Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:25

October 1-4

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Wow! What a busy week for only being 4 days. We had an exciting week in Language, Reading, and Math.

 

In 6th grade math, we are working on expanding concepts that the students started learning in September. This week, we discussed ratio, rate & fractions, and starting next week we will start adding and subtracting fractions with 'like' denominators. They will have a test on Tuesday (10/8) next week, then we will continue to work on expanding concepts with word problems, multi-digit numbers, and mixed fractions.

 

In 5th grade language, we are working on fictional narratives and learning about nouns. We started the week by talking about common vs. proper nouns and we will be talking about collective, plural, and singular nouns into next week. Because of the short week, the students' "Day 1" will be on Tuesday next week, so they will have their 10 question assessment over nouns next Tuesday. The students have been doing very well on these assessments so far. They are also working on writing their fictional narratives, which we will continue to write and publish until the conferences break. The 5th graders will make their stories into an 8-page book and share them with their classmates. The students will have spelling next week (Oct. 7-11), but we will not have spelling the following week, as it is a short week due to conferences.

 

In 6th grade Langauge, the students have been working on brainstorming and pre-writing for their Autobiographical stories. The students are finishing up their rough drafts of these stories at the end of this week and will peer edit each other's stories and then compile them into an 8-page book. They will share this book with their classmates once they are all done. They are all writing about some important event in their life and many of the stories are very interesting and coming along great! The students will have spelling next week (Oct. 7-11) but will not have spelling the following week, as it is a short week due to conferences. 

 

In 7th grade Language class, the students have been working on brainstorming and pre-writing for their Eyewitness Account papers. They are finishing up their rough drafts and will start peer-editing and working on their final drafts next week. For this assignment, we are using a website called Schoology, which allows students to access their paper at school and again at home. Students will be given some class time to start this assignment, but some of the work will have to be completed at home. The final draft for these papers is due Thursday, October 10. Students will have spelling next week (Oct. 7-11) but will not have spelling the following week to due conferences. 

 

In 8th grade Language, the students are finishing up their personal narrative essays. They wrote these essays over an exciting event in their life and have completed all of the pre-writing and peer editing steps. The final papers are due Monday, October 7 but many students have already submitted their papers. We started writing the papers by using an application called Schoology, which allows students to access their work both at school and at home, but I gave the 8th graders the option to use Schoology and submit the assignment electronically (still due Monday by class time, which is 12:45), or to write their paper in Microsoft word on a computer at home and bring in a hard copy to me on Monday. Starting Monday, students will be giving short presentations over their personal narratives. The students will have spelling next week (Oct. 7-11) but will not have spelling the following week due to conferences.

 

In 7-8 Reading, we just finished reading the novel Catherine, Called Birdy and we watched a movie that cooresponded with the novel. The students will be completing short research diary enteries as their final assessment for this unit. They will be working with partners and each pair will choose a topic from the Middle Ages and write a one page diary entry about that particular topic. We will be researching information on the iPads for this assignment. After this assignment is completed and turned in, the students will start reading the novel Holes. Remind your child to keep working towards the Accelerated Reader goal, as that will count as part of their grade for the trimester. 

 

October is noted as 'Respect Life' month, so St. Joseph parish and school are teaming together for the 3rd annual 'Respect Life Essay Contest.' The students have all been introduced to the concept in Langauge class, as they will be writing a one page essay about what it means to respect life for them. There will be one winner in each grade (5-8) and each winner will be awarded $25. This essay is due on Wednesday, October 16, and we will take some time in langauge to brainstorm ideas of how we, as a community, can respect life. I look forward to seeing what the students have to say about this topic! Your student received a handout about this essay, but if you would like more information feel free to e-mail me.

 

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Check spelling website for weekly word lists and assignments: http://cacampbell.weebly.com

 

Upcoming events:

Middle School Tailgate 10/6 @ noon

St. Francis Prayer Service 10/7 @2:15

Wear a blue shirt for bullying prevention day (with uniform pants) 10/7

Mass by Grade 1 10/9 @ 8:30 am

DCHS Ambassadors visit 8th graders 10/11 @ 11 am

Track & Fun DAy 10/11 @ 1 pm

 

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