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November 30, 2006

Write-On Thursday

As we continue to revise our weekend paragraphs and lay the foundation for the Thanksgiving essay, everyone is working on a different step in the writing process. Today was very busy as students worked through several activities at their own pace.

Continue skills:
Writing compound sentences
Spelling homonyms
Using the writing process in paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essays
Identifying and writing appositives

HOMEWORK:
4th & 5th periods - Read/record/write summary for each chapter.
4th period - Write a paragraph (6 or 7 sentences)
4th period - Study for Spelling Quiz (desert, dessert, passed, past) OOPS! - We forgot to take the quiz today. 5th period did take the quiz.
4th & 5th periods - Parent Signature on Book Chat letter

Posted by Beals at 08:50 PM

November 29, 2006

Write-Away Wednesday

We worked in the Academy Lab typing the rough drafts to our weekend paragraphs. We also began some revisions to our topic and clincher (concluding) sentences.

OOPS! We forgot to take our Spelling Quiz today ---- We will have the quiz tomorrow.

Students are bringing home a second Book Chat letter for the reading buddy to read and sign. We can't wait for December 13, Meet the author and Book Chat. I hope you enjoy reading and discussing the book with your son/daughter. We look forward to hosting those of you who will be able to join us that day for the book chat.

Continue skills:
Writing compound sentences
Spelling homonyms
Using the writing process in paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essays
Identifying and writing appositives

HOMEWORK:
Read/record/write summary for each chapter.
Write a paragraph (6 or 7 sentences) using your Spelling words, 3 compound sentences and 1 appositive.
Study for Spelling Quiz (desert, dessert, passed, past) OOPS! - We forgot to take the quiz today.
Parent Signature on Book Chat letter

Posted by Beals at 01:04 PM

November 28, 2006

Terrific Tuesday!

A terrific day - full of reading (DEAR) and writing (compound sentences with very creative, collaborative input).

Skills:
Writing compound sentences
Spelling homonyms
Using the writing process in paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essays
Identifying and writing appositives

HOMEWORK:
Parent signature on progress report, if you did not return it today.
Study for spelling quiz
Write a paragraph using the Spelling homonyms (desert, dessert, passed, past).
Continue reading Dream Series novel - Read/Record - Write summary for each chapter.

Posted by Beals at 06:50 PM

November 27, 2006

Write-Spot Monday!

Congratulations! You remembered to check the 'Write-Spot' after a long vacation - Print this page for BONUS POINTS - Shhhhhh - - -

Progress reports are coming home today. Please ask for a parent signature and return the progress report tomorrow. I will trade the signed one for a copy for parents to keep. Thank you!

Skills:
Writing compound sentences
Spelling homonyms
Using the writing process in paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essays
Identifying and writing appositives

HOMEWORK:
Parent signature on progress report
Study for spelling quiz
Complete Writing & Grammar workbook pg. 73 & 74. Use Spelling homonyms in the Writing Application on pg. 74
Continue reading Dream Series novel - Read/Record - Write summary for each chapter.

Posted by Beals at 04:19 PM

November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving Tuesday

We continued to review appositives and organization of our paragraphs written about last weekend.

All students should be reading their novel from the Dream Series for the "Meet the author" and Book chat. I have attached the letter that I sent home last Friday explaining the activity. When we return after Thanksgiving I will sent home a second copy and ask for a parent signature to confirm parent understanding and level of participation.

Book chat letter Download file


HOMEWORK:
Read/Record/Chapter summary on your novel from the Dream Series in preparation for the "meet the author" and book chat on December 13.
Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your family and friends.

Posted by Beals at 02:29 PM

November 20, 2006

Magical Monday!

The magic of appositives is our focus for today and tomorrow. Adding appositive clauses to our sentences increases our communication skills, adds descriptive information, and heightens reader interest. Absolutely magical! Who can resist writing????

For students starting their holiday early, homework is to complete workbook pages 35, 36, 37, and 38. Use colored pencils to MARK each sentence. If you forget which color goes to a particular part of speech, look back to a page you have already completed. You may check your work with the answer key in the back of your workbook. You can catch up on the appositive activities when you return. Happy Holiday!

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record
Finish workbook pg. 37 & 38, use colored pencils to MARK each sentence.

Posted by Beals at 02:06 PM

November 16, 2006

Tune-In Thursday

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, tuning-in during class today was a challenge. We focused on the "jobs" and variety of topic sentences, which are often the most difficult to write.

For students starting their holiday early, homework is to complete workbook pages 35, 36, 37, and 38. Use colored pencils to MARK each sentence. If you forget which color goes to a particular part of speech, look back to a page you have already completed. You may check your work with the answer key in the back of your workbook.

Write-On!

HOMEWORK:

Read for 20-30 minutes/Record pages read (Our goal is to read a minimum of 5 days and at least 100 pages each week.)

Complete pg. 35 and 36 - Use colored pencils to MARK the sentences. You can check your work with the answer key in the back of your workbook.

Posted by Beals at 05:03 PM

November 15, 2006

Wet Wednesday

I hope everyone got home safely and as dry as possible.

We covered the structure of a paragraph ( 5-11 sentences) and topic (main idea) sentences today. Tonight's homework involves writing a paragraph using tonight's spelling words. Please include some simple and compound sentences in your paragraph.

