January 6, 2014

Exploratory Wheel: Computers 6

Happy New Year!

It's 2014 and the beginning of our second semester! In the spirit of new beginnings, I am asking all of my students to think of what they would wish for 2014. Together, we will create a Wall of Good Wishes (virtually, of course!) using a website called Padlet. When the wall is complete, we will share it with you! This week, we will get back into Reading Plus. Several of our students have tested out of Reading Plus, successfully completing level M! These students will begin working on research projects, writing projects, and literature groups. I will meet with them to work out the details. Please remind your child to work on Reading Plus at home. Click on your class to write on your class wall.

Silver 2, Silver 3, Silver 4

Calling all Students!

Future newsletters will include articles written by YOUR children and I, for one, am excited to hear what they have to say! I am now accepting student submissions. So, kids, if you like writing, or have something to share with the world, please be sure to submit your article by Friday of each week. Here are some good web links to help you get started.

In order to access Tween Tribune, you will have to join Mrs. Campbell's class. Here's how: Click on this link and follow the directions. In about 60 seconds, you can join and have access to articles. Be sure to write your username and password in your planner.

Web Picks of the Week...and More!

Understanding the Standards...

Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.8

"Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text."

When we read, it is critical to the understanding of the text that we are able to pick out facts from a selected text, or recognize statements of speculation, inference, or reason. In this excellent resource from McGraw Hill Education, students will learn exactly what this standard means in practical terms.