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Reading Classes - Students need to bring a small amount (5-6) of Jolly Ranchers to class for a project next week.

Thanks!

posted on: May 15, 2007

5/14 - 5/18 Reading Classes

Students will:
identify symbolism and through music (Yesterday, by the Beatles and Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland)
define new vocabulary
memorize new vocabulary with Bingo game
recognize the /sh/ sound of "ti" and "ci" in words (such as patient and special)
describe foreshadowing
examine text for examples of foreshadowing

posted on: May 15, 2007

Vocabulary Test - Tuesday 5/15/07

Students will have a vocabulary test on Tuesday, 5/15 covering chapters 7-15.

posted on: May 09, 2007

5/7 - 5/11 Novel Study - Blackwater by Eve Bunting

Students continue to apply reading skills, such as:
Create Chapter Titles for each chapter (summary)
Identify Similes
Identify Metaphors
Identify Personification
Define New Vocabulary from chapters 7-15
Students will write lyrics or poetry using these skills next week.

Click here for vocabulary list with definitions.

VocabBlackwater3defined.doc

posted on: May 09, 2007

4/25 Novel Study

We begin a new novel study on Wednesday, 4/25. It is an easy to read mystery novel that everyone will enjoy. We will discuss theme, plot, characterization, summarize chapters, learn new vocabulary, identify similes, metaphors, and personification, and will use these skills to create our own song lyrics or poetry.

Students have been asked to find another name for a mushroom. It begins with the letter T. Do you know it? It is the name of the big rock between the river and the pond.

The following paragraphs are printed on the back of the novel, Blackwater by Eve Bunting.

Thirteen year old Brodie Lynch is ready for the perfect summer of adventure along the awesome Blackwater River. But then his troubled twelve-year-old cousin, Alex, comes to stay with his family, and Brodie's life takes a drastic turn.
A harmless prank goes too far. One teen is drowned and another is missing. Suddenly, the Blackwater becomes a horrifying reminder of what Brodie has done and Ales has witnessed. One lie is told to cover it up--more follow and make Brodie a hero, while inside, his guilt tears at him like the river's treacherous current. Mysterious notes are left at his door and a haunting question remains: Who else saw what really happened?

posted on: April 27, 2007

4/23 - 4/27 Reading Classes

Students will complete the reading strategies - SRA Specific Skills Series.
Students will work on the Academy of Reading Program.

posted on: April 23, 2007

More Great Reading Strategy Games

27 Different Quia Games on this one site!

Reading Strategies

posted on: March 25, 2007

All Reading Classes - 03/19 - 03/23

Students will work on reading comprehension strategies, such as:
finding the main idea
sequencing
identifying facts and details
drawing conclusions
compare and contrast
summarization

posted on: March 18, 2007

7th grade Reading 02/26 - 03/02

Seventh graders will complete the reading of Bridge to Terabithia.
Skills:
Choosing the Correct Meaning (Vocab.)
Using Guide Words (Dictionary skills)
Making an Outline
Using Descriptive Words
Comprehension Test

posted on: February 26, 2007

7th grade Reading 02/26 - 03/02

Seventh graders will complete the reading of Bridge to Terabithia.
Skills:
Choosing the Correct Meaning (Vocab.)
Using Guide Words (Dictionary skills)
Making an Outline
Using Descriptive Words

Comprehension Test

Students will use their critical thinking skills of analysis and synthesis to create a T-shirt for one of the main characters in Bridge to Terabithia.

posted on: February 26, 2007

6th grade Reading 02/26 - 03/02

Students will begin an activity called "You Be The Teacher". They will create a 45 min. lesson plan including introduction, guided practice, activity or game, and assessment. Skills will be assigned based on each students' individualized educational plan (IEP) objectives. Students will have the opportunity to use technology, games, etc. to create an exciting lesson.

posted on: February 26, 2007

6th grade 01/16 - 01/19

Tuesday - Wednesday
Presentations of Antonyms & Synonyms
Thursday - Friday
5W's and How

posted on: January 17, 2007

7th Grade 01/16 - 01/19

Monday-Wednesday Language! program Lesson 6
Thursday-Friday Bridge to Terabithia
Discuss theme - friendship
Elements of a story
Character Traits

posted on: January 17, 2007

7th grade Jan. 08 - Jan. 12

Students will complete timed reading test.
Discuss literal and figurative meanings for idioms.
Students will act out a scene using an idiom.
Spelling Pre-Test for Language! Unit 13 Lesson 6.
Organize words in A-B-C order.
Practice dictionary skills.

posted on: January 09, 2007

6th grade Jan. 08 - Jan. 12


Create definition, syllabication, sentence and picture to correspond with assigned synonyms.
Students will complete the antonyms and synonyms project using Power Point or KeyNote programs.
Students will present completed projects.

posted on: January 09, 2007

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Mabry Middle School

posted on: January 09, 2007

11/6 - 11/10 6th Grade

Students will:
recognize and define prefixes & suffixes
discover root words
practice division of multi-syllabic words

Parents & Students:
Check out these cool websites with fun activities encompassing prefixes, suffixes, root words and other word analysis skills!

http://www.sadlier-oxford.com/phonics/control_page/front2.htm

http://www.gamequarium.com/readquarium/prefixes.html

http://www.quia.com/jg/65963.html

posted on: November 06, 2006

6th Graders 10/30 - 11/3

Students will review the DISSECT Strategy for multi-syllabic words. Apply skills to new words. Complete interactive activities on the Promethean board. Continue mastery of main idea in outline and paragraph form. Complete STARS Assessment to target reading comprehension strategies.

