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Room 214 Assignments 2013-2014
Home Reading Log 5/7/14 – 5/14/14
Thursday, May 08, 2014 7:35 PM
Finding “Talk-Worthy” Ideas in Your Book
 
When you talk with someone about a book, you and the person will learn more if it is an interesting topic. Your idea needs to be supported by many examples in the book. It should be something that people could have differing opinions on. This week every time you read look for “Talk-Worthy” ideas. In your journal write your idea and the page number where it came from. Discuss your idea with someone at home and ask if they think it is “Talk-Worthy”.
Spring Spelling!!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:15 AM

Spelling assignments are due on Fridays -- the same day as the test.

 Week of 2/17/14

Week of  2/24

Week of  3/3

Week of 3/10

Week of 3/17 Week of 4/21

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

 Third Grade

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

 Fourth Grade

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

 

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

 

 

 

Home Reading Log 3/12/14-3/19/14
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:20 PM
Reading Aloud In The Author’s Voice 
 
It is fun to read sections of a story as if you were one of the characters or the narrator. You also get a better understanding of the events in the story if you are acting out that role. For this assignment you will choose a section where there is some dialog or the narrator is telling a part of the story that is interesting to you.  (2 pages or less) Reread that section to yourself several times imagining you are the character or narrator. Now read it to your partner (or someone at home) in your best expressive voice. In your journal write the title of the book and page numbers of the passage.
Home Reading Log 2/26/14 – 3/5/14
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:30 AM
Pausing To Paraphrase As You Read
Good readers pause while reading to retell in their own words what they just read.  This way of retelling is called paraphrasing. Think about what you read and identify just the most important ideas.
 
As you read this week pause after 2-3 pages to paraphrase in your mind the important ideas of those pages, then record them in writing in sequential order in your journal. (2-3 times during the week)
 
Home Reading Log 2/19/14 – 2/26/14
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:55 AM
Using What You Know And Text Clues to make Inferences
Authors do not always tell readers everything in the text. So good readers know they can use the text, along with their own background knowledge, to help them fill in missing information and better understand what they are reading. This is called making inferences. At least twice during your reading this week record in your journal inferences you make while you are reading.  Be sure to write about your own prior knowledge and examples from the text that support your thinking.  
Home Reading Log 2/12/14 – 2/19/14
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:40 AM
 Asking Questions 
 
While reading, we ask questions that can be answered from the text or by combining text information with our own experience. This helps us understand details of the story better.
 
Record two questions each time you read. If you determine the answer sometime during the week, record that as well. If the answer comes from the text tell where it came from.
Home Reading Log 1/22/14 – 1/29/14
Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:10 PM

VOCABULARY CARDS

 

Write the word.

 

Draw a picture or symbol.

 

Synonyms:

 

Definition:

 

Sentence:

 

How does it make the story more interesting?

Home Reading Log 1/14/14 – 1/22/14
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:40 PM
Winter Spelling lists
Friday, December 20, 2013 8:10 AM

Spelling assignments are due on Fridays -- the same day as the test.

 Week of 11/18/13

Week of  12/2/13

Week of  12/16/13

Week of 1/15/14

Week of 1/21/14

Week of 1/27/14

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

 
Home Reading Log 12/12/13 – 12/18/13
Sunday, December 15, 2013 10:40 PM

Making predictions when you REALLY know the character.

Sometimes when you are reading you may feel like you get to know a character in a story as well as you know a sibling, cousin or best friend. When reading this week, think about the character you know or connect with the best. Write 2-3 sentences describing the character and also write a prediction related to what might happen in the story involving that character.

Home Reading Log 12/4/13 – 12/11/13
Thursday, December 05, 2013 9:45 AM

Using What You Know And Text Clues to make Inferences

Authors do not always tell readers everything in the text. So good readers know they can use the text, along with their own background knowledge, to help them fill in missing information and better understand what they are reading. This is called making inferences. At least twice during your reading this week record in your journal inferences you make while you are reading.  Be sure to write about your own prior knowledge and examples from the text that support your thinking.  

