In the meantime…

Please pardon the delay with the updating of the blog.  For some reason, accessing from school was no longer possible, but I have finally found a solution.  With less than a month to go until the CRCT, I certainly want to keep you all updated on what is going on in class.

This week we are trudging through the second  Benchmark exam, which is a county-created and mandated exam.  The students have up to 3 days to complete this within ELA and those who finish early will participate in “Zapping Zeroes.”  Those who have any zeroes within their overall grade will be given the opportunity to re-do and complete this work for partial credit as the quarter ends this Friday, the 15th.  Furthermore, on Thursday and Friday the students are going to have time to work on the areas in which they each need extra practice in the form of a Web Quest.

I will include links to some of the more important PowerPoint presentations from the past couple of weeks below.  Please feel free to use these for review.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!  Have a wonderful first day of Daylight Savings Time!

Monday, August 27th, 2012 in Brief

We’re still getting the hang of this new and wonderful school year as I am with using this blog.  Starting next week, I will aim to have a summary of each day’s lesson plus it’s powerpoint posted here as a post like this one. 

On Monday we learned about text features–you know those things we see in text books and articles that give us a general understanding of what the text is about?  Through a strategy called BIG FOX, we learned how to pull out some of the most important information from a text.

  • B   Bold – List any words or phrases that are in bold print.  
  • I   Italics – List any words or phrases that are in italics.  
  • G   Graphics – Describe any graphics. (photos, drawings, graphs, charts, maps, tables, etc.)  
  • F   Facts – List at least 5 facts found in the article.  (These include statistics and other numerical data)
  • O   Opinions – List any opinions found in the article.  
  • X   X marks the spot – or at least the main point. In 2-3 sentences, write the main point of the article. (Hint – read the topic sentence of each paragraph.)

We also talked about the difference between concrete nouns and abstract nouns

  • Concrete nouns are people, places, or things that you can actually touch or physically.
    • Examples: dog, cat, house, restaurant, mother, father, etc.
  • Abstract nouns are ideas, concepts, and states of emotion.  Remember, abstract cannot be physically touched.
    • Examples: happiness, sadness, pride, success, joy, peace, etc.

HOMEWORK: AC: Reader/Writer Interactive Workbook pgs 194-195, 2nd & 6th: Reader/Writer Interactive Workbook pgs 194-199, 7th: Reader’s Journey Workbook pgs 8-10

PowerPoint: BIG FOX and Nouns as Ideas (August 27th, 2012)