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Learning Goal: When we step out of the classroom today we won’t be able to stop identifying plot, rising action, climax, and resolution. We will identify it when we watch T.V., hanging out at lunch, watching a soccer game, and in an argument over what football team is better.

Language Goal: You will be identifying the different parts of a story using the proper vocabulary.

Social Goal: We will be talking about it in partners, groups, and together!


The alternative link for the video below is here

The alternative link for the video below is here

On your paper you must include:

  1. Theme
  2. Basic Situation (main character, his or her problem, and setting).
  3. Event 1
  4. Event 2
  5. Event 3
  6. Event 4
  7. Climax
  8. Resolution


Learning Goal: When we step out of the classroom today we won’t be able to stop identifying plot, rising action, climax, and resolution. We will identify it when we watch T.V., hanging out at lunch, watching a soccer game, and in an argument over what football team is better. 🙂

So today we will be review trends in the plot of the story. As a whole class we will be watching the short film of Fantasia’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” You can get to it by CLICKING HERE.

Next you will be watching the following two videos on your own. Please document the work on a separate sheet of paper.

La Luna

Partly Cloudy 



Standard HSS 6.5.2 Explain why the Aryan invasion was significant.

Learning Goal: When you walk out that door you better be able to describe how different the Harappan civilization was from the Aryans.

Whole Class: presentation from Holt History book.

Small Group Instruction: Read from pages 144-149 and answer numbers 1-3.

Independent Work: You will need to pieces of blank white paper for this. (

Welcome to my classroom. I look forward to the new year. We will be getting right down to business. Begin by filling in the following survey, you will only need to fill it in once.

For ELA we will begin narrative writing with an argumentative essay prompt. Please read the directions below.

You school writing club is creating an online magazine that is a collection of science fiction stories. The audience for your online magazine is the teachers and students at your school as well as parents and friends who can read the magazine online. Now you are going to write a narrative to include in the online magazine. For your narrative, imagine hat you are an animal living at the bottom of the ocean. In your narrative, tell what happens once you hear an explosive boom at your home. The story should be several paragraphs long. When writing your story, find ways to use information and details about the ocean floor from the sources below to improve your story. Make sure you develop your characters, the setting, and the plot. use details, and description where appropriate.


Along with the project we will be creating our own class website for hoax news. With my previous classroom I had many talented writers, artist, and actors put together the following . You should look through the site for inspiration of what you can do and learn if you put your mind to it. You will want your current piece of writing be strong enough to share online!

Below is our class lecture.



History/Social Studies :standard HSS 6.2- Analyze the economy, religion, and politics of Mesopotamia.

Introduction- we read as a class.

For history today we will be reading through an article about ancient Mesopotamia artifacts being looted in Iraq during their war.  In the article you will see some of the topics we have been studying, specifically ancient cuneiform on clay tablets.

The article will focus on a story named “The Epic of Gilgamesh” that is written on ancient clay tablets that were stolen. You can read our article if you  CLICK HERE.


Here is the link to a great story created by one of my former students, Consuelo, Click Here.

Below is a graphic created by another one of my talented former students. Would you like to learn how to do similar work?



Below is our class lecture.

For homework you will complete pages 37-42 in the interactive reader.

If you would like to learn how to use 3D you can begin looking at the Google Chrome app “3D Tin.”

Language Arts 8:15-10:15

8:15-8:45-Teacher will read with students the following article (CLICK HERE). Students will then read the article again independently at their own level. You can read with the following students at the back table in a small group while the rest of the class works independently: Angel, Jacob, Katie, Samra, Lorena, Yareli, Arthuro, Jacob, and Sammy.

8:45-9:00 As a class read the Gary Soto biography (CLICK HERE).

We have already read two Gary Soto books year. Next year you will hear the audio story “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto.

In a Google Document I would like for you to write as much as you can about the first day of 6th grade. What do you remember? What did you feel? Who did you sit next to? What did you do at recess and lunch? Do you remember what you learned? Write this in about 2-3 paragraphs.

Now, on the same page write for me what would be the perfect first day of 7th grade? What would you wear? What would you eat? Who would you hang out with? What are your teachers like? How are the classes? Write this in about 2-3 paragraphs.

Math 10:30-11:30

Today you will be working on the following lessons from Think Central (you must be logged in to Think Central to find them). During this block the teacher will pull Angel, Jacob, Katie, Samra, Lorena, Yareli, Arthuro, Jacob, and Sammy to the back table to help you work in Think Central and Khan Academy. You will need scratch paper to work out your problems.

-First Assignment 12/16/15

-Second Assignment 12/16/15

-You can work on Khan Academy at your level, or you can work on Ratios and Proportions (CLICK HERE)

Lunch 12:35-1:05

During this block you will review the Chapter 4 Test in your book a whole class.


P.E. 1:08-2:08

Teacher will walk students out to the basketball courts for P.E. Teacher will then have an hour prep.


Social Studies 2:08-2:45

In you history book, you will read and work through lesson 1 “the Nile Valley.”

Today your daily reading will help us meet our goal of achieving standard for Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

For your daily article, please CLICK HERE





So we will be doing some informational writing today. Along with that theme we will be looking at some very unique frogs. We tend to think that all frogs have a similar life cycle, but that is not the case. Just watch below!

Suriname Toad

Darwins Frog

Red Eye Tree Frog

Red Eye Tree Frog


Monarch Butterfly

Great Migration

Redwood Trees

Sample Paragraph for Informative Writing:

Not all frogs are the same and they have unique life cycles. According to the PBS video, “the bullfrogs lay eggs on the side of the pond and one father stays behind.” The frog is aggressive, has a big bite, but does everything for his kids. The video also says “when their puddle dries out he digs a channel to connect them to a pond.” It is good he is helping the tadpoles because without him they would not survive. This is a unique frog lifecycle I had not seen before.

Your paragraph needs:







I was using Metaio Creator for creating augmented reality applications, but now they have gotten bought out by Apple.  I haven’t been able to find a suitable and economic replacement yet. I do like what Aurasma has to offer. I think I will be able to use this for the time being.

I am doing some research for adding 3D to my Aurasma auras. For these tutorials you would need Autodesk Maya (expensive) or Blender (free). I’m not sure what the file types are yet when it comes to exporting but this looks promising. For some more information on using 3D with Blender click here.