Arturo Turtle, Class Mascot

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Happy first day of Summer!

Announcements:

Summer break is just a few short weeks away! Your favorite class mascot is here to remind you to finish the school year strong, and also use the summer to rest up for next year. Maybe you are finished with your summer reading, or are looking for more ways to stave off boredom. If you’re looking for a pastime, consider creating your very own Take-Along-Arturo.

The class mascot you know and love has shell and will travel. He’s got a few stops this summer and would love to join you on your plans: be it visiting local coffee shops, enjoying backyard barbecues, or traveling to far off countries.

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Tuesday, May 30 (A) – Friday, June 2 (B): Last Week of School

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Announcements:

  • All Ms. Barker’s library books needed to be returned by Friday, May 19th. There’s still some overdue books that have not been returned. If you misplaced your copy of the book, please purchase a gently used, or new title to replaced the missing copy.
  • Check your grades sooner, rather than later. All grades are entered. If you believe there’s a mistake, politely contact the teacher, so any changes can be made prior to June 2. In person is best as Wednesday is our Field Day and Thursday is the Field Trip, so there’s at least two days the teacher will be out of office and unable to check/answer emails and phone calls.
  • Read the summer reading books for the grade(s) you’re in next year. Check the school website for the specific assignments which are due to your ELA the first/second day of school, depending if you have them on an A/B day.

Assignments:

  • All assignments have been completed and are updated in Focus. It is each student’s responsibility to check their grades and if they believe an error has been made, communicate in person with the teacher before June 2. It is recommended to take care of this prior to Wednesday of this week.
  • Wednesday is 7th grade Awards/Field Day/Cookout, thus Ms. Barker will be on campus, but unable to check/answer her email.
  • Thursday is the Animal Kingdom Field Trip, thus Ms. Barker will be off-campus and unable to check/answer her email.
  • Friday is the last day of school and it is a half day.

Homework:

  • Complete summer reading by first day of ELA for the 2017-2018 school year. Assignments will be forthcoming. Check the school website for details.
  • Bored? Create your own Take-Along Arturo.

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Thursday, May 25 (A) – Friday, May 26 (B): Final Day for Common Craft Projects (w/ video examples and how-tos!)


Assignments: Students worked with their groups to record, edit, and upload their common craft video projects. To give students as much time as possible to work within their groups, videos they may need to reference are listed below, for them to watch when needed. All projects are due by the end of the class period today.

How to edit a Common Craft Video using iMovie on iPhone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h5zoEDLb4E 

Non – Example of Final Product – Common Craft Video on Fidget Spinners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYjepZu6DPU  (Please note I forgot to flip the video in iMovie when I was editing — learn from my mistakes! To flip the video, click on the clip, use two fingers to rotate it to the desired side.)

Example of Final Product – Common Craft Video on Fidget Spinners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aumifEc0Yc&t=13s


Home work:

Complete the summer reading for the 2017-2018 school year. Assignments are forthcoming!

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Tuesday, May 23 (A) – Wednesday, May 24 (B): Day 3 Common Craft Project


Announcements:
All Ms. Barker’s library books needed to be returned by Friday, May 19th. There’s still some overdue books that have not been returned. If you misplaced your copy of the book, please purchase a gently used, or new title to replaced the missing copy.

Assignments:

Students continued to work within their groups on the Common Craft Project. Each student is responsible for keeping up with their own Common Craft Project handout. Please see the previous post for necessary links. 
Students were responsible for getting their sheet approved (teacher initialed next to day 3) following a group rehearsal for the teacher. ALL groups are caught up. Good job!

Homework:

Complete summer reading by first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year. Assignments will be forthcoming. 

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Friday, May 19 (A) & Monday, May 22 (B): Work Day 2 for Common Craft Projects

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Announcements:

  • All Ms. Barker’s library books needed to be returned by Friday, May 19th. There’s still some overdue books that have not been returned. If you misplaced your copy of the book, please purchase a gently used, or new title to replaced the missing copy.

Assignments:

  • Students continued to work within their groups on the Common Craft Project. Each student is responsible for keeping up with their own Common Craft Project handout.
  • Students were responsible for getting their scripts approved (teacher initialed next to day 2) and props fully created. Some groups are behind pace.

Homework:

  • If not finished in class, write script so it may be approved at the start of next class.
  • If not finished in class, finish creating, cutting out, and coloring props, so you are ready to start rehearsing/filming by the start of next class.

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Wednesday, May 17 (A) – Thursday, May 18 (B): Work Day 1 for Common Craft Projects

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Announcements:

  • All Ms. Barker’s library books need to be returned by Friday, May 19th. If you misplaced your copy of the book, please purchase a gently used, or new title to replaced the missing copy.

Assignments:

  • Students were assigned to groups for the Common Craft Project. Each student is responsible for keeping up with their own Common Craft Project handout.
  • Groups picked their topic from the list of choices. Once given teacher approval (teacher initials denote approval,) students planned their project by breaking it down into logical steps.
  • Students were encouraged to determine how they would communicate with one another (e.g. cell phone, home phone, school email, OneView groups, etc.) The project is designed to be completed in class, but given how absences may occur, groups members will want to be able to communicate outside of class.
  • If groups finished early, they worked on:
    • tonight’s homework
    • getting a head start of writing the script

Homework:

  • Find and print out (or draw) props to cut out/color next class. Due by the start of next class. Images may be clip art, found on Google, or drawn. Remember all “props” are going to be two-dimensional.

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Monday, May 15 (A) – Tuesday, May 16 (B): Letters to the Outsiders

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Announcements:

  • All Ms. Barker’s library books need to be returned by Friday, May 19th. If you misplaced your copy of the book, please purchase a gently used, or new title to replaced the missing copy.

Assignments:

  • Students finished up their Outsiders mind maps and turned them in to the class inbox.
  • Students wrote letters to The Outsiders which was due at the end of class today. If absent, follow the power point to see how to complete the letters to The Outsiders assignment and have ready to submit no later than the start of class on 5/19 (A) & 5/22 (B).
  • Students discussed what it means to be an insider and an outsider.

Homework:

  • No weekly A3Ks this week since the Level Set is open and absent students still need to make-up the assessment. DO NOT complete the Level Set on your own. 

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Friday, May 12 (B) – Achieve 3000 Level Set

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Announcements:

  • Due to assorted events, I’ll be posting daily this week to avoid confusion. I’ll resume combined A day/B day posts next week when we’re out of this stretch where activities needed to be altered.
  • The Outsiders novel (a PDF copy is available here) is needed in class every day until further notice. Special thanks to a student who found the PDF. Thank you for helping out your peers!
  • All Ms. Barker’s library books need to be returned by Friday, May 19th. If you misplaced your copy of the book, please purchase a gently used, or new title to replaced the missing copy.
  • Achieve 3000 Level Set will take place in class on May 9th (A) B day was moved to May 12th (B.) Due to Achieve 3000 not working during 4A, we will try the Level Set again on May 11th (4A only.)

Assignments:

  • Students completed a bell ringer worksheet on “Nothing Gold Can Stay” poem mentioned referenced repeatedly in The Outsiders and discussed it.
  • Students took the Achieve 3000 Level Set.
  • When finished, students read Ch. 10-11.

Homework:

  • Follow The Outsiders Pacing Guide. Students should have finished the novel by the start of next class.
  • No weekly A3Ks this week since the Level Set is open. DO NOT complete the Level Set on your own. 

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