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Tuning into Creative Expressions

To tune into our Creative Expressions unit, we went to the Little Theater where different teachers and administrators shared one of their favorite books with us. It was interesting to find out about different types of books and see different ways authors creatively express themselves.

A New Quarter: Transformations

Welcome to the second quarter of grade 8. Our overarching concept for this quarter within all of our core subjects will be transformations. In English class we will explore the transformative power of words and how they can change their own meanings, and our minds.  We will be looking through the lens of poetry to […]

Week 8: A CWW Short Week

The first quarter is rapidly coming to a close- as usual, there is much to do, and little time left! On our educational radar now: 1. This week we have our final quiz on the literary terms; the first class of the week will be taken up with this task. 2. The memoirs are well on […]

THRASS

THRASS stands for the Teaching of Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills. This is a tool that we use at ISM to help of students become both skilled readers and writers.  Alongside this resource, our class will also be discussing various reading and spelling strategies during the year. Why Do We Use THRASS? with Denise Ritchie (developer of THRASS) […]

Week 7: September 15-19

Another 5 Day Week… is a great thing. I hope that I can say that powerschool has opened seamlessly for you and the numbers are making perfect sense. There just a few items that I would like to clarify for you on our assessment categories; I will include a short presentation in my next blog […]

Week 5 in English

Key questions for this week: What do you want to tell your reader? What is the author’s intent for each short story we read? Weekly Overview: We will continue to read our short stories this week; in fact, we will focus on The Dinner Party. Early, we will review the 7 metacognitive reading strategies; students […]

Open House

Dear Parents, Thank you for coming to open house on Wednesday evening; it was an energetic and informative night for me. Please email me if you have any questions about our class, or if you need to meet, email me. I am happy to talk shop on reading and writing. My blog is in transition, […]

EEKK!! A spider visits Partner BUZZ reading in Funtastic Five this week!

EEKK… normally you say this when you see a spider, and this is exactly what Mr. Allison said when he saw the floppy spider in our classroom! Only this wasn’t any old spider, this was one here to teach us about “Partner BUZZ Reading” during our Funtastic Five! You see, EEKK stands for EYE to […]

EEKK!! A spider visits Partner BUZZ reading in Funtastic Five this week!

EEKK… normally you say this when you see a spider, and this is exactly what Mr. Allison said when he saw the floppy spider in our classroom! Only this wasn’t any old spider, this was one here to teach us about “Partner BUZZ Reading” during our Funtastic Five! You see, EEKK stands for EYE to […]

Book Wizard now right at your fingertips!!!

This wonderful site, available through Scholastic, is now found directly on Mrs. McGrath’s blog. Please see the righthand side, scrolling down a little until you see the “Book Wizard – Finding a Just Right Book” image. When you click on this, you can then go in and us it to search for the book level […]