Why is it important to stand up for something? What would you fight (stand up) for?
Now that we are back from a restful break, we can look forward to Geometry, Measurements, reading The Alchemist, formulating our narrative stories, and much more.
What did you enjoy about Spring Break? What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year?
We have officially concluded the Second Trimester of the school year. We have learned a lot throughout this past trimester. Think about what you enjoyed learning in this trimester. Why did you enjoy it? What are you looking forward to reading more about? (minimum of two sentences)
We just completed our reading of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. In this thrilling and heartfelt historical novel we felt compelled to root and hope for the protagonist, Annemarie. Her courage and bravery inspired us to also stand up for injustice, as she did for her best friend, Ellen Rosen. Think about your favorite scene in the novel and write about. Why was it your favorite?
Also, what did you enjoy about the novel?
It has been a wonderful journey being back in Texas. I arrived on Thursday afternoon at 4pm. I met with my friend teachers and had a pleasant visit with them. On Friday I had the opportunity to return to Rio Grande City (where I taught the past two years) and visit my old school. I was able to see former students and coworkers. I also visited one of my former students who is now a seventh grader (WOW, Mr. Ibarra is getting old!) He says 7th grade is easier thanks to how challenging my class was, which is a nice reminder to all of us to keep working hard!
I also had the happiest of times seeing Joel, he is now in kindergarten and going to a different school. He is a jolly as always and continues to play chess to the point where he got his school to start a chess club, isn't that something?
The picture is Joel on the left and Mr. Ibarra on the right.
I also spent my time visiting several friends from the Rio Grande Valley. I even enjoyed a great lunch right by the Rio Grande River which borders Mexico. (picture below)
Saturday and Sunday included more visits with friends and hanging out around McAllen. I returned on Monday in the early morning and made it back to Soledad in the evening. Excited to be back in our little town (city) and getting back to our good-hard work!
February started with a bang! We concluded our excellent unit on Poetry by having most of the class present their Poetry Poster Presentations. Students had to research a poet and select a poem from the poet. They identified poetic devices and demonstrated the interpretation and analysis of the poem.
This month we have developed a strong understanding of Analogies, Proverbs, Fables, Morals, and in general life-lessons. We will continue to read more fables and conclude the unit with our reading of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
Think about your favorite proverb or fable and comment below.
We are starting our third week in January, but we have been hard at work these past two weeks. The new year has brought us back to start with our Poetry Unit.
For the first week, we learned about Free Verse and Haiku Poetry. In addition, we identified poetic devices, such as Alliteration, Personification, Simile, Metaphor, Imagery, and Onomatopoeia. Furthermore, Haiku poetry challenged us to practice our syllables in order to follow the structure: 5, 7,5 syllables. It was fun having the opportunity to collaborate with partners and share our poetry with them.
This past week, we had the opportunity to learn two new types of poetry: Diamante (Diamond) and Concrete Poetry. Again, we had the opportunity to practice and follow the specific structure for each poem. Our classmates did a nice job at presenting great Diamante Poetry, as well as, their concrete poems.
We have one more week of Poetry, yet we can count on it being as exciting as the past two weeks.
Metacognition: In addition to your comment on the blog, please think about how Poetry has helped you to think in a creative and figurative way.
We had an excellent first week of the trimester, especially coming back from a restful and grateful thanksgiving break.
Upon our arrival, we started reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The book provided a deep understanding of friendship and acceptance towards others that are different. Through our reading of the text, we discovered the life of migrant workers in the 1930, which transpired during the Great Depression. Additionally, we were introduced to Lennie and George, both characters are depicted as imperfect yet demonstrate a profound friendship.
Mathematics, we focused on learning Multiplying Mixed Numbers. We practice problems by converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and then following the rest of the steps in multiplying fractions. We continued to increase our skills by doing the 60 Second Sweep (now 50 Seconds), Buzz, and Mental Math.
We also developed our collaborative skills by learning the Design Process in our science class. We did this by doing a science lab that required each group to design and build a paper tower that would be the tallest from the rest. Students had ten minutes to build it using 15 color papers and 3 feet of tape.
Overall, we had an excellent first week of the triemester and have much to look forward to for the coming weeks!
I hope all of you had a wonderful thanksgiving with family and friends. Reflect on one or two things you thought was meaningful or significant about thanksgiving.
Your response needs to be at least two sentences and should include a metacognitive sentence towards why you thought about what you were thinking.
See you all on Monday, November 28!
Monday we didn't have school. On Tuesday, we practiced for the benchmark test by doing a practice worksheet on editing and analyzing text. After that, we started our vocabulary list. Once we finished, we did read to self. During math time, as always, we did the sixty second sweep, Buzz, and Mental Math, but for the math concept we did Algebraic Expressions with Fractions. In Social Studies, we studied the southwest states. Almost at the end of the day, we did bonus and fines for classroom economy. I enjoyed doing bonus and fines for classroom economy!
On Wednesday, we took our benchmark on Revising and Editing text and on Reading and Analyzing. When we were finished with our benchmark test we were allowed to work on our vocabulary list organizer. At 9:00 A.M., we went to the library, and we had prize week. After that, we worked on our Ready Common Core Book. During Math time, as always we did the sixty second sweep, Buzz, Mental Math, and we received two worksheets for review. For Social Studies, we read a handout about the southwest states, and wrote five facts about the land and water and also three facts about the climate. I enjoyed going to the library.
On Thursday, we did a page in our Reader's Notebook on proper nouns and common nouns. After that, we switched classes because we were going to do CELDT Testing. Upon returning to class, we did Sparkle! During math time, we took a math test and we were personally tested on the sixty second sweep. In Social Studies, we reviewed the southwest states for our test tomorrow. We also did current even presentations. Almost at the end of the day we did bonus and fines. I enjoyed doing sparkle and bonus & fines.
On Friday, we did a page in our Reader's Notebook on proper nouns and common nouns. After that we switched classes again to continue doing CELDT test. Upon returning to class, we took our vocabulary test. Next, we did a little bit of our family legend. During math time, we did properties of fractions. Then, we went to the cookie dough fundraises. Towards the end of the day we did secret buddy. I enjoyed doing math!
This blog will be for Student Author's. Each week a student will be selected to write a blog about something they are passionate about and classmates will respond to the blog.