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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
This upcoming Monday through Wednesday we will be taking the New York State English Language Arts test. Don't worry though; there's nothing to be nervous about! The test helps us to see what kind of things we can work on in reading and writing.
Each day come in and go to the bathroom and sharpen your pencils. At 8:00 after announcements we will settle into our test spots and start reading the directions. Each day the test will be over no later than around 9:15 or 9:20.
Book 1: Monday, April 26th, 45 minutes
-contains 28 multiple-choice questions based on brief reading passages and performance assessment items
-measures students' attainment of skills such as understanding story events, drawing conclusions, making predictions, identifying the main idea, using vocabulary strategies, identifying supporting details, identifying point of view, evaluating ideas, understanding features that distinguish genres, and using figurative language to interpret text
Book 2: Tuesday, April 27th, 45 minutes
-a listening section during which they listen to a passage twice: the first time just listening, the second time taking notes
-they then will answer a few response questions: filling in a graphic organizer/chart, a short-response written answer, and a long-response written answer
-they will be scored on:
how clearly they organize and express their ideas
how accurately and completely they answer the questions
how well they support their ideas with examples
how interesting and enjoyable their writing is
how correctly they use grammar, spelling, punctuation, and paragraphs
Book 3: Wednesday, April 28th, 60 minutes
-they will read two passages and answer 3 short answer responses (one is usually a graphic organizer) and an extended response
-they will be able to read all the questions before reading, which will help them to pick out the key ideas
-usually, the details in the short answer response are very helpful in writing the extended response
The Week of the ELA
Students need to:
1) Go to bed early.
2) Eat breakfast.
3) Bring several sharpened #2 pencils to school.
4) Get to school before 8:00am.
Don't forget the tips we practiced in school!
Read the entire passage first.
Decide whether the passage is fiction or nonfiction.
List the important parts of the passage.
Look for a sentence that tells the main idea. If no main idea is stated, put it in your own words.
Look for the main idea in the answer choices.
Look for the author’s message.
Identify the main idea.
Look for details that support the main idea.
Put the main idea and supporting details into a paragraph.
Identify key words in multiple-choice questions. Skim the passage to find the key words.
To determine the order of events, identify key words in the answer choices.
Find where the sentence is located in the passage.
Look for other words in the passage that have about the same meaning.
Look for words in the passage that have the opposite meaning.
Look for less obvious clues to the meaning of the word.
Use “word parts” to figure out the meanings of words.
Look out for words that have more than one meaning.
Plug the answer choices into the sentence in place of the unknown word or phrase.
Character and Setting
Look for details about the characters.
“Listen” as the author introduces you to the characters.
Pay attention to how the characters act.
Notice how the characters are alike or different from each other.
Notice how the characters change during the story.
Look for details that tell you where and when the story takes place.
If the story has more than one setting, notice how the settings are alike or different.
Look for the story’s main idea.
Find the problems in the story.
Decide who is involved in the problem.
Look for the main events.
Use what you know about the characters to predict what will happen next.
Notice how the problem is solved.
Put together clues from the passage to find hidden messages.
Draw conclusions based on what you have read.
Look for word clues that tell when things are being compared.
Look for other words that show direct comparisons, such as “bigger,” “smallest,” “more,” and “less.”
If there are no clue words, look for details that show comparisons.
Draw a chart to show similarities and differences.
Cause and Effect
Put the events in order.
The event that causes an action usually happens just before the action.
Connect the events in a “because” sentence.
Look for “cause” words.
Look for causes and effects in nonfiction passages, too.
Look for clues that tell why the author wrote the passage.
Pay attention to the author’s attitude.
Look for the author’s message.
Determine whether a statement is fact or opinion.
Compare the author’s ideas to those of another author.
When the story is first read to you, just listen and enjoy.
Paint a picture in your mind.
When the story is read the second time, take notes.
Don’t take too many notes.
Don’t try to memorize the story.
Think about the main idea.
Written Response Tips
Read the question carefully.
Support your response with details from the passage.
Answer all parts of the question.
Plan your response before you begin writing.
Use your best handwriting.
Express your own opinion.
Check your writing for:
-having a topic sentence in your paragraph
Thursday, April 22, 2010
What is our class doing to help our Earth?
-walking nicely on it
-riding bikes or carpooling
-recycling paper, plastic, cardboard
-having one car instead of 2 cars
-picking up garbage
-using compost in the garden
-vermacomposting (using worms)
-planting trees and flowers
-reusing clothes/buying recycled cotton clothing
-bringing our own Tupperware to restaurants for leftovers
-instead of using paper towels use cloth or sponges
-buying recycled paper products
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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I also checked on our sprouts and our bean sprouts are getting so big that I decided to see if they too could grow hydroponically! I tucked them into a floating tray and put 6 bean sprouts floating in the trout tank and 12 more bean sprouts in a tub of water on the windowsill! When you get back from break we'll start to measure the plants' growth!