Schools Out For Summer

Outside fun, potluck, and Back to the Future III

Outside fun, potluck, and Back to the Future III

We have come to the end of the year, and school is now officially out for the summer. We’ve all said our goodbyes, and 8th Grade Graduation is tonight. My 7th Grade homeroom had a potluck style buffet, and the students all enjoyed good food as well as Back To The Future III. I will miss this group of students, but it is time for the next step in their academic journey. Over the summer, I will find out how they did in regards to the state standardized tests (AIMS) as will they. That being said, I already know that I have prepared them well as they enter the 8th Grade.

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View & Respond – The Weight of the Nation (HBO)

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Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about the HBO Documentary – The Weight of the Nation. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article to give the background to the to the story. Students were prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of Media clip. Once the clip was complete, I gave students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing to help guide the discussion. I then opened the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions. I chose to watch Part 3, Children in Crisis, because it appeared to be the most age appropriate as well as relevant to this age group of students.

This is a very serious topic that affects a lot of individuals. That being said, I think it was important to see what my classes thought about the weight problem, perception or reality, that we have in this country. I think it’s important for students to understand that you can eat tasty food without overdoing it as well as the importance of exercising. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout.

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Class update #21 [Week of 5/13/13 – 5/17/13]

Week #8: Vocabulary HW, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, Back To The Future Essay Due, Viewing of The Old Man and The Sea, and Viewing of Back To The Future...

Week #8: Vocabulary HW, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, Back To The Future Essay Due, Viewing of The Old Man and The Sea, and Viewing of Back To The Future…

Greetings, this will be the last regularly scheduled update for the year as summer is almost upon us. I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 05/13/2013 to 05/17/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 8 – Quarter 4 [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will be completing the reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. This will be our 4th completed book this year. The Literature class has previously completed Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. We will also be viewing The Old Man and The Sea starring Anthony Quinn on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This week students will be given Week #8′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 5/14/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday.

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View & Respond – Charles Ramsey

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Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about Charles Ramsey tells Anderson Cooper how he found Amanda Berry, a woman who vanished years ago, in his neighbor’s house. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article to give the background to the to the story. Students were prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of YouTube Media clip. Once the clip was complete, I gave students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing to help guide the discussion. I then opened the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions.

This is a mature topic. That being said, I think it’s important for the students to understand the value of doing what’s right when they least expect it. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout.

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Class update #20 [Week of 5/06/13 – 5/10/13]

Week #3: Vocabulary HW, Vocabulary Quiz, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea,  Direct Instruction on 9/11 Terrorist Attacks (Back To The Future - Unit 4)

Week #7: Vocabulary HW, Vocabulary Quiz, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, Direct Instruction on Informative/Persuasive Essay Writing, and 5 Paragraph Essay Assignment (Back To The Future – Unit 4)

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 05/06/2013 to 05/10/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 7 – Quarter 4 [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will also work on Week #7′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #7′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 5/07/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 5/10/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

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