WHAT WE DID: 3/29

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Continue listing “The Rules”
    • Read Chapter 5
    • Chapter 4 & 5 synthesis summaries
    • Discussion of “The Stirrings”
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • “Wreck of the Hesperus”
    • HOMEWORK
      • Continue to work on the College Fair Project
      • Buy your tri-fold!
      • Record your information in google classroom

THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN MARCH IS MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY!

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Manatees are aquatic mammals known for their immense size and jowly appearance. Manatees might not make the list of cutest animals, but enough manatee enthusiasts exist for there to be a Manatee Appreciation Day.

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Manatee Appreciation Day is devoted to raising awareness about these quirky creatures. Unfortunately, manatees are endangered. Although hunting manatees is usually illegal, they continue to be poached for their meat and hide. Also, manatees are often fatally injured in collisions with boats. It is important to increase manatee awareness so that these fascinating animals will continue to exist in the future.

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Manatee Appreciation Day events usually take place in areas with large manatee populations, such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. Zoos and marine biology centres may offer special manatee-related programming on Manatee Appreciation Day. You can celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day anywhere by researching manatees, starting your own awareness campaign, or donating to manatee conservation programs.

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WHAT WE DID: 3/28

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Turned in HRL
    •  The Giver chapters 3, 4, 5
      • Unanswered questions
      • Rules of the community
    • Library
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Computer Lab to work on College Fair Project Research, due May 5th!
    • HOMEWORK:
      • BUY THE TRI-FOLD!
      • CALL YOUR SCHOOL TO REQUEST INFORMATION!

 

MARCH 28TH IS NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY

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WHAT WE DID: 3/27

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Students read Chapter 3 of The Giver and recorded evidence of the “Rules” within the community.
    • Students also wrote down any unanswered questions and synthesized the events of the chapter into a single sentence.
    • Homework
      • HRL due on Tuesday, March 28th
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Students read a variety of short articles in the Scope magazine and selected one to write a structured summary paragraph. In-class assignment only.
    • Homework
      • HRL due on Tuesday, March 28th
      • CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE COLLEGE PROJECT
      • BUY THE TRI-FOLD! DON’T WAIT!!

MARCH 27TH IS NATIONAL “JOE” DAY

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What, you ask, is National Joe Day? According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles.  In 1910, it moved to No. 5.  From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower.

There are many famous people named Joe. Just a few are:

  • Joe Montana Coach, American football player.
  • Joe Pesci Comedian, Musician Actor.
  • Joe Biden Politician, Lawyer.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur Film Producer.
  • Joe Namath Actor, American football player.
  • Joseph Stalin Politician, Soldier.
  • Joey Ramone Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson, Baseball player.
  • Joe Green, American football player
  • Joe Jonas, Musician
  • Joe DiMaggio, Baseball player, actor
  • Joe Cocker, Musician
  • Joe Frazier, Boxer
  • Joe Mauer, Baseball player
  • Joe Walsh, Musician

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO OBSERVE:  Honor all people with the name “Joe.” For the day, change your name to a name of your choice. Everyone change their name to “Joe” for the day.  Women and girls may use  “Josephine” or “Jodie.”

COLLEGE FAIR PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

The tri-fold college fair project is due on Friday, May 5th. Late projects will be marked down one full letter grade for each day it is late. Plan ahead, and start working on your project now. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

Your project must contain the following information. However, you may add interesting facts and details to enhance your project.

Be sure to contact the college or university you are researching to ask them to send you information such as brochures, maps, pennants, etc.

Your trifold must be decorated on all sides. In other words, use color or pictures on the front and the back. You will be graded on creativity, use of color, neatness, and display of information.

A. In the center of the tri-fold, please include the following.

  1. Name of school. Public or private?
  2. The school’s motto
  3. The school’s mascot
  4. The school’s colors
  5. Optional: The year the school was established.

