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5th Grade ELA (Section 5A) Assignments

Instructor
Ms. Kristie Koshler
Term
2020 - 2021 School Year
Department
Classes
Description
Welcome to 5th grade ELA. I hope you had a great winter break and that you are ready for what surprises 2021 holds. For now we will continue the year virtually. All classes and assignments will be online, students will not be in the building until it is determined that this option is safe for both students and staff. Important information about class times, Zoom invites, assignments, and any other pertinent details will be contained on each teacher's class page. 
 
This fall we began by studying and writing short personal narratives. As we enter the new year and brace ourselves for the chilly winter season, we are switching gears a bit and we will begin studying the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It is a timely story of a Mexican family trying to make a better life for themselves in the U.S. but doing so by entering the country illegally. Hard copies of the novel are available for pick up at Phoenix should you need them, but I will also have a digital copy that will be available in our class's virtual library for students to access electronically. Other sites that students can expect to frequent are Zoom, NearPod, Study Island, ReadWorks, and CommonLit. If ever you need additional information or assistance, have questions, or need to reach me, the best way to do so is via email at kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.  

Assignment Calendar

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Due:

NearPod: Add Examples & Stories to Informational Writing

Lesson for 05/13/21:
 
Today we will continue with our NearPod series on topics related to informational writing. Students will explore how to add interest to their body paragraphs by weaving in more examples and/or stories into their essays.

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Work Day: Catch Up & Portfolios

Lesson for 05/14/21:
 
Students will have the opportunity to catch up on anything they are currently behind on, or, most will likely use this time to work on their portfolios. Reminder: Time is quickly running out to complete all of their work for the year. Note that I (& all 5/6 teachers) have tutoring sessions twice a day, every day, (except on testing days) - feel free to stop by for help on your portfolio assignments during any session.

Past Assignments

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NearPod: Developing Research Questions

Lesson for 05/12/21:
 
Today we will do a NearPod lesson on doing research and developing new questions to research for writing an informational text. Students will practice using a KWL chart for organizing their thoughts and ideas. (This is meant to help students with their research on their future career portfolio assignment.)

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NearPod: Writing a Strong Opening to an Informational Text

Lesson for 05/11/21:
 
We will be working in NearPod today, reviewing a (Learn Zillion) lesson on how to write an effective, strong, opening to an informational essay. We will talk about drawing the reader in with hooks, and avoiding "I think" statements.

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On-Demand Analysis of a Human Rights Account

Lesson for 05/10/21:
 
Students will demonstrate the skills they've been honing over the past few weeks, by reading a new firsthand human rights account, answering some multiple choice questions, and finally writing a "mini-essay" response connecting their reading passage to articles in the UDHR.

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Records Day - No School

Lesson for 05/07/21:
 
No lesson - there is no school for students today, (neither in person, nor via Zoom).

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Student Survey (Red Team)

Lesson for 05/06/21:
 
In person students worked on their student surveys for Fordham. With the remaining class time they were asked to work on their portfolios. (Students working remotely were let go early and also asked to work on their portfolios.)

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Student Survey (Yellow Team)

Lesson for 05/05/21:
 
In person students worked on their student surveys for Fordham. With the remaining class time they were asked to work on their portfolios. (Students working remotely were let go early and also asked to work on their portfolios.)

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Writing Practice: Appropriate Language Part II

Lesson for 05/04/21:
 
We continued with our Study Island lesson on "Appropriate Language" - continuing to look at various types of writing with different audiences in mind, noting why each type of writing is appropriate for its intended audience. This lesson is meant to encourage students to work on more formal writing skills for their portfolios.

Due:

Writing Practice: Appropriate Language

Lesson for 05/03/21:
 
Today we will have a mini-lesson from Study Island on "Appropriate Language" - we will look at various types of writing with different audiences in mind, noting why each type of writing is appropriate for its intended audience. This lesson is meant to encourage students to work on more formal writing skills for their portfolios.

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Opinion Writing: Human Rights

Lesson for 04/30/21:
 
We will spend today finishing this week's lesson. Students will take what they've learned and apply it by writing a short opinion piece about a human right that was either upheld or challenged in "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote."
 
Homework: Please make sure that you've completed your writing piece on human rights. (***If you did not come to class, make sure you show up for tutoring this week so that I can help you complete this activity.)

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Prep for Opinion Writing: Human Rights

Lesson for 04/29/21:
 

We finished up an activity we started yesterday in which we matched evidence from the firsthand account we've been studying to Article in the UDHR. Tomorrow students will take what they've learned and apply it by writing a short opinion piece about a human right that was either upheld or challenged in "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote."

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Making Connections: The UDHR & Nepalis' Rights

Lesson for 04/28/21:

We are working toward making solid connections between articles in the UDHR to the firsthand human rights account we've been studying. We will think about the articles in the UDHR and the ways in which they relate to how human rights were upheld or challenged in "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote."

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Portfolio & Culturama

Lesson for 04/27/21:
 
We will discuss the requirements for both our fourth quarter portfolios & this year's pared-down version of Culturama. Following this we went over yesterday's assignment since no one completed it - we worked on it as a group today.

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NearPod Lesson: More Research on Zoos

Lesson for 04/26/21:
 

5th grade will be finishing up their state testing (in science). Due to internet issues and teachers being out due to Covid vaccine side effects, last week's testing was delayed. All students will remain in their first block classes to accommodate for the two parts of the science test. Please check EACH of your teachers' webpages for your assignments for today.

Online Assignment: NearPod lesson: "Are Zoos Harmful or Helpful?" Intro - NearPod Code: FVDX3. Same as last week - if the VR/Videos/Links are blocked, please inform me ASAP so that I can have Ms. McCoy unblock them. If you have not already done so, please also complete the two previous lessons that go with this "unit" - Codes: WUH5L & 58ZMP - All three lessons go together & I tried hard to find something interesting. 

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NearPod: Research Workshop on Zoos

Lesson for 04/23/21:
 
I am experiencing side effects from my second Covid vaccine shot and therefore I unfortunately will not be in today. As such, students will work on a NearPod activity called: "Are Zoos Harmful or Helpful?" a research workshop on NearPod. Code: 58ZMP. IF YOU DID NOT DO MONDAY'S NEARPOD ACTIVITY, PLEASE COMPLETE THAT ASSIGNMENT FIRST. ***Same as Monday, please let me know right away if you have trouble accessing the videos & I'll talk to Ms. McCoy. 
 
Homework: Make sure you've completed all parts of this NearPod activity so that you can collect your HQW.

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Finishing Up Our Summaries & Reflections

Lesson for 04/22/21:
 
Initially the 5th graders were supposed to be testing today and therefore today's schedule was going to mirror Monday's schedule; however, due to extenuating circumstances, testing was delayed and therefore we followed our regular schedule. We worked on summarizing "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote" and reflected on what we've learned about human rights in general, as well as human rights violations.
 

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Online Assignment

Lesson for 04/21/21:
 
The internet was out once again so we had a paper copy of an assignment to work on. For everyone else, please access the assignment on ReadWorks directly, OR check your school email. "News Debate: Cashing In" - if you don't see the assignment on ReadWorks, it's because you have never added my class to your account. 
 
ReadWorks code is BEPEWR.

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Internet Issues

Lesson for 04/20/21:
 
The internet was down for the day so students were asked to respond to a writing prompt: Thinking of the human rights we've studied in the UDHR, choose one and write about a time when one of the rights was violated. (*Your answer could be true, or made up, but needed to be at least a paragraph in length.)

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NearPod: Guided Research on Zoos

Lesson for 04/19/21:
 
***Due to state testing in science, you will not visit my class today (neither in person, nor virtually); however, you do still have an online assignment to work on.***
 
Please complete "Are Zoos Harmful or Helpful?" a lesson on guided research on NearPod. Code: WUH5L.
Please let me know right away if you have trouble accessing the videos & I'll talk to Ms. McCoy. 

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State Testing: Math

Lesson for 04/16/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in Math. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/16/21: Please complete "Drawing Inferences" on Study Island. As with all previous SI assignments - please take your time and do your best. MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE LESSON PORTION FIRST - I promise it'll help you with the assignment. Let me know if you have questions.

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State Testing: Math

Lesson for 04/15/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in Math. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/15/21: Please complete "Characteristics of an Informational Text" on NearPod. Code: MDXPU. Please just do the best you can, and let me know if you have questions. 

