Tuesday, January 31, 2012


  • Steal Time to Read.
  • Decide on the prompt you will write for your next piece:
  • Persuasive Writing: Choose one:
    1. Write about a favorite place in Maine. Convince your classmates and teachers and principal that you claim ______________ would make the best destination for a tourist to vacation. (Contest opportunity)
    2. Write about a field trip our class should go on. Plan an convincing argument for the reason the class should choose your trip idea. (You will be publishing this to a HGS Writing Blog.)
    3. Write about something that ticks you off. Develop this into an editorial suitable for our Middle School blog Viewpoints.
Science: none
Math: none
SS: finish Buddha letter if not already turned in.

Monday, January 30, 2012


  • Be sure you finish your paragraph describing your book. Post it on this blog.
  • Read other Comments and feel free to Reply. Set it up like a short, friendly letter. Here's a sample:
Hey Paige, I just read your description of the book The Boy Who Saved Baseball. I WANT to read this one!!! You convinced me. It was a cool description because you used details to explain the descriptive word you chose which was suspenseful. You shared those 2 scenes on the field which were so nerve racking and suspenseful. Thanks for sharing. You rock, Bestie! Your Pal, Sharon
  • Steal time to read.
  • Triple Entry Journal if not already finished

7L Math: NWEA Test tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 1:25! Also, page 176, #1-26, is due

7TMath: NWEA Test Thursday, Feb. 2, at 1:25! Also, page 176, #1-26 is due tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Science: 7L- none; 7T- questions on EatSmart worksheet

SS- read pgs 81-86

Describe your book.

Please use the Comments below to leave your book description.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Using Text Features to Comprehend All You Can!

Please post your Comment to the author of your text. Use the Comments below this Post.
Let's see what we're all learning about text features.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


  • Final day to turn in 5 Looks on a Book AND Triple Entry Journal
  • First draft of Book Blurb due Friday (Choose one of the adjectives you chose to describe your book. Write a paragraph which describes what makes your book ________________. Develop with 3-5 details which elaborate and help your reader fully understand your impression of the book.)

Social Studies: Triple Entry Journal section 1 (7L)

Math: Worksheet 3-74, (#1. a,b,c #2. all, #3. a,b,c, #4. Try it, #5. a,b)
Worksheet 3-75, (#7. a-h #8, #9. a-h #10. Try it. All due next Monday!

Other: guidance paper on rules for our own website due next Thursday

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


  • Begin including nonfiction in your reading selections
  • Begin Round 1 of persuasive essay (7T)
  • Triple Entry Journal due tomorrow
  • Steal time to read.
Social Studies: Chapter 4 Preview

Math: none

Science: Questions 1-7 on worksheet


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


  • Triple Entry Journal due Thursday but extra points if you pass it in on Wednesday!!! Yay!
  • Steal time to read.
  • (7L- turn in 1st draft of letter for Brooke)
Science: none

Math: finish checkpoints if not handed in today

Social Studies: Study for chapter 3 test


Written in Snow

Snowy pages.
steady track,
tiny footprints
Dipped in Black.

Through the blizzard
Stories roam.
They tiptoe bravely
out, then home.

-Laura Purdie Salas

What do you think is the narrator's message in this poem?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Articles for Current Events activity in class Tuesday

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1220-hance_philippines_disaster.html -Philippines

http://www.enn.com/agriculture/article/43864 -Singapore

Monday, January 23

..Math: page 157 # 1-8, 14-31
Science: Reflection Questions- Inquiry 13.1
SS: Finish Chapter Review Sheet
LA: Reading Record Sheet up-to-date; Triple Entry Journal...ONLY ONE ENTRY.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What are teens really reading?

Please read this newsletter from the School Library Journal. I received this over the weekend and read it with interest...AND ordered a few of the books. Please leave a comment. I'll award you extra points for top notch Commenting form. I posted my own Comment which is one example of wicked good form! Feel free to tell me what titles look interesting to you and you'd like me to order. Choose from the following discussions prompts or choose your own.

Comment Topics:
1. Do you agree with the results of what this librarian's research led her to believe about what teens are really reading? Explain.
2. What are you reading these days and want more of?
3. What's missing from our libraries? Explain.
4. Why do you think Dystopias are popular with many readers?
5. Why do you think Zombie themes are becoming more popular with some readers?
6. Other?


Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday, January 20th Homework

ELA: 5 Looks on a Book- due Monday;
Simile Pictures;
Steal time to read
(7L) also complete letter to Brooke.

Science: Crossword Puzzle (7L); none (7T)

SS: pages 78-79 Main Ideas and Map Activity

Math: none

Thursday, January 19, 2012


  • 7T List your ideas for a field trip!!!! Truly Brainstorm!
  • 7L Write your Round 1 Friendly Letter (Due Monday!!)
  • do the 3rd of 5 Looks on a Book- due Friday, All 5 due Monday
  • Steal Time to read.
Math: vocab 66-73, page 150 #6, 7, 9

Social Studies: Natural Resources worksheet

Science: none


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


  • 7L Only: Friendly Letter to Brooke; Round 1 Due Friday
Both groups: #2 on "Five Looks on a Book"

Math: study, vocab

Science: study for test

Social Studies: first page of packet, front and back


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


  • Please offer a comment to the blog post commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 7L only: Use the web resources to find the figurative meaning of one of your unknowns from the handout.

  • http://www.idiomsite.com/

  • Complete one item on the worksheet "Five Looks at a Book."
Math: study for test

Social Studies: read 70-75, list natural resources

Science: Study for test

Other: School Spelling Bee Wednesday

Monday, January 16, 2012


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

-Langston Hughes

More poetry by L.H. http://www.poemhunter.com/langston-hughes/poems/

Comments welcome. You may like to finish this statement: I have a dream that________________________________. Sign your name.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


  • Choose and write down 1 or more metaphors you like. http://www.metaphorlist.net/
  • Practice for the Classroom Spelling Bee tomorrow.
  • Add ideas, people, memories, events, things, places to your "Heart" in your Writer's Ntbk.

* Review and Assessment pages 144-145, (1-37), due
* Module Test next Wednesday

Social Studies:


Think Snow!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


  • Read for 1/2
  • Practice reading aloud your picture book selection
Math: 7L- Spiral review pg 141 Q 147-157; 7T- pg 144-145 Q1-37 due friday
Science: 7L -read directions 12.3; 7T- none
Social Studies: Page 69 question 5


  • 2 column notes for Point of View Youtube video
  • Writing Territories: Keep mining for those memories
  • Classroom Practice Spelling Bee: Thurs.
  • Classroom Spelling Bee: Friday Winners move on to School Spelling Bee next week
  • Read for 1/2

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


  • Reading: Read for 1/2 hour
Science: Finish 7 a, b, c, and 2 a, b, c
Math: none, VMath- decimals (optional)
SS: finish notes on Climate and vegetation

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday 1/9

Science: 7L answer a-c, a-d (no page number or question #s were reported to me by students- sorry) ; 7T -Q 4-6 on 100-101, read 106-107
ELA: read 30 minutes
Math: pg 139 #18-30, pg140 #36-45
SS: none

Friday, January 6, 2012

1/6 Homework

Reading: Read for 30 minutes
LA: Finish round 2 writing
Science: crossword puzzle
SS: Finish 3-1 worksheet
Math: none

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Classroom Spelling Bee: Friday, January 13
School Spelling Bee: Wednesday, January 18

Reading: Locate a descriptive paragraph in your reading book, leave a Post - it, and practice reading it aloud. Due Friday.

Writing: Round 2 Writing due Friday or Monday. Extra points if in before Monday!! Continue spelling practice on http://www.learner.org/interactives/spelling/ and add misspelled words to your Personal Spelling Sheet.

Social Studies: finish notes if if not already done

Math: none

Science: none


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nate is a Winner!

Nate, congratulations to you! You took
2nd Place at our Hancock Geo Bee!


Writing: Practice Spelling on this website: http://www.learner.org/interactives/spelling/

Reading: Notescards due today...including the late ones!!; 7L- do note cards

Social Studies: Read pages 61-64; complete 1st word of Triple Entry Journal; finish coloring if not already done

Math: 7L- page 138, #1-17 (skip 3 and 4); 7t- none

Science: 7L- finish asthma questions if not already done; 7T- none, unless questions were not done

Monday, January 2, 2012


Reading: Read for 1/2 . Find your next read (author and title) and find it's Lexile score. Next, post a short letter on this blog about your next read. Due Tuesday

Writing: none

Science: questions - attacking asthma due wednesday

Math: vocab # 62-65, finish 2-74 worksheet

SS: none