Welcome to Junior High Reading
All grades should be reading their book cafe book choice for 3rd trimester. Book cafe is May 18th. This trimester’s project is:
Poetry Cafe– Find a poem that you feel relates to your novel. Print out a copy of the poem to share and come prepared to explain the poem to your group. Type a paragraph (at least 8 sentences) explaining how this poem relates to your book. Alternatively, you may write your own poem inspired by your novel. Regardless of whether you find a poem or write a poem, you must explain how the poem relates to your book.
7th Grade History Fair Projects
Catholic Schools Week 2018
Schedule of School and Parish Events for the Week of January 28-February 3rd
Sunday, January 28th: CELEBRATE OUR SCHOOL
8:00-11:15: Open House–K-8 Students will be presenting or displaying projects in classrooms
11:30: All School Mass in Parish Center
*Come view our classroom doors decorated with the theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week
Monday, January 29th: CELEBRATE COMMUNITY
8:00-9:00: Students will visit classrooms to view Catholic Schools Week projects
Service project to support House of the Good Shepherd (7th grade donations needed: face wash, face moisturizer, AA and AAA batteries)
*items will be collected throughout the week
Tuesday, January 30th: CELEBRATE STUDENTS
*Students may dress down in pajamas today (slippers optional)
Celebrate Reading!: Students will bring in 3 books from home to read or share and participate in special reading activities throughout their school day
Hot dog lunch sponsored by FSA (chips, water, and fruit roll up included)
2:00-2:45: Meet with partner class for a fun reading activity
Move to the Music: Students will have breaks throughout the day to get up and dance
Wednesday, January 31st: CELEBRATE FACULTY and STAFF
*Students may dress down in St. Mary wear today
2:00: Pep rally with students vs. teachers volleyball game
6:30-8:30: Family “Fun with Math Games” Night for Grades K-5 (sign up required)
Thursday, February 1st: CELEBRATE FAMILIES
8:00-9:00: Breakfast and coffee for parents in Parish Center
“The Know It Alls Show” assembly sponsored by FSA
There will be 2 shows:
12:45-1:30 will be for grades K-5
1:45-2:30 will be for grades 6-8
Students will design a special thank you in appreciation of Catholic education
6:00-8:30: 4th Annual Skating Party @ Fleetwood Skating Rink
Friday, February 2nd
Junior High Book Cafe
2nd trimester Book Cafe directions came home prior to Christmas. All books must be chosen by January 12th. Book Cafe is on February 23rd.
Students independently read a fiction book of choice, then prepared an activity to share. Then, students met at the ‘book cafe’, sharing their activities and descriptions of novels. Activities included dressing as a character from the book and describing the changes in the character throughout the course of the novel, identifying elements of a novel from A-Z, and analyzing a book’s theme by choosing a song with a related theme. Practicing the ability to discuss and describe literature with peers is an important part of literacy. All grades did a wonderful job and enjoyed their time at the cafe!
7th Grade Trip to Springfield
A big thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors who made the Walk-A-Thon a success!
What’s New in Junior High Reading
*Red Ribbon Week is 10/23-10/27. Monday is crazy hair day. Tuesday is red hat or ribbon day. Thursday is crazy sock day and Friday is red, pink, or earth colored shirt day.
*Our class Halloween party is Tuesday, 10/31 at 1:30pm.
7th grade is ready for a new year!
We met with our 3rd grade buddies in Mrs. Hughes’ class for a game of Illinois Bingo!
Meet Your Teacher
Welcome to my class!
My name is Miss Taylor, and I teach reading and writing to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. This is my fourth year teaching at St. Mary School, and it is my sixth year teaching in Catholic schools. I hold a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Illinois, as well as an LBS1 endorsement from Lewis University.
In class this year, Students will be enhancing reading skills and strategies, working with texts such as short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and nonfiction articles. We will also be working to incorporate writing as a way to effectively respond to reading. It will be a great year!
To Practice Reading at an Individualized Level on FrontRow
For Informational Text Reading
Freedom Flix (social studies books)
TrueFlix (science books)
To Practice Greek/Latin Roots
Games to Practice Reading Skills
Room Recess (Play Main Idea, Fact or Opinion, Cause & Effect, Comprehension Crain, Splash the Sub)
7-8 Specials Schedule for 2017-2018
Wednesday: Gym (wear gym uniform on Wednesdays), Spanish
Links to Class Websites
Vocabulary Workshop Practice Games (Level B): https://www.vocabtest.com/vocabulary_workshop/level_b.php
Titanic Interactive: http://www.history.com/interactives/titanic-interactive
Titanic: By the Numbers http://www.history.com/topics/titanic/infographics/titanic-by-the-numbers
Shel Silverstein Poem: http://hellopoetry.com/shel-silverstein/
Jack Prelutsky Poems: http://jackprelutsky.com/jacks-poems/
Poems for Kids: http://www.poetry4kids.com
English Grammar 101: http://lessons.englishgrammar101.com/EnglishGrammar101/Module1/Overview1.aspx
Pronouns (Subjective, Objective, Possessive): http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/safari/index.html
Adverb Millions: http://www.quia.com/rr/62022.html
Voyages Grammar Games: http://www.loyolapress.com/voyages-in-english-2011-grade-5-student-games.htm
Shape Writing: http://www.festisite.com/text-layout/
Spelling City: http://www.spellingcity.com/misstaylorstmary/
Wacky Web Tales: This website has online ‘mad lib’ style activities that reinforce parts of speech in a fun and creative way! http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
Room Recess: This website has great reading, grammar, and math games that reinforce skills in a fun way!