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State Testing: Math

Lesson for 04/14/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in Math. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/14/21: Please complete "Language Practice I" on Study Island. As with all previous SI assignments - please take your time and do your best. MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE LESSON PORTION FIRST - I promise it'll help you with the assignment. Let me know if you have questions.

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State Testing: Math

Lesson for 04/13/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in Math. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/13/21: For today's assignment, please log into ReadWorks and choose TWO articles from the "Endangered Animals" Article-A-Day set to read and respond to. Fill out the "book of knowledge" section with a MINIMUM of 3 things you learned - you MUST write in complete sentences. Please let me know if you have any questions. RW Code: BEPEWR.

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State Testing: Math

Lesson for 04/12/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in Math. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/12/21: Study Island - "Text Evidence Practice", (if you do not see this assignment, look for Recalling Information). Make sure you review the "lesson" portion first. As with last week, please take your time, it's not that many questions. Do not just guess, I will not give you credit if I see that you spent only 45 seconds on the assignment. Let me know if you have questions.

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State Testing: ELA

Lesson for 04/09/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in ELA. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/09/21: Study Island - "Plot Practice."  As with all of the previous SI assignments, please do not just choose random answers. Take your time, read the passages, and look for evidence that backs up your answer - if you rush through you will not receive credit for the work. 

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State Testing: ELA

Lesson for 04/08/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in ELA. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/08/21: Please complete "Character Analysis" on NearPod - Code 867YU - make sure you use quotation marks around your quotes. Please use RACE when responding to the second exercise.

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State Testing: ELA

Lesson for 04/07/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in ELA. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/07/21: Please log onto ReadWorks and choose TWO articles from the "Mental & Emotional Health" Article-A-Day set to read and respond to. Fill out the "book of knowledge" section with a MINIMUM of 3 things you learned - you MUST write in complete sentences. Please let me know if you have any questions. RW Code: BEPEWR.

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State Testing: ELA

Lesson for 04/06/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in ELA. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
Assignment for 04/06/21: Study Island - "Theme and Summary Practice", (if you do not see this assignment, look for "Main Purpose"). Make sure you review the "lesson" portion first. Please take your time, it's not that many questions. Do not just guess, I will not give you credit if I see that you spent only 45 seconds on the assignment. Let me know if you have questions.

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State Testing: ELA

Lesson for 04/05/21:
 
This week we will ONLY be conducting our state tests in ELA. Students should be dropped off prior to 9:00 am and need to be picked up no later than 3:00. There are no formal lessons but students will receive an email each morning that will include the assignment for the day. Students are responsible for completing assignments 4 out of 5 days this week as they will not be required to turn in an assignment on the day that they test. If no assignment is completed, the student will be marked absent for that day, (except on the day they come to school for testing). Please email me if you have questions, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). 
 
ASSIGNMENT for 04/05/21: Study Island - "Text Structures Practice I", (if you do not see structures, try features). Make sure you review the "lesson" portion first. Please take your time, it's not that many questions. Do not just guess, I will not give you credit if I see that you spent only 45 seconds on the assignment. Let me know if you have questions.

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Good Friday - No School

Lesson for 04/02/21:
 
None. Today is Good Friday and we have no classes today.

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Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account Part 4

Lesson for 04/01/21:

We will finish up this week's lesson by reflecting on what we learned & discussed on Monday & Tuesday. Students will reflect on the overall passage and how key vocabulary helped them to better understand what it looks like to uphold or challenge a law/right.
 
Homework: If you haven't already, PLEASE make sure to complete your third quarter project & also make sure you are well rested for your test next week. 

Due:

Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account Part 3

Lesson for 03/31/21:
 
We are continuing on with breaking down the "chunks" of text in "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, & Vote" - student should have annotations for paragraphs 1-10.
 
Homework: Your third quarter project is due TOMORROW (04/01), please spend tonight putting some final touches on your slideshow. If you have questions, let me know. For details on the project, please visit Google Classroom (PBL 3) - teachers have posted their requirements under classwork.

Due:

Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account Part 2

Lesson for 03/30/21:
 
We will continue with yesterday's lesson and proceed through the remainder of the "chunks" in our text, "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote."
 
Homework: Please complete your annotations & human rights related word identifications for paragraphs 1-4 & email them to me when you're done. (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org)

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Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account Part 1

Lesson for 03/29/21:
 
Today we will take an initial look at a text titled, "Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote" and we will be looking for whether human rights have been upheld or challenged.
 
Homework: Your third quarter project is due this Thursday, please spend tonight putting some final touches on your slideshow. If you have questions, let me know. I'm available during third block for project assistance (specifically) tomorrow (03/30/21). For details on the project, please visit Google Classroom (PBL 3) - teachers have posted their requirements under classwork.

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Spring Break

Spring Break 03/22/21 - 03/26/22:
 
Please be working on your spring break assignments but also take some time to kick back and chill. If you need a copy of the spring break assignment it should be in your email, but it's also available under 03/19/21 - choose "show all assignments" button. 

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Spring Break

Spring Break 03/22/21 - 03/26/22:
 
Please be working on your spring break assignments but also take some time to kick back and chill. If you need a copy of the spring break assignment it should be in your email, but it's also available under 03/19/21 - choose "show all assignments" button. 

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Spring Break

Spring Break 03/22/21 - 03/26/22:
 
Please be working on your spring break assignments but also take some time to kick back and chill. If you need a copy of the spring break assignment it should be in your email, but it's also available under 03/19/21 - choose "show all assignments" button. 

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Spring Break

Spring Break 03/22/21 - 03/26/22:
 
Please be working on your spring break assignments but also take some time to kick back and chill. If you need a copy of the spring break assignment it should be in your email, but it's also available under 03/19/21 - choose "show all assignments" button. 

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Spring Break

Spring Break 03/22/21 - 03/26/22:
 
Please be working on your spring break assignments but also take some time to kick back and chill. If you need a copy of the spring break assignment it should be in your email, but it's also available under 03/19/21 - choose "show all assignments" button. 

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Spring Break Assignment

Lesson for 03/19/21:
 
Students will receive their spring break assignments & an overview of my expectations regarding its completion. They will have any remaining time in class to work on their SB assignment or their third quarter project. Please be sure to read the directions for each section of the SB assignment!
 
Homework: Please make sure to complete the attached assignment (due 03/29). In addition, do not forget about your third quarter project (due 04/01).

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MAP Skills Locator

Lesson for 03/18/21:
 
Students will complete missions targeting various ELA skills that have been identified as areas in which they need additional practice, using the NWEA MAP Skill Locator.
 
Homework: Please work on your third quarter project - (check Google Classroom for specific requirements).

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Conclusions & Inferences and Text Evidence to Back Them Up

Lesson for 03/17/21:
 
We will be going through a Study Island lesson on drawing conclusions and making inferences with a focus on how to select text evidence to support our claims.
 
Homework: If you were in class today, you should know that we worked with a text that was a retelling of Cinderella, (or hopefully you made that inference). For homework, I want you to think of another fairy tale that you know. It's your job to write a brief retelling of that fairy tale, (like may half a page), focusing on the main character(s). I would like for you to make at least TWO inferences about what that character might have said, done, or felt (something that wasn't explicitly stated in the original).

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ReadWorks: "Sometimes the Subway is Like a Zoo"

Lesson for 03/16/21:
 
Today we will work on an assignment on ReadWorks, "Sometimes the Subway is Like a Zoo." We will do a read aloud/along and then students will respond to short answer & constructed response questions.
 
Homework: Please finish today's ReadWorks assignment. (If you need the code: BEPEWR). Please see the attached for specific expectations.

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Gains & Losses

Lesson for 03/15/21:
 
We will finish our discussion about the original UDHR & the plain language version. We will talk about specific word choice and what is gained and lost in translation. 
 
Homework: Please write a short response to the prompt: "What is gained from & what is lost in the Plain Language Version of the UDHR?"
  • You should have a LEAST one gain and one loss. 
  • Please write in COMPLETE sentences, focus on your capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. 
  • You need to EXPLAIN WHY whatever you choose is considered a gain or loss.

    (Example: Using the Spanish-dog scenario referenced in class a gain would be that I understood that they were referring to some type of dog. Before knowing that the word in the original was a specific dog breed, I might have thought that they were saying that there was a broom on the porch, or a blanket on the couch.)

