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8:15-9:00 Jump Start
9:00-11:50 7th Grade Genius Project - alternate plan  7th Grade Student Break: 10:50-10:55
11:50-12:10 With students for lunch
12:10-12:40 Teacher Lunch Break
12:40-1:20 Grade 6
1:20-2:00  Grade 8 Assembly at 1:30 in the gym.
2:00-2:40 Grade 7
2:40-2:45 Homeroom; Notes home, Dismiss.
Thank you.

Student Directions with writing test
Students Independent Reading  Handout needed: Six Boxes for Fiction / Nonfiction; Paper

Veterans Badges

Lessons and Student Directions  -- page 3 - 4

MORNING: Grade 7  9:00- 12:00
1. Reading 7 -- 60 minutes   Students Independent Reading  Handout needed: Six Boxes for Fiction / Nonfiction; Paper

Students have their own books.  They will read in their own books for 30 minutes. If a student does not have a book, allow them three minutes to choose a novel from the classroom bookshelves. After three minutes, choose one yourself and provide it to the student.

30 minutes: Complete the Six Box Activity for your book (fiction or nonfiction).

2 Veterans Posters  60 minutes

Create posters to give to the veterans --- use 81/2 x 11 or larger paper (on front desk).
Hand out the images of the veterans badges.

Goal:  Create at least one, perhaps two “Thank You” posters to give to a veteran when you enter the assembly. Give them the poster and shake their hand. We often have 20 veterans attend. I challenge you to create 20 Thank you posters!

Directions: Draw and color a “Thank you” poster with plenty of color and detail to give to the veterans.  Use your own ideas or create badges similar to the ones in the handout -- your drawings do not need to be exact.

3 Thanksgiving Posters 40 minutes

Create posters for a Thanksgiving bulletin board.  Your poster should include pictures and a poem of thanks. Your poem needs to be at least six lines long and does NOT need to rhyme.

See the sample poem below By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving Delights

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for

Our blessings all year through,

For family we dearly love,

For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,

For stars that glow at night,

For trees of green and skies of blue,

And puffy clouds of white.

We're grateful for our eyes that see

The beauty all around,

For arms to hug, and legs to walk,

And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we're grateful for

Would fill a great big book;

Our thankful hearts find new delights

Everywhere we look!

4  Share 20 -- The last part of the day, students should read their poems aloud and share their posters. Collect posters.  If finished early, read again in their own books.


Grades 6, 7, 8: Power Write Test --- for afternoon classes. Assembly at 1:30 in the gym.

You must write clearly, elaborate, and EDIT your work.


  • Can you prewrite ideas with details on topic?
  • Can you re-read what you wrote and find the theme or message -- the main idea -- you wrote about?
  • Can you use that theme to add more details about that theme on the topic?
  • Can you use that theme to write a simile about your topic?

Power Writing Ideas (or choose your own):

Bigfoot; Rainbows; Ogo Pogo; Veterans; cougars; fashion clothing; first hunt; forest; fishing; Stampede;

1 Pre-write:  Write on topic about one idea for six minutes.  After pre-writing:

2 Find your theme: After you have written your prewrite - what theme shines through? -- What is most important to you about the topic?

3 Draft: Use your theme and pre-writing to write a draft -- six minutes.

4 Add your details: What details can you add to show your theme about your topic?--- elaborate your draft--- add descriptions, dialogue, details, examples, experiences.

5 Think simile: knowing your theme, what can you compare your topic to in a simile?

Your topic:

Your theme:

Compare your topic to ____________________.

How are your topic and ___________ similar?

Your simile:_________________________________________________________

6 Test 2:  Revision
Revise for:
a. Names (Use specific nouns, For instance I changed dog to poodle. I changed __________ to ________________________)
b. Vivid Verbs (I changed boring words  to action words such as ___________________)
c. Sensory Imagery/Dialogue
I added sights:
I added sounds:
I added dialogue:

7 Now rewrite your draft using your new ideas.
8 Edit for grammar, capitals, spelling.

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