Wednesday-Friday, November 28th-30th, 2012

I decided to take a moment roll all of the remaining day’s updates into one post.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

On Wednesday, the students were provided with the scores from their first Mock Writing Assessment.  In looking at their scores, they were able to see exactly what their scores meant by looking at the rubric that was used to grade their essays.  The students in my 1st and 2nd period classes were provided with their individual login information, however due to some technical difficulties with logging in, they were not all able to view these scores online.

The second Mock Writing Assessment will be administered this upcoming Wednesday, December 5th during homeroom.  Once those essays are graded and available online, we will take yet another look to see how each student will have grown by that time.

PowerPoint: Nov. 28. 2012 A Look at Writing Folio

HOMEAWORK: Complete any missing assignments and read for 30 minutes.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Henry, our classroom pet, was introduced on Thursday.  As the legend goes, Henry springs to life as a real turkey (instead of a statue) once all the lights are off and no one is around.  Each student then had to imagine Henry’s back story before he arrived in our classroom.  Where did he come from?  What is his mission in life?  Who were his parents?  No two students came up with the same answers and they were all extremely entertaining.

PowerPoint:  Nov. 29. 2012 Portfolio and Personal To Dos

HOMEWORK: Complete any missing assignments and read for 30 minutes.

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Friday played host to our first Writing Relay.  The students first observed a demonstration of water being poured from a 2 quart water bottle into a larger container and back.  This served to illustrate how we “fill” pages with our ideas.  The students then worked together as a class to come up with a list of random topics which ended up ranging from unicorns to basketball.  The writing task was then assigned.  Each student had 5 minutes to create a story using 3 of the random topics.  Each student’s goal was to create a story with the highest word count within that time frame.  The winner then got to read his or her story to the class.

PowerPoint: Nov. 30. 2012 Writing Relay Day

HOMEWORK: Complete any missing assignments and read for 30 minutes.

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