Informational Text: How does the human body work?
IEL students will be reading and learning Informational Text. Students will be applying science related vocabulary to their reading and writing skills
This week we will be focusing on a series of learning activities to learn and apply vocabulary related to the human body systems.
Students will work in small groups to complete a series of projects, which includes illustrating, labeling and using sentence structures to explain the basic information about each system.
Wednesday, students will be in the computer lab to look up information and complete a graphic organizer about a body system of their choice. They will continue their research Thursday and complete information by Friday.
The Skeletal System
The Human Heart
The Human Brain
The brain is part of the nervous system in the human body. It has two hemispheres. The right hemisphere controls the actions of the left side of your body. The left hemisphere controls the actions of the right side of your body. The brain stem controls your breathing, your blinking and your heartbeats. You don't have to tell your body to so this things, your brain automatically does them.
Jack and the Beanstalk- Literary Analysis
This week, due to Conference Week, students will be released at 1:30. Classes are shorter than normal.
Our IEL students will continue working with Jack and the Beanstalk. We will focus on the following skills:
Wednesday and Thursday, students will be taking an assessment for the story. Wednesday will focus on vocabulary and Thursday will assess comprehension skills.
On Friday, students will watch the animated movie version of the story and compare/contrast with the text version discussed in class.
Introducing Elements of Fiction: Jack and the Beanstalk
This week students will be learning elements in fiction and identifying them in a reading selection. As we read and discuss Jack and the Beanstalk, students will learn how elements of fiction interact to develop the plot of this wonderful fictional story. Students will identify the setting, including place and time and will complete a plot map.
Students will also and learn to cite evidence from the text to support claims from the story. They will work in small groups to identify character traits and find information to support the description of the characters in the text.
Additionally, students will use a double bubble map to compare and contrast the main character with themselves. On Friday, students will take a vocabulary quiz where they will apply the lesson vocabulary.
beanstalk market halter milker swap scraps ogre doze snore
tiptoe harp chop
Conventions of Standard English: Pronouns, Prepositions, Using Have, Has, and Had
Students continue practicing with the use of pronouns and prepositions in their speaking, listening, reading and writing.
They will also learn the relation between pronouns and the use of 'have, has and had.'
Some points to remember when using 'have, has and had:
Fall Break: No School
Monday September 23th thru Friday September 27th
Describing Physical and Emotional States
This week our class will be studying physical attributes and emotional states of people. Using a character of their choice, students are going to develop a piece of writing to describe this person according to physical attributes and emotions. They will write at least 3 sentences about the person of their choice.
Students will also be reading The Family Reunion, a short story by Paz Gonzalez. They will apply the vocabulary they have learned from family relationships and will also share activities that families from different cultures share when they get together. Students will take a comprehension quiz on Friday.
Describing People and Life Events
This week, students in our class will be learning and using adjectives to describe people.
Students will be using a family tree and writing sentences to explain the relation of the members of their created family. They will be describing each member of their family using adjectives. Students will have a choice to use their own family or create a family for this activity.
Students will also be learning about different life events, important documents and their use (birth certificate, passport, drivers license, etc.). Using a flow map, students will be creating a timeline to illustrate important events and writing sentences to explain the events portrayed in their timeline.
Wednesday August 28 is Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed as follows:
11:30 a.m. - High School
12:30 p.m. - Elementary School
1:30 p.m. - Middle School
If you have any questions, please contact your local school for more information.
Students in our class will be learning vocabulary to identify the members within a family. They are using vocabulary learned from this topic to write sentences and show how members of their family are related to each other.
Students will also be working on a small project to create an illustrated family tree that they will be sharing with the class. This project will be due Friday and will be recorded as a grade.
We will also be reading The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, to introduce words to describe the appearance of characters as well as their feelings and actions throughout the story. Students will then compare and contrast the characters and learn to map the plot.
Warm ups are completed and discussed in class daily to review or highlight important skills that will prepare them for end of grade assessments.
Students are responsible to check for accuracy and turn them in every Friday. Students need to label and date each warm up, before they turn them in for a grade.
Learning about the Calendar
This week, IEL students will be learning vocabulary related to the calendar. They will learn the months of the year and the days of the week. They will practice using sentence frames to say the date as well as asking and answering question about the calendar.
Vocabulary to practice:
today, yesterday, tomorrow
Days of the week: Sunday , Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Months of the Year: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Students will complete a circle map about the days of the week and a Brace Map for the months and seasons of the year
Thursday we will visit the Learning Commons (school library) for an orientation and to check out books.
School Open House is Thursday, August 15th!
Let the Games Begin!
This week our students will be taking the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). The SRI is a reading comprehension test that assesses students’ reading skills. The score from this test helps teachers place students on the correct educational path, adjust their teaching style to students’ needs, track students’ reading growth over time, and match readers to books appropriate for their skills.
Students will be creating an informational poster about their favorite sport where they will apply vocabulary and grammar skills learned in class throughout the year.
Also this week, students will be participating in their grade level Field Day. Students will get to experience a variety of fun activities in a friendly and safe environment.
Field day dates are as follow:
8th Grade - Wednesday, May 15th
7th Grade - Thursday, May 16th
6th Grade - Friday May 17th