Wednesday, October 4, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS UPDATE!

I will have a substitute on Monday, October 9.  Since this has come up, there will be a few changes to the LA schedule.

First, rough drafts are now expected to be finished by the end of class on Monday, October 9.  

Second, we will begin workshopping each other's stories on Tuesday, October 10.  It is essential that I be here to guide you all through the workshopping procedure, so we won't start that on Monday with a sub.  

Lastly, you will need to pick out the first section you would like to workshop with others for homework on Monday night instead of over the weekend, however, you can certainly start thinking about which section of your paper you want to focus on over the weekend.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Social Studies

Week of 10/2 - 10/6

We will take the Central and South America geography quiz that we postponed before Fall Trip on Monday. We will also finish up our Native American projects this week.  

Our next project is a travel brochure for a Latin American country.  This project will allow you to explore the culture, history, geography, and economics of a Latin American country that interests you.

I will introduce the Long Term Project (LTP) on Wednesday, and we will start researching this week. 

Lastly, we will be presenting our 3D visuals on Thursday.  

Mon. 10/2
Tue. 10/3
Wed. 10/4
Thu. 10/5
Fri. 10/6
Learning Target: 1) I can demonstrate my knowledge of Central and South America geography.
2) I can demonstrate an understanding of basic map skills.
Learning Target: 1)I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
2) I can demonstrate an understanding of Caribbean geography.
Learning Target: 1) I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
2) I can gather information on a topic from various sources.
Learning Target: 1) I can present and explain a project that i completed.
2) I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
Learning Target: 1) I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
2) I can gather information on a topic from various sources.

Hour 1:
Geography Quiz: Central & South America / Map Skills

Hour 2:
Last Day in-class work time for Native American Project


Report & Visual due Th. 10/5

Hour 1:
Intro to
Latin America Travel Brochure project

Hour 2:
The Caribbean geography

Hour 1:
Latin America Travel Brochure project

Intro to Long Term Project (LTP)

Hour 2:
Library: Research to choose top 3 Conquistadors that interest you for LTP

Hour 1:
Native American project 3D visual gallery walk & presentations

Hour 2: Complete  Native American project 3D visual gallery walk & presentations (if needed)

Latin America Travel Brochure

Hour 1:
Random “Names from a Hat” procedure to choose LTP topic.

Library: LTP Time

Hour 2:
Latin America Travel Brochure project

Language Arts

Week of 10/2 - 10/6

We will be turning our attention back to our narratives and our mentor text, Where the Red Fern Grows, after our week hiatus from language arts.  We will be finishing up our rough drafts and beginning the revising stage of the writing process.

We will also do the beginning-of-year i-Ready assessment on Tuesday. Bring your own headphones if you can!


Mon. 10/2
Tue. 10/3
Wed. 10/4
Thu. 10/5
Fri. 10/6
Learning Target: I can decide if a sentence or section is relevant and necessary to my overall story. I can use these decisions to make revisions to my writing.
Learning Target: I can demonstrate my reading skills to determine current reading levels.
Learning Target: I can demonstrate the ability to have the subjects and verbs in my writing to agree.
Learning Target: 1) I can identify and explain motivations that cause character behaviors
2) I can add my voice and opinion to a discussion
Learning Target: I can identify sentences and sections that need details added or subtracted and make the appropriate changes.


Pruning the Bushes: How to determine what is necessary to your story.

Writing time & conferencing


i-Ready Reading Assessment


Grammar: Subject/Verb agreement

What’s your point-of-view?

Book Log check-in (book log should be up-to-date; this check will be done online through classroom)
Chapters 11-14 of Where the Red Fern Grows

What motivates characters to behave the way they do?

Socratic Seminar: We will discuss the following questions:
-Is the violence in the book justified?
-Is it necessary?
-Does Rawls handle it appropriately?

We will have a check for reading quiz for chapters 11-14


Experimenting with Narrative Endings

Drafting & Self-Revising Time


Rough Draft Finished

HW: PICK 1 SMALL SECTION (1/2 PG MOST) TO DISCUSS WITH PEERS IN CLASS ON MONDAY

Monday, September 25, 2017

Social Studies

Week of 9/25 - 9/29

We have a really short week in social studies this week with the All School Field Day and Fall Trip.  

We will have our Central & South American geography and map skills quiz on Monday. After the quiz, you will take some guided notes on Native Americans in the southwest United States, the Great Plains, and the Woodlands.

Sorry that I fell a week behind with during conferences, but I have posted last week's schedule as well so that you can look back at what we did each day.


Mon. 9/25
Tue. 9/26
Wed. 9/27
Thu. 9/28
Fri. 9/29
Learning Target: 1) I can demonstrate my knowledge of Central and South America geography.
2) I can demonstrate an understanding of basic map skills.
Learning Target: No class
Learning Target: No class
Learning Target: No class
Learning Target: No class
Geography Quiz: Central & South America / Map Skills

Native Americans of the Southwest, Great Plains, and Woodlands with guided notes

ALL SCHOOL FIELD DAY

FALL TRIP

FALL TRIP

FALL TRIP

Week of 9/18 - 9/22

Mon. 9/18
Tue. 9/19
Wed. 9/20
Thu. 9/21
Fri. 9/22
Learning Target: No class
Learning Target: 1)I can identify the countries of Central & South America.
2) I can explain the basics of how maps work.
Learning Target: 1) I can gather information from multiple sources.
2) I can present research findings in well-developed paragraphs
Learning Target: I can create a three-dimensional visual that represents an aspect of the tribe I am studying
Learning Target: No class
TEACHER PD
NO SCHOOL
Map Skills Presentation & Note Taking

Reviewing Central & South American geography
Native American Project Work Day
Research & Report Writing
Native American Project Work Day
Building 3D representations
GOAL SETTING CONFERENCE RELEASE DAY NO CLASS

Language Arts

Week of 9/25 - 9/29

We have a really short week in LA this week with the All School Field Day and Fall Trip.  We will spend all of Monday's class completing electronic conferences and working on your narrative draft.  