Parents: Please make sure your student has a binder for reading class and 5 divider tabs. This was requested in the reading syllabus given the first week of school. Thank you.

posted on: October 31, 2006

10/23-10/27 6th graders

Objectives:
finding the main idea in a paragraph, creating main idea sentences, writing main idea sentences, and completing a two level outline.
Insights to Reading Unit 2 pgs. 55-83

Remember: You should read 20-30 minutes every night (5 out of 7 nights) and list it on the reading log.

posted on: October 24, 2006

10/23-10/27 7th Grade

Language!
Seventh graders are beginning Unit 13, lesson 2.

posted on: October 24, 2006

Diorama Due 9/26/06

Parents:
Students were assigned a homework project today. Students will create a shoe-box diorama (miniature) of their favorite scene from the story, Searching for Candlestick Park. Rubric/Requirements
Diorama Rubric-1

posted on: September 21, 2006

Diorama Due 9/26/06

Parents:
Students were assigned a homework project today. Students will create a shoe-box diorama (miniature) of their favorite scene from the story, Searching for Candlestick Park. The requirements will be attached to this post on Wednesday.

posted on: September 19, 2006

Novel Reading 9/11 - 9/20

Searching for Candlestick Park

Objective:
Increase reading comprehension and reading skills

Skills:
Silent reading comprehension
Oral reading comprehension & fluency
Remembering Details
Sequencing Events
Cause and Effect
Fact & Opinion

Assessments:
Test - Remembering Details & Comprehension
Worksheets

posted on: September 13, 2006

Novel Reading 8/24 - 9/6

Searching for Candlestick Park

Objective:
Increase reading comprehension and reading skills

Skills:
Silent reading comprehension
Oral reading comprehension & fluency
Syllabication
Short Vowels
Long Vowels
Remembering Details
Making Compound Words
Base Words
Where, When, How
Classifying Words

Assessments:
Test - Remembering Details & Comprehension
Worksheets



posted on: September 06, 2006

6th Reading Curriculum Map

8/14 - 8/18
Objective: Acclimate to 6th grade connections schedule and routine

Activities: discuss reading gains made by previous classes; view power point presentation on classroom procedures and expectations; discuss syllabus; discuss behavior/conduct point sheet; discuss reading log; Listen/view band & orchestra presentation of instruments; demonstrate knowledge of P.E. locker combination; locker assignment

posted on: August 21, 2006

7th Reading Curriculum Map

08/14 - 08/18
Objective: To evaluate reading comprehension grade level; To evaluate silent reading speed and comprehension; to introduce idioms and their meaning

Skills: read with comprehension; read with speed; comprehend idioms

Assessment: Brigance Silent Reading Comprehension Tests; Jamestown Timed Readings-Book One; create poster showing the figurative meaning and literal meaning of a selected idiom


Standards:

posted on: August 21, 2006

ALL READING STUDENTS

THE FIRST PROJECT OF THE YEAR ENTITLED, IT'S ALL ABOUT ME!, IS DUE FRIDAY, AUG. 25TH. STUDENTS RECEIVED THE ATTACHED GUIDELINES TODAY, 8/21.
It'sAllAboutMe!

posted on: August 21, 2006

7th grade Welcome Letter/Syllabus

Reading
Mrs. Kirshner
2006-2007

Dear Students and Parents,

I am very proud of the spring test scores and personal reading advancements students made this past year. I hope 06-07 will be another record setting year! We will be using a new comprehensive literacy curriculum called Language! It is an inclusive program that covers all parts of language learning: grammar and usage, listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing, phonemic awareness and phonics, word recognition and spelling, and vocabulary and morphology. Students will also use the Academy of Reading Program which improves decoding, builds reading speed, increases fluency and automaticity.

Supplies-
 1” binder, dividers w/tabs -approx. 8;
 notebook paper 
Keep colored pencils and a glue stick in a zippered pouch in your reading binder.
Materials-
Students MUST have a novel/book for silent reading with them AT ALL TIMES. 
Students should bring their binder, agenda & pen/pencils to class each day.
Classwork and Homework-
Each student will be expected to read 20 – 30 minutes each night and record this in their reading log. Of course “stuff happens” and you may not get to read each night. Therefore, try to read 5 out of 7 nights per week. Each evening reading will count as 5 points with a maximum of 105 points possible. Reading logs will be checked once a month for a grade. Homework will be assigned 1-2 times per week and will be due the next day or as otherwise indicated.
 Label assignments following the MLA style introduced in your Language Arts class.

