Our classroom spelling bee will be WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th. The Thomas all-school bee will be on December 3rd, after school. The seventh grade ELA teachers will chose what day is best for us that week in regards to the lessons for the pilot, and any observations of our classes. Check out the Scripps study website for some study words!
We started the Red Scarf Girl pilot these two weeks - one more week to go. During the activities, we read portions aloud in class, analyze them for close reading, and then write about them. There is a lot of reading that we try to give time for in class, but it's not always possible. If something seems wrong or the activities do not go well, I give feedback on a daily basis to the company who created the material. I also inform them of what went well and what I modified to help it work better in our classes, as well. We did make some time this Friday to share books we've read, and will try to get back to independent reading at the end of this unit. Grammar will just have to wait until January!
During one of our Genius Hour days, we created heart-break maps... We will act more on what bothers us, so we needed to talk about what breaks our heart about what we love. The hope is that this will inspire students to read books or articles about what they love and how to help make it better. During writing time, we worked on our narratives - creating atmosphere, leads, focus, showing, then choosing a final prompt and doing it all again. If students didn't let me know they were finished with their final "polished piece" this week, they should be finished by Wednesday.
Our big day was the Global Cardboard Challenge last week Friday. For the video, see the Celebrations page! Another celebration: Joe recorded the speech he composed in Genius Hour. Find that on our new page under Celebrations - Genius Hour Celebrations. I hope we can add more here soon!
Simply email me to come into class in person or via Skype. We'd love to hear book talks (suggestions for good books) or picture books (read aloud by YOU). We hope to see you in class this year!
Mrs. Joy Kirr