Friday, October 16, 2015

A New Day, A New Quarter

Second Quarter Begins Today  Today is the start of a new day and a new quarter! It's also an opportunity for fresh start. Let's make this our best quarter of middle school yet! Good luck!

Where in the World Is Mr. McGinty?  I'm sorry I couldn't be with you today. I'm currently traveling with my family to Washington state to attend the memorial service of my beloved grandmother Mildred who recently passed away. I plan on returning to the classroom on Tuesday. In the meantime, you are in the very capable hands of my friend and colleague Ms. Wise. Please treat her with the respect she deserves. I look forward to hearing a great report upon my return. 

With my grandmother and my sister.

Turn-In Assignment Friday  It's Friday and that means it's time to turn in our assignments from the past week. In addition to completing at least two Digital Reading Log entries, you should have also finished and 'turned in' the following: Any Small Goodness - The Band (Ch. 6), Any Small Goodness - The Lunch Box (Ch. 7), Any Small Goodness - The Green Needle Gang (Ch. 8), and Any Small Goodness - Christmas Presents (Ch. 9). Please make sure if you completed these assignments you turn them in through Google Classroom, so you can receive credit.   

Grammar Practice: Pronouns  Let's learn about pronouns today. Please begin by logging into BrainPOP. First, within your Google Drive click on the 'Google Apps' link. Click on 'More' and then locate and click on the 'BrainPOP' icon.

Search for "Personal Pronouns" and find and click the appropriate link. Watch the video carefully.

Following the BrainPop video click on the link to "Play a Related Game." Select the "Princess and the Turtle" and practice fixing misused pronouns. 

Next, continue to practice using pronouns by clicking on the link for Grammar Blast, where you get to play another game that puts your understanding of pronouns to the test.  

Sacred Reading Time  Today, if time and Ms. Wise permits, I offer you uninterrupted class time to simply read and commune with your books at your desks. Enjoy this time!