7th Grade ELA
Literature Circles: Mondays and Thursdays
DEAR = Drop Everything And Read
Website: arbookfind.com - useful to check the reading level of a book a student may want to read.
Reminder: All children must have read 2 books (besides  their Lit. Circles reading) for each trimester. They have 15 minutes after lunch every day to work on this.
*****Important: Just like during Advent, during Lent we will sometimes double up on Religion lessons to cover all we need to do. After Lent, we will then
double up on ELA.

3/28 Literature Circles:  Cycle 4, Session 3 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 4 on Friday, March 31.
DEAR Time.

3/27 Editing/proofreading practice.
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Next group presented their dramatic reading of the poem "Snowman" about the first day of spring by Shel Silverstein.
Worked on Religion projects.

3/24 Diocesan teacher workshops - no school


3/23 Used part of the period for Lenten activities that we cannot cover tomorrow.

Spent 10 minutes practicing our dramatic recitations of the poem "Snowman." See yesterday.
First group presented the poem to the class.
Read aloud from "The Witches" 

3/22 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Poetry: "Snowman" by Shel Silverstein - about the first day of springtime.
Discussed stanzas, rhyme scheme, Figures of Speech (personification), theme, vocabulary, and narrative poems.
Arranged class into groups of four and they prepared to present the poem as a dramatic reading.

3/21 Literature Circles: Cycle 4, Session 2 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 3 on Tuesday, March 28.
DEAR Time.


3/20 School Mass - no regular class


3/17 Literature Circles: Cycle 4, Session 1 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 2 on Tuesday, DEAR Time.

3/16 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Explained the term Triduum - the 3 days including Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. 
Assignments: "Events of the Days" - look at the list of 32 events and objects and place them in the correct column: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday.

3/15 Discussed the Ides of March and the death of Julius Caesar.
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Worked on Lenten folders.

3/14.

3/13 Children who read "Surviving the Applewhites" presented their project/video
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Gave out books and grading sheets for Lit. Circles Cycle 4 which starts on Friday.
Children chose role sheets and met in their groups to decide on pages to read.

3/10 
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Reviewed the grading rubric for Lit. Circles projects.
The children who read "Kira Kira" presented their project, a film of parts of the story, to the class.
Then the children who read "Walk Two Moons" presented their funeral service/eulogy for a character who died in the story.

3/9 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Worked on combining simple sentences into complex sentences using commas and conjunctions.
Continued work on spelling/vocab. paper MARCH.

3/8 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Started to form new groups and choose new books for Lit. Circles cycle 4.
Spelling/vocabulary: MARCH

3/7 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, session 8.
Many children at band.
All groups worked on their group projects. Will be presented March 10th.

3/6 Editing/proofreading practice.
Literature Circles: Cycle 3, session 7, postponed from last Friday (gymnastics assembly.)
All groups worked on their group projects. Will be presented March 10th.

3/3 Only 6 children in class due to absences and gymnastic assembly practice.
They worked on their Religion triptychs.
Literature Circles postponed until Monday.

3/2 Field trip to St. John the Baptist HS to see their amazing performance of Cinderella.

3/1 Shared some 8th grade Lit. Circle reading logs to give the children an idea of what will be expected of them next year; very different from the role sheets they do now.
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Reviewed Lent notes and answered oral questions the children asked each other.
Returned "Who Am I?" vocabulary/spelling assignment.

2/28 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 6 - all groups were working on their group projects which are due to be presented on March 10th.

2/27 Proofreading/editing practice
Doubled up on Religion to get ready for Lent.
Lit. Circles tomorrow.

2/20 to 2/24 Winter Vacation

2/17 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 5: group discussions and reports to the class by 2 groups. Then they took the AR tests on their books.
The third group began work on their group project.
Next session on Tuesday, Feb. 28th.

2/16 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Last 2 groups did their dramatic presentations of the poem "The North Wind Doth Blow."
Grammar: combining simple sentences into complex ones.

2/15 Read aloud from "The Witches"
First two group presented their dramatic interpretations of "The North Wind Doth Blow"
Corrected vocabulary multiple choice paper from last week.
Continued work on FEB spelling/vocabulary paper started Monday.