Behavior Management-
Students have the opportunity to earn points each day by meeting classroom expectations.
 Positive reinforcement i.e. praise, rewards, and privileges are used to encourage appropriate behaviors; however, if a student chooses to disregard or consistently fails to meet classroom expectations, the following consequences will occur:
Loss of points, resulting in a lower conduct grade on report card, Serve a morning or afternoon detention, Parent/Student/Teacher conference, meet with administration.
Grading-
Classwork = 35%
 Reading Log = 10%
 Tests & Projects = 45% 
 Homework = 10%



Communication- 
Parent / Teacher communication is very important to me. There are 4 ways to reach me. 
1) The best way to reach me is through e-mail. My e-mail address is: connie.kirshner@cobbk12.org I have access to check my mail numerous times each day, and find it to be the most productive way to communicate. If you have an e-mail address and are receptive to receiving feedback through e-mail, please provide it below. I enjoy e-mailing parents happy notes, such as: letting you know an awesome test score or an exceptional act of kindness, etc. I can also provide you with information about his/her behavior, ability to attend (especially after medication changes), info to look for in your student’s book bag, reminders, etc. Please e-mail me so I will have your e-mail address filed. 
2) You may want to reach me by voice mail. The telephone number to Mabry is: 770-928-5546 - extension 430. Unfortunately, I cannot check my voice mail frequently. 
3) I initial the student agenda daily after the student writes their assignments and upcoming test or projects. Sometimes I write notes there, and you can do the same. 
4) You will have access to my blog page (like a website) through www.mabryonline.org Look under the heading “staff”. Assignments and information will be provided, along with worksheets or project directions that can be downloaded and printed.

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Kirshner
I have read Mrs. Kirshner's student letter.
Student____________________________________________________
Parent_____________________________________________________
Parent E-mail address:

_________________________________________________________


posted on: August 17, 2006

Reading Syllabus

6th grade Reading
Mrs. Kirshner
August 14, 2006


Dear Students and Parents,
I am looking forward to an exciting 2006-2007 school year and I hope you are too! The goal of our school is to maximize student achievement. Enhancing reading strengths and improving reading weaknesses will accomplish this. According to school guidelines and I.E.P. specifications, reading is provided as one of your connection classes. I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to boost your reading skills by staying motivated and putting forth your best effort.

Notebook-
Use a 1” binder for Reading.
Dividers w/tabs -approx. 5
Notebook paper
Keep colored pencils and a glue stick in a zippered pouch in your reading binder.

Materials-
Students MUST have a novel/book for silent reading with them AT ALL TIMES.
Students should bring their binder, agenda & pen/pencils to class each day.
Students will improve reading decoding and comprehension through a variety of programs and strategies, such as, but not limited to:
1) The Academy of Reading Program (a computer program that improves decoding, builds speed, and increases fluency)
2) STARS –Strategies to Achieve Reading Success (Articles written to focus on 12 different comprehension skills)
3) Insights to Comprehension (workbook devoted to comprehension skills)
4) Soar to Success Reading Program (Reading curriculum developed to attack vocabulary, literal & inferential comprehension, and fluency)
5) Newspapers and Magazines
6) Novel Studies

Classwork and Homework-
Each student will be expected to read 20 – 30 minutes each night and record this in their reading log.
Also, homework will be assigned 2-3 times per week and will be due the next day or as otherwise indicated.
Label assignments with name, date, and class period.

Behavior Management-
Students have the opportunity to earn points each day by meeting classroom expectations.
Positive reinforcement i.e. praise, rewards, and privileges are used to encourage appropriate behaviors; however, if a student chooses to disregard or consistently fails to meet classroom expectations, the following consequences may occur
Loss of points, resulting in a lower conduct grade on report card
Serve a morning or afternoon detention
Parent/Student/Teacher conference
Meet with Administrators

Grading-
Classwork = 35%
Reading Log = 10%
Tests & Projects = 45%
Homework = 10%

Communication-
Parent / Teacher communication is very important to me. There are 4 ways to reach me.
1) The best way to reach me is through e-mail. My e-mail address is: connie.kirshner@cobbk12.org I have access to check my mail numerous times each day, and find it to be the most productive way to communicate. If you have an e-mail address and are receptive to receiving feedback through e-mail, please provide it below. I enjoy e-mailing parents happy notes, such as: letting you know an awesome test score or an exceptional act of kindness, etc. I can also provide you with information about his/her behavior, ability to attend (especially after medication changes), info to look for in your student’s book bag, reminders, etc. Please e-mail me so I will have your e-mail address filed.
2) You may want to reach me by voice mail. The telephone number to Mabry is: 770-928-5546 - extension 430. Unfortunately, I cannot check my voice mail frequently.
3) I initial the student agenda daily after the student writes their assignments and upcoming test or projects. Sometimes I write notes there, and you can do the same.
4) You will have access to my blog page (like a website) through www.mabryonline.org Look under the heading “staff”. Assignments and information will be provided, along with worksheets or project directions that can be downloaded and printed.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Kirshner

I have read Mrs. Kirshner's student letter.

Student ___________________________________________________________


Parent____________________________________________________________

Parent E-mail address: _______________________________________________

posted on: August 11, 2006

Welcome Students!

Welcome to all new and returning Mabry students.

posted on: August 10, 2006

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