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The "E" of the R.A.C.E. Strategy

Lesson for 03/12/21:
 
We are going to take a short break from mythology today and focus on how to elaborate when answering constructed response questions.
 
Homework: Please choose one of the attached reading passages and use the RACE strategy to respond to the prompt. Please reference the attached PowerPoint should you need a reminder/example of how to use RACE. ***Make sure that whatever answer you choose can be supported by text evidence.***

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Third Quarter Project Time

Lesson for 03/11/21:
 
Students will once again be given the opportunity to work on their third quarter projects. I will be available to help clarify the slideshow requirements and help in whatever way students require. 
 
Homework: Please continue to work on your third quarter projects. Please remember that these are due the week we return from spring break. If you have questions, let me know; I am happy to help.

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Comparing & Contrasting Word Choice in Two Versions of the UDHR

Lesson for 03/10/21:
 

Students will spend today comparing the original UDHR to the “plain language” version using notes and information they collected during the previous lesson.

Homework: Make sure you complete today's assignment - for anyone who was absent you will need:

  • a copy of the original UDHR
  • a copy of the plain language version of the UDHR
Directions:
  1. Select two articles from the following list - (1, 2, 3, 6, 14, 16,17, 20, 23, 25, or 26)
  2. Compare the original version of the article to it's counterpart in the plain language version. (For example: if you choose article 6 in the original, make sure you compare it to article 6 in the plain language version.)
  3. I want you to make a list of the words that are the same in both versions, and a list of words that are different in the two versions.***

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Summarizing Complex Ideas Cont.

Lesson for 03/09/21:
 
Today we continued with the work we began yesterday. We talked about the repeated words that students marked and possible reasons for why they were not only chosen, but repeated over and over again.
 
Homework: Today you received a copy of the "Plain Language Version" of the UDHR. I want for you to open the document in DocHub (or Google Docs) and go through and highlight our focus articles. (We did this already with the original UDHR, now we're doing it with the plain language version.) Please highlight the following article #s:
 
1, 2, 3, 6, 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 25, and 26.

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Summarizing Complex Ideas

Lesson for 03/08/21:
 
Students will spend today skimming & scanning the UDHR for repeated words. Tomorrow they'll be comparing the original UDHR to the “plain language” version using notes and information they collected during the previous lesson.
 
Homework: Please find at least two more words/phrases that are repeated in the UDHR articles - continue highlighting your document as we were doing in class today.

Due:

Records Day

Lesson for 03/05/21:
 
Records Day - No lesson & no school for students.

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Amplify Reading

Lesson for 03/04/21:
 
Students were asked to spend time working on Amplify Reading today.
 
Homework: On ReadWorks (class code: BEPEWR) is an article-a-day set called "Mental & Emotional Health" - I want you to choose TWO articles. INSTEAD of writing down the things you learned I want for you to use Google Docs and do the following:
 
1) Write a summary of the article
2) Define each of the words that is highlighted in blue within the text (vocabulary words)
3) Tell me at least one thing seemed like a good technique to help someone suffering from the described ailments; OR, one thing you identified with in the article you read. (Which of these you address will depend on the article you choose.)

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Decoding Difficult Text

Lesson for 03/03/21:
 
Presenting our articles has NOT been going well. I have modeled various techniques for days but continue to get blank stares. This is a HIGHLY important skill that these students MUST learn. I tried again today to get them to engage and at least try to work through the text but we spent much of the class in complete silence. Review sheets are in progress - please look for these shortly.
 
Homework: Due to the fact that midterm grades are due this weekend, I'm not going to assign new work - please look through past assignments and see which ones you have not turned in yet. I'm looking for all three brainstorming sheets (for the 3rd qtr project). I'm continuing to send out emails as I confirm that I've graded everything I have. The quarter began on 02/01/21 so if you go to the class website and check each day's work from then until now, it should give you a pretty good idea of what work I'm looking for. 

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Presenting of Articles Cont.

Lesson for 03/02/21:
 
Groups have not yet finished sharing presenting their article summaries and therefore we will continue with this today. (This is taking much longer than anticipated, but I'm not yet convinced that ANYONE truly understands how to breakdown and decode difficult texts, and this skill is of the utmost importance, so we'll stay on this a bit longer.)
 
Homework: Due to the fact that midterm grades are due this weekend, I'm not going to assign new work - please look through past assignments and see which ones you have not turned in yet. I'm looking for all three brainstorming sheets (for the 3rd qtr project). I'm continuing to send out emails as I confirm that I've graded everything I have. The quarter began on 02/01/21 so if you go to the class website and check each day's work from then until now, it should give you a pretty good idea of what work I'm looking for. 

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Presenting of Articles

Lesson for 03/01/21:
 
Students will share what they learned last week about their group's assigned articles. While groups present, everyone else will take notes on their UDHR note-catchers.
 
Homework: Finish the following sentence: The thing I found most difficult when becoming an expert on my assigned articles of the UDHR was...
 
Please include at least 4 sentences. You can state what the difficulty was, and then explain why it was hard, and maybe supply some suggestions as to what could have made it easier.

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Project Day - Potential Survey & Research Questions

Lesson for 02/26/21:
 
Students will be given project work time today. Students will be asked to make two lists, one of potential survey questions for the social studies portion of the project, and a second one of information they will need to research and get answers to in order to successfully plan their school.
 
Homework: Please continue working on your lists. Remember you need 10-12 survey questions, (you won't use all of them on your official survey, but we're still in the brainstorming stage), and a minimum of 5 research questions.

Due:

Becoming Experts on Specific Articles of the UDHR Cont.

Lesson for 02/25/21:
 
Students will continue to work in their small groups (in breakout rooms) on their assigned articles. They need to summarize their articles; find/draw pics to represent keeping/breaking the promise; and answer the questions about the articles on their "Reader" page.
 
Homework: Now that you've had some time to work through your articles with your groups, I would like for you to concentrate on answering the questions that accompany your assigned articles. (Group assignments can be found in your school email.)

Due:

Close Reading: Becoming Experts Cont.

Lesson for 02/24/21:
 
Students will continue to unpack their assigned Articles from the UDHR. They will work in their small groups to discuss their notes and prepare to "teach" the class what it is they learned about those Articles.
 
Homework: Please complete Compare & Contrast I on StudyIsland. Please do the lesson and then answer the questions.

Due:

"Human Rights" Slideshow Flashcards - New Slides

Lesson for 02/23/21:
 
Students will have time today to update their Human Rights 'Flashcard' Slideshow with some new vocabulary words. 
 
Homework: Please finish adding the five words on the attachment to your existing vocabulary slideshow. 
 
*If you need help with this, please come to tutoring so that I can help you in a smaller group setting. 
 

Due:

"Human Rights" Slideshow Flashcards - New Slides

Lesson for 02/22/21:
 
Planned: Students will have time today to update their Human Rights 'Flashcard' Slideshow with some new vocabulary words. 
 
Actual: Due to technology issues, students were unable to get onto Google Slides therefore I had them work on a ReadWorks assignment called "Welcome Home."
 
Homework: Please work on "Welcome Home" on ReadWorks (BEPEWR) - I'll give you until Friday to finish it, but the sooner you get it done, the less work you'll have to do later. 
 

Due:

Project Day - Pros & Cons of Online vs In-Person

Lesson for 02/19/21:
 
Students will have time to work on their third quarter projects today. They will do a second round of brainstorming in the form of a pros/cons list of remote vs. in-person schooling. ***Pros = advantages & Cons = disadvantages.
 
Homework: Please finish filling out your Pros & Cons Lists - a blank copy of the graphic organizer is attached, as well as today's very short PowerPoint which includes instructions for your pros/cons list. 

Due:

Interpreting Articles 2 & 3

Lesson for 02/18/21:
 
We had a class discussion about what students came up with to summarize Article 2 (last night's homework) & what pictures they chose to represent the article. It was clear that most people had not done the work. Therefore we discussed Articles 2 & 3 together as we broke down each little piece/word of the text. 
 
Homework: Please answer the 4 questions on the attached screenshot. We already talked about these in class, I just want to check your individual understanding. 

Due:

Continuing with Articles 2 & 3

Lesson for 02/17/21:
 
The plan was to finish up the lesson we began last week; however, we seem to be having a bit of trouble with this lesson so we're slowing it down to ensure everyone understands significant vocabulary, rights, and other concepts.
 