2/14 Literature Circles: we updated the grading sheet to account for the missed day last Friday due to snow
Cycle 3, Session 4 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for session 5 on Friday.
DEAR Time
The children reading "Walk Two Moons" have finished their book, so they will begin planning their project.

2/13 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Practiced poem presentations: "The North Wind Doth Blow"
Spelling/vocabulary assignment: FEBRUARY
Lit. Circles tomorrow - we will meet to discuss the reading and role sheets from last Friday and we will adjust the dates for the rest of the cycle to reflect the missing class.

2/9 and 2/10 Snow days - no school

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2/8 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Collected HW - vocabulary assignment
Broke class into groups - they will present the poem "The North Wind Doth Blow" as a dramatic reading.

2/7 Lit. Circles: Cycle 3, Session 3 - group discussions (very quiet because of number absent), sharing with class, planning for Session 4 on Friday.
DEAR Time
HW: Finish vocab. sheet, Who Am I? 

2/6 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Corrected vocal. HW from last week: Classifying Ideas
Continued work on poem: The North Wind Doth Blow" - reviewed rhyme scheme; analyzed theme; repetition.

2/3 Lit. Circles: Cycle 3, Session 2 - group discussions, sharing with class, planning for Session 3 on Tuesday.
DEAR Time

2/2 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Corrected vocal. HW: synonyms
Poetry: "The North Wind Doth Blow" - examined poem for mood, stanzas, unusual format, rhyme pattern, vocabulary, rhythm, Figures of Speech (simile)

2/1 Corrected analogy assignment from last week.
Children read the poems they wrote on Monday after we listened to "The Mitten Tree."
Computer room: we made the corrections to our personification essays.
Those done worked on 2 vocabulary assignments: classifying ideas and choosing the correct synonym. The synonym paper is HW tonight if not done.

1/31 Lit. Circles: Cycle 3, Session 1 - group discussions, sharing with class, planning for Session 2 on Friday.
DEAR Time

1/30 Showed the class a video based on the book "The Mitten Tree" which ties into our Catholic Schools week theme of "kindness warms the heart" symbolized by mittens.
Children then broke into groups and wrote short poems in couplet format (2 line rhymes) summarizing the book.

1/27 Children continued to recite the poem "Winter Morning" from memory.
Lit Circles group project presentation by the children who read "Bud, not Buddy" - a film of a scene.
Computer room: we finished typing our personification essays and proofreading them for each other.
Vocabulary: Determining Analogous Relationships - finish for HW.

1/26 Children had to learn poem "Winter Morning" by today. First several children recited it.
Computer room: we began typing our Personification essays. Will continue tomorrow.

1/25 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Lit. Circles group project presentation by the children who read "Crazy Lady" - they showed us a recorded newscast about the book.
Gave out the books and grading sheets for Cycle 3 which begins January 31. 
Children met in their new groups to assign themselves pages and choose role sheets.
Corrected analogy HW from last week.

1/24 Lit. Circles: Cycle 2, session 9 - group project presentations. The first presentation was by the children who read "Stargirl" - they did a film of several scenes from the book.
Children who had not yet done so, formed groups and chose books for Cycle 3 which begins on Jan. 31.
Read aloud from "The Witches"

1/23 
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Editing/proofreading practice
Writing complex sentences: we unscrambled the sentence parts so they expressed thoughts that made good sense.
Vocabulary: Understanding analogies - finish for HW

1/20  Literature Circles: Cycle 2, session 8 - all groups are now finished their books and working on their group projects which are due on January 24.
Children should also be forming new groups and signing up their new books.
Memorize poem "Winter Morning" by Thursday, Feb. 26th.
First person Personification essay due Tuesday, January 24.

1/19 Read aloud from "The Witches"
HW: Memorize poem "Winter Morning" by Thursday, Feb. 26th.
Personification #2: Write a first person account of a day in the life of a pencil, coin, dog, door, tree, television, watch, tiger, porpoise, cat, garbage pail, stuffed animal or cell phone. Due Tuesday, January 24.

