Lesson Plans for the Week of February 23

Parents, I’m introducing Genius Hour this week. Students will choose a topic to learn more about and/or something to create. Students will generate a driving question to “drive” their research. A letter will be coming home. Please sign and return by this Friday, February 28.

Monday- 

  • What is Genius Hour?
  • Genius Hour Expectations
  • Send home Genius Hour Letter

HW: Get Genius Hour Letter signed and return

Tuesday –

  • Begin Comma Books
  • Decorate Front Cover

HW: NoRedInk Commas in a Series and Commas with FANBOYS (Daily Grade) 

Wednesday- EARLY RELEASE at 12:00

  • Watch “The Number on Grandpa’s Arm”
  • Finish Comma Book Cover (if you didn’t yesterday)

HW: NoRedInk Commas in a Series and Commas with FANBOYS (Daily Grade) 

Thursday-

  • Commas in a series mini-lesson and independent practice
  • Comma Book – page 2 “Commas in a Series”

HW: NoRedInk Commas in a Series and Commas with FANBOYS (Daily Grade) 

Friday –No Red Ink Assignments and Genius Hour letter DUE!

  • Character Lesson “Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously”
  • Commas pg. 3 “Use a comma to separate two independent clauses”

Lesson Plans for the Week of 2/17-2/21

This week, we will be finishing our novel, Max, and enjoying the heartwarming movie that accompanies the book. We are excited!

Homework: Be thinking of your Genius Hour topic. What interests you? What do you want to learn to do? What can you improve/what difference can you make in your community?

We will soon start Genius Hour (Passion Projects). This is an exciting time where students get to pick what they want to learn more about. This could be something they are interested in and want to learn more about (Pearl Harbor, Civil War Weapons, What did my grandpa do during the Vietnam war, Pangolin, Paris, Nobel Peace Prize, What is a Purple Heart, etc.) something new they want to learn how to do (how to play the guitar, how to crochet, how to best work Sudoku puzzles, etc.), or something they want to create (Legos, do an experiment, create a replica of the Eiffel Tower, write a play, create a new game for us to play, etc.).

Students will become an expert on their topic and creatively present their findings/new talents to their class. I always look forward to how much our students learn throughout this process.

More information to come home soon! Please talk with your child about a great topic that will interest him/her.

 

Lesson Plans for the Week of February 10-14

Monday- 

  • MATH BENCHMARK

HW: Students can bring a non-messy snack and water bottle for tomorrow’s reading benchmark

Tuesday –

  • READING BENCHMARK

HW: No homework

Wednesday-

  • Max – ch. 20
  • Mentor Sentence (set off an appositive with commas)
  • Finish FINAL DRAFT of Terezin Butterflies

HW: No homework

Thursday-

  • Read Max – ch.21-22
  • Character Trait Activity

HW: No homework

Friday –There will be a sub in my room.

  • Max ch. 23
  • Flocabulary “President’s Day” Video & Quiz

Important Benchmark Information

White Oak Middle School students will take benchmarks Feb 10-13.  These tests give us great data in knowing where our students are at this point in the year.  These days are set up just like STAAR, so it is really important for your child to be at school each testing day.  Students will eat lunch at 12:30.  If you plan to bring lunch, please drop it off in the office by 12:25.

Feb 10-  Math Benchmark

Feb 11-  Reading Benchmark

Feb 12- Writing Benchmark (7th grade); Science Benchmark (8th grade)

Feb 13- Social Studies Benchmark (8th grade)

Your child may bring a water bottle and non-messy snack on testing days. For sixth grade, we test on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11.

Lesson Plans for the Week of February 3-7

Parents, we will be using watercolors this week to design the final drafts of our Terezin Concentration Camp butterflies. If your child doesn’t have watercolors (this was on the school list), please send this in. Thank you!

Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11 are benchmark days. Please make every effort to have your child at school on these days. We appreciate your help with this.

