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6th Grade ELA (Section 6B) Assignments

Instructor
Ms. Kristie Koshler
Term
2020 - 2021 School Year
Department
Classes
Description
Welcome to 6th 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. 
 
As we enter the winter season we will continue our reading of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. As I've said in the past, this is the first book in the Percy Jackson series, and is so popular that it's likely that some students have already read it. So far we have learned about Greek Mythology and studied the hero archetype. We are now starting to gather additional knowledge regarding myths and legends. We will resume our close reading, using the strategies we learned in the fall, and we will engage with additional texts to enhance our study of mythical allusions. Copies of the novel are available for pick up at Phoenix, but students also have access to a digital copy that they've used since school began in September. Some 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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Study Island Learning Paths

Lesson for 05/13/21:
 
Students will not come to ELA today due to NWEA MAP testing in Reading; however, they will be asked to work on their Study Island Learning Paths. Please send me a screenshot or email indicating which activities you completed. 

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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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Study Island: Essay Planning

Lesson for 05/12/21:
 
Students will not attend ELA today due to NWEA MAP testing in math; however, I do have an online assignment for them to do: Please complete "Essay Planning" on Study Island. PLEASE COMPLETE THE LESSON PORTION BEFORE ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS!!!

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NearPod: Characteristics of an Informational Text

Lesson for 05/11/21:
 
Though students will not come to ELA today due to the NWEA MAP test for Reading, students will be asked to work on a NearPod activity titled "Characteristics of an Informational Text." It is my hope that by reviewing several informational texts, and analyzing their contents, students will more easily be able to plan out and write their own informative essays. NearPod Code: B9AXG.
 
*Please also continue to work on your portfolio assignments for Mr. Cypher-Tierney & Mrs. Koonce. If you would like for me to look at your essay(s) and provide feedback, please email those to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

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Portfolio Work Time

Lesson for 05/10/21:
 
We had a plan to do a creative writing activity, but after a poll of the class, students needed time to work on their portfolios so we did that instead.

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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

Lesson for 05/04/21:
 
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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Mini Essay Analysis Completion

Lesson for 05/03/21:
 
We will be finishing up the lesson we've been working on for the past few days by completing our graphic organizers and comparing our findings to those of the essay's author.
 
Homework: Please finish filling out your G.O. for body paragraph 2.

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Model Mini Essay & Graphic Organizers

Lesson for 04/30/21:
 
Students will continue to analyze the model mini essay and begin to fill in a couple of graphic organizers that should help guide them in their own writing.
 
Homework: Make sure that you've completed your graphic organizer for Body Paragraph 1

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Mini Essay Analysis Part II

Lesson for 04/29/21:
 
We continued with the lesson we began yesterday in which we are analyzing a model (mini) essay in preparation for writing our own.

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Chapter 15 Read Along & Analyzing a Mini-Essay

Lesson for 04/28/21:
 
We will proceed with our study of The Lightning Thief by doing a read along of chapter 15, "A God Buys Us Cheeseburgers." (Students were asked to do this on their own Monday, but only two students in all of 6th grade completed the reading.) Then, we will begin to discuss the elements and structure of an analytical essay.

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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. Time permitting we will continue with the lesson we began yesterday.

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Chapter 15 Read Along & Analyzing a Mini-Essay

Lesson for 04/26/21:
 
Please Read: 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.
 
We will proceed with our study of The Lightning Thief by doing a read along of chapter 15, "A God Buys Us Cheeseburgers." Then, we will begin to discuss the elements and structure of an analytical essay.

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NearPod: Guided Research on Social Media

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 titled: "Social Media and Teens" a lesson on guided research. NearPod Code: J675E. ***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 Cronus Theme RDs

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 finishing up the assignment we tried to do M-W when our internet was out. Using copies of Cronus, and "The Key Elements of Mythology" they were to fill out the attached graphic organizer. 
 
Homework: Please finish filling out your theme form. 

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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. "Out of Line Online" - if you don't see the assignment on ReadWorks, it's because you have never added my class to your account. 
 
RW code is VVCH42.

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Internet Issues

Lesson for 04/20/21:
 
We tried working through our internet issues for the majority of class and therefore were unable to complete any work. We'll try again tomorrow. We did had some journal prompts on the board to choose from.

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Understanding Theme in Cronus

Lesson for 04/19/21:
 
***Today's schedule will be a bit different than our regular daily schedule due to 5th grade finishing up their state testing (in science). You will only be in ELA & Social Studies today, but you should have online assignments for math & science to do during your extended time in your first and second block classes.***
 
We will be picking up where we left off before we began state testing. We will have a short review of the things we'd been discussing and then we will finish up our lesson on connecting "The Key Elements of Mythology" to the theme of Cronus. 

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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 "Elements of a Story" 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 "Literary Devices: Symbolism" on NearPod. Code: 2ZLQY. 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 "Food, Drinks, and Our 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: VVCH42.

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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 V", (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 - "Compare & Contrast" (if you don't see this, please do "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 ESZ4U - make sure you use quotation marks around your quotes. Please use RACE when responding to the first 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 "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: VVCH42.

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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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Carousel of Quotes III

Lesson for 04/01/21:
 
We were playing a bit of catch up (to 6A) today and we spend the class working on the Carousel of Quotes activity that we had planned for earlier this week. Students used the attached slideshow (originally in Google Slides) to complete this activity - the instructions are on the second slide.
 
