Thursday, April 13, 2017

Apr. 17th-20th

Projects: We've begun working on our museum exhibit project for World War II and we are so excited! Students are working together to create a written plan for their projects as well as assigning roles and responsibilities of each group member. This week, we will be working on expanding our knowledge of World War II, specifically battles and leaders, as well as continuing to work on the actual project. It will be a very busy week!

8th Writing: This week we will be focusing primarily on grammar in preparation for testing which is coming up soon. We will also be reviewing elements of various writing genres as well as the writing traits.

6th Writing: Students continue to work on their argumentative speeches on the Loch Ness monster. Review of argumentative writing has been beneficial this week, especially the vocabulary associated with this writing genre. This week, students will continue to work on finding text evidence to support their claims, as well as creating counter claims and rebuttals. Finally students will create their introductory paragraphs and conclusions.

Reading: We continue to work on comparing and contrasting listening/watching a text versus reading a text. Students will work on reading and then watching a video of the same text and identifying similarities and differences in both experiences.

REMINDERS
* Middle school student council continues to raise funds for the Fallon Youth Club. Please send in any monetary donations you can for the collection bin located in our classroom.

* An e-mail with testing dates was sent out, please review the dates for each grade level.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Apr. 10th-13th

Projects: We continue our unit on World War II. This week we will continue to work on a timeline of Hitler's life. In addition, we will read and analyze excerpts of his book Mein Kampf . We will also learn about the Jewish and Chinese Holocaust. Finally, we will share the final project expectations and rubric for World War II. Students will be able to choose a topic that they'd like to present on for this unit. I can't wait to see how their final projects turn out!

8th Writing: Students continue to work on their essays for a writing contest sponsored by the Nevada Department of Education and the Department of Tourism. They can choose to write about a memorable travel experience within the state of Nevada or write about a location they'd like to travel to within the state.

6th Writing: Students are working on an argumentative piece about the Loch Ness monster. Currently, we are working on reading and annotating two passages about the Loch Ness monster. From these passages, students will have to find evidence to support their argument on whether or not they believe the Loch Ness monster exists, as well as include a counterclaim and rebuttal for their argument.

Reading: We continue to work on comparing and contrasting two texts with similar themes. Students are creating a chart to compare Touching Spirit Bear and "We Will Rock You". Students must write in complete sentences and cite specific evidence from texts to support their comparisons. Furthermore, we will work on comparing and contrasting reading a text to listening or viewing a performance of the same text. Students will have to explain similarities and differences between what they "see" and "hear" when reading a text to what they "perceive" when listening to the same text.

REMINDERS

* Middle school student council continues to raise money for the Fallon Youth Club. Please send in any donations you can. Each classroom has their own collection bin. The class with the most money collected will win Taco Bell and a movie.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 3rd-6th

Projects- We continue with our study about World War 2. This week we will be listening to a presentation about the concentration camps. We will also further our understanding of World War II by learning about the geographic locations of countries that were impacted during this era and finally we will explore the life and mindset of Adolf Hitler.

8th Writing: Students will finish their writing activity from last week. They will begin a writing task in which they write about a travel experience within the state of Nevada.

6th Writing: Students will finish their writing activity from last week. They will also begin an argumentative writing piece. They will have to use text evidence to write a speech in which they will explain whether they believe the Lochness Monster really exists or not.

Reading: Students will work on comparing and contrasting texts that have a similar theme/topic. We have chosen to compare and contrast the song "We Will Rock You", and one of our read alouds from earlier in the year Touching Spirit Bear.

REMINDERS:
Thank you to families who were able to attend conferences!

We will be going to Safeway Thursday afternoon (April 6th), please send $5-$10.

We are collecting funds to donate to The Fallon Youth Club. The two classes that donate the most money will receive Taco Bell and a movie! Please send in any monetary donation you can!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mar. 27th-30th

Hello Bighorns! Welcome back from a well-deserved week off. :)

Projects: We are starting our new unit on World War II. This week we will learn about The Treaty of Versailles, alliances during WWII, as well as geographic locations and key leaders. Students will be gathering information from videos, websites, and texts.

8th & 6th Writing: This week we will take a break from Nevada Department of Education writing tasks and have students write about a prompt of choice. The prompts are reflective and will be written on an outline of a fingerprint. I hope to have them displayed before parent teacher conferences.

Reading: Students will continue to work on explaining how a character changes as the plot unfolds. Students will be citing text evidence to support their thinking. We will also be working on answering comprehension questions using text evidence.

Language Arts: We continue to work on connotation and denotation. Students are really focusing on building their vocabulary and looking up unfamiliar terms to help them determine if a word has a positive, negative, or neutral connotation.

