Week of April 14th

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

OAKS TESTING

Students will work on the OAKS Reading Test this Friday, April 18th, in the computer lab. Please encourage your child to get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast and lunch.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD: CHAPTER NINE

Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, and finding vocabulary definitions.

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will continue studying Ch. 19: China’s Contacts with the Outside World, focused on China’s differing levels of foreign contact during the Tang dynasty (618-907 C.E.), the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368 C.E.), and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 C.E.) by reading about the topic, listening to dialogs about the topic, taking notes, completing chapter vocabulary, and watching and taking notes on documentaries about Marco Polo, Zheng He, and Xuanzang.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 1-4. These are due on Thursday, April 17th. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

With Science Fair over and the fourth quarter of school in front of us, students will need to complete an Independent Novel Project this quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due on Thursday, May 29th, but I will gladly accept projects early. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, April 17th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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Week of April 7th

END OF QUARTER: THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH

The end of third quarter is this Thursday, April 10th. Please take a look at Synergy to see your child’s academic progress. https://sis.cascadetech.org/pps1j/Login_PXP.aspx

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD - CHAPTER EIGHT

Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, finding vocabulary definitions, and a persuasive “essay with an attitude,” written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters. The second draft was due Friday, April 4th, though I will accept students final drafts this week. TAG students and students looking for additional challenge will begin a scrapbook project based on the novel.

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will continue studying Ch. 18: Chinese Discoveries and Inventions, focused on Chinese technological developments from about 200 to 1400 C.E., especially during the Tang and Song dynasties, between 619 and 1279 C.E.. This week, students will complete a chapter study guide, watch and take notes on a documentary about Chinese inventions, play a Jeopardy! review game, and then take an assessment for chapter 18. Students will also have time in class to work on any missing assignments from third quarter.

ASIAN COUNTRY POSTER PROJECT

To better compare and contrast Asia during Medieval times versus the present, each student will complete a poster for one Asian country. I have supplies available in class for students to use should they need them. Through this activity, we will increase knowledge of political boundaries, world capitals, different types of government, economics, world languages, individual cultural contributors, and the spelling and meaning of vocabulary words falling under these categories. The Asian Country Poster Project was due Wednesday, April 2nd, though I will accept students’ posters this week. Some students have elected to do a second poster project for extra credit. Asian Country Poster Project

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 42-45. These are due on Thursday, April 10th. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland Tribune, The Asian Reporter, The Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, April 10th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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Week of March 31st

END OF QUARTER: THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH

The end of third quarter is on Thursday, April 10th. Please take a look at Synergy to see your child’s academic progress. https://sis.cascadetech.org/pps1j/Login_PXP.aspx

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD - CHAPTER SEVEN

Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, finding vocabulary definitions, and a persuasive “essay with an attitude,” written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters. The second draft is due this Friday, April 4th. TAG students and students looking for additional challenge will begin a scrapbook project based on the novel.

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will continue studying Ch. 18: Chinese Discoveries and Inventions, focused on Chinese technological developments from about 200 to 1400 C.E., especially during the Tang and Song dynasties, between 619 and 1279 C.E.. This week, students will do a timed-fluency activity with the introduction, practice Chinese calligraphy, find definitions for chapter vocabulary, learn about exploration and travel, industry, military technology, and everyday objects. They will watch a documentary about Chinese military technology, and examine key concepts from the chapter through discussion and comprehension questions.

ASIAN COUNTRY POSTER PROJECT

To better compare and contrast Asia during Medieval times versus the present, each student will complete a poster for one Asian country. I have supplies available in class for students to use should they need them. Through this activity, we will increase knowledge of political boundaries, world capitals, different types of government, economics, world languages, individual cultural contributors, and the spelling and meaning of vocabulary words falling under these categories. The Asian Country Poster Project is due this Wednesday, April 2nd. Some students have elected to do a second poster project for extra credit. Asian Country Poster Project

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 37-41. These are due on Friday, March 4th. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet (please see my News Sites page for suggested sites), then underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, April 3rd. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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Week of March 17th

SPRING BREAK: MARCH 24TH-MARCH 28TH

In case you don’t have it on your calendar, school will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 24th-Friday, March 28th.

END OF QUARTER: THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH

The end of third quarter is on Thursday, April 10th. Please take a look at Synergy to see your child’s academic progress. https://sis.cascadetech.org/pps1j/Login_PXP.aspx

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD - CHAPTER SIX

Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, finding vocabulary definitions, and a persuasive “essay with an attitude,” written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters. The first draft is due this Friday, March 21st (the day before spring break).