1/18 Looked at a map of England, Norway and the North Sea on Apple TV to locate places where "The Witches" takes place.
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Finished up work on poem "Winter Morning" - reviewed rhyme pattern, couplets, stanzas, mood. Continued, starting with Figures of Speech (alliteration and metaphor). repetition, and theme.

1/17 Editing/proofreading practice.
Lit. Circles: Cycle 2, session 7 - all groups are working on their group projects which will be presented starting January 24th.

1/16 No school - celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King
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1/13 Literature Circles: Cycle 2, session 6 - all groups are now finished their books and working on their group projects which are due on January 24.

1/12 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Vocabulary: identifying synonyms
Worked on Lit. Circles group projects. 

1/11 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Corrected HW: Combining simple sentences into a complex one.
Reviewed the rubric for the Lit. Circles group projects since all the groups are now working on their Cycle 2 presentations.
Poetry: began studying the poem "Winter Morning" by Ogden Nash.
We looked in our folders for the couplets by Nash we studied last year.
Examined this poem for stanzas, rhyme scheme/couplets, mood. We will continue tomorrow.

1/10 Literature Circles: Cycle 2, session 5 - group discussions for two of the groups and sharing with class. The third group worked on their group project. Some children took the AR Tests on the finished books. Deciding on group projects. These will be due on January 4th.
Children received their latest STAR test results which provide the reading range (ZPD) of the books they should be reading to achieve success. Ask your child.

1/9 Returned treading aloud "The Witches" after a long interlude during which we read "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."
Introduced simple/complex sentences. Assignment: combining 2 simple sentences into 1 complex one using connecting words.

1/6 Literature Circles: Cycle 2, session 4 - group discussions, sharing with class, planning for session 5 on Tuesday. The children reading "Crazy Lady" finished their book and began taking the AR tests on it.

DEAR Time

1/5 Computer room - we took the STAR reading test for Trimester 2. Children will be given their scores as soon as the absentees take the test.
DEAR Time.

1/4 Mrs. Kennedy was the substitute since I was at a funeral.
Class watched the movie version of the book we read before the holidays: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

1/3 Literature Circles: Cycle 2, session 3 - very lively group discussions, sharing with class, planning for session 4 on Friday.
DEAR Time

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12/21 Read aloud and finished "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Took the 3 AR tests on the book.
Lit. Circles: Cycle 2, session 2 - group discussions, sharing with the class, and planning for session 3 on January 3rd.

12/20 Special practice for the winter concert - no ELA class.
Lit. Circles will be made up later this week, I hope.

12/19 Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Watched last Advent video which focused on the origin of the hymn Silent Night, the telling of the Nativity story by Luke and a Christmas Eve truce during the Franco-Prussian War, during which the soldiers emerged from their trenches and sang Christmas carols.

12/16 Lit. Circles: Cycle 2, session 1 - two groups had 3 people out each so the discussions were weak. One group had to change their book because they really did not like it. Not our best day!
Session 2 on Tuesday. Please try to be here and prepared.

12/15 Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
We watched a film about a very poor little girl who wanted a father for Christmas and the very strange way her prayer was answered.

12/14  Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Lit Circles group project presented buy the children who read "Small Steps" - they each made a collage about a character they liked.
Prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation tomorrow.

12/13 Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Lit. Circles group presentation by the children who read "The Secret of Platform 13" - they made a movie acting out various scenes from the story.

12/12 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Gave children copies of the grading guidelines for the Lit. Circle projects and reviewed each requirement.
Gave out the remaining books for Cycle 2 and the grading sheets for the cycle.
The children met in their new groups, decided on how many pages to read for Friday, chose their role sheets for those pages and began reading.

12/9 Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
First Lit. Circle group presentation for Cycle 1 by the children who read "The One and Only Ivan."
Formed groups for Cycle 2 and chose books.
Cycle 2 will begin next Friday, Dec. 16th.

12/8 No school - the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12/7 Continued work from Religion class earlier in the day.
Began designing covers for Advent/Christmas folders.