Homework: Please finish the Carousel of Quotes activity that we worked on in class today. Everyone, (even those who were not in class), was invited to view a google slide show called "Carousel of Quotes" - the directions for the activity are on slide 2. You need to do all four sets of quotes. Let me know if you have any questions. Email me your assignment when it is complete (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). Google Docs, a blank email, google slides, wherever you want to do this assignment is fine.

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Connecting Literary and Informational Texts Part 2 Redux

Lesson for 03/31/21:
 
Yesterday was sort of a wash - the class was small and participation was next to nil, so we tried a redo today. Students participated in an evidence-based discussion concerning chapter 14.
 
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.

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Connecting Literary and Informational Texts Part 2

Lesson for 03/30/21:
 
Today we will pick up where we left off yesterday exploring the idea of how to make connections between different types of text. Students will complete a modified "Carousel of Quotes" activity & begin a mini writing assignment based on theme.
 
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 and/or general ELA tutoring. For details on the project, please visit Google Classroom (PBL 3) - teachers have posted their requirements under classwork.

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Connecting Literary and Informational Texts Part 1

Lesson for 03/29/21:
 
It's been couple of weeks since we read chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief; therefore we will do a little bit of review today by having an evidence-based discussion related to events in chapter 14. Additionally, students will add new vocabulary to their word-catchers (from Lesson 1) as we talk about using context clues to determine word meanings.
 
Homework:
 
Please answer the following questions using complete sentences: 
 
1. On page 158 Percy says, "I could see where the fire on my clothes had been quenched. But when I touched my own shirt, it felt perfectly dry." What is the meaning of the word quenched here? How is it the same or different from your thirst being quenched?
 
2. How does Percy's fall from the Arch and descent to the bottom of the Mississippi River help to move the plot of the story forward?
 
3. What message does the woman in the water give Percy?
 
4. What does Percy learn by overhearing the reporters outside the Arch?

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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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Choosing & Using Textual Evidence

Lesson for 03/17/21:
 
We will be going through a Study Island lesson on choosing relevant text evidence and how to incorporate it into our writing.
 
Homework: Using the "Tsunami" passage we were working with in class, please answer the attached questions using text evidence from the passage. (DocHub or GoogleDocs is fine.)

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ReadWorks: "A New Kind of Teacher"

Lesson for 03/16/21:
 
Today we will work on an assignment on ReadWorks, "A New Kind of Teacher." 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: VVCH42). Please see the attached for specific expectations.

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Writing about Elements of Mythology & the Supernatural

Lesson for 03/15/21:
 
Students will finish up a lesson we were working on last week by responding to a couple of constructed response questions regarding the informational text we're working with, "The Key Element of Mythology," & an additional question about chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief.
 
Homework: Finish responding to the question we were working on in class: What role does the supernatural play in chapter 14? Remember to use RACE to respond. Also, please read the attached passage and answer the question at the bottom of the page.

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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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NearPod: Comparing & Contrasting with Venn diagrams

Lesson for 03/10/21:
 

Students will work on a NearPod lesson today that will help them practice using Venn diagrams to compare and contrast textual details as well as real life scenarios.

 
Homework: Please complete today's NearPod assignment. Code: LC865

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Word Model Presentations & Ch. 14

Lesson for 03/09/21:
 

Groups finally presented their word models. Then we listened to and read along with chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief, "I Become a Known Fugitive."

Homework: Please answer the reading comprehension questions for chapter 14 that are on the attached document. Google Docs is fine, and complete sentences are required

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Word Model Glossary Compilation

Lesson for 03/08/21:
 
Groups were supposed to share their word models today, but many were still not ready to do so. Instead, we are sharing a Google Slideshow and compiling our vocabulary words into one document.
 
Homework: Please finish your word models so that we can complete our class glossary.

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Records Day

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

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Finishing Our Word Models

Lesson for 03/04/21:
 
Students worked in breakout rooms to finish up their word models for our class glossary on mythology terms.
 
Homework: On ReadWorks (class code: VVCH42) is an article-a-day set called "Women Who Made a Difference" - 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 you admire about the woman/women who is/are the subject of the article.

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Word Model Creation

Lesson for 03/03/21:
 
Students worked in pair/triads to create word models for key vocabulary related to mythology.
 
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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Close Reading of "The Key Elements of Mythology" Part II

Lesson for 03/02/21:
 

Students will continue working with the text "The Key Elements of Mythology," focusing on key vocabulary, helping them to better understand what makes a myth a myth.

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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Read Along Chapter 13

Lesson for 03/01/21:
 
We will have a recap of chapter 12 (since it's been a while since we read it), and then we will have a read along for chapter 13 of The Lightning Thief, "I Plunge to My Death."
 
Homework: Please create a list of 5 questions you have about chapter 13. These will be used in a class discussion tomorrow so try to make them interesting, don't ask, I wonder what color shirt Percy was wearing? - that is an unimportant detail. Try to ask questions that will lead to an engaging conversation.

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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.

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"The Key Elements of Mythology"

Lesson for 02/25/21:
 
Today we will finish up the lesson we began earlier this week. We first completed our Venn diagrams and then, we did an initial read of a text called "The Key Elements of Mythology" in order to get the gist of this text. Students will annotate the text in preparation for the next lesson in which we will continue close reading this document.
 