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will continue studying Ch. 17: China Develops a New Economy, focused on Chinese agricultural, trade and commerce, and urbanization that occurred between the 10th and 13th centuries (during the Tang and Song Dynasties). This week, students will review key concepts from the chapter through discussion and comprehension questions, as well as flowcharts. The chapter test is this Friday, March 21st.

ASIAN COUNTRY POSTER PROJECT

To better compare and contrast Asia during Medieval times versus the present, each student will complete a poster for one Asian country. I have supplies available in class for students to use should they need them. Through this activity, we will increase knowledge of political boundaries, world capitals, different types of government, economics, world languages, individual cultural contributors, and the spelling and meaning of vocabulary words falling under these categories. The Asian Country Poster Project will be due on Wednesday, April 2nd. Asian Country Poster Project

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 32-36. These are due on Friday, March 21st. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet (please see my News Sites page for suggested sites), then underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, March 20th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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Week of March 10th

SPRING BREAK: MARCH 24TH-MARCH 28TH

In case you don’t have it on your calendar, school will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 24th-Friday, March 28th.

END OF QUARTER: THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH

The end of third quarter is on Thursday, April 10th. Please take a look at Synergy to see your child’s academic progress. https://sis.cascadetech.org/pps1j/Login_PXP.aspx

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD - CHAPTER FIVE

Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, finding vocabulary definitions, and a persuasive “essay with an attitude,” written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters. The first draft is due on Friday, March 21st (the day before spring break).

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will begin studying Ch. 17: China Develops a New Economy, focused on Chinese agricultural, trade and commerce, and urbanization that occurred between the 10th and 13th centuries (during the Tang and Song Dynasties). Students will find definitions for chapter vocabulary, and answer discussion and comprehension questions. As review of our last chapter, students will watch and listen to a rap about the political development of Imperial China, and sing along with two Harvard University professors’ song about major Chinese dynasties. To enhance student’s understanding of this week’s content, students will watch a brief documentary excerpt about agriculture during the Song Dynasty.

ASIAN COUNTRY POSTER PROJECT

To better compare and contrast Asia during Medieval times versus the present, each student will complete a poster for one Asian country. I have supplies available in class for students to use should they need them. Through this activity, we will increase knowledge of political boundaries, world capitals, different types of government, economics, world languages, individual cultural contributors, and the spelling and meaning of vocabulary words falling under these categories. The Asian Country Poster Project will be due on Wednesday, April 2nd. Asian Country Poster Project

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 27-31. These are due on Friday, March 14th. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet (please see my News Sites page for suggested sites), then underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, March 13th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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Week of March 3rd

MIDTERM PROGRESS REPORTS

It’s hard to believe, but midterm progress reports for third quarter will be finalized this week! I will provide students printed grade reports in class Monday, and finalize their midterm grades Monday evening. Any work I receive by end of day Monday will count toward midterm grades.

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD - CHAPTER FOUR

Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, finding definitions, and an “essay with an attitude,” written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters.

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will continue studying Ch. 16: The Political Development of Imperial China, focused on the rise and fall of the Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties between 220-1640 C.E.. Students will answer discussion questions and comprehension questions and take a test on the chapter this Friday, March 7th. They will also watch parts of the CCTV-International documentary series, Chinese Civilization, with a focus on the Sui, Tang, Song, and Ming Dynasties in China. Additionally, they will watch the History Channel’s History of the Mongolian Empire documentary.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 22-26. These are due on Friday, March 7th. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet (please see my News Sites page for suggested sites), then underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, March 6th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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Week of February 24th

MIDTERM PROGRESS REPORTS

It’s hard to believe, but midterm progress reports for third quarter will be finalized next Tuesday, March 4th. Students will receive a printed grade report this Monday and Friday so they know which assignments and/or tests need to be made up.

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD - CHAPTER THREE

Students are a few chapters in of Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, finding definitions, and a literary postcard.

UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA

This week, students will embark on the fourth unit of History Alive: Imperial China, with Ch. 16: The Political Development of Imperial China, focused on the rise and fall of the Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties between 220-1640 C.E.. Students will complete a timed fluency activity, chapter vocabulary, a Geography Challenge, and comprehension questions in their Interactive Student Notebooks. They will also watch a documentary about the unification and rise of dynasties in China.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 17-21. These are due on Friday, February 28th. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics

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