today.
 
Wednesday: Wonderworks Field Trip!
 
Thursday: All classes: Students continued interactive Notebooks today and had a five minute design lesson.
 
Friday: All classes: Students continued interactive Notebooks today: Mood and Tone.
 
 
 
Nov. 5th- Nov. 9th:
 
Monday: All classes: Students continued practice for "The Dead Rising"  play today.
 
Tuesday: Holiday 
 
Wednesday: All classes presented the Historical Fiction play, "The Dead Rising". 2nd, 5th, and 6th studied for their Daily D. Quiz and 7th studied for their play quiz  
 
Thursday:
1st, 2nd, and 5th: Students completed Daily D. Quiz and checked. Students completed Close Reading Questions. This is HOMEWORK if they do not finish it.
7th period:  Students completed Close Reading Questions. This is HOMEWORK if they do not finish it. 
 
Friday:
All classes: Students took the quiz for "The Dead Rising"  play today. Students were able to use their play to take this quiz.
  
October 26th-Nov. 2nd:
 
Monday:
Students completed 1st read of our Historical Fiction play, "The Dead Rising" and Vocabulary: 2 pages. These are due on Tuesday.
7th period-finish essays 
 
Tuesday:
1st, 2nd, and 5th: Students completed Daily D. p. 8 (1-12) and page 9 (1-10) and checked. Students turned in Vocabulary and Essays. Students will read the play again and select parts they would like to try out for tomorrow. 
 
7th period: Students completed 1st read of our play, "The Dead Rising" and Vocabulary: 2 pages. These are due on Wednesday. Students turned in essays.
 
Wednesday:
1st, 2nd, and 5th: We completed Daily D. p. 10 Plural Possessives (1-12) and p. 11 Appositives (1-10) 
All classes:Students will tryout for parts in the play "The Dead Rising" today.
NO HOMEWORK! Enjoy HALLOWEEN!!!!
 
Thursday:
1st, 2nd, and 5th: We completed Daily D. p. 13 Personal Pronouns.
All classes: Students started practice for "The Dead Rising"  play today.
 
Friday:
1st, 2nd, and 5th: We completed Daily D. p. 15 Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns (1-10) and p. 17 Indefinite Pronouns (1-10).
All classes: Students continued practice for "The Dead Rising"  play today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 22nd-26th:
 
Monday-Friday
 
All Classes: This week we will be studying Informative/Explanatory Writing.
We will also be working on grammar this week.
Check Google Classroom for your assignment due on Friday at the end of class.UPDATE: Some printers in the building are not working, so students are going to the Library two at a time to print their essays. Hopefully, everyone can complete printing by the end of class MONDAY!
7th period will attend a Pep Rally on Friday, so their essay will be due on Monday, October 29th.
NEXT WEEK: October 29th MONDAY:  Print essays, 1st read of our play, "The Dead Rising" and Vocabulary: 2 pages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 15th-19th:
 
Monday-Friday:
 
All Classes: This week we will be studying the Great Depression with presentations, articles to read, CommonLit online, PowerPoint presentations, group work, and class discussions. It should be a great week learning and writing about a part of our country's history. 
 
Wednesday: Some classes have an exit ticket to complete for Homework.
9 Weeks Exams will be returned on Wednesday and report cards come home on Friday.
 
Thursday: Please complete a first read of the story "Digging In" and the poem, "Debts". On paper, in PARAGRAPH form, explain at least ten things the family in "Digging In" did to survive the Great Depression. Use a yellow highlighter to highlight the KEY WORDS in your ten items. Due at the beginning of class tomorrow.
 
Friday:
All Classes: All students met in cooperative groups to share the paragraphs they wrote yesterday. Students critiqued the work. We also watched the first 26 minutes of "The Roosevelts" by Ken Burns.
 
PLEASE DON'T forget our basket for the community celebration auction. All items are needed by Monday, October 22nd.
 