Homework: Please fill out row two - Article 2- on your UDHR note-catcher.* 
 
*If you previously filled out row one, your UDHR note-catcher is likely saved to your Google Docs or DocHub. 

Due:

Close Reading - Articles 2 & 3 of the UDHR

Lesson for 02/16/21:
 
We are once again going to take a stab at close reading Articles 2 & 3 of the UDHR. We've started this lesson twice now, with much greater success during the second attempt. We will explore the vocabulary and ideas included in these next two Articles. 
 
Homework: Please go through your copy of the UDHR and highlight each of the articles listed on the attached screenshot. (This is prep work for upcoming assignments & discussions.)

Due:

Presidents' Day

Lesson for 02/15/21:
 
None. Presidents' Day - In celebration of the holiday there are no classes today.

Due:

Q3 Project Intro & Work Time*

Lesson for 02/12/21:
 
Students will be introduced to our third quarter project. I will go over the general instructions and then allow them time to get started on their project.
(*Initially we were supposed to do this last Friday, but were unable to due makeup tests & a missing component to the project.)
 
Homework: Please complete your graphic organizer & email it to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

Due:

Close Reading - Unpacking Specific Articles of the UDHR

Lesson for 02/11/21:
 
We were to begin working on close reading for Articles  2 & 3 of the UDHR; however, only two people did their work and so I ended up kicking most of the students out of class today, (there's no point in being there if they're going to do absolutely nothing). Students were asked to fill in the top two boxes on the attached document & then we were going to share and fill in the bottom two boxes together. 
 
Homework: Text Structure Practice on Study Island.

Due:

NearPod Lesson: Identifying Non-fiction Text Structures

Lesson for 02/10/21:
 
Students worked on or completed a self-paced NearPod lesson today (Code: T83V5). The information in this lesson should help them with our upcoming assignment for our close reading of specific Articles in the UDHR.
 
Homework: Please finish today's NearPod activity & also do a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading.
 

Due:

Mid-Unit Assessment

Lesson for 02/09/21:
 
Students will take their mid-unit assessments today - it is vocabulary related and should not take very long to complete. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SEND IT TO ME WHEN YOU ARE DONE: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.
 
Homework: None due to MAP testing and mid-unit assessment - you deserve a break.

Due:

Vocabulary Review

Lesson for 02/08/21:
 
Today we will do several vocabulary activities as a way to review & study for tomorrow's mid-unit assessment.
 
Homework: Please continue to study for tomorrow's mid-unit assessment - it is NOT open book. If you've been making your vocabulary slide shows, and taking notes in class, it should be a piece of cake! 
 
If you want to revisit today's activities - here's the code of the student-paced NearPod: GSVMP & the code for the self-paced Kahoot!: 05239046.

Due:

Work Time

Lesson for 02/05/21:
 
Students were given time to work on their homework from last night (which most of them had not done yet), or on their vocabulary slideshows. I will be checking for the first 8 vocabulary words this weekend. There are another 8 that will need to be added as well.

Homework: Please work on completing both last night's homework & the first 8 vocabulary "flashcard" slides in your slideshow. 

Due:

More Human Rights Vocab.

Lesson for 02/04/21:
 
We will finish up on study of the UDHR Introduction by adding some additional words to our Human Rights Vocabulary "Flashcard" Slideshows. 
 
Homework: I would like for you to finish filling in your UDHR Note-Catcher (a blank copy is attached). We've already done paragraphs 1 & 2 together in class. Please take note of the important words/phrases & then try to make the paragraph easier to understand. If you would like to review this lesson's NearPod, or need access to notes/key words, please use this self-paced NearPod code: WJLFN.

Due:

Breaking Down the UDHR Introduction with Close Reading

Lesson for 02/03/21:
 
We will continue working on yesterday's lesson by making our way through each of the UDHR's Introduction paragraphs. Students will organize their thoughts and ideas using a new graphic organizer (note-catcher).
 
 
Homework: Using the "inalienable" example (attached) as a guide, I would like for you to attempt to break the following words (from paragraph 2 of the intro to the UDHR) into their various parts, and attempt to define them in context. 
 
upholding
promoting
protecting

Due:

Close Reading - The Introduction of the UDHR

Lesson for 02/02/21:
 
We will begin today's lesson by briefly revisiting Article One of the UDHR. Then we will move onto the document's introduction and apply some of our close reading strategies to break down this section of the text. 
 
Homework:  The attached document (Background on the UDHR) is one that you already have, but I know that you sometimes have difficulty finding docs, so I've reattached it. I would like for you to follow the instructions in orange. 
 
We have now studied this document - these two sentences - essentially it boils down to you explaining, here's how confused I was to begin with, but now this part makes sense to me. Explain.
 

Due:

Complete "Human Rights" Slideshow Flashcards

Lesson for 02/01/21:
 
Students will have the opportunity to finish up their human rights vocabulary "flashcard" slideshow.

Due:

Virtual Flashcards

Lesson for 01/29/21:
 
Using the introduction to the UDHR, students identified difficult words and began creating "flashcards" in Google Slide.
 
Homework: Please work on missing assignments and get them to me ASAP so that I can update & finalize your Q2 grades.

Due:

UDHR Introduction

Lesson for 01/28/21:
 
Having finished our timelines and now understanding some of the events that led up to the creation of the UDHR, today we were taking a look at the introduction to the UDHR. While only two sentences long, there are a lot of big words - students will practice using context clues to try and determine the meaning of vocabulary words.
 
Homework: Please complete this NearPod lesson, (it's under 5 minutes long so don't panic). The NearPod code is: LUBEA.
 
 

Due:

UDHR Creation Events

Lesson for 01/27/21:
 
We had a bit of a redo of yesterday's timeline activity. I had greater participation and focus - things went so much more smoothly today. We completed our timelines and talked about how each of the events leading up to the UDHR's creation might have played a role in the process.
 
Homework: Please search your school email for "Missing Assignments" for our class. (You can use the search box at the top of the page.) Send me at least one completed assignment.
 

Due:

Events Leading to Creation of the UDHR

Lesson for 01/26/21:
 
Students were supposed to finish up their timelines for homework last night, and many did; however, I noticed a common theme amongst the assignments turned in - many students did not put the dates in chronological order. So we attempted to work on this together today to ensure that they had the whole picture. I literally only had one student who would participate; I got very frustrated and stopped going over the timeline, and instead asked them to work on Amplify Reading for the rest of class.  
 
Homework: Please spend at least 30. minutes working on Amplify Reading activities. (I will be checking the log just before I go to bed tonight and will be giving you a grade based on whether or not you did your 30 minutes.)

Due:

Human Rights: Timelines

Lesson for 01/25/21:
 
We will pick up where we left off last Thursday and finish our timelines. 
 
Homework: Using the notes you took in class, please create a timeline of events that led to the creation of the UDHR. (You can handwrite this and send me a pic, or you can simply put them in an organized document via Google Docs if you are unable to create an actual "timeline," just remember to put them in chronological order.) 

Due:

The R.A.C.E. Strategy

Lesson for 01/22/21:
 
Students will have a refresher lesson on how to use the R.A.C.E. strategy when responding to constructed response questions. (We will continue to practice this throughout the remainder of the school year.)
 
Homework: Please read the attached passage, "School Year Round" & then use the RACE strategy to respond to the prompt.
 
Two things to remember:
1) When you cite your evidence - Make sure you use quotation marks and cite which line of the text the quote came from.
2) When you explain & elaborate - Please do not write, "...and this is my evidence." That phrase does not tell me anything. Explain WHY it's your evidence, why did you pick that particular sentence to support your answer.

Due:

UDHR Timeline

Lesson for 01/21/21:
 
Students learned a bit more about what led up to the creation of the UDHR. They are in the process of creating timelines that reflect some of the events that sparked it's inception.
 
Homework: I want you to create a timeline (handwritten on paper is fine) that includes 8 significant events in your lifetime. (For example: Maybe you start with being born, and then the next thing is one of your siblings being born, or your 5th birthday where something special happened, or when you got a pet, etc. - just make sure there are at least 8 items and that they are in chronological order.)

Due:

Inauguration Day Coverage

Lesson for 01/20/21:
 
We will move today's planned activities to tomorrow. For today we watched Inauguration coverage and I asked students to take notes throughout.
 
Homework: Please write at least a one paragraph reflection on today's inauguration. (What did you think? How do you feel? Why was today so important?)