My classes will be joining Mrs. Abrams' LA classes for a wonderful opportunity; meet the author and book chat. We will be reading novels from the Dream Series. Most students checked out one of the novels from the Dream Series today. All students have been asked to read a novel from the series and try to complete it by the time they return from the Thanksgiving Holiday. One of the authors from this series is coming from California to visit our school and participate in a meet the author and book chat. The book chat is scheduled for December 13th. Each student needs an adult reading buddy, someone who will also read the novel chosen by the student. Reading buddies are invited for the book chat and meet the author on Dec. 13th, however, reading buddies are NOT required to come. I will send home a packet of information tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20-30 minutes/Record pages read (Our goal is to read a minimum of 5 days and at least 100 pages each week.)
Write a paragraph (5 or more sentences) using tonight's spelling words. Include simple and compound sentences.
Spelling quiz tomorrow.

Posted by Beals at 05:15 PM

November 14, 2006

Tuesday homework

Read/Record
Write 4 compound sentences on notebook paper. Use 3 of the 4 homonyms on tonight's spelling list.
Spelling quiz tomorrow
Parent signature on helping verb chart quiz.

Posted by Beals at 06:27 PM

November 13, 2006

Make way for writing-Monday!

This was a great start to a great week. We took the time to search our warm-up paragraphs for sentence variety, simple and compound were essential and some complex sentences were also included. We also took the opportunity to complete some of our review using the promethean board. A great way to write! Paragraph structure and purpose is our next level of writing. We continue to review and study homonyms and use them in our sentence writing, and this will be on-going for the next few weeks.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record your last page read - Reading logs will be collected tomorrow.
Worksheet - Simple sentences to complex sentences. Use 3 of 4 homonyms in your sentences.
Parent signature on last week's spelling quizzes.

Posted by Beals at 04:42 PM

November 09, 2006

Traveling Thursday!

After taking our spelling quiz, we traveled to the media center. Mrs. Hendrix introduced the book chat scheduled for December, the Dream Series books and explained about our author visit connected to the book chat.
In preparation for our research paper, she also presented internet research and how to use various search engines. Examples of how to use the advance search options was also presented. Students have a worksheet (Flip It!) to complete and turn in before Thanksgiving.

I will not be in the classroom tomorrow. We will have a wonderful substitute tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
Read 20-30 minutes
Complete worksheet, simple sentences and compound sentences. Use 3 of 4 homonyms.
Study for spelling quiz.

Posted by Beals at 01:54 PM

November 08, 2006

Write-Way Wednesday!

You are checking our blog - Fantastic!! Responsible behavior shines!

Writing is hard work and involves a great amount of effort. I am proud of student work that shows hard work and careful attention to details. Everyone can improve their homework quality; work carefully. (Shhhhhh- BONUS points for writing down these three sentences and their formulas.)

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record (some students do not need to record this week, as we are testing the reading habit.)
Study for tomorrow's Spelling quiz - 4 homonyms
Study Chart on helping verbs - quiz tomorrow.
Workbook pg. 30, 6-10. Use 3 of 4 homonyms in your sentences. Time to write Middle School quality sentences that match the formula. MARK everything.

Posted by Beals at 05:13 PM

November 06, 2006

Much To Do - Monday!

We continue to review compound sentences, using FAN BOYS and semicolons. We are also working with subject verb agreement and remembering the list of helping verbs.

Enjoy your Time-Out (of school) Tuesday, yet remember to do your homework.

HOMEWORK: (4 Frogs)

We will have a very busy Wednesday so come ready to 'zooooommm' in on writing! Write Away - Today.

Posted by Beals at 10:51 AM

November 03, 2006

Forgetful Friday - Ohhhh

While analyzing and reviewing our writing this week, we uncovered the mystery of the "forgotten helping verbs". We reviewed and categorized the helping verbs into 6 families with a total of 23 helping verbs. To help each of us remember and use them accurately, I have posted a website with information and activities.

Practice using helping verbs!

All that we learn must be practiced in our writing; writing is the inking of our thinking. What are you thinking?
Shhhhhh - - - - BONUS points: Find the helping verbs (and linking verb) in the two sentences above. Write the formulas for both.

Write Today!

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record/Draw - a picture of one character, scene, event, etc in your chapter book.
Study for Spelling Quiz on Monday - 4 homonyms

Posted by Beals at 11:02 AM

November 02, 2006

Thursday homework

HOMEWORK:
Read/record
Workbook, pg. 29, 1-5 - Use 3 of the 4 homonyms in the spelling list.
Study the 4 homonyms for tomorrow's Spelling Quiz

Posted by Beals at 04:23 PM

November 01, 2006

Worn-out Wednesday

Last night must have been fun, as everyone was 'worn-out'.
We took the time to write about last night and analyze our paragraphs for structure, descriptive adjectives and nouns, vivid verbs, and punctuation. Some students were amazed their writing was very descriptive, others were disappointed that their writing lacked description. Self-analysis is often painful, but also productive.

Write Now and forever!

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record
Workbook pg 28, 6-10. Use 3 of the 5 homonyms in your sentences.
Spelling quiz tomorrow over 5 homonyms

Posted by Beals at 01:02 PM

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