Mr. Gaynor's Classroom  *  Clague Middle School  * Ann Arbor, MI  *  7th & 8th Grade  *  Room 136  *  2014-2015

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8th Grade Social Studies
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M-STEP PRACTICE  <--ONLY USE CHROME WEB BROWSER                        M-STEP Calendar  (Gaynor / Campbell)

April 13, 2015:   We start the 4th quarter today - a fresh start for all.  Students who have been doing well should continue their dedicated and engaged learning.   Those who haven't been, should make a commitment to change what they are doing, and finish the year on a successful note. 

Students were asked to check Power School and notify me of any discrepancies ASAP, as grades need to be finalized on Wednesday.   They should then intelligently thin out their binders, perhaps keeping the work they believe they don't need until it is clear they do not.

ELA - 7: Students are to have their "Down the Rabbit Hole" book and Reading Journal with them in class every day, as that will form the core of our class activity for the next few weeks.   Vocabulary from this book will make up BWL X, coming soon.    A comprehensive Grammar Test will be given on April 23

WCG - 7I will be sharing with students expectations and guidelines for their 3-5 minute presentations of their research from the ELA/SS Capstone Project.  These will begin after we finish the M-Step testing, which will take place between April 27 and May 12.   See  M-STEP Calendar  (Gaynor / Campbell)

US Hist - 8:   My 8th grade class will be attending the UMS School Day Concert at the Michigan Theater this Friday April 17:
                      Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits: 

                      8th Graders will take part 1 of the Social Studies test from 8 - 9:30 on April 17, part 2 in the afternoon of April 24.

WEEKLY PLANNER                -->Planner Archives<--
All entries are tentative and changeable.  See student planner for official and final entries.
Key to Codes used in Student Planner
     c - done in class                                    [F] - due on Friday   
      [c] start in class; finish for HW;             
          --> - Turn in                           

Underlined Text are links. 
Click for more information.

Apr 13-17
ELA - 7
WCG - 7
US Hist - 8

4th Qtr starts [4/14] Down the Rabbit Hole: RJ Ch 5-7
[4/17] Ch. 8-10:  Read, RJ, Discuss
[4/17] BWL X - Copy List Neatly
[4/14] Africa Mapping Lab
c - Ch. 21: Micro-entrepreneurs:
Women's Role in Africa's economy
c - Ch. 19:  North and South
4/17 - Field Trip 10am -1pm
      UMS - Michigan Theater

April 23:  Grammar Test (Be ready)

M-Step Test:  Apr 17 & 24

   WCG - World Culture and Geography (7th Grade Social Studies)                                  GA - Geography Alive (7th grade textbook)      CP: Capstone Project   
- Current Events                                            HA
- History Alive:  The United States through Industrialism (8th grade textbook)      DP Decades Project
   BWL - Biweekly Word List                               RJ - Reading Journals                          6 T of W:  6 Traits of Writing   
   GRG - 
Guided Reading Group - Read Assigned pages, and respond to questions in Journal,  ready for deep discussion with the group.   
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

   RW/RS->ARS - Return Work / Record Scores -> on Assignment Record Sheet:  Usually on Mondays

   MC - Media Center;        C Lab - Cougar Lab;        c lab - Cub Lab;    

Organizing Every Day After School:       
    L - LOOK at your Planner.                        Actually read what you wrote that day.
                                                                       Look ahead to future due dates - check monthly calendar page.
    M - MENTION stuff to your parents.        Papers for them to read or sign ... Help you need ... planning ahead.
    N - NOTE what you have to do.                Name the assignments - and estimate how long each one with take.  Look ahead too.
    O - ORGANIZE your binders.                  Put all papers in the proper sections, in the rings.
    P - PLAN the rest of your day.                  When will you do your homework?  What else will you do & when? 
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A Word A Day
Grammar Guide
Capstone Project

U.S.hist. Decades
Decades Project
How to write a citation

Newsela: (3rd Hr) ODVDH   
(4th)  ZDVJI    (6th) JZPBE
Scholastic:  FMCHQ    
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