Due:

The UDHR & Human Rights: A Brief History

Lesosn for 01/19/21:
 
We will continue to study the UDHR as a precursor to reading Esperanza Rising. In addition we will take a look at the history of human rights.
 
Homework:
With regard to the UNICEF video we watched, "For Every Child" please answer the following question:
  • What image did you think best represented the meaning of Article 1? Why did you choose it?
Then, I want for you to write one question you currently have about the UDHR - it can be anything (but please stay on topic). If you're struggling, try thinking of the 5Ws + H. 

Due:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lesson for 01/18/21:
 
None - Holiday - No School. 

Due:

Things Close Readers Do

Lesson for 01/15/21:
 
We finished up our lesson on Article One of the UDHR and talked about all the different close reading strategies students used while trying to understand the authors' intent. Students also expressed how their feelings about the term what "human rights" means, and how it's changed in the past week. 
 
Homework: "The King Holiday" on ReadWorks. (RW code: BEPEWR)

Due:

UDHR - Article One Deep Dive

Lesson for 01/14/21:
 
We talked about the results of last night's homework - I modeled the techniques I use when breaking down a text. We defined unknown words and then reread Article 1 armed with our new knowledge, students were asked to revise their paraphrased summaries of the article.
 
Homework: Complete JUST row one of the attached note catcher. (You can hand draw, computer generate, or google pictures that can be used to fill the last two boxes.

Due:

Introduction to the UDHR

Lesson for 01/13/21:
 
Using the skills and strategies they have been practicing, students will be introduced to a document titled the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and we will discuss the text structure, and brainstorm rights that we believe everyone should have. Students were also given the attached UDHR Note-Catcher - we will be using this throughout upcoming lessons so students should keep it somewhere they can easily locate it.
 
Homework: Reread Article 1 and in your own words write down your thoughts about what it might mean. There are some big words in there, if you need to look them up in order to better understand the article, please do so.

Due:

Getting Ready to Learn About Human Rights

Lesson for 01/12/21:
 
We began a study on human rights today. Students looked at the two words, together and separately, and tried to define what "human rights" might be. They will work with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the coming weeks to prepare of our novel study.
 
Homework: Please look over the UDHR and write down two-three observations about the text structure of this document. (In other words, how has the document been organized?)

Due:

Putting Summary Skills to the Test

Lesson for 01/11/21:
 
Students will use the strategies they learned last week to practice their summary skills on a couple of reading passages & Study Island.
 
Homework: Please complete your Johnny Appleseed summary & make sure you've also done the "Main Idea & Summary Practice I" that was assigned this weekend.

Due:

Summary Practice II

Lesson for 01/08/21:
 
Using the skills and strategies they have practiced this week, we worked together to answer the 5Ws+H to gather key details and write summaries today. 
 
Homework: Please complete Main Idea & Summary Practice I on Study Island.

Due:

Summary Practice

Lesson for 01/07/21:
 
We weren't able to get all the way through our summary lesson from yesterday, so we picked up where we left off, and continued working on our summary writing skills.
 
Homework: Please make sure you finish your note taking and summary writing for "Monster Meals!" and then do an initial read through in order to familiarize yourself with the Johnny Appleseed passage. 

Due:

Summarizing Texts

Lesson for 01/06/21:
 
Students will work with multiple texts: a poem, short story, and a non-fiction text, and we will go over strategies for selecting key details and writing summaries.
 
Homework: I would like for you to answer the two questions on the attached screen shot - makes sure that your purpose and audience match (that they go together). Please send this to me via email. In addition, many of you received your midterm reports over break and were surprised by your grades. Participation points are not enough - you NEED to turn in your assignments. Please work on any assignments that you owe me. 

Due:

Final Touches on Dialogue Narrative & Peer Review

Lesson for 01/05/21:
 
If there are still students trying to complete activity page 4.5, I will allow them 15-20 minutes to complete this and turn it in for a grade. We will finish up our sharing and peer review. If students are done, they will work on Amplify Reading.
 
Homework: Please spend at least 20 minutes completing activities on Amplify Reading. Also, if you did not finish and turn in activity page 4.5, please do that and send it to me.

Due:

Winter Break Packet

Winter Break:
 
Can you believe it? 2020 is almost over and we made it through the entire fall while learning virtually! I'm proud of you all!
 
Attached are the documents for your winter break assignments - (they were also emailed to you). You can use which ever program you would like to complete the assignments though I feel that DocHub would be easiest for the multiple choice. The essay you should probably do in Google Docs. And the Excerpt from A Christmas Carol is a ReadWorks assignment so you can do it directly on ReadWorks, or use DocHub.
 
1) Telling Time Passages - please read these & highlight evidence
2) Winter Break '20 Questions - answer multiple choice questions & write the essay (#8)
3) Health & Safety in Winter - Also available on ReadWorks
 
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org
 
See you in 2021!!!
 

Due:

Writing a Narrative with Dialogue Continued

Lesson for 01/04/21:
 
Prior to winter break students were working on activities meant to guide them in successfully writing a personal narrative that includes dialogue. Today we will continue with activity page 4.5 - time permitting we will begin to do some sharing and peer review.
 
Homework: Please finish up your "paragraph" from today's assignment. I want to be able to do the peer feedback piece tomorrow before we move on to the next topic. Any questions, email me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

Due:

Early Release

Lesson for 12/18/20:
 
No class - school was released at 12:00 pm today so students did not have ELA. 
 
Homework: MAKE SURE TO VISIT THE ASSIGNMENT POSTED ON 01/04/21 (since that's the due date) FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON THE WINTER BREAK PACKET!!!

Due:

Writing a Narrative with Dialogue

Lesson for 12/17/20:
 
Students will complete various activities that will guide them in successfully writing a personal narrative that includes dialogue. (Full directions are included on the attached activity page.)
 
Homework: Continue to work on brainstorming and writing your personal narrative that includes dialogue.
 
****Please remember I plan to collect this for a grade so the more you get done tonight, the less you'll have to complete tomorrow.

Due:

"The First Real San Giving Day" & Activity 4.4

Lesson for 12/16/20:
 

Students were instructed to read from the bottom of page 13 "The doorbell rang..." to page 16 "...at least after that everyone had seconds of turkey," (in your Readers in the CKLA Hub), for homework last night. No one completed this so they were unprepared for today's assignment. As such, I had them do the partner read in breakout rooms. For anyone who did not finish, or for anyone who needs the instructions for the assignment again, please visit this self-paced version of our lesson: F97VK.

Homework: Please complete today's assignment. The reading, the question in NearPod, & activity page 4.4. NearPod Code: F97VK.

Due:

Relationship through Dialogue

Lesson for 12/15/20:
 
Students will continue working with the text "The First Real San Giving Day" - they will answer questions and provide text evidence for their responses.
 
Homework: Please read from the bottom of page 13 "The doorbell rang..." to page 16 "...at least after that everyone had seconds of turkey." (In your Readers in the CKLA Hub.)
 

Due:

Read Aloud & Partner Read: "The First Real San Giving Day" Cont.

Lesson for 12/14/20:
 
We will pick up where we left off last Tuesday, (before the SCAs) and continue with our reading of "The First Real San Giving Day" and then complete another activity page that helps students extract the dialogue from a portion of the text.
 
Homework: Please do a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading. 

Due:

Records Day

Lesson for 12/11/20:
 
Records Day: There is no school for students today. Have a nice long weekend!!!

Due:

ELA SCA 1 & 2

Lesson for 12/10/20:
 
Students took/continued their short cycle assessments on Study Island today. If they finished they were asked to work on their 2nd Qtr project. 

Due:

ELA SCA 1 & 2

Lesson for 12/09/20:
 
Students took/began their short cycle assessments on Study Island today. We will finish up with these tomorrow.
 
 

Due:

Read Aloud & Partner Read: "The First Real San Giving Day"

Lesson for 12/08/20:
 

We'll continue with our reading of "The First Real San Giving Day" and then complete an activity page that helps students extract the dialogue from a portion of the text.

Homework: Please spend a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading.

Due:

Quarter 2 Project Guidelines & Rubrics

Lesson for 12/07/20:
 
Today we went over the requirements for the 2nd quarter project - I spoke with students in depth about how the various pieces will work together. I talked about the ELA, science, math,  and social studies components. Students will access the project and all guidelines on Google Classroom (Class Code: iczyzjm - [PBL 3]).
 
