Friday, October 24, 2014

Aloha Friday!

Finish Benchmark Test  Aloha Friday! And congratulations on nearly finishing your first full week of the 2nd Quarter. If you need to finish the Benchmark test that we started yesterday, please refer to yesterday's Blog entry about how to login. If you already finished, you may use this time to either finish your 100 Word Challenge stories, silent read, or take A.R. quizzes.  

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches  Before we publish, take one last moment to carefully review your writing. At the very least, make sure your spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are as good as they can be. My mom, Irene McGinty, who was also used to be a classroom teacher, also has this piece of advice:
100 Word Challenge: Publishing Time  The moment has arrived: It's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. This week you get to title your story whatever you find fitting; just make sure you put 100WC: before your chosen title. Paste your story. You may also want to include the mysterious image that inspired your story with your post. Finally, click "Publish".  

Next, copy the web address of your posted story and then head over to 100 Word Challenge. Scroll down and paste the web address into the box that says 'Blog Link'. Enter your first name, 6th Grade, Lakeview Middle School, and for location: Watsonville, California, U.S.A. Finally, click 'Submit'. Congratulations! You have published yet another story. I can't wait to hear about the feedback you receive.  

Commenting on Blog Posts  If time permits, I'm going to encourage you to comment on at least one blog post by another student. Remember your comments should be respectful, specific, and helpful. 

On your Kidblog class blog, under the section 'Blogroll' you can find links to other classes you may consider visiting, including several from other parts of the country and world. When commenting on a blog post outside of Lakeview, make sure you identify who you are (first names only) and where you come from: Watsonville, California, U.S.A.  Make sure you represent yourself, our class, our school, and our country in a respectful and professional manner. Have fun!  

Library Visit on Monday  We will be visiting the library first thing on Monday in order to get new A.R. books. Make sure you bring any books you need to return or renew and your student ID card with you. Make sure you are also familiar with your ZPD and the color books you should be reading. If you're not sure, just ask.   

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your Digital Reading LogI will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, October 27