The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Last 9 weeks! So much to do!!

Well, after a bout with the flu, I'm back. Suddenly, I realize, this is the last nine weeks and already a week of that is gone! So much to do...we have to finish our novel, review standards for testing, come back after Spring Break and do all the review over again...then it's testing time. Then only one month left and read another book! Phew!

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are currently reading the novel Peak by Roland Smith in my room right now. My students are really enjoying it. I had them work on their new Chromebooks and using Google Presentation, create slides on equipment required for mountaineering. My students came up with great slides on gear such as crampons, carabiners, belay-ropes, and gamow bags. We also watched a great video just recently released (last month) by BBC called Climbing Everest with a Mountain on my Back: The Sherpas Story. It really brought to life a lot of the setting that we were reading in the book. See it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlAiU5fIaKY

We have explored some interesting facts and found some interesting current news about Mt. Everest explorers. In February 2013, members of the first successful American ascent to the summit gathered in for honors in the San Francisco Bay area. Read about it here: 50th Anniversary of First American Ascent

On March 20th, the last survivor of the first successful attempt on Everest passed away. Washington Post Obituaries

We also read an excerpt from "Banner in the Sky" and "Into Thin Air" from our Prentice Hall literature book, along with an interest grabber video that came with the text. My students are really engaged in this book. I was surprised yesterday when one of them came up to me after class and told me that after reading this book, now he wants to climb Mt. Everest! (A boy from southeast Georgia where it is warm most of the time and there are no mountains!)

Beyond reading, we have been working on skills for the upcoming CRCT. I have my students working on reading comprehension exercises at www.myskillstutor.com. I also have been sharing some of my PowerPoints review language skills, which are also available at my TPT store:
Language-Arts-Standardized-Test-Practice-PowerPoint

Ready-Set-Test-Language-Arts-Test-Practice-PowerPoint

Product/CRCT-Reading-Test-Strategies-PowerPoint

Product/Sentence-Construction-PowerPoint-for-Test-Prep

Get-a-High-Score-on-the-7th-Grade-Language-Arts-CRCT-PowerPoint

CRCT-Reading-and-Language-Arts-Study-Guide-PowerPoint

Product/Writing-Correct-Sentences-PowerPoint

and my handout on key terms:

Product/Key-Terms-for-State-Tests-Handout-Reading-English-Language-Arts

I don't know if I have time to do everything I have created, but I am going to try and use every trick possible to get the job done, that's for sure! :)

So best wishes for great success on your state tests! It will soon be here!

My Freebies for today:

Problem-Solution-Writing-Prompts-and-Graphic-Organizer-Tree

Diamante-Poem-Handout

Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator




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