Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Reads

This is an advertisement, but it's Jack Gantos!
http://www.omnivoracious.com/2012/05/newbery-winner-jack-gantos-kicks-off-summer-reading.html

Originally published  2012-05-12

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 30, 2012

Yearbook Signing and J-Dawgs during lunch
All 8 periods in one day

Yearbook Signing


Modified Schedule for May 30th

8:15-9:00                          A1                    (45 Minutes) Pass out Yearbooks
9:05-9:40                          A2                    (35 Minutes)
9:45-10:20                        A3                    (35 Minutes)
10:25-11:00                      A4                    (35 Minutes)
11:00-11:45                      1st lunch           (45 Minutes)
11:50-12:45                      B5                    (55 Minutes)
11:05-12:00                      B5                    (55 Minutes)
12:00-1:25                       2nd Lunch         (45 Minutes)
12:50-1:25                       B6                     (35 Minutes)
1:30-2:05                        B7                      (35 Minutes)
2:10-2:45                        B8                      (35 Minutes)

Please post this list for lunches for Yearbook day.  Lunch is based on B1 class.

Lunch Schedule
1st Lunch                                                            2nd Lunch
Adams                                                            Anstead
Aiman                                                             Bates
Barson                                                            Behm
Bryson                                                            Biddulph
Carter                                                             Cotterell
Clayton                                                            Dean
Crawford                                                         Dibb
Dallon                                                             Dorsey
Earl                                                                Earling
Grow                                                              Eddington                                   
Hadlock                                                            Fugal
Hansen                                                            C Gadd
Lemon                                                            Heng
Major                                                              Karjala
McCleskey                                                     Lyde
Newton                                                            Macfarlane
Ormond                                                            Maucotel
Paulsen                                                            McNeil
Roth                                                                 Memmott
Schow                                                            Moon
Scott                                                                Morrey
Seminary                                                        Olson
W Smith                                                          Packer
Somers                                                            D. Smith
Steed                                                              Starker
Steffes                                                            Underwood
Thornton                                                          Ward
Way                                                                  Wicks
Welch                                                               Wright

Everybody needs to be in Class.




Originally published 2012-04-29 07:45

Word Choice!


Bradley Jonsson:  But can I frolic? cartwheel? meander? trollop? shuffle?  
Matthew Campbell: sashay?



Friday, May 25, 2012

Last Day to Hand in any Late or Revised Work






Notes and reminders: 
All literary letters are now overdue.  
The last day to hand in revisions or make-up work is today, May 25.
Spelling Make-Up



Originally published 2012-04-29 07:40

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Silly Sentences from Making Sentences

Most of them are made up of (article) adjective, noun, verb, adverb or (article) adjective, noun, adverb, verb, adverb. 

My shiny teacher smiles mischievously.
Gentle rats uncontrollably squeak.
Tiny mother swims clumsily.
Frightening grass clippings squeak often.
Purple girls irritatingly fly.
The huge truck clumsily laughs.
The huge pajamas expertly laugh.
The gentle glue barks irritatingly.
Sleep-walking shark gracefully shrink.
Worn-out sharks run menacingly.
Huge rats squeak loudly.
Cruel sharks flip gracefully.
My worn-out teacher swims smoothly.
The frightening pajamas mischievouly slide.
The sleep-walking baloney sandwich rots expertly.
A purple whale smiles suddenly.
My valuable mother clumsily dances.
Deadly grass clippings sing maniacally.



Ways to Remember the 8 Parts of Speech


by Tyler S.  in A1

Think of Mr. VAN PACPI

Verb -- an action
Adverb -- describes a verb
Noun -- person, place, or thing


Pronoun -- used instead of a noun
Adjective -- describes a noun
Conjunction -- joins two words, phrases or clauses
Preposition -- shows the relationship of a noun or pronoun to the rest of the sentence
Interjection -- an unusual kind of word that stands alone and expresses emotion

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1. Self-Starter:  
Priorities:
1) Finish writing your literary letters.  See the Book-of-the-Month tab above for directions and model letters.
2)  Read Stand Tall and fill in packet.
3)  Study parts of speech and/or work on showing you know them. 

