Friday, November 30, 2012

End of the Week

Next Week: Week at a Glance

Sentence Fluency Assignment: How much do you care about your own learning?

I am going to make this a choice - If you don't want to do it, you don't have to do it. You make the choice on whether you think this topic is important enough to spend time on. If you decide to do the work, you can google 'sentence fluency'  to find more about the topic.

The Friday Message: How much do you value your education?

Remember: Our class is announcements NEXT WEEK
Mon: Lydia & Janna

Congratulations on your non-fiction articles. Enjoy one of them below

Student of the Week:


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Comma Splices

Finish off your writing tonight if you have 'pages' at home.  Print it out at home. Those who cannot print at home or those who do not have pages, will be allowed to print in class.

No other H/W tonight as you will have the review and revise sheet to do at home over the weekend.
You must watch these video though to recap today's grammar class

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


This was much better!

Finish drafting your writing piece. You will have tomorrow's class to put the final touches to your 'pages' article.

Math Review Sheet - Bring questions any Math questions that you have.

Study Link 5.12

A lot of people are learning that the more they do in class, the less they have to do at home!

Hopefully, you will never read non-fiction the same way after today's session. always think about:

  • Text Structures
  • Author's Purpose (Explain,  Entertain, Inform,  Narrate, Persuade)
  • Text Features
  • Selecting Evidence
  • Interpreting Evidence
Watch this video to recap


Thank you for your support

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Non-fiction writing


I am out tomorrow pm as well. I hope this will change!

Two typed paragraphs of your writing for Wed.

Interesting to see how some of you will finish your writing as I see so many writer's notebooks left in class!

Study link 5.11

Edu Blog Award 2012 Nominations

Best Teacher Blog:  Upside Down Education
Best Class Blog:
Beest New Blog: Mr Mac’s Blog Thingy
Best Library Blog: Momo Celebrating Time To Read
Best Administrator Blog: Darcy Moore’s Blog

Monday, November 26, 2012

Non-fiction Reading

We covered a lot of new content today:

  • Text Presentation Techniques
  • Text Structures

We will spend out non-fiction unit using these different elements in our reading and writing


  • Study link 5.10
  • Write 10 sentences using your non-fiction strategies using advanced sentence construction techniques

e.g.  simple (using x4 parts of speech) compound, complex, infinitives etc.

Independent Reading

It is becoming clear that people are not  maintaining effective reading behaviors. Make sure you are reading regularly, practicing your reading skills by showing your thinking, and keeping your log up to date.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Non-fiction Reading and Writing

Anybody do the Thanksgiving toast? - Win +1 for providing feedback on  your experience

Next week (Week at a Glance) we will do lots of work on our non-fiction reading and writing and introduce our new grammar unit - C.O.M.M.A.S.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy 'Turkey' Day

Are you 'truly' willing to step outside your comfort zone?
Thanksgiving Dinner Family Toast - Become a legend in your family by toasting your family just after the main course is ended. Be sincere and give real examples, situations, and elaborations to support your comments using your persuasive strategies. Your family will be amazed and very proud

Enjoy the book talks below

Enjoy the prepositional phrase skits below

Monday, November 19, 2012

Assignments Week

Due tomorrow

A printed copy of your independent reading responses on the character unit

Tomorrow: Be prepared to write about a non-fiction topic that you know a lot about.

Study link 5.8 and 5.9Book club work - Due Wed

Prepositional Skit Presentations - On your blogs by Wednesday morning so they can be graded Wednesday

Friday, November 16, 2012

Almost 90,000 hits on this blog!

Next week: Click here for the 'Week at a Glance'

No Blue Folders going home today

We will visit the school BOOK Fair at 2:10pm on Monday. (Bring money to purchase books if you would like to do so)

Be Prepared:
Group Book Club presentations: Due Wed
Individual Independent Reading Assignment work: Due Tue
Prepositional phrase skits - Uploaded to your blogs by end of day Wednesday
Science: Investigation 3 - I Check - Wed

Well done on your UN work - Do you see areas for improvement with respect to digital literacy?

Getting the blood rushing to your brains before Math Class

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Persuasive Writing: Final Draft

UN DAY tomorrow - You may where your countries traditional clothes.

Study link 5.6
Final draft for persuasive pieces due in tomorrow by 8am. YOU MUST BRING IN A HARD COPY. - You will not be allowed  to print in school.  - Don not forget to do this.