Homework: Please read over the entire document entitled, "The Key Elements of Mythology," making annotations about important aspects, words you don't know, and/or words that strike you as good vocabulary words. After you've read, please fill out the "Exit Ticket" and email it to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.
 
 

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Venn Diagram

Lesson for 02/24/21:
 
Today we worked on filling in a Venn diagram of the similarities and differences between "Shrouded in Myth" & "Cronus."
 
Homework: Please add at least two similarities & two differences to your Venn Diagram. (Use your notes and your copies of these two passages.)

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Comparing & Contrasting Cont.

Lesson for 02/23/21:
 
Today we will continue with the lesson we began yesterday. Students were asked to complete their lists of similarities & differences for homework last night. We took time to go over those in class today to ensure that students were understanding the task and recognizing the "right" similarities & differences. 
 
Homework: Punctuation Practice on Study Island. Please complete the lesson and then answer the questions.

Due:

What Makes a Myth a Myth?

Lesson for 02/22/21:
 
Students will revisit the myth of "Cronus" and "Shrouded in Myth" and they will compare and contrast the two texts working to answer the question, "What Makes a Myth a Myth?"
 
Homework: Please continue with the comparisons we were doing in class - the remaining pairs of quotes are attached. Remember, you need at least one similarity and one difference per pair.
 
I've included "Chart 1" which we did in class, but many people did not finish (or start it) during class. For homework, you need to do Charts 2-4 and finish 1 if you haven't already done it.

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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:

Current Event Reflection

Lesson on 02/18/21:
 
Students will work on a NearPod assignment about an influential celebrity and the legacy he left behind. 
 
 

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NWEA MAP Test - Science (Day Two)

Lesson for 02/17/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in science. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Science (Day One)

Lesson for 02/16/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in science. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

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Presidents' Day

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

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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:

Presidents' Day Assignment

Lesson for 02/11/21:
 
Students will have a paired texts practice assignment on ReadWorks that is Presidents' Day "themed."
 
Homework: Please complete today's ReadWorks assignment: "Improving the United States."

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Math (Day Three)

Lesson for 02/10/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in math. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Math (Day Two)

Lesson for 02/09/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in math. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Math (Day One)

Lesson for 02/08/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in math. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

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Chapter 12 Read Along

Lesson for 02/05/21:
 
Students followed along while we listened to Chapter 12 of The Lightning Thief, "We Get Advice from a Poodle."
 
Homework: Please read, reread, and/or review Chapter 12 and fill out the attached Purpose for Reading worksheet. 
 
Make sure you use RACE when responding to the question.

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Complete Theme: Myth of Cronus

Lesson for 02/04/21:
 
We will finish up our lesson on identifying theme in the Cronus myth. 
 
Homework:
First, answer this question: What themes are conveyed in the Cronus myth about parent-child relationships?

Then, based on what you learned today during our class discussion and assignment, please complete the attached worksheet. The directions are on the page & there are sentence starters to help you gather your thoughts.

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NWEA MAP Test - Reading (Day Three)

Lesson for 02/03/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in reading. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Reading (Day Two)

Lesson for 02/02/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in reading. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Reading (Day One)

Lesson for 02/01/21:
 
Students will spend blocks one and two (9:00-10:50; actual testing time 9:30-11:30) working on their winter MAP test in reading. Therefore, 6B will not attend ELA today.
 
Homework: None due to testing.

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Determining the Theme of Cronus & Using Context Clues

Lesson for 01/29/21:
 
We began our lesson on identifying theme in the myth of Cronus, and then practiced using context clues to define unfamiliar vocabulary.
 
Homework: Please work on missing assignments and get them to me ASAP so that I can update & finalize your Q2 grades.
 

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Chapter 11 Read Along

Lesson for 01/28/21:
 

Today we finished up our read along of chapter 11 for The Lightning Thief, "We Visit the Garden Gnome Emporium."

Homework: Please answer the comprehension questions on the attached document.

Due:

Read Along Chapter 11

Lesson for 01/27/21:
 
We reviewed/discussed the classes gist statements about the myth of Cronus. Then we reviewed the "Things Close Readers Do" slide show. Lastly we began doing a read along of chapter 11 for The Lightning Thief, "We Visit the Garden Gnome Emporium."
 
Homework
 
1) Copy the notes from the document titled "Theme"
2) Read the doc titled "The Four Oxen and the Lion"
3) Following the four steps on the "Theme" slide, see if you can identify any sort of theme for the story. (You can google "common themes in literature" if you need more help.)
 

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Gist: The Myth of Cronus

Lesson for 01/26/21:
 
We spent time reading through the myth of Cronus today and students began annotating the text for gist & unfamiliar vocabulary.
 
Homework: Please finish your gist statements for "Cronus" and then answer the question on the attached sheet.

Due:

The Myth of Cronus Cont.

Lesson for 01/25/21:
 
We will take a deeper dive into the myth of Cronus and discuss how it relates to what we've been reading about Percy in The Lightning Thief. Today's focus will likely be on Things Close Readers Do. After this we will work with the myth of Cronus to write out gist statements about each paragraph, and then answer questions about the myth.
 
Homework: Using the Reading Closely - Approaching the Text document (attached), please answer the following: What does "approaching the text" mean in your own words?

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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. They used "School Year Round" to practice this strategy today. (We will continue to practice this throughout the remainder of the school year.)
 
Homework: Please read the attached passage, "Superstar Paychecks" & 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.

