Read and Write 180-Day 50

Thursday, October 20, 2011

How can this be? I graded the english tests from my morning class and it’s like a lot of them forgot what adjectives are. and prepositions. and everything else! How could the grades be soooo good last week and not that good this week? How can somebody label each word in a sentence and not label ANY of the words as a verb? In the 6th grade? Breathe in. Breathe out. Chill. 🙂 I am not going to get upset. 🙂

On to word study. 4 of our words this week will help us with phonics patterns and 8 of them are vocabulary. They worked in groups to come up with more words that fit the patterns for this week. This has actually been a little bit of  a challenge for them. Well, not a challenge, but they kept coming up with words that had the spelling pattern but not the sound pattern. Maybe that is why some of their spelling could be improved. 🙂 Here is what it looked like after they shared the words they came up with.

I read aloud a couple of more spooky stories today. I think I’ve decided to begin The Watsons Go To Birmingham next week.

We had a scavenger hunt today with our story “Old Yeller”. It was just something I thought of last night trying to figure out how we could review for our test, be actively involved with the review, locate “proof” in the text, and just have fun. It was so simple, and yet I think they LOVED it. Here’s what I did. I looked at the test questions to see what I could have them “hunt” for. So I would say something like this- “Find the place in the text where the author let us know what Travis and Little Arliss had in common”. They had to find that part of the story. When they found it they had to stand up. I tried to let the majority of the students find it before I called on someone. When I called on someone they had to read that part of the text and try to explain it. They did such a GREAT job! 🙂 DEFINITELY going to do this more often. Now let’s pray that it will help them on the text tomorrow! 🙂 We’re going to try and take it in the computer lab.

We gave a party for our 6th graders from last year because they scored so well on the ARMT last spring. We had a hotdog party for them-boy do 6th graders change A LOT when they get into 7th grade!!!!!!!! That’s all I’m gonna say!!!

 Here’s a picture of them.

After school today I went straight home and cooked ham, mashed potatoes, peas, and rolls. Then Taylor and I took it to my brother-in-law who lives about an hour from us. He has pancreatic cancer and is living with his son and wife. This week we are all trying to help out with supper each night because Tammy(David’s son’s wife) has been staying with her mom in the hospital this week. We had a great time spending time with them this evening. Hope to do it again real soon! 🙂

Tomorrow is FRIDAY………………………………………… Wearing pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pep rally. Test Day. Means less thinking time for the teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂


About shannonjoe

I teach 3rd grade. Love Jesus, teaching, reading, running, and working out.

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Read and Write 180 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. LOVE the scavenger hunt idea. Our next “pathway” (which is like a 4-week intensive study on one concept) is literal comprehension – the scavenger hunt will fit in perfectly!

  2. Hi Shannon:

    I thought of you when I posted about a “part of speech” activity from last week. I hope you’ll stop by.

    And, I know it’s now ancient history, but I’ll hope you will also see:

    I loved the scavenger hunt idea on your post from… Umm…Day 50! Can’t wait to “borrow it” and implement it!

    Enjoy your weekend… get some rest!


    PS I’m sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. How wonderful that your family can come together to support each other…

    • Kim-

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I left you a comment on your blog for the post you linked. I am planning on giving you a shoutout tonight or later this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But for now I have GOT to turn this computer off before it permanently attaches itself to the ends of my fingers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 🙂

  3. Shannon:

    NO SHOUT OUT necessary.
    I just wanted you to know that you and your blog are terrific!
    And you will forever be linked to parts of speech with me!

    And, really, no shout out.
    Just pat yourself on the back and sigh with satisfaction, “I work way too hard… but my work is appreciated.” (OK, maybe not always by the kids… but certainly by your BlogFriends near and far)

    I think the letters have left the keyboard and are now appearing on your fingertips… step away from the computer…

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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