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Mrs. Amy Finley

7th Grade Lions Language Arts

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October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Monday!

Today the students worked on revising their charity essays and submitting them to me for revisions. We will finish up our rough drafts tomorrow during class.

Homework:

  • October book essays are due TONIGHT! Make sure to attach your Google Doc. or Microsoft Word paper to our Google Classroom page under “October Book Essay.”
  • Read 20-30 minutes of an independent reading book to start on the essay due on 11/30. Make sure the book is not too easy or too hard. If your student needs help getting recommendations I am more than happy to help.
  • Core: 30 minute of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink quiz is due by Saturday.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Good morning!

Today we are continuing to work on our informative writing piece which is on a charity. Students are researching a charity of a philanthropist of their choice and writing an essay.

Homework:

  • Please return pen-pal permission slips to Mrs. Finley by tomorrow.
  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday at midnight.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink dependent clauses homework is due by Saturday at midnight.
  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the October essay due on 10/31. Please type on Google Docs and upload to Google Classroom.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.
  • Friday, November 11- Veterans Day Celebration at E.J. Hayes! We will have a catered lunch and a concert. Veterans are invited to eat with their student during their regularly scheduled lunch time (11:30-12:10 for 7th grade) and then join us for the Freedom Concert at 1:00 P.M. The Freedom Concert includes musical performances from the band, orchestra, and chorus, as well as video tributes and slide shows for our Veterans, and student and administration speakers.
  • Thursday, November 17- School Literacy Night. Students and parents are invited to come at 6 P.M. for the school spelling bee, storytime and book mark coloring contest, poetry cafe, and a game (Kahoot! or Quizzez). Food and drinks will be available to purchase in the poetry cafe.
  • Saturday, November 20- Please join E.J. Hayes at Barnes & Nobles. All proceeds help support our school library. At 10 A.M. Rock 101 will be playing. Mrs. Areaux, 7th grade Jaguar teacher and author, will be signing and selling copies of her books. Mrs. Butler, Hayes librarian, will also have a bookmark contest leading up to the November 20th event where students can submit a bookmark to win a copy of one of Mrs. Areaux’s books.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Today in class we worked on our introduction and our first body paragraph on an informative essay about a charity. We have been discussing charities in class as part of our unit. Now the students have the task of researching a charity or an individual philanthropist and writing an informative essay. This should be a quick and easy writing assignment that we will get done by early next week.

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 10/31 on Google Classroom. Please upload a Google Doc. of your essay and attach it to the October 31 book project. I’ve graded the essays that I have received.
  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink practice is due by Saturday.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday: Oct. 27th Sports Day-The theme is Team up against drugs! Come dressed in a team jersey or shirt
  • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.
  • Thursday, November 17- School Literacy Night. Students and parents are invited to come at 6 P.M. for the school spelling bee, storytime and book mark coloring contest, poetry cafe, and a game (Kahoot! or Quizzez). Food and drinks will be available to purchase in the poetry cafe.
  • Saturday, November 20- Please join E.J. Hayes at Barnes & Nobles. All proceeds help support our school library. At 10 A.M. Rock 101 will be playing. Mrs. Areaux, 7th grade Jaguar teacher and author, will be signing and selling copies of her books. Mrs. Butler, Hayes librarian, will also have a bookmark contest leading up to the November 20th event where students can submit a bookmark to win a copy of one of Mrs. Areaux’s books.

 

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, October 24, 2016

Today in class we read an article about a woman who helped out a young man in her community. The students analyzed the impact that she had on his life and the impact that was made on his children when he became older. Students had to cite evidence from the article to support the impact that they came up with.

Picture Retakes: If a student did not have their picture taken the first time due to absences or brought in a note stating they would like picture retakes they will have their picture taken tomorrow. If you are unhappy with your student’s picture, it is not too late to have retakes made. Please send a note with your student tomorrow to turn in to the front office and that they are dressed for pictures.

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the October book project due on 10/31. It should be turned on to Google Classroom using Google Docs.

 

  • PLEASE TURN IN PERMISSION SLIPS TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEN PALS BY 10/28.

 

  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational”  is due by Saturday at midnight.

 

  • Advanced: No Red Ink practice is due by Saturday at midnight. This is a more lengthy practice session and may take students 45-60 minutes to complete, so I encouraged them to start on it early.

 

 

Upcoming Events: Red Ribbon Week!

  • Tuesday: Oct. 25th Twin Day-The theme is Save a friend from using drugs and alcohol. Dress exactly like someone else.
  • Wednesday: Oct. 26th Workout Wear Day-The theme is Stay healthy and Say, No to Drugs. Come dressed in workout wear.
  • Thursday: Oct. 27th Sports Day-The theme is Team up against drugs! Come dressed in a team jersey or shirt
  • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.

 

7th Grade Homework Website

 

~Mrs. Finley

Friday, October 21, 2016

Today was our library day. Students went to the library to browse books, check-out, renew, etc. All classes are also getting their writing pieces edited and turning back in their final copy to me.

7th hour students that earned a 4.0 GPA this quarter had a party in the cafeteria and ate Orange Leaf today!

