The Old Sea-Dog at the “Admiral Benbow”

Some of the boys in first period moved my rocker to the front of the room where it will stay while we are reading the wonderful novel we have just begun. Thanks Jordan, Kyle, and Zayne.

Book order forms are out for January and anyone wishing to order needs to have their money to Mrs. Scales by next Wednesday, January 13th.

Our root word for the day was Sub, Sup, which means under or less than. Several example words were given.

Our DLW sentence was: The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt were bilt with more than too million blocks waying two tons each. Mrs. Scales did not give us hints today, but anyone who is really good with grammar knows that there is a subject verb agreement error, some using the right word, and spelling errors in today’s sentence.

As one of the reading strategies a color code for characters could be found on the front board today. It read:
Squire Trelawaney – pink
Doctor Livesey – yellow
Jim Hawkins – orange
Mr. & Mrs. Hawkins – blue
Billy Bones “captain” – green

After going over some reading pointers to help sharpen our insights, we began reading Treasure Island. It was great, we highlighted each character and their descriptions in their color to make filling out our study guides easier. The first chapter was mostly green and yellow. A lot of the chapter described the captain who showed up at the inn. There were little bits of information about Jim Hawkins and his parents who own the inn, but mostly captain and how he drank a lot of rum and watched out for other sailors or ships. Then the yellow came in near the end when Dr. Livesey stopped by the inn one evening to look in on Mr. Hawkins who had taken ill. Well, let’s just say that the captain and Dr. Livesey didn’t get along right from the start.

It is easy to see how the author, Robert Louis Stevenson kept readers looking for the next weekly installment. After reading chapter 1 it is pretty clear that something is going to happen in the next chapter. Mrs. Scales explained that this literary technique is called foreshadowing.

Mrs. Scales reminded everyone not to get behind on their study guides and that any reading listed on the lesson plans must be completed whether we are in class or not.

The Treasure Hunt

Today marked the beginning of our Treasure Island unit. After doing the regular daily routine:

Root Word – Onym which means name or word. Normally used as a suffix such as in the following example words, homonym, geonym and mononym.

Daily Language Workout sentence – Both the countries of guatemala and belize border mexico they are too the South. With the hints, Capitalization, Using the Right Word and Semicolon.

we embarked on a treasure hunt through the school. Each crew was lead by their captain who had seen the secret map. Several crews made it through the entire island, finding all five treasures and the placket. Booty was tallied up in our crew ledgers and everyone received their own copy of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Treasure Island which we will begin reading as a class tomorrow.

Mrs. Scales reminded everyone of all the resources available to in the classroom to check their DLW sentences prior to turning them in on Friday. Because the sentence errors are all covered by basic grammar rules that all 7th graders should know and understand, there is no reason for anyone to get less than 100% on these weekly assignments. All you have to do is look up the grammar rule for anything you are not sure of.

We were also reminded that everyone must have chosen their Anchor Piece and have one copy with an updated header put into the page protector in their English Binder and one copy with 20 words highlighted in yellow by the beginning of class tomorrow.

Welcome Back

The masque Mrs. Scales made for New Year's Eve

The masque Mrs. Scales made for New Year's Eve

It was great to see everyone again today after the Christmas break. We began the day by me sharing my New Year’s Eve masque. I shared that my husband and I celebrated New Year’s Eve and our 22 wedding anniversary by attending the Masqerade Ball at Union Station in Indianapolis. Then we took the time to go around the room and let anyone who wished to share tell about their holidays.

We heard about the 4 gal New Year’s Eve party fun at Kelly’s, in which a new and upcoming band was formed. A couple of students talked about the go carts they recieved for Christmas and the soccor goal that was given as a Christmas gift so Katey would stop kicking the ball against the house. Debbie talked about the Barbie doll with a flute that she recieved.

Then we got started with the daily language workout sentence:
90 Million People are added to the Worlds population each year. Hints: Numbers, Capitalization, Apostrophe (possessives)

and the root word:
• Root Card # 38 – HOMO (Greek) same, equal, like, common; one and the same – Example words Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs

Everyone was instructed to pick an Anchor Piece from their graded first semester writing assignments. This piece of writing will be used for many things over the next few weeks. One copy needs to be printed with an updated header and put in the page protector in each student’s English Binder. The second copy needs to have 20 words highlighted in yellow.

We also began learning about the Treasure Island unit that begins tomorrow and the cooperative learning groups we will be working in.

All in all, it was a very productive and entertaining day in Mrs. Scales’ room.

Christmas Break

We made it. All the semester exams are over. School is out for two weeks and we all get to enjoy Christmas. I am flying to Washington state to spend Christmas with my daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. I can’t wait to bake the cookies and decorate the gingerbread house. I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas break. See you all next year.

AR Ideas

What a day! We had book talks by students in every class period. Nineteen books were covered, some more than once. Among the list of talked about books were both familuar titles and a couple of new titles. Several series were promoted by student readers: The Harry Potter Series, The Shadow Children Series, The Maxium Ride Series, Houns and Me and of course The Twilight Series. A few of the individual titles recommended by students included: Blind Faith, Lilys Crossing, Touching Spirit Bear, Eldest, Everlost, Crush, Abarat, Nothing But the Truth, The Sign of the Beaver, Vladimir Tod and Paint the Wind.

We also reviewed craft and literary terms and genre today. Study guides are due tomorrow.

Root Word Review Day

Today we began to review all 37 of the root words from the first semester. Those root word cards came in handy. We played Jeopardy for extra credit points and it seems that most of the 7th graders know their root words pretty well. Remember, tomorrow we move on to the craft review. Study your craft folders and be able to pick out examples.

English Binders Scored

Today we graded our English binders using the rubric presented to each student earlier this week. There were 56 possible points for the final binder check. After finishing with the binders, we had our final Writing Workshop Day for this semester. That means that there will be no additional class writing time for students to finish any of the three writing assignments required for this grading period. All writing must be turned in by next Wednesday, so if you haven’t finished all of your writing, you will have to do the work as homework.

Writer-Reader’s Notebooks due tomorrow.