Parts of Speech Assignment


Today we will retake the Part of Speech test.  Today is the day to show you know the parts of speech.

Announcements: 

 adj.       noun    adverb
Locker Check Today!

pron.        ----verb ---    article    noun        prep.   noun        conj  pro    ----verb ----            
They  will be changing the combinations on Wednesday  so you will not be able 

infin.*  adj.    noun   prep.   noun
to use  your lockers after CAVETIME. 

*"To use" is an infinitive, which is a form of what would otherwise be a verb, but when joined with the word "to,"  it  is NOT used as a verb.  It may be used as a noun, adjective, or adverb.


Originally published 2012-04-29 07:35

Monday, May 21, 2012

1. Self-Starter:  
Priorities:
1) Finish writing your literary letters.  See the Book-of-the-Month tab above for directions and model letters.
2)  Read Stand Tall and fill in packet.
3)  Study parts of speech and/or work on showing you know them. 

Parts of Speech Assignment


4)  Read your own choice of materials or help with room clean-up. 


2.   Preposition activity
Make a preposition manipulative. 
Try diagramming some sentences with prepositional phrases.
Document to download: 
prepositions list and activity.doc 

Post with more information on prepositons:  Preposition

=========================

Diagramming with  Prepositional Phrases: 

Locker checks   /  will happen

     \by                         \on

          teachers                 Wednesday

               \the

===========================

Special note:  You may try retaking the parts of speech test during Cave Time this week. 
Note:  There will be no Cave Time on Wednesday because we will be doing locker checks.

Reminder:  All late, make-up, and revised work are due by Friday, May 25. 


Originally published 2012-04-29 07:31

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Last two (not really that long) weeks of school


Enjoy this last bit of school, and then enjoy your summer!

Just for Fun

Q: Why did the cookie cry?
A: Because his mother was a wafer so long.
(Ra ra ra ra!!)
 -- found on Facebook 
 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Parts of Speech Assignment

 May 17:  Students took the first version of the formal test on parts of speech.  The only students whose scores were recorded on Skyward were those who earned 84% or above on the test.  They do not need to do any more on the Show-You-Know assignment.  The rest may plan on studying for the next time a test is given (on May 23rd) or in cave time on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, or they may opt to show they know by completing one of the other assignments below. 
________________________________________
Assignment due by May 23:  
Show you know the eight parts of speech.
Ways to show you know:  Pick one.

  • Pass the test with 84% or more 
  • Prepare an original and attractive poster that will help other students learn the eight parts of speech and what each does.
  • Prepare an original PowerPoint or Prezi that will help other students learn the eight parts of speech and what each does.
  • Correctly label the parts of speech on 30 or more words within a passage from a novel or other book you are reading (not a grammar book). 
  • or  -- Memorize and perform for the class "Rappin' Grammar"."
Parts of Speech
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/parts-of-speech_1.htm




Part of Speech
Function or Job/Definition
Examples
describes an action (doing something) or a state (being something).
walk, talk, think, believe, live, like, want, is
usually describes a verb. It tells you how something is done. It may also tell you when or where something happened.   (Adverbs also describe adjectives or other adverbs.)
slowly, intelligently, well, yesterday, tomorrow, here, everywhere
a naming word. It names a person, place, thing, idea, living creature, quality, or action.
cowboy, theater, box, thought, tree, kindness, arrival
used instead of a noun, to avoid repeating the noun.
I, you, he, she, it, we, they, anyone, yourself
describes a noun.  It tells you something about the noun.
big, yellow, thin, amazing, beautiful, quick, important

Preposition

usually comes before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. It joins the noun to some other part of the sentence.
on, in, by, with, under, through, at

Conjunction

joins two words, phrases or sentences together.
but, so, and, because, or, although
an unusual kind of word, because it often stands alone. Interjections are words which express emotion or surprise, and they are usually followed by exclamation marks.
Ouch!, Hello!, Hurray!, Oh no!, Ha!

