Academic Expectations for the week of April 14, 2014

BUCHANAN-

TCAP is just around the corner and we will be participating in many review activities in preparation for this important test.

 

Students will be using ipads, clickers and other technology that we have at our disposal.  This helps to make the work a little bit more interesting for them.

 

Students wishing to work on their deficient skill areas at home may want to use these sites:

 

https://www.internet4classrooms.com/

This site has a wealth of activities.  I usually click on Grade Level Help, then go to Skillbuilders, then to Language, then choose which activity area you want to work on. 

 www.studyisland.com/

This is a site for which the subscription is paid for by the school and all 6th grade students should know their passwords.

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/

 

MCCANN-

This week we will continue to review for TCAP.   This week we will focus on percents, number lines, reading graphs, and other objectives as well.  There will not be a quiz this week.

 

Computers

This week students will continue to practice their typing skills.  The goal for this week is 27.  Two points will be deducted from their success rate for each word away students are from the goal.  When not typing students will be working Study Island, Accelerated Math, and Probes to help review for TCAP.  Math probes will be taken for a grade.

WASHBURN-

 My classes are continuing to review for TCAP.  Please encourage your child to review nightly.

Thank you and have a great week!

DEHART -

7th-Students will test over Chapter 15 at the first of the week. Students will spend the rest of the week working through a Tennessee history packet getting reading for TCAP.
8th-Students will finish up Chapter 14 and test by Wednesday. Students will be working on TCAP review the rest of the week.

GARDNER-

Students in the 7th grade will will review TCAP skills this week.  Please encourage your child to do their homework and to study for tests. They need to practice their skills and be prepared for tests.  This will help to develop a good work ethic which will lead to success throughout their lives.

 

Students in the 8th grade will review TCAP skills this week.  Please encourage your child to do their homework and to study for tests. They need to practice their skills and be prepared for tests.  This will help to develop a good work ethic which will lead to success throughout their lives.

 

 

DUNIVAN-

Hello Hornets, this week we will be working with SCOPE magazine and studying the Holocaust. Students will conduct a mini research project about the Holocaust. Students will be given complete instructions on how to complete this project. Students will also participate in Readers Theater  while reading the Book Thief. We will continue to work with TCAP skills. I hope that everyone has a great week.

 

 DAVIS-

 

7th Grade:

We will be reviewing all standards related to Earth science this week.  We will take a test on Wednesday of this week. We will be reviewing and playing games with these topics this week. If your student is applying themselves during class and studying the teacher prepared notes nightly, their grades should reflect their efforts.

 

8th Grade:

We will be begin reviewing physical science standards this week. These standards include states of matter, phases of matter, physical and chemical properties and changes, and acids and bases and the pH scale. We will take a test on Wednesday of this week. We will be reviewing and playing games with these topics this week. If your student is applying themselves during class and studying the teacher prepared notes nightly, their grades should reflect their efforts.

 

Students in both grade levels that are still making below an 80 on these review assessments can expect additional written homework nightly.

 

CASEY-

 

In ELA this week, students will read a Scope informational paired texts.  Students will focus on word selection, main idea, and author’s purpose.  We will also continue a grammar review focusing on adverbs and subject-verb agreement. Through these articles, we will use close reading strategies, develop themes, and make connections between past and current events.  Students will also complete various close-reading activities to improve comprehension skills.

Students will complete INDEPENDENT READING: Each nine weeks, students are asked to complete independent reading in addition to reading completed in class.  At the end of the nine weeks, students will present these books to the class through a public speaking assignment.  The third nine weeks, students are required to read 1 historical fiction book (must be 6.0 reading level or higher).  While reading, they will research the historical events from the story (must use at least 2 sources).  These will be presented in speech format.  Each 2-3 minute speech will provide information about the topic as well as a summary of the book.  Students are also required to prepare a handout for the class stating the historical background of the book (they may want to use a timeline, flowchart, list, etc.).  These must be presented by the end of the nine weeks grading period. IF YOUR CHILD COMPLETED ALL THREE PREVIOUS NINE WEEK ASSIGNMENTS, HE/SHE WILL NOT HAVE AN INDEPENDENT READING ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS NINE WEEKS!

 

TEST ALERT:        Scope Test: Monday, April 14, 2014

 

 

 

WATT-
For the next two weeks, students will work on completing probes as a
review for TCAP. The probes were created based on the latest Discovery Ed
results. Students will be graded after completing 5 probe sets. They may work on
this handout at home but will be given ample time to complete in
class.