12/6 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 8 - children continued to work on their group projects which are due Dec. 9th. This is the last working session. We are in the process of forming new groups and choosing new books for Cycle 2, which begins on December 16th.

12/5 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
See Religion for remaining work

12/2 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 7 - children continued to work on their group projects which are due Dec. 9th. There is one more working session on Tuesday. We are in the process of forming new groups and choosing new books for Cycle 2.

12/1 Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Poem "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - looked up the underlined words and found definitions that make sense in the poem.
Reviewed the definitions and chose the most appropriate ones.
Discussed the life of Longfellow - related it to the poem.
Discussed the meaning of each stanza.
Listened to a recording of the song.

11/30 Read aloud from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Returned "The Story of Ruth" and reviewed the correct answers.
Examined the famous words of Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi: "Wherever you go, I will go..."
Watched a YouTube video of Ruth's words set to music and illustrated.

11/29 Last toothpaste presented by Zachary.
Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 6 - since all groups have finished their books, everyone was hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting Dec. 9th.

11/28 Began reading aloud "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson
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Editing/proofreading practice
Finished work on combining sentences started last week.

11/24-11/25 Thanksgiving break
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11/23 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Presented next simile/metaphor toothpaste ad.
Read aloud personification essays.
Grammar: worked on combining sentences worksheet.

11/22 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 5 - one group met for their last discussion. Then they took the AR tests on their books.
Two groups have finished their books. They began to work on their group projects which will be presented starting Dec. 9.
Practiced THANKS poem for our presentation at lunch.

11/21 Editing/proofreading practice
Thanksgiving Homophones: for each sentence, underline the correct homophone from the choices provided. Dictionary required.
Read aloud from "The Witches"
Simile Metaphor toothpaste ads presented by Brandon, Concetta and Kelly.
Personification papers due tomorrow.

11/18 No School - Teachers" Professional Day Conference
 
11/17 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Presented next 2 toothpaste ads
Figures of Speech: personification - introduced term; gave examples; brainstormed a list of places personification is used (comics, TV ads, cartoons, movies, nursery rhymes)
Assignment: Write an account of a day in your life from the point of view of a soccer ball, sneaker or ice-cream cone. Due Tuesday, Nov. 29.

11/16 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Corrected vocal. assignment: Project Cirrus
Presented next 2 toothpaste ads.
Figures of Speech: introduced personification - definition, examples.
Assignment: Pretend you are an ice-cream cone, sneaker or soccer. Write about one day in your life. Due Tuesday, Nov. 22.

11/16 Read aloud from "The Witches"
Corrected HW: Combining Sentences
Next 2 Simile/Metaphor toothpaste ads were presented.
Returned corrected vocab. papers, The Magic E, and went over the correct answers.

11/15 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 4 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for session 4 on Nov. 23rd.
Two groups have finished their books. They took the AR tests on their books.
Then they got the list of group projects from me and began to discuss what project they will present for the final part of this cycle. Projects must be presented starting December 9th.
A list of the projects appears in the Useful links and forms section of this website.
DEAR Time

11/14 Started new read-aloud book "The Witches"
Children recited the poem "THANKS" from memory.
Simile/Metaphor toothpaste ads presented by Katrina and Ania, Victor, Brianna and Nea.
Grammar: combining sentences. Finish for HW.

11/10 reviewed the vocabulary for THANKS poem looked up yesterday.
Analyzed poem and related the images to the children's actual Thanksgivings.
HW: Memorize poem for Monday
Toothpaste ads due Monday also.

11/9 Corrected assignment "Completing Analogous Relationships" from 11/3.
Vocabulary: looked up 7 words from poem "THANKS" and found the best definition for the poem.

11/8 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 3 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for session 4 on Nov. 15th.
DEAR Time

11/7  Finished reading aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Computer room - we took the 3 AR tests on the book: reading, vocabulary and literary skills.

11/4 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, session 2 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for session 3 on Nov. 8th.
DEAR Time

11/3 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Gave out the guidelines for our final project on Metaphors to end the unit we began last year: creating an add that incorporates similes and metaphors to sell a new kind of toothpaste. The directions are in the "Useful links and forms" section of this website. Due November 14th.
Children may work alone or with a partner.
Vocabulary: Completing Analogous Relationships. Finish for HW.

