Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tonight's "Homework"

Today I asked the students to note two things in their assignment books:

1. They need to be sure to have finished their books (non-fiction independent reading books) by the day we get back from break so that they have plenty of time to complete their projects. Projects are due in rough form or at least half way done by the 7th, and need to be completed and ready for presenting / grading by the 14th.

2. Mid-term exam schedule has been posted, and the Language Arts mid-term will be on January 13th, which is a Tuesday. I have told students that they need to be sure to have their binders in order, locate important notes, and begin doing a little studying every night so they aren't stressed and overwhelmed by the 13th. The exam will have all of the Word Whiz words, the grammar we have covered, questions about the stories we have read, the parts and structure of a response to text essay, and probably include writing a constructed response. I will be giving them a list of "fair game topics" in class in the new year. Until then, they would certainly benefit by studying Word Whiz (Fun and Useful Words, Word Parts, and Language Arts Words), and going over the basic grammar we have dealt with (parts of speech, types of sentences, fragments and run-ons).

Monday, December 15, 2008


No NEW homework tonight, since the Word Whiz test took nearly all period.

However, BY MONDAY, JANUARY 5th, Independent Reading books (non-fiction) need to be finished and projects need to be underway.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Maybe a Snow Day Tomorrow??????

Just in case your dreams of white fluffy stuff don't come true, make sure you still study for the test tomorrow. Fun and Useful Words, Language Arts Words, and Word Parts. Students should have study sheets for all of them.

The test will include an assortment of old words as well, but the majority of the points will be for the newest words.

If there is a snow day Friday, test will be on Monday.

A short assignment on fragments and complete sentences was given out today and many students got a good head start on it during school. The remainder of the sheet needs to be handed in tomorrow.

Tomorrow, if there is school, I will also finally get around to checking the notes and glossary a second time... This was actually due on Tuesday this week, but I've been behind in checking due to a professional day spent out of the building.

Monday, green sheet is due as always.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Homework Tonight and Word Part List

Students need to create a review sheet or review activity (like making flashcards) for the 11 word parts we have learned in the last few weeks. The list is here:

Prefixes: micro, tele
Roots: chron, tempo, omni, scrib/scrip, graph, ped, fide
Suffixes: ion, less

Monday, December 8, 2008

Homework and TEST TO COME!

Tonight, please complete a worksheet entitled, "Language Arts 4". If you are in block 2, be sure to copy the directions as part of the assignment.

Also, a TEST on Fun and Useful Words, Word Parts, and Language Arts Words will be on either Thursday or Friday... BEGIN TONIGHT reviewing for the test. Use your notes. Also, a study guide for LA words was completed in class, and each student should have one. We will likely do one for word parts in class tomorrow.

The TEST will be MOSTLY the most recent words, but will have some review words as well. Try to spend some of your reviewing time looking over old words. You could use the last test, for example.

Parents, I will try to upload a copy of all the words onto the blog later today or possibly tomorrow.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Weekend Homework

Fill in green sheet for the past week's reading. You've had an hour of class time to read, and should have read an hour outside of class, too. Many students do no have a blank space on their green sheets. If this is the case, please use a plain sheet of notebook paper and write out all the information as if you had a green sheet.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Late posting

Homework tonight is the types of sentences worksheet. Be sure to follow directions.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Please complete SOS worksheet (two sided) that we began in class.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Homework: some have it, some do not.

Tonight's homework for blocks 3 and 4 is a worksheet on sentence structure -- subjects and predicates. Block 2 had time to complete the work in class.

All students should be working on their Independent Reading Project -- reading, taking notes, creating a glossary, et cetera.

Have a great night!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Grammar Begins!

Students have a worksheet on nouns due tomorrow.

Thank you to all family members who participated in the data collection for the persuasive essay.