REMINDERS:

* Parent teacher conferences are this Friday. I sent out an invitation via Sign Up Genius. If you did not receive an e-mail please let me know so we can schedule a conference.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mar. 13th-16th

Projects: This week students will finish their website projects about The Great Depression. I continue to confer with each student making sure they are following the rubric and create a to-do list to help guide their progress. We will also take a vocabulary quiz on The Great Depression and review everything we've learned by discussing our driving question for this unit.

8th Writing: This week students will finish writing their argumentative editorial on funding for cloud seeding. Students will be working on this collaboratively with a partner and we will stop to discuss criteria as we work on each part of the editorial each day.

6th Writing: This week students will finish writing their modern day folktales using the same theme and narrative techniques as a mentor text. Students will be working on this collaboratively with a partner and we will stop to discuss criteria as we work on each part of the modern day folktale each day.

Reading: Students continue to expand on their knowledge of plot elements and character evolution. In addition, they will learn how plot events and the character's response helps the reader identify the overall theme of a text. Students will be creating a chart to help them identify these relationships within fictional text. We will also be looking at plot, character challenges/responses, and theme as we progress through our new read aloud titled Runt.

Language Arts: Students continue to work on connotation and denotation. Students will expand on the notes we took last week to understand and explain that words, although they have similar meanings, can have a positive, negative, or neutral connotation. We will be practicing this skill in IXL together as a class and independently.

REMINDERS:
* Please check that your child completes the reading log nightly.
* I e-mailed a sign up for spring conferences. Please e-mail me at bdeleon@oasisacademyfallon.us , if you have not received an e-mail.
* This is the last week before the end of the quarter and before spring break. All assignments will be due by Tuesday afternoon so I have time to grade them and enter grades before we go on break. Please remember that I give students the opportunity to turn in late work but they must turn it in before the quarter is over, otherwise grades are locked.
* Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mar. 6th-9th

Projects: We continue to work on The Great Depression. This week, students will be learning about art and culture of the era. Students continue to meet with me individually to work go over their progress on their project websites using our project rubric as a resource.

8th Writing: Students will continue to work on the argumentative writing task on cloud seeding. This week, we will read the informational text about cloud seeding and highlight information for or against could seeding. Students will also be working collaboratively to write their introductions, counterclaims, and rebuttals.

6th Writing: Students will continue to work on the folktale narrative task that focuses on theme and narrative techniques. This week we will read the accompanying mentor text and identify the theme and narrative techniques used in the mentor text. In addition, students will be brainstorming collaboratively to plan the characters, setting, plot/conflict, resolution, and theme and sharing our ideas together as a class.

Reading: This week we move forward with plot and study how this affects character development. Students will identify how a specific character changes throughout a text in response to the events. Students will also identify themes in a text and provide text evidence to support the themes identified.

Language Arts: Students will move on from identifying and correcting mistakes in punctuation of dialogue. This week, they will work on denotation and connotation of words.

REMINDERS:
* Please remember to sign your child's reading log Monday-Wednesday. Students complete the THursday portion in class after our silent reading time.

* I will be sending out an e-mail this week about parent-teacher conferences.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Feb. 28th to Mar. 2nd

Projects: We continue working on the Great Depression. This week we will be focusing on the role of the government during this time period, specifically the approach of President Hoover and President Roosevelt. Students continue to work on their project websites and I confer with students daily to check on their progress.

8th Writing: Students are finishing their chosen journal prompt to turn into a formal writing piece. We will also begin another sample writing task from the Nevada Department of Education. We will be working on this task in groups/partners and share our progress as a whole class. My goal is for students to become familiar with the format they will see when taking the written portion of a writing assessment.

6th Writing: Students are finishing their chosen journal prompt to turn into a formal writing piece. We will also begin another sample writing task from the Nevada Department of Education. We will be working on this task in groups/partners and share our progress as a whole class. My goal is for students to become familiar with the format they will see when taking the written portion of a writing assessment.

Reading: We continue to work on plot and changes characters go through as the story progresses. We will be using text evidence to support our responses. In addition, we will be talking about themes in texts and how characters' actions across various texts support various themes.

REMINDERS:

* Please remember to sign off on your child's reading log each night. They are to read 20 minutes and then summarize, infer, or make predictions based on their reading.

* I will be sending a sign ups for conferences soon. They are scheduled for March 31st. I can't believe 3rd quarter is coming to an end!

* Please let me know if you have any questions, you can reach me via e-mail at bdeleon@oasisacademyfallon.us