11/2 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Corrected assignment from last week: Developing Precise Vocabulary
Vocabulary: "The Magic E" and vocabulary matching column - finish for HW

11/1 No school - All Saints Day

10/31 Class went to Spanish so I could attend the funeral of Cory Licata.

10/28 No class due to 8th grade field trip.
Class went to Art instead.

10/27 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Vocabulary assignment: "Project Cirrus" - sort out the words given into plant, animal, or mineral.
Crossword: Developing Precise Vocabulary
Finish above for HW.

10/26 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Corrected Couplets assignment "Smart Two Liners"
Couplets of Ogden Nash: silly two line poems which we examined for meaning, syllable count and rhyme.

10/25 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 1 - WE finally made it to this point!
Children met in their groups.
Reviewed the role of Discussion Director.
Explained the process and time span for the discussion part of the meeting.
Had each group report to the class about their discussion.
Chose new role sheets for session 2. Decided which pages to read.
DEAR Time.

10/24 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Gave the children new Lit. Circle grading sheets because the dates we will meet have to be changed.
Reminder: Lit. Circles, Cycle 1, Session 1 starts tomorrow. Be prepared.
Finished assignment on couplets started on Friday.
New assignment: "Smart Two Liners" - list 12 rhymes for the word RED and then use one of them to complete this couplet: "I cannot stand the color red...
Finish for HW by Wednesday.

10/21 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Couplets: reviewed the definition.
Assignment: "Rhyme Time: Writing Couplets" - After examining 5 famous couplets for the rhyme and the syllable count, we began writing original couplets about animals, food and water. We worked in groups.

10/20 Playground time as a reward for the suburb job the class did on the Mass on Tuesday.

10/19 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Returned final practice role sheet "Discussion Director" and discussed answers.
Asked the class questions from the short story "Charles" so they could identify them as FAT or skinny.
Introduced "Couplets" - two line rhymes with the same number of syllables on each line.
Reviewed what constitutes a syllable.

10/18 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Returned practice role sheet Letter to Teacher and reviewed.
Gave children their Lit. Circle books for Cycle 1.
The children met in their groups, decided what pages to read for Session 1 next Tuesday, chose their role sheets and filled out the required information.
DEAR Time

10/17 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Reviewed with the class the remaining role sheets that we never completed.
Gave out the grading sheets for Cycle 1 and went over the dates and how the class sessions will work, how the children will be scored, how the projects will be done and other questions they had.

10/14 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Finished reading part 2 of our last short story: "Charles"
Did last practice role sheet Discussion Director.
Continued to form groups and choose books for beginning Literature Circles next week.

10/13 No class - IOWA Tests

10/12 We met in groups to share and critique the Letter to Teacher role sheets based on the first half of the short story "Charles"
Started to form our Lit. Circle groups and choose our books for Cycle 1, which will start next week.
Worked on the posters for our class mass next week.
Some children started to design their "personality wheels"

10/11 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Started reading our last short story in preparation for Lit. Circles: "Charles"
Read pages 668-671. Worked on role sheet: Letter to Teacher. Finish for HW.

10/10 No school - national holiday

10/7 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Returned and went over Connector role sheets. Read one model answer.
Worked on the posters for our mass on Oct. 18th.

10/6 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Corrected vocabulary assignment: Developing Precise Vocabulary.
Poetry: Clouds poem - stanzas, metaphor/extended metaphor, unusual format (no rhyme/free verse, no title, random capitalization), alliteration, repetition.

10/5 No regular class - we practiced for our class mass on Oct. 18th.

