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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!!
Welcome to the VVMS!! I'm hoping everyone had a great summer break, and you are all ready to start the next part of your journey through the Valley View School District! Our first week of school is basically reviewing rules, procedures, and gathering information that will be needed throughout the school year.
Students were given a classroom course description to take home and review with their parents, and then are required to get it signed, and returned to me by Friday, 08/30/2019. If there are any questions or concerns, please email me at ltomko@valleyviewsd.org. I'm looking forward another fantastic school year!!
December 3-Hachiko First Read pg. 118/including the Comprehension Check pg. 121 (1-3)
Students took notes today on Historical Fiction. Also, the First Read on pg. 118 was assigned. This includes completing the Comprehension Check on pg. 121 (1-3). Students are required to restate and answer each question, and write a brief summary for number 3.
December 12-Hachiko Selection Test
The selection test on the story, Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, will given on Thursday, 12/12. A study guide will be given at least two days prior to the test to help students study important information.
December 13-Historical Fiction Quiz
There will be a quiz on Historical Fiction on Friday, 12/13. This quiz will include elements of Historical Fiction discussed throughout the story, as well as information taken in notes given to students on Tuesday, 12/3.
December 4-WS Analyze Craft and Structure/Historical Fiction
Today in class we read and discussed, Hachiko: The Story of a Loyal Dog. Students were given annotations, and were required to complete the assigned worksheet on Historical Fiction. If the WS wasn't completed it must be completed for homework. There will be a quiz on Historical Fiction on Friday, 12/13. This worksheet will help students study for their quiz.
December 5-pg. 123 Practice (1-4)
Students were assigned pg. 123 (1-4) in class today, to work on in their groups. Any work that wasn't completed must be completed for homework.
December 6- WS Concept Vocabulary and Word Study
Students were given a worksheet to complete on Concept Vocabulary and Word Study from the story Hachiko. Time was given in class to complete it, but if the worksheet wasn't completed, it must be completed for homework.
December 11-Hachiko Selection Test Thursday/Quiz Historical Fiction Friday
Students will have a their Selection Test on Hachiko tomorrow, 12/12. The quiz on Historical Fiction will be Friday, 12/13. There was a study guide handed out on 12/10 to help students study for their Selection Test. A worksheet was completed in class last week, to help students prepare for their quiz. Also, notes were given on class regarding Historical Fiction last week.
December 17-Quiz on the skills from
Students will have a quiz on the skills from "A Blessing", on Tuesday, 12/17. These skills include Figurative Language, such as, simile, metaphor, tone. repetition, and alliteration. Notes were given for these skills on Tuesday, 12/10. Also, many of these skills have been practiced throughout the school year already.
December 12-Historical Fiction Quiz tomorrow
Quiz on Historical Fiction is tomorrow. This quiz was announced last week, and notes were given to students last week, as well as a worksheet to help students prepare.
December 12- Page 138 First Read from "A Blessing"
Students were required to complete the First Read on pg. 138 for "A Blessing". Ample time was given to complete this assignment in class. Anything not completed must be completed for homework.
December 13-"A Blessing" WS Concept Vocabulary and Word Study
Complete the WS Concept Vocabulary and Word Study, from "A Blessing". Students had time in class to complete this WS after their quiz.
December 16-Quiz tomorrow on the literary elements used in
Students will have a quiz tomorrow on the literary elements: simile, metaphor, alliteration, repetition, and tone, from "A Blessing".
Notes were given last week to study, and today we went over a practice worksheet. If there is a disruption of the school day tomorrow due to inclement weather, the quiz will be given the next school day.
January 2-Selection test
Students will take a test on the poem, "A Blessing", on Monday, January 6. A study guide will be given out on Friday, January 3, to help students study for the test. The study guide is only information that students should be familiar with, however, annotations, notes, and classroom discussion about the poem, is what will help students understand the poem more thoroughly.
January 2- WS Word Study Multiple-Meaning Words
Complete WS Word Study Multiple-Meaning Words.
January 3-Study for "A Blessing" test/WS 1 Text Questions
Students will have a test on Monday, 1/6, on "A Blessing". A study guide was given out in class to help students study the material, however, notes from the selection and annotations should be studied as well. Also, students in each block were given a specific number on WS Text Questions to complete.
January 6-pg. 144 First Read for Predators/vocabulary
After today's test, students were required to complete the First Read for the poem Predators. This includes annotating, making connections, and completing the Comprehension Check on pg. 146(1-3). All answers MUST be written in complete sentence form in order to get credit for the assignment. Also, students must write the vocabulary definitions in their notebooks.
