Monday, October 31, 2016


Complete the analysis questions on pg C-15 #1-7

Friday, October 28, 2016


Have a fun weekend

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Click here for------------STORY ELEMENTS QUIZ


Do something nice for your family

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ELA for Thursday

Quiz in Literary Terms

rising action
falling action
narrative setting

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ELA Tuesday

1.  Pretest:  Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses  
                   Can you identify any?

Review today

In class, we did some review practice for your assessment, TOMORROW! 
Page 64 Questions 1-12

Monday, October 24, 2016

Math from Monday

In case you missed it! 
Pages 61-63 questions 1-12 were worked on in class today. 
If you did not finish, it is homework. 

We will be doing a review tomorrow for our assessment scheduled WEDNESDAY. 

ELA Today


Round 1 of a Quizlet   

New Seating Arrangement

Friday, October 21, 2016

In Case You Missed It!

In class today we talked about WRITING two step equations. We worked on page 60 questions 6, 7, and 9-12. For MONDAY, please watch the video below. Have a super awesome weekend and hopefully we will see you tonight at the dance!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ELA Today

In class today we discussed what revision looks like and what a writer does when revising.  We looked at an exemplar to recognize good narratives have introductions before the incident telling begins.

You were assigned to begin final revisions on your narrative with a focus on your introduction, dialogue, and description.

No classes for 2 days.

I hope to collect Final Drafts at the end of class on Friday.  You will have time to finish revisions, have a peer conference, and edit.


Camp Beech Cliff Wednesday and Thursday  Finish your test
Wear Comfortable Clothes Good Walking Shoes!!
You Need to pack your own Lunch

Two Step Equations Video ~ Homework due for FRIDAY

Please watch the link below BEFORE coming to class Friday 10/21. Watching these videos opens the conversation up and exposes you to the content before we attempt the skill. If you aren't prepared, it is like not packing the correct clothes for a trip (you'll feel sorry you didn't grab that raincoat!) If you've read this, comment below with one thing you would pack for a vacation to Hawaii.

Math Links ~ One Step Equations and YOGA!

Watch the video below and decide which yoga plan is a better deal for Mrs. Beals!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

ELA: Metaphors Can Be A lot of Fun!

In your Writer's Notebook, try out this strategy for playing with descriptive and figurative language.  Write a response to each statement:

1.  If I were a plant, I would be a ___________________________ because_____________________________________________________________________.

2.   If I were a animal, I would be a ___________________________ because_____________________________________________________________________.

3.  If I were a body of water, I would be a ___________________________ because_____________________________________________________________________.

4.   If I were weather, I would be a ___________________________ because_____________________________________________________________________.

5.   If I were an article of clothing, I would be a ___________________________ because_____________________________________________________________________.

ELA Today

Click here for the personal narrative "War"  by Jerry Spinelli



Remember to return Camp Beech Cliff Papers
Return Parent Conference Slips
Complete analysis questions 1-5 on page A-47
For question 3 you must:

  • State your choice
  • Support your choice w/ 3 pieces of evidence
  • Identify any trade offs to your choice
Test next Tuesday

Math Links for Thursday HOMEWORK

Watch the video above. Please take notes on things that you don't fully understand and come with a question tomorrow.

If you were unable to finish your placement test on, please make sure you do so before Friday's class as well.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My Reflection: A Diver is Born Part 3 The Finale

           So today when I look back at that afternoon at the pool, it is a wonder I risked such a dive, but I believe something inside of me changed.  That thrill, that dive, that accomplishment was so electric and an adrenaline rush that I just wanted more from that day on.  I would coax my mom time and time again to take us to the club and pool. I am grateful that my Dad encouraged me to take more advanced swimming lessons and...diving instruction too.  So today I am no Olympic Diver, that is for sure.  But I still seek out pools with diving boards, good rugged ones, and go after that thrill.  It is kind of neat when you can impress a lot of people with your diving.  Feels good to be good at something.

ELA Today

Resource for a writing mini-lesson:


Exit Ticket for Math 10/11

Before you do the exit ticket, make sure the videos from the previous post have been watched and you have done the following questions from our lesson:

  1. page 52 "Try These A"
  2. page 53 questions 9, 10, and 11
  3. Exit Ticket:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Videos from SS Friday

Christianity in the Roman Empire

Birth of Christianity

Spread of Christianity

While watching the videos, be looking for reasons one might be in favor of the Romans executing Christians, and reasons the Christians might argue against their mistreatment.

