Monday, May 22, 2017

Weeks of May 22 & 30 root words

quad=four
rad=ray or spoke
gram=letter or something written or drawn
ana=against
rat=fixed or determined
rect=straight
scend=to climb
a=to

Monday, May 15, 2017

MAY 15 JOURNAL

Choose your best or favorite journal writing from this year. Add to it and improve it. Make it longer. Correct mistakes. Conference with a peer about how to make it better.

We will be publishing this writing this week. 
Spelling and grammar WILL be graded. No mistakes! 

Your story should be complete and meaningful. You should be willing to allow future students to read this, even with your name on it. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weeks of May 8 & 15 root words

fort=strong
stru=build
con=together
sens=feel
fus=to pour
in=within
loq=to speak
gni/gno=to know
co=with
du=two
fid=trust or faith
term=limit

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1 Journal

What advice do you have for future students of this class? What should they do to improve their reading? What should they do to have a good grade? How is this class different from others? What do you wish you had done in this class this year? 

April 28 journal

Read the article: 
What Happens to Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar? 
Respond to the questions at the end of the article in your journal. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 24 journal


JOURNAL:  Answer the questions at the end of the article.

Weeks of April 24 & May 1 root words

centr=center
con=with
cre/cred=to trust or believe
mis=bad
court=refers to a royal court
demo/dema=people
divi=to separate into pieces or groups
sect=to cut
here=to stick
co=together
note=to mark
mune=gift
cite=to call
re=again

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Haiku summary

Based on posts from all six classes, here is a simple definition of Haiku:

A Japanese style of poetry.
The poem has three lines-
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables

They do not typically rhyme. They do not typically use similes or metaphors.
They are usually about nature and the seasons.
They often convey a mood or emotion.
They create an image in the reader's mind.

Today's assignment: 
1. Write a Haiku. Write it in your journal. Check the description above to see if you did it correctly. Write more than one if you want so you can choose the best one to enter in the contest. 
2. Meet with at least THREE other classmates. Read each other's poems and write a positive comment on the side of the page. If you have ideas for making the poem even better, TALK TO THEM. 

Examples:
I am first with five
Then seven in the middle --
Five again to end.

Green and speckled legs,
Hop on logs and lily pads
Splash in cool water.


Monday came and wept 
like rain falling from the roof 
my hands caught each tear 

I hear falling rain 
I hear my thoughts falling too 
all i want is you.

shut tight your eyes now 
hold fast the breath in your lungs 
be brave when I can't

An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Autumn moonlight—
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.

Lightning flash—
what I thought were faces
are plumes of pampas grass.

moon in the cold -
only my own footsteps
on the bridge.

A firefly flitted by:
"Look!" I almost said
but I was alone.

Easter Bunny hides
Easter eggs are out of sight
kids look everywhere

A summer river being crossed
how pleasing
with sandals in my hands.

It seems to happen 
when people least expect it
death waits for no one

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

Trees leaf in springtime,
provides shade of summertime,
weather culminates 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Period 7- HAIKU

What is a haiku? 
How is it defined? What are its characteristics?

What makes a good haiku?

Reply below.
Sign your post with your INITIALS ONLY.
Reply to each other.

Post definitions of haiku.
Post good examples.
Say why they are good.

Yes, this is for a grade. Yes, you have to reply below. Sign it with your initials so I know who gets the points!

Who can post the most meaningful, useful comments this period?
5 stickers for the top-posting student this period.
MEANINGFUL comments- not "IDK" or "I agree" or "Good idea"- NEW INFORMATION for the conversation!

Period 6- HAIKU

What is a haiku? 
How is it defined? What are its characteristics?

What makes a good haiku?

Reply below.
Sign your post with your INITIALS ONLY.
Reply to each other.

Post definitions of haiku.
Post good examples.
Say why they are good.

Yes, this is for a grade. Yes, you have to reply below. Sign it with your initials so I know who gets the points!

Who can post the most meaningful, useful comments this period?
5 stickers for the top-posting student this period.
MEANINGFUL comments- not "IDK" or "I agree" or "Good idea"- NEW INFORMATION for the conversation!

Period 5- HAIKU

What is a haiku? 
How is it defined? What are its characteristics?

What makes a good haiku?


Reply below.
Sign your post with your INITIALS ONLY.
Reply to each other.

Post definitions of haiku.
Post good examples.
Say why they are good.

Yes, this is for a grade. Yes, you have to reply below. Sign it with your initials so I know who gets the points!

Who can post the most meaningful, useful comments this period?
5 stickers for the top-posting student this period.
MEANINGFUL comments- not "IDK" or "I agree" or "Good idea"- NEW INFORMATION for the conversation!

Period 4- HAIKU

What is a haiku? 
How is it defined? What are its characteristics?

What makes a good haiku?

Reply below.
Sign your post with your INITIALS ONLY.
Reply to each other.

Post definitions of haiku.
Post good examples.
Say why they are good.

Yes, this is for a grade. Yes, you have to reply below. Sign it with your initials so I know who gets the points!

Who can post the most meaningful, useful comments this period?
5 stickers for the top-posting student this period.
MEANINGFUL comments- not "IDK" or "I agree" or "Good idea"- NEW INFORMATION for the conversation!