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The Myth of Cronus

Lesson for 01/21/21:
 
Today finished reading chapter 10 in The Lightning Thief and then we began to study the myth of Cronus by looking at some images and completing an I Notice/I Wonder T-Chart.  D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths (The images we looked at today can be found on pages 14 & 15 of this book.)
 
Homework: I want for you to answer the following questions:
 
1) Based on what you noticed and wondered about the illustrations, what is one prediction you have about the myth of Cronus?
2) What specific details in the illustrations led you to make your prediction?
 

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:

Read Along Chapter 10 & the Myth of Cronus

Lesson for 01/19/21:
 
We will do a read along of Ch. 10 in The Lightning Thief, and time permitting, we'll have an introduction to the myth of Cronus.
 
Homework: Please answer the question on the attached worksheet. I want you to write a paragraph, in complete sentences, that includes text evidence to support your answer. (This is not from the novel, this is from "Myths & Legends" which we were working with last week.)

Due:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

Due:

Myths & Legends Completed

Lesson for 01/15/21:
 
Students spent time in their "triads" today discussing possible main ideas for each section of the UDHR. After about 15 minutes we reconvened and talked about what they had recorded on their Note Catchers. 
 
Homework: "The King Holiday" on ReadWorks. (RW code: VVCH42)

Due:

Myths & Legends Cont.

Lesson for 01/14/21:
 
Today we picked up where we left off yesterday with the "Myths & Legends" (attached to lesson on 01/13/21) passage. Students were asked today to fill out a main idea recording form to capture notes, annotations, and main ideas for each paragraph. 
 
Homework: Please complete the attached recording form - we will use this information for tomorrow's first activity.

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Building Background Knowledge with "Myths & Legends"

Lesson for 01/13/21:
 
Today we will continue our exploration of "Myths & Legends" as we build background knowledge on how The Lightning Thief is related to traditional Greek Mythology.
 
Homework: Please try to define the bolded words from "Myths & Legends" using ONLY context clues (it's okay if you get them wrong, I'm wanting you to practice using context clues, not googling definitions). 

Due:

Building Background Knowledge with "Myths & Legends"

Lesson for 01/12/21:
 
Today we will finish reading chapter 9 and then begin our exploration of "Myths & Legends" as we build background knowledge on how The Lightning Thief is related to traditional Greek Mythology.
 
Homework: If you did not complete it in NearPod, please make sure you fill out the "Using Details to Make an Inference form (attached). Additionally, please do an initial read of "Myths & Legends" in preparation for tomorrow's lesson.
 
 

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Reading Closely to Build Background Knowledge

Lesson for 01/11/21
 
Students will begin working with Chapter 9 of The Lightning Thief and a text entitled "Myths and Legends" to make inferences about Percy.
 
Homework: Continue reading the rest of Ch. 9 & make sure you've completed the weekend assignment, "Inference Practice II" on Study Island.

Due:

Inference & Conclusion Practice w/Show & Tell

Lesson for 01/08/21:
 
We finished up our Study Island lesson on making inferences and drawing conclusions. We played a "game" that proved to students how good they are at making inferences in an effort to build everyone's confidence in this area.
 
Homework: Please complete Inference Practice II* on Study Island. 
 
*If you do not have this assignment on your list, try Main Idea & Purpose instead.

Due:

Conclusions and Inferences

Lesson for 01/07/21:
 
Students will work with various texts: riddles and other short passages, honing in on important things (steps) to consider when making inferences and drawing conclusions.
 
Homework: Look around your house and try to find an object that you think is unusual enough or uncommon enough that your peers may not know what it is. We're going to try a little game of show and tell and see if we can figure out what the item is or how it is used. (Make sure it is school appropriate - no weapons, or anything else that you couldn't bring to school.) The more objects we have, the more fun this activity will be :0).

Due:

Unit One Assessment

Lesson for 01/06/21:
 
Today students will complete their unit one assessment - it looks nearly identical to many of the graphic organizers we've filled out in the past, so if students have been in class, this should prove to be quite simple. The unit assessment will focus on chapter 8 of The Lightning Thief.
 
Homework: Please finish your unit assessment and email it to me.

Due:

Read Along Chapter 8 & Assessment Prep

Lesson for 01/05/21:
 
Today we will have a read aloud (and follow along) of Chapter 8 of The Lightning Thief, "We Capture a Flag". Afterwards, time permitting, we will do a bit of review and preparation for our end of unit assessment. 
 
 
Homework: Please finish reading chapter 8 & then "study" for tomorrow's end of unit assessment. You'll want to focus on pages 82-86 in The Lightning Thief, and the following stages in "The Hero's Journey":
  • “Entering the Unknown”

  • “Supernatural Aid”

  • “Allies and Helpers”

  • “The Road of Trials”

Due:

Winter Break Packet

Winter Break
 
We made it folks! Please enjoy your break!
 
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) Yosemite Passages. - please read these and highlight your evidence
2) Winter Break '20 Questions - please answer these and complete the essay
3) Excerpt from A Christmas Carol - Complete on ReadWorks, or via DocHub
 
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org
 
See you in 2021!!!
 
 

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Writing with Evidence & Peer Feedback

Lesson for 01/04/21:
 
Students will write a paragraph explaining how Percy's journey aligns with the hero's journey - they will focus on pages 71-73 of the text to complete their writing. Peers will then use a checklist to ensure that each student has included all of the required information & give general feedback.
 
