Friday, October 13, 2017

Wrap Up Your Writing!



MEMOIRS: Students in 5th grade Language Skills 5: Composition will complete "Unit 2: Writing a Memoir" Monday, October 16.

Use this scoring guide to make sure you have everything you need. Then read your memoir aloud to yourself or a partner to make sure it sounds the way you want it to.

PERSONAL NARRATIVES: Students taking 6th grade "Intermediate Language Skills A: Composition" will complete  Unit 2: Personal Narrative on Monday, October 16.

Use this scoring guide to make sure you have everything you need. Then read your memoir aloud to yourself or a partner to make sure it sounds the way you want it to.

All Final Drafts are due of October 20! 

 All final drafts must be typed, double spaced, and in a 12 point font. Make sure your name is in the top right corner of  your paper, and in the file name. Adults can help with typing and formatting.

When you are ready, upload your paper to File Sharing on the OLS. Click here for instructions on how to upload a file to File Sharing.

I can't wait o read your stories!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Look Who's Talking!


When you write a memoir about an event in your life… the trick is to fashion your memories into an engaging story. One way to do this is to add dialog!

Adding dialog to your memoir will make
it even more interesting!

Dialog reveals a character’s personality.

Dialog helps the reader understand character 
relationships in the story.

Dialog reveals conflicts and causes a reaction.

Dialog increases the story’s pace and 

makes it more dynamic.

Here is a dialog between Calvin and Hobbes.

In comics like the one above, artists use speech bubbles to show who is speaking as well as what is being said. In written dialog, the rules are a little trickier.

Here's a movie to explain a little further...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Place Value Shuffle


Yep! Today we had fun learning about place value. Now we can understand and explain the value of digits.

What's a digit?


What's place value?


If you're looking for a place value song to sing for the next 3 months, here you go!

Place value, place value, movin' to the left...

I can dig that groovy beat.

That leads us to the Place Value Shuffle! 
Put on your dancin' shoes!

In our decimal number system, the value of a digit depends on its place, or position, in the number. Each place has a value of 10 times the place to its right. A number in standard form is separated into groups of three digits using commas.

This chart shows the value of each digit in a large number. Each number value is 10 times greater than the number on its right.

Going the opposite direction… each digit is 1/10 of the digit on its left.

That's it! You've got it!

Moving on...

Next we talked about finding the value of a digit within a big number. To figure out the value you have to look at all of the numbers from right to left.  You start with the ones place and multiply by 10 for each digit to the left. A quick way to do this is to count the digits to the right of the number you are finding the value of. Then replace those digits with ZEROs.

We're finding the value of 9, so we can replace the digits to the right of 9 with 0s. The value of 9 in 196,528,347 is 90,000,000 or ninety million! Click here for a tutorial review of how to find a value of a digit.

For more Place Value fun, check out these games!

Keep up the great work!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Memoir Memory Map


mem·oir [mem-wahr]

noun  an account of one's personal life and experiences; an autobiography.

For the next three weeks, we are going to work on writing a memoir. You will complete the online lessons in Composition and we will share in Class Connect. On October 9th you will work with a partner to add pizazz to your story!

Your first assignment is to come up with an engaging topic to write about.

Draw a detailed map of your neighborhood.

Label your map:
Important places.
Where something happened.
Where kids gather.
 A danger spot you avoid.
 A favorite place.
 A secret place.
 Friend’s and neighbor’s houses.

As you draw, what memories come back to you?
Choose 3 memories you might want to write about.

WARNING: The song below will get stuck in your head for eternity.

Now, think about your top 3 memoir topics.

Which story do you know the most about?

Which story contains all 4 of these story elements?