Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year, New Journal Topics

We're starting 2017 with a new batch of journal topics.
Just as a reminder, students have been writing in journals several times a week since school began.
It's very gratifying to see the volume and quality of writing improve over time!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Classwork: 12/15

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Don't be like Scrooge: Use this website  to find out some basic information about a charity or organization that is working on a cause that is important or interesting to you.
Complete the "Charity Comparison" sheet (front and back).

1). visit your charity's website to learn the "purpose"
2). to find programs, click the "programs" tap at the top of your charity's page on "Charity Navigator." See an example here.
3). to find "money raised yearly" look for the "TOTAL REVENUE" listing.
4). look at the pie graphs in the "Financial Charts" section to find percent spent on programs, fund raising, administrative costs.

Monday, December 5, 2016

What's the Story? News and Notes From ELA Class

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It's December!

Here's a look back at some of the journal topics students have written about lately:

What's the nicest thing you've ever seen anyone do?

If there could be a special school that would teach you something you really wanted to learn, what would that school be?

If someone gave you $100 what would you do with it?

This month will find us continuing to write in journals and also read independent books. In addition, we'll study some of the themes and ideas related to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 

Monday, November 7, 2016

What's the Story? News and Notes from ELA Class

Last week students wrote journals about the best thing they've ever eaten. Yum.
We then spent some time thinking, talking, writing (and drawing) what they know about the "First Thanksgiving."
This week we'll begin to look at this event through different perspectives and points of view.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What's the Story? News and Notes From ELA Class

Last week we read a version of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. 
This week we'll be on a field trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY! Ok, it's actually a virtual field trip in the form of a webquest...

Monday, October 10, 2016

What's the Story? News and Notes From ELA Class

An annual tradition: this week students will write stories (or rather, the endings of stories) as part of author Bruce Coville's Halloween story contest.
Last year a student from Saranac Lake Middle School won honorable mention in this contest, so here's hoping we'll have similar success this time around.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What's the Story? News and Notes from ELA Class

Last week students continued reading, discussing the work of Edgar Allan Poe and looked at the literary devices "mood" and "tone."
They wrote in their journals about "favorite childhood toys" and "fall."
Students had another bout with Vocabulary.com (a new Champ will be crowned this week!).
We also spent some time working on a combined social studies/ELA project on local history (students were inspired by watching this episode of Curiously Adirondack; this one too.
This week we'll look at some poetry ahead of students writing their own local history poem, then write drafts in class.
The end of the week will see a visit from Mrs. Kennedy for book talks.