October 29, 2013

Loved all the crazy hats today!  Remember that tomorrow is crazy hair day!  Also, keep in mind that you’ve got to get all your book talks in by Thursday (end of term) for the Pizza Reading party!  Additionally, get that missing work in by Thursday as well!

We had an amazing discussion about the movement along tectonic plates–particularly earthquakes and volcanoes and what scientists and humans do to predict and prepare!  Check out some of the links for videos and information on what we discussed!  Thanks for all the amazing questions!!

PBS Life on Fire Video
Great Utah Shakeout

1) Homework Project: Work on your Week 7 homework project!
2) READ & log your days read on the Ken Garff program. ($20 bonus!) 
3) Spelling: Study every day!
4) MISSING WORK!  Please close the “rift,” especially with our reading and writing workshop assignments.  In case you have a few of those on your list, here are the assignments:
ResearchBe sure to fill out your research notes as you finish!
Ideas, People, & Events Graphic Organizer: Fill out this graphic or
Relationship among Ideas, People, & Events: Write a paragraph describing the relationship between 2 or more ideas, people or events.  Then explain why that relationship is so important for your focus question/research
Context Clues in Research: Look at one of your sources, find a tricky word, and write it down.  Then write down which context clue strategy you used to figure out its meaning (Synonym, antonym, explanation, example, word within word, graphic aids on page, read sentences before and after, Use glossary/dictionary/online tool)
4 Introduction Ideas: Try out each of the 4 introduction types for your topic (Generalization–“Everyone knows…”; Question–“Did you know…”; What If/If–“What if we all…”; Quotation–“One expert said…”)
*“How We Organize Ourselves Assessment”:  Write about how we are wrapping up our How We Organize Ourselves IB unit, and that you are demonstrating your understanding of the central idea, “Order drives the systems of our world.”  Include your demonstration.  Tag: ib

Upcoming Events
*Week of Oct. 28: Red Ribbon Week
Monday: Backwards Day (dress code)
Tuesday: Hat day (dress code)
Wednesday: Crazy hair day (dress code)
Thursday: Halloween!  Wear costumes!
Friday: Pajama day!  🙂
*Oct 31: Halloween parade at 8:40 am.  Halloween party at 12:45pm!  Click here to sign up to volunteer or donate!
*Oct. 31: End of Term 1!  All pizza reading books for term 1 must be completed by this day!
*Nov 1: Informational Text Publishing Party!
*Nov. 4-7: Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences
*Nov 4-7: Scholastic Book Fair
*Nov 7: 1:45 early release!
*Nov 8: No School!
*Nov. 26: 1:45 early release
*Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break!


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