AR SurveyI am interested in gathering information about how the Accelerated Reader program affects students after they have finished using it. Please complete this short survey if you have used Accelerated Reader before in class.

    AR Survey
      Recycled Craft ProjectsHere is an article from FamilyFun.com with 40 crafts using recycled materials.
      40 Recycled Craft Projects
        MLA Formatting GuidelinesHere are some basic guidelines for formatting your paper using MLA style.

        MLA Format Guidelines from CSUS
        Literature Circles[Lit Circles]

        Both 7th grade classes have recently been trained in "Literature Circles". Lit. Circles function sort of like a book group, but with more structure. A group of students are reading the same novel or story, and each of them has a job to do. These jobs are designed to cover the main points of comprehension in a novel. They are:
        Summarizer- The Summarizer gives a short summary of the selection read for that meeting.
        Discussion Director- The Discussion Director comes up with general questions meant to get the group talking about the novel.
        Connector- The Connector shares connections they make between their own experience and what is happening in the novel.
        Travel Tracer- The Travel Tracer shares how the setting changes throughout that section of the novel.
        Predictor- The Predictor uses clues from the text to predict what might happen next (even at the end of the novel!).
        Artful Artist- The Artful Artist shares their artistic impression of the novel.
        Word Wizard- The Word Wizard points out difficult or unusual words in the selection.
        Each meeting the group sits together and discusses the part of the novel they were to read for that day. Using their completed assignments, students strive for better understanding of the novel through discussion and sharing. Most middle school students really like to talk with each other, so I try to use that energy in a way that promotes learning. Ask your child about Literature Circles!
          Adjective GamesHere are some links to games to help you learn to identify adjectives:
          Pick-It: Adjectives
          Grammar Blast
          Spider Adjective Game
          Read All About It! Game
            Shape Poems for BuddiesBig buddies: go to this link:

            Shape Poems

            Read each direction with your buddy and help them out.
              Googledocs Student LoginOnly for students who have turned in signed permission slips:

              Student Googledocs
                Dr. Seuss Activities on the WebDr. Seuss on Gamequarium
                  Spelling and Vocabulary for the Week of October 25thHere are the spelling and vocabulary words for this week:

                  8th Grade:
                  spec= to see, look

                  circumspect
                  inspect
                  introspection
                  perspective
                  respect
                  retrospective
                  spectacle
                  spectacles
                  spectator
                  speculate



                  7th Grade:
                  mono= one

                  monochrome
                  monocle
                  monolingual
                  monolith
                  monologue
                  monophobia
                  monopoly
                  monorail
                  monosyllabic
                  monotone

                    Information on the Jim Crow EraPBS- The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
                    Nicki Salisbury
                    • 2nd/3rd Grade
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