Homework: Please finish up your paragraph from today's assignment. I want to be able to do the peer feedback piece tomorrow before we read chapter 8. Any questions, email me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

Due:

Preview of Winter Break Packets + Instructions

Lesson for 12/18/20:
 
We spent today going over the contents and instructions for the winter break projects & then we played Kahoot!
 
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 with Evidence Part 1

Lesson for 12/17/20:
 
Today students focused in on pages 71-73, (Chapter 7), of The Lightning Thief, and four specific stages of "The Hero's Journey" - they were asked to reread a specified section and then begin filling in the graphic organizer that is at the top of the attached document.
 
Homework: Continue working on today's assignment. Make sure that you have at the very least revisited the pages & stages of our two texts and come to a decision as to which stage and scene you're going to focus on for your paragraph. (The instructions are attached as well in case you need a reminder as to which stages to focus on.) 

Due:

Read Along Chapter 7 & Begin Gathering Evidence (Ch. 7)

Lesson for 12/16/20:
 

Today we did a read along of Chapter 7 of The Lightning Thief, "My Dinner Goes Up in Smoke". Then students were asked to fill out their "Purpose for Reading" form that they received yesterday.

Homework: Please review/reread the following stages from "The Hero's Journey" and write gist statements for each.

1. “Entering the Unknown”
2. “Supernatural Aid”
3. “Allies and Helpers”
4. “The Road of Trials"

Begin thinking about how each of these stages is related to Percy's experience.

Due:

Review Selecting Evidence (Ch. 6)

Lesson for 12/15/20:
 
The plan was to do a read along for Ch. 7; however, it seems that students are still struggling with pulling evidence from multiple sources. So, we went over yesterday's Selecting Evidence form and I modeled again how to search for an collect quotes. Then students answered a couple of questions about our learning target. 
 
Homework: Please do an initial read through of Chapter 7: "My Dinner Goes Up in Smoke" and fill out the attached Purpose for Reading form.

Due:

Selecting Evidence: Aligning Percy's Journey to the Hero's Journey

Lesson for 12/14/20:

Students will work with their triads today. They will select evidence from chapter 6 that aligns Percy's journey with the hero's journey.

Homework: Finish Selecting Evidence G.O. for chapter 6.

Due:

Records Day

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

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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:

Getting the Gist & Text-Dependent Questions (Ch. 6)

Lesson for 12/08/20:
 
We briefly discussed, (again), what an archetype is and talked about why Chiron referred to the Minotaur as an archetype. Then students were asked to review a portion of the text that we'd read last week, and jot down gist statements every few paragraphs. (Pages 59-62)
 
Homework: Answer the two questions on the attached page. Please email it to me when complete: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

Due:

Quarter 2 Project

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, and social studies components (I did not yet have a copy of the math portion). Students will access the project and all guidelines on Google Classroom (Class Code: iczyzjm - [PBL 3]). Students had a little bit of time to start looking through the science data gathering form.
 
Homework: Make sure to look through all four class's project guidelines and come to class with questions tomorrow.

Due:

Word 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:

Read Along & Purpose for Reading Chapter 6

Lesson for 12/03/20:
 
We finished reading Chapter 6 of The Lightning Thief,  "I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom." Then students were asked to fill out and submit the attached Purpose for Reading document.
 
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:

How to Write a Paragraph & Ch. 6 Read Along

Lesson for 12/02/20:
 
The plan was to complete the partner writing activity; however, with the majority of students having not turned in a paragraph, we could not partner up, exchange papers, and provide feedback. More than one student contacted me saying they didn't know how to write a paragraph, and so today, we spent time looking at the structure of a paragraph and discussing the R.A.C.E. strategy. Then we began to read ch. 6. Students should be taking notes and filling out the attached sheet for chapter 6.
 
Homework: If you haven't already, please finish your paragraph and send it to me. Also, complete Context Clues on Study Island.

Due:

Partner Writing Activity Cont.

Lesson for 12/01/20:
 
We had a different lesson planned for today; however, we first needed to finish up our partner writing activity. Here was the problem, no one had correctly and/or completely finished writing their paragraphs so it was impossible to have them exchange papers and edit one another's paragraphs, (which is the main objective in the partner writing activity). Therefore, I had students once again working on their paragraphs. Some students made good progress & I'm working with the others to help them understand the prompt.  
 
Homework: Finish your paragraph & do Context Clues Practice I on Study Island.

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:

Partner Writing Activity

Lesson for 11/30/20:
 
Students will be paired up for a writing assignment. Using the G.O.s they filled out previously, students will work together to write a paragraph that addresses the question: “How do Percy’s experiences align with the hero’s journey?”
 
Documents needed to complete the assignment:
  • Carousel of Quotes: Connecting The Lightning Thief and "The Hero's Journey" Recording Form
  • Selecting Evidence from "The Hero's Journey"
  • Model paragraph from lesson 8 (I resent a copy of this to everyone today)
  • Access to your copy of "The Hero's Journey" and The Lightning Thief
 
Homework: Finish writing your paragraph.

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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).
 
 
 

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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!

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Partner Writing Activity

Lesson for 11/24/20:
 
Planned Lesson - Students will be paired up for a writing assignment. Using the G.O.s they filled out previously, students will work together to write a paragraph that addresses the question: “How do Percy’s experiences align with the hero’s journey?” (This will be rescheduled for after Thanksgiving Break.)
 
