LMS Room 106

Reading Classroom for grades 6,7,and 8

Week in Review 3/16 - 3/20 *6th Grade*

When you come for conferences next week, I hope you'll stop by our classroom and read some versions of "Mary Had A Little Lamb". In our version Mary has ditched the lamb and takes all sorts of other creatures to various places. For example, can you imagine a whale at a mall? How about a deer at an inn? Ever see a pig at a restaurant, I mean a real pig - not an overeating rude person?

I challenge you to try the 35 Things About Me As A Reader assignment that the kids are working on. There are so many aspects to us as readers and when we reduce reading success to pages read and AR points earned, we're not celebrating all that we are as readers. What's your earliest reading memory? What have you read today? Who has read to you? Who have you read to? Look over one of the 6th grade lists and be amazed at how complex their reading history is.

**NEW DUE DATE** I've changed the 3/25 journal due date to 3/30.

Week in Review 3/16-3/20 *7th Grade*

The prior knowledge to inference link was what we reexamined this week. The more experiences we have directly relates to the number and quality of inferences we can make. Inferences made while reading lead to more comprehension and enjoyment.

We're almost done with our read aloud book Skeleton Creek. Only a couple more spooky videos and then we can leave the dredge behind. Unless, of course, your child chooses to read the sequel! :)

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair has been hopping all week! Speaking of hopping, did you remember that books make great Easter basket gifts? I'm sponsoring a $5 book fair certificate for each of my classes. The students who were interested filled out a sheet that asked them to find words in a dictionary and answer 6 literary questions. I'll put the sheets in a pile and on Monday a LMS staff member will draw out the winner. Some classes only had a student or two willing to compete so the odds of winning in those sessions are fabulous! The Book Fair will still be here when you come to conferences next week, so plan some shopping time. I'm sure you could have a wish list from your child is you asked for one.


http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/lancastermiddleschool2

Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences are on the horizon. Evening conferences are Thursday, March 26th. Morning conferences are Friday, March 27th. As usual, conferences are not scheduled so arrive with the idea you will visit with LMS staff on a first come, first serve basis. You can spend some of your waiting time at the Book Fair in the library. If you can't be here either of those dates, please contact me and we'll work out an alternative meeting.

Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 26 (evening) & 27th (morning) - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Mar. 30 - journals due from 6th graders
Spring Break - April 1st beginning at noon (early release day) - April 7.
Classes resume April 8

Featured Reader - Dominic Dressler

One of my favorite reading experiences was finding an easy book at first. The book was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. I think I was four years old then.

I like to choose books about crazy, fun, weird, cool, and humorous subjects. One I think was weird is a joke book I read.

I Survived is a series a like. I have read The Battle of Gettysburg and Shark Attack and some others. I like those books because they have good details. For example, in the Gettysburg book there were good details about the woods.

Communication Avenues

Phone - 723-6425 ext. 240, there is a voice mail option
E-mail - zabell@lancastersd.k12.wi.us

Resources

There are many resources to be used for success at LMS.

If you need a calendar of today's homework, try the Remind site or the school's website.

If you would like to see books,the LMS library catalog is on the school's website under the student tab. The Schreiner Memorial Library (Lancaster's public library) has a website that gives lots of information on their collection, the Southwest Wisconsin Library System collection, the library hours & events and a link to Overdrive for the online collection.

http://www.schreinermemoriallibrary.wordpress.com

If you need to contact a LMS staff member, look in the staff directory of the school's website.

http://www.lancastersd.k12.wi.us/faculty

REMIND

As part of my attempt to use more technology and to add another way to give an opportunity for student success, I have joined other staff members in using the website Remind. It will give you the homework for the day on your phone or computer. Each student was given a handout with the ways to log on to my page of the Remind website.

Option #1 - Download the Remind app. (it's free) Enter class code @2f5bb for 7th grade students. Enter @02507 for 6th grade students.

Option #2 - Use this link: www.remind.com

Option #2 - phone number 510-292-4948 then the 7th grade class code is @2f5bb and the 6th grade code is @02507

I would appreciate feedback on your use with the Remind site.

Read Alouds

6th Grade =Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelson

7th Grade = Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carmen