Sorry that I fell a week behind with during conferences, but I have posted last week's schedule as well so that you can look back at what we did each day.


Mon. 9/25
Tue. 9/26
Wed. 9/27
Thu. 9/28
Fri. 9/29
Learning Target:
1) I can write for an extended amount of time.
2) I can discuss what is going well and what I’m struggling with in my writing.
Learning Target:
No class
Learning Target:
No class
Learning Target:
No class
Learning Target:
No class

All Writing Workshop Time/
Conferencing

ALL SCHOOL FIELD DAY

FALL TRIP

FALL TRIP

FALL TRIP

Week of 9/18 - 9/22

Mon. 9/18
Tue. 9/19
Wed. 9/20
Thu. 9/21
Fri. 9/22
Learning Target:
No class
Learning Target: I can add depth to my characters to make them seem real to my audience.
Learning Target: I can use similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and personification to add description to my writing.
Learning Target: 1) I can identify the mood of a scene.
2) I can make personal connections to a story.
Learning Target: No class


TEACHER PD
NO SCHOOL


Continuing to develop characters: Using gestures to develop character


Using figurative language (similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and personification) to enhance your writing
Discussion and writing activities for Chapters 6-10 of Where the Red Fern Grows

We will have a check for reading quiz for chapters 6-10

GOAL SETTING CONFERENCE RELEASE DAY NO CLASS

Monday, September 11, 2017

Social Studies (Integrated)

Week of 9/11-9/15

We will finish up the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations of the Olmec, Aztecs, Inca, and Maya and begin to move north into the lands that will later become the United States of America.  We will begin a Native American project that will produce a report and a 3D visual presentation.  You will get more details on the project on Tuesday.  

We have our first ADI on Friday as we head to the Denver Art Museum.  Remember to bring a sack lunch and dress appropriately for eating outside.  NO BOOKBAGS ALLOWED ON THE TRIP! This comes directly from the Denver Art Museum, so please plan to only take your lunch bag.

We still need parent volunteers to help on Friday! Please email me at wes.morrow@bvsd.org if you are interested and available.  You must have completed the volunteer process.

Mon. 9/11
Tue. 9/12
Wed. 9/13
Thu. 9/14
Fri. 9/15
Learning Target: I can collaborate with others to create a presentation on Mesoamerica
Learning Target: I can write meaningful notes
Learning Target: I can gather information from multiple sources.
Learning Target: 1) I can express my views on a current event.
2) I can demonstrate the ability to find latitude and longitude.
Learning Target: I can explain how art represents the history of a culture.

Mesoamerica Tic-Tac-Toe & Presentations

Mesoamerica PowerPoint / Note taking

Introduction to Native American Project

Native American Project Research/Work Day

Current Events Discussion

Geography of Modern Day Countries in Mesoamerica

ADI # 1: Denver Art Museum

Afternoon class: Debrief ADI

Conquistadors Video

Language Arts

Week of 9/11-9/15

I will begin conferencing individually with each of you this week about your narratives.  We will be going a little more in-depth with conflict and plot and making sure that you are organizing your thoughts and writing.  We will also cover the first 5 chapters of Where the Red Fern Grows and discuss theme.  You will have a short multiple-choice quiz on Thursday to check for reading. 

Mon. 9/11
Tue. 9/12
Wed. 9/13
Thu. 9/14
Fri. 9/15
Learning Target: I can create conflict in my story to move the action.
Learning Target: I can organize the events in my story in a logical sequence.
Learning Target: I can explain the difference between independent and dependent clauses.
Learning Target:
I can identify theme in a narrative.
Learning Target: No class


Adding Conflict to a story

HW: Where the Red Fern Grows vocabulary



Using a Plot Triangle to structure your story



Grammar: Independent vs. dependent clauses

Discussion of theme and writing activities for Chapters 1-5 of Where the Red Fern Grows

Check for reading quiz for 1st 5 chapters




ADI #1
NO CLASS

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Social Studies

Week of 9/4 - 9/8

I'm super excited to get CHOICE Conquistadors started! We will begin the class with a fun activity to see what it was like for conquistadors to navigate the ocean.  The rest of the week we will start learning about the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, and Olmec. Please let me know what I can do to support you as we begin our semester together.


Mon. 9/4
Tue. 9/5
Wed. 9/6
Thu. 9/7
Fri. 9/8

LABOR DAY
NO SCHOOL
How did conquistadors navigate the oceans?
Mesoamerican Civilizations WebQuest
Comparing & Contrasting the Mesoamerican civilizations
Introduction to current events
& Anasazi WebQuest

L.A.

Week of 9/4 - 9/8

You will get a decent amount of planning and writing time this week as we are still in the very beginning stages of our narratives.  Our short focus lesson for each day is on the calendar below. As always, please let me know how I can help out.


Mon. 9/4
Tue. 9/5
Wed. 9/6
Thu. 9/7
Fri. 9/8

LABOR DAY
NO SCHOOL
Setting a hook & grabbing your audience’s attention
Using Dialogue in your narrative
Intro. to class book
Writing with Description: Using Adjectives and Adverbs