What we actually did - We reviewed the Thanksgiving Break assignment & played Kahoot!, (to be clear, it was ONLY questions about the parts of The Lightning Thief that we have already read & I didn't feel like enough students were present to successfully do the Partner Writing activity).
 
Homework: PLEASE CHECK THE ASSIGNMENT TITLED THANKSGIVING BREAK ASSIGNMENT ON NOVEMBER 30TH.

Due:

Finish Carousel of Quotes & Begin Finding Evidence

Lesson for 11/23/20:
 

Students should have already completed one graphic organizer (G.O.) that is meant to help them to make a connection between "The Hero's Journey" and The Lightning Thief; they will share their findings and begin using another recording form (or G.O.) to gather evidence from the texts. Both activities will help them to gather information for our partner writing activity.

Homework: Please complete the attached document - Selecting Evidence from "The Hero's Journey". 

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 "Intertwining Memories" on ReadWorks. (Class code: VVCH42 if you need it.)

Due:

Finish Read Along of Chapter 5 & begin the Relationship Between Two Texts

Lesson for 11/19/20:
 

We will finish our read along for Chapter 5, "I Play Pinochle with a Horse." Then we will move into looking at the relationship between "The Hero's Journey" & The Lightning Thief.

Homework: Complete Carousel of Quotes (attached) - we will use this as part of our discussion on another day.

Due:

Connections between TLT & "THJ" + Ch. 5 read aloud

Lesson for 11/18/20:
 
We briefly discussed some of the ways in which Percy's story and "The Hero's Journey" are alike and then we began a read aloud/along of Chapter 5, "I Play Pinochle with a Horse."
 
Homework: Quote & Paraphrase Practice I* on Study Island.
 
*If you do not see this assignment on your assignment list, look for another assignment that says assigned 11/18/20.

Due:

Vocabulary: Using Multiple Strategies to Define Unfamiliar Terms

Lesson for 11/17/20:
 
Yesterday's lesson ended up carrying over into today, (I'd underestimated the amount of time it would take to get through acts 2 & 3 of "THJ"). Students worked on using context clues and prefix/root words, to define unfamiliar vocabulary in excerpts from "The Hero's Journey".
 
Homework: Complete the Vocabulary recording form & turn it in to me. Please do not look up the definitions on Google, that is NOT one of the strategies we are practicing at the moment. Use context clues and prefixes to make your best guess as to the meanings of the words.

Due:

"The Hero's Journey" Parts II & III

Lesson for 11/16/20:
 
We'll be doing a close read of parts 2 & 3 of "The Hero's Journey," and discussing important details and the central ideas of various sections of the text.
 
Homework: Complete your "THJ" recording form and send it to me via email: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

Due:

"The Hero's Journey" Wrap-up

Lesson for 11/13/20:
 
We finished up part 1 of "The Hero's Journey," discussing Things Close Readers Do, looking at a model paragraph and identifying important components of a strong paragraph. Lastly, students did an exit ticket explaining how their idea of a hero has changed since they did their QuickWrite on Monday.
 
Homework: Please do an initial read through of chapter 5 of The Lightning Thief, "I Play Pinochle with a Horse".

Due:

"The Hero's Journey" Act I - Important Details & Central Idea

Lesson for 11/12/20:
 
We've been studying Act 1 of "The Hero's Journey" and the students seem to be understanding the information, but are struggling to gather the important details in a helpful/meaningful way - the graphic organizers provided have been difficult to understand; therefore, we slowed way down and talked through what information was important for them to begin to understand - e.g. what is an archetype & how does the hero archetype relate to our novel?
 
Homework: Please do an initial read of Acts II & III of "The Hero's Journey".

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"The Hero's Journey" Cont.

Lesson for 11/11/20:
 
We'll continue with part 1 of "The Hero's Journey". We will make sure everyone's annotations are reasonable and accurate. We read the passage aloud and worked together as a class to identify unfamiliar words and write out gists for each paragraph. (Note: This was last night's homework, but we needed to go over it to make sure everyone was on the same page.)
 
Homework: Students received a detailed list of instructions in their emails about filling in the attached graphic organizer/recording form. Please check your school email for the directions.

Due:

"The Hero's Journey" Part I

Lesson for 11/10/20:
 
We will continue working with "The Hero's Journey" part 1 today. We discussed students' QuickWrite responses and then students began an initial read through of the text.
 
Homework: Please annotate part 1 of "The Hero's Journey" - this would be the pages labeled 10 & 11 - in "Introduction" and "Act 1: Separation." You should do the following: 1) Circle/underline/highlight unfamiliar words. 2) After each paragraph write a short gist of what the paragraph was mostly about. (If you use DocHub, this can be completed directly on the document.)

Due:

Questions about the Text & Intro to "The Hero's Journey"

Lesson for 11/09/20:
 
We will finish up the questions we were working on last Thursday - we'll talk about the answers to the questions from our Triad Talks and students will do an online, modified version of Back to Back, Face to Face. 

Homework: Please complete your QuickWrite - be ready to discuss/share tomorrow. Additionally, please make sure you send me your mid-unit assessments from Friday - I really need that data so that I can plan future lessons accordingly. Thanks.
 
 

Due:

Mid-Unit Assessment

Lesson for 11/06/20:
 
Students will take their Mid-Unit Assessment today.
 