Home Reading Log 11/20/13 – 11/26/13
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:40 PM

Summarizing

Good readers are able to review and retell the main idea and important details of a section of their reading.  From this information you can write a summary in your own words. Use a Summary Web:

Main Idea

 

Detail                                                 Detail                                           Detail

 

Summary

 

Some additional information on this subject covered in Writer's Workshop - Writing Paragraphs

Art Adventures Project and Presentation - Nov and Dec 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013 8:15 AM

Project info in PDF format  or read below // Project Sign Up in PDF

Rm. 214 Art Adventures Homework Project

11/7/13

The purpose of this homework project is for students to become an “expert” on an artist of their choice. The students will then teach what they have learned about the artist and their artwork to the rest of the class so that others may benefit from their learning. The student should plan on spending 8 to 10 hours on this homework project.  Click on the title above for the project details.

See also additional info on Writing Paragraphs that was covered with the kids in Writers' Workshop.

Spelling assignments are back!
Sunday, November 10, 2013 7:30 PM

Spelling assignments are due on Fridays -- the same day as the test.

 Week of 9/20/13

Week of 9/28/13

Week of 10/11/13

Week of 10/21/13

Week of 11/4/2013

Week of 11/11/2013

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Blue Group

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Spider Catchers

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Ghost Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Neon Ninjas

Home Reading Log 11/6/13 – 11/13/13
Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:20 AM

Focusing on Characters

As you are reading it is important to pay attention to what the characters are doing and saying.  This week (at least twice) take notes about the actions and dialogue the characters are involved with. Also write down what you learned or INFERENCES you can make from what you have noticed.  

Character                                                  Character’s action                                       What I learned

                                                                      Or dialogue

Home Reading Log 10/30/13 – 11/6/13
Monday, November 04, 2013 8:25 PM

 Making Predictions 10/30/13 - 11/6/13

When we use what we already know and clues we find in a book to predict what it may be about or what may happen next, we can better understand the events in a book.

How can I use what I already know (background knowledge) to predict what will happen in the book?

Blank Home Reading Log List
Monday, October 21, 2013 8:15 PM

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Home Reading Log 10/16/13 – 10/23/13
Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:10 PM

Character Traits

This week as you read think of words/traits that describe a character. (curious, determined, mischievous, intense) In your journal record the name of the character, their trait, and also tell about an event or situation from the story that shows evidence that backs up your idea. Do this at least twice during the week.

Home Reading Log 10/9/13 – 10/15/13
Monday, October 07, 2013 9:20 PM

Movie in your mind …

This week let’s look for places in your book where the author did a great job of describing a character, scene or event. This is a place in the book where you felt you were part of the action, or could take on the role of one of the characters. 

Practice reading that part to someone at home with the emotion and excitement you know the author would expect! 

In your journal copy 2 or 3 sentences or phrases that show why it is so good.  

Home Reading Log Assignment 10/3/13-10/9/13
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 10:50 PM

 Asking Questions 

While reading, we ask questions that can be answered from the text or by combining text information with our own experience. This helps us understand details of the story better.

Record two questions each time you read. If you determine the answer sometime during the week, record that as well. If the answer comes from the text, tell where it came from.           

Home Reading Log Assignment 9/25/13-10/2/13
Monday, September 23, 2013 4:55 PM

Responding to Strong Leads  (Due 10/2)

An interesting lead (introduction) to a story can really get you hooked and make you want to read more. Your assignment this week is to read the lead (first 2 pages or chapter) and write about what the author did to get you hooked. How did they introduce characters and setting? Is there action or dialogue that draws you right into the story? What do they do to make not want to put it down?

Hopes & Dreams - Due 9/4/13
Saturday, August 31, 2013 9:55 PM

Dear Parents of Room 214

 Next week will be cooperatively setting rules for our classroom. My goal is that our rules are based on helping everyone achieve their “Hopes and Dreams” for this year. This weekend please discuss with your child, hopes, dreams and goals for this year (both academic and social). Please share them in pictures and writing on the attached stars, one star for students and one for parents' Hopes and Dreams. The star will be displayed on a Hopes and Dreams bulletin board in class. Please return them by Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Thank you,

Mark 

Specialist Schedule Rotation

Mark’s class has Specialist time from 11:15 - 12:10 daily.

First Trimester

8/26 – 9/11

9/12 – 9/27

9/30 – 10/15

10/21-11/6

11/7 – 11/22

Media

Science

Gym

Music

Art

 

Second Trimester

11/25 – 12/13

12/16 -1/14

1/15 – 1/31

2/3 – 2/20

2/21 – 3/7

Media

Science

Gym

Music

Art

 

Third Trimester

3/10 - 3/24

3/25 – 4/16

4/17 – 5/2

5/5 – 5/20

5/21 – 6/6

Media

Science

Gym

Music

Art