Period 3- HAIKU

What is a haiku? 
How is it defined? What are its characteristics?

What makes a good haiku?

Reply below.
Sign your post with your INITIALS ONLY.
Reply to each other.

Post definitions of haiku.
Post good examples.
Say why they are good.

Yes, this is for a grade. Yes, you have to reply below. Sign it with your initials so I know who gets the points!

Who can post the most meaningful, useful comments this period?
5 stickers for the top-posting student this period.
MEANINGFUL comments- not "IDK" or "I agree" or "Good idea"- NEW INFORMATION for the conversation!

PERIOD 2- HAIKU

What is a haiku? 
How is it defined? What are its characteristics?

What makes a good haiku?

Reply below.
Sign your post with your INITIALS ONLY.
Reply to each other.

Post definitions of haiku.
Post good examples.
Say why they are good.

Yes, this is for a grade. Yes, you have to reply below. Sign it with your initials so I know who gets the points!

Who can post the most meaningful, useful comments this period?
5 stickers for the top-posting student this period.
MEANINGFUL comments- not "IDK" or "I agree" or "Good idea"- NEW INFORMATION for the conversation!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 17 Journal

Read the following article:
How Much Exercise Do I Really Need?

Answer the first three questions at the end of the article in your journal. 

April 13 Journal

 What are the challenges of writing a haiku? How is it easier than other forms of poetry? How is it more difficult? 

Weeks of April 10 & 17 root words

gest=carry
tend=stretch
dis=apart
pass=step or go
en=in
com=with
act=to do
tribe=to give
at=to
miss=to send
archy=rule
olig=few
cover=cover
cip=take or seize

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 30 Journal

Rewrite a familiar children’s tale in your own words, using at least 7 word of the day words. (Examples: The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Jack and Jill, The Tortoise and the Hare, Green Eggs and Ham, etc.)

March 27 journal

Choose one new strategy from the page “Strategies Used by Good Readers” that you are going to use every day this week. Why do you want to try this new strategy? Explain.

Week of March 27 root words

serv=save
con=with
fic/fec=to do or to make
tent/ten=to hold
mal=bad
medi=middle

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 20 Journal

Read the following article:
The Filth They Breathe in China 

Answer the first question at the end of the page:
This is happening in China. Why should we care in the United States? Explain.

Week of March 20 root words

sist=stand
de=opposite
dyna=power
press=press
pos=set or put in place
justa=near/nearby

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 13 Journal

Read the following article:
5 New Brain Disorders that Were Born Out of the Digital Age

What connections can you make? What concerns do you have? Choose one of the disorders and share your thoughts on it. 

Week of March 13 root words

micro=small
cand=white, light, or shining
min=small
quire/queues=to gain or seek
per=thoroughly/throughout
spect=to see or look
intro=in or within 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 9 journal

Write a story with a surprise ending and at least 7 word of the day words.

March 6 journal

How do improved reading skills positively impact MY life? 

Week of March 6 root words

tribute=give
simi=like
multi=many
farious=ways or sides
flam/flag=fire
pend=hang

Saturday, February 25, 2017

March 2 Journal

What are your five favorite word of the day words? Explain.  

Feb. 27 Journal

What are you going to do with the stories in this new packet to make sure that you make the best improvement possible?  

Week of Feb. 27 root words

mari=sea
form=shape
frang/frag/fract=break
ible=able
circ=ring or around
roy/rag=king

Monday, February 20, 2017

Feb. 20 Journal

If you could become one of the characters from a story in your packet (16-20), who would you become? Why? 

Week of Feb. 20 root words

vari=changeable, diverse, or speckled
ward=direction; guard
awk=wrong; left-handed
ultra=beyond
mort=death
journ=daily

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Feb. 16 Journal

Write a humorous story using at least 7 word of the day words. 

Feb. 13 Journal

How does an improved vocabulary give you power? 

Week of Feb. 13 root words

solv/solu=to loosen
in=not
ent=inclined to
disci=learn
tort/tor=twist
tone/ton=tone
vest=garment

Monday, January 30, 2017

TODAY'S POEM

Today's poem is a little bit too long to fit on the board. Five stickers for the first person to find it here on the blog and read it to the class!

CLICK HERE FOR THE POEM.

Feb. 2 Journal

Write a Groundhog Day story using at least 7 word of the day words.

Jan. 30 journal

How does improving your reading skills give you power?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week of Jan. 30 root words

mount= 1. climb
              2. get up on
              3. put in a position
              4. organize
              5. prepare
              6. increase
              7. short for "mountain"
mot=move
loco=place
spir=breath
a=to
crim=crime or accuse
cur=care

Monday, January 23, 2017

Jan. 26 Journal

Write a mystery story using at least 7 word of the day words.

Jan. 23 journal

What are the benefits of having a regular reading routine? What happens when you don’t stick to a routine? 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Week of January 17 root words

fin=end
af=to or toward
gress=go or step
retro/re=back
gran=seed
soc=companion
ability=capacity or fitness

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Weeks of Jan. 5 & Jan. 9 root words

vert=turn
aster/astro=star
cord=heart
con=with
bio=life
geo=earth
graph=write
cept=to take or receive
fac=to do or to make