How can we affect our Environment?
This week our class will be focusing on informative/explanatory genre. Students will be reading nonfiction articles from Write Times for Kids, learning and applying vocabulary words that relate to the features of this particular genre.
Academic vocabulary to focus:
Additional Media Sources of information:
Lessons Learned from The Lorax
After reading the poem of The Lorax, our class will be focusing on lessons we learned from the poem and moving from this wonderful fictional story into non fiction information about the environment.
Students will working in small groups to share information and ideas and reading to learn about ways to protect our environment. They will be compiling a series of graphic organizers, where they document their learning, as part of a project that they will turn in for a grade.
The following online resources can help students learn more about environmental protection. Each title is a link that students can click on to learn more about the topic:
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
We hope everyone enjoyed a week off.
This week, we are engaging in reading one of Dr. Seuss' classics,
The Lorax (click here for a copy of the poem). As we read this wonderful poem, students will be working in small groups to find the meaning of new words as they are used in the text. They will be reviewing comprehension skills through the use of thinking maps and guiding questions.
Students will be using a bubble map to describe the main characters from the story. They will be using a double bubble map to compare and contrast the setting at the beginning of the story with the setting at the end of the poem. Students will learn to analyze and describe how the settings of the story shape the characters and how their actions influence the setting and other characters.
The collection of thinking maps that students develop this and next week will be used as a project to assess their learning.
Students can click on the following link to enjoy the e-book for The Lorax.
Is it a Cold or the Flu ?
This week, English learners will be learning and applying vocabulary for our next unit, Ailments and Symptoms of Illness. Students will read and discuss and article about common symptoms of the flu, common cold and sinus infections. They will describe symptoms, compare and contrast the flu and cold symptoms and roll play a visit to the doctor to practice the vocabulary.
Students will choose to create an informational poster, brochure or pamphlet to alert the community about symptoms, treatments and prevention of these illnesses.
Yay for Winter Break! School will be closed February 20th through 24th
The Emperor's New Clothes
ACCESS for ELLs continues... Most of our ELL students have already completed the Listening, Reading and Writing domains. This week we will be conducting the Speaking domain, which will complete the series of tests for ACCESS.
Also, students in our class have been learning new words related to basic clothing and clothes to wear in different weather conditions. They have also learned to describe clothes using color, patterns and textures. This week we are finishing the unit with a fictional story, The Emperor's New Clothes.
While we read and discuss the story, students will be learning new vocabulary words and their meaning as they appear in the text. They will learn to identify character traits and to provide supporting evidence for statements from the story. Students will also practice answering questions in complete sentences. This should allow the students to review concepts they can use for the unit test at the end of the week.
Click on the following link if you want to see an audiovisual version of the story:
The Emperor's New Clothes
Friday, February 10th, our 8th grade students will be visiting Wheeler High School. Students will walk across the street with teachers and administrators for an overview of their future experience in high school. They will have a tour of the building and the different department areas as well as an opportunity to visit with a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities that they might consider as they prepare for 9th grade, next year.
ACCESS for ELLs
This week our English Learners will be taking the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. The test is administered every year to students identified as English Language Learners in grades K-12.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment designed to measure students’ abilities to understand and produce English used within school settings. The four sections of the test are: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. Students participating in the ESOL program take the test every year until his/her scores meet the criteria to exit the language support program.
Teachers use the scores to plan instruction and assessments. Districts use the scores to evaluate their language support programs, to monitor student progress in acquiring English, and to determine if a student is eligible to exit an English language support program. Scores are also used to meet federal and state accountability requirements.
Packing My Suitcase
The past couple of weeks our class have been learning vocabulary related to clothes. Students have learned about casual and formal clothes. They have also learned about work clothes and seasonal clothes.
We have been using the new vocabulary in sentences. We have also practiced asking questions and answering in complete sentences using the 4 domains of language acquisition: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
This week, students are going to be working in a project to showcase their learning and understanding of the concepts related to the clothing unit.
The following guidelines will apply to the project:
Packing My Suitcase Project Guidelines
What Not to Wear?
We hope you had a wonderful Martin Luther King Holiday.
This week students in our class continues to learn about clothing items. The targets for our lessons this week will be:
School is back in session! We hope everyone had a great holiday break. The following are some important dates to keep in mind:
Clothing, Weather and Accessories
This week we will begin our unit about clothing. Students will be focusing on the following learning targets: