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October 31, 2006

Tasty Tuesday!

Congratulations, you checked our blog on a day filled with fall fun and spooky stories.

I suggest you look at yesterday's blog, as there is a "Shhhhh.....! " there, and I will accept your list tomorrow too.


Happy Halloween!!

Posted by Beals at 10:48 AM

October 30, 2006

Marvelous Monday!

Today was "snazzy"! We returned to our compound sentence writing, and we used Mrs. Parker's interactive Promethean board. However, we did experience some "temperamental technology".
We have begun to review homonyms, and tonight we need to study all four and use at least three homonyms in the compound sentences on pg 28.

Shhhhhhhhh ! ----- BONUS points - Write 5 Halloween adjectives or verbs that are very vivid and descriptive.

Parent signature on Noun Quiz
Complete 1-5 of pg. 28, compound sentences (use at least three homonyms in your five sentences)
Study for spelling quiz tomorrow (4 words)

Posted by Beals at 04:56 PM

October 27, 2006

A Soggy Friday!

Enjoy the patter of the dripping rain and read a good book this weekend. Extend yourself and read more than you ever have before.

Happy weekend!

Read/Record Read 50 - 100 pages

Posted by Beals at 02:57 PM

October 26, 2006

Write Stuff Thursday

Students are bringing home their Writing & Grammar Workbook home tonight, so they can review the noun activities on pages 1-6 for tomorrow's noun quiz.

They should only need to spend 10-15 min. studying/reviewing the noun rules on these pages for tomorrow.

I hope everyone enjoyed the dance!

Study for noun quiz

Posted by Beals at 03:05 PM

October 25, 2006

Write-Way Wednesday

We are finishing "Cat On The Go" tonight, so we can complete a character analysis activity tomorrow in class.

As we return our focus to composing compound sentences, reviewing simple sentences, and parts of speech, I wanted to share a wonderful web site from the publishers of our Write Source books. This web site explains most of the grammar rules (punctuation, capitalization, word usage, etc) in an iMovie style. It is very informative and presented in small chunks. Please explore it, bookmark it, and use it throughout the year. Write-On!
Interactive grammar rules from Write Source

Read for 20-30 minutes/Record pages read
Finish to page 118, "Cat On The Go" - Review character analysis for James Herriot, Helen Harriot, and Oscar

Posted by Beals at 04:49 PM

October 24, 2006

Tuesday homework

Read/Record/Vacation from summary sentences this week
"Cat On The Go" pgs. 111-114
Parent signature on DOL quiz

Posted by Beals at 05:15 PM

October 23, 2006

Write-Stuff Monday

We continue to throw away "boring verbs" and use the thesaurus to expand our list of vivid verbs. Now the challenge is to use them when we speak and write. Rise to the challenge!

According to several students' writing response, this was an exciting weekend. We heard about events ranging from band competition to baby squirrels. We hope to finish our short story "Cat On The Go" and the novel Old Yeller by the end of this week. Great reading!

DOL quiz is coming home today for parent signatures. Several students improved their grades from the last DOL quiz. Super studying!

Read/Record/Super summary sentences
Reading Logs collected tomorrow
Parent signature on DOL quiz

Posted by Beals at 04:00 PM

October 20, 2006

Fast and furious Friday

This week has flown by, and we have squeezed a lot of learning into our short classes. I enjoyed meeting parents and bragging on outstanding students! However, I will be glad to have our longer class time back next week. The world of Language Arts is just brimming over with wonderful opportunities for learning.

Shhhhh!! BONUS POINTS: Write down any idioms you can find in the sentences above and then add 3 more idioms and bring to class Monday.

Read/Record/Super summary sentence
Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Beals at 02:37 PM

October 19, 2006

Terrific Thursday

We have a DOL/DOG quiz tomorrow. Remember to study your DOL worksheet tonight. The quiz will be 4 of the 10 sentences on your DOL worksheet.

Read/Record/Super summary sentence (more students earned a trip into the "bucket" today).
"Cat On The Go" pages 109 & 110, there are 6 questions. Use your character traits worksheet to help you.
Quiz tomorrow - Study DOL/DOG worksheet.

Posted by Beals at 03:48 PM

October 18, 2006

Write - Way Wednesday!

If you are checking today's blog - which you are! There are bonus points available from yesterday's blog. Soooo, check yesterday's post to earn bonus points.

Read/Record/Super summary sentence This is slipping away again -- Please catch the vision and READ.
"Cat On The Go" pgs 107 and 108, answer the 5 questions in the left margins of the 2 pages.
If you need to correct or finish Monday's & Tuesday's homework in your W & G workbook (purple), you can. We will finish checking these pages tomorrow in class.

Posted by Beals at 04:45 PM

October 17, 2006

Tumbling Tuesday

DEAR and the Bookfair occupied most of our class time today. We are continuing to review nouns, address character analysis (the short story "Cat On The Go"), and writing. Our shortened schedules definitely have an impact on all of us.

So - for fun (?!?) -- Shhhhhh!
BONUS points: "Someone who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." Respond to this quote, writing a minimum of 5-7 sentence paragraph.

Read/Record/Super summary sentence, using the 5 W's and how.
Writing & Grammar workbook, pgs. 5 & 6, nouns

Posted by Beals at 11:06 AM

October 16, 2006

Monday's Write Place

We will begin our character analysis of the short story "Cat On the Go" and continue to review parts of speech, and sentence structure. The shorter classes this week emphasis the importance of using our time wisely to accomplish as much as possible in class.