 
October 1st - 5th:
 
Monday:
 
We continued Writer's Workshop for Narrative Writing today. Students have the expectations for this assignment.  They also have a PowerPoint for Narrative Writing, a PowerPoint for Short Story Elements, and a rubric for evaluation.
 
Here are some things to remember:

Leading questionIs this story interesting?

Use details to be creative: Paint a picture with your words.

Include a beginning, middle, ending

Use sensory words

Limit dialogue

Indent for paragraphs

Use conventions for standard written English

No Excuse Writing

Follow the rubric...

 

Minimum length: One piece of paper front and back. Maximum length: 1  full page, front and back and 1/2 page-front.    *HANDWRITTEN!

This week: Monday: Continue writing Narrative. Tuesday: Share story with another student/peer edit or continue writing. Wednesday: Narratives are due. Students will form cooperative groups and share their writing for a Critique. Thursday: Study for 9 Weeks Exam. Friday: 9 Weeks Exam.

 

HAPPY FALL BREAK!

 
 
 
 
September 24th-28th:
 
Monday:
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6:
Students completed Daily D. #11 and we checked it together. Students worked in their R.E.A.D. cooperative groups and completed at least 8 or 9 of the group questions. We will complete tomorrow and review for our quiz, which will be on Wednesday, September 26th.
 
Period 7:
Students completed Daily D. #11 and we checked it together. 
We began our review for our quiz, which will be on Wednesday, September 26th.
 
Tuesday:
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6:
Students worked in their R.E.A.D. cooperative groups and completed group questions. We reviewed as a whole group.
Here is one link that will REALLY help with the quiz, which will be tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26th.   h
Quizlet: Linda_Wiseheart + Quizlet + Three Skeleton Key
Also, remember your answers from Kahoot, which we used in class several times.
 
 
 
Period 7:
We reviewed as a whole group. 
Here is one link that will REALLY help with the quiz, which will be tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26th.   h
Quizlet: Linda_Wiseheart + Quizlet + Three Skeleton Key
Also, remember your answers from Kahoot, which we used in class several times.

Quizlet: Linda_Wiseheart + Quizlet + Three Skeleton Key 
 
 
Wednesday:
ALL CLASSES:
Students took the quiz for Three Skeleton Key.
 
Thursday:
ALL CLASSES:
Students reviewed the quiz for Three Skeleton Key. We also started Writer's Workshop for Narrative Writing. We discussed expectations for writing and I shared an example of a "5" for Narrative Writing. We also reviewed Conflict with a handout and transitions for writing.
 
Friday:
ALL CLASSES:
We began Writer's Workshop for Narrative Writing today. Students have the expectations for this assignment. Here are some things to remember:

Leading question: Is this story interesting?

Use details to be creative: Paint a picture with your words.

Include a beginning, middle, ending

Use sensory words

Limit dialogue

 

Minimum length: One piece of paper front and back. Maximum length: 1  full page  front and back and 1/2 pages-front       *HANDWRITTEN!

Students will be working on an idea for their Narrative and begin writing today. Next week: Monday: Continue writing Narrative. Tuesday: Share story with another student/peer edit or continue writing. Wednesday: Narratives are due. Students will form cooperative groups and share their writing for a Critique. Thursday: Study for 9 Weeks Exam. Friday: 9 Weeks Exam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 17th-21st:
 
Monday:
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6:
Students studied for their Daily D. Quiz #1 tomorrow. 
We also reviewed our Point of View Powerpoint and had a POV play during class today. Don't forget your Quiz tomorrow!
 
Period 7:
Students studied for their Daily D. Quiz #1 tomorrow. We also completed a 1st read of the story, "Three Skeleton Key" pages 39-49 in the Literature book.
 
Tuesday:
 
ALL CLASSES:
Students completed the Daily D. Quiz #1 and we evaluated their progress. We began a listening lesson for "Three Skeleton Key," our story this week.
 
