Monday, August 21, 2017

Grammar: What Makes a Sentence a Sentence?







The Building Blocks of a Sentence: The Subject and the Predicate  Every complete sentence contains two essential parts: the subject and the predicate. The subject tells who or what the sentence is about, while the predicate tells what the subject does. 

Let's begin by having our friends at Flocabulary explain how subjects and predicates work. 



Now that you better understand what subjects and predicates do, let's practice identifying subjects and predicates in a sentence with the assignment Complete Subjects and Predicates

Incomplete Sentences: Sentence Fragments  A fragment is a group of words that does not form a complete thought, and is missing a subject, a predicate, or both. 



Friday, August 18, 2017

Vocabulary: Introducing Context Clues


Introduction to Context Clues When you are reading and you come across a word you don't know, what do you do? The answer I hear from too many kids is "I skip it." Did you know that there is a vocabulary tool and reading strategy that can magically help you figure out the meanings of unknown words? Today we are going to learn how 'Context Clues' can help you unlock the meaning of words you thought you didn't know and help make you a much more empowered and successful reader.

So, what are 'Context Clues' exactly? Read the explanation below to find out.  



Next, let's watch below as Tim and Moby from BrainPop further introduce and explain how context clues work.


Now let's practice together. Work with the members of your team to figure out the words in bold below by by paying attention to the context clues in red.  
Next, watch how context clues could have helped the young man in the video below.  


Now let's explore context clues with our friends from Flocabulary. 



Next, let's further practice using context clues as groups by working through the activity here.

Finally, it's time for some independent practice. You are going to begin work on the assignment Context Clues Practice and continue to familiarize yourself with the wonders of context clues. 

Homework  (1.) Continue working on the assignment Context Clues Practice, which is due next Friday, August 25(2.) Continue working on your Learning to Read Story, which is also due next Friday, August 25

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Read-Aloud and Reading Reflections


Read-Aloud: Thank You, Mr. Falker  The book we are going to read aloud today features a teacher that made a big difference in one young girl's life. Before we read, think about an important teacher in your life. Why is this teacher so important to you? Now in your small groups have a conversation about the important teachers in your lives that made a difference. Next, as you listen to the story think about what makes Mr. Falker such a good teacher.

Reflecting on Learning to Read  The story Thank You, Mr. Falker 
centered around Trisha's struggles to learn to read. What is your story of learning to read? What do you remember about your journey to becoming a reader? How do you feel about yourself as a reader now? Today you will work on your own Learning to Read Story and begin to share your experiences and feelings regarding reading. This assignment should be completed and turned in tomorrow Friday, August 18.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Day of School



Attendance  Welcome to Lakeview Middle School! When I call your name, indicate that you are present and share a little about yourself. What elementary school do you come from? What's your favorite movie, book, or animal?  

Name Tag Activity  Let's make name tags so we can learn who we are. In the center of your name tag write your name largely and clearly. In the four corners or your name tag draw and illustrate symbols that represent your likes and interests. An example can be found below. It represents me, Matt, and my interest in writing, baseball, nature, and photography.  


Student Survey  After completing your name tag, you will begin work on your first assignment: Getting to Know You - Student Survey. The survey consists of a series of questions which allow me to get to know you better. Answer each question to the best of your ability. If you don't finish in class today, try to finish for homework. 

Homework  Complete the Getting to Know You - Student Survey. Deadline: This assignment is due Friday, August 18.

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Christmas Time in 'Tequila Worm'

Creating the nacimiento is a "gift of sacredness," says Abuelita. Find out how in today's reading from The Tequila Worm.









 

 Today's Learning Objective   Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. 


Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "The Christmas Nacimiento" (pgs. 170 -181) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's Getting Hot in 'Tequila Worm'

Some strange things are taking place in the Tequila Worm. Could the 'canicula' be to blame? 


















 Today's Learning Objectives  Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.


Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "The Canicula" (pgs. 112-124) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'The Tequila Worm' and "The Packing Shed"

Sofia learns the value of hard work in the 'Packing Shed'.






Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we will begin reading the chapter "The Packing Shed" (pgs. 102 - 111) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').