Writing & Grammar workbook, reviewing nouns, pgs. 1, 2, 3, & 4.
Read/Record/Answer Monday's question (and any questions you missed earlier).
Questions for this week's Reading Log:

What is the author’s tone (the way she/he feels about the characters or events) in your book? Copy one sentence or clause from the book to support your answer.
What do you think will happen next? Why?
What character, place, or event reminds you of something in your own life? Explain.

Posted by Beals at 10:04 PM

October 12, 2006

Scottish Thursday

We had the opportunity to enjoy part of the James Herriot story, "Cat On The Go", today. Listening to the Scottish accents added a wonderful sense of being there.

Read/Record/Answer 2 questions - Thursday and Friday (I forgot the student holiday)
One notebook paper, rewrite and correct sentences from workbook pg 27, 2A

Questions for this week's Reading Log:

What is the author’s tone (the way she/he feels about the characters or events) in your book? Copy one sentence or clause from the book to support your answer.
What do you think will happen next? Why?
What character, place, or event reminds you of something in your own life? Explain.

Posted by Beals at 02:22 PM

October 11, 2006

Write-On Wednesday!

Homework tonight is focused on writing --- Writing compound sentences from a prompt.
Writing with a variety of subjects. Writing with vivid verbs (we threw away the boring ones.) Writing, writing, and writing.

Workbook pg 27, CS 2A. After you have written each sentence, use the MARK strategy to check your sentence and see if it really does match the formula.
Read/Record/Answer the question.
Questions for this week's Reading Log:

List 2 idioms or 5 descriptive adjectives from the pages you just read.
What is the point of view of the book or story (who is speaking or telling the story – 1
st person/3rd person)? Copy one sentence or clause from the book to support your answer.
What is the author’s tone (the way she/he feels about the characters or events) in your book? Copy one sentence or clause from the book to support your answer.
What do you think will happen next? Why?
What character, place, or event reminds you of something in your own life? Explain.

Posted by Beals at 03:09 PM

October 10, 2006

Write Thoughts Tuesday!

Thank you for checking our blog! This is the Write Spot to check out.

Read/Record/List 2 idioms or 5 adjectives
Workbook page 25, Compound sentences 1C. Use the MARK strategy.

Posted by Beals at 06:46 PM

October 09, 2006

Magnanimous Monday!

What does "magnanimous" mean? Today, as we finished the short narrative "Seventh Grade", Mr. Bueller was very magnanimous and understanding of Victor's plight.

BONUS points: Bring in the definition for "magnanimous" or "plight" tomorrow. Write-Away!

Read/Record/Answer the character ?
Complete worksheet 1B, pg. 24. Use the MARK strategy - mark:

Posted by Beals at 04:55 PM

October 06, 2006

Familiar Friday

Today we explored our various but "familiar" feelings of the first day of school in 7th grade. We wrote about them, and we read the short story "Seventh Grade". We enjoyed the humor, vivid descriptions, personal experiences, and idioms tucked inside this delightful story.

We will explore additional narrative selections in preparation for writing our own narratives. Enjoy your Fall weekend and "Fall" into the "Write Place" in your book.

Read/Record/Answer Friday's question

Posted by Beals at 02:32 PM

October 05, 2006

Technology Thursday - Write-On!

Mrs. Hendrix, our media specialist, presented a wonderful lesson on Internet information and safety today. Everyone seems to love our days in the media center. The information shared today will be a great help as we research and write this year.

BONUS points - Write down one new fact you learned about the internet today and turn in to me tomorrow.

Read/Record/Answer the Thursday question.

Posted by Beals at 12:53 PM

October 04, 2006

Wiggly Wednesday

Checking our blog "Write Away" demonstrates maturity and independence. Congratulations!
We will be going to the media center tomorrow.


Worksheets 2C & 2A - Sentences #9 & #10 on both pages. Worksheets will be collected tomorrow for a grade.
Use the MARK strategy on all sentences
Read/Record/Wednesday character question

Posted by Beals at 04:31 PM

October 03, 2006

Welcome to the Write Place!

We are coming to the last week of grades before report cards. All make-up work needs to be in this Friday. You should have finished 7 books for this nine weeks. Be sure and record your reading, no matter where you are. You want to get credit for all of your reading.

Be alert to variety with your subjects and verbs in your sentence writing. No more "boring verbs", use the vivid verbs on your list. Do not repeat subjects or verbs.

Worksheets 2C & 2A - Sentences #7 & #8 on both pages. Wednesday evening will be the last night to work on these TWO worksheets. I will collect them Thursday.
Read/Record/Super summary sentence - The Super summary sentence has been changed to specific character questions for 5th period. 4th period will receive the character question list tomorrow.
Some students still need to ask a parent to sign their DOL quiz from last Friday.

Posted by Beals at 06:28 PM

October 02, 2006

Memorable Monday

I hope you had a memorable weekend; the weather was glorious! (compound sentence - I;I)
Obviously, my weekend must have been filled with perfect weather, since I realized at 2:00 A.M. Monday morning I had forgotten to post our Friday homework. Everyone did write it in their agendas Friday, so I am hoping you took the time to complete it.
BONUS POINTS (since the teacher forgot to complete her homework, I did grade papers) for all students who completed their homework.
I will collect Reading Logs tomorrow during DEAR Gorilla, bring your book.
Read/Record/Super SS
Worksheets 2c and 2a, sentences 5 & 6. Remember to MARK your sentences.

Posted by Beals at 02:49 PM

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