January 10- Quiz on the skills from Predators
Students will have a quiz Friday, January 10, on the skills from Predators. These skills include Poetic Structures on pg. 148, and Word Choice and Tone on pg. 149. Any worksheets practiced using these skills, as well as notes given, should be reviewed prior to the quiz.
January 14-Selection test on Predators
Students will have a Selection test on the poem Predators. A study guide was given for this test, as well as notes and annotations, to help students prepare. This will be the last assessment for the 2nd Quarter.
January 7- WS Concept Vocabulary and Word Study Predators
Complete the WS on Concept Vocabulary and Word Study from the poem Predators.
January 8-WS Poetic Structures Predators
Students must complete the WS on Poetic Structures. This will help them prepare for their quiz that's on Friday.
January 9- WS Word Choice and Tone Predators
Students must complete WS Word Choice and Tone. This worksheet will help students prepare for their quiz on the skills used in the poem Predators. The quiz is tomorrow, 1/10.
January 10- Complete the packet, Lesson 16 from Hatchet
Students were required to work on a packet after their quiz today, that's practice with the skill Plot. The packet is titled, from Hatchet. For numbers 1-3 students must explain why the incorrect answers aren't correct, and for number 4, students must use RACE when answering the question.
January 13- Test tomorrow on Predators/WS from Tracker
Study for the selection test on Predators. Complete the WS, from Tracker. This worksheet deals with the skill Plot. There will be a quiz on Plot on Friday, 1/17. This skill goes with the next story, Black Cowboy, Wild Horses.
January 14-Complete the First Read from Black Cowboy Wild Horses pg. 162 & vocabulary
Students must complete the First Read on pg. 162, as well as write the 3 vocabulary words in their notebooks. This work goes with the story Black Cowboy, Wild Horses. There will be a quiz on plot, which is the skill practiced in this story, on Friday, 1/17.
January 15- WS Plot from Black Cowboy, Wild Horses
Finish the WS on Plot from Black Cowboys, Wild Horses. The information on this worksheet will help students prepare for their quiz on Plot that will be this Friday, 1/17.
January 16-Plot quiz tomorrow/ also complete pg. 169 Practice 1-5
Complete pg. 169 1-5 in your myPerspectives book. There is a quiz tomorrow on Plot.
January 17-Unit 2 Review packet given today in class
A Unit 2 review packet was given out today in class. It must be completed by Tuesday's class, 1/21. This packet will help students review the skills from Unit 2. Students should also study any notes they've taken throughout Unit 2, as well as any of the worksheets we've completed. The Unit 2 test is a cold read assessment, and will be given on Wednesday, 1/22.
January 22- Unit 2 Assessment
Students will take their Unit 2 Assessment on Wednesday, 1/22.
January 21-Unit 2 Test tomorrow
Students are having their Unit 2 test tomorrow. Students should be familiar with all of the skills practiced in Unit 2. Students were given a study packet, and should also have notes taken in their notebook, from each story. The Unit 2 test is a cold read assessment.
January 23- Unit 3 Feathered Friend Vocabulary and First Read
Students must complete the vocabulary and First Read for the new story, Feathered Friend. The vocabulary words on page 194 must be defined and written in your notebooks. The First Read on page 194 must also be completed in full, including Comprehension Check on page 199 (1-5). All answers must be restated and answered completely. This assignment is due on Monday, 1/27/2020.
January 27-WS Concept Vocabulary and Word Study Unit 3 Feathered Friend
Complete the Concept Vocabulary and Word Study worksheet from Unit 3 Feathered Friend.
January 28-WS Analyze Craft and Structure Determine Theme
Students must complete the worksheet on determining theme. This worksheet can be used to help students study for their quiz on theme that's next Wednesday, 2/5.
February 4-Feathered Friend Selection test
There will be a selection test on Feathered Friend next Tuesday, 2/4. Students can begin preparing by studying their notes and annotations that were given in class. A study guide will be given out Friday as well.
January 29-Page 200 in myPerspectives Analyze the Text 1-3
Students must have page 200 Analyze the Text (1-3) completed. This assignment was started in class, and may have been completed prior to the end of class.
February 5- Determine Theme quiz
Students will have a quiz on determining the theme, on Wednesday, 2/5. Students can use the worksheet we went over in class on Wednesday, 1/29, to help them study. Also, notes were given on theme on Tuesday.