Homework: Complete your mid-unit assessment and email it back to me before Monday. (kkoshler@phoenixclc.org). You can use your book & your notes. Please write in complete sentences. There are 5 questions, make sure you scroll through all three pages and answer all the questions before turning in. If you open in DocHub you can type your answers right on the document.

Due:

Triad Talk: Text Dependent Questions

Lesson for 11/05/20:
 
Students will work with their triads today discussing text-dependent questions from chapter 3.
 
We planned to do this as well: a modified version of Back-to-Back, Face-to-Face with general questions about the novel. However we ran out of time. We will finish this at a later date.
 
Homework: See attached. Instructions are on the document.

Due:

Vocabulary: Using Prefixes to Determine Word Meaning

Lesson for 11/04/20:
 
Students will learn about prefixes and how to use them to determine word meanings. They will be challenged to find words containing prefixes throughout their reading. Students received a list of prefixes (attached) to keep/use for reference and began working on the attached activity.
 
Homework: Complete the "Using Prefixes - Determining the Meaning of Unfamiliar Words" activity (attached). Email me your completed assignment: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

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Reading Day

Lesson for 11/03/20:
 
Not enough students are doing their reading "homework" and thus many have no idea what is going on in our novel, making it difficult to complete our lessons; therefore, we will use today to catch up on reading once again. Students were told that they need to have read chapters 1-4 by Friday morning so that they are prepared to take their mid-unit assessment.
 
Homework: Please answer the question on the attached sheet regarding CHAPTER 4. (Ignore the instructions about evidence flags and not writing things down - that is for if we were physically in class.) All students should have received a copy of this doc in their email - please open it with DocHub, fill it out (answer the question), and then send it back to me: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org.

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Making More Inferences

Lesson for 11/02/20:

Students will reread portions of chapter 3 & collect important details that help them to think more deeply about character. Then they will complete an Actions vs. Inner Thoughts activity.

Homework: Please complete the Actions Vs. Inner Thoughts activity. (A copy should be in your email - if you open this in DocHub you should be able to type on the document.)

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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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Making Inferences & Chapter 3 First Read

Lesson for 10/29/20:
 
We finished up our inferences for chapter 2, defined some words using context clues, and then we began a chapter 3 activity. 
 
Homework: Re-read the attached portion of text from chapter 3 and write a 1-2 sentence gist statement to describe what the passage is mostly about. And answer the two questions presented in class:
 
What is Percy thinking about in this episode of the text?
What does this make you think about Percy?

Due:

Making Inferences about Characters Cont.

Lesson for 10/28/20:
 
We will finish up our activities from Monday. We'll continue working on our Challenges & Reactions Inferences charts and begin delving into chapter 3.
 
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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Reading Day

Lesson for 10/27/20:
 
Students should have read chapters 1-3 by now, but I know that this is not the case for all students, in an effort to get everyone caught up, we're going to have a reading day. I will play an audio recording the chapters 2 & 3 and students will be expected to read along. 
 
Homework: Please work on your first quarter project - it is due 11/02/20 which is next Monday.

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Making Inferences about Characters

Lesson for 10/26/20:
 

We will work on creating an "anchor chart" entitled: Inferring About Character: Challenges and Response. We will look at portions of the text and students will identify challenges different characters face and how they handled them, and lastly what they can then infer about that character. We will also begin reading aloud chapter 2, "Three Old Ladies Knit the Socks of Death."

Homework: Finish the next two rows on the attached chart. Also, don't forget to be working on your first quarter project, it's due a week from today (Nov. 2).

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Doc Hub Add-On

Lesson for 10/23/20:
 
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 an attachment containing the instructions.
 
Homework: Use Doc Hub to complete last night's homework - Ch. 2 Comprehension Questions

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What do we know about Percy & his bestie?

Lesson for 10/22/20:
 
Students worked on text-dependent questions about Percy & Grover, we discussed the answers as a class, they took a little "Exit Ticket" quiz & then we started talking about chapter 2.
 
Homework: Students should read through chapter 2 and answer the attached 

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Unpacking Chapter 1

Lesson for 10/21/20:
 
Students will be doing another Triad Talk activity discussing additional details from chapter one and answering text-based questions.
 
Homework: Read ch. 2, if you haven't already, and complete the attached sheet.

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Inferences About Percy

Lesson for 10/20/20:

 

We began filling out the Making Inferences About Percy graphic organizer. We added some things we know about Percy so far, and inferences that we could make based on those things.

Homework: In preparation for tomorrow's Triad Talk, please re-read pages 1-4 (attached), and look for answers & evidence for the attached questions.

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Chapter One: Initial Impressions

Lesson for 10/19/20:
 
Today we spent a little time going over the ELA requirements for our first quarter project. Students were introduced to the project in their first block class and I simply clarified that I'm looking for with regard to the ELA portion of the project grade. We then completed an activity called "Carousel of Quotes" (I notice & I wonder) - I've attached some screenshots of some of the things students noticed and wondered.
 
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.
 
 
 

Due:

Friday Test

Lesson for 10/16/20:
 
Today we took a Friday Test. It shouldn't have taken the whole block; however, some students arrived late, and others couldn't understand how to open their document in Google Docs so it took up extra time showing them how to do so. *Please make sure you've sent me your answers - email: kkoshler@phoenixclc.org. (This week's test was open notebook, plus we had confusion about how to open the doc,  so I am accepting late turn-ins.)
 