10/4  Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Met in mock Lit. Circle groups to discuss Connector role sheets.
Shared excellent answers with the entire class.
Using the story "Seventh Grade" the children identified various questions as FAT or skinny, in preparation for completing the Discussion Director role sheet.
Vocabulary: Developing Precise Vocabulary

10/3  Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Proofreading/editing practice
Met in mock Lit. Circle groups to share Letter to Character role sheets done last week.
Finished reading short story "Seventh Grade"
Introduced the Connector role sheet and the children worked on completing it. Finish for HW

9/30 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Proofreading/editing practice
Continued reading short story "Seventh Grade"
Worked on the role sheet Letter to Character based on the pages we read - finish for HW

9/29 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Editing/proofreading practice
Returned and reviewed Summarizer role sheets.
Correct vocabulary HW: Determining Analogous Relationships
Began reading the next short story we will use to prepare for Lit. Circles: "Seventh Grade"

9/28 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Editing/proofreading practice
Finished up graphic organizer based on short story "May I Have Your Autograph?"
Vocabulary: Determining Analogous Relationships
Finish for HW

9/27 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Lesson: the difference between skinny and FAT questions in book discussions: skinny questions have one or two word answers. FAT questions have longer answers that can lead to a discussion.
Introduced the role sheet Discussion Director which requires the student to make up five FAT questions about the pages read to ask the group.
Graphic Organizer about the story "Craig the Cat" - list all the information that Wendy knows about Craig. Finish for HW.

9/26 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Reviewed vocabulary from the story we read last week, "May I Have Your Autograph?"
Met in small groups to share and discuss the Summarizer role sheets.

9/22 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Met in groups to share and discuss practice role sheet Prognosticator.
Completed Summarizer role sheet. If not done, finish for HW.

9/21 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Fire Drill
Corrected vocabulary HW: Classifying Ideas
Finished reading the short story started yesterday "Craig the Cat"
Began our next practice role sheet: Summarizer. Finish for HW.

9/20 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Returned and reviewed Passage Master role sheets.
Reviewed what happened in the story we started yesterday, "Craig the Cat"
Explained Procrastinator role sheet to the class (making predictions.)
Completed the role sheet based on the first half of the story.
Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas - finish for HW

9/19 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Corrected analogy/vocabulary assignment from last week.
Returned corrected role sheet: Cartoonist and filed in Lit. Circle folders.
Read the first half of our next short story: "May I Have Your Autograph?"
Will do the role sheet for it tomorrow.

9/16 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Children sat in groups of 5 and shared the Cartoonist role sheets with each other.
Repeated the process with the Passage Master role sheet.
Vocabulary: Determining Analogous Relationships - finish for HW

9/15 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Went over vocabulary from "Framed"
Collected Cartoonist role sheets.
Introduced Passage Master role sheets. Using the short story "Framed" the children completed this second role sheet.
Finish for HW.

9/14 Read aloud from "Great Glass Elevator"
Worked on practice role sheet Cartoonist started yesterday.
Finish for HW.
Gave class the result of their STAR reading tests.

9/13 Started new read-aloud book "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"
Gave out summer reading test grades. These are to be signed and returned by tomorrow. Thank you.
Finished reading the short story "Framed."
Began working on the first practice role sheet "Cartoonist" based on the story. We will complete these tomorrow.

9/12 Corrected the crossword puzzle from last week.
Began preparing for Literature Circles by reading the first of four short stories that we will use as a means of learning how to complete the role sheets that are a part of Lit. Circles.
Today we read the first half of a story about an art theft called "Framed." We will finish the story tomorrow.

9/9 Computer room - we took the AR tests on our summer reading books.
We also took the STAR reading assessments to determine current reading levels. These results will be sent home as soon as everyone has completed the STAR test and I have printed out the reports.

9/8 Corrected vocab. work from yesterday.
Introduced the children to the Literature Circles program we will be following this year. Discussed the groups, procedures, role sheets, books, projects, days (Tuesday & Friday), grading, etc. Answered their questions.
Worked on vocabulary: Classifying Ideas
Finish for HW.

9/7 Shorter period due to the 12:00 dismissal.
Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas
Finish for HW.
On Friday, we will take the AR tests on the summer reading books.

9/6 Welcome back to school. We hope everyone had a fantastic summer.
Today we discussed class procedures, the supply list, summer reading, quiet reading books (which must be in school every day), etc.
We worked on 2 vocabulary assignments to get our brains lingered up.
HW: a few children must finish the "Back to School" crossword puzzle.