Wednesday, November 30, 2011


This letter about swim classes was sent to your parents today. Make sure you have read it also.

How is your idea coming for the Animoto project? Do you have a CLEAR thesis statement that states your opinion? Have you listed you P2s?  Read Maya's ENTIRE essay again to make sure you are writing a PERSUASIVE argument and not just stating your opnions about a topic. Remember: You need to be persauding somebody to do something. We will start working on it in class tomorrow

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


As we were rushed at the end of the day, I will recap your H/W assignments

  • Look at the end of unit review sheet in your study links package. Make sure you feel comfortable with all topics mentioned. If not, come prepared to ask me questions tomorrow. 
  • Spend 10 mins playing one of the Unit 5 fractions game under the EDM link on the left side of my blog

Think of your 'idea' for the animoto project. It can be something new or a topic you have already used. Remember: Think about whether you can have three expandable p2s before you rest on your final idea. Today's session should have shown you the importance of first coming up with an excellent topic

Look at the sample video again for an example

Prep. Phrase Project
We will have another session tomorrow to help prepare for the prep. phrase puppet show. Make sure you have finished your portion for your team's performance. tomorrow's session

Kudos to Maya for her strong personal persuasive essay.

This is an example of how I stepped out of my comfort zone. I have never grown a beard before! The last day for Movember is tomorrow.

Don't for get to get your H/W diary signed

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Next Week

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving Break.  Get plenty of rest. Complusory H/W - Make sure you tell at least 3 people how 'thankful' you are for being in your life and for everything that they do for you.

We have three exciting weeks ahead before the Decemeber break. Let's make them  the best possible.
Coming soon:
  • The Patrick Henry Speech recitation (you will learn, rehearse, and perform in a passionate way an abridged version of the Patrick Henry speech)
  • Historical Fiction: Make sure you are reading an historical fiction novel of quality.  You will be producing a 'higer order thinking' report on this book in two weeks. Make it a book you enjoy.
  • Change the World Project - You will be working in pairs to create a persuasive animoto presentation that attempts to 'changes the world' (How you choose to define the term, 'world' is down to your creativity. Be thinking of ideas for a perfect thesis idea for this project. See example below as a  rough idea of what this might look like: 
  • Prepositional Phrase Persuasive Performances
I'm excited...Aren't you?

Trial Period - We will return to using our H/W daries to record our H/W for the next 3 weeks. I will not post H/W on the blog. We will see how this goes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 6 Day 2 - Skits

Complete Response Sheet
Please turn in to Mrs. Clayton tomorrow morning before 8am.

Study Link 5.9. IXL C.8

Prepositional Phrases Booklet p.11. Expand the paragraph on p.ll with at least 20 prepositional phrases. Work on your portion of the prepositional stage skit. (30 mins)

Remember: Your Unit 8 Social Studies vocabulary review is Wed. - Clayton class said it is hard! - Make sure you have studied 'smart'.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 6 Day 1 - Prepositional and Prepositions Phrases

Study Link 5.7 and 5.8

Prepositional Phrases Booklet p.7 and p.3

Remember: Your Unit 8 Social Studies vocabulary review is Wed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 5 Day 5 UN DAY

UN DAY - Congratulations on your work. Enjoy it again here. Many of you might choose to put a copy on your blog.

Student of the Week:
You're not born with character. You can't learn it, and  you can't buy it.

Blogger of the Week - Nakul

The Friday Moment:

Next Week

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 5 Day 4 - Persuasive Essay Final Draft. UN DAY

UN DAY Tomorrow:
You are welcome to come to school in the colors of your country  or any traditional clothes

Complete your final draft for your essay. There will be 45mins of classtime Friday morning to add any finishing touches if you need.  Due  by 12:30pm Friday

WALT: Writing a Personal Persuasive Essay
Title: Related to your topic

  • Effective thesis statement that contains a S.O.R.
  • Clear use of tranistional words
  • Effective use of advanced sentence fluency
  • Incorporating of between 3-5 persuasive techniques (HHH Stragegy)
  • A restate sentence that summrizes the main points of your argument
  • Organized in paragrpahs
  • Color Coded  P1 (Thesis) RED  P2s Green P3s  BLUE Restate RED
  • Font 12,  1 1/2 line spacing, comic sans
Those students who want  to do the final review. Print out the editing sheet below:
NO MATH H/W tonight - Make your essay PERFECT!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 5 Day 3 - Thesis Statement

Video recap on today's session

  • You need to bring x3 thesis statements to class tomorrow. Make sure you can identify the S.O.R. in each one.
  • You  should also have a PERFECTED thesis statement and P2s for your 'personal essay'. We will finish writing that personal essay in class tomorrow.