Homework: Make sure to look through all four class's project guidelines and come to class with questions tomorrow.

Due:

Work Day

Lesson for 12/04/20:
 
Midterm grades are due by Monday (12/07) and I have many students who owe me quite a few assignments; therefore, I offered them the opportunity to use class time today to play catch up. I also conferenced with students regarding grades and various concerns. 
 
Homework: Continue working on missing assignments. Remember that I need time to grade your assignments if you want them accounted for on your midterm report. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help - I should be around most, if not all, of the weekend. kkoshler@phoenxiclc.org.

Due:

Dialogue Writing Using Dialogue Starters

Lesson for 12/03/20:
 
We played new rounds of yesterday's "Dialogue Zoom." Yesterday we focused mostly on coming up with logical conversations; today we tried to have a bit more fun with it and add more details of the actions going on in the scenes, and the characters' feelings. Many students said that this was really fun so I felt like it couldn't hurt to reinforce the concepts with another couple of rounds.
 
Homework: Please work on incomplete assignments and get them turned in to me. I will continue to send out emails regarding missing assignments, (this evening, after my meetings), but in the meantime, take a look through the class website and work on anything you know you haven't done/turned in.

Due:

Dialogue Zoom

Lesson for 12/02/20:
 
First, we reviewed the "5 Simple Rules for Dialogue". Then we worked on an activity today in which we took turns adding dialogue to a story. Initially this was supposed to be played like the game Telephone, in which one person starts the story and the next person adds to it, and so forth; however, that wasn't quite manageable virtually. Therefore, we "played" the first round together as a whole group.
 
Homework: Using today's class activity as a model/guide; use the attached Dialogue Starter to create a dialogue & story of your own. Feel free to add additional details, not just dialogue. Make sure to follow the "5 Simple Rules for Writing Dialogue" in your writing. Get creative!

Due:

How to Use Dialogue to Show, Rather Than Tell

Lesson for 12/01/20:
 

Students struggled with last night's homework. (There's a disconnect that I'm working hard to identify.) Therefore, we picked up where we left off yesterday and we tried to identify details present in passage one that were not available in passage two (attached). What details does seeing the conversation (the dialogue) give us that telling us did not?

Homework: Please spend at least 20 minutes working on Amplify Reading.

Due:

Thanksgiving Break Assignment

Assignment for Thanksgiving Break 11/25-11/29:
 
Attached are the same documents that I emailed to you this afternoon. I have included the directions for installing DocHub for any of you who have still not done that. Please reach out to me if you have any questions: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org

Due:

Analyzing & Writing Dialogue

Lesson for 11/30/20:
 

We will discuss strategies for analyzing dialogue within a narrative, and complete an activity that will help us to write (include) dialogue in our own stories. (Update: we sort of got "stuck" on the attached slide today so I had to tweak our originally planned homework assignment. See below.)

Homework: On the attached slide (Projection 4.1) are two passages - they both describe the same scene. One passage shows (through dialogue) what happened to Blanco, while the other tells what happened to him. I want you to find four things you learned from the dialogue in passage one that you may not have necessarily known based on the lack of those details in passage two. Additionally, please read the 5 simple rules for writing dialogue (Activity 4.1). Email me if you have questions. kkoshler@phoenixclc.org

Due:

Friyay!

11/27/20: No school. Enjoy your last weekday off until winter break! See you Monday.

Due:

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/26/20: No school - enjoy your Thanksgiving, or if you don't celebrate, enjoy your Thursday :0).
 
 
 

Due:

Thanksgiving Break

11/25/20: No school today. Sleep in, enjoy time with your family, stay in if you can or wear your masks if you can't, and have a nice little break!

Due:

Multiple Meaning Words - NearPod

Lesson for 11/24/20:
 
Students will complete a NearPod lesson on multiple meaning words - this is an extension of yesterday's Study Island work. If students finish early they can finish yesterday's SI assignment or get on Amplify Reading.
 
Homework: PLEASE CHECK THE ASSIGNMENT TITLED THANKSGIVING BREAK ASSIGNMENT ON NOVEMBER 30TH.
 
 

Due:

Words, Words, Words!

Lesson for Monday 11/23/20:
 
Students will spend some time today working on a lesson entitled "Words, Words, Words!" on Study Island. Questions and Lessons have been assigned and students are expected to complete both. 
 
Homework: Finish "Words, Words, Words!" on Study Island, and if you still haven't done it, please complete "Verbs & Context Clues Practice I" (also on Study Island).

Due:

MAP Skills Locator

Lesson for 11/20/20:
 
Students will be taking a MAP Skills Locator on the NWEA website, (this is in place of this week's Friday Test). (*The idea is that I'm getting an update on their progress and seeing where we need to put more of our attention.) Students will complete missions tailored to their specific skill level based on the fall MAP scores. 
 
Homework: Please complete "The Spookiest Attic" on ReadWorks. (Class code: BEPEWR if you need it.)

Due:

Showing a Family Circus Adventure

Lesson for 11/19/20:

We decided to work with the passage from last night's homework and to together create a showing paragraph. I've attached a copy of this class's paragraph.
 
Homework: Please spend at least 20 minutes working on Amplify Reading. (my.amplify.com --> log in with google --> choose Reading K-5.) Set yourself a timer and work away.

Due:

NearPod Lesson: "Show, Not Tell"

Lesson for 11/18/20:

We were scheduled to begin studying the use of dialogue in narratives; however, it seemed to me, based on the data I've collected, that some people are still having trouble figuring out how to show rather than tell. I therefore assigned them a nearpod on this topic, in hopes that maybe having someone else teach it to them, that it would "click" with a few more of them.
 
Homework: Using today's NearPod lesson: CODE - RK58L, please rewrite the 'telling' sentences that are within the passage near the end of the presentation (TIME: 8:03) and turn this into a 'showing' passage. ***If you were absent, I would request that you go through the nearpod lesson, (it's short), so that you have another review of this topic.

Due:

Moment Narratives

Lesson for 11/17/20:
 
Most students have not turned in their "Moment" personal narratives yet. When I asked why I hadn't received many, one or two people mentioned that they were STILL confused. I have suggested emailing me, coming to tutoring, and asking me to set up some other time to meet for assistance, but haven't received any requests. I therefore went over the assignment and gave several of my own examples and then asked them to send me their completed paragraph by tomorrow.
 
Homework: FINISH your "Moment" narrative and email it to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

Due:

Showing Us a Moment Completion

Lesson for 11/16/20:
 
Students will finish activity page 3.5 by using the organizer they already completed (on page 2) to craft their "Moment" narrative in which they will use details to show us the moment. Once done, students can work on homework.
 
Homework: Context Clues & Verbs Practice I on Study Island.
 

Due:

Showing Us a Moment

Lesson for 11/13/20:
 
We finally finished up our lesson on "Showing, Not Telling" - as previously mentioned we had to spend some extra time on this as students struggled to grasp how to move from telling to showing. They are definitely starting to catch on now. Today they began filling out activity page 3.5 - the instructions are on the sheet - essentially they are planning to write another short narrative that shows us a moment.
 
Homework: Please finish the planning stages of your "Moment" narrative.

Due:

Showing, Not Telling Day 4

Lesson for 11/12/20:
 
Students are continuing to struggle with grasping how to show, rather than tell, a story. We spent a bit more time discussing how to accomplish this and went over last night's homework. Then students began working on activity page 3.4. They were supposed to turn this in before they left, but if they haven't, I still need them to send it to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.
 
Homework: Read the attached story and select/identify 8 details that the author uses to SHOW the reader what is happening in the story.

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Showing, Not Telling Day 3

Lesson for 11/11/20:
 
It was becoming clear to me as we began discussing showing and telling that the class as a whole was still rather confused. With this in mind, I chose to slow down and do additional modeling of how to extract both types of details. Attached is a copy of a competed T-chart that demonstrates how the author tells with his sentence and shows with his paragraph. 
 
Homework: See attached - instructions are included. Complete numbers 2-4 on the Showing, Not Telling Exercise 2 sheet.

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Showing, Not Telling Cont.

Lesson for 11/10/20:
 
We finished up our personification activities and went over activity page 3.3. We then began our discussion about how to show, rather than tell a story.
 
Homework: Using the sentence and short passage we discussed in class, I want you to make two columns on a piece of paper, (you can do this electronically, in your notebook, or using the attached worksheet in DocHub), and follow the directions at the top of the page on the attached document. 

