ELA Class Work

Week of 12/15 to 12/19

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Introduction

This week you will have the chance to work at your own pace through various activities that will help you strengthen your reading and vocabulary skills. As you move through the Smore, you will work on reading articles, working on adjectives and vocabulary, use writing frames and maybe even find some holiday related activities. If you have any questions, be sure to ask for help! Remember, this assignment is for THE ENTIRE WEEK, so take your time and do your best!

ACTIVITY 1 (MUST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY)

Current Events and Writing Frames

Read the 4 articles below and download and complete the writing frame that goes along with it. When you download the writing frame, make sure to open it with PREVIEW so you can type your answers in it! To open it with PREVIEW, you need to 2 finger click and choose "Open with... Preview." Email your teacher your completed writing frames by the end of the week.


As you go to the article, find the level that you can understand. The levels are on the left in the blue menu.

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Article 1:

https://www.newsela.com/articles/schoollunch-fail/id/6185/


Writing Frame for Article 1: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8eKmjWnC5BjWUFsNFFvdUUyN3M/view?usp=sharing

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Article 2:

https://www.newsela.com/articles/Fastfood-calories/id/6168/


Writing Frame for Article 2: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8eKmjWnC5BjTEhDWDlSZ1pEU3c/view?usp=sharing

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Article 3:

https://www.newsela.com/articles/videogames-scholarships/id/6258/


Writing Frame for Article 3 (same as Article 1): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8eKmjWnC5BjWUFsNFFvdUUyN3M/view?usp=sharing

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Article 4:

https://www.newsela.com/articles/music-streaming/id/5990/


Writing Frame for Article 4:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8eKmjWnC5BjdlhsYkJlaDNrYjg/view?usp=sharing

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ACTIVITY 2

House Blinging

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Watch the following video:

http://viewpure.com/z5AC7IB3FcI


**Don't forget headphones!


TASK 1:

For the words below, use Pages to copy down the definition of each word or saying.

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TASK 2:

Using the same document as your definitions, answer the following in COMPLETE SENTENCES!

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ACTIVITY 3

The North Pole vs. The South Pole

PART 1:

Watch the following video:

http://viewpure.com/Z5VRoGTF60s


**Don't forget headphones!


PART 2:

Look over the following FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Arctic.

http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/faq.html


PART 3:

Check out these awesome webcams from the poles!

North: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np.html

South: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/spo/livecamera.html


PART 4:

Create a KEYNOTE presentation with 5 slides explaining new things you learned about the North and South Poles.

ACTIVITY 4 (MUST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY)

Describe the Picture

How many ADJECTIVES can you use to describe one of the pictures below? Choose one of the pictures and write your adjectives on paper and turn it in to your teacher. Remember an adjective is a describing word.

ACTIVITY 5

Holiday Story

You have the choice of writing a Holiday or Winter story using as many adjectives from the list below as you can. The story can be as long or short as you'd like it to be. When you finish writing the story, video yourself in Photo Booth reading the story. Be as creative as you can! Use iMovie when you finish recording and add sounds and music to it! Show your teacher your finished video.

Adjective List

A – acrobatic, angry, animated, antique, artistic, athletic, attractive

B – beautiful, big, boiling, bony, breakable, bright, broken, bubbly, bumpy

C – cheap, cheerful, chilly, clear, cloudy, concrete, costly, crowded, cuddly, curly, cute

D – dangerous, dazzling, delicious, dirty

E – edible, elastic, elegant, enormous, expensive

F – fabulous, famous, fancy, fat, filthy, flaky, flashy, flowery, fluffy, fragrant, frilly, frizzy, funny, fuzzy

G – gigantic, glamorous, glistening, gloomy, glossy, golden, gummy

H – hairy, handsome, happy, healthy, heartfelt, heavy, hilarious, horrible, hot

I – itchy

J – jagged, juicy, jumbo

L – lazy, leafy, limp

M – messy, miniature, muddy, mushy

N – narrow, noisy, nutritious, nutty

O – oblong, odd, old-fashioned, ornate, outrageous, oval

P – pastel, peppery, plain, plastic, plush, polished, pointed, popular, powerful, pretty, pricey, prickly, puzzling

R – ragged, rectangular, reflecting, rich, rigid, rough, round, rusty

S – salty, sandy, scaly, scary, scratchy, shabby, shadowy, shady, sharp, shimmering, shiny, short, silky, silly, skinny, sleepy, slim, slimy, smooth, soft, sparkling, spicy, spotted, starry, sticky, stiff, strong, sugary, sweet

T – tall, tasty, thick, tiny, triangular

U – ugly, upset, urban

V – valuable, vibrant

W – warped, wavy, weak, weary, weird, wild, winding, wobbly, worn

Y – yummy

Z – zany, zigzag

ACTIVITY 6 (MUST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY)

Adjective Quick Check

identify the adjective in each sentence and the noun that the adjective describes. Copy and paste the questions below into PAGES and change the color of the adjective to red and the noun to green. Email it as a PDF to your teacher when you finish.


  1. The frail woman made her way slowly down the hall.
  2. Greta’s birthday is on the tenth day of June.
  3. Larry is the only person I know who writes with his left hand.
  4. I picked the cutest puppy from the litter.
  5. What is the funniest movie you have ever seen?
  6. The colorful kite stood out against the sky.
  7. Audrey’s expensive ring glistened in the light.
  8. Rapunzel’s blond hair was full of magic.
  9. George could not take his eyes off the beautiful sunset.
  10. All the students gave excellent performances in the play.

ACTIVITY 7

Christmas Parody Song (optional partner activity)

  • Pick your favorite Christmas song.
  • Look up your favorite song up on the Internet in at least two different places.
  • Read the history of the song and or author and summarize the information that you have found. The summary needs to be at least 5 sentences long and done in PAGES.
  • Take your chosen song and make a “parody” song. A parody is a humorous imitation. See your teacher if you need more details.

**With your partner, record your new song in Photo Booth and make an iMovie with music and sounds and special effects!

ACTIVITY 8

Alliteration

Use your own paper to complete the activity located on this site: http://www.abcteach.com/Christmas/alliterations.htm

ACTIVITY 9

History of Christmas Videos

Look at the videos on the History Channel's page about the history of Christmas. After watching the videos of your choice, write down at least 5 new things you learned. Do this in PAGES and email it to your teacher as a PDF.


http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas/videos?paidlink=1&vid=HIS_SEM_Search&keywords=history%252Bof%252Bchristmas&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=christmas&utm_term=history%2520of%2520christmas

ACTIVITY 10

ANIMATE YOUR NAME WITH CODE

This activity can be completed at the end of our week, when you finish all other activities on this page.

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=madewithcode-name