Monday- 

  • Max – ch. 13
  • Partner Pair Editing- students will rotate to different partners and give suggestions/praise and discuss butterflies

HW: “Anne Frank” Flocabulary Video & Quiz (Daily Grade) 

Tuesday –

  • Max – ch. 14-15
  • Edit/revise rough draft of butterfly

HW: “Anne Frank” Flocabulary Video & Quiz (Daily Grade) 

Wednesday-

  • Max – ch. 16-17
  • Butterfly -if done editing rough draft of butterfly, begin final draft (create/design a butterfly to hang on outside board)  **Students will use watercolors on the final draft.

HW: “Anne Frank” Flocabulary Video & Quiz (Daily Grade) 

Thursday-

  • Read Max – ch. 18
  • Butterfly – final draft

HW: “Anne Frank” Flocabulary Video & Quiz (Daily Grade) 

Friday –Flocabulary assignment DUE!

  • Max – ch. 19
  • Character Lesson – “Boundaries”
  • All butterflies should be turned in

Lesson Plans for the Week of January 27-31

Monday- 

  • Max – ch 11
  • Read “The Girl Who Lived Forever”  (Anne Frank)
  • Mentor Sentence (set off a comma when using dialogue)

HW: “Holocaust” Flocabulary Vocabulary Game (Daily Grade) & study “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary

Tuesday –

  • Max – ch 12
  • Read Poems from I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • Students will write poems/inspirations thoughts & words on butterflies regarding Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt

HW: “Holocaust” Flocabulary Vocabulary Game (Daily Grade) & study “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary

Wednesday-EARLY RELEASE at 12:00

  • Dr. King art
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Work on butterflies

HW: “Holocaust” Flocabulary Vocabulary Game (Daily Grade) & study “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary

Thursday-

  • Read Max – 13
  • Finish butterflies & Dr. King art

HW: “Holocaust” Flocabulary Vocabulary Game (Daily Grade) & study “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary

FridayFlocabulary vocabulary game ssignment DUE!

  • Character Lesson – “Lift Others Up”
  • Vocabulary “The Girl Who Lived Forever” Test
  • Finish all work

Lesson Plans for the Week of January 20-24

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Monday- 

  • Student holiday – We miss you, Dr. King!

Tuesday –

  • Martin Luther King Poem “Thirty-Nine Years -Too Short, Too Long, Long Enough”
  • Max – ch.8
  • Mentor Sentence – Setting off names with commas

HW: Finish Gimkit “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary (daily grade due Friday)

Wednesday-

  • Max ch. 9
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Grammar- pronouns/possessive pronouns

HW: Finish Gimkit “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary (daily grade)

Thursday-

  • Read Max – ch. 10
  • Flocabulary “Holocaust” video & quiz

HW: Finish Gimkit “The Girl Who Lived Forever” vocabulary (daily grade)

Friday – Gimkit vocabulary assignment DUE!

  • Character Lesson – “Just Be Yourself”
  • Read “The Girl Who Lived Forever”
  • Respond to text using evidence

Lesson Plans for the Week of January 13-17

Monday- 

  • Max – ch.4
  • Watch “Conjunction Junction”
  • Mentor Sentences- Commas in a series and commas in a compound sentence
  • Practice Max #1 vocabulary for tomorrow’s test

HW: Finish Vocabulary.com Max Vocabulary (daily grade)

Tuesday –

  • Max ch. 5
  • “US Marine Reunited with Dog that Saved his Life”
  • Max vocabulary test

HW: Finish Vocabulary.com Max Vocabulary (daily grade)

Wednesday- 

  • Max ch. 6
  • Mentor Sentence – Set off name with a comma
  • Watch Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream”

HW: Finish Vocabulary.com Max Vocabulary (daily grade)

Thursday-

  • Read Max – chapter 7
  • “I Have a Dream” Activity

HW: Finish Vocabulary.com Max Vocabulary (daily grade)

Friday – Vocabulary.com Max Vocabulary DUE

  • Character Lesson – “Responsibility”
  • “I Have a Dream” Activity
  • Grammar Mini-Lesson – subjects/predicates/adjectives/adverbs/prepositions