Below is an outline of what students will be learning and working on this week!
Monday: Solar Eclipse article, Jigsaw Reading, answering multiple choice Qs, and writing an objective summary.
Tuesday: SpringBoard Activity 1.2: paraphrasing and analyzing quotes and an introduction to independent reading logs
Wednesday: SpringBoard Activity 1.2 Cont.: Choices as a reader and a writer
Thursday: SpringBoard Activity 1.3: Choice & Consequences: Paired Poetry - students will analyze and read two poems
Friday: Unit 1 Vocabulary QUIZ & SpringBoard Activity 1.3 Continued.
Today, students presented their heritage projects to the class. The presentations were outstanding! It was very exciting to hear about the different cultures my students come from and all about their family. As a reminder, the penalty for late work is -5 point each day, up to 5 days. Please refer to the grading policy addendum that was discussed during class.
Below is an outline of the tentative schedule for this week:
Monday- Heritage project presentations
Tuesday- Unit 1 pre-test multiple choice questions
Wednesday- Unit 1 pre-writing test- 2 short answer responses
Thursday- Unit 1 introduction: unpacking embedded assessment 1
Friday- Unit 1.2 - Exploring the Concept of Choice
Please check back to the blog for more updates throughout the week! :)
Today, students took the SRI test to determine their current lexile score (reading level). I am very pleased that many students scored higher than the last documented score from Spring 2017! Great job!Students filed out a data sheet with their current score and set a goal for themselves to reach by the end of the semester. Students will keep track of this data throughout the school year.
What is SRI?
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a reading comprehension assessment that uses the Lexile Framework to help monitor growth and guide instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.What is the lexile framework?“
The Lexile Framework is a scientific way to match readers with text using the same scale. Recognized as the standard for matching readers with texts, Lexile measures connect learners of all ages with resources at the right level of challenge. Lexile measures provide a clear way to monitor progress toward college and career readiness.” Lexile.com
The following list is the Lexile range students should have reached by the end of their last school year:
Grade 6- 925-1070
Grade 7- 970-1120
Grade 8- 1010-1185
Flu and cold season is just around the corner! A lot of students as well as teachers are already missing school because of sickness! Please remember all of the preventative measures you can take in order to NOT get sick! If you are absent from school, please check the blog for any missed assignments!
CLASSROOM SUPPLY WISH LIST
If you would like to donate any of the following items to your teachers, please send it with your child to school! We would greatly appreciate it!
This week students will be learning about multiculturalism. They will research and interview family members to learn more about their ancestors, heritage, and culture. This is the first major project in this class. Students are able to work with their parents/guardians to complete the project. However, the majority of the work must be completed by the child. Students will be given opportunities to work on the project in class every day. In order to utilize the time in class, students MUST come to school prepared with the necessary information and materials to work on the project. Some supplies are available in the classroom, such as colored pencils, markers, and construction paper. However, any donations would be greatly appreciated. The project packet cannot be published on the blog due to copy right laws. Please see your child for the packet!
Below is an outline of this week's schedule. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Monday, Aug. 7th -
- Introduction to Growth Mindset Journals
- Introduction to "Discover Who You Are" Heritage project packet
- Example presentation
Tuesday, Aug. 8th-
- Growth mindset journal prompt
- Setting up classroom binder
- Project work time
Wednesday, Aug. 9th
- Introduction to the 12 essential verbs
- Mini vocabulary activity
- Project work time
Thursday, Aug. 10th
- Reviewing SRI and computer lab expectations
- SRI Goal setting activity
- Project work time
Friday, Aug. 11th
- SRI Testing
- Students should bring their Summer reading novel to read after completing testing
Monday, Aug. 14th -
- Heritage Day! - Student presentations
Good afternoon! Students received the course syllabus and student/classroom supply list today! Please note that not ALL supplies are required, but are greatly appreciated. Students will not be allowed to have their backpacks in my classroom for safety reasons and to help students stay organized. There have been many accidents in the past due to tripping over backpacks. In order to ensure every child's safety, students need to obtain a locker from their homeroom teacher once locker distribution happens in the following week or so. Students will be provided locker breaks to retrieve any necessary items for each of their classes. Students should always come to my class with their binder, agenda, composition notebook, and a writing utensil. Students will be notified in advance when any other materials are necessary for class time and will be given the time to retrieve their items from their locker. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my school email.
Please complete the parent/guardian contact form on the last page of the syllabus and have your child return it to me no later than Monday, August 7th!
It has been a very exciting start to the new school year as we all get back into the swing of things. I am so excited to have each and every one of you in my class. I look forward to the school year and getting to know all of you. I am so impressed by every student’s performance and behavior thus far! Today, students were introduced to the concept of goal setting. As we start the new school year, it is important for students to understand goal setting and how to create specific goals that cater to their needs. By creating goals for yourself, you are setting yourself up for success!
Students will receive a syllabus for my class in the next few days! Please be sure to review it with your child and complete the necessary forms to be returned to me as soon as possible. I am looking forward to providing opportunities for parents/guardians to be involved in their child’s academics in my classroom.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email my Cobb County email. Stephanie.Jackson@cobbk12.org
Don't forget, your Personal Narrative story is due Monday, October 2nd!