We are already out of paper towels if anyone would like to donate to our classroom!
 
Wednesday:
 
ALL CLASSES:
We finished the listening lesson for "Three Skeleton Key," our story this week. Students made notes about instances of foreshadowing in the audio version of the story. They also made a "T" chart comparing and contrasting the audio version of the story with the written version of the story,
 
 
Thursday:
 
ALL CLASSES:
We reviewed the notes students made from yesterday;s lesson for "Three Skeleton Key," our story this week. We also did a "Story Walk" as a whole group to discuss  elements of this story. The QUIZ for this reading selection will be Wednesday, September 27th.
 
Friday:
 
ALL CLASSES:
Students participated in several different groups to study the content and vocabulary for "Three Skeleton Key" using Kahoot and Quizlet Live. The QUIZ for this reading selection will be Wednesday, September 27th.
 
 
 
 
Week of September 10th-14th:
 
Monday:
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6:
 
Students completed text dependent and discussion questions. They also worked on Quizlet for
Comprehension and Vocabulary Study. Students will have a QUIZ on Thursday, September 13th. There are two Quizlets that will help students study for the quiz: After Twenty Years
Comprehension and After Twenty Years Vocabulary.
They should both be listed under my name, Linda_Wiseheart.
 
Period 7:
 
We did a Homework Check for completion and discussed the work. We also did a "story walk"
where we found more information about the story. Students created a play and acted out the
parts of: Jimmy Wells, Silky Bob, and an undercover policeman. 
 
Tuesday: 
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6:
 
Students completed Daily D. #9 and we checked it. We completed a Homework check
and discussion for all
of p. 362. We formed our cooperative groups today and students discussed  text
dependent and discussion questions as a group.
Students will have a QUIZ on Thursday, September 13th. There are two Quizlets that will help students study for the quiz: After Twenty
Years Comprehension
and After Twenty Years Vocabulary.
They should both be listed this way: Linda_Wiseheart.
 
Period 7:
 
Students completed Daily D. #9 and we checked it.  We did a homework check
for reading check for page 362.
Students will have a QUIZ on Friday, September 14th. 
There are two Quizlets that will help students study for the quiz: After
Twenty Years Comprehension and
After Twenty Years Vocabulary.
They should both be listed this way: Linda_Wiseheart.
 
Wednesday: 
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6: 
 
Students completed Daily D. #10 and we checked it. Daily D. QUIZ will be
on Tuesday, September 18th. STUDENTS need to bring home Daily D and study.
They made notes in their agendas about the types of items on this quiz.
Please return Daily D. to your binder after you have prepared for the QUIZ.
R.E.A.D. groups presented their findings from yesterday's class period.
Students will bring home notes to study for "After Twenty Years" QUIZ TOMORROW! 
Return notes to your notebook tomorrow. Students made notes about the types of items
on this Reading Comprehension/Vocabulary/ Short Answer Quiz in their agendas.
We also had time for Quizlet Live today!
 
Period 7:
 
Students completed Daily D. #9 and we checked it. Daily D. QUIZ will be on
Tuesday, September 18th. They made notes in their agendas about the types
of items on this quiz. Please return Daily D. to your binder after you have prepared for the QUIZ.
 
Thursday: 
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6: 
Students completed the "After Twenty Years" Quiz for Reading comprehension and vocabulary.
 
Period 7:
Students completed text dependent and discussion questions. They also worked on Quizlet for
Comprehension and Vocabulary Study. Students will have a QUIZ on Friday, September 14th. 
 
Friday: 
 
Periods 2, 5, and 6: 
Students completed a review of the quiz from yesterday.
 
Period 7:
Students completed the "After Twenty Years" Quiz for Reading comprehension and vocabulary.
 
 
 
Week of September 4th-7th:
 
Monday: Labor Day Holiday
 
Tuesday: All Classes: Students completed Daily D. #7 and we checked it. Students received their graded "Treasure of Lemon Brown" content and vocabulary quizzes. Students were assigned Literature textbooks today. We will be starting the short story "After Twenty Years" on Wednesday. 
 
