Today students practiced using specific details and supporting their answers using the TDEDEC paragraph format. Students used their notes from reading, the article "The Man in the Water", and a model TDEDEC paragraph during their Type Two Assessment. Students were shown their Complete Sentence Quizzes from Friday. Those P,S,and U indicators are recorded in Home Access Center. If students received an "S" they know that they should study more to master the skills. Students who received a "U" should see me for clarification and study using the subject/predicate quizzes.
During our Writing Workshop Friday, students reviewed complete sentences (fragments, subject, and predicate) through the Bell Ringer and a partner-share activity. Students then took a Formative Quiz on complete sentences, subjects, and predicates that will be in Home Access as P,S, or U.
Today students began class by reviewing simple and complete subjects and predicates. We then self-assessed our understanding of complete sentences and students were shown study materials and quiz games on our Weebly. Then, students were given a purpose for reading and we began "Man in the Water."
Today students identified incomplete sentences and corrected them during the Bell Ringer. Students then took notes on the habits of good readers and two specific reading strategies they can use. We then used those reading strategies to preview the editorial essay, "Man In the Water" in our green anthologies.
Today we practiced with fragment/incomplete sentences to begin class.We then went over the requirements for independent reading books. The bookmark activity to be completed after finishing every book was demonstrated. Students then used a written article to gather more information on yesterday's CNN Everyday Hero and analyzed our found evidence.
We began today with a review of complete sentences. We then viewed a CNN Everyday Hero segment highlighting Eddie Canales. Students practiced gathering specific evidence to prove the hero characteristics. We spent the last 20 minutes of each class at the Book Fair.
Today we began our first Writing Workshop Friday by brainstorming what it means for writing to be "good." We then finished our responses from yesterday. Students then discussed what they think good writing is and we took notes on what qualities to look for when evaluating a piece of writing. As we talked about conventions, we made our first entry into the Toolbox section of our Notebooks. Students received a Conventions Toolkit worksheet and we took notes on what you need for a complete sentence. We will continue to practice and work with the subject, predicate, and the idea of a complete sentence.
Today we began with a Bell Ringer using Collins Frequently Misspelled Words. After going over reading strategies for analyzing poetry, students read the poem, "A Song of Greatness". We then transitioned into small groups to discuss the question: does society need heroes? Students then used this group discussion experience to begin a written response at the end of class.
Today we moved into the lesson question asking if society needs heroes. We also read the introduction, "Boy, Do We Ever Need a Hero" by David Granger and looked for the main idea and supporting details in groups. After reviewing together, students rated their individual and group based on the discussion FCAs.
Today we talked about a sensitive topic:the heroes of 9/11. After finding out about what students knew about the day, we looked at some information and then began making the connections back to heroic acts. Using the familiar topic, we tested out our definitions. We ended class by using the somber mood of the day to put some positive action back in the world. Students thought of "I will..." statements whether they were small or big in order to do something positive for their family, school, and/or community.