_____________________________________

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Self-Starter: 
Subordinating Conjuctions -- Pass-Along Story

Subordinating Conjunctions Activity   (You need a piece of lined paper and the yellow conjunctions paper.)
Write part of a story that will end up using all of the subordinating conjunctions: A WHITE BUS
This is a continued story in which one person begins the story with a sentence or part of a sentence that contains a subordinating conjunction, then passes the story to the next person to be continued with another sentence or part of a sentence that contains a subordinating conjunction.
Each person will begin a story.  Put your name by what you write.
Pass the paper back.  Each time you write, you will use one of the subordinating conjunctions.
Use the subordinating conjunctions in "A WHITE BUS" order. 

Example: 
After the last school dance
(next student) while the students still lingered in the gymnasium, Jill fell in love with Jack.
(next student)  However, Jack was already in love with Mary
(next student) and wanted to go steady with her if she would agree.
(next student) Jack had noticed that Mary had been kinder to him than Jill had ever been,
(next student)  even though he had known Jill longer.
(next student)  Before the evening was through,  Jill told Jack that she would never talk to him again
(next student) unless he  told Mary to leave him alone.
(next student) Since Jack loved Mary, he told Jill that very thing.

2.  Quiet working time:  Stand Tall and packets,  learning parts of speech, literary letters.


3.  Parts of Speech Review:
Adjectives:   describe nouns
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?title=Unpack_Your_Adjectives&video_id=159857

Adverb:  describe or add information to verbs
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=159876
Pronouns:  take the place of a noun so you don't have to keep repeating the noun

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=166406&title=Rufus_Xavier_Sarsaparilla


Interjections:  added to a sentence to convey emotion
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?title=Interjections_&video_id=159691


4. Prepositions:  link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence  (examples:  in, of, to, with, by, for, by, without, inside, etc.) 
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=159708
 or
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=159708&title=Busy_Prepositions&vpkey=dc717dac31&album_id=


A preposition begins a prepositional phrase.  
A prepositional phrase usually has the preposition, an article and maybe one or more adjectives, and a noun.  
   Examples:    in the box      over the rainbow     at the farm    
       from my mom       behind the old shed        on the last train 


These nine prepositions do 92% of the work of prepositions: (Memorize them.)
at
by
for
from
in
of
on
to
with



5. Test on Parts of Speech


6.  Quiet working time:  Stand Tall and packets,  learning parts of speech, literary letters, if needed. 



Originally posted 2012-05-11 19:25

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Self-Starter:   Adjective/Adverb Review



Assignment due by May 23:  
Show you know the eight parts of speech.
Ways to show you know:  Pick one.

  • Pass the test with 84% or more 
  • Prepare an original and attractive poster that will help other students learn the eight parts of speech and what each does.
  • Prepare an original PowerPoint or Prezi that will help other students learn the eight parts of speech and what each does.
  • Correctly label the parts of speech on 30 or more words within a passage from a novel or other book you are reading (not a grammar book). 
  • or  -- Memorize and perform for the class "Rappin' Grammar"."
Parts of Speech
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/parts-of-speech_1.htm