Homework: Make sure you've read both chapters 1 & 2 of The Lightning Thief

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Read Along

Lesson for 10/15/20:
 
We were supposed to be doing a lesson in nearpod, but nearpod was not working during this class, so we went ahead and read all of chapter one. Students followed along as the story was read aloud. (The reading was previously assigned for homework, but sadly, that didn't happen.)
 
Homework: "Inference Practice I" on Study Island.

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Read Aloud & Meeting the Main Character

Lesson for 10/14/20:

Today we began reading chapter one of The Lightning Thief. I read aloud pages 1-4 of the text, while students followed along, reading silently to themselves. Tomorrow we will talk more in depth about our main character, Percy - we will make some initial observations and predictions about his character.

Homework: Please finish reading of Chapter 1: I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher

*A digital copy of the novel is available in our Virtual Library

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Using Context Clues to Determine Meaning: Vocabulary in “Shrouded in Myth”

Lesson for 10/13/20:

Today we started out by discussing the answers to yesterday's Triad questions. Then we reviewed last night's homework by defining each of the words and talking about which context clues helped students to determine the words' meanings.

Homework: Since we ran out of time to complete it in class, students were asked to complete today's "exit ticket" for homework. The exit ticket is found on the last slide of our nearpod lesson, (or a copy is attached below). Student-paced version of our lesson is available on nearpod using code: NDFQC.

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Evidence Based Discussion: Text-Dependent Questions about “Shrouded in Myth”

Lesson for 10/12/20:
 

We will do an activity with text based questions from "Shrouded in Myth" and students will be expected to find and cite solid textual evidence to support their answers. Additionally, we will begin discussing the use of context clues.

Homework: Complete the vocabulary on slides 11-15 of today's nearpod - you can use code: NDFQC to re-access this nearpod lesson.

 

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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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Expectations for Group Work

Lesson for 10/08/20:
 
Students worked in "triads" in the breakout rooms today. They were discussing the question When working in a group, what are the expectations you have for one another? On Monday we will make a cumulative class list of group work expectations in order to effectively collaborate with peers' (see this week's Learning Targets). 
 
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 (since we haven't had many assignments due to MAP testing), 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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Status Check & Review

Lesson for 10/07/20:
 
Students were asked to finish annotating "Shrouded in Myth" for homework last night - we started by making sure students understood the story and talked about a few of the unfamiliar vocabulary words. It became quite clear when I started asking questions about the text that mostly students did not complete their homework, so we went through and did it together paragraph by paragraph. Since we are continuing to work with this text, it was important that students had at least a minimal grasp of the content.

Homework: 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 (since we haven't had many assignments due to MAP testing), but feel free to look through our past lessons to see what other assignments you may be missing. 

Due:

"Shrouded in Myth" (Part 1) Cont

Lesson for 10/06/20:
 
Today we continued with Monday's lesson and completed our annotations and the defining of important vocabulary. 
 
Homework: Finish annotating "Shrouded in Myth" - make sure you have a one sentence "summary" for each paragraph (6 in total), and a list of any words whose meanings you're not 100% sure of.

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"Shrouded in Myth" (Part 1) Cont.

Lesson for 10/05/20:
 
Students will be introduced to the text, "Shrouded in Myth". They will explore the passage and annotate the text beginning to get the gist of what the story is about. Additionally, they will discover and define unfamiliar vocabulary that they encounter while we study this text.
 
Homework: Please do an initial read through of "Shrouded in Myth" - we were supposed to do this in class today, but as you know, we were having some technical issues that ate up a bit of our time.

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"Shrouded in Myth" (Part 1)

Lesson for 10/02/20:
 
Students will be introduced to the text, "Shrouded in Myth". They will explore the passage and annotate the text beginning to get the gist of what the story is about. Additionally, they will discover and define unfamiliar vocabulary that they encounter while we study this text.

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Science Cont.

Lesson for 10/01/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP science test. 

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NWEA MAP Test - Science Cont.

Lesson for 09/30/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP science test. 

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Science

Lesson for 09/29/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP science test. 

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NWEA MAP Test - Math Cont.

Lesson for 09/28/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP math test. 

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NWEA MAP Test - Math Cont.

Lesson for 09/25/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP math test. 

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NWEA MAP Test - Math

Lesson for 09/24/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP math test. 

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NWEA MAP Test - Reading Cont

Lesson for 09/23/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP reading test. 

Due:

NWEA MAP Test - Reading Cont

Lesson for 09/22/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP reading test. 

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NWEA MAP Test - Reading

Lesson for 09/21/20:
 
None. Students will not come to ELA today as they will remain in social studies in order to complete their MAP reading test. 

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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 Problem and Solution graphic organizer on slide 8 of the attached PowerPoint. Students should come up with a problem that needs to be solved - any problem, (examples: "Litter on the streets"; "The Corona Virus Pandemic"; "Overpopulation of animal shelters" - any problem that they think needs to be solved). Then in the upper rectangle they should expand upon that idea - explaining how/why/in what ways it's a problem, while in the lower rectangle they should offer a solution. Students are encouraged to come up with additional solutions by adding rectangles to their graphic organizer. 

Due:

Study Island Diagnostic

Lesson for 09/16/20:
 
Students will take the 6th 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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PE with Mr. Denson

Lesson for 09/15/20:
 
No class - students will work on PE & health topics with Mr. Denson.

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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 & 5th Grade Review

Lesson for 09/09/2020:
  • NearPod lesson on making inferences
  • 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.