Due Wednesday

Draft your personal narrative 1st part:  The Incident.

Due Wednesday

Round 1 of your entire personal narrative is due by end of ELA on Friday.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Math Links for Tuesday

Here is the link for "Palindromes"

Here is the link for "Properties"


Thursday, October 6, 2016

ELA due Friday

Draft the Incident of your personal narrative.

Cont... A Diver is Born! Part 2: My Response

"Slap, slap, slap!"  We wailed as Mom dished out our just desserts for scaring the daylights out of her.  Do you know how it feels to have 20,000 bees stinging your wet behind?  Trust me.  It hurts, BAD!  I remember feeling so humiliated in front of the other moms and dads and kids having fun at the Embassy Pool that afternoon.  You could hear a pin drop after my mom finished scolding and . slapping us.  I suppose no one knew what to think.  I know what I was thinking...I would do it ALL again to get that thrill of flying again.  A high flying, life-long diver was  born that day!

A Diver is Born!!

Moses in 6th grade asked me to write the story so here goes... here is the 1st part of my personal narrative...THE INCIDENT part.   A first draft.

"Come on, Patty, quick!  Before mom catches us.  Jeez, hurrrrry up!"
" Nooo, Jackie, we'll get in big trouble.  You know she won't let us watch Gilligan's Island tonight if we get in trouble one more time."

I remember it well.   My identical twin and I were in 2nd grade and two of the cutest little blue-eyed girls you'll ever see.  My Dad had moved the family overseas to Bangkok, Thailand.  This was back in the '60's.  He was attached to the embassy (and CIA, we would learn many years later) and good ole Uncle Sam wanted him to help support the American war efforts in South Vietnam.   So Patty and I were military kids and one of the perks...the embassy club...and a giant, Olympic sized swimming pool.  Oh, and diving platforms.  Three glorious levels of high diving platforms.  You guessed it.  I guess you could say I was the trouble maker and coerced Patty to join me in a high diving adventure.
It was a blistering hot, cook an egg on the sidewalk kind of day, school was out, and our mom had scooped us up at school to take to the Club for some swimming.  I remember having a nice little lunch by the pool and a few other families with kids sat around the pool area too.  The adults were enjoying a chance to visit with each other.  All of us were Americans and in a far away culture so it made sense there would be lots of good cheer and a party atmosphere.   The other kids were way too young for us and were splashing around in the two kiddie pools.  I wasn't having any of that.  We both were good swimmers!  It was my idea to amble down to the deep end and the diving platforms.  I admit.

The climb to the high dive platform was easy peasy.  NO ONE spotted us.  Go figure.  I remember going first and tip toeing to the edge.  I looked down what seemed 1000 feet to the water surface, a sky blue and just begging for  a swimmer.  Patty had tried to turn around a couple of times but she's a risk taker and wasn't going to let me one up her.  I dove first, my form was darn good, as I remember.  Ohhhhh, what a thrill it was.  I thought I am flying. Flying.  With the birds.  Up high, above the world.  Oh, my Lord.  This-is-HEAVENLY... SPLATTER!  SPLOSH!  SPLOOSH!  Am I dead?  Did I survive that?  I did!  I remember slicing through the water and heading to the pool's trench!   That was a thrill too. I saw Patty's entrance too.  That was cool.  WE WERE DIVERS!!

...more to come: my response and my reflection on the incident.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ELA Today...Feel Free to work on at home but not mandatory yet

In class the  assigned writing is this:

1.  Decide on a memory of an incident in our past which is memorable.
2.  Type a list of what you remembered happened...first, second, third....  optional prewriting
3.  Write a Draft 1 of the beginning of your story...THE INCIDENT.  Include description.  This will be 1-3 paragraphs.

Monday, October 3, 2016

YouTube Link

Here is the link for Mrs. Beals' YouTube Channel.

Please watch the 5 videos listed:

1. Multiplying Rational Numbers Part 1
2. Multiplying Rational Numbers Part 2
3. Multiplying Rational Numbers Part 3
4. Dividing Rational Numbers Part 1
5. Dividing Rational Numbers Part 2