Monday, March 16, 2015


Hola!  Happy BEAUTIFUL Monday to YOU!!!  What an absolutely FANTASTIC weekend, huh?!? The sun was shining, the air was warm, birds were singing, my kiddo played outside all day yesterday, and UK is sitting a top the throne of college basketball brackets.  Life is good, people. Life. is. good.
Today was our second to last day of Terra Nova testing!  Let that sink in for a moment...
yes indeedy, dear friends, we are already done as of tomorrow!  Woooo Hoooo!  Now, back to homework and all things we teachers love (totally kidding...or am I?!?  tee-hee)

LEARNING TARGET: I CAN identify and determine characteristics of historical fiction within a text and use them to help me interpret and describe the historical era.
We quickly reviewed characteristics, but I spoke with the students about a Project-Based learning assessment opportunity for this Wednesday and Thursday.  The students will be taking their written summative assessment over their Historical Fiction unit this Friday, March 20th, but I also wanted to give them a creative opportunity for demonstrating their knowledge from this unit.  If they complete this project at school, I can count it as another summative assessment grade!  I have posted these on Edmodo, but here are screenshots of the activity menus as well.  The students will be choosing ONE of three Tic-Tac-Toe Activity Menu Boards and then will select three activities to complete (in a row, column, or diagonally) from that board based upon a Historical Fiction novel/ story of their choice. Again, the students will be working on these Wednesday and Thursday in class while I pull small groups to reiterate our skills and concepts of focus within this unit for review in preparation of their written assessment on Friday.
Books to use: Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry; Number the Stars; I Survived books; American Girl books; Bud, Not Buddy; The Watsons go to Birmingham; The Invention of Hugo Cabret; My Brother Sam is Dead; The Courage of Sarah Noble; Elijah of Buxton; The Wednesday Wars; The Call of the Wild; etc.
HOMEWORK: check out the activity menu boards on Edmodo.  Choose your board and then your THREE activities for completion.  Bring in any necessary materials you may need for working independently on your projects in class.  If you are completing a technological activity, please complete that portion and submit via Edmodo or email to me.  Also, if you have signed and sent in the Electronic Device form, you may bring them with you for use in class on Wed. and Thurs.

On Edmodo, this one has a description of each activity individually 

You may NOT use this menu if you have not finished reading a historical fiction text to use it with

We reviewed our Simple Solutions lessons from last week (#s 11-14).
HOMEWORK: Lessons 15, 16, 17. 18, and 19 are due by Friday.  Please have 15 and 16 done by Wednesday for a quick check in class.

Tomorrow is RESOURCE DAY, our LAST DAY OF TERRA NOVA, and St. Patrick's Day!!!
See you then!
Mrs. Thomas

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