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Discussion Questions & Identifying Personification

Lesson for 11/09/20:
 
We will finish up the discussion questions we were working on last Thursday and then students will complete activity page 3.3. (Instructions are on the document.)
 
Homework: Please spend a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading.
 

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Practice ELA Skills

Lesson for 11/06/20:
 
In lieu of a typical Friday Test, we played Kahoot! - we played multiple rounds on the topics we've most recently been studying, (e.g. verbs, adjectives, etc.).
 
Homework: Please do a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading.

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Read Aloud & Personification in "The First Real San Giving Day" Cont.

Lesson for 11/05/20:
 
We picked up where we left off yesterday. We finished our reading of pages 9-12 of the Reader and students answered some text based questions. 
 
Homework: Verbs & Context Clues Practice I on Study Island.

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Read Aloud & Personification in "The First Real San Giving Day"

Lesson for 11/04/20:
 
Students will continue reading "The First Real San Giving Day" (pages 9-13) and then they will complete activity page 3.3.
 
Homework: 20 minutes on Amplify Reading

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Amplify Reading

Lesson for 11/03/20:
 
Students will spend some time practicing various ELA skills using Amplify Reading website. 
 
Homework: Please complete activity page 3.2 (which you should have started last night) - and then send me the completed worksheet: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org. (Everyone should have received a copy via email yesterday - opening it in DocHub will allow you to type your answers right onto the activity page.)

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Enhancing Our Writing Through the Use of Personification

Lesson for 11/02/20:
 
Students will work on writing and rewriting sentences to enhance them through the use of personification.
 
Homework: Please complete #1 & 2A on the attached activity page. (What 2A means is: identify the nonhuman thing and the human quality used to describe it.)

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Project Day

Lesson for 10/30/20:
 
Students' first quarter project is due on Monday, Nov. 2 and as such I thought I'd give them today to work on their projects. Hopefully they're at a point where they just require some polishing and maybe a little editing from me. They still have the weekend to complete this, but obviously I will be more readily available to them during class. 
 
Homework: Please complete your first quarter project - it is due on Monday, Nov. 2.

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Personification Cont.

Lesson for 10/29/20:

Students will continue working on activity page 3.1 (a copy can be found in their email and under 10/28 on this site) - we began a Think-Pair-Share but will still need to complete our "sharing" at a later date.
 
Homework: Please continue working on your first quarter project - it is due next Monday. Let me, or any of your teachers, know if you need help.

 

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Introduction to Personification

Lesson for 10/28/20:
 
Today we will practice identifying personification and using it in our writing. Began working on activity page 3.1.
 
Homework: Please continue working on your first quarter project - it is due next Monday. Let me, or any of your teachers, know if you need help.

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Sharing "First Time" Narratives & Providing Feedback (Re-do)

Lesson for 10/27/20:
 
Today we did the activity we were supposed to do yesterday. Student were paired up in breakout rooms and were supposed to share their first time memorable experience narratives with one another, while providing positive feedback to their partner about their narrative.
 
Homework: Please work on your first quarter project. Remember that it is due on Nov. 2nd, which is next Monday.

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Sharing "First Time" Narratives & Providing Feedback

Planned Lesson - Today we will share the personal narratives that we wrote about first time memorable experiences. Classmates will provide positive feedback, as well as offer suggestions for stronger verbs and adjectives that can be used during revisions.
 
Actual Lesson - Many of the students had never completed their first time memorable experiences paragraphs a couple of weeks back and thus we had nothing to discuss with our partners. Therefore, I reviewed the expectations, refreshed their memories about the paragraph they should have composed, and asked them to work on that and make sure they have it tomorrow for class.
 
Homework: Please complete your first time memorable experience paragraph if you haven't already. Also, please be working on your quarter projects, remember that they are due next Monday (Nov. 2) which is just one week away.

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Using Strong Adjectives

Lesson for 10/23/20:
 
Students did an activity in which, similarly to how they previously replaced "weak" verbs with more descriptive word choices, they worked to replace "weak" adjectives with more specific/descriptive words. They practiced with the words Good & Bad.
 
Homework: Using *DocHub complete activity page 2.4 (please do all three pages). You can send me your completed activities to kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.
 
*Instructions for how to obtain the Doc Hub add-on for Google are available in PDF under 10/22/20.

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Doc Hub Add-On

Lesson for 10/22/20:
 
Today we spent time adding an add-on to our Google programs that will allow students to open PDFs and type directly on them. (I'd been searching for weeks for the right tool and finally have something that will work.) The add-on is called Doc Hub, if you already know how to add an add-on, please do so, if not I have included instructions in the attachments below.
 
Homework: Using DocHub, fill out both pages of activity sheet 2.3 and email them back to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org

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Amplify Reading

Lesson for 10/21/20:

We spent time today working on Amplify Reading. We are not doing a great job spending time on this site. I often assign it for homework but my data indicates that very few, if any, students are getting on outside of school hours.
 
Homework: Verb & Context Clues Practice I (*This was assigned previously, but only one student out of all 5th grade did it.)

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More Practice with Strong Verbs

Lesson for 10/20/20:
 
We completed our practice with replacing weak verbs with stronger, more description choices.
 
Homework: Please complete Activity page 2.3 (attached)

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Strong Verbs & Adjectives Part 3

Lesson for 10/19/20:
 
Today we will be finishing the activity we worked on last Thursday, identifying and replacing "weak" verbs with more descriptive verbs. Then we will complete a similar activity for improving adjective choices.
 
Homework: Please go over all guidelines for the first quarter project so that you can ask any questions tomorrow. The project is due on November 2nd, so please ensure that you are starting to work on this now, and that you reach out to your teachers if you have any confusion.
 

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Friday Test

Lesson for 10/16/20:
 
Today we took our Friday Test. I didn't intend for it to take all class, but many students were confused about how to open up the document and complete the questions in google docs. The test was open notebook so I will accept it late this week if they still want to email it to me. Anyone who finished early was asked to get on Amplify Reading.
 
Homework: Verb & Context Clues Practice I on Study Island

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Strong Verbs & Adjectives Part 2

Lesson for 10/15/20:
 
Today we will do an activity in which we identify and replace "weak" verbs with more descriptive verbs. Then we will complete a similar activity for improving adjective choices.
 
Homework: Please do a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading. (*Remember, log in with Google)

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Thinking About the Text Cont.

Lesson for 10/14/20:
 
We ended up continuing with activity page 2.2 today. MANY students had trouble understanding how to do the homework - they didn't understand the concept of the activity, nor what it was meant to accomplish. Therefore, we took the day to slow down and go through the instructions again and I filled out field one on page 2.2 - 3 and talked them through it step by step. This is their first exposure to the processing of thinking while they read (at least for this school year), so we'll continue practicing this throughout the year as we read more and more texts.
 
Homework: Please do a minimum of 20 minutes on Amplify Reading. (*Remember, log in with Google)

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Thinking About the Text

Lesson for 10/13/20:
 
Today we'll take a break from partner reading, but we will work together to answer some text-based questions, as well as to complete activity page 2.2. 
We began by reviewing last night's homework questions. Then we talked about the Think As You Read Strategies (attached). I modeled how one might do this using a sample paragraph from the text. Then students were asked to begin working on activity page 2.2, (also attached).
 
Homework: Familiarize yourself with the passage we're using for activity 2.2 and begin by choosing 1-2 quotes from the text and their accompanying information as instructed in the Activity 2.2 directions.

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Strong Verbs and Adjectives

Lesson for 10/12/20:
 
We will finish reading of the next section (pages 6-9) of "The First Real San Giving Day". Then we'll answer text-based questions about the story.
 
Homework: Please do at least 20 minutes on Amplify Reading. Also, if you did not finish in class, please answer the three questions posed during class and email me your responses: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.
 
Questions: 

1. Why didn't Blanco mention Thanksgiving to Abuela for a few days?
2. How did Blanco figure out what food to buy and how to cook it?
3. Why isn't anyone else in Blanco's family helping him shop for Thanksgiving?

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Records Day

Lesson for 10/09/20:
 
NONE - THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS! Today is a records day in which teachers will work on grades, hold parent teacher conferences, and engage in professional development. 

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Partner Reading

Lesson for 10/08/20:
 
Students will be paired up and we will go over some of the important skills to practice when others are reading aloud. Students will take turns reading from their text while using the Think As You Read strategy and following the guidelines for listening and commenting.
 