IXl C2, C7, C11
Math boxes 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
(you should have already finished 50%  of the above work in class)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 5 Day 2 - Characteristics of Historical Fiction

"You are who you are when nobody is watching"  - What did you learn today that you will remember for the rest of your life?

Study Link 5.6 


Monday, November 14, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 5 Day 1 - Persuasive Writing Draft

Studylink 5.5 IXL C.6 (master) and C.9 (practice)

Finish typing up your first draft of your essay. Use the power plan color code. You must bring in HARD COPY a draft version. DO NOT FORGET to do this.  Do you power 2s fit your topic sentence?  Have you reiterated three specific persuasive points in your restate?

Do your have clear sentence fluency?

Keep your log up to date. Which new reading techniques will you focus on this week?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Next Week

Recap - Making Equivalent Fractions - This is fun!

Tech Integration


The Friday Moment
What can you learn from this video?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 3 Day 4 - UN Day

Sorry for the late post.
Math Study Link 5.4 and IXL L.2 and Persuasive Writing P3s

I am very hopeful that I will be able to look into sharepoint and see your individual files listed there by the end of the evening. - Make me smile!

I would like people to reflect on the productivity of group work. What do we need to change to make sure that groups are working more effectively?

You should be creating your p3s for your personal persuasive piece. Make sure you are applying the techniques we are learning. Avoid weak language and keep control of your sentence fluency. You should have nine p3 sentences in total.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 4 Day 3 UN Day Preparation

You must finish your section tonight for the UN presentation. This might mean finishing your powerpoint slide or recording and saving your video portion.  (People can record videos in school tomorrow, but what you are going to say must be completely read. Make sure you practice using PEX and BEVES). You must save the slides in the correct order on sharepoint in class tomorrow.

Use   to make your images/jpeg owerpoint slides amazing. Takes seconds to learn how to use. DON'T go over the top. Remember, people need to clearly understand your point in a few seconds

Look at this DRAFT video copy of a reading caption. What is being done well? What aspects need to be improved upon  for the final version?

Study Link 5.2
IXL L. 4
Math Boxes 5.2
Math Recap video

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 4 Day 2 UN Day Preparation

Complete your research on your UN Day author. You must come to school with precise and concrete ideas of what information you want to present and how you want to present it about your author. Remember:
1)You are presenting the author NOT the book. In class tomorrow, you will have to synthesize your ideas as a group to form your author presentation.
2)Think 'persuasively'.

Unit 5.1 Study link and Math Box 5.1
IXL Unit L.1 (I will be checking. Make sure this is done)

Some people need to finish their weekly blog post or IMPROVE on it. Read Maya's weekly reflection to see how this should be done! Comment on people's work on their blog if you get the chance.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Next Week

Student of the week:

Blogger of the Week : Jacqueline

New Photos up for you to view in 2nd qtr link on right side of my blog

Tech Integration: -  This is by far my favourite tool! Check in out. You can  make a free video of 30 seconds in length. This is what my students were able to do with it last year. Make sure you understand how it works.

The Friday Moment  - Sometimes you got a just have a good giggle...
 What would you do it you discovered your parents had eaten all your Halloween candy?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 3 Day 4 Word Study

  • Finish the 'Home Learning' Word study chart you were given today by my subsitute teacher
  • Finish the  Math Races chart
  • Be ready for your Book Club group presentation
All due for Friday

Don't forget the P1 and P2s from yesterday that are also due for Friday

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 3 Day 3 Annoying People

Use this link to contribute your ideas to today's class  discussion

Math - IXL  H 6, 13,14 - Complusory

RLA - Power Plan
  • Take one of your ideas for today's or yesterday's class and write a P1 and  three P2s. Make sure your P2s clearly relate to your P1
  • Do not use any banned words or weak sentence constructions.
  • Use the link below to write them into a power plan (Due: Fri)

Book Club Presentation -  Spend 30 minutes working on your part. You will also get one session in class tomorrow to put the final touches to your presentation

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Qtr 2 Week 3 Day 2 Persausive Writing

Science I Check - Despite multiple reminders, these students still need to get their Science work signed.
Please make suere this is DONE tonight!

Mrs Clayton's class - Use this video to take notes  on your Social Studies - 13 colonies  handout.

My class
IXL  H.11 & H.12 COMPLUSORY - I will be checking who has done the assignment
Study Link 4.7

 Write a list of 5 observations that frustrate you ‘why is it impossible to get a taxi in Singapore when it is raining? (Due: Wed)
Book club  project work - Presentation date is now Friday morning
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