Sunday, June 10, 2018

Grs. 6, 7, 8 ELA Supply List

Grs. 6, 7, 8 English Language Arts Supply List

The following supplies should be brought to English Language Arts class EACH day
so that students are prepared for whatever is needed for lessons.
If a supply is used up during the course of the year, it should be replenished
as soon as possible.



COLLEGE-ruled COMPOSITION Notebook
(grade six needs TWO; grs. 7 and 8 need only one).
Ideally, this notebook is the one that students should have.
It is specifically made to be an interactive notebook such as what I have my students do.


Blue or black pens
Dixon or Ticonderoga pencils
Colored pencils
Small package of crayons
Fine black Sharpie
Ultra-fine black Sharpie
Elmer’s all purpose glue (no glue sticks)
Loose leaf paper and a folder in which to keep it
Package of 3x5  index cards
Package of small post-it notes
Scotch tape
Pair of inexpensive headphones or earbuds
Scissors (Wescott or Fiskars)
Highlighter (any color)
Ruler
Eraser (pink pearl style)
Pencil Sharpener
Small box in which to keep these supplies





English Festival 2018-19 Book List

I am pleased to announce the reading selections for the 2018-19 Ashtabula County English Festival. Seventh and eighth grade students will be participating in this challenging, yet engaging annual literary activity. Students will be reading all six of the following  books during the upcoming school year as part of their English Language Arts classes. We will analyze, discuss, and quiz each book in preparation for the festival being held March 22, 2019.

I have multiple copies of each book available in my classroom for student use; however, students often opt to purchase their own copies, particularly digital copies, or check them out of the local libraries. Above each book cover below is a clickable link to Amazon where you can read more about each book, sample a few pages, or purchase a personal copy. Current grade six and seven students MUST read at least one of these titles over the summer and be prepared to complete a fun and engaging activity upon returning for the next school year. Each sixth and seventh grader checked out one of the titles prior to leaving on summer break. They should care for the new book, read it over the summer, and return it in its new condition on the first day of school in August 2018.

I am looking forward to reading each book and preparing lessons and activities over the summer.






















Sunday, August 20, 2017

Grs. 7 and 8 Newsletters (Supply Lists)

Gr. 7 students will receive the following newsletter on the first day of classes.


Click HERE to download your copy. It details the supplies they will need as well as reminders about English Festival books and this blog address. Between Renweb, this blog, email messages, texts, and phone calls I hope to keep you well-informed of the comings and goings of gr. 7 English and Science.

Gr. 8 Students will receive the following newsletter on the first day of classes.


Click HERE to download your copy. It details the supplies that they will need as well as motivational and managerial reminders. Between Renweb, this blog, email messages, texts, and phone calls I hope to keep you well-informed of the comings and goings of gr. 8 Science.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sixth Grade Summer Reading Fun

I hope this post  finds you well and enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer break. I'll be posting periodically throughout the summer with fun and engaging activities to help your student avoid the summer slide and continue his/her learning progress. Hopefully your student has selected a Newbery book to read. If not, it might be a good time to select the first one and begin reading soon (see the post below this one for more information regarding these books). When he/she has selected their first book, please have them visit this page to complete the survey:


Available at this post is a fun reading log for your student to complete. Simply download the file and print it out. Have your student follow the directions on the page and bring it to school on the FIRST day for a small reward.

Happy Summer!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Reading Assignments

Although summer is here, student learning never stops! To help foster continued learning and increased skill development, students in grs. 5-7 have been assigned summer reading homework.

Students in current grade FIVE (incoming sixth graders), please click HERE to access the letter detailing your summer reading assignment and book list. If you have questions about the assignment, please feel free to contact me via email or phone/text (info. on the letter) or by leaving a message below.

Students in current grades six and seven (incoming seventh and eighth graders), see THIS BLOG POST for a list of acceptable titles. Choose one title from the list. Incoming seventh graders should be prepared to create a digital project upon return to school in August. Therefore, keeping notes regarding important literary elements is strongly suggested. You can still utilize your Google Classroom Drive for notes.

Additionally, incoming sixth through eighth graders, check THIS BLOG POST for a list of your needed supplies.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

English Festival 2017-2018

I am pleased to announce the reading selections for the 2017-2018 Ashtabula County English Festival. Seventh (and hopefully eighth) grade students will be participating in this challenging, yet engaging annual literary activity. Students will be reading all six of the following  books during the upcoming school year as part of their English classes. We will analyze, discuss, and quiz each book in preparation for the festival held in mid-March 2018.

I will have multiple copies of each book available in my classroom for student use as soon as the order arrives; however, students often opt to purchase their own copies, particularly digital copies, or check them out of the local libraries. Above each book cover below is a clickable link to Amazon where you can read more about each book, sample a few pages, or purchase a personal copy. Current grade six students MUST read at least one of these titles over the summer and be prepared to complete a fun and engaging activity upon returning for the next school year. As of now (this may change come June 7th), it is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that current grade seven students read at least one of these titles over the summer in preparation for the upcoming school year.

I am looking forward to reading each book and preparing lessons and activities over the summer.















HAPPY READING!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Science Study for Our Changing Earth

Embedded below is a window into Quizlet, an online app that allows teachers to post vocabulary words and students to practice them in fun and unique ways. Currently posted are a set of 12 science terms for Our Changing Earth: Weathering, Erosion, and Tectonic Plates.

The activity in the window is called LEARN, a definition is posted and students must type the word on the space provided. At the bottom of the window can be found  CHOOSE A STUDY MODE. This is a drop down menu of alternate study activities. The bars at the upper right of the window allow you to customize the activity and/or to start over.

We will be using Quizlet in class through the end of the school year for Science material as a fun, engaging way to encourage students to study vocabulary.

What's even more fun than practicing on the computer like this is practicing on a personal device! Visit Quizlet and download an app for Android or iOS.