Part of Speech
Function or Job/Definition
Examples
Verb
describes an action (doing something) or a state (being something).
walk, talk, think, believe, live, like, want, is
Adverb
usually describes a verb. It tells you how something is done. It may also tell you when or where something happened.   (Adverbs also describe adjectives or other adverbs.)
slowly, intelligently, well, yesterday, tomorrow, here, everywhere
Noun
a naming word. It names a person, place, thing, idea, living creature, quality, or action.
cowboy, theater, box, thought, tree, kindness, arrival
Pronoun
used instead of a noun, to avoid repeating the noun.
I, you, he, she, it, we, they, anyone, yourself
Adjective
describes a noun.  It tells you something about the noun.
big, yellow, thin, amazing, beautiful, quick, important
usually comes before a noun, pronoun or noun phrase. It joins the noun to some other part of the sentence.
on, in, by, with, under, through, at
joins two words, phrases or sentences together.
but, so, and, because, or, although
Interjection
an unusual kind of word, because it often stands alone. Interjections are words which express emotion or surprise, and they are usually followed by exclamation marks.
Ouch!, Hello!, Hurray!, Oh no!, Ha!

_____________________________________

Conjunctions

Conjunction Junction 

Conjunction Activities

________________________________


Reading Stand Tall


Literary letters if not already handed in -- or revisions.

___________________________________

Notes and reminders: 
All literary letters are overdue.  
The last day to hand in revisions or make-up work is May 25.

Spelling Make-Up

 

Originally published 2012-05-11

Conjunctions

Coordinating Conjunctions and Subordinating Conjunctions 


Coordinating Conjunctions

Coworkers are equal -- all on the same level.

http://www2.ivcc.edu/rambo/Fan_Boys/Fan_Boys.htm


We can remember the coordinating conjunctions by remembering the phrase  

FAN BOYS:
 

F = for
A = and
N = nor

B = but
O = or
Y = yet
S = so







Conjunctions 
Coordinating Conjunctions Activity or Grammar Punk
Write a single sentence (or two) using every one of the FANBOYS Coordinating Conjunctions.  Circle or underline each coordinating conjunction.   2 points for each one you correctly use.  8 points required.  

Example:
I always wanted to go to Europe, for I was born with an inherited wanderlust, and neither my mother nor my father had ever been able to go, but my Uncle Don did a lot of traveling, and he was always going by train or flying to the next place he thought of, yet he also found time to visit us and share stories of his adventures, so it was natural for me to want to travel, too. 

As coordinating conjunctions,  
"for" means about the same as "because," and
"yet" means about the same as "but."


 Subordinating Conjunctions

a submarine

The Boss with his Subordinates






A after, although, as  

W when, wherever,  where, whenever, while
H how, However
I if
T than
E even though, even if

B because, before
U unless, until
S since, so that


Example Sentences:
As I turned the corner I saw my worst enemy.
Whenever my aunt comes, she brings gifts.
I don’t know how she always knows what I want.
If I get all A’s, my dad will give me twenty dollars.
This makes the game easier to play than it was before.
Even if we don’t go to the party, we should send him a gift.
I didn’t turn my homework in because my dog ate it.
Until I present my book project, my grade will be low.
I’ll come to cave time so that I can improve my grade.






or  AAAWWEUBBIS
Although
After
As
When
While
Even though
Until
Before
Because
If
Since



Subordinating Conjunctions Activity or Grammar Punk
Write part of a story using all of the subordinating conjunctions: A WHITE BUS
This is a continued story in which one person begins the story with a sentence or part of a sentence that contains a subordinating conjunction, then passes the story to the next person to be continued with another sentence or part of a sentence that contains a subordinating conjunction.

Each person will begin a story. 
Pass the paper back. 
Use the subordinating conjunctions in "A WHITE BUS" order. 

Example: 
After the last school dance
while the students still lingered in the gymnasium, Jill fell in love with Jack.
I don't know how it had happened, but Jack was already in love with Mary
and wanted to go steady with her 
if she would agree.  Jack had noticed that Mary had been kinder to him 
than Jill had ever been,
even though he had known Jill longer.
Before the evening was through,  Jill told Jack that she would never talk to him again
unless he told Mary to leave him alone.
Since Jack loved Mary, he told Jill that very thing. 

Back to   Parts of Speech Assignment





Originally published 2012-05-11