B. On the left side of the tri-fold, please include the following:

  1. Location (address including the city and state) and campus map (picture)
  2. Cost of tuition amount for residents and out-of-state students.
  3. Number of students in the undergraduate population. Total number of students.
  4. Breakdown of students by ethnicity (pie chart with percentages).
  5. Required GPA for admission; required SAT scores.
  6. Acceptance rate (ratio of students accepted)

C. On the right side of the tri-fold, please choose four out of the ten include the following (you may choose more than four but no less):

Options for the right side:

  1. Sports/ activities? List a few that interest you.
  2. Commuter school? Housing options? Dorms? Apartments? Cost?
  3. Majors (list of broad categories)
  4. Education abroad? Where to? How long?
  5. Clubs/ activities? List a few that interest you.
  6. Food: Meal plans? Eateries? Cost of meal plans?
  7. Transportation? Cost for parking? Are cars allowed on campus?
  8. Ratio of students to teacher? In other words, how big are undergraduate classes?
  9.  Scholarships? Financial aid? Work study?
  10. Other areas of interest?

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WHAT WE DID: 3/24

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • COLLECTED AoW TEXT TAGS WITH ANNOTATIONS & ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
    • THE GIVER CH. 2
    • COMPLETED ERWC ACTIVITIES FOR CH. 1 & 2
    • HRL DUE TUESDAY, 3/28
  • HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • COLLEGE FAIR PROJECT: COLLEGE SELECTION
    • HRL DUE TUESDAY, 3/28
    • GO BUY YOUR TRI-FOLD THIS WEEKEND!!!
  • ENGLISH 8
    • COLLEGE FAIR PROJECT: COLLEGE SELECTION
    • STUDENTS BEGAN RESEARCHING INFORMATION ON THEIR COLLEGE OF CHOICE
    • HRL DUE TUESDAY, 3/28
    • GO BUY YOUR TRI-FOLD THIS WEEKEND!!!

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WHAT WE DID: 3/23

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Read The Giver, Chapters 1 and 2
    • Complete activities in the packet:
      • Continue the list of rules in Jonas’s community.
      • Jonas is feeling apprehensive about the December ceremony.
    • Write unanswered questions:
      • “You can’t choose the gender of the child you get, can you?”
      • “Aren’t you supposed to choose who you marry?”
  • HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Reminder: College Selection Friday, March 24th. Be there, or be square.
    • Figurative Language ppt.
    • Pecha Kucha
  • ENGLISH 8
    • Reminder: College Selection Friday, March 24th. Be there, or be square.
    • Figurative Language ppt.

MARCH 23RD IS NATIONAL PUPPY DAY!

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WHAT WE DID: 3/22

  • ENGLISH 7, 8, & HONORS 8
    • ARTICLE OF THE WEEK: CORAL REEFS OF THE WORLD
      • SMALL GROUPS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.
      • DUE FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH, IF NOT DONE IN CLASS 
          1. Describe at least four reasons for what has caused the “full-blown ecological catastrophe” to reefs across the globe. Use a complete sentence for each reason. Cite textual evidence for each.
          2. What are at least three purposes reefs provide to the planet? Use a complete sentence for each purpose. Cite textual evidence for each.
          3. Predict the outcome for the planet if the reefs cannot be rescued. Give at least three examples to support. Use a complete sentence for each outcome. Cite textual evidence for each.
          4. Choose one statistic from the article, cite it, and explain why it is significant.
          5. Summarize this article. Include a topic sentence that contains the title, author, source, and thesis statement. Include key details for your supporting sentences.
          6. What facts from the article would you select to support the concept of the dying coral reefs? Cite textual evidence for your answer.
          7. What can conclusions can you draw based the increased water temperature?
          8. Create a slogan to help raise awareness of the plight of the coral reefs.
          9. Using the information in the article, create a cause and effect chart illustrating why and how the coral reefs are being impacted by warmer water.
          10. What is one unanswered question you have after reading this article?

MARCH 22ND IS NATIONAL GOOF-OFF DAY!

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