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 10/31 on Google Classroom.
  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink pre-assessment quiz is due by Saturday.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Red Ribbon Week starts next week Oct. 24-Oct. 28th.  Below are the themes and dress up attire for each day:
    • Monday: Oct. 24th Jeans Day and Neon Day-  The theme is I’m a “jean-ious” because I’m too bright to use drugs…Also My future is bright no drugs in sight! Everyone come dressed in jeans and either a bright neon top or bright neon socks.
    • Tuesday: Oct. 25th Twin Day-The theme is Save a friend from using drugs and alcohol. Dress exactly like someone else.
    • Wednesday: Oct. 26th Workout Wear Day-The theme is Stay healthy and Say, No to Drugs. Come dressed in workout wear.
    • Thursday: Oct. 27th Sports Day-The theme is Team up against drugs! Come dressed in a team jersey or shirt
    • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Today in class the students wrote to their pen-pals in Ecuador or Zambia. The students have permission slips and a brief letter explaining the program that they are bringing home today. I will not be able to mail a letter unless the form is signed. I think they will benefit from this program and learning about students in another country.

Students that finished worked on revising their narrative drafts, completing their No Red Ink assignment, reading a book, or working on their October essay.

Tomorrow we have library day with Mrs. Butler! Students that have books checked out need to bring them back for renewal or check-in.

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 10/31 through Google Classroom.
  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday at midnight.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink pre-assessment is due by Saturday at midnight.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, October 21st we will celebrate 1st quarter GPA’s.  If a student has a 4.0 GPA they will miss 7th hour for a party. If a student has a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9 they will miss 25 minutes of 4th hour for a party.
  • Red Ribbon Week starts next week Oct. 24-Oct. 28th.  Below are the themes and dress up attire for each day:
    • Monday: Oct. 24th Jeans Day and Neon Day-  The theme is I’m a “jean-ious” because I’m too bright to use drugs…Also My future is bright no drugs in sight! Everyone come dressed in jeans and either a bright neon top or bright neon socks.
    • Tuesday: Oct. 25th Twin Day-The theme is Save a friend from using drugs and alcohol. Dress exactly like someone else.
    • Wednesday: Oct. 26th Workout Wear Day-The theme is Stay healthy and Say, No to Drugs. Come dressed in workout wear.
    • Thursday: Oct. 27th Sports Day-The theme is Team up against drugs! Come dressed in a team jersey or shirt
    • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today in class we finished discussing a clip of a charity video we watched. We discussed the impact that the student was able to make on her community, teachers, and family. Students were able to see that they too can make a difference regardless of their age. This will help us brainstorm as they research a charity at the end of our unit.

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the October essay on 10/31. This should be turned in through Google Classroom.
  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday at midnight.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink pre-assessment quiz is due by Saturday at midnight.

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, October 21st we will celebrate 1st quarter GPA’s.  If a student has a 4.0 GPA they will miss 7th hour for a party. If a student has a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9 they will miss 25 minutes of 4th hour for a party.
  • Red Ribbon Week starts next week Oct. 24-Oct. 28th.  Below are the themes and dress up attire for each day:
    • Monday: Oct. 24th Jeans Day and Neon Day-  The theme is I’m a “jean-ious” because I’m too bright to use drugs…Also My future is bright no drugs in sight! Everyone come dressed in jeans and either a bright neon top or bright neon socks.
    • Tuesday: Oct. 25th Twin Day-The theme is Save a friend from using drugs and alcohol. Dress exactly like someone else.
    • Wednesday: Oct. 26th Workout Wear Day-The theme is Stay healthy and Say, No to Drugs. Come dressed in workout wear.
    • Thursday: Oct. 27th Sports Day-The theme is Team up against drugs! Come dressed in a team jersey or shirt
    • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Today in class the students in first hour finished editing their papers and resubmitted them to me to grade. I moved their narrative rough draft from 1st quarter to 2nd quarter because we had not revised these pieces yet and felt it was unfair to leave it on the 1st quarter. Students in the other classes watched clips and discussed the impact of a philanthropic kid who helped her community. This is part of our charity unit. They will also be editing and revising their papers at a later date this quarter.

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minuets to prepare for the essay due on October 31. Please submit using Google Classroom.
  • Core: 30 minutes of MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Saturday at midnight.
  • Advanced: No Red Ink pre-assessment quiz is due by Saturday at midnight.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, October 21st we will celebrate 1st quarter GPA’s.  If a student has a 4.0 GPA they will miss 7th hour for a party. If a student has a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9 they will miss 25 minutes of 4th hour for a party.
  • Red Ribbon Week starts next week Oct. 24-Oct. 28th.  Below are the themes and dress up attire for each day:
    • Monday: Oct. 24th Jeans Day and Neon Day-  The theme is I’m a “jean-ious” because I’m too bright to use drugs…Also My future is bright no drugs in sight! Everyone come dressed in jeans and either a bright neon top or bright neon socks.
    • Tuesday: Oct. 25th Twin Day-The theme is Save a friend from using drugs and alcohol. Dress exactly like someone else.
    • Wednesday: Oct. 26th Workout Wear Day-The theme is Stay healthy and Say, No to Drugs. Come dressed in workout wear.
    • Thursday: Oct. 27th Sports Day-The theme is Team up against drugs! Come dressed in a team jersey or shirt
    • Friday: Oct. 28th America Day-The theme is Pledge to help make America Drug Free. 6th graders come dressed in red, 7th graders come dressed in white, and 8th graders come dressed in blue.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, October 17, 2016

Today in class the students worked on revising and editing their narratives. Some students also had to finish up their quiz from last week if they were absent or needed a retake. We also had the spelling bee to determine the winners from each class!

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 10/31 on Google Classroom.
  • Core: MobyMax “Reading Skills Informational” is due on Saturday.
  • Adv.: No Red Ink pre-assessment is due on Saturday.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

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