Virtual Field Trip to Hawaii Volcano National Park

We are about to embark on writing a personal narrative about a place we’ve enjoyed and traveled. When contemplating what I should write about, Hawaii was definitely the winner.

Yesterday, I shared some pictures from my wedding in Maui and then shared pictures of the black sand beaches we visited while on the Big Isle, Hawaii. I decided to actually take my students to Hawaii through a virtual field trip. We had a blast!

Today, we brainstormed where we’ve been and how we can recreate that trip for our readers through description, vivid verbs, and sensory language.

Tomorrow, we will begin writing! I’m excited to learn about all the places our children have ventured.

Lesson Plans for the Week of November 11-November 15

 

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photo credit: https://www.hawaiian105.com/

TRUE heroes….Thank you!

We remember you this Veteran’s Day and every day!

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place–police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.” Sidney Sheldon

Monday- 

  • “Today We Honor Our Veteran’s” video
  • Character Lesson – Fairness
  • Grammar: Adjectives & Adverbs

HW: Watch “Adjectives” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Tuesday –

  • Virtual Tour – Let’s go to Hawaii’s Volcano National Park!

HWWatch “Adjectives” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Wednesday- 

  • Mini-lesson – Adding figurative language, adjectives, adverbs, vivid verbs, and sensory language to spruce up our writing
  • Begin planning/brainstorming about an enjoyable place you traveled/been to (recreate the experience for your reader)

HWWatch “Adjective” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Thursday-

  • Continue to work on personal narrative
  • Mini lesson-Rockin’ Beginnings (great ways to begin personal narratives)

Friday –“Adjectives” Flocabulary video and quiz due TODAY

  • Continue to work on personal narrative
  • Mini lesson-Million $ words (replace drab words with words that sparkle)

Lesson Plans for the Week of November 4-8

Monday- 

  • Read novel & discuss
  • Subject/predicate mini-lesson
  • Is it a sentence or not?

HW: Watch “Subject/Predicate” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Tuesday –

  • Finish novel (Out of my Mind)
  • Begin Diary Entry from Melody (the main character’s) point of view

HW: Watch “Subject/Predicate” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Wednesday- 

  • Diary Entry from Melody’s point of view (revise/edit)

HW: Watch “Subject/Predicate” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Thursday-

  • Diary Entry from Melody’s point of view (final draft)

Friday –“Subject/Predicate” Flocabulary video and quiz due TODAY

  • Helping verbs review
  • Flocab’s Helping Verbs – Video & Quiz

Can You Break Out?

Our students recently worked very hard to unlock five locks in just 20 minutes. Yes, they were successful. Way to go! We used context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in order to get numbers for the locks.

Here’s a sneak peek into our fun!

Lesson Plans for the Week of 10/28-11/1

Monday- 

  • Read novel & discuss
  • Point of view mini-lesson – apply by writing own sentences in different points of view

HW: Watch “Point of View” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Tuesday –

  • Point of View & Figurative Language Activities

HW: Watch “Point of View” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Wednesday- EARLY RELEASE

  • Digital Breakout
  • Halloween Scattergories

HW: Watch “Point of View” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Thursday-

  • Context clues task cards
  • Read Halloweiner – discuss literary devices used throughout book

HW: Watch “Point of View” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due tomorrow).

Friday –

  • Read novel
  • Mentor Sentence
  • Character Lesson – Online Respect (discuss when and how to post, put your phone down when visiting with someone, don’t post when emotion, you are leaving a digital footprint- be careful)

Red Ribbon Week

White Oak Middle School will participate in the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign this week.

 

Monday- Wear RED; We are proud to be Drug Free!

Tuesday-  DECADE Day; Drugs are old school!

Wednesday-  Wear CRAZY SOCKS; Sock it to drugs!

Thursday-  WESTERN WEAR; Give drugs the boot!

Friday-  TWIN Day; Double-team drugs!

 

Lesson Plans for the Week of 10/21-10/25

It’s SO good to be back after being out for 6 weeks. Thank you for all the sweets notes, comments, and prayers during my recovery from neck surgery. I appreciate all of you!

It’s a new 9 weeks. Be sure and check out your child’s grades in Skyward.

Monday- 

  • Teacher Work Day (no students)

Tuesday –

  • It’s good to be back!
  • Watch Mood video (discuss words that create mood)
  • Discuss (Out of my Mind) and chapters read so far

HW: None

Wednesday-

  • Read “Monkey’s Paw” Scope 
  • Write “mood words” in notebooks

HW: None

Thursday- 

  • Watch short film & discuss similarities/differences to the play
  • Write sentences that contain mood

HW: None

Friday –

  • Vocabulary Activity

Sweet Memories – Solo Cup Team Building

I’ve sure missed my kiddos while being out on medical leave (three more weeks, and I’m back! :). It’s been hard to sit so still and let others care for me after neck surgery. However, I’m following doctor’s orders.

I was looking back at pictures from the first weeks I was with my students. One of my favorite memories was an ice breaker activity we did at the beginning of the year. We learned to listen to others and to work as a team if we wanted to be successful.

Here’s a little sneak peek into that fun day!

See you soon, kiddos! Can’t wait!

Lesson Plans for the Week of September 2-6

Our first middle school pep rally is this Thursday.

Monday- 

  • Happy Labor Day

Tuesday – 

  • Read ch. 5 in novel
  • Discuss “Benefits of Cursive”
  • Begin cursive – Letter Aa

HW:

  • “6th Grade Words” on Vocabulary.com
  • Study vocabulary (test on Friday 9/6) Click HERE to study.

Wednesday-

  • Read ch. 6 in novel
  • Glue in character traits
  • List 5 of our best character traits, choose one and write about a time we used/conveyed that character trait

HW:

  • Finish “6th Grade Words” on Vocabulary.com (due tomorrow)
  • Study vocabulary (test on Friday 9/6)

Thursday- Vocabulary.com (“6th Grade Words” is Due)

  • Read ch. 7 in novel
  • Grammar Time – NOUNS

HW:

  • Study vocabulary (test tomorrow)

Friday –

  • Vocabulary Test
  • Noun practice

This Friday is my last day before I take off for 6 weeks. I will be having my preop appointment on 9/9 and neck surgery on 9/10. Kathy Phillips will be my long-term sub. I will miss my students but look forward to returning pain-free.