Homework: Same as last night: Visit all of the websites we've used so far this year and work on any missing assignments. You can primarily focus on Study Island, ReadWorks & Amplify Reading, but feel free to look through our past lessons to see what other assignments you may be missing. Mid-term grades are due this weekend and I'm giving students a chance to turn in any of their missing work in order to bring up their grades.

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Partner Reading

Lesson for 10/07/20:
 
We started by reviewing last night's homework and then completing the exit ticket we were supposed to do yesterday. For the exit ticket students were asked to read the rest of the paragraph on Projection 1.2 and choose a quote that demonstrated Abuela's strong connection to Cuban culture. Additionally we were meant to begin a partner reading activity, but only made it as far as the directions. Students will be paired up and we will go over some of the important skills to practice when others are reading aloud. 
 
Homework: If you did not complete it in class, finish up your exit ticket response. Also visit all of the websites we've used so far this year and work on any missing assignments. You can primarily focus on Study Island, ReadWorks & Amplify Reading, but feel free to look through our past lessons to see what other assignments you may be missing.


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Analyzing Conflict in "The First Real San Giving Day"

Lesson for 10/06/20:
 
Today we finished up analyzing the conflict in the four few pages of "The First Real San Giving Day".
 
Homework: During class I modeled how to analyze the conflict that Blanco was experiencing of wanting desperately to be more American, while in his home the Cuban culture was embraced. Now it's your turn to give it a try. Please analyze these two sentences and make some notes about how they speak to, or demonstrate, Blanco's conflict. (The full paragraph is attached for reference.)
 
"'Abuela, do you know what Thanksgiving is really all about --- what it really means?' '¿Qué?' she said without looking up from her notebook."

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“The First Real San Giving Day”

Lesson for 10/05/20:
  • We will read “The First Real San Giving Day” from Richard Blanco's book The Prince of Los Cocuyos.
Homework: Begin to think about the answer to this question: Why was it so important to Blanco to have a traditional American Thanksgiving? Doing a reread of the passage will also be a good way to prepare for tomorrow's lesson. (The story is available on Amplify ---> CKLA Hub ---> Library ---> Unit One.)

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Personal Narrative: First Time Experience Completion

Lesson for 10/02/20:
 
Students will complete their one-paragraph narrative about a first-time experience. This was something we'd already spent time in class this week and activity page 1.3 should have already been completed for homework; however, I haven't received many of these so I gave them a bit more time today. Anyone who was finished could start on their homework. 
 
Homework: Finish your one-paragraph memorable first-time experience narrative and share your document with me through Google Docs, (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). Also, I'd like for you to spend a minimum of 30 minutes this weekend on Amplify Reading

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Personal Narrative: First Time Experience Cont.

Lesson for 10/01/20:
 
After completing #1 on activity sheet 1.3 (which should haven been done for homework last night), students will write a one-paragraph narrative about a first-time experience. We will discuss the structure of paragraphs and look at examples of a well written one-paragraph narrative.
 
Homework: Complete #1 & #2 on activity sheet 1.3 (attached). Activity sheet 1.4 is attached for reference.

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Personal Narrative: First Time Experience

Lesson for 09/30/20:
 
Students will write a one-paragraph narrative about a first-time experience. We will discuss the structure of paragraphs and look at examples of a well written one-paragraph narrative.
 
Homework: Complete #1 on activity sheet 1.3 (attached).

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Personal Narrative vs. Other Types of Writing

Lesson for 09/29/20:
 
Yesterday we began a Think-Pair-Share activity, today we "shared" the results of our pair discussions.
 
Homework: Begin brainstorming about a memorable first time experience - bring a list of at least three possible topics to class tomorrow. (These should be specific to you, rather than just general first time experiences - so, for instance, don't include, first time driving as a memorable experience because none of you are old enough to drive - I could use that topic, but you cannot.)

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Think-Pair-Share: Comparing Narratives to Other Forms of Writing

Lesson for 09/28/20:
 
We did a Think-Pair-Share activity in which we compared narratives to other forms of writing. Students filled out the attached activity sheet in pairs and we will present our findings tomorrow. 
 
Homework: Spend at least 20 minutes on doing activities on Amplify Reading (Amplify Reading)
 
Originally Planned Lesson: Students will write a one-paragraph narrative about a first-time experience. We will discuss the structure of paragraphs and look at examples of a well written one-paragraph narrative. *We didn't quite get to this today; we'll pick up here tomorrow after we do the "share" part of the above TPS activity.

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Introduction to Amplify Reading

Lesson for 09/25/20
 
Students will log in and explore Amplify Reading. They can read and play some of the games that will help build and reinforce their ELA skills. 
 
Homework: Complete the ReadWorks assignment entitled "Clap Magic"  - due Sunday (09/27)

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Introduction to Personal Narratives Cont

Lesson for 09/24/20:
 
We will continue discussing personal narratives. What they are, how to write them, and how they differ from other forms of writing. Students will complete activities and prepare to write their own personal narratives. We filled out the attached activity sheet. 
 
Homework: Continue working on ReadWorks assignment: "Clap Magic" (due Sunday 09/27)

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Introduction to Personal Narratives

Lesson for 09/23/20:
 
We will be discussing personal narratives. What they are, how to write them, and how they differ from other forms of writing. Students will complete activities and prepare to write their own personal narratives.
 
Homework: Word Web the "narrative" part of personal narrative.

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Work Day

Lesson for 09/22/20:
 
We were going to start our unit on personal narratives; however, due to testing, only about 1/3 of the class was present so I decided to hold off one more day. Students were given time to complete their Study Island diagnostic test (which was assigned last week), and/or they could work on the ReadWorks assignment entitled: "Clap Magic" (due 09/27).

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Introduction to Amplify

Lesson for 09/21/20:
 
Students will log onto Amplify and explore its many functions. This is a site we will rely on for much of our reading materials while we're doing school remotely.

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Using Graphic Organizers Continued

Lesson for 09/18/20:
 
We will finish yesterday's lesson on graphic organizers, and discuss how they can be used to help gather & organize important information. 
 
Homework: Students need to complete the diagnostic test/knowledge check on Study Island. This was assigned on Wednesday but I gave them a due date of end of day on 09/20. Study Island

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Using Graphic Organizers

Lesson for 09/17/20:
 
Students will be introduced to a variety of graphic organizers, and we will discuss how they can be used to help gather & organize important information. 
 
Homework: Students should complete the Main Idea Cluster on slide 7 of the attached PowerPoint. Earth Day is what goes in the center of the cluster, and students are asked to add details regarding this topic in the surrounding circles. They need to come up with at minimum 4 details, but are encouraged to add more circles and ideas to the outside of the cluster. 

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Study Island Diagnostic

Lesson for 09/16/20:
 
Students will take the 5th grade ELA diagnostic test so that I can get a baseline read on which topics we need to cover this school year.

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NearPod: "Captain Monday of the Forest Rangers" Completion

Lesson for 09/15/20:
  • Complete NearPod activity: "Captain Monday of the Forest Rangers"

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NWEA Practice - Reading

Lesson for 09/14/2020:
 
Beginning at the end of this week, students will take their fall MAP tests. We use the data from these evaluations to help focus our lessons and to show growth throughout the school year. Prior to the real test, we will do a trial run. 
 

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Friday Test: Virtual School

Friday Test - 09/11/2020:
  • Virtual School Expectations & Week One Reflection
  • Continue with/complete NearPod activity: "Captain Monday..."
Homework: Please work on your summary of "Captain Monday of the Forest Rangers" - if you missed either day of the reading, and/or just need to refresh your memory - here's a code to get into the NearPod lesson: HUPCN. You might also consider using the Somebody Wanted But So Then graphic organizer to help gather your thoughts.

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More NearPod Practice - Open ended questions

Lesson for 09/10/2020:
 
  • NearPod Lesson: "Captain Monday of the Forest Rangers"
  • Review & reinforce the expectations for online learning.

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NearPod Practice & 4th Grade Review

Lesson for 09/09/2020:
  • NearPod lesson on summarizing texts
  • Review & reinforce expectations for online learning

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Online Learning: Expectations & Explanations

Lesson for 09/08/2020:
  • We will go over expectations for participating in online classes.  
  • We will take a look at some of the online platforms we'll be using for virtual learning.
  • We will answer "Would You Rather" questions, and explain the reasoning behind our choices.