Wednesday:
 All Classes: Students completed Daily D. #8. We began the short story, "After Twenty Years" and students completed the following:
1) Quickwrite on p. 356 in the Literature book
2) Viewed and discussed a Powerpoint on Point of View
3) Will be responsible for the 5 Vocabulary words on p. 356
4) Complete 1st read of the story. As you read, stop at the boxes that ask you to make a prediction. Complete this on the same page as your Quickwrite.
This is not Homework, unless you checked out early from school. We will complete this as our opening of class tomorrow.
 
Thursday:
 All Classes: We continued with the short story, "After Twenty Years" and students completed the following:
1) Complete assignment from Wednesday.
Periods 2, 5, and 6: 2) Complete all of page 362. Label each section and answer with complete sentences. This is due on Monday.   
Period 7: Complete a second read of the story. As you read, stop at the boxes that ask you to make a prediction. Complete this in writing and practice your vocabulary words on p. 356. This is due on Monday. 
 
Friday:
All Classes: We continued with the short story, "After Twenty Years" and students completed the following: 
Periods 2, 5, and 6; We did a Homework Check for completion and discussed the work. We did a "story walk" where we found more information about the story. Students created a play and acted out the parts of: Jimmy Wells, Silky Bob, and an undercover policeman. 
 
Period 7:
Practice your vocabulary words on p. 356.  Complete "Reading Check"  a, b, c, d, e, on page 362 in neat, dark handwriting. This is due on Monday. 
 
 
 
 
Week of August 27th-31st:
 
Monday:All Classes: Conferencing for iReady continued today and students worked individually on text-dependent questions for our story. Please return iReady forms tomorrow, signed by a parent or guardian.
We will have a quiz for vocabulary and content for "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" this Friday!
 
Tuesday-Thursday:
All Classes will complete activities/assignments related to our story. Please use your agenda for specifics.
 
 Friday:  We will have a quiz for vocabulary and content for "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"
 
 
 
 
 
Week of August 20th-24th:
 
DONT FORGET: OPEN HOUSE IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 21st from 6:00-7:30pm. Hope to see you there!
 
Monday: All Classes started the ELA iReady Assessment
Tuesday: All Classes completed the ELA iReady Assessment
Wednesday: All Classes: We will check or finish the vocabulary activity for our story, "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and work as a whole group to annotate the story. Use the handout to identify figures of speech in the story. Label these with pencil.
Thursday: All Classes: We worked together as a group to identify figurative language in the story we will continue this on Monday.
Friday: All Classes: Today is Picture Day!!!! Students, come to school with your best smile. While students are not taking pictures, we will be conferencing for iReady individually and students will work on some comprehension questions from our story.
 
 
 
Week of August 6th-10th:
 
MondayAll Classes: Continue Multiple Intelligences Study; Begin Daily D. Warm-ups, and review procedures.
 
Tuesday: All Classes: Complete Multiple Intelligences Study; Daily D. start constructing Writer's Notebooks, and begin study: Elements of Short Stories.
 
Wednesday: 
All Classes: Students finished the Powerpoint of Short Story Elements, studied vocabulary for our short story, and some started the listening lesson for the story.
 
Thursday: All Classes: Students finished the listening lesson for our short story, "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and a short video about the author, William Dean Myers. Students identified vocabulary words from the Powerpoint in the story. Some classes had a little homework for vocabulary.
 
Friday: All Classes: Students participated in the Move To Stand program in the gym.
 
 
 
 
 
  
Week of August 6th-10th
 
Monday:  Inservice Day for Teachers
 
Tuesday: 1/2 day for students WELCOME BACK!!!!
 
Wednesday:  Administrative Day
 
Thursday:  First Full Day- Procedures, syllabus, class expectations
 
Friday: Begin Multiple Intelligences Study