Figurative Language Practice
Students will continue to learn about figurative language. They will be identifying similes and metaphors and explaining the difference between them. They will also identify alliteration and hyperbole. Students will finish their Figurative Language Project by Friday. They will have a quiz on figurative language on Friday.
Figurative Language Flocabulary (click on this link and listen to this fun way to explain figurative language)
This week students will begin taking their ELA Milestones Tests. 8th grade students will test on Monday and Tuesday, 7th grade will be testing Wednesday and Thursday. We strongly encourage that students eat a healthy breakfast and come to school well rested, so they can better focus on each test section.
During the days students are not testing, our IEL class will be working on a Figurative Language Project, which they will complete in class. They will identify different types of figurative language in a variety of texts. This week we will focus on personification, onomatopoeia, simile and metaphor. This project will be due next Friday, April 26th.
Animals in their Natural Habitat
Students in our IEL Communication class continue to study different animal species. They will be practicing comprehension skills as they read a series of articles about animals from Asia. They will read, discuss and complete activities on articles about The Snow Leopard, The Giant Panda and The Snub-nosed Monkey.
Vocabulary to focus:
The Tropical Rainforest
Tropical rainforest are found in many areas of the world. They run along the equator between the tropics of cancer and Capricorn. They are found in Africa, central America, South America, Asia, Australia and pacific islands.
This week our students will be learning about one of the greatest tropical rainforests in the world, the Amazon Rainforest. They will focus on the following vocabulary:
A New Species Project: Due Friday March 29, 2018
Task: Students apply what they have learned about animal characteristics and to create a new creature and introduce it to the class. You must the following facts to write a paragraph about your New Species using complete sentences. You will also create a colorful drawing or illustration about your creature.
Videos About the Rainforest:
How do we affect our environment?
This week our students will be learning about endangered animals and how we can affect our environment.
They will read articles and conduct a research project about an endangered animal of their choice. Students will use the computer lab and gather information from specific teacher assigned websites to complete their project.
Early Release: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Students will be released as follow:
11:30 a.m. - High School
12:30 p.m. - Elementary School
1:30 p.m. - Middle School
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Local School Professional Learning Day
Lessons from The Lorax
.This week we continue to work with The Lorax. Students will be identifying poetic devices and sensory images from the story.
They will also work on a collaborative project using parts of the poem to summarize and illustrate the story showcasing the elements of fiction in the story.
Vocabulary: Plot, Setting, Characters Conflict, Rising Action, Falling Action , Resolution
Students will take a test on Fridayday , which includes vocabulary, comprehension and identification of sensory images from The Lorax.
Wednesday is Early Release Day: Students will be dismissed 2 hours early.
This week, our students will be watching "The Lorax." Dr. Seuss' creative way of writing inspired this wonderful classic, which many readers enjoy through the years. Students will also read portions of the poem version to focus on vocabulary, reading comprehension and character traits.
They will describe the setting and how it changes as the plot progresses in the story. They will describe the main characters and their traits and learn to explain how the characters influence the development of the story.
Students will identify and provide examples of sensory images from the story. Next Monday, students will go to the computer lab to complete some assignments about The Lorax.
Three Stories About Vikings
In the early age of transportation, the easiest way of transportation was by ship and the contact between one country to another was only made possible by ship. The Viking ships also allowed for both trade and war to be expanded to other countries, for instance England. The Vikings were able to build magnificent ships that allowed them to travel far and rule great areas.
This week, IEL students will be reading three different short stories about early transportation to find out what made Vikings ships so important in the history of trade and transport.
Students will learn and apply vocabulary words and practice answering questions using evidence from text.
A Ship Lost
Much has been written about the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle and the unexplainable disappearance of many ships and vessels in this intriguing area of the Atlantic Ocean.
This week our students will read and discuss A Ship Lost. This short story relates how the U.S. Navy, Cyclops, vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle during a voyage from the island of Barbados to Norfolk, Virginia. The Cyclops still remains the largest navy ship ever lost without leaving the a clue to her fate.
Students will identify new vocabulary words and find their meaning in context. They will provide an illustration and write a sentence using each word. Students will answer comprehension questions about the story. They will study a map to find the location of the Bermuda Triangle and formulate their own hypothesis regarding this mysterious place in the ocean.
February 18th through February 22nd- No School- Enjoy Winter Break!
Titanic's Last Meal
This week our students will be working on skill maintenance around the topic of Titanic. We will be reviewing and practicing the use of uppercase/capital letters in sentences. Students will also review and practice the use of verbs in present and past tense.
We will also read and discuss Titanic's Last Meal article to create a writing plan using a flow map that will help students write a short essay about the topic of what passengers from each class ate on their last day on board the ocean liner.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
ESOL/IEL Students continue to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online test. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. For more information.please contact the ESOL department at our district (tel) 770-426-3410.