The Proof Reading sheet is my way of showing you how I am grading this paper. With past assignments, I have been shocked to see that students have ignored the recommendations on the proof reading sheet. If you do not edit your paper using the suggestions given, your paper will not be as strong as it could be. BE WARNED! Take advantage of this tool and FOLLOW the guidelines given.

Make sure you have a STRONG conclusion - see photo for guidelines

I was pleased with your work ethic and productivity today... the learning has really begun

Telunas applications will be accepted up to 8.00am Monday morning - NO LATER!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Study Link 5.5

Book Club Work - Make sure you prioritize this  tonight

Optional - Prepositional Phrase work or persuasive essay

I am still noticing so many of you using vague words like  'people, somebody, it, kids' etc - Be as specific as possible.

You MUST - be able to tell your essay 'stance' in each of your P2s - This advice is given so that you can be SECURE on this topic. If you do not follow the advice, guess what?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thursday is the last day for bringing in the Caring for Cambodia kits. Please try to contribute if you can.

Study link 5.4

You should have made a decent start on your essay by Wednesday. You may write more but you must write at least 3 paragraphs.

I will give you some time on Wednesday to do your finishing touches to your prepositional phrase skits.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Next Week
Both our characters unit and our persuasive writing unit close next week. Make sure you produce your very best work on your final pieces of work going into the close of these units. 

Due Date for final persuasive essay: Next Fri
Due Date for Character Paragraphs: Extended to Tuesday Nov 20th

Click for the next  'Week at a Glance'

Student of the Week: Karly

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Prepositional Phrase Test is tomorrow. Make sure you have tackled some of the online practice and watched this video. 'Do you know what the 'object of the preposition?'

Study Link 5.3

Challenge your parents to do the 'fraction strips'

You must finish all the writing of your prepositional phrase skit for tomorrow. We will do the final filming in class tomorrow afternoon.  - Use the google doc. to work collaboratively. Make sure your text contains:

  • A variety of prepositional phrases
  • Advanced vocabulary
  • Some persuasive techniques
  • Some Character - Reading skills references (e.g. objects/nuauanced/empathy etc)
+1 if you copy/paste some your best paragraphs onto a comment so people can see how well you have used the skills we have been practicing

Ashlin - Don't forgot your photo /;-)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

From Your Art Teacher
We are going to start a digital photography project inspired by Frida Kahlo's work.  Her self-portraits include a monkey and a jaguar on her shoulder.  We would like your students to bring in something that is special to them for their self portrait. Ideally it would be a stuffed toy. Please remind them to bring this item for their next art class.  I will have some items in my classroom, but if they want their self-portrait to be truly personal, it would help for them to bring this item to their next art class.

Pages from prepositional phrase booklet: Due Wed

Hope you had a nice day without me. I'll be meeting to discuss your thesis statements tomorrow. You will also be shooting some of the scenes for your Prepositional Phrase skit tomorrow. Make sure you have some scenes ready to record

Monday, November 5, 2012



You need a finished working draft of your  UN Day slide for WEDNESDAY (this is a change for what I said in class today). This means that you have collected, written, thought out what you are going to do. Perhaps even drawn/designed it on a piece of paper - All you will need to do tomorrow  is create the final slide/ record the 8 sec  clip etc.

Write the thesis statement for your final essay on the blog's wallwisher. This will be your last essay on persuasive writing. Make sure it is a topic that you KNOW something about.   If you have a strong thesis, the essay will be easy to write.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thesis Statement

Click for -  Week at a Glance Week 2 Qtr 2

Use this link to help build  your final thesis statement for your last essay.

Look at some of the examples and play around with the sentences until you get something of quality.

You will need a GOOD thesis statement for Tuesday's class

Type in your thesis statement to the wallwisher below by MONDAY night!

Excellent Persuasive Animotos below:

Student of the Week: PATRICK

Friday Message:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

UN Day Project

Well - We were certainly busy today.  There are still a number of student who do not have their   animotos on their blogs. I am grading these by the end of tomorrow. If your work is not visible - (make a prediction!)

H/W  Study links 4.6 and 4.7
Prepositional Phrase Booklets p3
UN Project - 15 mins

We have started a number of interesting projects:  Keep a track of your progress so that you are doing at least 20-30minutes on one of these activities each evening this week and next week.
  • Individual Reading Project - Character Work (your google doc. paragraphs)
  • Prepositional Phrase skit 
Team leaders: Write down your thesis statements (topic idea) for your prepositional phrases on the wallwisher  below.  Your idea should contain the 1,2,3 of thesis statements e.g. topic, opinion, reasons

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