Mrs. Amy Finley

7th Grade Lions Language Arts


April 2013


Sorry for not updating this blog the past few days. Friday I was home sick and so the students had a sub.

Yesterday we discussed organizational patterns. We looked at compare/contrast, sequencing, chronological order, spatial, problem and solution, and cause & effect. Today we continued to identify them in reading passages and practice identifying them.

Homework: There was supposed to be homework tonight on Edmodo for all classes, however I was unable to get the paper copies printed off in time. Therefore, students that have Edmodo can go ahead and answer the 6 questions tonight or tomorrow. I will have the paper copies ready for students tomorrow for homework.

~Mrs. Finley


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today we reviewed some test taking vocabulary and test taking strategies. I wanted to go ahead and start talking about KPREP with the kids since the test is just 10 school days away. This way they still had some time to communicate with me any concerns or questions. I also showed them a powerpoint that the school put together about the KPREP test. One of the new changes this year is that no mechanical pencils are allowed on the test. The teachers will give the students #2 pencils and I encouraged the students to bring some extra ones to have on hand.

When students finish a section of the test I also encouraged them to read a library book. We went to the library for book check-out and Ms. Butler did a book talk where she shared some really great fiction books the kids might be interested in.

There is no homework tonight.

~Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We are ramping up for KPREP testing. It is hard to believe we begin testing in 11 more school days! This year is flying by.

Today we went over our review test based on the short story “The Stray” by Cynthia Rylant. I entered this test grade as a classwork grade. We went over the test today and some common mistakes that were made. The students looked at some samples and we discussed them together.

Homework tonight: 2nd, 5th & 7th hour fix your short answer (if you got less than a 2) and your ORQ’s (if you got less than a 4). Turn this in tomorrow for a second grade.

Tommorrow we are going to the library for check-out. Please bring your library books from home! 🙂

~Mrs. Finley

Friday, April 19, 2013

We went over a unit test today in class. This was the test that compacting students did not have to take because they had compacted out of the unit. However, I showed the whole class several student examples (minus names) and we discussed what score we would give these ORQ’s and short answer questions. I think it helps the students to see what a good answer looks like and why it was a good answer. Overall, I think the kids are tougher graders than I am and it is really interesting to hear their feedback on what score they would give the essay and why.

Homework: Non-compacting students need to rewrite their short answers to a 2 and their ORQ to a 4 if they did not score this on their essays.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

~Mrs. Finley

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today was our official catch-up day in the classroom. Some students were finishing up a test, others were finishing up an essay and a few were even taking their MAP test.

Tomomrrow I plan on going over a test we took two weeks ago. I’m going to let the students fix their ORQ’s (if they did not get a 4) and short answer (if they did not get a 2) for a second test grade. I will also be going over the multiple choice with them.

No homework tonight!

~Mrs. Finley

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Today we wrote a five paragraph persusasive essay as part of our study with the University of Kentucky. I also pulled some students to try and get our reading MAP testing finished if they did not finish yesterday.

Tomorrow I plan on a catch-up day to finish up some of our assignments. I still have a handful of students that need to finish MAP testing, students not finished with the UK essay will get 15-20 more minutes to finish writing and some students are needing more time to finish their test from on Friday.

There is no homework tonight.

Reminder: Students can earn extra credit by getting their MAP goal setting sheet signed after sharing their score with you. I have also been conferencing with the students one-on-one and discussing their score and how to improve.

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, April 15, 2013

Today we began our MAP reading test in the computer lab. The students had their goal setting sheet and will bring those home tomorrow to share.

We will continue MAP testing tomorrow.




~Mrs. Finley

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Students worked on their quiz today in class. Only a handful of students were able to finish so we will finish it tomorrow. I also intend to go over the MAP goal setting sheet tomorrow so they are ready for MAP testing on Monday.

NO homework.

~Mrs. Finley

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Today was our book fair day! The students had a great time browsing the book fair and seeing all of the neat items for sale. The fair ends on Friday so if a student wants to buy something they can do so until then. You can also purchase books from the link that I posted in my previous post about the book fair.

First hour today the students spent time with their WEB leaders (8th grade mentor students). The students that were in my classroom with their leaders were playing some games and just really having a good time relaxing and being able to ask questions to their leaders.

The rest of the day we spent finishing reading the story “Stray” by Cynthia Rylant or at the book fair. A few classes also started a quiz. The quiz is really more of a test, however I told the students that I will be counting it as a quiz/homework/classwork grade and not as a test grade. It is more of a review of many things we have talked about this year. This will really be a chance for them to see how they are doing and will let me spend some more time reviewing that information with them over the next few weeks before testing.

I also have created a goal setting sheet for the MAP Test that each student will take home next week. I am going to offer extra credit if they show it to you and get a parent signature on it. This will come home Monday or Tuesday depending on when the students finish their reading test. I think that it is important that they share this information with you at home. The MAP test is one really important tool that teachers can use to get an idea of what students know and what they do not know. The test spans from K-12th grade. I will give the students their goal setting sheet later this week and we will discuss their fall MAP score and winter MAP score. We will then set a realistic goal for our spring MAP score and discuss some strategies we can use to help us do our best on the test. I have included the grade level equivalent so that the students might have a better idea as to what reading grade level they tested as when they took the test.

1st hour homework tonight is to take the verb quiz on Edmodo.
2nd, 5th & 7th: NO homework.

~Mrs. Finley

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