Students will begin a group project covering chapters 1-13 of Fever 1793. Students will choose one project from three available choices. They have a rubric to follow, and all work should be done in class. If a student is absent from his or her group for more than one day, that student will be required to do an independent project. (This is a test grade.)
These projects are due Tuesday, October 23 ( date on Goggle Classroom is invalid) giving students five class periods to work and two class periods to present their projects. Students will continue reading FEVER 1793 on Friday, October 26.
Monday: Media Center visit to choose new RC point books for this grading period: RC points are due December 14th. Students also received Reading Counts paper reminders to take home to parents and/or post on the refrigerator at home.
Tuesday: Teacher led review of chapters through 13 in FEVER 1783. Test announced for Friday: chapters 1-13 with no book use during the test. Advanced students were able to work on their interactive notebooks for FEVER 1793.
Wednesday: Reviewed for the test with KAHOOTS. Discussion of any questions etc.
All figurative language notes and references, including video links, posted to student Google Classroom pages. Those students who do not have access to internet at home will receive paper copies of all notes except the video links. These notes cannot be used during the test. Figurative language will be ongoing through sixth grade, and even through college, so students are expected to conquer these terms this year!
Thursday: Review for the Test with KAHOOTS and Rebel passes given for the top five scorers!
Also, review of figurative language will be teacher led.
Friday: TEST for chapters 1-13 FEVER 1793
Remaining class time after test will be used for independent reading of RC books.
REQUIRED READING COUNTS POINTS ARE DUE OCTOBER 5th! THIS IS A TEST GRADE!
Vocabulary Test: Wednesday, October 3rd. Students have had the words, definitions and parts of speech since September 25th.
We finished chapter six questions for Fever 1793 in class today and read aloud in the novel.
We will review for the vocabulary test tomorrow, October 2nd and continue reading in the book.
Wednesday, October 3rd, we will have the vocabulary test.
Thursday, October 4th, we will continue reading in the novel.
Friday, October 5th is an abbreviated schedule for reward day, and we will continue reading in the book and/or work on the interactive notebook in Google Classroom.
October 8: We will visit the media center to choose new books for the next round of Reading Counts Points that will be due on December 14th. Students will be required to have the same number of points as the first nine weeks.
20 minutes of independent novel reading
Continue reading Fever 1793
Students received the second set of vocabulary words for the novel.
Teacher led discussion about the vocabulary and the Google
Slide presentation of the words as an introduction to the vocabulary
Discussed context clues and part of speech for each word.
VOCABULARY TEST over this set of words is October 3rd.
Students were also introduced to the interactive notebook they will complete as we read the novel. This notebook has been assigned in Google Classroom and will be due/completed by the end of the novel.
Focus for this week will also be, aside from reading the novel in class, figurative language, completing questions over chapters 1-5 and perhaps beyond if time allows.
Students should be reading a library book with points every night at home.
Today, September 18th, we reviewed context clues, and I modeled
all four of the context clue types with their vocabulary words.
Students who do not have access to internet at home received the paper copy of context clue notes that I had put on Google Classroom. Students should study the notes, the vocabulary and practice writing context clue sentences at home. If they don't have all their RC points, they also need to be reading their library books. :)
On Friday, September 17th students received a list of ten vocabulary words with the part of speech and definition.
There will be a test over these vocabulary words on Thursday, September 20th. Students will be responsible for knowing the part of speech, the definition and using each word in a context clue sentence. These words are from the first six chapters of a novel we started on Sept.13th. This in-class read novel is Fever 1793 . This novel is an example of historical fiction and covers the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.
We have also viewed an excerpt from a documentary about the yellow fever epidemic in as a pre-reading activity. Also, students have viewed and taken notes over context clues from links on their Google Classroom page I also added Context Clue notes for reference to their Google Classroom page. Students will be responsible for completing an interactive notebook on Google Classroom. They will work on this as they read the novel.
Reading Counts points are due for all students on October 5th. As referenced in previous entries, this will count as a test grade. Any students who do not have all their points and/or who have no points for Reading Counts received a letter on Friday to be signed by a parent or guardian and brought back to me.
SEPTEMBER 6, 7 and 10: Students will be working on "Characterization: Walt Masters" and "Close Reading Activities for "The King of Mazy May". These assignments are in Google Classroom. There is an audio link so students may listen to the story again at home if they would like. However, the assignments are geared toward the page numbers in our literature book so it would not be effective for them to work on the assignments themselves at home since they do not have an assigned reading book. They will have plenty of time in class to complete these assignments if they are on task!
Monday, August 27: Reading Inventory for Mr. Young
Moby Max Reading skills: Literature
Students should be reading their library books at home every night! :)
Guest Speaker in the gym 1:30-2:30
The remainder of the week: Moby Max, Book Fair, "The King of Mazy May" by Jack London. The focus points for this story are: vocabulary, conflict, theme, characterization, and plot.
Reading Counts testing is UP AND RUNNING! YAY!
Students may take RC tests to earn their 15 required points (20 for the advanced classes)! These points are due OCTOBER 5th! These points count as a test grade!
Welcome to 6th Grade Reading!
MEDIA CENTER for orientation and checking out books: Tuesday, August 7th
INFORMATION ABOUT 6th Grade READING COUNTS
As part of 6th grade reading curriculum, students are required to read books as part of the Reading Counts program. They will be allowed to check out books from the library and take tests online to assess their comprehension of the book they chose. Each book has a different point value based on its lexile score. The lexile range for middle school is 955-1155.
*Each nine weeks, students are responsible for earning 15 Reading Counts points.
*Gifted/advanced students are responsible for earning 20 Reading Counts points.
Students will have an opportunity for extra credit with their Reading Counts points.
If a student earns 30-40 points, that student will receive a 100% quiz grade (two daily grades).
*If a student earns 41 or more points, that student will receive a 100% test grade. * If a student earns 41 or more points, that student will receive a 100% test grade.
The students should have in their possession the schedule for the entire year with the due dates and the range for the nine week period. This nine week period for Reading Counts is August 7-October 5. Reading Counts points must be completed by October 5th.
*Students may also read books from my classroom library, the public library, their personal books etc. Students must be certain their is a Reading Counts test for the book if they intend on using the book as a points book. :)
Assignments for August 9-August 24 ( approximate time frame)
Literary Focuses: August 9th, SENSORY IMAGERY, THEME, CHARACTERIZATION
Klondike Gold Rush Video with questions
SETTING FOCUS for upcoming reading assignments: The Yukon/Klondike Gold Rush
August 10th-16th (approximate ending date for these assignments)
We will begin this unit with "To Build a Fire" by Jack London
After reading the story and throughout next week, students will have various in-class assignments with focus on Sensory Imagery, Theme and Characterization related to the short story.