The school year is off and running!
For the sixth grade, my class is a supplementary class to Ms. Alumbaugh’s ELA. Students will be learning spelling from the Journeys textbook and vocabulary from Greek and Latin roots. We will also focus on reading strategies and standards and students will be practicing applying reading strategies and standards in their independent reading. We have begun by learning about metacognition: how we think while we read and how we can use different strategies to help us comprehend our reading. The first strategy we are practicing is activating our prior knowledge. I will also be handling Accelerated Reader with the sixth grade. Students have received their AR goals, and I will be sending home a letter detailing how AR will work and fit into their overall grade.
In seventh grade technology, we are beginning the year by learning about the basic parts of a computer and how they work together. Students begin every day with a typing warm up, and they will get a grade each week based on a 3 minute typing test. Students will be graded on both words per minute and accuracy. For the first few weeks, the goal speed is 20 wpm. The accuracy goal is 95%.
The eighth grade Spanish students will be working in a preliminary unit throughout the first semester. The preliminary unit is broken up into individual lessons, and they focus primarily on vocabulary and pronunciation. Students will take a quiz after each lesson. After Christmas, students will begin to learn how to conjugate verbs and create sentences. We have just finished the first of the preliminary lessons, and have learned several ways to say “hello” and “good-bye.” Students also practiced their vocabulary by practicing reading a story called “Mimi y Paco.”
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support at home!
With the end of the year right around the corner, things are really busy in the middle school. We have things to do before we can rest and relax!
The sixth grade students have finished reading the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. They enjoyed brainstorming with their group for ideas to pack into their survival kit, and came up with some things I wouldn't have thought of. I have picked out 20 words from the vocabulary list we studied to be on the final test, and students have used Pear Deck's Flashcard Factory to create flashcards which we imported into Quizlet. Some of the illustrations were pretty good! The final test for Hatchet will be Monday, May 8. It will consist of a vocabulary test and an open book comprehension/essay test. Next week students will be setting goals and taking spring MAP tests. The last day to take an AR test is Monday, May 20.
The seventh grade students have taken the Diocesan technology test. Like the sixth grade, seventh grade students will now be creating MAP goals and taking the spring MAP tests. We love to see their progress over the year. Students will then finish the Google Slides project, creating a "choose your own" adventure story. I have heard some of their settings and plot lines, so they should be pretty entertaining!
The eighth grade Spanish students took a test yesterday on Unit 3, Lesson 2. They have begun their very LAST unit for the year, in which they will be reviewing colors and learning articles of clothing. They will also be learning more about the verb TENER, (to have), which is used a lot in Spanish. Students will take their last test of the year on Monday, May 13.
Thank you for your support and help at home this year. This has been an amazing year, and I have truly enjoyed my homeroom class. Have a great summer!