Wednesday, December 30, 2009

THE PEARL and general announcements

Most unfortunately, my copy of the movie version of The Pearl was misplaced.  I ordered a new copy, but it did not arrive in time to watch it with the students before the break.  I do have a copy now, and we will watch it in January, beginning with the half of the movie that matches what we have already read; after finishing our reading, we will watch the end of the movie.  The permission slips signed before break will cover the students after break as well.  However, some students have not turned in permission slips yet, so they will still need to do that before being allowed to view the movie. 


Students should be working on their independent reading projects, and I will be expecting them to be approximately half done by January 8th, and ready to be presented by January 13th.


My student teacher, Hunter Berryhill, will be joining us beginning on January 11th, and continuing into March.  He has been in my classes several days already, getting a feel for the students and our routines.  I’m already impressed with him --- especially his uncanny ability to learn the students’ names so quickly!  I am sure he’ll do well with our students. He’ll be focusing his unit on folktales.


I’m looking forward to 2010!  It will be a great winter and spring at FHGS, I am sure! 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

quote and reflection

Homework tonight:  Journal entry of one page reflecting on the following quotation from Oliver Wendell Holmes:


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”


Consider the following in your reflection:

  1. What does the quotation mean?
  2. How does it apply to your life / experiences?
  3. How does it apply to The Pearl?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Homework tonight is to have Word Whiz vocabulary test signed by a parent or other responsible adult.  Students also could work on their persuasive essays using Googledocs (entire essay should be complete in first draft mode).  Reminder that notes and glossary will be checked again on December 18th, so students should also be working on their non-fiction reading projects.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Homework for the weekend:


STUDY for the third Word Whiz test, which covers all words learned so far.  Test will be Tuesday.


NON-FICTION independent reading and note-taking (just keep working on this – next notes check on 12/18)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Review homework

Complete review worksheet on Fun and Useful words and Language Arts terms.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Tonight's homework is to write a quiz that covers the last set of Word Whiz words -- "fun and useful words," "word parts," and "language arts terms."
Each class has slightly different requirements, but all are asked to be sure their quiz is legible, clearly explains directions, and includes a variety of types of questions on all three types of vocabulary words.  Someone will actually TAKE this quiz on Thursday.
As we have reached the end of a set of words, a TEST will be coming up on Monday.  Students should study notes, old quizzes, old worksheets, et cetera.
Also, please remember that a check of notes and glossary will be happening on FRIDAY, so students should be able to show that they have made some progress in their books and note-taking.
REMINDER to all that permission slips are due on Friday for the mid-year incentive trip, though the money is not due until January.  We need to book our locations, so correct numbers are necessary.